Role of the Court
The role of the Court is set out as follows in clause XIV of the Charter:
There shall be a Court of the University. The role of the Court shall be to provide a public forum for communication and discussion of the University’s activities. The composition and functions of the Court shall be as provided by Ordinance.
The composition of the Court is set out in Ordinance.
With regret, the University has decided to postpone the annual meeting of the Court, which was due to be held on Monday, 27 April 2020. As you will appreciate, the current efforts to reduce the spread of Covid-19 mean that holding such a gathering is not possible at present.
The Court provides an annual public forum for communication and discussion of the University’s activities, and it includes several key stakeholders in its membership. All staff and current students are members of the Court, as are representatives of numerous local and national organisations.
While alternative options were considered – including holding the meeting online – postponing the Court meeting was deemed the most appropriate in the current circumstances.
Every effort will now be made to identify an alternate date for a meeting later in 2020. However, should this not be possible, arrangements are already in place for next year’s meeting, which will be held on Friday, 19 March 2021.
In the meantime, you can continue to keep abreast of developments at the University via the website (https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/news/).
The work being done by the staff of the University under the leadership of the Vice-Chancellor and her team has been most impressive.
They have worked tirelessly since the announcement of the emergency to put in place distance learning, to ensure that social contact and academic dialogue is maintained over the web and to do everything possible to enable current students to continue with their courses and for those in their final year to complete their studies.
In addition, they have been liaising with both local and Welsh government to give considerable assistance to help them in their hard-pressed tasks.
I am immensely grateful for all this work and wish them and the students every good wish for the weeks ahead. We can all be very honoured by what is being done by the whole University community.
With every best wish,
Lord Thomas of Cwmgïedd