Court Agenda December 2020

Agenda for the meeting of the Court held on Wednesday, 9 December 2020 at 3.00 pm by Video Conference. 





*Welcome and Membership.



*Conflicts of Interest

To NOTE any conflicts of interest and 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.



*Chair’s report

To RECEIVE a report from the Acting Chair.



*Principal’s Report

To RECEIVE an update report from the Principal.

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*Minutes of the previous meeting

To APPROVE the Minutes of the meeting held on 7 October 2020.

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Matters arising from the Minutes

7.1        Minute 15 (a): Nominations Committee: Appointment of Chair

To RECEIVE an oral report on progress with arrangements for an election.


7.2        Minute 15 (b): Nominations Committee: Lay Court membership

To NOTE the appointment, under delegated powers approved by the Court, of Professor John Harper for a three-year term of office commencing 1 December 2020.


7.3       Minute 15 (c): Nominations Committee: Appointment to Standing Committees of the University Court

To APPROVE the recommendation that Robert Pattullo be appointed to the vacant position of Convener of the Audit and Risk Committee.




Ordinary Business






*Year end Update

To RECEIVE a report on progress in finalising the financial statements for the year ended 31 July 2020.

To RECEIVE the Quarter 4 update on key performance indicators for 2019-20.


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Quarter one financial update

To RECEIVE a report on the financial position for the three months to 31 October 2020 and on the updated forecast outturn for financial year 2020-21.

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*Key Performance Indicators

To RECEIVE a paper on the development of key performance indicators 2020-21.

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*Risk Management

To RECEIVE proposals to complete a review of the University’s risk management processes and to review the University’s updated corporate risk register.

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*Land Development Update

To RECEIVE an update on the land development project.

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Reports from Committees




a) To RECEIVE the minutes of the Senate meeting held on 28 October 2020.

(b) Matters Arising.

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*Finance and Estates Committee

(a) To RECEIVE the minutes of the Finance and Estates Committee meeting held on 26 November 2020.

(b) Matters Arising.

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*Equality and Diversity Committee

(a) To RECEIVE the minutes of the Equality and Diversity Committee meeting held on 29 October 2020.

(b) Matters arising.

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*Dates of future meetings

Dates for Ordinary meetings of the University Court are set out below:

10 February 2021 at 3.00 pm

31 March 2021 at 3.00 pm

23 June 2021 at 3.00 pm

Strategy Days – 3 and 4 February 2021 – to be discussed.



Items for Information

To RECEIVE a copy of the Scottish Funding Council publication:

‘Coherence and Sustainability: A review of Scotland’s Colleges and Universities Phase One Report: Insights to Develop Further’, published in October 2020.