Article XI of the Supplemental Charter provides for the appointment of a Visitor to adjudicate on petitions from members of the University’s academic staff (as defined in Statute 1).
The Visitor is appointed by the Privy Council, following a nomination by the University’s Council. Individuals appointed must hold or have held high judicial office.
On 28 July 2014, the Privy Council appointed Sir Roderick Evans as the Visitor of Aberystwyth University for a period of five years, with effect from 01 August 2014.
The role and jurisdiction of the Visitor is set out in Ordinance 32, which states: “The Visitor’s jurisdiction is limited to adjudicating on petitions from such members staff on the interpretation and application of the institution’s Charter, Statutes, Ordinances, Regulations and Policies, provided the point at issue is not an employment dispute”.
Members of the academic staff wishing to petition the Visitor should write to him via the University Secretary. Cases are normally determined by the Visitor on the basis of the papers submitted.
The Visitor will not normally be prepared to consider a petition unless the individual has made use of all channels of review within the University as provided by the Statutes, Ordinances, Regulations and Policies and that the individual has been informed that a final decision has been taken by the University or there is evidence that the University is prevaricating or appears to be behaving unreasonably.
Sir Roderick Evans
Sir Roderick Evans, or the Honourable Mr Justice Roderick Evans to use his legal title, was called to the Bar in 1970 and was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1989.
Sir Roderick was appointed a High Court Judge of the Queen’s Bench Division in 2001 and between 2004 and 2007 he was Presiding Judge for Wales. He retired from the High Court in April 2013.
A fluent Welsh-speaker, Sir Roderick holds Honorary Fellowships and Awards from Aberystwyth (2003), Swansea (2007) and Bangor (2010) Universities.