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10 July 2003 Minutes

Board of Scrutiny

Minutes of the Meeting Held at Noon on

Thursday 10 July 2003 at Selwyn College


Present: Stephen Cowley, Christopher Forsyth, David Howarth (for the first part of the meeting), Elisabeth Leedham-Green, Robin Lachmann, Jack MacDonald (for the second half of the meeting), Oliver Rackham, Jennifer Rigby, John Spencer, Helen Thompson.


Apologies: Susan Lintott, Timothy Milner.



1)      Reports of Meetings. Meetings with the Director of Finance (7.30-9.00 am on Friday 4 July with the Chairman, the Secretary and Susan Lintott), and the Registrary (1.00-1.50 pm on Monday 7 July with the Chairman, the Secretary and Elisabeth Leedham-Green) were noted. Both meetings had been helpful and productive and had clarified a number of issues as regards the eighth report. In particular the Director of Finance had agreed that without unspecified further savings or income, the projected deficit in 2006/7 would be £9.5 million. He had also clarified matters as regards the University of Cambridge Contributory Pension Scheme and had good news as regards the Research Grant Module. Inter alia, the Registrary had updated the Board as regards progress on the Shattock and Finkelstein recommendations.


2)      The Eighth Report. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss an almost final draft of the eighth Report. A draft version had been circulated the day before, and a more polished version was tabled. A number of suggestions were made that the Chairman agreed to incorporate. It was agreed to submit a version to the Registrary for comment as soon as possible after the end of the meeting.


Inter alia, it was agreed to add a favourable comment on the selection procedure of the new Vice Chancellor and to shorten the description of the Board’s difficulties in obtaining the Finance Working Party’s special studies.


3)      Dates of Future Meetings. It was agreed that there would be a short meeting at 12.30 pm in Selwyn on 10 July 2003 in order to sign the eighth Report. The Secretary sent his apologies in advance.


It was agreed to hold a meeting at noon on Thursday 2 October to which the newly elected members of the Board would be invited.


It was proposed to hold the following meeting at noon on Thursday 16 October. However, this time and date would have to be finalised by the new Board.