Senate Business Committee

Senate Business Committee
Agenda

A meeting of the Senate Business Committee will be held at 10.05 a.m. on Tuesday 19 April 2022 via Microsoft Teams..

Rachael Bernard
Academic Registrar
(r.bernard@abdn.ac.uk)

AGENDA

FOR DISCUSSION

1. Approval of the minutes of the meeting held on 17 February 2022 SBC21-22:10
2. Draft Agenda for the meeting of the Senate on 11 May 2022 SBC21-22:11

FOR ROUTINE APPROVAL

3. Senate Elections SBC21-22:12
4. School PGR Officer and Coordinator for Law  
  The Committee is invited to note that Matyas Bodig has taken over as the School PGR Officer and Coordinator for Law on an interim basis.  The Committee is asked to approve the appointment of Péter Cserne from 01 July 2022.
     

FOR INFORMATION

5. Dates of meetings in 2022/23  
 

The Committee is invited to note the next date of the meetings to be held in 2022/23:

  • Wednesday 24 August 2022 at 2.05 p.m.
  • Wednesday 12 October 2022 at 2.05 p.m.
  • Wednesday 18 January 2023 at 1.35 p.m.
  • Wednesday 29 March 2023 at 2.05 p.m.
  • Wednesday 17 May 2023 at 3.05 p.m.
Remit

Purpose

The Senate Business Committee has a primary role to agree Senate agendas. In order to engage Senate in open debate, the Senate Business Committee also identifies for each meeting of Senate at least one major strategic topic for discussion.

The Committee has delegated responsibility from the Senate to approve the appointment of Senate members or representatives to University Committees and the schedule for Senate elections.

Remit

The primary role of the Senate Business Committee is to agree Senate agendas.

 

In order to engage Senate in open debate and to inform future policy and development by sub-committees for subsequent approval by the Senate, it has been agreed that the Senate Business Committee should identify at least one topic for discussion of a major strategic issue at each Senate meeting.  This would not preclude such topics being included on the agenda ad hoc in response to, in particular, national consultations and major issues that emerged during the course of an academic year that the University should address.

 

The Senate Business Committee, in drafting Senate agendas, should also decide, as deemed appropriate whether an external speaker (e.g. from the Scottish Funding Council, the Scottish Executive, Universities Scotland, the Higher Education Academy) should be invited to address the Senate on a topic of current interest or debate within the HE sector.

 

The Senate Business Committee is also asked to determine the timing of consideration, by the Senate, of annual reports from the Senior Vice-Principal, the central Vice-Principals and the University Secretary..

Composition & Membership

Composition and Quorum

  • The Senior Vice-Principal (Chair)
  • University Secretary
  • The Senate Assessors on the Policy and Resources Committee
  • Eight elected members of Senate elected for a two year term of office
  • The Chairs of the following Committees:
    • University Committee on Teaching and Learning
    • Quality Assurance Sub-Committee of UCTL
    • Undergraduate Sub-Committee of UCTL
    • Postgraduate (Taught) Sub-Committee of UCTL
    • Research Policy Committee
  • Dean of Graduate School
  • President of the Students' Association
  • AUSA Rep (nominated by Student President)

Quorum: 50%

Membership for 2020/21

  • Karl Leydecker
  • Tracey Slaven
  • Neil Vargesson
  • Ruth Taylor
  • Kath Shennan
  • Abbe Brown
  • Kirsty Kiezebrink
  • Marion Campbell
  • Graeme Nixon
  • Ondrej Kucerak
  • Javier González Cuervos
  • Iain McEwan (until September2021)
  • Amy Bryzgel (until September 2021)
  • Scott Styles (until September 2021)
  • Allan Sim (until September 2021)
  • Cheryl Dowie (until September 2022)
  • Georgios Leontidis (until September 2022)
  • 2 vacancies
  • Ondrej Kucerak
  • Clerk: Rachael Bernard

 

Attendance

Attendance Records - 2021/22

Membership 4 October 2021 4 November 2021 13 January 2022 17 February 2022 19 April 2022
Senior Vice-Principal and Chair Karl Leydecker Present Apologies Present Present Present
University Secretary

Steve Cannon

Tracey Slaven from January 2021

Present Present Present Apologies Present
Vice-Chair for Education (AUSA)

Javier González Cuervos (Until Jan 2022)

David Mercieca

Apologies Apologies Apologies Present Apologies
Vice-President for Education (AUSA) Ondrej Kucerak Present Apologies Present Present Present
Convener of the University Committee on Teaching and Learning

Ruth Taylor

Present Present Present Present Present
Convener of the Quality Assurance Committee Vacant - - - - -
Convener of the Research Policy Committee Marion Campbell Present Present Apologies Apologies Present
Convener of the Undergraduate Committee

Abbe Brown

Present Present Present Apologies -
Convener of the Postgraduate (Taught) Committee

Kirsty Kiezebrink

Present Present Present Apologies Present
Dean of the Graduate School Graeme Nixon Present Apologies Present Present Apologies
Elected Member of Senate Cheryl Dowie Present Present Present Present Apologies
Elected Member of Senate Georgios Leontidis (until Feb 22) Apologies Present Apologies Present -
Elected Member of Senate Scott Styles Present Present Present Present Present
Elected Member of Senate Iain McEwan Present Present Present Present Present
Elected Member of Senate Vacant - - - - -
Elected Member of Senate Amy Bryzgel Apologies Apologies Apologies Present Apologies
Elected Member of Senate Vacant - - - - -
Elected Member of Senate Vacant - - - - -
Senate Assessor on Policy and Resources Committee Neil Vargesson Present Present Present Present Apologies
Senate Assessor on Policy and Resources Committee Vacant - - - - -
Clerk Rachael Bernard Present Present Present Present Present

 

Minutes

2021-22

2020-21
2019-20
2018-19
2017-18