Agenda

A meeting of the Senate Business Committee will be held at 2.00 p.m. on Monday 13 January 2020 in Court Room, University Office

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

AGENDA

FOR DISCUSSION

1. Approval of the minutes of the meeting held on 13 November 2019 SBC19:20-07
     
2. Draft Agenda for the meeting of the Senate on 5 February 2020

SBC19:20-08

     
3. Nomination of Postgraduate Research Officers  
 

PGR School Officers have authority delegated via Senate to approve PGR requests for official amendments to degree programmes. This includes request such as: off-campus study; change to full-time or part-time study transfer of degree; extension of the write up period; suspension of supervised study.

The Committee are invited to approve the nominated PGR School Officers for academic year 2019/20 as follows:

  • Biological Sciences: Alan Bowman
  • Business School: Audrey Paterson
  • Divinity, History & Philosophy: Jackson Armstrong
  • Education: Liz Curtis, David Johnston
  • Engineering: Jefferson Gomes
  • Geosciences: Matteo Spagnolo
  • Language, Literature, Film & Visual Culture: Andrew Gordon
  • Law: Roy Partain
  • Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition: Isobel Crane, Jerry Morse
  • Natural and Computing Sciences: Ekkehard Ullner
  • Psychology: Margaret Jackson
  • Social Sciences: Andrew McKinnon
     
4. Senate Membership of Committees  
 

Following amendments to the composition of the Estates Committee (formerly the Capital Programme Management Committee (CPMC)) and the Digital Strategy Committee to include two elected members of Senate, the Senate Business Committee is invited to approve:

                   Amy Bryzgel as a member of the Estates Committee, and

                   Murilo da Silva Baptista as a member of the Digital Strategy Committee

 The composition of both the above committees includes two elected members of Senate, further volunteers will therefore be sought.

     

FOR INFORMATION

5. Dates of meetings in 2019/20  
 

The Committee is invited to note that the next meetings in 2019/20 have been scheduled as follows:

  • Thursday 20 February 2020 at 10.00 a.m. in Committee Room 2
  • Tuesday 14 April 2020 at 10.00 a.m. in Committee Room 2
 
 

 

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 2019/20

  • Karl Leydecker
  • Steve Cannon
  • Vacant – Senate Assessors on Policy and Resources Committee
  • Ruth Taylor
  • Kath Shennan
  • Abbe Brown
  • Kirsty Keizebrink
  • Marion Campbell
  • Graeme Nixon
  • Alfred Akisanya (until September 2021)
  • Iain McEwan (until September2021)
  • Michelle Pinard (until September 2021)
  • Amy Bryzgel (until September 2021)
  • Scott Styles (until September 2021)
  • Allan Sim (until September 2021)
  • Neil Vargesson (until September 2020)
  • Helen Martin (until September 2020)
  • Cecilia Wallbeck
  • Dariya Koleva

Clerk: Rachael Bernard

Attendance

Attendance Records - 2019/20

Membership 11 September 2019 13 November 2019 13 January 2019 20 February 2020 14 April 2020

Senior Vice-Principal and Chair

Karl Leydecker 

Present Present Present    
University Secretary

Caroline Inglis

Steve Cannon from 14 November 2019

Apologies Apologies Present    
President of the Students' Association Cecilia Wallback Apologies Present Apologies    
AUSA Representative Ondrej Kucerak Present Present Present    
Convener of the University Committee on Teaching and Learning

Peter McGeorge

Ruth Taylor from 11 November 2019

Apologies Present Present    
Convener of the Quality Assurance Committee Kath Shennan Present Present Present    
Convener of the Research Policy Committee Marion Campbell Present Apologies Apologies    
Convener of the Undergraduate Committee

Alison Jenkinson

Abbe Brown from 6 January 2020

Present Present Apologies    
Convener of the Postgraduate (Taught) Committee

Ekaterina Pavlovskaia

Kirsty Kiezebrink from 6 January 2020

Present Present Present    
Dean of the Graduate School Graeme Nixon Apologies Apologies Present    
Elected Member of Senate Alfred Akisanya Present Present Present    
Elected Member of Senate Helen Martin Present Apologies Present    
Elected Member of Senate Scott Styles Apologies Present Apologies    
Elected Member of Senate Iain McEwan Present Present Present    
Elected Member of Senate Neil Vargesson Present Apologies Present    
Elected Member of Senate Amy Bryzgel Apologies Present Present    
Elected Member of Senate Allan Sim Present Present Apologies    
Elected Member of Senate Michelle Pinard Present Present Present    
Senate Assessor on Policy and Resources Committee Mirela Delibegovic Apologies Apologies -    
Senate Assessor on Policy and Resources Committee Vacant          
Clerk Dr Rachael Bernard Present Present Present    

 

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