BUCS Independent Head of Judiciary

British Universities and Colleges Sports


Closing date:   21 January 2024
Location:   United Kingdom (Mostly remote/virtual, some in-person activity)
Region:   United Kingdom
Employment type:   Volunteer
Salary:   Voluntary role – There is no remuneration but expenses, where applicable, will be paid in line with BUCS’ Volunteer Expenses Policy


About BUCS

British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) is a not-for-profit organisation, representing over 150 Higher Education (HE) institutions. BUCS delivers league and knockout programmes for 24 sports, as well as over 100 sporting events and several physical activity programmes. Our ambition is to deliver exceptional student sporting experiences that inspire, develop, and unite.

About the role

The Independent Head of Judiciary is the senior member of BUCS’s Judiciary. They will oversee the recruitment and appointment of Chairs (independent) and Panel Members (students and sabbatical officers) to the standing panel of the BUCS Judiciary, chair cases, and support the BUCS Governance and Compliance Team with allocating panels to hear disciplinary and regulatory matters at first instance and on appeal.

The appointment will be for a fixed period of three years' tenure and will be subject to the terms of a written agreement. The three-year term may also be renewed, subject to a maximum tenure of nine years.

The Independent Head of Judiciary will be primarily responsible for safeguarding the reputation of BUCS, its competitions, and its members, through clear, consistent, and fair decision making by disciplinary, appeal and other panels.

To download the role description and person specification document, click here.


Panel sessions and meetings are usually held virtually via Microsoft Teams or Zoom, but the role holder may on occasion be asked to attend in-person events.

Time Commitment

Around 10-15 days a year. Able to be available throughout the BUCS season and at short notice to hear or attend cases which are likely to be time bound.

Application process

To apply, please email [email protected] with a copy of your CV and a letter detailing your experience and why you are interested in the role.

Please provide two referees on your CV who we can contact. We may do this before interview, but not without your permission.

BUCS is committed to having a diverse, skilled, and experienced Judiciary. Applications from all backgrounds and sectors are welcome.

Closing date:  23:59 on Sunday 21 January 2024

Interview: Interviews will be held via Microsoft Teams or Zoom in late January/early February – date(s) TBC.

For further information or an informal discussion concerning the role or BUCS, please contact [email protected].

It is likely we will only be able to provide feedback to those who reach the interview stage. If you don’t hear from us within two weeks of the closing date, please assume that, unfortunately, your application has not been successful.

Data Protection statement
Any personal data submitted to BUCS in the course of this recruitment process will be held securely and processed solely for the purposes of recruitment. It will be held for the duration of the recruitment process, and if appointed by BUCS, for the duration of the term of appointment and to fulfil the statutory, or recommended, retention periods when no longer in post. BUCS will comply with data protection legislation at all times and in line with BUCS’ Privacy Policy.

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