Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Cardiff Asks Whether It Needs a Court

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Cardiff Asks Whether It Needs a Court

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Cardiff University has questioned the future of its court, and the body's role in the selection of the chancellor, six months after it blocked the appointment of Griff Rhys Jones to the ceremonial post.

A consultation has been launched that asks: "Given that council is the governing body of the university, is there a continuing role for the court?"

It also asks if future chancellors should continue to be appointed by the court on the recommendation of the council, or whether the final choice should lie with the council - either acting alone or after a nominations process carried out with court representation.

It was in April that Cardiff suffered the embarrassment of being forced to call off the announcement of Mr Rhys Jones as chancellor after the court refused to ratify the comedian's selection by the council.

By this time - about half an hour before the appointment was due to be made public - the university had already distributed photographs of Mr Rhys Jones in the chancellor's robes to the media.

It was claimed that the council had not indicated that the serving chancellor, Nobel prizewinning scientist Sir Martin Evans, was eligible for reappointment. …

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