The Court is a body whose members are ambassadors and friends of the University and represent its interests in the wider world.
It meets twice a year and receives the financial statements and other reports on the working of the University. Court will offer its advice on any matters which it considers appropriate for the well-being of the University.
Court is consulted on the appointment of the Chancellor (who chairs the Court) and complements the Council (the governing body) and the Senate (responsible for the academic work of the University) in the University's formal governance structure.
The structure and powers of Court are set out in the Charter and Statutes (PDF , 151kb)
Membership of the Court is extended to a wide range of people who have a common interest in furthering the development of the University. The Court helps to ensure strong links with the City of York and its surrounding region, with the University's local, national and international communities of friends and supporters, and with diverse groups and organisations which share an interest in the University's work and life.
Court members constitute a public forum for the presentation of University business and contribute to the University by acting as ambassadors and critical friends. Their voluntary efforts are much valued and appreciated and help to make the University the vibrant community it is.