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                  UNIVERSITY COURT OF ST ANDREWS

AT ST ANDREWS on the 6th day of October 2006. AT A MEETING OF THE UNIVERSITY
COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS.

Present – Mr S R Pepper, Rector (President); Mr William Berry, Chancellor's Assessor & Senior
Governor; Dr Brian Lang, Principal; Mr T G L d'Ardenne, President, Students' Association; Ms L
K Wilson , Director of Representation, Students' Association; Mr B A Nicholson, Rector's
Assessor; Mr John Simpson, Provost of Fife; Miss K M Patrick, General Council Assessor;
Professor R W Byrne, Professor H N Kennedy, Dr C R Warren and Dr C E Whitehead, Senate
Assessors; Mr Roy Dittrich, Non-Teaching Staff Member; Sir Anthony Bagnall, Dr N M Bryson,
Mr P P Cabrelli, Mrs C A M Davis, Ms J W Denholm, Rev Dr Marjory MacLean, Mr G R C
Scott, Co-opted Members.

In attendance – Mr D A Watson, Quaestor & Factor; Mr Mark Butler, Secretary & Registrar;
Mr I M Wright, Clerk to the Court.

Apologies – Professor K M Brown, Deputy Principal & Master; Professor Ewan Brown,
General Council Assessor; Mrs Christina Potter, Co-opted Member.

The Court welcomed new members to their first meeting: Dr Norval Bryson, Rev Dr
Marjory MacLean and Dr Claire Whitehead; also Mr Mark Butler, recently appointed
Secretary & Registrar.


I      PRINCIPAL'S REPORT

       The Principal reported to Court on the following matters :-

       1.     The University's Standing in League Tables, Etc – the Court was pleased to
              acknowledge the University's high standing in recent national league tables,
              including once again being the Sunday Times Scottish University of the Year;
              also the high satisfaction rating awarded to the University by its students in a
              national survey, with St Andrews medical science students being the 'most
              satisfied' in Britain.

       2.     The Changing Shape of the University – in addition to last month's
              conclusion to the sale of Hamilton Hall and the opening of the new Arts
              Building, housing the School of International Relations, the Court noted both
              the continuing high demand for undergraduate places in the University (over
              eleven applications for each available place), and the increasing number of
              postgraduate students in line with target figures. In addition, the number of
              non-EU students, from throughout the world, had now reached a record
              level, reflecting further on the University's high international academic
              standing.

       3.     St Andrew's Day Graduation Ceremonies, 30 November 2006 – because of
              the large number of (a) graduating students and (b) new professors being
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              inducted there will be two graduation ceremonies and related events on St
              Andrew's Day which Court members would be encouraged to attend.

      4.      The Scottish Funding Council – a recent meeting with the Funding Council
              had usefully explored a number of issues, including the concept of University
              "excellence" which St Andrews believes should equate with the University's
              motto "always the best", and show the University to be at the forefront of
              international teaching and research.

      5.      Forthcoming Visit by His Excellency Seyed Mohammad Khatami,
              President of the International Foundation for Dialogue among
              Civilisations – the Court welcomed this visit as a channel for fostering good
              relationships between the UK and Iran.

      6.      600th Anniversary Celebrations – an ad hoc group, led by the Vice-Principal
              (External Relations) was drawing up plans for 600th anniversary events
              between 2011 and 2013. It was agreed that these plans should be circulated to
              Court members, inviting comment and any further proposals.


II    COURT MINUTES

      The minutes of the Court's last meeting held on 30 June 2006 were received, agreed
      as a correct record, and signed by the President.

      Arising from the minutes, the following matters were considered :-

      Court Effectiveness Review (CER) Report – following the Court's receipt of this
      report, many of the agreed recommendations had now been implemented; the
      remainder were being actioned in consultation with the Senior Governor and
      Management; and useful progress had been made in addressing those issues which
      had been referred to a group comprising the Senior Governor, the Principal, the
      Rector and the CER's chairman.

      University Maces – while noting that the particular exhibition which had asked to
      display the maces would not now take place, the Court re-affirmed its belief that
      generally the maces should be put on public display whenever reasonable, assuming
      that appropriate security arrangements were in place.


III   REPORT OF THE ACADEMIC COUNCIL

      The Court received the following report of business considered by the Academic
      Council at its meeting on 15 September 2006.

      1.   Principal’s Report

           The Principal updated Academic Council on the University’s recent excellent ratings in
           League Tables. The University had once again been designated Scottish University of
           the Year, one of the top ten universities in the UK and had been short-listed for the UK
           University of the Year. In addition, our students had responded very positively to the
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     National Student Survey the outcome of which being that our students were the most
     satisfied student population studying at a mainstream UK University. It was also
     recognised that there were areas where further improvements had to be made (e.g. in
     relation to library provision) and work was already in hand to take appropriate steps.

2.   Scottish Funding Council

     The Principal reported to Academic Council on a recent meeting between the University
     and the Scottish Funding Council. Items that had been discussed included Diversity
     and Widening access issues, the regulation of student numbers by SFC and, in
     particular, the system of fines levied on universities who “over-recruited” and the need
     for appropriate funding to be made available to one or two world-leading universities in
     Scotland. These issues had also been raised by the Principal at a recent meeting with the
     First Minister.

3.   Research Assessment Exercise

     The Vice Principal (Research) provided Academic Council with a detailed report on the
     preparation for the RAE 2008.

     Key deadlines were highlighted as follows:

      30 November 2007           Deadline for institution RAE submissions
      31 October 2007            Census date for academic staff to be in post and
                                 eligible for inclusion in RAE submissions
      1 January 2001-31 December The dates for publications to be included in the
      2007                       submission

     A survey of submission intentions would also be required by Spring 2007.

     All the submissions would be co-ordinated through the University’s RAE Office. The
     University currently expected to have submissions in 20 Units of Assessment which was
     a slight increase on the previous RAE. It was also anticipated that a significant
     proportion of the final submission would be undertaken electronically.

     Council was also updated on the ongoing debate about the future of the RAE.

4.   Enhancement-Led Institutional Review

     Academic Council received a detailed update on the findings in the full and final report
     of the recent Enhancement-Led Institutional Review.

     This academic session would principally be concerned with a period of reflection and
     consideration of how to move forward with the areas that required further consideration
     or development.

 5. Academic Fraud

     Academic Council received a report from the Academic Registrar on the cases of
     Academic Fraud reported during last session and on the wider issues that required to be
     addressed by the University. Council members discussed a number of areas of concern
     and agreed that steps required to be taken to address the ongoing occurrences of
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     Academic Fraud in order to preserve the integrity of the University’s awards.   It was
     agreed that a more detailed discussion would be held at the April meeting.

6.   St Andrew’s Day Graduations

     In view of the significant increase in the number of students eligible to graduate in
     November and the number of Professorial Inductions scheduled, it was agreed that there
     would be two Graduation Ceremonies on 30 November 2006 (at 10.30 a.m. and 2.30
     p.m.). As a consequence of this, Academic Council agreed that teaching should be
     suspended for the whole day.

7.   Resolutions of the University Court

     Resolution 2006 No 2 Foundation of Chairs
     Resolution 2006 No 3 Award of Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates

     The above resolutions were received by Academic Council without comment.

8.   Honorary Appointments

     Academic Council approved the following Honorary Appointments with effect from
     September 2006:

     School of Divinity
     Honorary Lecturer in New Testament
     Dr Philip Towner, M.A. Deerfield, Ph.D. Abdn

     Bute Medical School
     Honorary Lecturer
     Wendy Simpson, M.A., Ph.D. St A

     Honorary Teaching Fellow
     Al Dowie, BSc., BD Gla, ThM Princeton, Ph.D. Edi

     School of Biology
     For a period of three years from 1 September 2006 to 31 August 2009
     Honorary Research Fellow
     Dr Philip Shaw, B.Sc. Abdn, Ph.D. Durham

9.   External Examiners

     Academic Council approved the following External Examiners’appointments with effect
     from September 2006:

     (a)   For a period of three years

     School of English
     Medieval English (Undergraduate and Postgraduate)
     Professor Vincent Gillespie
     University of Oxford
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          English Language Teaching
          MLitt in English Language Teaching
          Dr Martin Wedell
          University of Leeds

          School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies
          MLitt in Film Studies
          Professor John Caughie
          University of Glasgow

          (b)   For a further two years

          School of English
          MLitt in Women, Writing & Gender
          Professor Linda Anderson
          University of Newcastle upon Tyne

          (c)   For a fourth and final year

          School of English
          MLitt in Romantic Studies
          Professor R Cronin
          University of Glasgow

          English Literature (Undergraduate)
          Professor R Cronin
          University of Glasgow

          MLitt in Creative Writing
          Professor S O’Brien
          Sheffield Hallam University

                                   LORRAINE E FRASER
                                     Academic Registrar

     Academic Fraud – the Court was pleased to note that this issue, which was prevalent
     in all universities although not presently of great significance in St Andrews, was
     being actively addressed by the Academic Council; and also that the Students'
     Association fully supported all measures which might be taken to eliminate fraud
     and uphold the value of the St Andrews degree.


IV   REPORT OF THE ACADEMIC AUDIT COMMITTEE

     The following report was submitted and approved :-

     The committee met on 27 June 2006.

     This was a special meeting of the Committee, convened for the particular purpose of receiving
     and discussing a series of recent internal reviews of Taught Postgraduate Programmes,
     the reports of which are on file. Each review was conducted by the Business Committee of the
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Faculty of Arts, under the leadership of the Dean, and with support from Neil Dumbleton of
SALTIRE.

School of International Relations
(Review visit: 9 May 2006)

The review had identified a number of concerns, three of which were highlighted by the
Deputy Principal:

1)      Insufficient articulation between the current and planned MLitt programmes.
2)      Complaints from students, many of whom are paying premium fees as overseas
        students, regarding library resources.
3)      Concerns within the School itself about the proposed introduction of a distance
        learning course to be delivered in conjunction with a commercial partner.

The Academic Audit Committee (AAC) was mindful of the impact which a high student-staff
ratio had had upon the School. This made it all the more important that there should be a clear
management structure for the School’s postgraduate programmes, with collective, co-
ordinated ‘buy-in’ from all staff. This was the key recommendation arising from the review,
and it needs to be in place for 2006-07.

The AAC welcomed the appointment of a Postgraduate Secretary. She needs more
opportunity to meet colleagues with similar responsibilities elsewhere in the University and
the Pro-Dean will help to facilitate this.

With regard to library resources, the Deputy Principal drew attention to the need, across the
University, for funding to meet increased student numbers to be available in advance rather
than after the fact. The Dean pointed out that the School could also help itself through better
use of e-resources.

The Deputy Principal was able to provide the AAC with further information about the
distance learning initiative. A reduction in the scale of the programme and new appointments
had helped to provide reassurance. All of the courses will be subject to our quality assurance
processes and the AAC should decide, in 12 months time, when it would wish to review the
School’s distance learning provision.

School of Economics and Finance
(Review visit: 27 April 2006)

Taught postgraduate programmes had become a significant part of the School’s activity. The
subject matter had been chosen well, meeting the dual criteria of serious academic content and
significant demand from students.

The AAC endorsed the findings of the review and agreed on the following recommendations:

1)      There is a heavy dependence on the Director of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Reid.
        This should be alleviated through the greater involvement of other staff in the
        management of the programmes, which would also facilitate effective succession
        planning.
2)      More and better use could be made of various central services, including the Careers
        Centre, the Library and SALTIRE. The School should initiate conversations with
        these units.
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3)      More use could also be made of WebCT.
4)      As the University is now offering a number of overlapping taught postgraduate
        programmes, it is very important to ensure that students are advised into the right
        one for them at the outset. Induction, for all programmes, could be improved.

Ben Reilly asked about the use of IELTS to assess the English of non-native speakers in all
postgraduate programmes and was reassured that it is being used appropriately as a
screening device. Whilst the test may have some limitations, it has the benefit of being widely
recognised. The AAC noted that the support available to students with limited English in this
School now includes the innovative Book Clubs.

School of Management
(Review visit: 23 February 2006)

Besides the main report, the AAC also receive an addendum (on file) from the Dean,
consisting of five recommendations designed to assist the School as it seeks to consolidate
what has been a rapid expansion of its postgraduate teaching.

That expansion had outstripped planned numbers and posed challenges with which existing
structures were not designed to cope. The result was a difficult task which had been well
executed in many respects.

Constant change, sometimes compounded by staff absence, had interfered with effective
management. Dependence on external teaching staff had already reduced to better levels.
However, there needs to be greater clarity as to who is responsible for what. The Principal’s
Office will help to monitor this.

Nevertheless, the students who were interviewed in the course of the review were generally
very positive about their experience and the Deputy Principal judged that their performance
in the classroom compares well with that in most other programmes of this kind. He
suggested that two matters require attention:

1)      Customer service, by improving the speed of response in some instances and
        eliminating what, occasionally, appear to be less than positive attitudes.
2)      The curriculum needs some remoulding.

It was agreed that the AAC should revisit these programmes in a year’s time to monitor
progress.

Social Science M.Res Programmes

The Arts Faculty Business Committee met 4 students on 9 May to discuss their experience of
these programmes, especially the generic modules. Whilst acknowledging that this was a very
small sample, the AAC noted that these students had been disappointed by some aspects of the
programmes.

The University had encountered many difficulties when constructing these offerings. In
particular, because of the small number of students overall, and given the ESRC’s emphasis
on critical mass, it made sense to provide a common core. However, in order to meet ESRC’s
requirements, this meant including elements which were of no direct relevance whatever to
some of the participants. The University had, therefore, succeeded in gaining ESRC
recognition, but for a programme which it itself regarded as less than satisfactory.
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    AAC welcomed the announcement that Dr Mike Kesby had agreed to assume responsibility
    for co-ordinating the generic content of the programmes.
    The meeting recommended:

    1)      More involvement from GRADskills and SALTIRE staff.
    2)      Where possible, more subject-specific expression of whatever principle or technique
            was being taught.

    AAC should review the programme in April or May, 2007, and recognise that a more radical
    overhaul may then be necessary, within the context of the University’s need not to jeopardise
    ESRC recognition.

    Other Business

    The Deputy Principal observed that the University has created various codes of practice
    relating to teaching and learning, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, in recent
    years and he suggested that the review of their effectiveness needs to become part of routine
    AAC business..

    The AAC wished to record its thanks to the Arts Faculty Business Committee, and to Mr
    Dumbleton, for the work they had undertaken in connection with this special meeting.

    The AAC agreed with Dr Warren that it would be helpful if future reports of this kind could
    begin by listing the titles of the programmes under review and recording the numbers of
    students currently undertaking them.

                                           D J CORNER
                                             Convener

    The Court commended this clear and helpful report, agreeing that the whole area of
    first-rate postgraduate provision and care was integral to the future success and
    wellbeing of the University.


V   REPORT OF THE PLANNING AND RESOURCES COMMITTEE

    The following report was submitted :-

    The committee met on 12 September 2006.

    Professor Lorna Milne, Professor Ewan Brown, and Mr Tom D’Ardenne were welcomed to
    their first meeting as members of PARC; Mr Mark Butler was welcomed to his first meeting
    in attendance as Secretary & Registrar.

    The Convener thanked Professor Neville Richardson, who ceased to be the Senate nominee on
    PARC with effect from 31 July 2006, for his service. The Quaestor and Factor will write a
    letter of thanks to Professor Richardson.

    PARC/06/01      Report of Meeting held on 13 June 2006

                    The committee received and agreed as a correct record this report.
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             The Deputy Principal reported on the decision of the Health Minister,
             published on 7 September, to create 100 extra places for students who do their
             first three years of medical study at the University which will allow them to
             complete their undergraduate degrees at Scotland's other medical schools.
             The Minister announced that those places would be distributed in line with
             recommendations made to the Scottish Executive by the Board of Academic
             Medicine. The places would be distributed as follows: 50 to Glasgow; 30 to
             Edinburgh; 10 to Aberdeen; 10 to Dundee.

             Draft Extract of Court Meeting 30 June 2006 (PARC issues only)

             The Committee noted the contents of this draft extract.

             Report of the Meeting of the Investment and Collections Committee
             of 3 May 2006 (for information)

             The Committee noted the report of the Investment and Collections Committee
             which was provided as information and in support of the change of the remit
             of PARC.

PARC/06/02   Matters Arising:

             (a) Review of Committee Remit – it was agreed that the wording of the
             Note, in which was written ‘The convener of the PARC is accountable to the
             University Court and Senate’, subject to any necessary approvals, should be
             amended by the deletion of ‘and Senate’ as the Senior Governor could not be
             held accountable to the Senate.

             (b) Framework Agreement & Industrial Action – Update

             Framework Agreement – the Deputy Principal provided an update on the
             situation and circulated a revised copy of Annex A (Assimilation Principles).
             Provisional agreement had been reached with local representatives of the
             three campus unions (UCU (formerly AUT), UNISON, and AMICUS);
             AMICUS had accepted the Agreement at a Scottish and UK level while the
             national Payment Implementation Groups of UCU and UNISON were
             currently deliberating on the Agreement before offering their members a
             ballot. The Deputy Principal intimated that harmonisation could be expected
             by the end of September if union ballots were arranged and resulted in a
             majority of support for the Agreement.

             The Deputy Principal reported that all 1,800 University staff had received
             their new assimilated pay at the end of August. It was anticipated that in
             October, staff rôle evaluations, detailing red-, green-, and white-circling,
             would be issued. This process would begin firstly with Heads of Schools and
             of units to ensure the rôle evaluations passed a ‘sensibleness’ test; secondly,
             all staff would be given their specific rôle evaluation; and thirdly, an appeals
             process would be put in place, with retrospective pay to 1 August 2006 for
             those staff whose appeal was successful.
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             It was agreed that the PARC Sub-Group on the Framework Agreement
             would continue to monitor the situation and report progress to PARC.

             Industrial Action – the Deputy Principal summed up the lessons learned
             from the recent Industrial Action. The Committee noted the implications of
             the dispute on future pay negotiations, particularly bearing in mind the
             ability of local union representatives to deal with another similar dispute, the
             issue of local or national pay bargaining, and the planning and preparation of
             senior management for future disruption.

             The Deans of Arts and of Science reported that there were no substantial
             residual tensions within the Schools following the dispute, that the
             examinations diet and the examinations reporting schedule had been handled
             properly, and that there was absolute confidence in the subsequent grading of
             examinations and degrees.

             (c) Hamilton Hall Update – the Committee noted the satisfactory
             settlement of this transaction, with the Quaestor and Factor reporting the
             receipt of the balance of the price due amounting to £14M with an additional
             £0.35M received in extension payments and penalty interest.

             (d) Update on proposed Convergent Technology Centre – on behalf of
             the Vice-Principal (Research), the Quaestor & Factor reported on the
             progress of the at times problematic discussions on the proposed Convergent
             Technology Centre. It was hoped that these would be resolved within the
             next month. It was agreed that a report on these discussions, and
             alternatives to the proposed CTC, would be made by the Vice-Principal
             (Research) at the next meeting of PARC.

PARC/06/03   Development Office Executive Committee Report

             The Committee received a verbal update from the Vice-Principal (External
             Relations), who circulated a report of the meeting of the Development
             Committee on 5 September (as Paper 06/03(a)). The Committee expressed its
             concern at the difficulty of ensuring pledges were made good, and at the
             shortfall in the amount of cash and pledges received for the new Arts
             Building; the Committee noted, however, the work of the Development Office
             at improving annual giving, successes such as the Wardlaw scholarships, and
             the plans for the 600th anniversary of the University. It was agreed that the
             Vice-Principal (External Relations) would circulate to Committee members a
             paper on the 600th anniversary plans, for comments and additional
             suggestions.

PARC/06/04   Anticipated Student Recruitment Levels 2006/2007

             The Vice-Principal (External Relations) provided the committee with a brief
             report on the progress of student recruitment, noting up-to-date figures from
             that morning. Amendments to Table 1 on Paper 06/04, due to the passage of
             time and the receipt of further acceptances, were as follows:

             Home/EU         PG(Taught)          170 Actual (-5 Variance on Target)
             Home/EU         PG(Research)        120 Actual (+40 Variance on Target)
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             Non EU          PG(Taught)         391 Actual (-4 Variance on Target)
             Non EU          PG(Research)       84 Actual (+19 Variance on Target)

             The Principal praised the remarkable overall recruitment performance, noting
             the objective of the University to increase postgraduate numbers to reflect the
             research intensiveness of the institution. The Principal reported on the
             recent Strategic Dialogue which senior management had had with the
             Scottish Funding Council, at which there had been discussions about Funded
             Student Numbers; he noted that he and the Deputy Principal would be
             meeting the First Minister that week to discuss the need for more freedom
             from regulation.

             The Quaestor & Factor estimated the University would be fined £0.15M for
             over-recruitment this year.

             At the request of the Convener, item PARC/06/05 was put back to the
             end of the meeting to allow full discussion of the Estates Strategy.

PARC/06/06   Financial Statements for 2006/2007

             (a) Summary Financial report for the 12 months to 31 July 2006 – the
             Committee noted the University’s strong and better than expected financial
             performance in the last year.

             (b) Draft Financial Statements for the 12 months to 31 July 2006 – the
             Quaestor & Factor presented the draft of the University’s Reports and
             Financial Statements 2005/06, drawing the attention of the Committee to the
             strong growth in Research Grants and in Other Income, despite low growth
             in funding from the Scottish Funding Council. The Committee noted the
             challenge ahead to turn income growth into earnings, and the concerns over
             rising energy consumption and costs, and growing staff costs.

