Court usually meets once a year to consider the annual accounts, and the strategy and management of the University. It has the right to comment on the affairs of the University, advise Council on any matter, and invite Council to review a decision. The Chancellor presides at meetings of Court. Court also elects 15 members of Council, the Governing Body of the University.
Court has about 550 members. They include members of Council and Senate; University staff, students and benefactors; representatives of local and national bodies; local MPs; head teachers; and about one hundred members of Convocation, Bristol’s alumni association. All Convocation members may stand for election as a Convocation Representative on Court.
Being elected as one of the 100 Convocation Representatives on Court offers the opportunity to keep in touch with developments in the University and to take part in the governance of the University. There are sometimes opportunities for Court members to express views on matters of current interest between Court meetings.
Since distance and electronic voting were introduced in 2011 we have used an electronic system for candidates to register their interest. We have tried to make this process simple but also comprehensive in the information we need to confirm candidates’ eligibility. You will be asked to enter contact and qualifying criteria for yourself, your proposer, and your seconder. You will also be asked to provide a personal profile (maximum 150 words).
Typical profiles describe achievements and interests while at University, subsequent career development, other relevant information such as particular experiences and voluntary work, and reasons for wishing to stand. Your profile will not be edited, except to exclude unsuitable content if necessary, or if you exceed the 150-word limit. Please write your profile in the first person. Sample profiles are available here.
Detail of how to register your candidacy for the next election can be found on our 'how to take part' webpage.
If an election is required, members of Convocation are able to vote for up to 25 candidates in any of three ways:
More information on voting and deadlines can be found on our 'how to take part' webpage.
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