Court Agenda 30 November 2022

The next meeting of the University Court will be held on Wednesday, 30 November 2022 in the Large Boardroom, Queen Margaret University campus. Please note the earlier start time.

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 5 October 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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*Edinburgh Innovation Hub

To RECEIVE a presentation on demand for the Edinburgh Innovation Hub, and on actions being taken to secure the occupancy projections within the Business Case.

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*Strategic Report & Financial Statements

To APPROVE formally the Strategic Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2022.

To CONSIDER the Letter of Representations to Ernst and Young, and to AUTHORISE the Chair to sign on behalf of the Court.

To NOTE the external audit report from Ernst and Young.

To NOTE the annual internal audit report from Azets.

To RECEIVE the Annual Report of the Finance and Estates Committee.

To RECEIVE the Annual Report of the Audit and Risk Committee.

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*Financial and KPI update

To RECEIVE a report on the financial position for the three months to 31 October 2022, and an update on the 2022-23 financial position.

To receive a briefing on the financial outlook for 2023-24 and beyond.

To RECEIVE a report on the out-turn Key Performance Indicators for 2021-22.

To RECEIVE a report on Key Performance Indicators for the three months to 31 October 2022.

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*Risk Management

To RECEIVE an update to the Corporate Risk register.

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*Stakeholder Engagement

To CONSIDER proposals for a Stakeholder Engagement event scheduled for Wednesday, 22 February 2022.

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*Land Development

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

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*Court Effectiveness Review

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

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*Net Zero Targets

To CONSIDER proposed Net Zero targets, and adoption of a target date and interim targets.

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Compliance Report 2021-22

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

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  Reports from Committees  

*Finance and Estates Committee

(a) To RECEIVE the minutes of the meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee held on 26 October 2022.

(b) Matters arising.

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*Finance and Estates Committee/Audit and Risk Committee

(a) To RECEIVE the minutes of the joint meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee held on 18 November 2022.

(b) Matters arising.

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(a) To RECEIVE the minutes of the Senate meeting held on 19 October 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 4 October 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 13 October 2022.

(b) Matters arising.

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*Nominations Committee

To RECEIVE recommendation for appointment to the University Court arising from a meeting of the Committee held on 21 October 2022.



*Senior Management Remuneration Committee

To RECEIVE an oral report from the Vice-Chair on arrangements for the operation of the Senior Management Remuneration Review process 2022.


*Appraisal of the Chair

To RECEIVE an oral report from the Vice-Chair on the outcome of Court’s agreed arrangements for the appraisal of the Chair of Court.


Dates of future meetings

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

*Wednesday, 22 February 2023 at 2.00 pm in the Boardroom
Wednesday, 26 April 2023 – proposed Strategy Day – on campus
Wednesday, 21 June 2023 at 3.00 pm in the Boardroom

Note: Members’ attention is drawn to the arrangements on 22 February 2023 and 26 April 2023. The meeting on 22 February will start at 2.00 pm, to be followed by a Stakeholder Engagement event, scheduled for 4.30 pm for 5.00 pm (details advised in Paper Court (22) 49 discussed at agenda item 11). Arrangements for the proposed Strategy Day on 26 April to be confirmed.