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10 May 2007

 

MEETING OF THE BOARD OF SCRUTINY

 

MINUTES

 

Thursday, 10 May 2007 at 12.00pm

New SCR, Selwyn College

 

Present: Mr Nick Downer (Chair); Dr Elisabeth Leedham-Green (Secretary); Miss Emma Easterbrook (Support Officer); Dr Margaret Glendenning; Mr Roger Greeves; Dr Nick Holmes; Mr Frank King; Mr Michael Kuczynski; Dr Catherine Pitt; Dr Peter Sarris; and Mr Richard Stibbs.

 

1.

Apologies

Mr David Yates.

 

2.

Guest: Professor Melveena McKendrick

-       Council has decided to issue a series of Green papers on key issues

-       Series of interim reports followed by a full Report to be published by end of year

-       Review of Tripos is taking place with responses by end of this term

-       Undergraduate Admissions Committee is reviewing recent drop in State school students admissions and applications

-       Working Party set up to review support and reward for teaching

-       Need to improve bursary support for graduate students in conjunction with 800th Campaign

-       Further ssues raised included BOGS, CARET, HEFCE,  good practice database, CMI, Bologna process, fEC, and the interaction of PVCs with the Vice-Chancellor and Registrary

 

3.

 

Minutes of Meeting on 26 April 2007

Approved.

 

4.

 

Matters Arising

None.

 

5.

Meeting with Peter Deer and John Payne and Andy Cliff

-       Catherine Pitt, Margaret Glendenning, Nick Downer, and Nick Holmes attended

-       The Board particularly welcomed contact with John Payne and were impressed by his grasp of the process

-       Issues raised regarding clear communication with staff regarding red-circling and the missing of deadlines, and the moderation process

-       Nick Holmes to chase for further information

 

6.

Meeting with Graham Allen

-       Nick Downer, and Peter Sarris attended

 

7.

Board of Graduate Studies Review

Continuing.

 

8.

Green Paper

-       Nick Downer to send final draft comments to Board after suggested amendments by Michael Kuczynski had been circulated and agreed

 

9.

Annual Report

-       Nick Downer to liaise with Nick Holmes regarding timetable and appointing section leaders

 

10.

(i)

 

 

 

(ii)

 

 

(iii)

 

 

 

(iv)

Any Other Business

CamSIS:

-       Concern raised regarding automatic re-allocation of female candidates from all female Colleges if their gender was not expressly stated on the application form

 

Membership:

-       Nominations close at 12 noon on Monday, 14 May

 

Environment:

-       Margaret Glendenning to speak to Environmental Officer and reply to Jonathan Shanklin of British Antarctic Survey

 

Governance:

-       Michael Kuczynski to investigate Judge Business School commercial offshoot 

 

11.

Date of next meeting

Thursday, 24 May 2007 at 12.00pm

New SCR, Selwyn College

 

 

Emma Easterbrook

Support Officer

21 May 2007