By Press Office 19 January 2021

Queen Margaret University is to hold an election to appoint to the vacant position of Chair of the University Court, and this week, members of the University community who are eligible to vote will have the chance to meet the candidates for election.

The University Court plays a crucial role in the development of the University’s vision and strategic direction. The Chair of the University Court is responsible for the leadership and effectiveness of the Court, and for ensuring that the University is well connected with its stakeholders, including its staff and students. The Chair leads the Court in observing the highest standards of corporate governance, including those set out in the Scottish Code of Good Higher Education Governance.

After a detailed appointment process, two candidates – Dr Bill Maxwell and Pamela Woodburn – have met the criteria to stand for election. Statements provided by both candidates in support of their candidature are published on the University Chair of Court Candidates webpage. The candidate who wins the election will be appointed to the role of Chair for a period of three years.

Eligible voters will have the opportunity to attend two separate Open Meetings organised for Wednesday 20 January 2021 at 12 noon and at 1pm, and hear both candidates set out their candidature, and answer questions from the audience. Further information on the Open meetings, which will be conducted by Teams Live, has been sent to student and staff email accounts. Recordings of the sessions will be available to view online until voting closes on Wednesday, 27 January at 5pm.

Further information about this election is being shared via the QMU staff and student moderator and University intranet.

The election is being conducted under the ‘Regulations for Election’ approved by the University Court, and incorporated within the University Court Standing Orders, such regulations being aligned fully with the provisions of the Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Act 2016.

Notes to Editor

For media information contact Lynne Russell, Communications Manager, at E: lrussell@qmu.ac.uk; m: 07711 011239.

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