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Internal News - 05 March 2009

Report of University Council Meeting - 26 February 2009

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

University of Bath Masterplan 2009-2020: Council approved the draft Masterplan for submission to Bath & North East Somerset Council for their comment and subsequent endorsement.

Institutional Audit 2008: Outline Outcome: Council considered and noted the successful outcome of the Audit.

Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008: Council considered and noted the RAE Outcomes and Funding Implications. It was noted that the latter would be further clarified in March.

Corporate Plan 2009/10 to 2013/14: Council considered the plans for development of the Corporate Plan for the University for 2009/10 to 2013/14 and discussed Draft Statements of Vision, Purpose, Values and Objectives. It was noted that the Plan would also refer to the unique selling points of the University and include supporting strategies. The draft Plan would be submitted to the next meeting of Council on 21 May 2009.

Corporate Sustainability: Council considered and noted the report of the Corporate Sustainability Steering Group. It would receive a further update on the actions to secure the University's future financial sustainability at its next meeting on 21 May 2009.

Revised Estimates for 2008/09: The revised estimates for the University for 2008/09 were approved.

Refurbishment of 5 West Lecture Theatres: The proposal for refurbishment of the 5 West Lecture Theatres (2.1, 2.3 and 2.4) was approved. This would provide improved learning and teaching facilities for 340 people, improved access and refurbishment of the lift and foyer. The work will be undertaken between the end of teaching in summer 2009 and the start of the next academic year.

Provision of Second Computer Machine Room: The proposal for a Second Computer Machine Room was approved to provide support and back up for the 2 South Computer Machine Room.

Review of Students' Union Governance: Council approved the new Articles of Governance, Bye-Laws and Regulations for the Students' Union which will take effect from 1 July 2009.