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Board of Scrutiny

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Stephen John Cowley
University of Cambridge

Board of Scrutiny


Minutes of the Meeting Held at Noon on

Thursday 24 October 2002 at Selwyn College


Present: Stephen Cowley,
David Howarth, Robin Lachmann, Susan Lintott, Jack MacDonald, Timothy Milner,
Christopher Forsyth, Elisabeth Leedham-Green, Oliver Rackham, Jennifer Rigby,
John Spencer, Helen Thompson.



1)      Minutes of the
meetings of 27 September 2002 and 10 October 2002
. These were approved after minor corrections.


Matters arising (not covered elsewhere):


The Chairman has been invited to an executive meeting of Council in early

Action: Susan
Lintott to pass date to Chairman.

There was a discussion concerning the Lauterpacht
Research Centre which overspent by over £300,000 allegedly on the basis of
incorrect information provided by the Finance Division. It was resolved to
discuss the matter with Andrew Reid when we next met. It was agreed that the
continuation of the CAPSA/CUFS sub-committee would be worthwhile, with a
membership of the Chairman, Jennifer Rigby and Oliver Rackham.

Action: Chairman to write to the


ii)       Discussion of
Seventh Report
. It was reported
that this had been deferred again. A draft version of the Chairman’s intended
remarks was circulated. It was noted that we had been given notice of no major
complaints by the central bodies. It was resolved to note at the Discussion
that the press coverage of our Report had given us no pleasure. 


iii)     Buildings. Susan Lintott reported that her letter re the English
building was still in draft form. There was a discussion of the proposed
visitor centre, e.g. costs. It was agreed to ask EMBS whether there was any
information available.

Action: Secretary to write to
EMBS re the visitor centre.


iv)     Visits to
. It was reported
that a date had been fixed for the Chairman and Susan Lintott to meet with
Pro-Vice-Chancellor Malcolm Grant (the Secretary may also attend). David
Howarth agreed to provide a list of measures for coping with a deficit. It was
agreed that it would be more appropriate for Helen Thompson, Jennifer Rigby and
the Proctors to meet with the Director of Personnel. The Secretary was to
provide information to these members.

Action:  David Howarth to provide list of measures to

Secretary to provide data to Helen Thompson.


v)      Administrative
. It was reported
that there was a job specification somewhere. It was agreed that David Howarth
would try and find it, and that the Chairman would then write an advertisement
and send it to the Registrary.

Action: David
Howarth to track down the job specification.

Chairman to write advertisement.


2)      IPR. It was noted that most speeches at the Discussion had not
been in favour of the proposals. It was agreed that it was only equitable that
the University should share in any financial reward of an invention developed
in university time and/or with University facilities, but that the way the
Report had been presented seemed to have further broken down the trust between
different sections of the University. This seemed to be another case where expertise
within the University had not been fully exploited. It was agreed that the
Chairman would write to the Registrary observing that it would make good sense
to employ the expertise within the University on committees.

Action: Chairman to write to


3)      Top-up fees. Susan Lintott had circulated an appeal to alumni from the
Chairman of CUSU asking them to not to give to the University until the
University agreed not to impose top-up fees. The Secretary reported that the
University were going to put out a press release stating Council’s opposition
to top-up fees. It was understood that the VC was opposed to them unless it was
forced on us by HMG.


4)      Conduct of
. It was noted that
for the third time in two years there had been an infelicity in the conduct of
a ballot (in this case the flysheets on one of the two ballots had not gone
out, and some members of the Board noted that they had not received their
ballots yet). It was agreed that the Chairman would write to the Registrary
expressing some concern.

Action: Chairman to write to


5)      Any other
. There was a
discussion as to whether we should ask for the Board to be added to the
circulation list for the Minutes of Council, General Board, the Finance
Committee and the PRC. It was agreed that this was not necessary if the
[unreserved] Minutes were on the WWW.

Action: Secretary to check
whether Finance Committee Minutes on the WWW.


It was agreed that the previous Chairman and
Secretary would hand on their records to the new post holders.


It was noted that there had been a hic-cup with the
new library software as a result of someone hacking into the system. However,
it was reported that when it worked the new software provided much improved
facilities. A concern about access to electronic journals was raised. Robin
Lachmann agreed to provide details for next time.

Action: Robin Lachmann to investigate
electronic journal access.


6)      Date of next meeting.The meeting ended at 1.45 p.m.  The next meeting will be held at noon on
Thursday 7 November 2002 at Selwyn College.