In addition to Academic Council, the University’s governance structure includes five sub-committees of the Court of Governors. Each sub-committee has specific responsibilities, delegated by the Court and defined in the committee terms of reference.
The Audit Committee reviews the work of the external and internal auditors of the University. The Committee considers detailed reports on risk management, control, governance and value for money, together with recommendations for the improvement of the University’s systems of internal control and management’s response and implementation plans. It also receives and considers reports from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and monitors adherence with the regulatory requirements. It reviews the University’s annual financial statements and accounting policies.
Members: Anupam Ganguli (Chair); David Batchelor; Karen Dunnell; Michael Pinder (non-governor member); Matthew Smith (Deputy Chair)
Meeting dates 2017-18: 29 August 2017; 10 October 2017; 9 November 2017; 10 April 2018; 5 June 2018
Finance and Property Committee
The Finance and Property Committee recommends to the Court the University’s annual revenue and capital budgets (including the estates strategy) and monitors performance in relation to approved budgets. It also recommends to the Court the annual financial statements, having been satisfied that management is properly discharging its responsibilities to control and account for the income, expenditure and assets of the University in compliance with the guidelines of HEFCE and the applicable legislation.
Members: Trevor Hope (Chair); Gary Morley (Deputy Chair); Chester Barnes; David Cheeseman; Philip Murphy; Geoff Petts; Philomine Wales (non-governor member); James Wates
Meeting dates 2017-18: 21 September 2017; 9 November 2017; 25 January 2018; 15 March 2018; 10 May 2018; 28 June 2018
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Human Resources Committee
The HR Committee reviews the University’s People strategy, policies and related legislation, considers the framework for pay and conditions of staff, and receives and discusses reports on associated matters, including staff training and development and diversity. The Committee regularly monitors staff Key Performance Indicators and reports on these to the Court.
Members: Philip Murphy (Chair); Anupam Ganguli; Vanessa James (non-governor member); Graham Megson; Charlotte Valeur
Meeting dates 2017-18: 7 November 2017; 3 April 2018; 26 June 2018
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The Nominations Committee makes recommendations on the appointment of new governors, and non-governor members of Court committees. The Committee is also responsible for the procedures for nominating individuals for the award of Honorary Degrees and Fellowships of the University, for considering such nominations, and making recommendations to the Court. When required, it leads the process of search and appointment of the Vice-Chancellor and the Chancellor.
Members: Stephen Hart (Chair); Di Yeo (Deputy Chair); John Begg; Rita Bellamy-James; Karen Dunnell; Geoff Petts
Meeting dates 2017-18: 13 September 2017; 28 February 2018; 23 May 2018
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The Remuneration Committee meets when appropriate to review the salaries, terms and conditions of employment of senior staff. The Vice-Chancellor withdraws from the Committee when his own remuneration is under review and this is formally recorded. The Committee also sets the framework for remuneration for academic and professional support staff paid salaries above the 51-point national scale.
Members: David Cheeseman (Chair); Karen Dunnell (Deputy Chair); Stephen Hart; Sally Moore (non-governor member); Philip Murphy; Geoff Petts
Meeting dates 2017-18: 12 December 2017; 17 April 2018
Download the Remuneration Committee terms of reference