Court Agenda October 2022

The next meeting of the University Court will be held on Wednesday, 5 October 2022 in the Large Boardroom, Queen Margaret University campus. 

Please note that members are invited also to an informal session at 1.45 pm, at which there will be an opportunity to learn from Professor Fiona Coutts, Dean of School, about strategic and portfolio developments within the School of Health Sciences. Refreshments will be served.

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 June 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  


*Financial Update

To RECEIVE an update on the draft financial outturn for the year ended 31 July 2022.

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*Land Development

To RECEIVE update reports from the Director of Campus Development and Operations:

(a)        Land Development Progress Report

(b)        EIP Hub (Construction)

(c)        EIP Hub (Operation)




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*Court Effectiveness Review

To RECEIVE a proposed Action Plan to address recommendations arising from the Externally Facilitated Court Effectiveness Review.

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*Key Performance Indicators

To RECEIVE the Fourth Quarter Key Performance Indicators (KPI) report 2021-22.

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*Annual Report on Human Resource (HR) Matters

To RECEIVE a report from the Director of Finance and Corporate Strategic Development, and the Head of Human Resources.

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*Quality Assurance



*Scottish Funding Council: Annual Report on Institutional Review and Statement of Assurance

(a)  To HOMOLOGATE Convener’s Action to APPROVE the Annual Report to the Scottish Funding Council on Institutional Review Activity 2019-20.

(b)  To HOMOLOGATE Convener’s Action to APPROVE the University Court Statement of Assurance to the Scottish Funding Council.

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*Quality Enhancement and Standards Review 2022-24

To RECEIVE a briefing on the forthcoming Quality Enhancement and Standards Review (QESR) of the University being conducted in November 2022.


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*SFC Guidance to colleges and universities on quality AY 2022-23 and AY 2023-24


To RECEIVE guidance issued by the Scottish Funding Council on arrangements for quality in Higher Education 2022-24.


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Compliance Report 2021-22

To NOTE a report on areas of compliance activity from April to June 2021.

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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 14 September 2022.

(b)   Matters arising.

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*Audit and Risk Committee

(a)   To RECEIVE the minutes of the meeting of the Audit and Risk Committee held on 12 September 2022.

(b)   Matters arising.

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(a)   To RECEIVE the minutes of the Senate meeting held on 29 June 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 28 June 2022.

(b)   Matters arising.

H&S (22) MINS 02


*Nominations Committee

(a)   To RECEIVE the minutes of the Nominations Committee meeting held on 15 September 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, 30 November 2022 at 3.00 pm in the Boardroom

Wednesday, 22 February 2023 at 3.00 pm in the Boardroom

Wednesday, 26 April 2023 at 3.00 pm in the Boardroom

Wednesday, 21 June 2023 at 3.00 pm in the Boardroom