             The Committee requested that the draft version of the Reports section be re-
             worked and circulated to its members for comments; it was agreed that an
             explanatory note was needed regarding the FRS17 requirement to show
             pension fund liabilities and deficit on the balance sheet. The section
             ‘Responsibilities of the Court of the University of St Andrews’ was to be re-
             drafted based on feedback from PARC members.

             A PARC sub-group, comprising the Senior Governor, the Principal,
             Professor Brown, and Mr Scott, would finalise the drafts of the University’s
             Reports and Financial Statements, with the Quaestor & Factor in
             attendance.

PARC/06/07   Framework for Institutional Sustainability – Update

             The Committee noted the publication of the report by the Scottish Funding
             Council ‘Monitoring institutional sustainability: an extension to strategic
             planning’ (Circular SFC/42/2006). The Quaestor & Factor drew the
             attention of the Committee to the report’s main conclusions, in particular the
             under-investment in the Estate, the high gearing levels, poor liquidity, and
             the low level of income per academic at the University, all of which would
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             require further investigation and consideration. It was agreed that this
             would be discussed further at the next meeting of PARC.

PARC/06/08   Tax Changes

             The Committee noted the potential consequences of the current, more
             aggressive policies of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs as outlined in the
             paper.

PARC/06/05   Property Issues:

             At the request of the Convener, item PARC/06/05 was taken in the
             following order: (d), (c), and (a) & (b) together.

             (d) Energy management – update – Roddy Yarr, Environment Manager,
             joined the meeting and presented Paper 06/05/(d). The Committee noted the
             options for development in this area, in particular the emphasis on reduction
             of energy use first before focusing on the issue of renewables. The Committee
             recommended to Court approval in principle of the acceptance of interest-free
             loans from the sources identified in Paper 06/05/(d) and other available
             funding sources, with delegated authority to the Quaestor & Factor to
             conclude negotiations as and when appropriate with regular reports to
             PARC. Mr Yarr was thanked for his work on these matters.

             (c) Other Property Issues – an update was received from the Quaestor &
             Factor. The committee noted the satisfactory conclusion of the works detailed
             in sections 2 and 3, and the progress in section 4. At the request of the
             Convenor, the Principal addressed the issue of the new medical building,
             referring in particular to the increased number of medical students and the
             necessity of integrated research facilities. The Dean of Science stressed that
             the research facilities were needed both for the Faculties of Medicine and of
             Science; it was important therefore that the new building was termed
             ‘Medical Science Building’ to reflect its interdisciplinary usage.

             (a) & (b) Draft Estates Strategy & Western Expansion Proposals
             Update – in the absence of the Master, the Quaestor & Factor presented the
             draft Estates Strategy and in so doing provided an update on the Western
             Expansion proposals, including proposals for relocating Madras College and
             utilising its current locations on South Street and at Kilrymont.

             It was emphasised that the draft Estates Strategy had at its heart the
             academic vision for the University. The Quaestor & Factor stated that
             decisions on the Estates Strategy would not be required until the Court
             AwayDay in December, and was seeking comments on the draft Estates
             Strategy from PARC members in the interim.

             Two options of a twenty year Financial Plan were presented by the Quaestor
             & Factor, both founded on the assumption of £12M having already been
             raised through philanthropic giving for the medical science building: the first
             option was based on significant borrowings; the second was based on
             substantially increased year on year earnings.
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              The Principal stressed the importance of keeping in mind the reasoning
              behind the Estates Strategy: the continuing and strengthening
              internationalisation of the University. He noted that the raising of
              expectations and of performance among University staff was a task for senior
              management.

              The Committee endorsed the proposed process for consultation and agreement
              on an Estates Strategy, congratulating the Quaestor & Factor for the depth
              and width in the level of strategic planning and vision which planned for a
              genuinely international future for the University, and which had taken
              account of environmental considerations, had focused on the cohesion of the
              Faculties of Arts, of Science, and of Medicine, and on interdisciplinarity
              among Schools within those Faculties. PARC members also wished to
              convey their thanks to the Master for his involvement in this detailed
              strategy.

              It was agreed that plans involving the Estates Strategy needed to take into
              account the impact and issue of the elections in May 2007. There would be a
              further report on Estates Strategy at the next meeting of PARC prior to full
              discussion at the Court’s ‘AwayDay’ in December.

PARC/06/09    Other Business

              Next meeting – it was confirmed that the Committee was scheduled next to
              meet at 11.00am on Tuesday 21 November 2006 in the Gateway Boardroom.

              The dates for the remainder of 2006/ 2007 are:
              16 January 2007 – start at 9.30am
              10 April 2007 – start at 9.30am
              12 June 2007 – start at 11.00am

              The provisional dates for 2007/ 2008 are:
              11 September 2007 – start at 9.30am
              20 November 2007 – start at 11.00am
              15 January 2008 – start at 9.30am
              15 April 2008 – start at 9.30am
              10 June 2008 – start at 11.00am

                        WILLIAM BERRY
                           Convener

Committee's Remit – the proposed deletion was agreed.

Framework Agreement- it was further reported that the required ballot of UNISON
members would take place shortly.

Convergent Technology Centre – Court noted that, following a recent meeting with
Scottish Enterprise Fife, it was probable that this initiative would not be taken any
further with the presently proposed partner.

Draft Financial Statement for 12 months to 31 July 2006 – it was confirmed that
Court members should receive a final version of these statements in mid-/late-
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     November following their scrutiny by the Audit Committee.          Formal approval
     would be sought at Court's next meeting on 8 December.

     Framework for Institutional Sustainability- it was noted that the findings of this
     UK-wide exercise will be used in the building of a robust business case to support
     the implementation of the Estates Strategy.

     Tax Changes – it was agreed that this matter should be included within the
     University's risk register.

     Energy Management – the Court approved the committee's proposals for accepting
     interest-free loans.

     Other Property Issues – it was reported that the sale of non-operational University
     land at Largo Road, as previously agreed to accommodate a new St Andrews
     hospital, had now been concluded satisfactorily.

     Estates Strategy – it was confirmed that this pivotal document would be considered
     in detail by the Court at its next Awayday meeting in December, with reference to a
     further PARC report; further proposals regarding the Students' Association building
     would be included. Meantime, consultations, mainly within the University but also
     with Town organisations and other external bodies, would continue. The primary
     aims remained to enhance the University's ability to deliver high quality teaching
     and research, to align academic with financial strategy, and to share with the Town a
     vibrant social and academic environment within St Andrews.

     Commending this clear and imaginative vision for the University, Court members
     were also invited to address further comments to the Quaestor & Factor in advance
     of the Awayday.

     Finally, the Court approved the committee's recommendations for an excambion
     arrangement to be concluded between the University and a local farmer, whose
     strips of land presently adjoined and could now usefully be re-aligned.

     The remainder of the report was approved.


VI   REPORT OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE

     The following report was submitted and approved :-

     The committee met on 18 September 2006.

     1. Committee Membership

        Dr Bryson was welcomed to his first meeting as convener of the Audit Committee,
        succeeding Mr Connell.
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2. Report of Committee's last meeting, 14 June 2006

   (a) This report, previously approved by the University Court, was received and agreed as
       a correct record.

   (b) The following matters arising from the report were discussed:-

       (i) Child Nursery – the Quaestor & Factor reported that he had instructed the
       University's lawyers to deal appropriately with the Nursery's apparent unlawful use
       of the University's name.

       (ii) Albany Park (Internal Auditors' Report 2006/12) – it was reported that the
       Students' Association was now overseeing a proper auditing process for the accounts
       of hall committees. In this particular case, a Management letter had been sent to the
       student concerned.

       (iii) Private Meeting between Committee and Management – the committee
       agreed that, routinely on an annual basis, an opportunity should be afforded to the
       Quaestor & Factor to meet privately with the committee, as is the current practice
       with both the external and the internal auditors.

3. Internal Auditors' Reports

   The following reports (on file) submitted by the internal auditors were considered:-

   (a) Annual Report 2005-2006 (2006/15) – receiving this report, the committee was
       pleased to note that, in the auditors' opinion based on their work during both 2005-
       2006 and since their initial appointment in 1999-2000, "the University operates
       adequate and effective control systems as defined in the Audit Needs Assessment.
       Proper arrangements are in place to promote and secure value for money."

       It was further noted that (i) the auditors' recommendations generally had been
       accepted and acted upon, in particular in respect of the reports concerning both
       Albany Park and Non-Payroll Expenditure; (ii) two reports (on Research, and
       HR/Payroll) would be submitted for consideration at the committee's next meeting;
       (iii) the Court would receive an initial Estates Strategy report at its meeting on 6
       October 2006, expected to be finalised on 8 December 2006; and (iv) in general,
       follow-up actions on all reports were monitored assiduously by the University's
       Finance Department and were the subject of a further annual report presented in
       June by the internal auditors.

   (b) Annual Plan 2006-2007 (2007/01) – this Plan, detailing the auditors' proposed
       areas of operation during the year ending 31 July 2007 and based on the Audit Needs
       Assessment and Strategic Plan for 2005-2009, was considered and agreed. It was
       noted that, following discussions with Management, the auditors had rescheduled
       their assignments on "Pension Fund Optional Appraisal" and "Governance - Senior
       Officer Guidance" which would now be carried out in 2006-2007 and 2007-2008
       respectively.

       In relation to the report on "Assessment - Central Processes", the committee agreed
       that during the course of this assignment the auditors should meet with either the
       President or the Director of Representation of the Students' Association.
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       It was further agreed that, in order to facilitate the committee's receipt of the
       auditors' individual reports, the Annual Plan should be considered at the
       committee's June meeting rather than at this time.

   (c) Library Administration (2006/13) – with Mr J Purcell, Director of Library
       Services, in attendance. The committee was pleased to note that this report, a Value
       for Money review carried out by the auditors as part of their non-payroll expenditure
       work, had been helpful to all parties; recommendations, generally aimed at reducing
       areas of duplication and budget allocations to Schools, had been accepted and were
       being implemented.

4. Financial Control Framework : Annual Review

   The committee reviewed the University's Standing Financial Instructions and Scheme of
   Delegation (attached for Court as an appendix to this report and now on file) and
   recommended their adoption.

   Noting that no substantive changes had been made to the existing documents, the
   committee recommended that in future years the committee itself should be authorised to
   sanction any changes of a minor nature, with the Court's approval being required only if
   any significant changes are proposed.

5. University Teaching and Learning Committee (UTREC)

   Receiving this annual report (on file), the committee agreed that in future years it would
   be helpful to invite the appropriate member of Management to attend and respond to any
   relevant questions.

6. Committee Meeting Dates 2006-2007

   The committee agreed to meet at 2.00pm on the following dates : Monday 6 November
   2006, Friday 23 March 2007 and Wednesday 13 June 2007.

7. Other Business

   (a) Business Continuity – it was confirmed that the committee would be receiving a
       report from the Risk Management Group.

   (b) University Reports and Financial Statements for Year ended 31 July 2006 –
       the external auditors reported that their work was proceeding normally. The
       committee would consider these documents at its next meeting.

                                        N M BRYSON
                                          Convener

Annual Appraisal of the Senior Governor – the Court also noted that the immediate
past convener of the Audit Committee (Mr D A Connell), in accordance with
prescribed procedures, had carried out a full and satisfactory appraisal of the work
of the Senior Governor during the year ended 31 July 2006 and of his role in the
overall Governance structure.
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VII   REPORT OF THE HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMITTEE

      The committee met on 8 September 2006.

      The Convener welcomed Mr Graeme Hamilton, Director of Services, Students' Association,
      to the Meeting.

      1. Report of Meeting of 19th April 2006

         The report was approved by the Committee.

      2. Matters Arising

      a) Students' Association

         Mr G Hamilton, The Director of Services, Students' Association, informed members that a
         health and safety audit of the Students' Association had been arranged with an external
         auditor and that this would commence in early October 2006. Concern was expressed by
         members regarding the length of time which had elapsed since Court first raised this matter
         with the Students' Association.

         The following action was agreed:

         Mr Hamilton will provide members with a progress report on the audit at the next meeting of
         the Committee.

      b) Accident - Purdie Building

         Members were provided with a copy of the e-mail dated 12th July 2006, issued by Mr D A
         Watson, Quaestor and Factor, to members of Court regarding the 'Purdie Incident'.
         Members considered that, with respect to the University, the outcome of the court case was
         balanced and fair.

         The following action was agreed:

         The Director of Environmental, Health and Safety Services would verify that Estates have
         taken appropriate steps designed to ensure that a similar accident does not occur in the future.

      c) Fieldwork

         Members were informed that a new guidance booklet and an associated risk assessment form
         had recently been issued to Heads of Schools/Units and that the Fieldwork Sub-Committee
         was meeting on 20th September 2006 to discuss feedback received from Schools/Units.

         The following action was agreed:

         The Secretary would provide members with an update on this matter at the next meeting of
         the Committee.
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d) Audits of Schools/Units

     Members discussed a paper received from the Director of Environmental, Health and Safety
     Services (EHSS) concerning the health and safety audits of Schools/Units carried out by a
     team from EHSS since the last meeting of the Committee. The revised programme of audits
     was noted.

     Members were informed that during the audit of the School of Management, Gateway Centre,
     staff reported that in both winter and summer they had experienced serious temperature and
     ventilation problems and these matters had been reported to Estates.

     The following action was agreed:

     The Secretary would provide members with an update on this matter at the next meeting of
     the Committee.

e) Annual Health and Safety Report from the Director of Residential and Business Services
   (RBS)

     Members were informed that a number of residential premises, including new buildings,
     required fire risk assessments to be carried out and that a contractor had recently been
     appointed by Estates to produce these mandatory documents.

f)   University Occupational Health Stress Policy

     Members had a lengthy discussion on work related stress issues within the University. It
     was agreed that there was a need to implement an appropriate monitoring mechanism in
     order to verify that workplace "stressors" were being identified and dealt with by Heads of
     Schools/Units. It was also agreed that additional steps should be taken to ensure that all staff
     were aware of where, within the University, they should go to seek help with any work related
     stress issue.

     Members discussed the stress questions included in the health and safety question set in the
     2005 bi-annual University Staff Survey and a paper received from Mr S Wilkie, Staff
     Development, which summarised data derived from staff responses to these questions.

     The following action was agreed:

     i)   Mr Wilkie will be invited to provide members with a short presentation on the staff
          survey at the next meeting of the Committee;

     ii) the Director of EHSS should produce a question set on work related stress for inclusion in
         the Health and Safety Report Form completed annually by all Heads of Schools/Units;

     iii) an item should be placed, at regular intervals, in the Friday Memo reminding staff of
          where those, who were suffering from work related stress, should seek help in the
          University.

g) Fire Safety Guidance

     Members were informed that a University Fire Safety Guidance booklet had been published
     and issued to all Schools/Units.
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h) Joint Centre for Scottish Housing Research (JCSHR)

   Members were informed that the office ventilation problem in JCSHR, brought to the
   attention of the Committee at its last meeting, had been addressed but had not been resolved
   to the satisfaction of the occupants. The occupants have reported their dissatisfaction, to
   their Head of School, regarding the high background noise level, which is a significant
   stressor, given the nature of the work carried out in the office.

   The following action was agreed:

   The Secretary would provide members with an update on this matter at the next meeting of
   the Committee.

3. University Risk Register

   Members discussed the risks in the University Risk Register for which the Committee is
   identified as 'Officer(s) Responsible'. It was agreed that all of these risks have either been
   dealt with, or are being dealt with on an ongoing basis, and should therefore all be removed
   from the Risk Register. Members were reminded that the University Risk Register identifies
   significant risks, which may be reduced by appropriate action and was not simply an
   inventory of significant risks.

   It was also agreed that two health and safety risks be recommended for inclusion in the Risk
   Register.

   Risk - Fire Safety

   Recommended Action(s) - Setting time-scales for implementation of recommendations made
   in 'Building Fire Risk Assessment Reports' .

   Risk - Pandemic

   Recommended Action(s) - Develop and implement arrangements and procedures for
   managing a pandemic.

   The following action was agreed:

   The Secretary should inform the Risk Management Group of the views of the Committee
   regarding this matter.

4. Co-Ordinating Health and Safety in Tertiary Education

   Members were informed that Mr D Blue, a representative of the Group appointed by the
   Scottish Funding Council (SFC), to provide a service to enhance, co-ordinate and support
   health and safety practice in Further and Higher Education, had visited the University in
   early June.

   Members were also informed that St Andrews was the first University to be visited and that a
   report from this SFC Group will be issued at the end of the exercise some time next year.
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5. Enforcing Authority Inspections

   Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visit 10th August 2006

   Members were informed that the HSE were currently running a campaign on compliance
   with the Work at Height Regulations and that an Inspector had visited the University to
   verify compliance and to investigate an accident involving a fall from height.

   The inspection/investigation report received from the HSE indicated only minor failings, all
   of which have been addressed.

   Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) visit 17th August 2006

   Members were informed that Inspectors from SEPA routinely visit the University to inspect
   Schools/Units under the Radioactive Substances Act 1993. The inspection report received
   from SEPA identified several failings, all of which are currently being addressed in a manner,
   which is considered by the Inspectorate to be satisfactory.

6. Partnership with University of Dundee/Others

   Members were informed that the Health and Safety Units in Universities and Colleges
   located in Perth and Tayside were in the process of forming a local Health and Safety Group.
   The main aims of the Group will be to look at ways of sharing knowledge and experience in
   the field of health and safety and, where mutually beneficial, combining resources in activities
   such as health and safety training courses. The Group currently comprises the Universities
   of St Andrews, Dundee and Abertay, and Angus and Perth Colleges.

   The following action was agreed:

   The Secretary would provide members with an update on this matter at the next meeting of
   the Committee.

7. Safety Co-Ordinators' Forum

   Members were informed that the Safety Co-ordinators' Forum, due to be held immediately
   prior to the meeting, had been cancelled due to a poor response, and that this was the second
   time a Forum had been cancelled for this reason.

   Members were reminded of the main purpose of the Forum and it was agreed that an attempt
   should be made to identify a new format, which hopefully would appeal to a majority of Safety
   Co-ordinators.

   The following action was agreed:

   The Secretary will take steps to obtain views of Safety Co-ordinators and develop a new
   format for future Forums.
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       8. Other Business

            i)   Secretary's Retiral

                 Members were informed that the Secretary would retire from his post as Director of
                 Environmental, Health and Safety Services in December 2006. The Convener thanked
                 Mr Armitt for his services to the Committee and to himself as Convener.

       9. Next Meeting

            The next meeting of the Committee is to be held on Friday, 19th January 2007 at 2.00 p.m.
            Future meetings were scheduled for Fridays, 13th April and 7th September 2007 at 2.00
            p.m.

                                                G R C SCOTT
                                                  Convener

       Committee Membership – the Court agreed that the Students' Association Director
       of Services should, as requested by the Association and endorsed by the committee
       itself, replace its Director of Student Development and Activities as an ex officio
       member of the committee.

       The remainder of the report was approved.


VIII   ITEMS REFERRED BY THE CLERK

       The following items were referred by the Clerk, the Court's decision being recorded
       under each.

       1.    Vacation Committee Of Court

             To note that the Vacation Committee set up by the Court on 30 June 2006 was not
             required to meet during the summer vacation.

       Noted.

       2.    Wardlaw Professorship

             To agree that Hamish Scott, Professor of International History, recently made a Fellow
             of the British Academy, should receive the title of Wardlaw Professor.

       Agreed.

       3.    University Court Resolutions

             The following resolutions were promulgated by the Court on 30 June 2006:-

             2006 No.2 : Foundation of Chairs (on file)
             2006 No.3 : Award of Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates (on file).
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     These resolutions were duly transmitted to the Senate and the General Council and
     received without comment. Accordingly, the Court is now asked to give final approval
     to the resolutions.

     NB As a consequence of one further professorial chair being filled during the summer,
     Court is asked to agree to the addition of "History (ninth chair)" in the list of chairs
     contained in section 1 of Resolution 2006 No.2.

Agreed.

4.   Superannuation and Life Assurance Scheme : Appointment Of Trustee

     As a consequence of Dr David Corner's retirement from the University at 30 September
     2006, the Court is invited to appoint Mr Mark Butler (Secretary & Registrar) as a
     trustee of SLAS in succession to Dr Corner.

Agreed.

5.   Head of School of Economics and Finance

     To note, following due process, that Professor David Ulph has been appointed Head of
     the School of Economics in succession to the late Professor Christopher Jensen-Butler.

Noted.

6.   Staff Changes

     To note recent staff changes, reported by Human Resources (on file).

Noted.

7.   University Companies

     Court is asked to note that the following University companies are currently registered
     with Companies House (Directors’ names are shown in brackets) :-

     St Andrews University Holdings Ltd (Mr D A Watson, Mr Mark Butler)
     University of St Andrews Property Services Ltd (Mr D A Watson, Mr Mark Butler)
     St Andrews University Services Ltd (Mr D A Watson, Mr R G Smith, Mr Mark
     Butler)
     St Andrews Management Institute (Mr D A Watson, Mr Mark Butler)
     St Andrews Strategic Management Ltd (Mr D A Watson, Mr Mark Butler)
     University of St Andrews Gateway Ltd (Dr Brian Lang, Mr D A Watson)
     Photosynergy Ltd (Mr D A Watson, Professor Malcolm Dunn, Mr D R G Walker)
     SMRU Ltd (Mr D A Watson, Professor I L Boyd, Mrs Moya Crawford,
     Mr D S Mundie).
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 Noted.

