Update from Council - 30 June 2011

Update from Council - 30 June 2011

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

  • Times Higher Education (THE) Table of Tables: The University had been ranked 10th in the country in the THE Table of Tables, moving up one place from last year. Bath scored a total of 57 points, ranking 10th in the Complete University Guide, 12th in the Times Good University Guide and 14th in The Guardian.
  • Higher Education White Paper 'Students at the Heart of the System': Council noted the publication of the Higher Education White Paper two days earlier.  Further details.
  • Revised Single Equality Scheme: Council approved the revision of the University's Single Equality Scheme to reflect the provisions of the Equality Act. The University is committed to promoting diversity and equality of opportunity for all staff and students. The Scheme sets out the University's approach to ensuring that students, staff and visitors are treated with equity regardless of age, disability, gender, pregnancy & maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender status, marital or civil partnership status. Download the revised scheme (PDF).
  • Risk Management: Council approved the Annual Update of the University's Risk Register and Risk Management Plan.
  • Staff Survey 2011 Update: Council considered and noted progress with implementation of the Staff Survey. A further progress report would be submitted to Council in November 2011. Further information about the Staff Survey.
  • New Members of Council: The following new members of Council were appointed to serve for three years from 1st August 2011:

Peter Freeman, CBE, QC
Peter Freeman has recently retired as Chairman of the Competition Commission, a post he held for five years, serving as its Deputy Chairman for three years prior to that.  Before joining the Competition Commission, Peter was head of the EC and Competition Law Group of the international law firm Simmons & Simmons.

Dr Michael Hipkins
Dr Michael Hipkins has been involved in higher education, either as a university lecturer and researcher or as a policy maker, for much of his working life. He was until very recently Director, Financial Support for Learners at  the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, having previously held the posts of Acting Director, Higher Education Strategy and Implementation and Divisional Manager, Higher Education Funding and Organisation in the Department for Education & Skills.

Raoul Hughes
Raoul Hughes is a Partner, and Chief Operating Officer, at Bridgepoint Advisers Limited. He joined National Westminster Bank plc (NatWest Group) in 1987, transferring to Bridgepoint Capital Limited in 1988. He currently serves on the Boards of Betterware, Concentric, JDR Cables, and Worldmark and was previously a Director of Jessops plc and Concentric Ltd.

  • Chair of the Audit Committee: Mrs Ruth Foreman, lay member of Council since 2010 and Managing Partner of the Bristol office of Baker Tilly, was appointed Chair of the Audit Committee for three years from 1 August 2011.
  • Marketing Brand Identity: Council received a presentation on the University's Brand Identity Project from Siôn Lutley, Director of Development & Alumni Relations and Stephen Rangecroft, Director of External Relations & Marketing, School of Management. The stylistic approach of The Bath Advantage conveyed during the presentation was approved.
  • Finance: The estimates of University income and expenditure for 2011/12 and the forecasts to 2015/16 were approved. The forecast for 2011/12 was essentially break-even.
  • Senior Academic Appointments: The following senior academic appointments from were approved from 1 August 2011 to 31st July 2014:

Professor Jane Millar, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Professor Paul Raithby, Head of the Department of Chemistry
Professor Christos Ioannidis, Head of the Department of Economics
Dr James Bilzon, Head of the Department for Health
Professor Tony Miles, Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering
Professor Ian Butler, Head of the Department of Social & Policy Sciences

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