Court serves as a bridge between the wider community and the University. It provides a source of ideas, influence and support from the wider community to assist the University in pursuit of its mission.

Responsibilities and terms of reference

Court is responsible for: 

  • appointing the Chancellor and Pro-Chancellors on the nomination of the Board of Trustees;
  • appointing 2 members to serve on the Nominations Committee of the Board.

Court may also:

  • pose questions to the Chair of the Board of Trustees on the activity of the Board in the preceding year and the plans for the year ahead;
  • pose questions to the Vice-Chancellor and Executive Group on the execution of the strategy of the University;
  • pose questions to the Board of Trustees on the financial statements;
  • ask questions and offer comment to the Board of Trustees and the Executive Group on any aspect of the University's business.

See full details of Court’s responsibilities in statutes 6-8 of the University's Statutes.


Court membership is set out in statute 6 of the University's Statutes and is made up of:

Core Members


  • 30 Alumni Association Representatives
  • 5 Emeriti


  • 20 Members from civic, cultural and community organisations or bodies
  • 20 Members from unions, professional organisations, business community and industry or other knowledge-intensive organisations
  • 5 representatives from elected representatives of the City of Bristol and its surrounding areas

Ex Officio

  • Chancellor
  • Pro-Chancellors
  • Honorary Fellows

Additional Members

The Chancellor may appoint up to 20 Additional Appointed Members as set out in Statute.

Current members of Court

To see a list of current members, download the Court membership 2023/24 (PDF, 132kB)

Diversity monitoring

View diversity monitoring information.


Statute 6 sets out that the following people can attend Court:

  • 20 university employees, who are elected by university employees
  • The elected Sabbatical Officers of the Students' Union
  • Board of Trustees
  • Vice-Chancellor and President
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise
  • Chief Operating Officer, Registrar and University Secretary
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Deans
  • University Librarian
  • Chief Property Officer (the Bursar)
  • Clerk to Court

They do not have the authority to make committee decisions and are not eligible to vote in meetings.

Court Secretary


There are currently no vacancies.

Meeting dates and paper submission deadlines 2023/24

View paper submission guidance

Court meets in accordance with its Standing orders (PDF, 145kB).

  • Friday 1 December 2023, 9am
    (Paper deadline 17 November 2023)


Download minutes from previous meetings of Court.


  • 1 December 2023 (TO FOLLOW)




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