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Internal News - 17 November 2008

Report of University Council Meeting - 23 October 2008

The following items were discussed at the meeting of University Council held on 23 October 2008

4 West
Council approved plans for a new café in the retained area of 4 West. Cowlins has been appointed to complete the 4 West project, including the café. The café will be located in most of the frontage of the refurbished 4 West on Level 2 and the area currently occupied by Careers and Security. It will provide 160 seats and provide 'grab 'n' go' catering (to replace Dolche Vita) and a quality coffee/deli bar;

East Building
Council approved the construction of a decant building as part of the University’s long term strategy for refurbishing the ageing buildings around Parade. It is proposed that this three-storey building will be located on the site of the existing clay tennis courts to the north of the Sports Training Village (subject to planning consent). It will provide 4,100 square metres of gross internal space, comprising a lecture theatre of 350 seats, one floor of mixed general teaching accommodation and a flexible mix of open plan and cellular office and meeting space;

Preliminary Report on Undergraduate and Postgraduate Admissions - 2008 Entry
The preliminary report on undergraduate and postgraduate admissions for 2008 entry showed that overall recruitment was buoyant;

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
Council considered the performance of the University against a set of KPIs for Research, Learning & Teaching, Knowledge Transfer, Estates, Finance and Human Resources. A new Student Experience KPI was approved, based on data from the National Student Surveys for 2006 to date;

Senior Academic Appointment Procedures
Council approved appointment procedures for the posts of Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Dean/Head of School and Head of an Academic Department. These are available at: http://www.bath.ac.uk/internal/sracademicappoint/;

Council made the following appointments:

National Student Survey 2008
Council considered and noted the results of the National Student Survey 2008 and the process of data evaluation and action to be taken in response, to be overseen by the Learning & Teaching Committee;

Interim Effectiveness Review of Council
Council considered the findings of the Review. The conclusion was that Council could continue to have considerable confidence in its own effectiveness. The recommendations of the Review were approved, including revisions to the agenda format for meetings and arrangements for further briefing of members of Council by receipt of the weekly electronic university update, informal discussions of key issues prior to formal meetings (including departmental visits) and a calendar of forthcoming events.