Court meeting: 21 September 2015
The University Court had its most recent meeting on 21 September.
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With a focus on strategic direction, it takes the final decisions on issues of fundamental concern to the wellbeing of the University.
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Summary of Court meeting: 21 September 2015
The following reports are summaries of a selection of items discussed and agreed on at Court on 21 September.
The meeting’s agenda and papers are available online.
New Court members
Court warmly welcomed Dr Alan Brown and Mr Ritchie Walker as elected General Council Assessors to Court, both for four year terms until 2019.
Court approved the following appointments and renewals of Assistant Principals:
- Professor Alan Murray
- Assistant Principal Academic Support until 30 September 2018
- Professor Susan Rhind
- Assistant Principal Assessment and Feedback until 30 September 2018
- Professor Lesley McAra
Assistant Principal Community Relations until 30 September 2018
- Mr Kevin Collins
Assistant Principal Industry Engagement extended until December 2018
- Professor John Smyth
Honorary Assistant Principal Cancer Research Development extended until July 2017
Student experience, teaching and learning
Court considered the results of the 2015 National Student Survey and discussed the student experience, teaching and learning at the University with senior representatives from all three Colleges. Members welcomed the intention to emphasise the importance of the student experience by the University’s leadership, recognise and reward outstanding teaching, challenge any poor practice as appropriate, celebrate the best learning and teaching practice and simplify the regulation and organisation of teaching and the assessment of learning.
Responsible investment - armaments
Court approved a policy to exclude any investment in companies involved in the manufacture of controversial weapons.
Outcome Agreement - self-evaluation of 2014/15 Agreement
The University’s annual self-evaluation of its performance against its Outcome Agreement measures agreed with the Scottish Funding Council was endorsed, with the report to be finalised by late October.
Court welcomed the improved completion rates for staff annual reviews and reviewed its own effectiveness over the 2014/15 academic year. An update on progress with a proposed City Deal for the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region was received.
Court also received reports from the following Committees: Policy and Resources, Exception and Audit and Risk and approved an annual statement to the Scottish Funding Council on Institution-led Review and Enhancement Activity for 2014/15.
Further information on the remit and work of Court and its Committees can be found online.