Web update from Council on 23 February 2017

The following issues were discussed at the meeting of the University Council on 23 February 2017  :

Arts Strategy: Council received a presentation by Mr Jamie Eastman, Director of Arts.

Report: The Vice-Chancellor gave a report on key issues for the University. It was noted that the University had received a positive assessment from HEFCE regarding its financial sustainability, good management and governance.

Admissions: Council received updates from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Provost on admissions for 2016 and also a report on applications for 2017. There was a discussion about widening participation issues.

Student Surveys: The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching) reported on the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016 and explained that departments were now analysing their results and preparing action plans.

Quality Assurance: Council, on the recommendation of Senate, agreed that it was satisfied that it had received full assurance of the University’s management of quality and standards during 2015/16, based on the updated evidence it had received.

Finances: Council approved a revised financial forecast for 2016/17.

Ethical Fundraising Policy: Council approved a revised Ethical Fundraising Policy.

Health & Safety: Council approved an updated Health & Safety Policy and also noted the Annual Report for 2015/16.

Honorary Award: Council agreed to institute a Doctor of the University ‘DUniv’ as an honorary degree of the University; and a subsequent amendment to Ordinance 14.16 to include the DUniv title.

Committee Calendar: Council approved the calendars of meetings for 2017/18 and 2018/19.

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