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University Council Minutes 13 April 2021

Last updated: 7 February 2022

Minutes of the meeting held on 13 April 2021 at 11.30 am via Microsoft Teams.


Ingrid Barker
Luc Brown
Peter Bungard
Paul Crichard
Nicola de Iongh (Chair)
Chris Fung
Steve GardinerA
Stephen Marston
Steve Mawson (until C.21.41)
Stephen Maycock
Dr Andrew Misiura
Imaani Mitchell
Mehjabeen Patrick
Daniel Ramsay
Dr Adeela Shafi
Pamela Sissons
Elonka Soros
David Soutter
The Rt Revd Robert Springett
Dr Peter Warry
Board Apprentices: 
Julia Hopkins
Sophie Perret

In attendance:

Andrea Chalk (for C.21.41)                                             Academic Registrar

Anna Hay (for C.21.40)                                                   Head of Student Wellbeing

Professor David James                                                   Dean (Academic Development)

Jess Lawson (for C.21.36 and 39                                    Head of Planning

Dr Graham Parton (for C.21.38)                                      Head of School (Education and Humanities)

Camille Stallard                                                              Chief Financial Officer

Julie Walkling (Observing)                                              Incoming External Member of Council

Dr Matthew Andrews (Officer)                                         University Secretary and Registrar

Penny Gravestock (Minutes)                                           Assistant Secretary to Council

C.21.28  Prayer

Dr Andrew Misiura opened the meeting with a prayer.

C.21.29  Welcome and Apologies

Received: apologies for absence from Steve Gardiner and for early departure from Steve Mawson.

C.21.30 Business of the Agenda

Noted: that there had been no requests to unstar any items on the agenda and that therefore it would be assumed that papers C/29/21 – C/31/21 had been noted as stated

C.21.31   Declarations of Interest

Noted: that there were no declarations of interest.

C.21.32 Minutes of the meeting held on 2 February 2021

Resolved: the minutes were agreed as an accurate record of the meeting held on 2 February 2021.

C.21.33 Matters Arising (C/19/21)

[C.21.07] Matters Arising: CONFIDENTIAL: Vice-Chancellor’s Report

Noted: that an update on the review of Humanities would be considered under agenda item C.21.38.

C.21.34 Chair’s Business (C/20/21)

It was noted that the Company Seal had been used as follows:

  1. for the dissolution of the Joint Venture with INTO (on 11 February 2021);
  2. documents related to the purchase of the Debenhams building (on 4 March 2021).

C.21.35 Students’ Union Update (C/21/21)

Received and noted: the Students’ Union (SU) update, noting in particular:

  1. the recent letter from the National Union of Students, Universities UK and Student Minds, asking the Government to agree a date for all students to return to campus;
  2. the increase seen in student queries regarding rent rebates;
  3. discussions being held with the University regarding potential space within the Debenhams building;
  4. work with the University on the latest Access and Participation Plan submission, noting the production of a ‘student-friendly’ version;
  5. the plans to develop an advice service as part of the offer for students.

C.21.36 CONFIDENTIAL: Vice-Chancellor’s Report (C/22/21)

C.21.37 CONFIDENTIAL: February Financial Performance Report (C/23/21)

This item was discussed under Confidential Business.

C.21.38 CONFIDENTIAL: Phase 2 Review of Humanities (C/24/21)

This item was discussed under Confidential Business.

C.21.28 Internationalization Strategy – March 2021 Update (C/25/21)

C.21.29 Student Wellbeing Strategy 2018-23 (C/26/21)

C.21.30  CONFIDENTIAL: Report on Annual Business Review of Academic Partnerships (C/27/21)

This item was discussed under Confidential Business.

C.21.31 Governance Effectiveness at the University of Gloucestershire: Action plan in response to the recommendations and suggestions (C/28/21)

C.21.32 CONFIDENTIAL: University of Gloucestershire Professional Services Limited: Recommendation for the appointment of Directors (C/32/21)

This item was discussed under Confidential Business.

C.21.33  CONFIDENTIAL: Update on Development of the Next Strategic Plan* (C/29/21)

This item was considered under Confidential Business.

C.21.34  Annual Sustainability Report 2019-2020* (C/30/21)

Noted: Council reviewed the Annual Sustainability Report and noted the improvement priorities it contained.

C.21.35  Council Schedule of Business (C/31/21)

Noted: the Schedule of Business. Council noted in particular that there would be a General Meeting held on 11 May 2021 to agree changes to the Articles of Association. It was hoped that the Annual Strategic Away Day, scheduled for 28 and 29 June 2021, would be held as a physical meeting at the Oxstalls Campus in Gloucester, subject to government guidelines.

C.21.36 Minutes from Council Committees*

Noted: that the minutes from the following meetings would be available from

  1. Remuneration and Human Resources Committee, 24 February 2021;
  2. Governance and Nominations Committee, 26 February 2021;
  3. Audit Committee, 12 March 2021;
  4. Finance and General Purposes Committee, 16 March 2021;
  5. Academic Board, 24 March 2021.

C.21.37  Any Other Business

Noted: that a separate session on the Annual Sustainability Report (paper C/30/21) would be held on 21 April 2021 at 5.15 pm (via Microsoft Teams).

C.21.38  Date of Next Meeting

Tuesday, 11 May 2021, at 9.15 am.

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