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University Council minutes 2 February 2021

Last updated: 7 February 2022

Minutes of the meeting held on 2 February 2021 at 11 am via Microsoft Teams.

Academic Board Membership (for C.21.01):  University Council Membership:
Rob Blagden Ingrid Barker
Dr Rachael BullinghamLuc Brown (also on Academic Board)
Andrea ChalkPeter Bungard
Anne DawsonPaul Crichard (from C.21.09)
Lorraine DixonNicola de Iongh (Chair)
Stewart DoveChris Fung
Angela FranceSteve Gardiner
David LastStephen Marston (Chair of Academic Board)
Carol LoadeSteve Mawson (until C.21.17)
Neil LeightonStephen Maycock
Amanda PillDr Andrew Misiura (also on Academic Board)
Dr Matthew ReedImaani Mitchell (also on Academic Board)
Suzanne SheldonMehjabeen Patrick (until C.21.17)
Richard SalkeldADaniel Ramsay
Carrie WasleyADr Adeela Shafi (from C.21.09, also on Academic Board)
  Pamela Sissons
  Elonka Soros
  David Soutter
  The Rt Revd Robert Springett
  Dr Peter Warry
  Board Apprentices: 
  Julia Hopkins
  Sophie Perret

In attendance:

Julie-Ann Brooks (for C.21.01), Director (Human Resources)

Professor David James (also on Academic Board),  Dean (Academic Development)

Jess Lawson (for C.21.01, 11, and 18),    Head of Planning

Camille Stallard, Chief Financial Officer

Julie Walkling (Observing), Incoming External Member of Council

Dr Nigel Wichall (for C.21.01), Director (Estates)

Dr Matthew Andrews (Officer, also on Academic Board), University Secretary and Registrar

Penny Gravestock (Minutes), Assistant Secretary to Council

C.21.01 Workshop on the lasting Impact of COVID-19 on the University

Subsequent to the meeting, consolidated notes from the break-out groups were circulated to members and attendees.

C.21.02 Prayer

The Rt Revd Robert Springett opened the meeting with a prayer.

C.21.03 Welcome and Apologies

C.21.04 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/13/21 – C/18/21 had been approved or noted as stated

C.21.05 Declarations of Interest

Received: declarations of interest from Peter Bungard and Steve Mawson for discussions regarding the Local Government Pension Scheme under C.21.10 due to their roles at Gloucestershire County Council.

C.21.06 Minutes of the meetings held on 24 November and 22 December 2020

Resolved: the minutes were agreed as accurate records of the meetings held on 24 November and 22 December 2020.

C.21.07 Matters Arising (C/01/21)

[C.20.103.3] Matters Arising: CONFIDENTIAL: Vice-Chancellor’s Report

Noted: that a further report from the review of Humanities would be presented to Council at the meeting to be held in May 2021.

ACTION: Vice-Chancellor

C.21.09 Students’ Union Update (C/03/21)

Council congratulated Imaani Mitchell who had been offered a place at the University to study a postgraduate certificate in education from September 2021.

C.21.10 CONFIDENTIAL: Vice-Chancellor’s Report (C/62/20)

C.21.11 CONFIDENTIAL: Covid-19 Update (C/05/21)

This item was discussed under Confidential Business.

C.21.12 CONFIDENTIAL: Estates Opportunity in Gloucester (C/06/21)

This item was discussed under Confidential Business.

C.21.13 CONFIDENTIAL: December 2020/21 Finance Report and Forecast 1 (C/07/21)

This item was discussed under Confidential Business.

C.21.14 CONFIDENTIAL: Finance Strategy Review and 2021/22 Budget (C/08/21)

This item was discussed under Confidential Business.

C.21.15 CONFIDENTIAL: Ofs Long-term Forecast (C/09/21)

This item was discussed under Confidential Business.

C.21.16 University of Gloucestershire Research Strategy and Action Plan (C/10/21)

C.21.17 CONFIDENTIAL: Annual Review of Partnerships (C/11/21)

This item was discussed under Confidential Business.

C.21.18 Developing the Next Strategic Plan (C/12/21)

C.21.19  The Higher Education Code of Governance 2020* (C/13/21)

Resolved: Council received and formally adopted the Code of Governance and noted that the recommendations contained within it would be considered alongside those from the Governance Review to ensure that the University was demonstrating best practice in the

sector. It was noted that the Code was a sector wide statement and that the University outlined its compliance as part of the Operating and Financial Review alongside the annual financial statements.

C.21.20 Higher Education Audit Committees Code of Practice 2020* (C/14/21)

Resolved: Council

  1. received and formally adopted the Higher Education Audit Committees Code of Practice;
  2. noted the actions agreed by Audit Committee.

Council and its Committees: meeting dates for 2021/22 and 2022/23* (C/15/21)

Resolved: Council considered and approved the proposed revisions to dates for 2021/22 and the new dates for 2022/23.

C.21.22 Governance Review Update: Update on a response to the Advance HE report on governance effectiveness at the University* (C/16/21)

Resolved: Council:

  1. noted the action taken to date reported in the paper in response to the governance report from Advance HE; and
  2. approved Audit and Risk Committee as the new name for the Audit Committee.

C.21.23 CONFIDENTIAL: Apprenticeships Update* (C/17/21)

This item was discussed under Confidential Business.

C.21.24 Council Schedule of Business (C/18/21)

Noted: the Schedule of Business.

C.21.25 Minutes from Council Committees*

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

  1. Council and Foundation Standing Group, 24 November 2020;
  2. Academic Board, 9 December 2020;
  3. Governance and Nominations Committee, 9 December 2020;
  4. Finance and General Purposes Committee, 19 January 2021;
  5. Audit Committee, 22 January 2021.

C.21.26 Any Other Business


  1. the challenge from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to include cyber security into the University’s teaching environment;
  2. a final welcome to the new members and attendees of Council, noting the opportunity for them to call with the Chair if it would be useful.

C.21.27 Date of Next Meeting

Tuesday, 13 April 2021, at 9.15 am.

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