Report of University Council Meeting - 20 May 2010

The following items were discussed at the recent meeting of University Council:

  • Independent Review of Higher Education Funding & Student Finance: Universities UK, the 1994 Group and the Russell Group had submitted to the Review during the previous week. All had called for higher tuition fees to maintain the quality of higher education. The recommendations of Lord Browne were expected in the Autumn. The new coalition government had announced criteria against which it would judge these recommendations, including the need to ensure a properly funded university sector and the impact on student debt.
  • Funding of Higher Education: The coalition government was re-visiting the spending commitments of the previous government so the new higher education funding announced in March 2010 was under review. Details of savings of £6bn from government spending in 2010/11 were also expected to be announced on 24 May 2010, followed by an emergency budget on 22 June 2010. The implications of these developments for the University would be monitored closely and reported to Council.
  • External Auditor: Council approved the re-appointment, following a full tender process, of KPMG as the University's External Auditor.
  • Heads of Department: The appointments Council made with effect from 1 August 2010 are available online.
  • New Members of Council: Following advertisement and interviews, the following new members were appointed to serve on the Council with effect from 1 August 2010:

Ruth Foreman
David Gould
Mark Hawkesworth
Roger Whorrod

Brief biographical notes on each are available online.

  • Opening of 4 West Building: Sir James Dyson would be formally opening the 4 West Building on the morning of Friday 2 July 2010.
  • Court: A Founder's Day would in future be hosted by the University each year, particularly to formally mark the importance of its relationship with Bath and North East Somerset Council. The programme for the first such event scheduled for 31 March 2011 was being prepared. It would include a lecture, the annual meeting of Court, the annual payment of a peppercorn as rent for the land on which the campus is built, and a dinner hosted by the University.

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