8.   Court Awayday

     Court members are reminded that the next meeting is part of the Awayday at the
     Fairmont St Andrews Scotland (formerly St Andrews Bay Hotel). This begins at
     lunchtime on Thursday 7 December and ends with the Court's formal meeting on the
     afternoon of Friday 8 December.

Noted.




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                  UNIVERSITY COURT OF ST ANDREWS

AT ST ANDREWS on the 8th day of December 2006. AT A MEETING OF THE
UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS.

Present – Mr S R Pepper, Rector (President); Mr William Berry, Chancellor's Assessor & Senior
Governor; Dr Brian Lang, Principal; Professor K M Brown, Deputy Principal & Master; Mr T G
L d'Ardenne, President, Students' Association; Ms L K Wilson , Director of Representation,
Students' Association; Mr B A Nicholson, Rector's Assessor; Miss K M Patrick, General Council
Assessor; Professor R W Byrne, Professor H N Kennedy, Dr C R Warren and Dr C E
Whitehead, Senate Assessors; Mr Roy Dittrich, Non-Teaching Staff Member; Sir Anthony
Bagnall, Dr N M Bryson, Mr P P Cabrelli, Mrs C A M Davis, Ms J W Denholm, Rev Dr
Marjory MacLean, Mrs Christina Potter and Mr G R C Scott, Co-opted Members.

In attendance –Mr Mark Butler, Secretary & Registrar; Mr S R Magee, Vice-Principal (External
Relations); Mr D A Watson, Quaestor & Factor; Mr I M Wright, Clerk to the Court; Mr H C
Martin, Assistant to the Principal.

Apologies – Professor Ewan Brown, General Council Assessor; Mr John Simpson, Provost of
Fife.

I      PRINCIPAL'S REPORT

       The Principal addressed the following business :-

       1. Visit on 31 October 2006 by His Excellency Seyed Mohammad Khatami,
          President of the International Foundation for Dialogue among Civilisations –
          this visit, which had included constructive interfaith meetings with students, had
          been favourably commented on by the media.

       2. Raisin Weekend, 17-20 November 2006 – the conduct of the student body
          generally as well as the work and co-operation of both Student Support Services
          and the Students' Association were to be commended, setting a sound
          benchmark for future years.

       3. Times Higher Education Supplement Award for Outstanding Contribution to
          Sustainable Development 2006 – this recent Award to the University was very
          much welcomed.

       4. General Council Meeting in London, 25 November 2006 – this statutory winter
          meeting of the General Council had attracted an appreciative audience of about
          100 graduates. The Principal had addressed the meeting, with the Chancellor in
          the chair.

       5. Court Awayday – members of Court were thanked for their focused and intense
          scrutiny of the University's Academic and Estate Strategies as presented in a
          series of papers to the Awayday which had immediately preceded this meeting.
          The Court now agreed strongly to support the scale of ambition embodied in
          these Strategies as being the best, and indeed the only reasonable, way forward if
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          the University of St Andrews is to maintain or improve on its present position as
          a leading Teaching and Research university both at home and worldwide. The
          Principal and his senior colleagues were asked to take away and consider the
          many comments made during the Awayday (to be embodied in a written record)
          so that the Court might receive at a future date, through the Planning and
          Resources Committee, further detailed plans, including analysis of affordability,
          in support of the agreed direction of travel set out in the Estate Strategy paper.
          On behalf of Court members, the Rector thanked the Principal and his colleagues
          for their most illuminating and thought-provoking papers, their clear and helpful
          presentations, and their valuable interchanges with the Court: initial but vital
          steps in ensuring that the University celebrates with confidence its forthcoming
          600th anniversary and looks forward to continuing excellence in this, Scotland's
          first, university.


II    COURT MINUTES

      The minutes of the Court's meeting held on 6 October 2006, having been circulated,
      were agreed as a correct record and signed by the President.


III   UNIVERSITY COURT AND COMMITTEES : EFFECTIVENESS REVIEW
      REPORT

      The following report was submitted and approved :-

      EFFECTIVENESS REVIEW REPORT

      Background

      At the Court Meeting on 30th June 2006, the Court agreed that a Group consisting of the
      Principal, the Chair of the Effectiveness Working Party, the Rector and the Senior Governor
      should discuss further the respective roles of the Rector and the Senior Governor and should
      report back to the Court, having obtained any further comments from the Governance and
      Nominations Committee, before the Court itself agrees how to proceed.

      Discussions and Recommendation

      Discussions have taken place and a formal meeting of the Group took place on 2nd November
      2006. The Group unanimously recommends to the Court that the Standing Orders of the
      University Court should be clarified so that paragraph 5 under the heading of Conduct of
      Business shall read as follows:-

      "5. The Rector shall preside at meetings of the Court, whom failing the Senior Governor,
          whom failing the appointed Depute Vice-President. In the absence of these persons, the
          Court shall elect as president for that meeting one of its non-executive members then
          present. The person presiding shall have a deliberative vote and also a casting vote in
          case of equality. Current practice is that, for items of business coming before the Court
          from the Planning and Resources Committee (PARC), the Senior Governor qua
          Convenor of PARC reports to the Court on the work of PARC, presents PARC's
          recommendations to the Court, leads the Court's discussion of PARC's recommendations
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         and is responsible for ensuring that the Court reaches decisions in relation to these
         matters in an effective and efficient manner which serve the best interests of the
         University, always preserving the position of the Rector as president of the Court".

                                         DA CONNELL
                                           Convener

     With regard to remaining recommendations in the original Report, which the Court
     had previously accepted, it was confirmed that several of these had already been
     implemented and that the remainder were now being acted upon by the Clerk with
     the Senior Governor and others. Court would receive a detailed status report at its
     next meeting. Meantime, it was confirmed that immediately prior to the start of
     Court's next meeting on 16 February 2007 there would take place the agreed annual
     meeting between the Senior Governor and other non-executive Court members (both
     in their individual capacity and as conveners of major University committees).


IV   REPORT OF THE ACADEMIC COUNCIL

     The Court received the following report of business dealt with by the Academic
     Council at its meeting on 24 November 2006 :-

     1   Estate Strategy

         The Master and the Quaestor provided a detailed presentation to Academic Council on
         the draft Estates Strategy.

         Council welcomed the strategy which had been built from consultation at faculty level.
         Members recognised that the strategy was ambitious and accepted the need for academic
         schools to increase income so as to generate financial support for the plans. Academic
         Council believed support for the strategy was vital to secure the long term academic
         future of the University and commended the proposals to the University Court.

     2 Non-Academic Discipline – Amendments to the Code of Practice

         Academic Council considered in detail the proposed amendments to the Non-Academic
         Discipline section of the University’s Code of Practice on Appeals, Complaints and
         Discipline.

         In recognition that the changes that were required immediately, Council commended the
         revised section of the Code to Court for approval subject to the following areas being
         addressed prior to final approval:

          i. The addition of Heads of School to the list of Designated Discipline Officers
             throughout the Code.

          ii. The provision of more clarification in relation to the level of the process that should be
              applied to specific types of offences (including sources of advice for determining this).

          iii.The requirement to address the current conflict of interest that occurs due to the
              Academic Support Adviser having a support role for students as well as
              responsibilities as a Disciplinary Officer.
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    3   Honorary Appointment

        Academic Council approved the following Honorary appointment with effect from
        September 2006:

        Faculty of Arts
        School of History
        Honorary Lecturer
        Dr Richard A Kimber B.A., PhD (Cantab)

    4   External Examiner

        Academic Council approved the following External Examiner’s appointment with effect
        from September 2006 for a period of three years:

        School Of Computer Science

        MSc in Advanced Computer Science; MSc in Artificial Intelligence; MSc in Networks
        and Distributed systems; MSc in Software Engineering.

        Professor Alan Burns, University of York

    5   Committee Reports

        The Academic Council received the following reports from University committees:

        Academic Audit Committee                          18 October 2006
        Planning and Resources Committee                  12 September 2006

                                 LORRAINE E FRASER
                                   Academic Registrar

    Estates Strategy – the Court welcomed the Council's support for the Estates Strategy,
    noting further that all Schools had subsequently also indicated their own
    unequivocal backing of this Vision.

    Non-Academic Discipline : Code of Practice – see item XI below.


V   REPORT OF THE ACADEMIC AUDIT COMMITTEE

    The following report was submitted and approved :-

    The committee met on 18 October 2006.

    1. The minute of the meeting held on 26 April was approved.

    2. Matters Arising:

        a) Monitoring Data for Postgraduates and Undergraduates
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       The Academic Registrar had confirmed that all the data requested by the Committee
       for monitoring purposes would be made available to it on an annual basis but had
       also explained why some of the material could not be compiled by the proposed date of
       1 October. It was agreed that a later date would be acceptable provided that the
       Committee had time to review the data before the Academic Audit interviews in
       January.

   b) Collaborative Provision

       The previous Director of Representation had demitted office without reporting back to
       the Committee as he had proposed to do. It was agreed that the Director of Learning
       & Teaching Quality would liaise with the Registry in order to produce a
       comprehensive list of collaborative arrangements as a basis for future discussion.

   c) Gaps in Quality Assurance

       The Director of Learning & Teaching Quality had been in discussion with the Music
       Centre regarding an audit of the Certificate/Diploma programme in Jazz and with the
       Director of Scottish Recruitment and Access regarding an audit of the Access
       Summer School. He had welcomed the suggestion that a small group from the
       Committee might meet him soon to discuss his ideas for changes to the summer
       school.

3. Minute of the special meeting held on 27 June

   This was approved. The Committee noted that the Court had welcomed the special
   attention which was being paid to the quality assurance of taught postgraduate provision.

   It was agreed that each of the three Schools whose taught postgraduate programmes had
   been reviewed should be asked to provide a response for the Committee.

   It was also agreed that the next review of taught postgraduate provision within the
   School of Management should be conducted as part of the general internal review of
   learning and teaching in that School due to be held in April 2007.

4. Report by the Convener of the TLAC

   The Vice-Principal submitted his report (on file) on the TLAC meetings held in May and
   September. He also briefed the Committee about revisions to the University's policy on
   Academic Misconduct, its acquisition of plagiarism detection software and how it
   proposed to deploy this, and about the First Year Experience enhancement theme, which
   he is co-ordinating as Convener of the national steering group.

5. Internal Reviews during 2005-06

   a) IT Services

       This report had been received by the Committee at its previous meeting, when it had
       referred it to the Principal's Office for further consideration. IT Services is now part
       of the new Secretary's portfolio, so the report is awaiting his attention. Meanwhile, it
       was agreed that IT Services should be asked to prepare its response to the report so
       that the Secretary could look at the two in tandem.
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b) School of Modern Languages

     The Committee received both the internal, descriptive report of the review visit itself
     and the evaluative report from the two external members of the team. Because the
     second of these reports had arrived only recently, the School had not been asked to
     produce its response for this meeting of the Committee but would do so before the
     Annual Audit interviews. Meanwhile, the Committee noted that the external
     members of the team had gone beyond their brief by including a short section of their
     report on 'Research and Publications'. Although this was the first time that this had
     happened, some revision to the guidance given to the external reviewers may be
     indicated. It was also agreed that the Director of Learning & Teaching Quality
     should draw up a clear timetable for the submission of external reports, and for the
     response from Schools/ units, following an internal review visit.

c) English Language Teaching

     The Committee received both reports and noted that the ELT unit is preparing its
     response. The Dean of Science drew attention to the need for better articulation
     between ELT and Admissions regarding the progression, to regular degree
     programmes in his Faculty, of students who had taken ELT Foundation courses.

d) School of Medicine

     Both reports were received by the Committee. Although the evaluative report from the
     external members of the review team had arrived only a few days earlier, the School
     had already drafted a preliminary response.

e) SALTIRE

     Both reports were received. They had already formed part of the input for an away
     day for SALTIRE staff. One matter that required further and wider consideration
     was the question of whether the audit function should remain part of SALTIRE or
     whether it might transfer to a proposed new Deans' Office. If the latter, then it would
     be especially important to ensure a close linkage between audit findings and
     SALTIRE's role in enhancing learning and teaching. A second major issue
     concerned the desirability of seeking accreditation for the training provided for new
     lecturing staff, and how this might best be achieved.

f)   Report to Funding Council

     The annual report to the Council on the previous year's programme of internal
     reviews was received for information.

     The Director of Learning & Teaching Quality drew attention to two topics that had
     emerged from several of these reports or from these reports when viewed in
     conjunction with others that had been seen previously by the Committee. First: that
     several Schools or units believed that their operations were hampered by inadequate
     and/or poorly equipped space. Second: the importance of maintaining a close watch on
     the overall shape of a degree programme, and the benefits for this of a Curriculum
     Committee and/or of a 'curriculum map'.
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6. ELIR Report

   The report from the Quality Assurance Agency on the Enhancement-Led Institutional
   Review of St Andrews had already been seen and discussed by other bodies, including
   TLAC and the Quality Enhancement Steering Group. Actions that were already in train
   included the initiatives being taken through the PDP working group and the formation of
   a new working group to explore the report's findings on assessment practices. Other
   matters that would require attention included: the status of decanal guidance; whether
   the University's conformity with the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework
   should be made more explicit; and possible changes to the current method of reporting on
   internal reviews of learning and teaching.

7. Annual Academic Audit

   All of the Schools that had been interviewed as part of the audit of teaching delivered
   during 2004-05 had received records of the interviews from the Director of Learning &
   Teaching Quality which had been approved as accurate. The overview sent to all Schools
   had not been completed until the start of this session and he agreed that this should have
   been issued sooner.

   All the necessary arrangements for the audit of teaching in 2005-06 had been made.
   Schools which were contributing to the Evening Degree programme had been asked to
   report separately on this so that a comprehensive audit file could be compiled for
   consideration by the Co-ordinator.

8. Forthcoming Internal Reviews

   Four reviews would be taking place, as planned, during the first semester:

   Students’ Association: 24 October
   Social Anthropology: 14-15 November
   Divinity: 28-29 November
   Careers Centre: 14 December

   Geography & Geosciences, and Management, would be reviewed during second semester,
   again as planned, but it was agreed that a review of the degree programme in Sustainable
   Development should be postponed until AY 2007-08, in part because the new programme
   co-ordinator has only just taken up her post.

9. Other Business

   The Committee discussed the level of payment being made to the external members of
   review teams. Each is normally paid £400 in return for a two day visit, prior to which
   they will have familiarised themselves with a substantial body of documentation and
   following which they must produce their evaluative report. It was agreed that this fee,
   which has remained unchanged for some years, should be increased, gradually.

10. Dates of Future Meetings

   The next meeting would be held, as planned, on 7 February 2007, but the Director of
   Learning & Teaching requested that the meeting due to be held on 25 April be postponed
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        (until 2 May if feasible) as he has been asked to assist with the audit of another institution
        on the earlier date.

                                        C R WARREN
                                          Convener


VI   REPORT OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE

     The following report was submitted :-

     The committee met on 6 November 2006.

     1. Report of Committee's Meeting, 18 September 2006

        (a) This report, previously considered and approved by the University Court, was
            received and agreed as a correct record.

        (b) The committee noted that the convener had also reported to the Court that his
            immediate predecessor (Mr Connell), in accordance with prescribed procedures, had
            carried out a full and satisfactory appraisal of the work of the Senior Governor during
            the year ended 31 July 2006 and of his role in the overall Governance structure.

     2. Internal Auditors' Reports

        The following reports, prepared by Henderson Loggie, were considered :-

        (a) Payroll and Recruitment and Selection Procedures (2006/14) – with Ms M A
            Stewart, Director of Human Resources, in attendance.

            The committee noted that Payroll, as the conduit for the University's major item of
            recurrent expenditure, was the subject of regular audit by both the internal and the
            external auditors. On this occasion, the latter had made reference to certain issues
            which, it was agreed, should also come within the province of the internal auditors.

            Generally, the committee was pleased to learn that all the internal auditors'
            recommendations had been agreed and were now being actioned. In particular, the
            committee commended the proposal that a flow chart should be produced to highlight
            the difference in Recruitment procedures between mandatory requirements and
            advisory guidelines.

            It was agreed that the Quaestor & Factor should discuss further with Human
            Resources (a) how best to integrate the auditors' recommendations within his own
            Lean Office proposals, and (b) a comprehensive Control Risk Assessment process,
            required in relation to new employees.

        (b) Research Activity Monitoring (2006/16) – with Professor Alan Miller, Vice-
            Principal for Research, in attendance.

            This report gave assurance that the University centrally had put in place appropriate
            planning and procedures in preparation for the UK Research Assessment Exercise in
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       2008. Detailed submissions were now being considered and agreed with all academic
       Schools in order to maximise the University's rating prospects.

3. University Reports and Financial Statements for the Year Ended 31 July 2006

   The committee reviewed with the external auditors the audit process in relation to these
   reports and statements. Particular reference was made to the auditors' Management
   Letter and its recommendations all of which had now been agreed with Management.

   The auditors had highlighted the following financial results :-

   •   Surplus on operations of £2.3M prior to gain on disposal of assets. Gain on sale of
       fixed assets of £18.6M leads to an overall surplus of £20.9M. Final £14M instalment
       of fixed asset sale proceeds received 31 August 2006.
   •   Although the consolidated accounts continue to display net current liabilities, this
       has significantly improved from £13.5M in the prior year to £1.7M at 31 July 2006.
   •   In accordance with the requirements of accounting standard FRS 17, the pension
       scheme liability (£17.9M at 31 July 2006) relating to the St Andrews University
       Superannuation & Life Assurance Scheme (S&LAS) is now recognised on the
       balance sheet.

   Specific issues dealt with by the auditors included the sale of Hamilton Hall; the refusal of
   planning permission for the Westburn Lane properties and its impact on the requisition
   cost of Gateway Ltd; and the appropriate recording and disclosure of the pension deficit.
   For its part the committee agreed to draw the Court's special attention to the statement
   that the University remains committed to improving its surplus generation to a level that
   will be required for infrastructure investment ie at least 5% of turnover; and is confident
   that in the longer term surpluses will be achieved at satisfactory levels.

   Following the committee's detailed consideration of these reports and statements, minor
   amendments and adjustments were agreed with the external auditors and with the
   Quaestor & Factor. (These will be incorporated into the final version which the
   University Court will receive on 8 December 2006.) Meantime, the committee was
   pleased to note and confirm to the Court that the auditors can expect to issue an
   unqualified audit opinion in respect of the consolidated accounts and the subsidiary
   companies accounts. It was also gratifying to record that both the auditors and the
   University's Finance staff were appreciative of the other's work and co-operation which
   had resulted in a well-ordered audit process.

   Accordingly, the committee recommended that the Court should adopt these Reports and
   Statements.

4. Report Of The Audit Committee For The Year Ended 31 July 2006

   The committee considered and, subject to amendment of some of the wording to be agreed
   between the Convener and the Quaestor & Factor, agreed this report (attached for the
   Court as appendix below), being a summary of its activities for the past financial year.
   The report incorporates annual reports from both the external and the internal auditors
   previously considered by the committee. The Court is required to transmit the report to
   the Scottish Funding Council with the Financial Statements 2005-6.
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      5. Next Meeting

         It was confirmed that the committee was scheduled next to meet on Friday 23 March
         2007 at 2.00pm in St Mary's College Hall, South Street.

      6. Routine Private Meetings

         In accordance with the committee's annual programme, as previously agreed, members of
         the committee now met in private with Mr Lee and Mr Baldwin, representing the
         external auditors. Noting that Mr Lee would shortly be retiring as Lead Partner, the
         committee thanked him for his valuable work on behalf of the University.

         There followed a further, private, meeting with the Quaestor & Factor and the Secretary
         & Registrar, representing Management. It was agreed that a paper (tabled by the
         Quaestor & Factor) proposing a method of monitoring auditors' performance should now
         be considered further by correspondence with each member of the committee. Comments
         should be submitted to the committee's secretary with a view to agreeing a final version of
         the paper at the next meeting. This could then support the 2008 re-tendering for external
         audit services.

         These two meetings were agreed to be helpful and satisfactory to all parties concerned.

                                        N M BRYSON
                                          Convener


      University Reports and Financial Statements - the Court took particular note of the
      committee's comments about the required commitment to surplus income
      generation. This matter was considered more fully at item VII below.

      The remainder of the report was approved.


VII   REPORT OF THE PLANNING AND RESOURCES COMMITTEE

      The following report was submitted :-

      The committee met on 21 November 2006.

      Professor David Paterson was welcomed to his first meeting as a Senate electee to PARC;
      Professor Keith Brown was welcomed to his first meeting as Deputy Principal & Master.

      PARC/06/10     Report of Meeting held on 12 September 2006

                     The Committee received and agreed as a correct record this report.

                     Draft Extract of Court Minute 6 October 2006 (PARC issues only)

                     The Committee agreed the report of the PARC meeting as a correct record of
                     the meeting.
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             Draft Report of the Meeting of the Investment and Collections
             Committee of 30 October 2006 (for information)

             The Committee noted the report of the Investment and Collections Committee
             which was provided as information. With regard to item ICC/06/07, the
             Convenor of the Investment and Collections Committee noted that that
             Committee was due to meet again in December/January, and it was agreed
             that any changes or clarifications in policy regarding the Investment Cycle
             and Sustainable Investment would be brought for discussion to PARC at its
             subsequent meeting.

