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27 November 2003

Board of Scrutiny

 

Thursday 27 November 2003

 

Robinson College

Garden Room

 

Present: Mantas Adomenas, Stephen Cowley, Christopher Forsyth (chair), Nicholas Holmes, Elizabeth Leedham-Green, Timothy Milner Saskia Murk-Jansen, David Phillipson, Jennifer Rigby, Roger Salmon, John Spencer, Helen Thompson.

 

1.       Apologies

There were no apologies.

 

2.       Minutes of the meeting of 13 November 2003

The Board accepted the minutes with one small correction in wording.

 

3.       Matters arising

 

3.1.    Administrative support

The Chair to reported that he had written to the Registrary again but had received no reply.

 

3.2.    Clarity of Council papers

The Chair to reported that he had written to the Registrary again but had received no reply.

 

3.3.    Primate research faculty at 307 Huntington Road

The Chair reported on the meeting of he and several members of the Board with the Vice-Chancellor.  The Board welcomed the news that there would almost certainly be a second grace on the proposed building. The Board agreed that there will still some outstanding constitutional questions about graces and the apparent presumption that the Council can censure information to the Regent House for reasons the Council itself determined and that it would return to this matter in a future report.

 

3.4.    RAM Report

The Board agreed that the Chair, Stephen Cowley, Nicholas Holmes and Roger Salmon would attend the meeting that afternoon with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for planning and resources. The Board noted that on preliminary reading the important questions that arise in the RAM report are: the principles for the allocation of resources to the central bodies of the University; the saving targets planned for the central bodies; whether colleges are providing value for money for the revenue top-sliced from teaching income; the use of space in the formulas; the setting of parameters.

 

3.5.    RSD

The Board agreed that the Chair, Stephen Cowley, Nicholas Holmes, David Phillipson and Roger Salmon would attend the meeting with the Director of RSD.

 

4.       Issues for discussion with the Registrary

The Board agreed to raise several issues in its meeting with the Registrary that afternoon: progress on implementing the recommendations on Shattock and Finkelstein, the provision of legal advice within the Old Schools, graces not included in Ordinances, and the HEFCE audit memorandum.

 

5.       Any other business

5.1.    The Council’s response to the Board’s Eighth Report

The Board agreed that the Council’s response was, on a range of issues, disappointing. It noted that, pace the Council, the Regent House is the governing body of the University, not a watchdog.          

 

6.       Date of the next meeting: 15 January 2004