Meetings are a regular feature of university life. They range in scale from one-to-one meetings such as annual reviews to open meetings attended by many hundreds of staff. The focus here is on those set piece meetings attended by individuals who hold particular roles e.g., faculty meetings, boards of study, research committees, exam boards, staff-student liaison committees and the like. Early in your career you’ll find yourself invited to these gatherings as you pick up admin roles. As this begins to happen, be sure to observe the social norms of each particular meeting in order that your contributions are heard (and preferably acted upon). At some point you’ll get the chance to chair such a meeting. Here’s how to chair effectively.