Universities (Scotland) Act 1889

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This revised the earlier Universities (Scotland) Act 1858 in a number of ways but the principal change was in the relationship between the responsibilities of the University Court and the Senatus Academicus. Court became the chief body of governance, with Senatus focusing on teaching and discipline. Court could also review Senatus decisions on appeal and appoint professors, where the Chair fell under University jurisdiction. The Act also granted statutory recognition to the Students' Representative Council, entitling it to petition the Senatus Academicus on any matter concerning the teaching and discipline of the University, and the University Court on any other matter affecting students. It was also to be consulted by the Rector before he appointed his Court Assessor.

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