Governance at QMU

The Court is the governing body of Queen Margaret University, established by the Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh (Scotland) Order of Council 2007 which came into force on 1 April 2007.

The University is a company limited by guarantee (Company Number SC007335) and a charity (Scottish Charity No. SC002750) registered with the Office for Scottish Charities (OSCR).

Court members are consequently Directors and also Charitable Trustees.

The Court is responsible for carrying out the objectives of the University, ensuring the financial sustainability of the University and approving the strategic plan.

The Court is supported by a number of committees including the Finance & Estates Committee, Audit and Risk Committee, Nominations Committee and Senior Management Remuneration Committee. The Health and Safety Committee and the Equal Opportunities Committee also report to Court.

The Court delegates responsibility to the Senate for the academic work of the University and the conferring of degrees and other awards. Operational management is delegated to the University’s senior management team under the leadership of the Principal and Vice Chancellor.

An important aspect of the Court’s work is establishing and monitoring systems of control and accountability, including financial control, and reviewing the performance of the University. The Court approves the mission and strategic vision of the University, its long-term business plans, key performance indicators (KPIs) and annual budgets, and ensures that these meet the needs of stakeholders.

The Court also appoints the Principal of the University and has in place arrangements for monitoring her performance.

The Chair of Court

  • Between 11 and 15 lay members who bring with them skills and experience of value to the University.
  • The Principal and Deputy Principal.
  • Three staff members, two of whom are elected by staff, one who is appointed by Senate and
  • The Student President and one other Students’ Union office-bearer

Court members commit to conducting themselves in accordance with accepted standards of public life, which includes openness, objectivity, integrity, honesty and accountability. Members hold office for a fixed term, normally 3 years (but members may serve a second term), and they exercise their responsibilities in the interests of the University as a whole rather than as a representative of any constituency. They agree to abide by the University Court’s Code of Conduct and must complete a Register of Interests form annually.

The Court meets at least five times a year and the business of each meeting is recorded in the Court Minutes.

Court Members

Chair

Dr Frances Dow CBE Former Vice Principal, University of Edinburgh

 

Vice Chair

Linda McPherson Former Senior Director - Food and Drink, Tourism & Textile, Scottish Enterprise

 

Members 

Elaine Acaster Former Vice Principal - Royal Veterinary College, University of London and current President of Queen Margaret University Graduates' Association

Carolyn Bell Director of Financial Services at Maclay Murray and Spens (MMS) LLP

Jim Bradshaw Former Deputy Vice Chancellor (Business & Development)

Dr Richard Butt Deputy Principal, Queen Margaret University

Professor Graham Caie CBE MA PhD FRSE FEA FRSA Former Chair - National Library of Scotland Governance Committee and Vice President - Royal Society of Edinburgh

Colin Duffus Careers Adviser, Student Services

Dr Anthony Falconer OBE MBChB, DRCOG, MRCOG, DM, FRCOG, DSc Former consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist and former President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Cynthia Guthrie Joint Managing Director, Guthrie Group Limited

Francis Lennon OBE Former Head Teacher, awarded OBE for service to Scottish Education

Jackie Macdonald Partner, Small Green Spaces

John Kenneth McGarrity Former Finance Director, Nairn's Oatcakes Ltd

Miller McLean MA Llb WS NP FCIBS FIB Chairman, Adam & Company

Margaret O'Connor BA MA MBA Chief Executive - Art in Healthcare; Former Service Manager - Adult Wellbeing Resources, East Lothian Council

Sarah Philips Partner and Director - Burness Paull LLP

Megan Richardson Vice President, Students' Union, Queen Margaret University

Stewart Sands President, Students' Union, Queen Margaret University

Dr David Banks Lecturer in Nursing

Dr Eurig Scandrett Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Dr Andrew Scott Director of Population Health, Scottish Government

Professor Petra Wend PhD FRSA FRSE Principal and Vice Chancellor Queen Margaret University

Dr Laura Young MBE Founder and Chair of Trustees, Teapot Trust

 

In Attendance

Irene Hynd University Secretary, Secretary to the Court, Queen Margaret University

Malcolm Cutt Director of Operations and Finance, Queen Margaret University

Court Vacancies

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APPOINTMENT OF LAY COURT MEMBERS

Queen Margaret is in an exciting phase of its strategic development. In support of that development, the University Court is seeking to appoint to vacancies in its lay membership.