PARC/06/11   Matters Arising:

             (a) Framework Agreement – Update (PARC 06/02(b)) – the Secretary &
                 Registrar provided an update, noting that the process was proceeding
                 smoothly. Ballots of local AMICUS and UNISON members had resulted
                 in a positive return, and the same result was expected of the imminent
                 ballot of local UCU members. The Framework Agreement process would
                 now enter a period of three to four weeks quality assurance, and this
                 would be discussed at the meeting of the Staff Committee in the week
                 following this meeting of PARC.

             (b) Framework for Institutional Sustainability – Update (PARC
                 06/07) – the Quaestor & Factor reported that he would use this
                 information in the financial planning discussions with Schools over the
                 coming months with the results being seen in the financial plan that will
                 be presented to PARC in April 2007.

             (c) A.O.C.B (PARC 06/09) – the Convenor noted that, while the dates of
                 PARC meetings for the remainder of 2006/2007 and provisional dates for
                 2007/2008 were correct, the times would have to be changed due to a re-
                 scheduling of the Remuneration Committee meetings. It was agreed that
                 the Quaestor & Factor would notify members of the new times within
                 these minutes.

PARC/06/12   Environment Strategy – Annual Progress Report

             Mr R Yarr, Environment Manager, joined the meeting to present Paper
             06/12, ‘Sustainable Development Strategy Progress Report for November
             2006’. At the request of the Convenor, it was agreed that in future all papers
             to the Committee would indicate the name of their author(s).

             The Environment Manager described 2005/06 as a year of consolidation on
             procurement, waste and wastage, energy usage, and in setting key
             performance objectives; he noted that the threats for the coming years would
             be the rising cost of utilities and rising consumption.

             The Environment Manager noted that twelve targets had been set for
             2006/07, compared to fifteen in the previous year. These targets had been
             agreed by the Changing Behaviours and Travel and Transport working
             groups which reported into the Environment Task Group (chaired by the
             Secretary & Registrar) and the Environment and Ethics Committee.
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             The Committee noted the progress made (in particular in engaging with the
             student body through the Students’ Association and the involvement of the
             Rector) but agreed that more work was needed on central metering,
             increasing recycling, reducing waste, understanding people’s knowledge of
             sustainability, and biodiversity.

             The Committee commended the report, and agreed that the Environment
             Task Group would look at the particulars, including the issue of carbon
             neutrality. It was agreed that indicators of the progress of work on
             biodiversity should be included in the targets set for 2006/07.

             The Committee welcomed the news from the Principal that the University
             had been awarded the Times Higher Education Supplement award for
             Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development in 2006.

PARC/06/13   Property Issues

             (a) General Property Update: (DRA 1C, Arts Building, Land at Largo
                 Road, Kennedy Hall, LTIF & Energy Conservation) – the Committee
                 noted this update.

             (b) Medical Science Project – Update – the Deputy Principal & Master
                 provided an update on the Medical Science Project, noting the
                 developments which had taken place causing the project to be
                 considerably larger in scale and more complex in planning than had been
                 envisaged previously.

                The Committee noted its concern over the affordability of the project, and
                the necessity for a business plan to be presented. The Quaestor & Factor
                stated that a business case had been costed at the start of the initial
                project, but now that the project had moved forward to include plans for a
                secure research facility and medical science teaching and research, he had
                already started work with the Deans to produce a deliverable business
                plan to support all three areas of the project.

                It was noted that in agreeing to recommend to Court the approval of an
                additional £1M, the risk existed that a total of £2M would be spent and a
                business case may still not have been proved; the Quaestor & Factor
                pointed out, however, that the project building design was generic and
                ‘shell’-like, thus sustainable as a space, de facto, for any biological
                teaching and research.

                It was agreed that the running costs of the new building should be
                provided in the next and future reports to the Committee.

                A discussion was held over the fund-raising aspirations of the project.
                The Vice-Principal (External Relations) noted that the figure of £15M
                given as a ‘target’ in section 3.3 of the report had been drawn from the
                original fundraising feasibility report conducted by Iain More Associates
                on behalf of the University, and that this figure was specified in the
                contract of the senior fund-raiser appointed to the project.
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                 The Committee agreed to recommend to Court the expenditure of £2M
                 for the planning and tender stage of a Medical Science building estimated
                 at 8-10,000m2 and with a projected cost of around £36.5M.

             (c) Draft Estates Strategy – Proposals for Court Consideration – the
                 Deputy Principal & Master presented the proposed approach to
                 consideration of the proposals by Court, and noted that comments on the
                 proposals should be made to himself or to the Senate Assessors on Court.
                 In answer to a question concerning staff accommodation, he said that this
                 was not under consideration in the draft Estates Strategy and this would
                 be made clear during the discussion.

                 The Secretary & Registrar reported that an external facilitator would be
                 engaged at the Court Away Day in December at which the draft Estates
                 Strategy would be discussed.

                 It was agreed that position papers would be written for the five aspects of
                 the strategy (section 3), and that the Court Away Day discussions would
                 commence with a session on the Academic Strategy. It was further
                 agreed that the Principal would raise the issue of funding when it came to
                 section 3.3 (‘Ongoing Risk Management’).

                 Subject to the amendments described above, the Committee endorsed the
                 proposals for consideration by Court.

At the request of the Convenor, items PARC/06/15 and PARC/06/16 were taken
before item PARC/06/14.

PARC/06/15   Commercialisation Strategy

             Dr E Chirnside, Director of Research & Enterprise Services (RES), joined the
             meeting.

             The Vice-Principal (Research) provided an update on the Convergent
             Technology Centre, noting that the proposed arrangement with START had
             been terminated as it had not been proven that it would be of the necessary or
             significant benefit to the University, given the high cost of the rental space
             being proposed. The Vice-Principal (Research) brought to the attention of the
             Committee the review of RES which was being headed by the Vice-Principal
             (External Relations). An update on this review was expected in April 2007.

             A discussion was held with regard to the difficulties faced by RES staff in
             trying to negotiate internally with academics and externally with industry.
             It was noted that commercialisation was an important yet small part of the
             much wider issue of Knowledge Transfer.

             It was agreed to set up two working groups in line with the recommendation
             of the paper (section 7.1). It was also noted that it was proposed that to
             appoint a specialist in commercial development who would report to the Vice-
             Principal (Research) (section 7.2). The Convenor requested that the Vice-
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             Principal (Research) had informal discussions with Professor E Brown before
             so doing.

PARC/06/16   Spin Out Company Update (Photosynergy & IDMoS)

             The Committee noted the contents of this paper; approved authority for the
             Quaestor & Factor and the Director of RES to sell 300,000 shares in IDMoS,
             with flexibility delegated to them over the selling price; and endorsed the
             continued approach to Photosynergy.

PARC/06/14   Review of Long Term Debt Hedging Arrangements

             The Committee noted the contents of this paper and agreed to recommend to
             Court the establishment of a subgroup of PARC, to consist of the Convenor,
             the Quaestor & Factor, the Secretary & Registrar, and Professor E Brown, to
             review and if appropriate change the hedging arrangements following Court
             consideration of the draft Estates Strategy.

PARC/06/17   Financial Statements 2005/2006 – Update on Progress and Process

             The Committee noted the progress which had been made with the Annual
             Accounts process, but also noted that PARC, or the Principal, presented the
             Annual Accounts to Court, rather than the Audit Committee. It was noted
             that the Annual Accounts and Financial Statements would now be sent to
             members of Court.

             It was agreed that the Quaestor & Factor would send by email the final
             version of the Annual Accounts for comments by Committee members who
             did not sit on Court.

PARC/06/18   Summary Financial Report for the Period to 30 September 2006

             The Committee noted the financial performance for the period to 30
             September 2006, and the continuing intentions for reporting financial
             information throughout the year. The Quaestor & Factor reminded PARC
             members that the report was for their benefit and should there be additional
             information required, then they should bring that to his attention to deal
             with.

PARC/06/19   Annual Review of Student Residential Charges

             The Quaestor & Factor noted that the proposed increase followed the ongoing
             agreement from Court that increases would be in line with inflation. The
             President of the Students’ Association noted that University rents
             represented excellent value, but that this remained the single most important
             issue for the student body.

             The Committee agreed to recommend to Court the inflationary increase for
             2007/2008.
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PARC/06/20    Annual Review of Academic Fees

              The Committee agreed to recommend to Court the approval and adoption of
              the proposed Academic and Related Fees for 2007/2008, noting the Indicative
              Fee levels.

PARC/06/21    E-Procurement Scotland – Update

              The Committee noted the current position, as described by the Quaestor &
              Factor.

PARC/06/22    Students’ Association Financial Position

              (a) Annual Accounts for the 12 months to 31 July 2006 – the President of
                  the Students’ Association presented the Annual Accounts, noting the
                  excellent results of the year but warning that these were unlikely to be
                  repeated in the following year which presented difficulties for the
                  Students’ Association given that the budget for the 12 months to 31 July
                  2007 was based on this year’s success. He pointed out that the grant
                  received by the Students’ Association from the University was the
                  smallest per capita of any university in Scotland, and noted that the
                  additional £20K in grant which had been made was used for the most
                  part in employing an Advocate for Student Housing.

              (b) Annual Budget for the 12 months to 31 July 2007 – the Committee
                  noted the Annual Budget, and took account of the proviso of the
                  President of the Students’ Association, as given in PARC/06/22 (a)
                  above.

PARC/06/23    Other Business

              Next meeting – it was confirmed that the Committee was scheduled next to
              meet at 9.30am on Tuesday 16 January 2007 in the Gateway Boardroom.

              The dates for the remainder of 2006/ 2007 are:
              10 April 2007 – start at 11.00am
              12 June 2007 – start at 9.30am

              The provisional dates for 2007/ 2008 are:
              11 September 2007 – start at 11.00am
              20 November 2007 – start at 9.30am
              15 January 2008 – start at 9.30am
              15 April 2008 – start at 11.00am
              10 June 2008 – start at 9.30am

                                  WILLIAM BERRY
                                     Convener

Medical Science Project – the Court approved the recommended expenditure of
£2M (previously authorised at £1M) in respect of the planning and tendering stages
of this project.
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       Draft Estates Strategy – see item I.5 above.

       Long Term Debt Hedging Arrangements – the Court approved the establishment of
       a sub-group with authority to take appropriate action, as recommended by the
       PARC.

       University Reports and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2006 -
       taking note of its responsibilities as detailed and of the Audit Committee's comments
       (item VI above), the Court agreed to approve and adopt these Reports and Financial
       Statements (subject to a number of minor corrections, as noted by the Audit
       Committee and now reported by that committee's convener) and authorised the
       necessary signatures on its behalf. The Court was pleased also to acknowledge this
       year's well-ordered audit process and thanked both the Auditors and the University
       Finance staff for their work.

       Summary Financial Report – the Court received an updated Report for the three
       months to 31 October 2006, noting that this was generally in line with budgets but
       that these included for this year an insignificantly small surplus.

       Student Residential Charges - the Court agreed that these charges should rise by the
       RPI figure (September 2006) of 3.6%, in line with its previous decisions in February
       2004 and December 2005.

       Academic Fees – the Court approved the recommended fee levels (see Appendix,
       page 57 below).

       The remainder of the report was approved.


VIII   REPORT OF THE INVESTMENT AND COLLECTIONS COMMITTEE

       The following report was submitted and approved :-

       The committee met on 30 October 2006.

       ICC/06/01      Report of Last Meeting held 3 May 2006

                      One amendment noted re the report. In the third paragraph noted under
                      ICC/05/017, the figures “£35,129 million and £31,426 million” should read
                      “£35.129 million and £31.426 million” respectively.

                      With this addition, the report of the meeting was agreed as a true account of
                      the discussions that took place at that meeting.

       ICC/06/02      Matters Arising:

                      Loan of Maces – Update: The Quaestor and Factor reported that the
                      planned exhibition did not go ahead; the Maces were not loaned out.
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            Insurance Arrangements for Collections: The Committee noted the paper
            outlining the steps taken so far towards valuing the Collections and the
            difficulties inherent in this process.

            The Convener asked whether a Risk Assessment had been carried out,
            whether the University was following best practice with regard to the
            security of its collections and what specific risks were being insured.

            There was some discussion around the present storage and security
            arrangements. It was decided to request further information from the Keeper
            of Special Collections regarding the highest value items in the special
            collection.

            A Risk Assessment would also be undertaken in order to establish what
            improvements needed to be made in order to safeguard the most valuable
            items.

ICC/06/03   Investment Management Performance

            The Committee noted the report and requested that in future, this report
            should include the performance against benchmark rather than the % returns
            as this distorts the actual performance of the individual fund managers as
            against movements in the relevant indices.

            The Investment Review provided by Capital International revealed that their
            performance was extremely poor against the agreed benchmark, which is 2%
            above the MSCI World Index. The fund has been operating for five years in
            which time it has returned 0.3% less than the MSCI World Index, which is
            2.3% below the benchmark.

            It was noted that the reference in the May 2006 minutes to “exceptionally
            good” investment performance from Capital was potentially misleading when
            considered against the benchmark.

ICC/06/04   Development Office

            The Committee noted this report.

ICC/06/05   Presentation of Annual Report and Forward Plan by Keeper of
            Collections

            Professor Ian Carradice (Keeper of Collections) joined the meeting and was
            welcomed by the Convener.

            The Committee noted the staffing issues presented in the Annual Report.

            The Keeper of Collections reported that with the opening of MUSA, there
            would be three complementary museums (Gateway / Bell Pettigrew /
            MUSA), available to the public. The Gateway has proved a very successful
            way of showing ‘rotating’ exhibits and MUSA will provide space for
            permanent exhibits as well as learning and teaching space.
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            The Committee was assured that there would be ‘pointers’ at each of the
            galleries to ensure that the public are aware of the other museums.

            There was some discussion about how best the University could brand and
            market the three museum offerings and also encouragement to Professor
            Carradice to seek to position MUSA as a museum of excellence to which a
            wide public would be strongly attracted.

            The Committee requested that this branding exercise be an explicit part of the
            Curator’s remit.

            It was noted that the Bell Pettigrew museum could only be opened to the
            public during the summer, as the building is required for teaching purposes
            during term-time. This may change in the longer term if the Medical School
            is moved to the North Haugh in line with the Estates Strategy and the use of
            the Bute is subsequently changed.

            Professor Carradice explained that because of his other commitments, it had
            not been possible to do more than update the previous Forward Plan in
            general terms. The Committee requested that for 2007 there should be a more
            considered Plan and that where actions are noted in the ‘Current Planning
            Aims’ of the Forward Plan, an additional section is included to monitor
            progress to date.

            The Committee also requested that access, education and research are made
            explicit priorities within the Strategic Aims of the Forward Plan.

ICC/06/06   Museum of the University of St. Andrews (MUSA) progress report

            The Keeper of Collections informed the Committee that a further design
            meeting was taking place this afternoon and he took the Committee through
            the latest version of the MUSA floor plans.

            The Committee were also informed that, in addition to the funds noted on the
            submitted paper – the £50,000 Foyle Foundation application had been
            successful.

            The Committee noted that the budget for this project had increased by over
            30% to £1.9 million. The Keeper of Collections informed the Committee that
            this was due to revised costs from the QS and additional work required to get
            the project through the planning stage. The Heritage Lottery money is not
            under threat because of the additional costs, however no more money will be
            forthcoming from them and the University will have to make up the shortfall,
            currently projected at £133,869.

            The Committee were informed that David Hopes, the current MUSA curator
            will shortly be leaving the University but interviews for his replacement are
            planned to take place in December. The Keeper of Collections assured the
            Committee that this should not have a detrimental effect on fund-raising as
            David had completed most of the charitable applications and the corporate
            fund-raising packages. The Development Office is currently pursuing
            corporate donations.
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            The Committee noted that David’s move would be a loss to the University,
            but wished him well with his new position.

ICC/06/07   Investment Cycle and Sustainable Investment Policy

            The nature of the Endowment funds for which the Committee is responsible
            was discussed and the current strategy of seeking an annual income of 4%
            and otherwise pursuing capital appreciation was questioned.

            There was some discussion as to what the longer-term aims of the funds
            should be and exactly what the funds are for. There was some debate as to
            whether the annual income derived from the funds should be more of a
            priority and whether these should be taken out as opposed to re-invested in
            the funds.

            Given the high direct and indirect costs of moving funds between managers it
            is essential that the objectives of the investment strategy are correct and an
            asset allocation strategy is derived from these agreed objectives. It was agreed
            that the Quaestor & Factor should give some consideration to this and that
            the Committee should meet again for further discussion in December /
            January.

            The Committee noted the legality of Sustainable Investment as outlined in
            paper 06/07a.

            Paper 06/07b provided by Watson Wyatt was discussed and some concern
            was raised that the proposed “Sustainable Investment” strategy seemed to be
            based more on the mixing of financial and non-financial information than on
            moral and ethical criteria. Additional clarification was sought on this.

ICC/06/08   Capital International Presentation

            Andre Miszczuk and Dianna Capie of Capital International joined the
            meeting and were welcomed by the Convener.

            The Committee noted the Investment Review to 30 September that was
            presented by Capital International and expressed their dissatisfaction with
            the performance of the fund and the content of the report.

            In particular, Capital International were asked to remove superfluous
            information from the report and to present the performance against the
            agreed benchmark rather than the index.

            The Capital International representatives were then requested to explain the
            reason behind the poor performance.

            Andre Miszczuk explained that shortly after the University joined the fund,
            there was a period of correction in the market which saw returns drop by
            30%. Following on from this was a long period of low volatility and an
            atypical economic cycle making it very difficult to achieve the returns
            expected from active management of the fund. There are signs that there is
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                    better news to be expected from the companies within the portfolio, but this
                    will take additional time. He noted that the UK funds have bounced back in
                    2006 and it is expected that the Global fund will also come back.

                    Dianna Capie explained some of the internal changes that had been made
                    within Capital International in order to address the poor performance.

                    The Committee noted what Capital International had to say, however
                    reiterated the concerns and noted that the University would be looking to see
                    some evidence in the short term that performance is improving.

                    It was requested that Capital International provide short monthly reports of
                    performance against benchmark with appropriate commentaries and that
                    these should be sent to each member of the Committee.

     ICC/06/09      ICC Administrative Matters

                    The draft plan of business (Paper 06/09a) was reviewed and agreed as a good
                    starting point from which to work. The detail will be reviewed in the April
                    meeting.

                    The draft Myners Code of Practice (Paper 06/09b) was reviewed. Some
                    points were noted by the Convener as being more relevant to pension funds
                    than endowment funds and this will need to be addressed alongside the
                    review of objectives and the asset allocation strategy at the meeting in
                    December / January.

                    There was some discussion as to whether the Committee was ‘light’ in terms
                    of members with specific skills in Investments and it was decided to look into
                    approaching a suitable candidate (possibly an investment manager from
                    Alliance Trust) who could be co-opted to or attend the Committee.

     ICC/06/10      Date of Next Meeting

                    The next meeting, specifically to discuss the performance of Capital
                    International, the fund objectives and the asset allocation strategy will be
                    held in December / January at a time to be arranged.

                                 EWAN BROWN
                                   Convener

     Sustainable Investment Policy – it was confirmed that a further series of meetings
     was planned, to include officers of the Students' Association, before any final
     proposals were agreed.


IX   REPORT OF THE REMUNERATION COMMITTEE

     The Court received the following report, noting the committee's comments about the
     usefulness of the independent consultants' survey :-

     The committee met on 4 October 2006.
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1. Minutes

   The Committee approved the minutes of the meeting held on 13 June 2006.

2. Matters Arising

   (i) The Committee noted that since its last meeting the UCU dispute had been resolved.
       The Committee noted that a similar situation may occur in 2 years when pay
       negotiations start again.

   (ii) The Committee agreed that it would next review the remit of the Committee in
        November 2007.

3. Towers Perrin Report – Senior Salary Survey

   The Committee was reminded that Towers Perrin had been commissioned to undertake a
   senior staff salary survey to ensure that the University had up to date and directly
   comparable data to use when reviewing the senior salaries of the Principal’s Office.

   The survey demonstrated that in general the University appeared to be in line with the
   other 10 institutions selected for the survey.

   The Committee agreed that the information provided by the survey was both useful and
   relevant in assisting with the review of senior salaries. The Committee recommended the
   continued use of the survey on an annual basis.

4. Senior Salaries Review

   The Committee referred to the Towers Perrin Survey (on file) when reviewing the salaries
   of the Principal’s Office as recommended by the Principal. The Committee approved the
   recommendations made with effect from 1 October 2006.

   The Committee requested that, in future, the performance of the senior members of the
   Principal’s Office be assessed as part of the salary review. It was agreed that the
   Principal would record the objectives/projects set for the year for each member of the
   senior team and present this to the Remuneration Committee for discussion when
   undertaking the Senior Salary Review.

5. Private Health Insurance

   The Committee was informed that the members of the Principal’s Office had recently
   undergone BUPA health checks. It was proposed that the members of the Principal’s
   Office be provided with private health care insurance during the period of their
   appointments.

   The Committee noted the reasonable costs associated with this proposal but did not agree
   that this insurance should only be available to the Principal’s Office and therefore rejected
   the proposal. It was agreed that the University would use its discretion in offering
   assistance in the future to members of staff requiring medical treatment.
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    6. Salary Changes

        The Committee noted the relevant salary changes/new appointments made since its last
        meeting (on file).

