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Terms of Reference

Remuneration and Human Resources Committee Terms of Reference

Last updated: 3 November 2021

Terms of Reference

In accordance with the provisions of the Articles of Association:

  1. To review and approve as necessary the remuneration
    framework at an institutional level for all staff.
  2. To review and discuss the University’s People and Culture Strategy, and provide Council with assurance on its implementation.
  3. To receive an annual report on employment policy matters, including health and safety.
  4. To review annually the remuneration (including levels and rates of Performance Related Pay), terms and conditions of employment and all other benefits of the Vice-Chancellor and make appropriate recommendations to Council.
  5. To make recommendations to Council for severance payment terms for the Vice-Chancellor taking account of Office for Students’ guidance.
  6. Under delegated authority from Council, to approve the remuneration (including levels and rates of Performance Related Pay), terms and conditions of employment and all other benefits of all members of University Executive Committee (with the exception of the Vice-Chancellor).
  7. Under delegated authority from Council, to approve severance payment terms in respect of all members of University Executive Committee (with the exception of the Vice-Chancellor) taking account of Office for Students’ guidance.
  8. To consider options for succession planning for members of University Executive Commitee.
  9. In carrying out its work the Committee is to be guided by national benchmarks in the Sector and recognised good practice. Its decision-making and recommendations to Council shall be consistent where applicable with the University’s People and Culture Strategy.
  10. To consider equality, diversity, and inclusion issues arising from the remit of the Committee.
  11. To consider Risk Assessment issues arising from the remit of the Committee and to recommend, or implement, action as appropriate.
  12. Recommending the Recognition and Facilities Agreement with the Trades Unions, as amended from time to time, to Council for ratification.

Specific Policy Responsibilities
Development of remuneration and reward policies for those staff accountable to Council together with terms and conditions of employment for such staff.

Discussion of Human Resources Strategy for all staff.

Chair: Vice-Chair of Council

Vice-Chair: Chair of Finance & General Purposes Committee

Officer: University Secretary & Registrar

Quorum
See after membership

Frequency of Meetings
Three times per year (normally October, February and June) with additional meetings as required

Reporting Line
University Council

Current Sub-Committees
None

Submission /Availability of Minutes
Minutes are held by the University Secretary and Registrar, and published on the University website.

MembershipAppointment
Chair of CouncilNicola de IonghEx officio
Chair of Governance and
Nominations Committee
(if different to the
Chair of Council)
Vice-Chair of Council
(Chair)
Robert SpringettEx officio
Chair of Audit CommitteePam SissonsEx officio
Chair of Finance and
General Purposes
Committee
(Vice-Chair)
David SoutterEx officio
Two External Members of
Council appointed by
Council, preferably with
a professional HR
background
Peter Warry
Elonka Soros
Mar 20 – Feb 24
Jan 21 – Jan 25
One Student Member of
Council appointed by
Council
Asha SuttonJun 21 – Jun 22
In attendance:
Vice-ChancellorStephen MarstonEx officio
Director of Human ResourcesJulie-Ann BrooksEx officio

The Vice-Chancellor normally will attend but will withdraw when the Committee discusses issues directly related to that appointment.

Quorum

The Committee shall be quorate when at least three External Members of Council in the Membership of the Committee are present.

Where the Committee is, or becomes during the meeting, inquorate, Council will be informed of these circumstances at its next meeting. The Committee Chair shall decide whether:

a. to adjourn with immediate effect with a Special Meeting being summoned as soon as conveniently it may be or,
b. to continue to conduct business with decisions only being agreed by correspondence

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