The 2020 meeting of Court will take place on 4 December.

Members of Court

The membership of Court has been revised as part of the Court Reform process. The new membership of Court is set out in Statute 11 of the University's Statutes. In summary, the composition is:

Core Members



Ex Officio

Additional Members

The Chancellor may appoint up to 20 Additional Appointed Members from the body of honorary graduates or nomiantions put forward by civic, cultural and community, professional, industry and business organisations or bodies including (but not limited to) organisations or bodies located in or around the city of Bristol.  The nomination process shall be conducted in such a manner as the Nominations Committee considers appropriate from time to time.


Powers of Court

The University Charter stipulates that there shall be a Court whose members shall be kept informed by the Board of Trustees about the University's strategic aims, ambitions and initiatives and who will have the opportunity to provide comments, opinion, wise counsel and other support to the Board of Trustees at the Annual Meeting of Court in accordance with the Statutes. The constitution of Court is defined by Statute.

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

Court appoints the Chancellor and Pro-Chancellors upon the nomination of the Board of Trustees, and has the power to approve extensions to prescribed terms of office for the Chancellor and Pro Chancellors. Court shall also appoint two of its Members to serve on the Nominations Committee of the Board of Trustees. Court may remove members of Court other than those who are Ex Officio Members, for good cause, as defined by Statute 31.

Further information can be found in the University of Bristol Charter, Acts, Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations (Statute 13).

Meetings of Court

Court normally meets once a year in December.  The Chancellor presides.  At each annual meeting, Court shall receive:

Court may offer independent opinion on any matter or activity relating to the University and may:

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 12).


Court is organised by:

The Governance team