Court Agenda 22 February 2023

The next meeting of the University Court will be held on Wednesday, 22 February 2023 at 3.00 pm in the Large Boardroom, Queen Margaret University campus. The meeting will be preceded by the AGM at 2.45 pm.

All agenda items and papers may be disclosed under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 unless specifically exempted by the legislation.  Where items cannot be disclosed, the relevant section of the Act is indicated.

*The agenda is divided into starred and non-starred items. Starred items are for discussion and, where appropriate, decision. Non-starred items are for noting only and will not normally be discussed. Any member wishing to discuss a paper listed for noting should contact the Secretary no later than two days before the meeting stating the reason for the request.

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*Welcome and Membership



*Conflicts of Interest

To NOTE any conflicts of interest, and to determine any required action.





*Determination of Other Competent Business

To RECEIVE notification of Other Competent Business.

To DISCUSS any business arising from Items for Information.





*Minutes of the previous meeting

To APPROVE the minutes of the meeting held on 30 November 2022.

Matters arising

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*Chair’s Report

To RECEIVE an oral report from the Chair of the University Court.




*Principal’s Report

To RECEIVE an oral update report from the Principal.

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  Ordinary Business  





*Finance and Key Performance Indicators

To RECEIVE an update on financial performance for the six months to 31 January 2023, and the updated forecast outturn position.

To RECEIVE the second quarter Key Performance Indicators (KPI) report.

To RECEIVE a paper on future financial projections.

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*Climate Emergency and Net Zero Strategy

To CONSIDER and APPROVE the adoption of a Climate Change and Net Zero Strategy.

COURT (23) 05

*Land Development

To RECEIVE a report on progress with the Land Development and the Edinburgh Innovation Hub.

COURT (23) 06




*Scottish Funding Council 2022-23

To RECEIVE the University Self-Evaluation Report 2021-22.

To APPROVE the University Outcome Agreement 2022-23.

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QAA Quality Enhancement and Standards Review

To RECEIVE the report of the QAA Quality Enhancement and Standards Review, published on 2 February 2023.

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*Court Effectiveness Review

To RECEIVE an update on the Action Plan to address recommendations arising from the Court Effectiveness Review.

To RECEIVE a diagrammatical representation of governance arrangements for the Land Development project, with supporting explanation.

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*Standing Orders

To APPROVE an amendment to Standing Order to provide for an electronic ballot.

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Compliance Report 2022-23

To NOTE a report on areas of compliance activity from October 2022 to December 2022.

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  Reports from Committees  

*Finance and Estates Committee

(a) To RECEIVE the minutes of an Extraordinary meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee held on 25 January 2023.

(b) Matters arising.

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(a) To RECEIVE the minutes of the Senate meeting held on 14 December 2022.

(b) Matters arising.

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*Health and Safety Committee

(a) To RECEIVE the minutes of the Health and Safety Committee meeting held on 15 December 2022.

(b) Matters arising.

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*Equality and Diversity Committee

(a) To RECEIVE the minutes of the meeting of the Equality and Diversity Committee held on 8 December 2022.

(b) Matters arising.

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*Senior Management Remuneration Committee

(a) To RECEIVE the minutes of the meeting of the Senior Management Remuneration Committee held on 16 December 2022, and to NOTE that recommendations therein were approved by circulation on 22 December 2022.

(b) Matters arising.

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Dates of future meetings

The University Court will meet on the following dates in Session 2022-23:

Wednesday, 26 April 2023 – Strategy Day – 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Wednesday, 21 June 2023 at 3.00 pm in the Boardroom.