Halpin Review Steering Group update

As you know, at the end of May, Council discussed the Halpin Review.

In my video message to our community immediately after Council, I said that I’d agreed to lead a Steering Group which will consider how to implement the recommendations contained within the Review.

Since then in my discussions with colleagues within our community, I have sensed both a desire from many to engage in the process and a definite wish that we crack on with the job without delay.

This is an important task, and I’m hopeful we can achieve that balance of reflecting the richness of debate and maintaining some pace in our progress. I wanted to give you a quick update on where we are so far.

A recap…

It’s just over a month since Council met to discuss the Halpin Review into the effectiveness of the University of Bath’s Council and its committees.

The Halpin Review, which drew from wide consultation across University staff, students and other stakeholders, was published in full and is available to read on our website.

Council acted immediately to agree many of the primary recommendations and published an initial response to the Review.

Membership of the Steering Group

The Halpin Review recommended that “a Steering Group should be established, chaired by a lay member of Council but with staff and student Council members”. This is what we’ve done and there are seven members who are:

  • Myself as Chair
  • Christine Gibbons, lay member
  • John Preston, lay member
  • Dr Jane White, ex officio as elected Chair of Academic Assembly (from August)
  • Mesar Hameed, professional services staff member elected onto Council (from August)
  • Eve Alcock, SU President for 2018/19
  • Leaving one lay member to be appointed once the new members of Council are known later this month.

Remit of the Steering Group

The first meeting of this group was last week (5 July) and we discussed the remit and working arrangements for the group. It’s important to note at this stage that this group is not a decision making body. The Steering Group will report back on its discussions and recommendations to Council as we progress. Council, as the University’s governing body, will make the final decisions.

The Group agreed the following Terms of Reference, subject to ratification by Council;

  1. To consider the recommendations of the Halpin Review of Council Effectiveness and related governance issues and to review representations from the University community; to investigate practices at other institutions, and consider options and practical implications;
  2. To make recommendations to Council for actions to be taken;
  3. To oversee the implementation of actions agreed by Council and report back to Council on any concerns arising.

Engaging as we make progress

The points for discussion for each meeting will be published on a Steering Group web page.

There are two ways you can input into these discussions if you have feedback about one of more of the recommendations in the Halpin Review:

1)      By e-mailing CouncilEffectivenessSteeringGroup@bath.ac.uk with your thoughts – it would be much appreciated if you could clearly indicate to which recommendation(s) your comments refer

2)      By talking to one of the Steering Group members above about your ideas and feedback.

Thank you, in advance, for your thoughts and I hope to be able to give you another update within the next month on our progress.

Ruth Foreman
Vice-Chair of Council

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