Committed Court members are critical to the University’s success. Court appointments take account of personal and professional skills and experience in the context of the overall composition of the Court. Currently, we are particularly interested to hear from individuals who have specific expertise in finance or who have a strong background in estates development and/or planning, particularly if this expertise has contributed to success within a higher education context (desirable but not essential). Applicants with other specialist knowledge are welcome to apply. You will have a strong, personal commitment to Higher Education, its governance and the values, aims and objectives of Queen Margaret University.

We are seeking individuals with experience of operating at strategic or board level, or who are able to demonstrate a track record of success in professional areas of expertise. Consideration will be given also to individuals who demonstrate the capacity to develop the required knowledge once they are in the role.

Queen Margaret University is committed to ensuring that its Court represents the staff, students and community it serves. Applications are welcomed particularly from women, disabled people, ethnic minorities and applicants who would further enhance the diversity of the Court.

Further information about the role of Court members and the application process can be found in the Supplementary Information booklet (PDF).

Applicants are asked complete and return an Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form. Please note that this form will be used purely for monitoring purposes. The form will be separated from your application and will not form part of the selection process.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Irene Hynd, University Secretary (ihynd@qmu.ac.uk). The closing date for application is Friday, 15 September 2017.

Court Publications

Court Minutes

2015-16 Academic Year

Court meeting held on 22 June 2016

Court meeting held on 6 April 2016

Court meeting held on 4 February 2016

Court meeting held on 2 December 2015

Court meeting held on 7 October 2015

2014-15 Academic Year

Court meeting held on 24 June 2015

Court meeting held on 1 April 2015

Court meeting held on 4 February 2015

Court meeting held on 3 December 2014

Court meeting held on 8 October 2014

2013-14 Academic Year

Court meeting held on 25 June 2014

Court meeting held on 2 April 2014

Court meeting held on 5 February 2014

Court meeting held on 4 December 2013

Court meeting held on 9 October 2013

Court Agendas

2015-16 Academic Year

Court meeting held on 22 June 2016

Court meeting held on 6 April 2016

Court meeting held on 4 February 2016

Court meeting held on 2 December 2015

Court meeting held on 7 October 2015

2014-15 Academic Year

Court meeting held on 24 June 2015

Court meeting held on 1 April 2015

Court meeting held on 4 February 2015

Court meeting held on 3 December 2014

Court meeting held on 8 October 2014

2013-14 Academic Year

Court meeting held on 25 June 2014

Court meeting held on 2 April 2014

Court meeting held on 5 February 2014

Court meeting held on 4 December 2013

Court meeting held on 9 October 2013

Court Members Handbook

This Handbook is a guide for members of the Queen Margaret University Court which provides members with an overview of the key aspects of the University and the University Court relevant to their role as a member of the University Court.

Court Members Handbook

Appendix 1 - QMU Strategic Plan QM150

Appendix 2 - QMU Order of Council and 2015 Amendment

Appendix 3 - Current Executive Board

Appendix 4 - Terms of Reference and Composition of Court Standing Committees

Appendix 5 - Terms of Reference and Composition of Senate and Senate Standing Committees

Appendix 6 - Financial Memorandum between QMU and SFC

Appendix 7 - SFC Letter of Guidance 2016-17 (external website)

Appendix 8 - The Seven Principles of Conduct in Public Life

Appendix 9 - The Code of Conduct for Court of QMU

Appendix 10 - Guidance for Charity Trustees - OSCR (external website)

Appendix 11 - Court Standing Orders - October 2015

Appendix 12 - QMU Court Delegated Authorisation Schedule

Appendix 13 - Scottish Code of Good Higher Education Governance (external website)

Appendix 14 - Memorandum of Association - Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh - Feb 2008

Appendix 15 - QMU Articles of Association

Appendix 16 - UK Corporate Governance Code - Sept 2014 (external website)

Appendix 17 - QMU Risk Management Policy

Appendix 18 - Role Descriptions of Members of Queen Margaret University Court

Appendix 19 - Standard Appointment Letter for Lay Members of Court

Appendix 20 - QMU Court Statement of Primary Responsibilities

Appendix 21 - Final Report Externally Facilitated Court Effectiveness Review: Part 1 and Part 2

Reports on Governance

Internal review of University implementation of the Scottish Code of Good Higher Education Governance

Court Effectiveness Review

Report produced by the University's Court Effectiveness Review Working Group

A Report to the Court Effectiveness Review Working Group from the External Adviser

Court Effectiveness Review action plan