Edinburgh Napier University Court

By | 29th May 2017

Edinburgh Napier University Court

The Court is the governing body of the University and is responsible for determining our overall strategic direction. It establishes the budgetary framework, appoints the head of the institution and oversees the University’s performance and development.

Constitution

The Court of Edinburgh Napier University was constituted in 1993 by Statutory Instrument (as amended in 2007 and re-titled in 2009 through the Edinburgh Napier University Order of Council).

Court of Edinburgh Napier University

Statue of John Napier at Craighouse“The Court” means the Court of Edinburgh Napier University, being the governing body constituted in 1993 by Statutory Instrument (as amended in 2007 and re-titled in 2009 through the Edinburgh Napier University Order of Council). The full responsibilities of the Court are set out in the Statement of Primary Responsibilities.
The Court normally has four scheduled meetings per year as well as an annual strategy event with the University senior management team.
Short reports of business discussed at meetings of Court since 2007 will be made available shortly.
Members of University staff can apply via GovernanceServices to observe Court meetings following the relevant Policy and Procedures.
Following a comprehensive review of governance in 2005, revisions were proposed to the Constitution of Court and these took effect from 1 August 2007 following the agreement by Privy Council and the Scottish Parliament of the 2007 Order of Council. The new Constitution is given in paragraph 1(3) of the Order.

Edinburgh Napier University Court

Brief biographies of individual members of Court are available in the Member Biographies section, and are also given in PDF Icon Appendix 9 of the Court Handbook.

Craiglockhart CampusPrior to 1993, Napier Polytechnic and its predecessor institutions had Boards of Governors. Information on these Boards is not currently available on-line.
The Court has a number of Standing Committees, some of which have Sub-Committees. In addition it establishes working groups and other bodies from time to time, charged with specific and time-limited tasks.
The meeting dates of University Court and its committees can be found on the University Calendars of Meetings and Events.

Responsibilities

Court’s responsibilities include:

  • approving the University Strategy and monitoring performance against it
  • approval of budgets, monitoring of financial performance and presentation of audited financial statements for each financial year
  • ensuring the University complies with the requirements of the Combined Code and subsequent codes of Corporate Governance
  • ensuring an effective system of internal control
  • overseeing the strategic and reputational risks facing the University
  • ensuring that statutory requirements for health and safety, equality and diversity, and other areas are met
  • the appointment and, if necessary, dismissal of the Principal and Vice-Chancellor, the University Secretary, and any Vice-Principals and Assistant Principals

The full Statement of Primary Responsibilities of the University Court is published on the University’s intranet site.

Edinburgh Napier University Court

Court meetings

The Court normally meets four times per year, as well as an annual strategy event with the University senior management team.

Committees

The Court has a number of standing committees, some of which have sub-committees. In addition, it establishes working groups and other bodies from time to time, charged with specific and time-limited tasks.

Court membership

The Constitution of Court defined six categories of membership. These are shown below, along with the names of those members who currently fall into each category.