    7. Date of Next Meeting

        The Committee requested that the timing of future meetings be reviewed to take place in
        March/April and Sept/October. The next meeting is proposed for 10 April 2007.

        (The Principal then left the meeting)

    8. Remuneration of the Principal

        The Committee undertook a review of the remuneration of the Principal with an
        implementation date of 1 October 2006.

                                     WILLIAM BERRY
                                        Convener


X   REPORT OF THE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES COMMITTEE

    The following report was submitted and approved :-

    The committee met on 10 October 2006.

    1   Minutes of the Previous Meeting (on file)

        The minutes were noted and approved.

    2   Matters Arising

        2.1 The issue of Disclosure Scotland/Criminal Records checks was raised as a draft policy
            had gone to the Committee in May 2006.

            The Committee was informed that there had been further developments with criminal
            record checks including a change in legislation and a visit from the University’s
            Insurance Company.

            The legislation means changes need to be made to the policy and the Risk Assessor
            from the Insurance Company has made several recommendations to be actioned by
            February 2007.      These recommendations include the implementation of an
            overarching Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy. Several areas of
            the University have action points and the Committee asked that Human Resources
            and Student Services work together in this area.

            University Teaching and Research Ethics Committee had raised the question about
            criminal records checks and staff going abroad on research trips. A discussion took
            place between Human Resources and members of UTREC and it was agreed that only
            if it was quite apparent that the research involved children or vulnerable adults as per
            the legal definition would criminal record checks be done. If there was any doubt
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        about the situation then UTREC and Human Resources would be consulted. The
        Committee was asked if they agreed with this course of action and they agreed that
        there was merit in proceeding in this way.

        The Committee was informed that the University was proceeding with the checking of
        graduate tutors and even though the policy was not yet complete, the University was
        acting in accordance with the law in this area.

        The Committee recognised that this was a complex area that it would keep under
        review and it also asked that the financial implications be considered.

    2.2 An update on the Dignity at Work and Study Policy was discussed but more work
        needs to be done on the student side of the policy as it is more oriented towards staff.

3   Student Equality Statistics (on file)

    This was the first time that the Committee had seen the statistics presented in this way,
    which is in line with what gets submitted to HESA. The Committee thought it was very
    useful and considered how this information was going to be used.

    The Committee suggested several areas that it would like explored in the future e.g. using
    post codes to look at the socio-economic status of students; comparing qualifications
    and/or entrance level requirements; looking at the applicant pool rather than just those
    students admitted.

    The Committee thanked Carolyn Booker for her efforts and asked that they be kept up to
    date with statistics concerning widening participation.

    Performance indicators concerning student information can be found on www.hesa.co.uk.

4   Update on the Standardisation of Fixed Term Contracts

    The Committee were updated on the transfer of fixed term staff on to standard contracts
    and, in particular, whether there were any equality issues.

    The Committee learned that 61 members of staff to date had received standard contracts
    and from now on there would be individuals moved on to standard contracts on a regular
    basis.

    11 people had been denied standard contracts for various reasons but some of these 11
    may still move on to standard contracts depending on funding arrangements.

    There were no equality issues highlighted during this process.

    The Committee were informed that Human Resources were currently looking at a
    redundancy policy and would be in consultation with the unions regarding this. The
    Committee supported the provision of an agreed redundancy policy.

5   The University’s Response to Age Discrimination (on file)

    The Committee were asked to comment on the draft Retirement Policy and they agreed
    that it should go through the Staff Committee to Court with their blessing.
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    The Committee also heard that Human Resources were updating the application forms in
    line with the legislation and had already started amending the language used in adverts.

6   Update from the Disability Advisory Group (on file)

    The Disability Equality Scheme, which is a requirement of forthcoming disability equality
    legislation, was presented to the Committee.

    Several people including the unions still need to be consulted about the document.

    It is hoped that the document will go to the Student Services Committee and then to
    Court on 16 February 2007.

    The Committee was updated on the Alternative Format Suite as it is coming to the end of
    its 2 year trial period. Paresh Raval’s salary has been extended for 6 months while a
    review of the service is conducted. Malcolm Bain is doing the review which should come
    to the February 2007 Committee and then go on to Court.

    It seems that other universities may be interested in using the AFS and there is potential
    for it to make some money in the longer term.

    The Committee thinks that the AFS is an asset to the University and could well be an
    exploitable asset in the future.

7   Update from the Race Equality Task Group (on file)

    The Committee was presented with a paper by Professor Steve Reicher on his proposal for
    impact assessments and members were asked to come back to Louise Milne with any
    comments.

    A Race Equality Toolkit will be coming out from Universities Scotland in December 2006
    to provide guidance to academics regarding embedding race equality in the curriculum.
    The Committee thought that this would be a very useful resource for the University.

8   Update on RAE 2008

    The Committee was informed that equal opportunities were being fully considered in the
    RAE process and that Human Resources were currently meeting with individuals whose
    circumstances may have adversely affected their contribution to the RAE.

9   Principal’s Office Institutional Response to the Staff Survey

    The Committee thought that the response was quite comprehensive on many issues but
    was concerned that the issue of bullying and harassment was not covered. This area
    caused disquiet at the last Committee and the Principal’s Office through Hugh Martin
    need to be asked why this has been omitted from the institutional response.

10 Report from the Review of Gender Performance at University of St Andrews

    The Committee asked that the Staff Committee take forward this report and keep EOC
    informed. The Committee would like to see the action plan developed as a result of the
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        report at its meeting in February 2007.

        The Committee is aware that the report only covers gender in academia but it would like,
        at some point in the future, for the University to look at gender performance more
        broadly.

     11 Other Business

        There was no other business.

                                           C A M DAVIS
                                             Convener


XI   REPORT OF THE STUDENT SERVICES COMMITTEE

     The following report was submitted :-

     The committee met on 10 November 2006.

     Mrs Potter welcomed new member Mr E Wilson, Court Nominee to the Committee.

     1. Minutes of previous meeting (on file)

        The minute of the meeting held on 5th May 2006 was read and approved.

     2. Matters Arising

        Occupational Health Report
        Dr Malcolm of Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Service is now contracted for
        one year. The Director of Student Support Services will report back to the committee on
        progress. At present there are some issues about timing of reports which need to be
        addressed.

        Vulnerable Students Policy
        Court formally approved the policy at the meeting on 30 June 2006 and the Policy is now
        available on the University website www.st-andrews.ac.uk/sss.

     3. Remit Changes

        There has been a formal change to the remit of the Student Services Committee to show
        that the Committee requires the compilation of an annual report on the University’s
        student profile student statistics from which they will bring any significant Student
        Services issues to Court. Equal Opportunities Committee will deal with any other issues.

     4. Student Support Services Annual Report 2005 – 2006 (on file)

        The report was discussed and various points addressed.

        Space Challenges
        The Director of Student Services will be moving out of the Union Building, to new
        premises and this will help with current space challenges. It was highlighted that
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   although Student Support Services will have two extra offices in the new premises at 101
   North Street the main focus for the unit remains the current premises in the Student
   Union Building.

   Support – “Intake”
   The new position of Intake Adviser is proving very successful and working well, a first
   point of contact for students and then filtering to appropriate adviser/support worker.

   Out of Hours
   A new Deputy Director has been appointed, Wardens Manager post advertised, and with
   the current Director of Student Services, Director of Student Support Services and the
   Chaplain the “out of hours” will soon have a rota of 5. It is hoped that this will be up and
   running by January 2007.

   A protocol has been set up for Out of Hours which will be circulated.

   Hardship Fund
   This fund stands at £242,932, the amount being random, however, this is the specified
   sum received from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland. There are strict guidelines
   governing the allocation of the funds.

   Raisin Review
   The Raisin Review was discussed. Given the difficulties of last year the Principal will
   formally warn students about behaviour during the forthcoming weekend. Students are
   all being advised in a joint approach by the University, the Student’s Association and the
   Police about behaviour and the law. There is a limit as to what the University can do, but
   certainly if there are many difficulties then withdrawing the use of certain areas next year
   is possible.

   The Students' Association is in full agreement with the committee that the present format
   cannot continue and they want to help with the “drinking” problems. The offer of more
   non-alcohol activities will be included for the Sunday.

5. Student Accommodation Service Report 2005 – 2006 (on file)

   Discussion around the report took place. As the University has taken the decision to
   make all residences non-smoking there has been a higher number of disciplinary actions
   around this issue.

   The on-line application process for returning undergraduate students was extended to
   postgraduates.

   The time scale for returning students finding out about the success or otherwise of their
   application was felt to be quite late by the Students' Association. This had been discussed
   at the Residential Accommodation Forum meeting and next year students will be notified
   in February.

   Discussion around HMO licences took place – the predictions of students losing
   accommodation due to licences being refused have not happened due to a freeze in
   decisions on applications while awaiting to hear re local plans for St Andrews and
   surrounding areas of the Council.
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    The completion of David Russell Apartments has helped overcome problems with lack of
    accommodation for students. Low cost accommodation will remain – Fife Park is due for
    refurbishment soon.

6. Draft Student Discipline Code

    The original paper on Appeals, Complaints and Discipline was ratified by Academic
    Council and is a lengthy document which deals mostly with discipline relating to
    academic issues. It was recognised that in a small section of the document, that which
    referred to non-academic discipline in the University required an updating to make it
    more robust in application.

    The amended section proposed has been taken from the original document, alterations
    have been made in light of changes in legislation and extensive consultation has taken
    place with Ian Wright, external lawyers, ITS, Library and Wardenial staff and other
    interested parties and is now in the final stages.

    The paper will require to go the Academic Council and then on to Senate. The committee
    was asked for comments. On the whole the committee commended the paper but had
    some remarks for consideration.

    Concerns were raised about the levels of appeal - it was suggested it be limited to only the
    next stage to stop inappropriate appeals. It was suggested that appealing to Court should
    only be an option where the penalty imposed was expulsion. The level of fines was
    discussed and seemed very effective. It was suggested that it may be appropriate to say
    that if a student appeals then the fine imposed could be increased or decreased.
    Discipline Officers e.g. wardens can still continue to use discretion in their penalties.

    It was discussed that there needed to be some overall tracking of persistent offenders in
    different areas. The Director of Student Services in her new role will be able to do this as
    all non-academic disciplinary issues will be copied to her and therefore the creation of a
    central discipline register may now be a possibility.

    This new section of the code has the full backing of this committee and can be presented to
    Senate as a provisional working document which may require amendments as further
    discussion takes place.

7. Orientation Report (on file)

    Orientation went very well with Student Support Services working together with
    Students' Association. Reviews have been held and points from these meetings will be
    taken forward for next year. Feedback from 1st year students has been very positive.
    Further work is required for the post graduate programme. Other departments are now
    wishing to become more involved with the whole orientation week
.
    Rev M MacLean acted as a mystery shopper “fresher”. She reported that the programme
    was full with a good mix of activities – if any changes perhaps more optional social
    events, but also highlighted that new students do require time for “themselves”.

    The programme was professional and informative and the orientation t-shirts a great idea
    for identifying volunteers.
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8. Student Statistics

   This paper was discussed at Equal Opportunities Committee in detail. The committee felt
   that although the information was very useful it was designed for reporting purposes to
   Government agencies. It would perhaps be more beneficial for this committee to look at
   figures relating to perhaps discipline, accommodation and Health & Safety issues. It was
   agreed that a list would be drawn up by the Director of Student Services of possible
   statistics to be collated for the next meeting of the Student Services Committee.

9. Music Forum Annual Report 2005 – 2006

   This report was noted and commendation given for the work of the forum.

10. Student Support Forum Minute 10.10.06

   This minute was noted.

11. Disability Advisory Group Minute 23.10.06

   This minute was noted and discussion took place around aspects of new builds not being
   compliant as regards disability issues e.g. signage policy. This issue has been raised with
   the Director of Estates.

12. Music Forum Minute 14.3.06

   This minute was noted.

13. Residential Accommodation Forum Minute 23.10.06

   This was discussed, the refurbishment programme for 2007/08 – Fife Park & University
   Hall. The programme will be carried out as quickly as possible. However due to the
   volume of refurbishment that will take place over the whole estate, some work may take
   place during term time but Residential Business Services will try to ensure minimal
   disruption for students.

14. Sports Users Forum Minute 2.5.06

   This was noted.

   The strategic plan is being taken forward. The multi-ball court opens week commencing
   13 November.

15. Any Other Business

   Vulnerable Student Policy - update
   This was discussed under item 2 of agenda.

   Papers noted on agenda for information
   Discussion took place around whether or not these should be considered at the committee
   meeting and it was agreed that they should.
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      16. Date of Next Meeting

          The committee will next meet on 12 January 2007 at 2.30pm in the Hebdomadar’s Room.

                                        CHRISTINA POTTER
                                             Convener

      Raisin Review – see also item I.2 above.

      Student Discipline Code (Review of Non-Academic Discipline Procedures) –
      noting (item IV above) that the Academic Council had commended this document
      (subject to some minor adjustments), the Court approved these written procedures,
      subject to any further, future amendments required.

      The remainder of the report was approved.


XII   SUPERANNUATION AND LIFE ASSURANCE SCHEME : TRUSTEES' REPORT

      The following report was received, noting that any Rule changes should always
      receive the agreement of University Management qua employer :-

      The committee met on 9 October 2006.

      The meeting opened with a training session on the 2006 actuarial valuation led by Mr N
      Puxley and Mr D Gordon of Watson Wyatt. The Trustees agreed on the initial results of the
      valuation, and the proposed methods and alternative assumptions. The Trustees decided that,
      in order to explore the covenant of the University, the Convener will write to the University
      with the help of Mr N Puxley.

      SLAS/06/29      Report of the meeting held on 9 May 2006
                      The Trustees approved the minutes of the meeting held on Monday, 9 May
                      2006.

      SLAS/06/30      Matters Arising
                      (a) Decisions since last meeting
                      The Trustees approved an application for early retirement in deferment by
                      circulation with effect from 31 May 2006.

                      The Trustees agreed by circulation to eliminate the ill health aspect of one
                      member's pension with effect from 1 June 2006.

                      The Trustees noted the execution of the Supplementary Deed of Trust.

                      The Trustees noted the Funding Statement, which all active and deferred
                      members and pensioners received by 21 September 2006, with no feedback
                      from members.

                      (b) Checks on Pensioners’ Existence
                      The Trustees agreed not to pursue the options available to check a pensioner’s
                      existence any further at this time.
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             (c) Trustee Learning Logs
             The Trustees noted the up to date training logs.

             (d) Delegated Authority
             The Trustees approved the scheme of delegation for use.

             (e) Ill Health
                      (i) Ongoing Applications
                      The Trustees noted there is no change to a member’s condition,
                      resulting in their ill health pension continuing.

                     The Trustees accepted there was no change in the member’s spouse
                     gaining legal guardianship of the member. No further action is to be
                     taken on behalf of the Trustees.

                     (ii) Application
                     The Trustees declined the application made by a member for early
                     retirement on the grounds of ill health for a second time, on the basis
                     that there is no evidence that they are not still fit for work.

SLAS/06/31   Changes to Trustees
             The Trustees noted the changes to the Trustees.

             The Trustees agreed that Mr McDevitt’s term should end on 31 July 2010,
             when Mr Dickson’s had been due to end, in order to eliminate two elections
             in the one year.

SLAS/06/32   Framework Agreement – Selection of Pension Scheme
             The Trustees agreed that for new staff starting at the University on Grade 6
             and above, they should only be offered USS. S&LAS is only available to
             members of staff who are not eligible to join USS. This will result in Grades
             1 to 5 being offered S&LAS and Grade 6 and above USS.

             Existing staff, which through the Framework are mapped to Grade 6 or above
             and are members of S&LAS, will be given a 6 month window to join USS.
             After such time, they will not be eligible to join USS. If however any member
             wishes to transfer their benefits from S&LAS to USS, they may fail to
             purchase equivalent service with USS. At this point it was noted that
             neither S&LAS nor the University would offer any compensation for any loss
             incurred.

SLAS/06/33   Investment Reports
             The reports from Legal & General, Lazard and Baillie Gifford were noted.

             Mr T Currell from Watson Wyatt spoke to the Trustees about the
             performance of the fund managers.

SLAS/06/34   Administration Report
             Mr N Puxley spoke to the Trustees regarding the administration report and
             the delay in meeting the targets set.
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                     The Trustees noted that all the delays were linked with the ‘A’ day changes
                     with the exception of one, which was due to an extra calculation being carried
                     out which was referred to the scheme actuary.

                     Mr N Puxley is to report back to why money was transferred out from Baillie
                     Gifford, to balance the cash statement.

       SLAS/06/35     Investment and Disinvestment of Cash Flows
                     The Trustees agreed to the Watson Wyatt recommendations in relation to
                     cashflow arrangements.

       SLAS/06/36     Potential Changes to the Rules
                     The Trustees agreed on the changes to the rules that were put forward by Mr
                     D Gordon. They agreed that the spouse’s pension on death after retirement
                     should be 50% of the member’s pension at death and on the death of a
                     pensioner within five years of retirement, the lump sum payment should be
                     based on the amount of the outstanding instalments, rather than their
                     discounted value.

                     It was noted that Mr M Thurston Smith is to prepare a paper for the January
                     2007 meeting on Age Discrimination, linked with the Trust Deed and Rules.

       SLAS/06/37    Funding Update
                     The Trustees noted the funding update, where there was no change.

       SLAS/06/38    Review of Business Plan
                     The Convener suggested that our next meeting with Lazard, be moved from
                     January 2007 to May 2007, to allow Baillie Gifford to move to the January
                     2007 meeting.

                     Mr D Watson recommended that the measuring of the actuary be moved to
                     the end of the year.

                     The Trustees agreed to both the changes.

       SLAS/06/39    Internal Audit Review
                     The Trustees noted the start of the internal audit, and agreed to the
                     involvement of Mr N Puxley in an early consideration of options arising out
                     of the determination of the funding position following the evaluation exercise.

       SLAS/06/40    Any Other Business
                     There was no other business.

                                       P P CABRELLI
                                          Convener


XIII   ITEMS REFERRED BY THE CLERK

       The following items were referred by the Clerk, the Court's decision being recorded
       under each :-
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1. The General Council

   The following matters, considered by the General Council at its statutory winter
   meeting (in London) on 25 November 2006, are transmitted to the Court.

   (a) Future Venues for Winter Meetings – agreed to continue the practice, since
       1997, of convening winter meetings, around St Andrew's Day, furth of St
       Andrews in order to maximise interest and participation of members who might
       be unable to attend meetings in St Andrews; and that in 2007 this meeting
       should be held in Manchester, and in Edinburgh in 2008. The summer meeting
       is, however, always held on the last Saturday in June in St Andrews.

Noted and ratified.

   (b) Registrar to the Council – recommended that the Court should appoint Mr
       Mark Butler, Secretary & Registrar, as Registrar to the Council succeeding Mr S
       R Magee.

Agreed.

   (c) Council Registration Fee – recommended that the 2007-8 Registration Fee
       should rise to £48 (presently £47).

Agreed.

   (d) Graduation Garden Parties – agreed to continue in 2007 the Council's
       sponsorship (£10,000) of the June graduation garden parties.

Noted with appreciation.

   (e) University Estates Strategy to 2020 – while very much welcoming the
       University's Estates initiatives, now under consideration as reported to the
       Business Committee, the Council asked that the Court should be made aware of
       its concern that, if all or most Science subjects are located at the North Haugh
       and Arts/Divinity remain within the Town, the University might be in danger of
       losing a traditional strength of inter-Faculty physical mix. In the committee's
       view, cross-disciplinary dialogue should be facilitated in both the academic and
       the residential domain, thus emphasising the multivarious nature of a first-rate
       university. The committee would also wish for a fostering of Town-Gown
       relations, particularly when planning proposals are being considered.

Noted and assured the General Council that these points were being given
careful consideration in the overall review of Estates Strategy.

2. Staff Changes

   To receive details of recent University staff    changes, as reported by Human
   Resources.

Noted (on file).
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3. Leadership Foundation Courses

   To receive details (per attached leaflet, now on file) of courses in 2007 organised by
   the Leadership Foundation. Any member wishing to attend a course, or to receive
   further information, should contact the Clerk.

Received.




