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Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Act 2016

Section 16: Elections to academic board

32.Section 16 makes provision for the conduct of elections of members appointed under section 15(1)(c) or (d). Section 16(2) provides that the election is to be conducted in accordance with rules made by the governing body of the HEI. Under section 16(3) the rules may determine the number of appointments to be made (paragraph (a)), and make different provision for different vacancies (paragraph (b)) (which means that the rules for the election of staff members could be different to the rules for the election of student members).

33.Section 16(4) provides that where the number of eligible candidates in one of the categories in section 15 is equal to or fewer than the number of vacancies available in that category, those candidates will be deemed to be elected.

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