Court Agenda November 2019

Queen Margaret University

Court Agenda November 2019

The next meeting of the Court will be held on Wednesday, 27 November 2019 at 3.00 pm in the Large Boardroom, Level 2, Queen Margaret University.

Members attending are reminded to bring their security pass with them. Please contact Fraser Rudge, Policy Officer, on 0131 474 0000 if you are unable to attend.

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.

Irene Hynd

University Secretary

Secretary to the Court

20 November 2019

Court Members

Dr Frances Dow CBE (Chair)

Elaine Acaster OBE

Carolyn Bell

Dr Richard Butt

Professor Graham Caie CBE

Dr Maria Giatsi-Clausen

Colin Cox

Karen Cullen

Sir Paul Grice

Cynthia Guthrie

Dr Arturo Langa

Frank Lennon OBE

Ken McGarrity

Linda McPherson (Vice-Chair)

Ruth Magowan

Chiara Menozzi

Melanie Moreland

Robert Pattullo

Sarah Phillips

Elizabeth Porter

Dr Eurig Scandrett

Dr Andrew Scott

Andy White

Disposal of Court Papers

The University will dispose of confidential Court papers that are surplus to requirements. These may be handed to the Secretary, or left at the table after the meeting.



*Welcome and Membership


*Conflicts of Interest


*Determination of Other Competent Business

(a)  To RECEIVE notification of Other Competent Business.

(b)  To DISCUSS any business arising from Items for Information.



*Chair’s report


*Principal’s report


*Minutes of the previous meeting

COURT (19) MINS 04

To APPROVE the Minutes of the meeting held on 2 October 2019.


  1. Matters arising: Recruitment to the vacancy for a Chair (Min 12.2).




Ordinary Business



*Annual Accounts

(a)  To APPROVE formally the Strategic Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2019.

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

(c)  To NOTE the external audit report from Ernst and Young.


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*Financial Update

To RECEIVE a report on financial performance for the quarter to 31 October 2019.

COURT (19) 49



*Key Performance Indicators

To RECEIVE the Quarter 1 report on Key Performance Indicators 2019-20.


COURT (19) 50



*Risk Management

To RECEIVE the University’s updated Corporate Risk Register.


COURT (19) 51


*Land Development Update

To RECEIVE an update on the land development project.

COURT (19) 52


*Scottish Funding Council

(a)  To NOTE the Outcome Agreement Self-Evaluation 2018-19.

(b)  To NOTE the Outcome Agreement Guidance 2020-21


COURT (19) 53

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*University Strategy 2020-25

To DISCUSS the refresh of the University Strategy 2020-2025.


COURT (19) 56


Freedom of Information: Annual report

To NOTE a report on compliance with Freedom of Information legislation.

COURT (19) 56


Reports from Committees




a) To RECEIVE the minutes of the Senate meeting held on 30 October 2019.

(b) Matters Arising.

SEN (19) MINS 04


*Finance and Estates Committee

(a)  To RECEIVE the minutes of the Finance and Estates Committee meeting held on 5 November 2019.

(b)  Matters Arising.

(c)  To RECEIVE the Annual Report of the Committee

FEC (19) MINS 04

COURT (19) 57


*Audit and Risk Committee

(a)  To RECEIVE the minutes of the Audit and Risk Committee meeting held on 12 November 2019.

(b)  Matters arising.

AUDIT (19) MINS 04


*Equality and Diversity Committee

a)  To RECEIVE the minutes of the Equality and Diversity Committee held on 17 October 2019.

(b)  Matters arising.

EDC (19) MINS 03


Dates of future meetings

The Court will meet on the following dates in 2019-20:

  • 5-6 February 2020 (Away Days)
  • 1 April 2020 at 3.00 pm
  • 24 June 2020 at 3.00 pm



Items for Information

Press Cuttings and Press Releases.