Reports from Council and Senate - Feb/Mar 2012

Council - 1 March 2012

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

  • Masterplan: Council noted that a revised version of the Masterplan for the University would be submitted to its next meeting on 17 May 2012. 
  • External Auditor: Council re-appointed KPMG as the University's External Auditor for 2011/12.
  • Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblowing) Policy: Council approved the revised version of the University's Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblowing) Policy.
  • Revised Forecasts: Council approved the revised forecasts of the University for 2011/12. These showed a projected surplus of £1.6m compared to the budgeted surplus of £228k approved in June 2011.
  • Electricity Power Supply: Council approved the project to improve the electricity power supply to the campus with a budget of £2.676m.
  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Internationalisation): Council appointed Professor Colin Grant as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Internationalisation) for five years from 1 June 2012.
  • Student Number Controls and Teaching Funding: HEFCE Consultation on Changes for 2013/14 And Beyond: Council noted that HEFCE had published the second stage of a consultation on future arrangements for allocating funding for teaching in universities and colleges and implementing government policy on student number controls. The deadline for responses was 25 May 2012.

Senate - 22 February 2012

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

  • Division for Lifelong Learning: Senate noted the disestablishment of the Division for Lifelong Learning with effect from 1 October 2012. The contribution of the Division to the work of the University was formally recognised. The implications of the disestablishment in terms of transfer of responsibility for the programmes currently located within the Division and consequential amendment of the governance structure of Senate were then considered and approved.
    • The Learning Partnerships Office has transferred to the Widening Participation Office with effect from 1 February 2012 but will operate with a dual reporting line to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching) in respect of the Division for Lifelong Learning until 30 September 2012.
    • The Western Vocational Progression Consortium (WVPC) and HE Stem Project Teams and CPD will remain with the Division until 30 September 2012 with WVPC and HE Stem being overseen by Dr Butt.
    • The Division Outreach and Marketing Team transferred to the Widening Participation Office and the Division's e-developments and quality teams were transferred to the Learning & Teaching Enhancement Office with effect from 1 February 2012 (although both will retain linkages with the Division during the transitional period).
  • In preparation for the disestablishment of the Division, there will be a transitional period during which the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching) will take responsibility for oversight of the Division:
    The programmes located with the Division for Lifelong Learning will be transferred to the most appropriate academic department according to subject area with effect from 1 August 2012. This will bring these programmes within the academic structure of the University. However, responsibility for management and administration of the programmes will remain with the Learning Partnerships Office, reporting to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching), after the programmes have transferred to their new academic department. The academic oversight will continue to be at department level (having formerly been provided through Link Academic Advisers)
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  • David VandeLinde Prize: Senate approved amendment of the criteria for award of the David VandeLinde Prize. This was intended to enable the recipient to achieve future sporting success whilst maintaining a suitable balance between their sporting activities and academic study.
  • Honorary Appointments: Senate approved procedures and criteria for honorary appointments in the Department for Health and Department of Psychology.
  • Shape of the Academic Year for 2014/15: Senate approved the Shape of the Academic Year for 2014/15.
  • UK Quality Code for Higher Education: Senate noted the new UK Quality Code for Higher Education.
  • New Academic Programmes: Senate approved the following programmes:
    • Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc in Civil Engineering: Innovative Structural Materials
    • Postgraduate Certificate International Relations and European Politics
    • Postgraduate Diploma International Relations and European Politics

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