              ______________________________________
                                                                     University of St Andrews
                                               Tuition Fees for Overseas and Home Students 2007/8 through to 2010/11

                                              Agreed       Proposed        Indicative     Indicative    Indicative                               Notes
                                              2006/7          2007/8         2008/9        2009/10       2010/11
                                                £               £              £              £             £
Home/EU Undergraduate - pre 2006 start (All        1200                                                                - as yet to be approved by the Scottish Executive
Faculties)                                           600                                                               - single semester fee
Home/EU Undergraduate – Arts Divinity and          1700                                                                - as yet to be approved by the Scottish Executive
Science (2006 onwards)                               850                                                               - single semester fee
Home/EU Undergraduate - Medicine (2006             2700                                                                - as yet to be approved by the Scottish Executive
onwards)
Island Fees Group B – 2006/2007                    9880        New fees                                                Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry,          Geosciences,
Island Fees Group B – pre 2006                     8445      announced                                                 Medical Science, Physics
                                                              May 2007
Island Fees Group C – 2006/2007                    7751        New fees                                                Comp Science, Mathematics, Psychology, Statistics
Island Fees Group C – pre 2006                     6458      announced
                                                              May 2007
Island Fees Group D – 2006/2007                    6155        New fees                                                All other Arts Subjects
Island Fees Group D – pre 2006                     4968      announced
                                                              May 2007
Overseas Undergraduate                            10550          10950           11350         11750          12200    - standard rate




                                                                                                                                                                                 57
                                                  13500          14000                                                 - medical science entrants prior to 2005-06
                                                  16100          16700           17300         17950          18600    - all other medical science
Home Taught Postgraduate (standard)                3168                                                                - as yet to be set and aligned with Research
                                                                                                                       Councils
Home Taught Postgraduate (premium)                 4000            4150           4300                                 History and Practice of Photography; Divinity;
                                                                                                                       International Strategy & Economics, International
                                                                                                                       Security Studies; Middle East & Central Asian
                                                                                                                       Security Studies; International Political Thought
Home Taught Postgraduate (premium plus)            5400            5600           5800                                 Finance
Overseas Taught Postgraduate (standard)           10550           10950          11350                                 - all other subjects
Overseas Taught Postgraduate (premium)            10850           11250          11650                                 History and Practice of Photography; Divinity;
                                                                                                                       International Strategy & Economics; International
                                                                                                                       Security Studies; Middle East & Central Asian
                                                                                                                       Security Studies; International Political Thought
Overseas Taught Postgraduate (premium             12750           13200          13700                                 Finance
plus)




                                                                                                                                                                               APPENDIX
Divinity by Distance Learning (Home)               3200            1700           1800                                 - this fee is over two years but reverts to an annual
                                                                                                                       fee from 2007-08
Divinity by Distance Learning (Overseas)           9550            4950           5150                                 - this fee is over two years but reverts to an annual
                                                                                                                       fee from 2007-08
School of Management (Home/EU Taught               7450            7750           8050                                 International Business, Marketing, Finance in
Postgraduates)                                                                                                         Management
School of Management –                                 -          13500            14000                                 Creativity Management - £5,000 extension fee on 2nd
M Phil in Creativity Management                                                                                          year of course
School of Management (Overseas Taught             12750           13200            13700                                 International Business, Marketing, Finance in
Postgraduates)                                                                                                           Management
School of English Language Teaching –              6000             6250            6500                                 ELT – joint Masters with Beijing Foreign Studies
Masters in Teaching English as a foreign                                                                                 University
language.
Home Postgraduate Research                         3168                                                                   - as yet to be set and aligned with Research
                                                                                                                          Councils
Overseas Postgraduate Research                     9550            9900            10250         10650           11050   - standard rate – 2004 entrants onwards
                                                   8800            9150             9500          9850           10200   - entrants prior to 2004-05
                                                  10600           11000            11400         11800           12250   - premium & premium plus subjects (including
                                                                                                                         Divinity)

                                      SR Magee - Vice-Principal (External Relations) - University of St Andrews – November 2006




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                                                    TUITION RELATED FEES 2006/7 TO 2010/11
                                                   Actual                   Proposed                                            Indicative
                                                   2006/7                    2007/8                     2008/9                   2009/10                   2010/11
Annual Fees
Postgraduate First Extension – PhD                   £220                     £225                       £230                      £235                      £240
Postgraduate additional Extension - PhD              £220                     £225                       £230                      £235                      £240
                                             + £120 cumulatively             +£125                      +£130                     +£135                     +£140
                                             per additional year        Cumulatively per
                                            (i.e. £340; £460; £580;      additional year
                                                     £700)
Postgraduate Extension - MPhil                       £110                      £115                      £120                      £125                      £130
Postgraduate Additional Extension - MPhil         £110 + £110              £115 + £115                £120 + £20               £125 + £125               £130 + £130
Suspension of studies                       £45 plus £4 per credit      £45 + £5 per credit       £46 + £5 per credit            £46 + £6             £47 + £6 per credit
                                                                                                                                per credit
Staff Rate                                           £88                       £90                       £94                       £98                       £100
Distance Learning administration charge     £65 (per course) plus     £70 (per course) plus     £70 (per course) plus     £70 (per course) plus      £72 (per course plus
                                               £12 per credit            £12 per credit            £14 per credit            £15 per credit             £15 per credit




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Event Based
Postgraduate re-submission                           £180                      £185                      £190                      £195                      £200
Staff Thesis re-submission                           £180
                                                                                £185                      £190                      £195                      £200
D.Litt/D.Sc/ MD submission                   £500 registration fee      £500 registration fee     £500 registration fee     £600 registration fee     £600 registration fee
                                                     plus                       plus                      plus                      plus                      plus
                                            £500 Examination fee       £500 Examination fee      £600 Examination fee      £600 Examination fee      £650 Examination fee
MD by Research                              The appropriate PhD       The appropriate PhD       The appropriate PhD       The appropriate PhD       The appropriate PhD
                                             Fee per year for the     Fee per year for the      Fee per year for the      Fee per year for the      Fee per year for the
                                             two years for study      two years for study       two years for study       two years for study       two years for study
Reassessment by examination                 £18 plus £4 per credit     £20 plus £4 per credit    £20 plus £5 per credit    £22 plus £5 per credit    £22 plus £6 per credit
                                                   enrolled                   enrolled                  enrolled                  enrolled                  enrolled
(Re)assessment abroad                       £67 plus £4 per credit     £70 plus £4 per credit    £70 plus £5 per credit    £75 plus £5 per credit    £75 plus £6 per credit
                                                   enrolled                   enrolled                  enrolled                  enrolled                  enrolled
                                                            Actual                    Proposed                                              Indicative
                                                             2006/7                     2007/8                     2008/9                    2009/10                    2010/11
  Endorsed Transcripts                              First 10 free thereafter   First 10 free thereafter   First 10 free thereafter   First 10 free thereafter   First 10 free thereafter
                                                       £1 per transcript          £1 per transcript        £1.50 per transcript       £1.50 per transcript         £2 per transcript
  Replacement/Duplicate Degree Parchment                       £20                        £23                        £23                        £25                        £25
  Confirmation of Degree letters                        First 5 free and           First 5 free and           First 5 free and           First 5 free and           First 5 free and
                                                    thereafter £1 per letter   thereafter £1 per letter    thereafter £1.50 per       thereafter £1.50 per      thereafter £2 per letter
                                                                                                                    letter                     letter
  Replacement ID Card                                         £12                        £14                         £14                        £15                       £15
  Late Matriculation Fee                                      £35                        £40                         £40                        £45                       £45
  Other Related Fees
  General Council Registration
                                                              £47                        £48                        £49                        £50                        £50

Students studying individual modules or part-time are charged a pro-rata rate based on the appropriate fee category on page 59.

                                                                        Lorraine Fraser, Academic Registrar
                                                                               As at November 2006




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Minutes 2006-2007 No 3                   61



                  UNIVERSITY COURT OF ST ANDREWS
AT ST ANDREWS on the 16 day of February 2007. AT A MEETING OF THE UNIVERSITY
COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS.

Present – Mr S R Pepper, Rector (President); Mr William Berry, Chancellor's Assessor & Senior
Governor; Dr Brian Lang, Principal; Professor K M Brown, Deputy Principal & Master; Mr T G
L d'Ardenne, President, Students' Association; Ms L K Wilson , Director of Representation,
Students' Association; Mr B A Nicholson, Rector's Assessor; Mr John Simpson, Provost of Fife;
Professor Ewan Brown and Miss K M Patrick, General Council Assessors; Professor R W
Byrne, Dr C R Warren and Dr C E Whitehead, Senate Assessors; Mr Roy Dittrich, Non-
Teaching Staff Member; Dr N M Bryson, Mr P P Cabrelli, Mrs C A M Davis, Ms J W Denholm,
Rev Dr Marjory MacLean, Mrs Christina Potter and Mr G R C Scott, Co-opted Members.

In attendance –Mr Mark Butler, Secretary & Registrar; Mr S R Magee, Vice-Principal (External
Relations); Mr D A Watson, Quaestor & Factor; Mr I M Wright, Clerk to the Court.

Apologies – Professor H N Kennedy, Senate Assessor; Sir Anthony Bagnall, Co-opted Member.


I      PRINCIPAL'S REPORT

       The Principal addressed the following business:-

       1. Court Awayday, 7-8 December 2006 – the Court's consideration of Strategic
          issues at the Awayday had been extremely useful to the Principal's Office and
          actions as agreed were now being taken. A written Note of the proceedings
          would be circulated shortly to Court members.

       2. Links with Universities in South Africa – the University was actively
          establishing links with universities in South Africa, particularly in the
          postgraduate field and by way of attracting sponsorship programmes. Spin-off
          links with Pakistan were also now possible.

       3. Higher Education Funding – while Government in England seemed to be
          prepared to allow universities south of the border to be funded at a more realistic
          level, some Scottish universities were already in a financially precarious state, as
          evidenced by recent announcements of staff redundancies. At St Andrews,
          imaginative solutions would have to be found in order to provide best facilities
          which would retain and recruit top-level academics. The Court endorsed the
          Principal's public plea for a sector debate on this issue, noting that this was now
          supported by the majority of Scottish universities. While no political party in
          Scotland was willing, before the Holyrood elections in May, to advocate any form
          of enhanced student contribution (now accepted south of the border), it was to
          be hoped that a more realistic approach and constructive political dialogue might
          take place after the elections. It was stressed, however, that any delay in finding
          a solution to this funding problem could be extremely damaging.
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      4. Governance and Nominations Committee – the convener of this committee,
         Mr D A Connell, had intimated his resignation as a consequence of being elected
         to the Court of Edinburgh University as an assessor of the General Council.
         Congratulating Mr Connell on this election and thanking him for his
         convenership (which had followed on his Court membership at St Andrews and
         his chairing of the Court Effectiveness Review Group (see item XI.1 below), the
         Court agreed that (a) the Senior Governor should convene this committee until
         such time as the Court appointed Mr Connell's successor; and (b) the committee
         should be convened at as early a date as possible to deal with outstanding
         business.

      5. Senior Governorship – noting that Mr Berry was due to step down as Senior
         Governor at 31 May 2007, the Court agreed that the Clerk should now seek
         nominations for his successor with a view to allowing the appointee to have an
         overlap period with Mr Berry. It was confirmed that any external non-executive
         member of Court was eligible to stand for election, and that all members of Court
         were eligible to nominate candidates and to participate in any subsequent postal
         ballot.

      6. The Court Office – it was noted that it had not yet been possible to carry out the
         proposed relocation of the Court Office, Acknowledging the need for non-
         executive Court members to have an appropriate space with proper facilities to
         use when in St Andrews, the Principal assured Court that such arrangements
         should be made in the next few weeks.


II    COURT MINUTES

      The minutes of the Court's last meeting held on 8 December 2006 had been
      circulated. On page 26 of these minutes, with regard to the Effectiveness Review
      Report, it was emphasised that the Court "had previously accepted" the Report's
      recommendations subject to further consideration by the ad hoc group of inter alia
      "any other relevant points arising from the Working Party's report which Court
      members might, on reflection, wish to refer to the Clerk for further consideration"
      ((Court minutes 2005-6, page 133). The Court noted with regret that to date there
      had not been full consideration of all such points; and agreed that the group (now
      consisting of the Principal, the Rector and the Senior Governor) should do so as soon
      as possible and thereafter report to Court. (See also item XI.1 below.)

      Subject to this clarification, the Court agreed the minutes as a correct record and they
      were signed by the President.


III   REPORT OF THE ACADEMIC COUNCIL

      The Court received the following report of business arising at the Academic
      Council's meeting on 26 January 2007:-
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1. Research Assessment Exercise

   Academic Council received a full report from the Vice Principal (Research) on the
   preparations being made by the University in relation to the Research Assessment
   Exercise. It was noted that the full submission would be made by 30 November 2007.

   Work was currently underway with the academic schools to identify the staff members
   and the research outputs which would be included in the submission. In addition work
   was being undertaken with Registry and the Research Grants Office to prepare the
   supporting information on Research Income and Research Students.

2. Careers and Employability Annual Report

   Academic Council received a full report from the Dean of Arts in her capacity as
   Convenor of the Careers and Employability Committee on the work of this new
   committee.

   The Director of the Careers Centre also presented the Careers Annual Report. Academic
   Council were very pleased to note the increased usage of the Careers Centre. Members
   also received information on the Careers Centre’s work to support the development and
   introduction of Personal Development Plans for all students.

3. Non-Academic Discipline Code

   Academic Council recorded concern that the changes highlighted by Council had not been
   incorporated in the final published version of the code. In addition it was noted that the
   Court’s recommended amendments were also outstanding.

   However, Academic Council welcomed the establishment of a Working Group comprising
   the Secretary and Registrar, the Vice Principal (Learning and Teaching), the Academic
   Registrar and the Student President or his nominee who would work with the Director of
   Student Services to address these outstanding issues.

4. Honorary Appointments

   The following appointments are presented for immediate approval:

   (a) For a period of three years from 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2009
       SCHOOL OF ART HISTORY
       Honorary Research Fellow
       Shona Kallestrup, M.A Lond M.A., Ph.D. St And.

       SCHOOL OF HISTORY
       Honorary Research Fellow
       Dr Julie Elizabeth Kerr, Ph.D St And.

   (b) For a period of three years from 1 December 2006 to 30 November 2009

       SCHOOL OF PSYCHOLOGY
       Honorary Lecturer
       Clifford E Davies B.Sc, Liv., D:Phil., Oxf.
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   (c) For a period of three years from 1 September 2006 to 31 August 2009

      SCHOOL OF HISTORY
      Honorary Research Fellow
      Alexia Grosjean M.A., Ph.D. Aber.

   (d) For a period of three years from 1 February 2007 to 31 January 2010

      SCHOOL OF DIVINITY
      Honorary Professor of Philosophical Theology
      Professor Joseph Houston MA, BD, DPhil

      Honorary Professor of Modern Roman Catholic Theology
      Reverend Fergus Gordon Thomson Kerr, DD, FRSE

5. External Examiner Appointments

   The following appointments are presented for immediate approval:

   (a) For a period of three years with immediate effect until 31 August 2009

      SCHOOL OF CLASSICS
      Ancient History and Archaeology (Undergraduate and Postgraduate)
      Gillian Shepherd, University of Birmingham

      For a period of three years from 1 September 2006 to 31 August 2009

      SCHOOL OF MODERN LANGUAGES
      MLitt German Studies (Postgraduate)
      Dr Kathleen A Simon, University of Bristol

6. June Graduation 2007
   The confirmed list of Honorary Degree conferments for June 2007 (as at 26 January
   2007) is as follows:
   CUSCHIERI, Sir Alfred                                      DSc
   DOUGLAS, Professor Neil                                    MD
   EDWARDS, Reverend Joel                                     DD
   FORTEY, Dr Richard                                         DSc
   HEAP, Sir Brian                                            DSc
   JARDINE, Professor Lisa                                    D.Litt
   MURRAY, Jenni                                              D.Litt
   MURRAY, Professor Sir Kenneth                              DSc
   NELSON, Dame Janet                                         D.Litt
   BARONESS O’NEILL, of Bengarve                              D.Litt
   RORTY, Professor Richard                                   D.Litt
   ROTHWELL, Professor Nancy                                  DSc
   SUNDERLAND, John                                           LL.D
   THORNTON, Professor Janet                                  DSc
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7. Session Dates 2007-2009

   Session 2007/8

   Pre-sessional week       w/b Monday 24 September 2007
   Martinmas Semester       Monday 1 October 2007 – Friday 25 January 2008
   Reading Week             w/b Monday 12 November 2007
   Graduation               Friday 30 November 2007 (no teaching)
   Christmas vacation       Saturday 22 December 2007 – Sunday 6 January 2008
   Revision Period          Monday 7 January 2008 – Sunday 13 January 2008
   Examinations             Monday 14 January 2008 – Wednesday 23 January 2008
                            (including Saturday 19 January 2008)
   Candlemas Semester       Monday 11 February 2008 – Friday 30 May 2008
   Spring vacation          Saturday 29 March 2008 – Sunday 13 April 2008
   Revision Period          Saturday 10 May 2008 – Sunday 18 May 2008
   Examinations             Monday 19 May 2008 – Thursday 29 May 2008 (including
                            Saturdays)
   Graduation               Tuesday 24 June 2008 – Friday 27 June 2008
   Re-assessment Diet       Monday 1 September 2008 – Thursday 4 September 2008
                            (Faculty of Medicine)
   Monday 8 September 2008 – Thursday 11 September 2008 (remaining students)

   Session 2008/9

   Pre-sessional week        w/b Monday 22 September 2008
   Martinmas Semester        Monday 29 September 2008 – Friday 23 January 2009
   Reading Week              w/b Monday 10 November 2008
   Graduation                Friday 28 November 2008
   Christmas Vacation        Saturday 20 December 2008 – Sunday 4 January 2009
   Revision period           Commences Monday 5 January 2009
   Examinations              Monday 12 January 2009 – Tuesday 20 January         2009
                             (including Saturday 17 January 2009)
   Candlemas Semester        Monday 9 February 2009 – Friday 29 May 2009
   Spring Vacation           Saturday 28 March 2009 – Sunday 12 April 2009
   Revision Period           Commences Saturday 9 May 2009
   Examinations              Saturday 16 May 2009 – Wednesday 27 May             2009
                             (including Saturdays)
   Graduation                Tuesday 23 June 2009 – Friday 26 June 2009
   Re-assessment diet        Monday 31 August 2009 – Thursday 3 September        2009
                             (Faculty of Medicine)
                             Monday 7 September 2009 – Thursday 10 September     2009
                             (remaining students)

   The above dates are as agreed by Academic Council in November 2004.

                           LORRAINE E FRASER
                             Academic Registrar

Careers Annual Report – noting the Council's comments, the Court agreed to
postpone its own consideration of this report until its next meeting when the
Director of the Careers Advisory Service would be able to attend.
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     Non-Academic Discipline Code – the Court was pleased to note that a working
     group had now addressed outstanding issues.

     Honorary Graduands – welcoming sight of these names, the Court asked that in
     future brief biographical notes might be attached.


IV   REPORT OF THE PLANNING AND RESOURCES COMMITTEE

     The following report was submitted:-

     The committee met on 16 January 2007.

     PARC/06/24     Report of Meeting held on 21 November 2006

                    This report was received and agreed as a correct record.

                    Draft Extract of Court Minutes, 8 December 2006 (PARC issues only)

                    This extract was noted.

     PARC/06/25     Matters Arising

                    PARC/06/14 Review of Long Term Debt Hedging – it was confirmed
                    that the sub-group would be meeting in the near future to review these
                    arrangements.

                    PARC/06/15 Commercialisation Strategy – the Committee was pleased
                    to learn that the review of RES was now underway involving an external
                    specialist who had been identified with the assistance of Professor Ewan
                    Brown. It was agreed to receive a further update at the Committee's next
                    meeting.

                    PARC/06/16 IDMoS – it was reported that to date it had not been
                    opportune to sell any shares in this spin-out company.

                    PARC 06/17 – Reports and Financial Statements 2005-6 – it was
                    reported that the Court had approved these documents which had been signed
                    off as required.

     PARC/06/26     Development Report

                    The Committee received the report (attached hereto for the Court's
                    consideration) of the Development Committee's meeting on 11 December
                    2006, including a summary financial report and a progress report on specific
                    fundraising projects. Performance at this time was noted to be slightly (but
                    not significantly) ahead of last year. It was agreed that the Committee should
                    receive a further report at its next meeting when the recently appointed
                    officer with responsibility for Medical Science fundraising should be invited
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             to attend; and further proposed that the Court should receive a Presentation
             from Development at its October 2007 meeting.

PARC/06/27   Property Issues

             (a) Capital Investment Project Updates

                 The Committee received a report on the following current capital
                 investment projects:-

                 Medical Science – it was confirmed that, following the Court's decision
                 (December 2006) to commit £2M to the planning and design stages of
                 this project, an external Project Manager has been engaged. Approval to
                 proceed beyond the project stage was likely to be sought in January 2008
                 on satisfactory completion of the planning, tendering and business case
                 processes. Meantime, the Committee accepted the need to write off
                 £0.4M of abortive costs related to the initial proposed site and the initial
                 design team and it was confirmed that this sum was not included in the
                 £2M planning and design stage provision. Finally, it was agreed that the
                 Court should receive a further report by October 2007.

                 Kennedy Hall (School of English) – this renovation work was expected
                 to be completed, on budget, to allow for re-occupation in advance of the
                 2007-8 academic session.

                 Library and Teaching Infrastructure – this work, including backlog
                 maintenance, was under way. A further report would be submitted at
                 the Committee's next meeting.

                 Energy Conservation – it was noted that the University intends to
                 invest £1.068M on energy efficiency measures over the coming 2 years.

             (b) University Library Renewal – the Committee commended a paper
                 (attached for Court) from the Deputy Principal and Master concerning
                 the upgrading of the University Library, which Court had agreed was an
                 essential part of the Estate Strategy. In particular, the Committee –
                 (i) endorsed the recommended project management arrangements;
                 (ii) agreed that the Principal should appoint an external non-executive
                       member of Court to sit on the Project Executive Board, with the right
                       also to attend meetings of the Project Board;
                 (iii) noted the estimated initial investment cost of c.£15M (excluding
                       inflation);
                 (iv) noted that the timing of the Project could for good reasons be delayed
                       from the proposed start time of June 2008;
                 (v) noted plans for a design team, and the need to minimise disruption to
                       normal Library services; and
                 (vi) noted that approval to proceed would be sought from Court, through
                       the PARC, in due course.

