* three seats on the Convocation committee and
* 25 of the hundred seats reserved for graduates on Bristol University Court are up this year.
I am just coming to the end of my most recent four year term as one of the representatives of Bristol's graduates on Court (which is a sort of advisory board of governors) and am seeking re-election.
There are a lot of excellent candidates standing: as a result of having a surname beginning with "W" I find myself near the bottom of a long list of excellent people.
It has been my consistent experience over the very long period of time I have served on Court - I have now been on it for 33 years - that the representatives of Convocation have provided far and away the most constructive challenge to the leadership of the University as "critical friends."
The University does not need people who oppose everything or try to make trouble but it does need people who will ask the difficult questions, make suggestions and think outside the box. Convocation representatives have been very good at doing this, sometimes in very difficult periods for the University of Bristol, over the past 30 plus years.
Whether or not I personally am re-elected to Court I very much hope this will continue.