Members of the University Court 2019/2020

University Court

‌‌‌Members of the University Court 2019/20

Biographical information is available by clicking on an individual's name below


PositionNameRegister of interests

Mr Aamer Anwar

(April 2017 - March 2020)

Principal and Vice Chancellor

Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli

(Estates Committee, Finance Committee, Human Resources Committee, Nominations Committee, Remuneration Committee)

(October 2009 to September 2024)

Chancellor's Assessor

Mr Ronnie Mercer

(January 2018 - October 2019)

(Estates Committee, Nominations Committee, Remuneration Committee)

Assessor of the City of Glasgow Council

Cllr Susan Aitken

 (June 2017 to May 2020)

Two General Council Assessors

The General Council is a statutory body comprising all the graduates of the University of Glasgow.

Dr Morag Macdonald Simpson (Human Resources Committee) (Student Experience Committee)

(August 2014 to July 2022)


Ms Lesley Sutherland (Audit & Risk Committee) (Nominations Committee)(Equality and Diversity Strategy Committee)

(August 2014 to July 2022)


Five Elected Academic Staff Members (Senate Assessors)

















One Elected Support Staff Member


Professor Carl Goodyear (Human Resources Committee) (Nominations Committee)

(October 2014 to July 2022)


Professor Nicholas Hill (Finance Committee)

(January 2016 to July 2019)


Dr Simon Kennedy (Finance Committee)

(August 2017 - July 2021)


Professor Kirsteen McCue (Human Resources Committee)

(August 2017 - July 2021)


Dr Bethan Wood (Estates Committee)

(September 2017 - July 2021)


Mr Christopher Kennedy (August 2019 to July 2023)


Two Union Nominees

Dr Craig Daly


Ms Margaret Anne McParland 

President of Students’ Representative Council

Mr Scott Kirby  (Estates Committee) (Finance Committee) (Nominations Committee) (Remuneration Committee)

(July 2018 to June 2019)

Assessor of Students’ Representative Council

Mr Elliot Napier

(November 2017 to October 2019)

Nine Co-opted members

Mr Graeme Bissett (Finance Committee)

(January 2014 to December 2021)


Ms Heather Cousins (Audit & Risk Committee) (Nominations Committee)

(April 2014 to March 2022)


Mr David Finlayson   (Student Experience Committee)‌

(October 2017 to October 2021)


Dr June Milligan   (Human Resources Committee) (Remuneration Committee)

(October 2015 to October 2019)


Mr David Milloy (Estates Committee)

(January 2014 to December 2021)


Ms Elspeth Orcharton (Finance Committee)‌

(October 2016 to September 2020)


Ms Elizabeth Passey (Convener of Court) (Finance Committee) (Nominations Committee) (Remuneration Committee) 

(August 2016 to July 2020)


Mr Gavin Stewart (Finance Committee)

(April 2017 to March 2021)


Dr Ken Sutherland (Information Planning & Strategy Committee)

(January 2018 - December 2021)

Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary Dr David Duncan  Register

The role of the Court

The Court is the governing body of the University, and is sometimes compared to the Board of Directors of a company. Its powers have been defined over a number of years, commencing in 1858 when the Court was first established, and are set out in a series of Acts of Parliament, the Universities (Scotland) Acts 1858-1966, and subsidiary regulations and ordinances.

The Court has ultimate responsibility for the deployment of resources in the University and for the strategic plans of the institution. It also has a monitoring role in relation to the overall performance of the University, and it holds the Principal accountable for the effective and efficient management of the University. It is responsible for the well-being of staff. With the Senate, it is responsible for the well-being of students and for the reputation of the University. The Court has 25 members and meets in full session five times a year.