A view of the Will Memorial Building

Election of members of Court to the Nominations Committee of Court 2014

Court is required to elect two members to the Nominations Committee of Court to serve for renewable three year terms (further information about Court, including a list of members can be viewed below).  The Committee meets two or three times a year and its main function is to identify suitable lay people to serve on the University Council. For more information about this election please visit the the Nominations Committee of Court web pages.

Annual Meeting of Court 2014

The next Annual Meeting of Court is due to take place on Friday 12 December 2014.

Please contact the Governance Office for more information.

Members of Court

There are some 585 Court members of Court (Court members 2014 (PDF, 522kB)‌).  The members include officers of the University, members of Council and Senate, emeritus professors, benefactors, members of the Society of Merchant Venturers, representatives of local authorities, persons appointed by Privy Council, persons appointed by the Chancellor of the University, representatives of other Universities, local Members of Parliament, representatives of local and professional bodies, and 100 members elected by Convocation.  Further information can be found in the University of Bristol Charter, Acts, Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations‌ (Statute 11).

Powers of Court

Court receives reports from Council and an annual audited statement of accounts.  Court may comment on the affairs of the University, advise Council on any matter, and invite Council to review a decision.

Court has power, on the proposal of Council, to recommend to the Privy Council changes to the Charter and statutes.  It appoints the Chancellor, Pro-Chancellors and Treasurer upon the nomination of Council, appoints annually the external auditors and elects fifteen lay members of Council.

Further information can be found in University of Bristol Statutes 2013-14 (PDF, 138kB) (Statute 12).

Meetings of Court

Court normally meets once a year in December.  The Chancellor presides.  Court considers the annual accounts and the strategy and management of the University.  Court may hold special meetings at the request of its members.  Formal minutes, papers and presentations from the meetings of Court are made available to members of the public.  Further information can be found in the University of Bristol Charter, Acts, Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations (Statute 13).

The next annual meeting of Court is Friday 12 December 2014.


Court is organised by:

The Governance Office