             (c) Estate Strategy : Immediate Priorities – the committee considered a
                 paper (attached for Court) highlighting the University's priority estate
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                 investments during the next three-four years viz.: Medical Science;
                 Library Renewal; Fife Park; University Hall; University Museum;
                 Convergent Technology Centre; Estates Relocation; IT Infrastructure.

                 It was noted that this list (in scale order rather than order of priority) had
                 been compiled following the Court's general support for the Estate
                 Strategy (being the necessary underpinning for the University's agreed
                 Academic Strategy) considered at the December 2006 Awayday.

                 Endorsing the priority schemes as listed, the Committee recognised the
                 consequential financial pressures on the University and the need to
                 achieve and sustain a reasonable level of annual operational surplus. It
                 was confirmed that each project would require to be considered in detail
                 as and when Court approval to proceed was being sought.

PARC/06/28   Summary Financial Report

             The Committee received this report for the four months to 30 November 2006
             noting that results to date were largely as anticipated such that a very modest
             operating surplus was to be expected at the year end. (This report updated to
             31 December 2006 will be attached for Court's consideration.)

PARC/06/29   Transparency Approach to Costing : 2005-6 Return

             The Committee noted this report, agreeing that it should be transmitted, as
             required, through the University Court to the Scottish Funding Council.

PARC/06/30   Research Grant Activity

             The Committee received a report summarising research grant activity during
             the year ended 31 July 2006. It was noted that, in the present financial year,
             such activity continued to increase across the University, indicating that
             further progress was achievable. The actual impact of Full Economic Costing
             would not become clear for a further two-three years but the University
             would monitor carefully its approach to pricing and areas of application to
             ensure maximum benefit.

PARC/06/31   Other Business

             (a) Investment and Collections Committee – the PARC received the
                 report of the Investment and Collections Committee's meeting on 10
                 January 2007 (to be considered by Court on 16 February 2007). It was
                 noted that this meeting had been concerned principally with general
                 aspects of Investment policy, including Sustainability; and that a further,
                 more detailed, report was expected in April 2007. The report also
                 highlighted the inter-relationship between the level of ongoing
                 philanthropic donations received via the Development Office, the
                 University’s efforts to provide a range of Scholarship payments and the
                 investment strategy for the Endowment Funds.

                 Meantime, the PARC learned of, and endorsed for its part, the proposal
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                  to co-opt to the Investment and Collections Committee an external
                  member with proven Investment expertise, agreeing that that person
                  could also usefully contribute to the work of the trustees of the
                  Superannuation and Life Assurance Scheme.

              (b) Students' Association – the Committee noted that the relationship
                  between the Students' Association and the University Court qua
                  trustees of the Association was unclear; and asked that this should be
                  clarified, with reference inter alia to the Association's charitable status.

                               WILLIAM BERRY
                                  Convener

Development Report – taking note of this report (now on file) the Court was
concerned that the University's ambitious Fundraising plans, particularly for the
proposed Medical Science building, should continue to be carefully monitored by the
PARC via its Development sub-committee. It asked therefore that the next PARC
report to the Court should include the PARC's own assessment of the fulfilment of
Fundraising objectives to date, how realistic future projections were thought to be,
what was being done to maximise the chances of success, and how the associated
risks and alternative funding scenarios should be considered if funds actually raised
were to fall short of target. Thereafter, the Court would decide when it should
receive a Presentation from relevant members of staff.

Medical Science – noting this report, the Court agreed that in twelve months' time it
should consider proceeding with this building beyond the project design stage,
taking due note of all relevant risk and funding considerations. One issue then to be
decided would be quality of finish/specification, vis à vis reputation and value for
money.

University Library Renewal – receiving this report (on file), the Court agreed that
the PARC should continue to monitor the initial project proposals which would be
considered in detail in due course. Noting that any renewal could be delayed
beyond June 2008, the Court asked that it should be kept advised about project
timescales.

Estate Strategy : Immediate Priorities – welcoming this paper (on file) as clarifying
the first projects to be considered within the Estate Strategy, the Court noted in
particular the intention to rebuild Fife Park as a "low-rent" student accommodation
option.

Summary Financial Report – receiving this updated report to 31 December 2006 (on
file), the Court was advised that the University remained on target to achieve a
modest operating surplus for the year ending 31 July 2007.

Transparency Approach to Costing : 2005-6 Return – the Court asked that future
annual returns should be circulated to members for information. The 2005-6 Return
was available on request to the Quaestor & Factor.

Investment and Collections Committee – see item V below.
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    Students' Association – it was further reported that the Association had set up an ad
    hoc group to look into this matter. The Secretary & Registrar who was a member of
    this group would report back in due course.

    The remainder of the report was approved.


V   REPORT OF THE INVESTMENT AND COLLECTIONS COMMITTEE

    The following report was submitted:-

    The committee met on 10 January 2007.

    ICC/06/11      Report of Last Meeting held 30 October 2006

                   The report of the meeting was agreed as a true account of the discussions that
                   took place at that meeting.

    ICC/06/12      Matters Arising:

                   Insurance Arrangements for Collections:

                   The Committee noted that what is referred to as “Collections” includes the
                   Artwork, Scientific Instruments, Silverware etc. as noted in paper 06/02.
                   “Special Collections” refers to the Books, Muniments and Photographs held
                   within the Library.

                   The Keeper of Collections has been asked to find suitable valuers in order to
                   value the “Collections.”

                   Keeper of Collections – Forward Plan

                   The Keeper of Collections has taken on board the suggestions made by the
                   Committee. An updated Forward Plan will be presented at the next meeting
                   in April.

                   Sustainable Investment

                   The Quaestor and Factor is meeting with the Ethical Investment Group next
                   week to address their concerns with regard to the process that is being
                   undertaken. Tim Currell from Watson Wyatt will also be present at the
                   meeting. The Committee agreed that Sustainable Investment Policy
                   development must be fully integrated with the overall Investment policy
                   decisions currently under review.

                   Additional Member of Committee

                   The Principal will approach a named individual with a view to becoming
                   involved with University governance. It was noted that the Investment and
                   Collections Committee could benefit greatly from his experience.
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ICC/06/13   Investment Management Performance

            The Committee noted the report and the fact that the Capital International
            fund performance continues to be below expectations. Performance will be
            kept under monthly review.

            Under “Capital Additions”, the Committee noted with some concern that the
            Development Office had only raised £53k of unrestricted donations in the
            first 5 months of the current year against an estimated annual need of c£500k
            to fund Scholarships (see 06/14 below). Alternative sources of funding (for
            example, the disposal of fund units to release increases in capital value) may
            be required in order to reduce the deficit caused by the gap between donations
            and Scholarship spend.

ICC/06/14   Objectives of Fund

            The Committee considered the report outlining fund requirements. There
            was an in principle consensus that investing for a total return could be
            appropriate for the endowment funds, that it is sensible to continue to have
            more than one manager and that an active rather than passive approach is
            preferred. The selection of fund managers and whether there should be a UK
            or Global mandate was for further discussion.

            The Quaestor and Factor was asked to make an informal approach to a named
            fund manager for views on potential investment approaches and appropriate
            benchmarks.

            It was noted that it was the Committee’s overall objective to maximise
            returns from endowment funds within an acceptable risk profile. In order to
            determine this risk profile it will be essential to understand the commitments
            to be funded and the predictability of annual monies being raised by the
            Development Office.

            The Quaestor and Factor undertook to complete an analysis of ‘groups’ of
            funding required (Scholarships, Tuition Fees, Professorial Salaries, Books
            etc.) in order to assist with determining the investment risk profile.

ICC/06/15   Presentation by Head of Special Collections

            The Committee thanked the Head of Special Collections for his informative
            report and noted the concerns regarding the less than optimum
            environmental conditions in which these extremely valuable books and
            manuscripts are presently held.

            The Quaestor and Factor was asked to speak to Marsh Insurance requesting
            their assistance in preparing a more detailed Risk Analysis.

            The Committee requested that digitisation of the most valuable books and
            manuscripts is accelerated in order to a) make these items more accessible
            and b) protect the originals.
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                   In order to facilitate this, the Quaestor and Factor will look into making
                   additional digitising equipment available and funding would be sought from
                   the Carnegie Trust. The Keeper of Special Collections was asked to look into
                   the possibility of purchasing and locating a fireproof safe within the Special
                   Collections department in order to keep the most valuable items in a more
                   secure environment.

                   The Committee noted that the proposed Library refurbishment should address
                   some of the concerns raised in the paper in the medium term. Plans are being
                   developed in order to protect the works during the refurbishment.

                   It was noted that most Books and Manuscripts are insured only for
                   restoration as these cannot be replaced. The Keeper of Special Collections
                   believed that this is in keeping with other Universities.

                   Finally, it was noted that the ‘Special Collections’ are not suitable for display
                   within (for example) MUSA, other than on a very restricted rotational basis
                   in controlled light conditions.

     ICC/06/16     Tour of Special Collections

                   The Committee were shown round the Special Collections department by the
                   Keeper of Special Collections and would like to thank him and his staff for
                   this interesting tour.

     ICC/06/17     Date of Next Meeting

                   The date of the next meeting is to be arranged.

                                         EWAN BROWN
                                           Convener

     Sustainable Investment – it was reported that the Quaestor & Factor had had a
     useful meeting with the Ethical Investment Group.

     Additional Member of Committee – the Court agreed that Mr Alan Harden should
     be appointed as an external member of the committee with immediate effect and
     thereafter for the normal four-year term ie to 31 July 2011.

     Investment Management Performance – noting the committee's concerns, the Court
     asked that the committee should continue to monitor these issues and take all
     necessary actions to maximise performance.

     The remainder of the report was approved.


VI   SUPERANNUATION           AND       LIFE        ASSURANCE        SCHEME       :   TRUSTEES'
     REPORTS

     The following reports were received:-
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The committee met on 1 December 2006.

SLAS/06/41     Actuarial Valuation Initial Reports
               Mr N Puxley and Ms Z Craig presented the initial results of the 31
               December 2006 actuarial valuation.

               Mr N Puxley explained the valuation process and the Regulator’s role in the
               new scheme specific funding environment. The Regulator’s trigger points of
               the FRS 17 and PPF bases were discussed and Mr Puxley pointed out that,
               in the Regulator’s own words, these are not to be intended to be funding
               targets.

               The Trustees were advised that on a consistent strength basis as the 2003
               valuation (70% confidence level), the funding level had increased from 81%
               to 83% over the three years although the size of the deficit had increased from
               £6.1 million to £7.8 million. The scheme’s normal contribution rate, before
               any allowance for deficit contributions, increased from 20.7% to 24.0% of
               Pensionable Salary.

               The reasons for the change in the funding level were discussed – the most
               significant factors being the change in the investment return assumption
               offset, in terms of the past service position, by the positive investment
               performance over the period.

               Ms Z Craig discussed the findings of the mortality and retirement age
               experience. The conclusions were that pensioners were dying sooner than
               expected compared to the 2003 mortality assumptions (although the size of
               the population meant the analysis was not statistically credible) and that
               female pensioners on average retired at age 62 instead of 60 as assumed in the
               previous valuation.

               The mortality assumptions adopted for the 2006 initial results were obtained
               by adopting a current standard table and assuming that members will
               experience mortality consistent with people aged two years more on the
               standard table. To allow for future improvements in longevity the discount
               rate was reduced by 0.25% pa. The retirement age for non ill-health
               retirements was set at 62 for both men and women.

               Mr N Puxley stated that the salary increase assumption for post 2008
               increases was reduced from 1.5% to 1.0% ahead of inflation. This
               assumption had been discussed with the University and Mr D Watson
               agreed that the assumption was realistic.

               Results were presented on four ongoing funding bases ranging from 2003
               consistent strength basis (real return of 3.3% pa) to a AA bond strength
               basis (real return of 2.1% pa). The deficit ranged from £6.1 million to £16.2
               million. The PPF and solvency results were also presented and discussed.

               The impact on the contribution rate for all ongoing bases was also presented.
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               The Trustees discussed the results and Mr D Watson said there would be
               significant knock on effects to the University if the contribution rate exceeded
               28% of Pensionable Salary.

               Mr N Puxley explained the next step forward was to consider the covenant of
               the University and the Convener passed a letter to the Quaestor to explore
               the covenant of the University.

               Sensitivities of the results to changes in the salary increase assumption and
               the savings to the Scheme if members were to exchange 20% of their pension
               at retirement for cash were considered.

               Mr N Puxley proposed another option to consider would be that instead of
               pre-funding for ill health retirements that the cost of ill-health retirements
               could be determined at the date of retirement. There were some comments
               that this approach may change the University’s attitude to allow members to
               retire on ill-health grounds.

               Mr D Watson asked when the asset allocation strategy should be looked at
               again. Mr N Puxley said that it is more efficient to look at it once the
               expected future cashflows could be determined and there is a little way to go
               before this can be achieved at the moment.

               Further initial results were requested by the Trustees including:
               ~ Salary sacrifice, with the money that is saved to be paid into the pension
                  scheme
               ~ Possibility that the University to put money into the scheme to cover the
                  shortfall, which would mean the technical returns are higher and reduce
                  the deficit contributions.
               ~ Revise all figures assuming member take 10% of their pension as cash at
                  retirement
               ~ Determine the impact on the contribution rate if ill-health retirements
                  were not prefunded

               It was also noted that the University might wish other costings to be carried
               out and, in accordance with the minutes of the previous meeting, the Trustees
               were content for Watson Wyatt to receive instruction from the University.

               Date of Next Meeting

               The next meeting will take place at 2 p.m. on Tuesday 23 January 2006, in
               the Hebdomader’s Room.

                                      P P CABRELLI
                                         Convener

The committee met on 23 January 2007.

The meeting was preceded by a training session from Mr N Puxley and Ms Z Craig of
Watson Wyatt on managing the conflicts of interest that will inevitably be present
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throughout the process of considering the actuarial valuation and preparation of a recovery
plan for the Scheme.

SLAS/07/01     Report of the meeting held on 9 October 2006
               The Convener noted the paper on Age Discrimination was missing from this
               agenda. Mr D Watson will contact Mr M Thurston Smith to ensure that a
               paper is prepared in advance of the next regular Trustee meeting.

               The Trustees agreed that the 6 month transfer window, whereby a member
               who through the framework agreement maps to a Grade 6 or above, will start
               as soon as the member is notified from the Framework team.

               It was also agreed that where a member of staff is moved from a previous
               ‘USS Grade’ to a grade which would now ordinarily permit S&LAS
               membership, then the member of staff will not be forced into joining S&LAS
               and will retain the option to continue as a member of USS.

               Report of the meeting held on 1 December 2006
               The Trustees noted the duplication of “terms of” in paragraph 4.

               The Trustees agreed that aside from these detailed comments for both minutes
               provided a true record of the discussions that took place.

SLAS/07/02     Actuarial Valuation
               Mr N Puxley and Ms Z Craig presented the updated results of the 31 July
               2006 actuarial valuation for comment and discussion. The figures had been
               adjusted in light of the availability of further information relating to the
               position at 31 July 2006 and in light of Trustee comments on assumptions
               raised at the meeting on 1 December 2006.

               Mr N Puxley recapped the initial results which were presented to the
               Trustees on 1 December 2006 along with the impact of the changes in
               assumptions which the Trustees had agreed when they first received the draft
               figures.

               There was some discussion on the objectives of the Trustees, the members and
               the University as the principal employer.

               Mr N Puxley indicated, that although not certain, it was likely that the
               Pensions Regulator would prefer to see the Trustees aspire to a higher
               funding target in a longer recovery period, than a lesser target in a shorter
               timescale. He also reminded the Trustees of the importance of assessing
               objectively the covenant of the University.

               Mr N Puxley was asked to provide the valuation figures without ill health
               prefunding on all four of the financial assumptions under consideration and
               to assess the impact of using a 20 recovery period on the AA Bonds basis.

               Mr D Watson pointed out that the University would have to negotiate with
               the trustees to agree on the funding target and he would arrange a meeting to
               progress this ahead of the next trustees meeting.
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             The Trustees also noted the results of the options for savings which the
             University had requested from Watson Wyatt.

             Ms Z Craig outlined the pros and cons of the implementation of a salary
             sacrifice for the pension scheme. A salary sacrifice would mean no difference
             (in terms of cash pay) to the employee but would save both the employee and
             the University in terms of National Insurance contributions, which would be
             diverted into the Pension Scheme. It was noted however that such a scheme
             may be detrimental to employees whose remuneration fell below the level at
             which NICs became payable.

             There was then further discussion on the issues which will have to be
             managed as part of the actuarial valuation. Mr N Puxley reminded the
             Trustees that if they did not feel that they were able to properly examine the
             information provided by the University that they may wish to consider
             engaging expert advice to support them.

SLAS/07/03   Individual Cases
             The Trustees noted the error surrounding a member’s retirement case at
             Watson Wyatt. Mr N Puxley spoke to the Trustees to reassure them that
             changes have taken place at Watson Wyatt to ensure no repetition and
             apologised for any inconvenience caused.

             Mr D Watson indicated to the Trustees that a former member’s legal
             representatives had questioned the Trustees’ ability to decline the member’s
             application for early retirement. Trustees reiterated the concerns that had
             caused them to reject the application. It was agreed that Mr D Watson
             would liaise with Tods Murray in responding to the legal representatives.

SLAS/07/04   Investment Reports
             The reports from Legal & General, Lazard and Baillie Gifford were noted.

             Baillie Gifford gave a presentation to the Trustees providing an update on
             their investment portfolio.

             Mr D Watson asked Baillie Gifford to disclose on the Quarterly Report the
             breakdown of returns between the UK and Global funds, to assist the
             Trustees in understanding the portfolio’s performance.

SLAS/07/05   Annual Report and Accounts
             The Trustees noted the first draft of the Annual Report and Accounts. Mr N
             Puxley informed the Trustees that once the auditors look over the figure
             work, that a full draft will be issued and circulated amongst the Trustees by
             Miss L Harley, for comments.

             The Convener asked for the wording at the start of the Annual Report and
             Accounts to be changed, as the “independent Trustee” definition was
             considered inappropriate.
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             Annual Review
             The Trustees noted the contents of the Annual Review.

             Mr N Puxley will provide an updated project plan for delivery of the Annual
             Review.

SLAS/07/06   Administration Report
             The Convener noted that there was no follow up and explanation as to why a
             member’s pension payment was not paid for the period of July to September
             2006. Mr N Puxley is to report back to the Trustees of his findings.

             Prof R Piper noted the figures in appendix C were apparently inconsistent
             with the performance charts. Mr N Puxley is to report back to the Trustees
             on his findings.

SLAS/07/07   Funding Update
             Mr N Puxley spoke to the Trustees on the latest funding level, and informed
             them that at this stage of the actuarial valuation it was not appropriate to
             confirm the current funding level, but assured the Trustees that there is an
             indication of a modest improvement from the valuation date.

SLAS/07/08   Trustee Training Log
             The Trustees noted the updated training log.

SLAS/07/09   Monitoring Performance of Scheme Actuary
             In the absence of the Watson Wyatt representative, the Trustees discussed
             and scored the actuary performance under various categories. The results are
             presented in Appendix 1. It was agreed that Mr D Watson would provide
             feedback to Watson Wyatt.

SLAS/07/10   Scheme Governance
             Mr N Puxley suggested that the asset allocation be moved from Q4 to earlier
             in the year, and there should be reference to the on going actuarial valuation
             in the Myners report and in the new Statement of Funding Principles within
             the SIP.

SLAS/07/11   Any Other Business
             Mr B Blyth reported back to the Trustees that he is speaking to possible
             candidates for the Technical Constituency, for when his term of office ends on
             31 July 2007.

             Date of Next Meeting

             The next meeting will take place at 1 p.m. on Wednesday 28 March 2007, in
             the Hebdomader’s Room. This will be a special meeting to consider the
             covenant of the University.

                                   P P CABRELLI
                                      Convener

Monitoring Performance of Scheme Actuary – the Court was pleased to note that
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       the Trustees were closely monitoring performance.


VII    REPORT OF THE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES COMMITTEE

       With reference to Court minutes 2006-7, page 47, the Court received the University's
       draft Disability Equality Scheme which the Equal Opportunities Committee had
       recently considered and approved for its part, subject to certain minor amendments
       now being made (final version printed at Appendix A below). Noting that the
       University's adoption of such a Scheme was a legal requirement the Court agreed
       that this document should be adopted forthwith.


VIII   REPORT OF THE HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMITTEE

       The following report was submitted:-

       The committee met on 19 January 2007.

       1.      Presentation - Stress at Work Questions from 2005 Staff Survey (Mr S Wilkie)

       Members of the Committee were informed that staff surveys had been carried out in 2001, 2003
       and 2005. Committee members were provided with a background to the 2005 staff survey and why
       the University had decided to move from an internal survey to one facilitated by NHS Partners.
       This survey had questions on Health, Safety and Welfare, which included questions on Stress at
       Work.

       Members were informed that the survey identified groups who believed they were unduly stressed,
       and those who thought nothing would happen if they raised the matter.

       The staff survey also identified ‘hot spots’ of stress, which allowed appropriate remedial action to be
       implemented by management.

       The protocol used by NHS Partners allowed direct benchmarking of the stress questions between
       this University and other similar Universities. It was noted that the level of those saying they
       were ‘unduly stressed’ at this University was less than at other benchmarked Universities.

