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Lay Members

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Queen Margaret University, Musselburgh, EH21 6UU
  • Closing 28th August 2022

  • Advertised from 29th March 2022
  • Salary: Non-remunerated but reasonable travel and subsistence expenses will be reimbursed for attendance at Court and Committee meetings, for business conducted on behalf of the University, or duties carried out at the request of the Court. Length of Appointment: 3 years, but may be extended for a further 3 years. Time Commitment (days per week/year): 15 days per annum.


Number of positions advertised: Up to 5


The University Court, which is the University’s governing body, is seeking to appoint to a number of vacancies that will arise in its independent (Lay) membership over the calendar year 2022. Lay members are independent of the University and are crucial in providing an external perspective on important issues. We are particularly interested to hear from individuals who can bring expertise and/or experience in the following areas:

  • Accountancy and financial services
  • Arts and creative industries
  • Audit and risk
  • Commercial
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Food and drink

Applicants with other specialist knowledge are also welcome to apply.

In appointing to vacancies, we are looking to rebalance and in some areas, enhance the Court in terms of membership skills and experience, and in terms of member diversity. We would welcome and encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, and to preserve gender balance on the Court, we would welcome and encourage applications from women.

You will have experience as a member of a board/s or committee/s, or experience of operating at a strategic level in a professional role. Consideration will be given also to individuals with professional expertise who demonstrate the capacity to develop as a skilled member of the Court once appointed to the role. We will provide comprehensive training and support to appointees who are early in their board career.

You will be an excellent communicator with appropriate negotiation, presentation and influencing skills. You will be supportive of the University’s ethos, mission and values, and be committed to equality, diversity and inclusivity.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Irene Hynd, University Secretary (

Application notes

Applications are invited in the form of:

  • A current CV or description of work and other relevant experience.
  • A supporting statement highlighting how skills and experience match the role specification.
  • The names of two referees who may be contacted.

Applicants are also asked to 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 the application and will not form part of the selection process.

Applications are invited by Sunday 28 August 2022, for a start date in October 2022.

Applications should be submitted: By e-mail to: Irene Hynd, University Secretary