Update from Council - 26 Nov 2015

The following issues were discussed at the Council meeting on 26 November 2015:         

SETsquared - Council received a presentation by Simon Bond, SETsquared Innovation Director.

The Vice-Chancellor gave a report on key issues for the University, including the recent publication of the green paper ‘Fulfilling our Potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice’, the Comprehensive Spending Review and the Nurse Review of Research Councils. She also reported that the University had risen five places to a record high of 7th in this year’s QS ‘Top 50 under 50’ rankings of the world’s best universities under 50 years of age. Bath was also ranked number one of European universities in this year’s list.

Equality and Diversity - Council considered the Annual Report on Equality and Diversity issues and approved the report on progress against the Statement of Equality Objectives. It approved a new Statement of the University’s key Equality Objectives for 2016-18.

Financial reports and HEFCE returns - Council approved the Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2015, noting the positive independent auditor’s report; it approved the revised HEFCE Financial Forecast tables and variance analysis. It also approved the submission of the Annual Assurance return and the Annual Sustainability report for 2015 to HEFCE.

Audit - Council approved the Annual Report of the Audit Committee and the Internal Audit Annual Report for the year ended 31 July 2015.

Strategy – Council discussed the development of the University Strategy following the Vice-Chancellor’s Retreat and Council meeting in October.

Governance – Council considered and noted its compliance with the Committee of University Chairs’ Higher Education Code of Governance and also approved amendments to the Council Scheme of Delegation.

Prevent Policy - Council approved a new Prevent Policy, in response to the government’s recent Prevent Duty guidance and counter-terrorism legislation.

Nominations - Council re-appointed Professor Jonathan Dawes to the Board of Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution for three years from 1 August 2016 and also re-appointed Mr Tom Delay, Mr Phil Gibby and Dr David Hibler to Court from 1 August 2016 for a further three years.

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