Remit

(Formerly known as Operating Board)

Responsible for:

Strategic Objectives

  • monitoring the implementation of strategies agreed by Court, including reviewing all Business Plans associated with strategic projects
  • monitoring the University’s Health and Safety performance
  • monitoring the effectiveness of the University’s risk management processes and reviewing the risk register biannually

Resource Planning

  • making recommendations to Court on the University’s Annual Budgets and Financial Forecasts
  • making recommendations to the Court regarding the University’s Capital Plan and its implementation
  • to approve proposed expenditure outwith the agreed revenue and capital budget with a value between £1 million to £5 million
  • monitoring the University’s financial performance and approving additional expenditure on approved projects within a tolerance threshold of up to the lesser of 10% or £1m
  • monitoring performance of the implementation of University’s capital projects and receiving reports from the Capital Programme Management Committee
  • overseeing cash management, borrowing policies and compliance with banking covenants and ensuring compliance with the Financial Memorandum
  • overseeing the management and performance of the University’s investments
  • monitoring the performance of the University’s spin-out/joint venture companies
  • overseeing the creation, dissolution or sale of University subsidiary companies

Policy Making

  • approving University staffing and development policies and staff terms and conditions of employment
  • approving the strategy for the setting of University tuition fees

Performance

  • monitoring the University’s performance across finance HR, student recruitment and admissions, and all other matters necessary for strategy delivery
  • overseeing institutional equality and diversity issues
Composition & Membership

Composition and Quorum 

Chair:     Court Member

Independent Members:  

  • Four independent members of the Court (including the Chair), appointed by Court on the recommendation of the Governance & Nominations Committee (independent being defined as external to, and not employed or remunerated by, the University). 

The Chair of the Board to be an independent member of Court and appointed by Court on the recommendation of the Governance & Nominations Committee but not being the Senior Governor of Court (or Chair, should the position of the Rector as Chair be changed).

  • A Senate Assessor
  • A staff member of Court (who is not a Senate Assessor and who may be another elected staff member of Court or trade union nominated member of Court.)
  • A Students’ Association Nominated Member of Court 

Ex officio:             

  • The Principal (or Senior Vice-Principal if not otherwise a member of the Board as alternate with agreement of Chair) and one other member of the Senior Management Team.

In attendance:       

  • University Secretary, Senior Vice-Principal (if not otherwise members).

With the agreement of the Chair, other staff, students or stakeholders, as required.

Quorum:    50% of formal membership (including Chair)

Account to be taken of Equality and Diversity in membership

 

Membership 2019-20

Chair:

Ms Anne Minto

Court Members:

Professor Nuala Booth

 

Vacancy (2018-19: Mr James Hall)

 

Ms Lindsay Menzies

1 Senate Assessor:

To be confirmed (2018-19: Professor Mirela Delibegovic and Dr Rachel Shanks as a Job Share)

1 staff member of Court (who is not a Senate Assessor and who may be another elected staff member of Court or trade union nominated member of Court.):    Dr David Watts

 

Ms Cecilia Wallback (President of AUSA)

Ex officio:

Professor George Boyne

 

Professor Karl Leydecker

 

Mrs Caroline Inglis

Clerk:

Ms Ruth MacLure