Ancient university governance in Scotland

Ancient University Governance In Scotland

Ancient university governance in Scotland

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The ancient university governance structure in Scotland is the organisational system imposed by the Universities (Scotland) Acts, a series of Acts of Parliament enacted between 1858 and 1966. The Acts applied to what were termed the 'older universities': the University of St Andrews, the University of Glasgow, the University of Aberdeen and the University of Edinburgh. Whilst the Acts do not directly apply to the University of Dundee (except insofar as the 1966 Act made regulation for its independence), the same governance structure was ordained for use by that institution in its Royal charter. Together these universities are commonly referred to as the ancient universities of Scotland.

The tripartite constitution

The ancient structure applies a tripartite relationship of bodies with authority over the university. These are the University Court, the General Council and the Senatus Academicus (rendered in English as the Academic Senate).

Senatus Academicus

The Senatus Academicus is the supreme academic body of a university, presided over by the Principal.

The body will typically consist of the Principal, any Vice Principals, all professors, deans of faculties, heads of schools and colleges, elected representatives of non-professorial academic staff, elected student representatives, the university's chief librarian and any other significant persons specified in university ordinances.

In practice, the chief power of the Senatus Academicus...
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