Update from Council - 27 Feb 2014

The following issues were discussed at the recent meeting of Council.

  • The Vice-Chancellor gave a report on key issues facing the University, including HEFCE’s very positive recent annual visit to the University, the announcement of HEFCE’s budget for 2014/15, the publishing of national REF submission figures and a regular health and safety update.
  • Corporate Performance Targets: A final report was made on the positive progress against the 17 targets in the University’s Corporate Plan which runs to 2013/14. The new University Strategy 2013-2016 can be found online.
  • The first of a series of research presentations was made, this time by Professor Julie Barnett and Professor Jon Williams.
  • Development & Alumni Relations: Gavin Maggs, Director of DDAR, gave a presentation on planning for the 50th anniversary celebrations, the associated fundraising campaign, and an annual report on the work of the department in 2012/13.
  • Student Applications: The admissions cycle for 2013 has been very successful for the University. Home applications for campus-based undergraduate provision grew by 16.7%, against a sector increase of only 4.25%.  Overseas applications also increased substantially. Applications for full-time postgraduate taught provision increased by 3.7% over the previous year.
  • Chair of Council: Council approved an appointment of a successor to Peter Troughton from 1 August 2014 – an announcement will be made very shortly.
  • Auditors: Council approved the appointment of KPMG as the University’s External Auditors for the 2013/14 audit.
  • Finance: Council approved the revised financial forecasts for 2013/14, which show a positive financial position.
  • Building developments: Council approved funding for the refurbishment of Marlborough and Solsbury accommodation and also additional funding to optimise the development of 4 East South and 10 West.
  • Health & Safety: Council noted the Annual Report on Health & Safety.
  • Calendar of Committees: dates for committee meetings were agreed for 2014/15 and 2015/16. These will be posted online.
  • Governance: Minor amendments were agreed to University Ordinances, to the Finance Committee Terms of Reference and to the membership of the Equality and Diversity Committee.

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