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Monitors sought to expand the MCO's monitoring capacity

The Magna Charta Observatory is going to develop its monitoring capacity by appointing Monitors

One of the functions of the Magna Charta Observatory is to monitor the status of institutional autonomy and academic freedom. It acts on behalf of signatories or members of universities and also investigates independently.

It commissions case studies on specific issues in individual countries or regions and publishes books and essays on a range of topics, all connected to current issues related to either institutional autonomy or academic freedom.

It conducts site visits to universities or university systems in order to explore the situation, always with the self-understanding to offer an objective view, an outside “reference point” to create shared ideas motivating sound and effective relations among actors in higher education and research.

Traditionally, it has relied solely on members of its Council to play a leading role in this work.

As the Observatory broadens its geographical reach and as the range of challenges to fundamental values broadens, the Observatory is committed to increasing its capacity to provide its monitoring service.

The Council will therefore be selecting and providing training for people who can become part of an accredited group to assist with the development of the Observatory’s protocols, lead and undertake reviews in different parts of the world and produce reports and provide quality assurance of this work.

The Observatory now invites expressions of interest from people in the higher education sector to become members of its monitoring team. It is seeking to recruit a team of 12 people in the first instance.

Applicants should demonstrate commitment to the values expressed in the Magna Charta Universitatum (which can be found at, be experienced at undertaking reviews in the fields of academic freedom and institutional autonomy, or accreditation and validation. They should have substantial experience in higher education, ideally at a senior level, a high level of awareness of the role of universities in their national and international contexts, awareness of internationalisation, professional credibility, sensitivity towards local circumstances, due tact and diplomacy. They should have experience in developing and refining protocols and of quality assurance processes in higher education.  They should be able to demonstrate integrity and political astuteness. They should be available, with reasonable notice, to undertake reviews where these are requested and must be available to attend a development event on 16 September 2015 in Bologna, Italy.

Applicants may apply on their own behalf or individuals can be nominated for appointment.

Each applicant should submit a CV and a brief statement saying why they are motivated to join the team and setting out their experience which equips them to serve in it. The names, positions and contact details of 2 referees should be provided.

Applications should be sent to the Administrator at and should be received by noon on 31 May.

A selection committee chaired by the President will select the team of monitors with a view to including academics from all round the globe.

The expenses of those appointed will be reimbursed for training and for assignments undertaken in accordance with the Observatory’s regulations. They will be admitted free of charge to the Annual conference of the Observatory on 17 September 2015 and the Magna Charta Universitatum signing on 18 September.

Appointment to the panel will be for a period of 4 years in the first instance. Appointment for further periods will be subject to performance, which will be reviewed by the President and Secretary-General.