Reports from Council and Senate - Oct 2010

(1) Council

The following items were discussed at the meeting of University Council on 28 October 2010:

  • Browne Review of Higher Education and the Comprehensive Spending Review 2011-2014: Council received a briefing on the implications for the University of the Browne Review of Higher Education and the Comprehensive Spending Review. It noted the extent of factors influencing the future funding and strategy of the University which were yet to be determined (e.g. the profile of the cuts over the four-year period, future rationale for research funding allocation, future subject price groups).
  • Key Performance Indicators Update: Council considered and noted the annual report of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). These covered the performance of the University in respect of Research, Learning & Teaching, Student Experience, Knowledge Transfer, Estates, Finance and Human Resources benchmarked against the Universities of Durham, Exeter, Lancaster, Warwick and York.
  • Sports Strategy 2010/11 to 2013/14: The Director of Sport, Stephen Baddeley, presented the draft Sports Strategy to Council, which was approved. The strategy sets out the strategic vision for sport and how this supports the key objectives of the University's Corporate Plan. A detailed operational plan has also been prepared to support implementation of the strategy.
  • Student Satisfaction Improvement Strategy: Council considered and noted the report on University and departmental level strategies to enhance student satisfaction and the revised strategy for enhancing scores in the future.
  • Head of Department: Professor Nick Gould was appointed as Acting Head of the Department of Social & Policy Sciences for one year from 1 January 2011.
  • Preliminary Report on Undergraduate & Postgraduate Admissions: Council considered the preliminary report on undergraduate & postgraduate admissions for 2010 entry.
  • Human Resources Report 2009/10: The annual report of the Director of Human Resources was considered and noted. This included details of new/revised policies and procedures approved by Council during the year (either directly or by delegated authority).

(2) Senate

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

  • Browne Review of Higher Education and the Comprehensive Spending Review 2011-2014: Senate was briefed on the implications for the University of the Browne Review of Higher Education and the Comprehensive Spending Review. It noted that further clarity in respect of future funding was expected by Christmas. The importance of clarifying the rationale for research funding allocation and future subject price groups was particularly emphasised.
  • Academic Key Performance Indicators: Senate noted the performance of the University against Academic Key Performance Indicators. These covered the performance of the University in respect of Research, Learning & Teaching, Student Experience and Knowledge Transfer benchmarked against the Universities of Durham, Exeter, Lancaster, Warwick & York.
  • Sports Strategy 2010/11 to 2013/14: Senate recommended the draft Sports Strategy to Council.
  • Preliminary Report on Undergraduate & Postgraduate Admissions: Senate considered the preliminary report on undergraduate & postgraduate admissions for 2010 entry.
  • National Student Survey 2010: Senate considered and noted the results of the National Student Survey 2010 and the University's Student Satisfaction Improvement Strategy.
  • Graduate School Governance: Senate considered the proposed revision of the Faculty Committee Structure to support the governance of Faculty Graduate Schools. It was agreed that the proposals be approved with a view to establishing a new committee structure for the governance of the Graduate Schools with effect from 1 January 2011, subject to clarification of whether PGT business could be incorporated within the remit of the Faculty PGR Staff/Student Liaison Committee.
  • Academic Department Committee Structure: Senate approved the introduction of a common committee structure at departmental level with effect from 1 November 2010, subject to minor amendment/clarification.
  • Library: Senate considered the annual report of the Library for 2009/10 and expressed its appreciation of the excellent work of the Library team.
  • Revision of Foundation Degree and Work-Based Learning Honours Year Assessment Regulations: This was approved by Senate, subject to minor amendment.
  • Student Recruitment & Marketing Group: The establishment of a Student Recruitment & Marketing Group was endorsed. This would replace the Recruitment & Admissions Committee and Overseas Recruitment Steering Committee.
  • Professor Emeritus: The title of Professor Emeritus was conferred on:
    • Professor Nicholas Pace, Physics
    • Professor Stuart Reynolds, Biology & Biochemistry
    • Professor Geof Wood, Social & Policy Sciences

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