Court Agenda 26 April 2023

The next meeting of the University Court will be held on Wednesday, 26 April 2023 at 10 am in the Large Boardroom, Queen Margaret University campus. The meeting will be followed directly thereafter by the Court Strategy Day.

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 22 February 2023.

Matters arising

COURT (23) MINS 01


*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.


  Ordinary Business  

*Financial Position

To RECEIVE an update on the forecast financial outturn position.

COURT (23) 14

*Land Development

To RECEIVE an oral report on progress with the Land Development project.


*Court Effectiveness Review

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

COURT (23) 15

*Mainstreaming Report and Equality Outcomes

To RECEIVE the review of the University Mainstreaming Report and Equality Outcomes, together with an Equal Pay Audit, to be published by the University by 30 April 2023.

COURT (23) 16

Quarter 1 Compliance Report

To NOTE the Q1 2023 Compliance report

COURT (23) 17

Freedom of Information Annual Report

To NOTE the annual report on Freedom of Information, Environmental Information Regulations, Data Protection and Records Management activity.

COURT (23) 18
  Reports from Committees  

*Finance and Estates Committee

(a) To RECEIVE the minutes of a meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee held on 14 March 2023.
(b) Matters arising.

FEC (23) MINS 02

* Audit and Risk Committee

(a) To RECEIVE the minutes of a meeting of the Audit and Risk Committee held on 8 March 2023.
(b) Matters arising.

AUDIT (23) MINS 01



(a) To RECEIVE the minutes of the Senate meeting held on 15 March 2023.

(b) Matters arising. 

SEN (23) MINS 01


*Health and Safety Committee

(a) To RECEIVE the minutes of the Health and Safety Committee meeting held on 28 March 2023.

(b) Matters arising. 

H&S (23) MINS 01

*Dates of future meetings

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

Wednesday, 21 June 2023 at 3.00 pm in the Boardroom. 

The University Court will meet on the following dates in Session 2023-24:

4 October 2023 – 3.00 pm
6 December 2023 - 2.00 pm (note: extended meeting will accommodate strategic discussion).
21 February 2024 - 3.00 pm
17 April 2024 - Strategy Day (Full day)
19 June 2024 - 3.00 pm

The date of the Stakeholder Event will be discussed and agreed in due course.