Rector’s Charter

While I was Rector’s Assessor to Mark Ballard, the then Rectors of Scottish Universities drew up a charter for Rectors. This covers what a Rector should do, what the commitment should be and how a Rector should behave.

Since Higher Education Governance is again a live topic, I thought it would be useful to post the Charter Rectors charter (.docx file) for people to see, and maybe even use.

Rector’s Charter

I (name of candidate) confirm my commitment, if elected as rector, to:

– give a guaranteed minimum of time to the university (an average of 2 days a month during the academic year);

– get to know the university in the round – students, academic, non academic, estate;

– be available to meet/liaise with students in societies, residences and academic settings;

– hold regular surgeries as opportunities for direct consultation (preferably at least one monthly);

– attend all Court meetings;

– recognise that as Rector I have the right to preside over Court meetings;

– to chair impartially and allow all voices to be fairly heard;

– ensure student views not overlooked, in and out of Court;

– use the right to attend all Court sub-committee meetings when I see it as appropriate;

– use my best offices in the service of good governance – open, fair, accountable;

– appoint an assessor;

– liaise with rectors of other Universities in twice yearly meetings of the Rectors’ Group to address shared issues;

– act as advocate for the universities with rectorships;

– be accessible to the SRC and sabbaticals as required;

– promote and act as advocate for the role of rector to the student body itself.

Signed………………………………………………………Date……..…………

– promote and act as advocate for the role of rector to the student body itself.

Signed………………………………………………………Date……..…………

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