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Internal News - 18 December 2008

Summary report of University Council meeting - 27 November 2008

The following items were discussed at the recent meeting of University Council:

Council recommended the re-appointment of David Medlock as Pro-Chancellor for the period of 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2011. This recommendation will be submitted to Court for approval on 15 January 2009.

Council received a presentation on the Faculty of Science from Professor Chris Jennison, Dean of Science.

University Accounts
Council approved the University Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2008.

Investment Committee
Council approved the disestablishment of the Investment Committee with immediate effect.

Higher Education Finances for 2009/10 and 2010/11
HEFCE had advised that there would be no further allocations of additional student numbers for 2009/10 (or 2010/11 at this stage). Council considered the implications of this for the University, including the need for careful control of admissions to avoid over-recruitment and the need for re-allocation of existing student numbers to support any new initiatives.

Staff Survey - Communication
Council noted that Will Marsh, who had recently joined the University as Head of Corporate Communications, would be reviewing corporate internal communications. He would be conducting an online staff survey (together with focus groups/face-to-face communications) in early 2009 to ascertain staff information requirements and communication preferences. The survey findings would inform the review of what is currently provided (including the staff magazine Insider) and identify new ways to improve the flow of information throughout the University.

2009 Pay Negotiations
The University & Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) had asked the University to confirm whether it would participate in the national pay round for 2009. Council approved the participation of the University in national pay bargaining in the 2009 round (as already announced).