The Court of the University of Essex, established under
University's Charter and Statutes, encourages local stakeholders to have an active
interest in the University and be formally associated with it. Court members and
including our alumni and local MPs are invited to an Annual Meeting. The Annual
Meeting is usually chaired by the
Chancellor of the University and provides an opportunity for Court members to
be engaged in the work of the University, to network and to meet with members of the University community and other
The Court involves:
- the Annual Meeting, including
- the Vice-Chancellor and Director of Finance's report on the workings and
sustainability of the University since the last meeting, and
- the award of
in addition, members of Court, as members of the University, are encouraged
- attend University events, and to
- contribute through their networks and expertise to specific
areas of our work, such as student employability
Notice of next meeting
The next annual meeting of the Court of the University of Essex will take
place at Wivenhoe Park, Colchester Campus, during the afternoon of
Friday 23 June 2017.
Contact the Events Team for more information.
The Court has currently around 250 members, including:
- senior University office holders;
- members of academic staff and students; and
- a wide range of external members.
Appointed members are appointed by the Council, the University's governing
body, on the recommendation of its Nominations Committee.
Court members are appointed on the basis of their interests, expertise or
other connections with the University. We aim to ensure that members are
broadly representative of the local community. There are no formal
obligations or duties on members as such, but we ask members to accept the
Statement on the Role of Court. We expect that Court members will promote the
University and its interests in the local and wider region. We hope those
active in business, the public sector or in the charities sector will help
in providing opportunities for students or in developing links with business
and the community. The University will ensure members are kept informed
regarding the University's activities and strategic priorities, though the
Annual Meeting and through other media. It will work with members with
business and other connections to realise potential mutual benefits
involving students and academic staff.
Nominations for the appointment as an Appointed member of Court are
considered under our Process for Appointment.
As part of our commitment to the effective delivery of the University's
strategic objectives and to our wide range of stakeholders and supporters
represented on Court, we recently undertook a
review of Court.