UNIVERSITY COURT - 26 APRIL 2011


A meeting of the University Court will be held at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 26 April 2011.

Dr Neale Laker
Clerk to Court

AGENDA

1. APOLOGIES
2. MINUTES
Minutes of the meeting on 21 February 2011. Paper A (index)
Paper A
3. MATTERS ARISING
(1) Statute 16 - Discipline, Dismissal & Removal from Office (Minute 19(2))
To hear an update from the University Secretary on the appeal of two unnamed members of staff against their dismissal, following a Tribunal set up in accordance with Statute 16. At its meeting on 13 December 2010, the Court had approved the appointment of Mr David Clapham to hear and determine the appeal.
(2) Renewal of Borrowing Facilities: Barclays Bank (Minute 35(2))
To note that the Director of Finance and University Secretary have now concluded the renewal of the facility.
(3) Statute 17 - Retirement of Members of Staff (Minute 37(1))
Following consultation with the Senatus Academicus, to confirm the decision, taken at the meeting on 21 February 2011, to repeal Statute 17 with effect from 1 October 2011, subject to approval by the Lords of the Privy Council.
4. CHAIRMAN'S REPORT
(1) Appointment of External Auditors
To homologate the Chairman's approval of the Audit Committee's recommendation that the University appoint PricewaterhouseCoopers as external auditors and that the Director of Finance be authorised to sign the Terms of Engagement (Paper F at Item 9 of this Agenda refers).
(2) Appeal under Statute 16
To homologate the Chairman's approval of a substitution in the composition of a panel to hear an appeal against the decision of a Redundancy Committee (Minutes 62 and 84(2) of the 26 April and 14 June 2010 Court meetings, respectively, refer). Court had, at its meeting on 14 June 2010, approved the proposal that Mr Sandy Meiklejohn of Blackadders convene the panel, but following his withdrawal from the panel on the advice of the Employment Tribunal Office, it was proposed that Mr David Burnside (Consultant with Paull & Williamsons) assume this role. The two other members of the panel (Dr Lowe and Professor Reid) remained as originally proposed.
5. PRINCIPAL'S REPORT Paper B

PART A - MATTERS ON WHICH DISCUSSION IS EXPECTED
6. STRATEGIC REVIEW AND FUTURE OPTIONS Paper C
Paper C (Appendix)
7. FINANCE & POLICY COMMITTEE
Report enclosed of the Committee's meeting on 28 March 2011. Paper D
8. STATUTE 16 - ACADEMIC STAFF Paper E
Paper E
9. AUDIT COMMITTEE
Report enclosed of the Committee's meeting on 8 March 2011. Paper F
Paper F
Paper F
Paper F
10. STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK - AIMS 1-3 Paper G

PART B - OTHER MATTERS FOR REPORT OR APPROVAL
11. MEMBERSHIP OF COURT
(1) Graduates' Council Assessor
To note that Mr IDM Wright has been elected by the Graduates' Council to serve as Assessor on Court for the period 1 August 2011 to 31 July 2015.
(2) Academic Council Assessor
To note that Professor GJ Mires has been elected by the Academic Council to serve on Court for the period 1 August 2011 to 31 July 2015.
(3) Senate Assessors
To note that an election to fill vacancies for one professorial and one non-professorial Senate member on Court is scheduled to take place on Friday 6 May 2011.
12. COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE SENATUS ACADEMICUS
Report of the Senate's meeting on 30 March 2011. Paper H
13. THE FINANCIAL HEALTH AND SUSTAINABILITY OF THE HE SECTOR - INTERIM REPORT OF THE NEW JNCHES SUSTAINABILITY ISSUES WORKING GROUP Paper I (cover)
Paper I
14. NATIONAL UNION OF STUDENTS (NUS) - COMMITTEE OF UNIVERSITY CHAIRS (CUC): SUPPLEMENTARY GUIDE REGARDING THE ROLE OF UNIVERSITY GOVERNING BODIES IN RELATION TO STUDENTS' UNIONS Paper J
15. STAFF
Professorial and Other Grade 10 Appointments Paper K
16. ANY OTHER BUSINESS