       Members discussed the implications of the survey. Questions relating to workplace stress had
       been incorporated in the Annual Health and Safety Report from Heads of Schools/Units and
       Management Stress Training Courses had been introduced. It was believed that lessons could be
       learned from the excellent support services available to students.

       The Convener thanked Mr.Wilkie for his interesting and informative presentation.

       The following was agreed:

       The Acting Secretary will ensure that staff are reminded of the services available from
       Occupational Health Services.
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2.      Report of Meeting of 8th September 2006

It was noted that in item 2 (a) Mr Hamilton’s post was incorrect and should be amended to The
Director of Events and Services, Students’ Association.

The Report was then approved by the Committee.

3.      Matters Arising

a.      Students' Association
        Report on Health and Safety at the Students’ Association by Mr Campbell Boyle
        (Permanent Secretary and Financial Controller, Students’ Association).

        Mr Boyle informed the Committee that an external health and safety auditor visited on
        10th October 2006. Due to the lack of formal health and safety documentation and a
        formal health and safety structure the auditor considered he was unable to undertake an
        audit of the Students' Association. He did however carry out a general health and safety
        review. This review highlighted several serious failings, which included the lack of a
        written health and safety policy.

        It was recognised that the Board of the Students' Association has ultimate responsibility
        for health and safety matters within the Association, although powers could be delegated to
        the Permanent Secretary.       A draft health and safety policy and procedures with a
        proposed management structure have been prepared for submission to the Board at its
        meeting on 25th January 2007 and a paper outlining the Board's recommendations will be
        submitted to the University Court meeting on 16th February 2007.

        Following the approval of the Board it was requested that Mr Boyle organise a health and
        safety audit as a matter of urgency and report the results of the audit and progress
        regarding implementation to the Health and Safety Committee by the end of June 2007.

        The Convener thanked Mr Boyle for his report.

        The following action was agreed:

        The Acting Secretary will arrange for a progress report to be submitted to an additional
        meeting of the Health and Safety Committee in time to allow a report from the Committee
        to Court at the end of June 2007.

b.      Accident - Purdie Building

Mr. Watson informed members that Estates are in the process of revising procedures with regard
to the use and monitoring of contractors for all trades to ensure compliance with our requirements.

The following action was agreed:

The Acting Director of Estates will inform members of these modified procedures when they have
been implemented.
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c.      Fieldwork

Members considered the University Fieldwork Guidance Sub-Committee Report dated 20th
September 2006.

The suggestion that a Master Insurance Policy should be taken out by the University, which
covered all students for University approved fieldwork, was not considered to be practical.

d.      Joint Centre for Scottish Housing Research (JCSHR)

The Acting Secretary informed members that Dr Sandeman (Projects Director - JCSHR) stated the
silencer and speed control had greatly reduced the noise and vibration levels at the Observatory.
Dr Sandeman, however, felt it was too early to know if the modifications will make a significant
long-term difference to the air quality.

The following action was agreed:

The Acting Secretary would monitor the situation at JCSHR recognising that a major investment
in the building, which might resolve the problem, had been approved.

e.      University Risk Register

The Acting Secretary informed members that the items on fire risk assessment and pandemic
had been included in the University Risk Register.

f.      Partnership with University of Dundee / Others

The Acting Secretary informed members that there had been two meetings in 2006 of Health
and Safety Advisers from the Universities of St. Andrews, Dundee, and Abertay, along with
Dundee/Perth/Angus Further Education Colleges. The main aims of this group are to share
knowledge and experiences in health and safety.

The following action was agreed:

The Secretary would provide members with an update on future meetings.

g.      Safety Co-ordinators Forum

The Acting Secretary informed members that there was no consensus on how to improve the
Forum. Members stated that positive action is required to encourage Safety Co-ordinators to
attend the Forum.

The following action was agreed:

The Acting Secretary would identify possible themes and speakers for a specific presentation at a
future Forum, which would be of interest to the majority of Safety Co-ordinators.

4.      Audits Of Schools/Units

The Acting Secretary informed members that audits of the Schools of Economics and Finance,
History and Art History in addition to Admissions and English Language Teaching Units have
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been completed and no serious failings were identified.

Members requested that the format of the Audit Programme be altered to show when Action Plans
have been implemented and that the programme be updated to include dates scheduled for 2007
and 2008. The programme should also be updated to show the dates of the subsequent audits for
all areas, with the exception of those whose audit results have been reported for the first time.

The following action was agreed:

The Acting Secretary would amend the audit programme in line with the Committee’s comments.

5.      Chemical And Biological Hazards Sub-Committee Report - 8th November 2006

A written report was received by the Committee.

The report recommended that a separate Genetic Modification Safety Committee should be formed.
Members discussed this issue but were concerned about generating another University committee
with concern that membership between the two sub-committees would be largely duplicated.

The following action was agreed:

The Acting Secretary would determine if genetic modification projects are assessed by the
University Teaching and Research Ethics Committee (UTREC), along with alternative
methods for reviewing such activities.

6.      New Legislation

The Acting Secretary presented a summary list of the relevant new health and safety
legislation which had been implemented during 2006.   The Acting Secretary informed
members on how staff are advised of new legislation.

7.      Annual Health and Safety Reports from Heads

The Acting Secretary informed members that he had received Annual Health and Safety
Reports from 13 Heads of Schools and 22 Heads of Units and noted that he had not received
such reports from 9 Schools and 12 Units.

The following action was agreed:

The Acting Secretary would write to the Heads who have not completed these reports to
request that they submit them promptly.

9.      Items Submitted by Commitee Members/Others

No items were received by the Acting Secretary.

10.     Other Business

There was no other Committee business.
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     11.     Next Meeting

     It was agreed that the next meeting would be held on 13th April 2007 at 2.00 p.m. in the
     Hebdomadar’s Room.

                                              G R C SCOTT
                                                Convener

     Students' Association – the Court also received a report (on file) from the Permanent
     Secretary of the Students' Association. This confirmed that the Association's Board
     had now (a) reviewed and accepted a Health and Safety Policy Statement, (b)
     established a Health and Safety Committee for the Association; (c) appointed a Safety
     Co-ordinator (the present Building Supervisor) who would report to the Permanent
     Secretary; (d) agreed that the Association would prepare for and undergo a Health
     and Safety Audit by 31 July 2007. Endorsing these actions, the Court noted that any
     consequential changes to the Association's constitution would be submitted in due
     course for its approval; and asked that the committee should report back further in
     due course.

     The remainder of the report was approved.


IX   REPORT OF THE STAFF COMMITTEE

     The following report was submitted:-

     The committee met on 28 November 2006.

     1.      Welcome

     The Convener welcomed Mark Butler, Secretary and Registrar to his first meeting of the
     Committee.

     2.      Minutes of the Previous Meeting

     The Committee noted that the minutes of its previous meeting held on 30 May 2006 had been
     approved by the Committee prior to being reported to the University Court.

     Matters Arising

     Sickness Absence Statistics – the Committee was informed that sickness absence statistics
     would be provided for the February meeting.

     Recruitment of staff with Criminal Convictions (Disclosure Scotland) – the Committee was
     informed that an audit of the draft policy had been provided by the insurers of the University.
     An amended policy would be presented to the February meeting.

     3.      Remit and Membership of the Staff Committee

     The Convener informed the Committee that he had been reviewing the remit and membership
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of the Staff Committee as he believed its focus should be more strategic than operational. The
Convener confirmed that the purpose of the Staff Committee should be about Staff Strategy,
auditing the effectiveness of the HR function and considering issues of governance and risk.
The Convener confirmed that the Secretary and Registrar, in collaboration with the Convener,
had drafted the proposed revised remit. The Committee approved the proposed remit subject
to a few minor amendments (Paper 01/06).

The Convener raised the issue of membership of the Staff Committee and asked the Committee
to consider whether or not it had the right balance. The Committee confirmed that the current
membership provided a sound basis for addressing the new remit for the Committee. However
it was also agreed that the Quaestor and Factor be invited to attend the Committee, along
with two members of the Non Academic Staff, to strengthen the Committee. It was agreed
that the Convener, in discussion with the Secretary and Registrar and the Director of Human
Resources, would consider who might be appropriate to invite to the next meeting. It was
agreed that this new membership would be reviewed after a full cycle of meetings had been
held.

4.      Staff Strategy

The Committee received a presentation from the Secretary and Registrar (Paper 02/06) on the
proposed process and content for creating a Staff Strategy for the University.

The Committee was informed that the time was right for the University to adopt a more
explicit, integrated and visible approach to the key issues relating to its staff, thereby
improving performance, output and sustainability. A project group would be created to move
the strategy forward and additional expertise employed to identify learning from other
organisations.

The Committee confirmed its support of the proposal, agreed this would provide the main
focus for its activities and recommended the use of focus groups to strengthen staff
engagement. The Committee requested that information on the project group be brought to
the February meeting and a progress report to the May meeting.

5.      Priorities for 2007/08

(i) HR Operational Plan - the Committee noted the updated and amended version of the HR
Operational Plan (Paper 03/06 – on file). The Committee was informed that a new look
operational plan would be developed for the May meeting to support the developing Strategic
Plan and Staff Strategy.

(ii) Framework Agreement – the Committee received a verbal update on the Framework
Agreement. The Committee noted that there was a need to develop an implementation plan
following a successful ballot on the Framework Agreement. The Committee was informed that
a communication statement would be issued to all staff prior to the Christmas break. The
purpose of the statement would be to provide staff with a timetable of implementation
activities such as informing staff of the outcome of the role analysis process.

6.      Workforce Performance/KPIs/Risk

(i) Gender Performance – The Committee considered the paper on Gender Performance and
noted that it had been considered by the Equal Opportunities Committee who had agreed with
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the recommendations of the paper. The Committee was informed that the Deputy Principal &
Master had commissioned the report in 2004. The Committee requested that the
recommendations be put into a bullet point format for ease of use. The Committee agreed that
progress had to be measured and asked that this be added to the report in order that trends and
changes could be monitored. The Committee requested that a similar project be undertaken
for Non Academic Staff.

(ii) HR Reform – The Secretary and Registrar reported that a review of the Human Resource
function would be undertaken in the coming weeks and a starting point for change was the
adoption of LEAN processes in respect of the staff record. The Committee noted LEAN was an
initiative aimed at dramatically improving the effectiveness of the administrative processes
across the University by asking staff to look at how they work to ensure that value work is
undertaken to meet customer purpose. The Committee was informed that within Human
Resources all sections were participating in the process and early priorities included a major
review of the Recruitment and Selection Process and the use of casual contracts.

7.       Retirement Policy

The Committee noted the Retirement Policy (Paper 04/06). The Committee was informed that
the policy set out the procedure for dealing with all staff nearing retirement in line with the
Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006. The Committee approved the policy subject a
few minor amendments.

8.       Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Committee will be on Tuesday 13 February 2007 at 2.15 p.m. in the
Hebdomadar’s Room.

                                         P P CABRELLI
                                            Convener

Committee's Remit and Membership* - the Court (a) approved the committee's
revised remit with immediate effect (see Appendix B below), noting the increased
emphasis on the committee's strategic role; (b) agreed that the Secretary & Registrar
ex officio should now be added to the committee's membership; and (c) noted that, the
Quaestor & Factor would attend meetings of the committee by invitation as would,
for a trial period, two members of the non-academic staff.

Staff Strategy – it was further reported that an ad hoc group had been set up and
would report back to the committee's next meeting.

Human Resources Reform* - the Court considered and approved a report (on file)
endorsed for its part by the committee and now to be submitted to the Scottish
Funding Council – subject to a number of amendments being made to the satisfaction
of the convener of the Staff Committee. (It was noted that the purpose of this report
was to outline the University's end of project evaluation of the recently adopted pay
structure and HR modernisation and to give assurance that the Court had considered
and approved this process.)

*    Note – these matters were considered by the Staff Committee on 13 February 2007. The Court will
     receive the full report of that meeting at its next meeting on 4 May 2007.
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    The remainder of the report was approved.


X   REPORT OF THE STUDENT SERVICES COMMITTEE

    The following report was submitted and approved:-

    The committee met on 12 January 2007.

    1.      Minutes of previous meeting (on file)

    The minute of the meeting held on 10th November 2006 was read and approved.

    Dr Jones wished clarification on item 4 – Hardship Fund and the use of the word “random”.
    It was explained the amount given by Student Awards Agency for Scotland is not an exact
    figure but is calculated using a formula hence £242,932.

    2.      Matters Arising

    Student Accommodation Service Report
    Head of Student Accommodation confirmed that applications for returning students for
    session 2007-8 must be returned by 12th February 2007 and students will be notified of
    decisions by 1st March 2007. This has been brought forward by 2 weeks.

    HMO Licenses
    Director of Student Services advised discussion with the local liberal party has taken place
    about the current situation, however it was agreed that there is to be a cross party
    consultation with interested parties. This will be taken forward in conjunction with the
    Student Association.

    Draft Discipline Code
    The document has been passed and changes approved. It is with Academic support and will be
    placed on the website in the week commencing 15th January 2007. The policy has been
    welcomed and working well. A central data base is already showing “regulars” regarding
    discipline matters. The Student body is now aware exactly where they stand re discipline
    matters.

    Other Items
    Discussion around documents that are noted in the Student Services Committee minute as
    being (on file) took place. If an item requires to be brought to Court’s attention then the
    document will be discussed for the minute and raised by the Convenor of Student Services
    Committee, otherwise the document/report will be shown as (on file).

    It was also discussed that the Music User’s Forum should be asked to provide a representative
    for Student Services Committee.

    3.      Statistics (on file)
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Director of Student Services provided a statistic profile which was discussed in detail by the
committee. It was agreed all the information from the paper would be included in future
statistics with some further additions:

Information/Support/Advisory
• Emotional support with sub categories a, b & c dependent on how many visits.

Retention
• More detail on reasons for leaving and personal details, i.e. what time in their course and
  type of course.
• Age on entry is useful.

Discipline
• Dr Nicky Haxell, Academic Adviser will provide level 1 offences split by DDO allocation

Health
• It is difficult to get reports relating to specifics from the Health Centre, it is hoped to get
  general “Health Education” information from them on a regular basis.

Accommodation
• Student Association to provide statistics from private/local landlords re complaints.
• Student Accommodation Service can provide occupancy levels per semester and number of
  complaints, the committee agreed it would also be useful to have numbers of non residential
  commuter students i.e. out with the KY16 area.

Sport
• Amount of funds given to various clubs
• Numbers using the sports facilities.

Social Experience
• Student Association President recently carried out a questionnaire to 1000 students a
  summary is available and will be forwarded to Director of Student Services.

Police/Town-Gown Incidents
• Figures can be received from the police, the committee felt it would be interesting to if
  possible receive a profile of when incidents happen e.g. time of year.

It is hoped to have the statistic profile set up by October/November 2007.

4.      Student Support Forum Minute 5.12.06 (on file)

Item 2 – Corporate Image
Canterbury International has been awarded the contract for supplying sport and leisure wear
for the University of St Andrews.

Item 5 LGBT Charter of Rights
Copy of charter to be provided and passed with minute so that Court can see.

Item 6 – Police Liaison Officer
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     Discussion took place on how the new liaison officer will interact; the general view of the
     committee is for a proactive approach, a presence which is accessible and approachable. It is
     also hoped to receive general personal safety training for both students and staff.

     5.      Disability Advisory Group Minute 30.11.06 (on file)

     This minute was noted.

     6.      Music Forum Minute 9.5.06 (on file)

     This minute was noted.

     7.      Sports Users Forum Minute 31.10.06 (on file)

     Director of Student Services attended this meeting; the group are very enthusiastic and very
     much developing health and exercise. Funds are being allocated for the Sports Centre and it is
     hoped the profile will be raised.

     8.      Other Business

     No other business.

     9.      Date of Next Meeting

     The Convenor of the meeting is unable to attend on the 23 March 2007; a suggested
     alternative date is 16 March 2007 at 2.30pm in the Hebdomadar’s Room. This will be
     confirmed by the secretary.

                                        CHRISTINA POTTER
                                             Convener

     The Student Experience – it was confirmed that University Management was now
     implementing recommendations in this document approved last year by the
     committee.


XI   ITEMS REFERRED BY THE CLERK

     The following items were referred by the Clerk, the Court's decision being recorded
     under each.

     1.   Court Effectiveness Review Report : Implementation

          With reference to Court Minutes 2006-7 page 26, attached (now on file) is a paper,
          prepared in consultation with the Senior Governor and the Principal, detailing actions
          already, or shortly to be, taken in order to implement the recommendations of the
          Effectiveness Review Report.

     The Court asked that the draft plan should be reviewed by the Rector, Senior
     Governor and Principal, taking account of the points noted at item II above, as well
     as points raised at a meeting earlier today of the Court's external non-executive
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members, further points raised at the Court meeting, and any others communicated
by members to the Clerk within the next two weeks. A revised version of this
document should be brought back to the next meeting of Court. It was confirmed
also that the issue of the Court's present composition, raised in the original
Effectiveness Review report, remained on the table for consideration in the first
instance by the Governance and Nominations Committee but agreed that this did not
require immediate attention.

2.      Court Meeting Dates 2007-8

        The following dates for meetings of the University Court are proposed. These correspond
        generally with this year's pattern and are intended to be an integral part of the major
        dates for the academic year 2007-8.

        12 October 2007*
        7 December 2007
        15 February 2008
        2 May 2008
        4 July 2008.

        * As at present, all meetings are on a Friday with a general but variable start time of
          9.45am.

Noted and agreed.

3.      Careers AnnualReport 2006

        To receive this report for information.

As noted at item I above, consideration of this report (on file) was postponed until
the Court's next meeting. (See also item IV above.)

4.      Staff Changes

        To receive details of recent University staff changes, as reported by Human Resources.

Noted (details on file).

5.      CUC Newsletter

     The December 2006 Newsletter is circulated for information.

Received (on file).




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                                                                            APPENDIX A
University of St Andrews Disability Equality                   Scheme (see p 78 above)
Scheme Created: November 2006

           •   Introduction
           •   Background Information about the University of St Andrews
           •   Disability Action Plan

Introduction

The Disability Discrimination Act (1995) was introduced in order to improve access and
opportunities for people with disabilities. Under the DDA it is unlawful to discriminate against
a person with a disability. Additionally, organisations are required to make “reasonable
adjustments” so that people with disabilities can access employment and services. Although
this law has been in place for 11 years, there is a general view that it does not go far enough
in eradicating barriers for people with disabilities. For this reason, new disability legislation
will be introduced in December 2006. The new legislation, which is referred to as the
Disability Equality Duty and is incorporated into the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 by
means of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005, requires organisations to be proactive in
promoting positive attitudes and disability equality. Part of the new legislation requires that
all public bodies publish a Disability Equality Scheme which details the organisation’s plans
for promoting disability equality.

This is the University’s first Disability Equality Scheme. The scheme details how the
University intends to consolidate its achievements to date in the area of disability equality but
also describes how it will build on its successes for students and develop a disability agenda
for staff that will strive to promote confidence and openness in this challenging area of
equality.

The scheme will aim to remove, wherever possible, any barriers that exist for disabled staff
and students who try to access employment and education at the University of St Andrews.

Much work has already been done on the student side to remove barriers and therefore
enable more students to fulfil their potential. In time, it is hoped that this scheme and
successive schemes will enable the University to become a disability confident organisation
in the area of employment to ensure that all current and potential employees are aware that
they will be valued for the skills, attributes and experience that they bring to the organisation.

This Disability Equality Scheme should be read in conjunction with the University’s Disability
Equality Policy and Equality Statement.


Background Information about the University of St Andrews and Disability
Equality

The University of St Andrews is the oldest university in Scotland and the third oldest in the
UK. It is not a campus university but is closely integrated with the town. Most departments
are located in one of three main sites. However, the campus is spread around the town and
access can be an issue in some areas.

The University has been committed to disability equality for a considerable period of time as
described in the Equality Statement and more recently, the Disability Equality Policy.
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The University also has a Disability Advisory Group which covers both staff and students.
The group reports to the Equal Opportunities Committee and is tasked with taking forward
the Disability agenda.

Staff and Disability

The diversity training that all University staff must undertake contains an element that
concentrates on general disability equality issues. It is recognised, however, that more
needs to be done in this area to promote disability equality and this will be covered in the
disability action plan.

Currently, the University will support a member of staff by making reasonable adjustments if
they develop a disability but this, by its very nature, is a reactive response to the situation.
The new Disability Equality Duty requires that the University becomes proactive and actively
promotes disability equality.

The information that the University currently holds regarding staff that have disabilities is
inaccurate so it is not possible to be sure how many staff have a disability and what type of
disability it is.

The challenge is to gather accurate information with regards to disabilities and use it for the
benefit of current and future employees.

Students and Disability

Support for students with disabilities and learning difficulties happens in a variety of ways.
These are described below.

Admission to the University

Our Admissions Policy states that all students will be judged primarily on academic merit and
only after a decision whether or not to offer a place has been taken do we consider the
implications of any disability. Any final offers of admission will be made after discussions with
applicants about measures necessary to offset any disadvantage arising from a disability.

The Residential System

The Residential System at the University of St Andrews offers a wide choice of
accommodation for students with many different needs, whether it is independent living with
self-catering, meal programmes including some special diets, wheelchair access, telephone
and computer access. Wherever feasible, adaptations have been made to suit specific
needs. However, this choice is not available in every residence. Therefore students with
particular requirements may have a more limited choice of residence. Some of the
residential buildings are very old - e.g. Deans Court - and although the facilities are modern,
the access externally and internally would not be suitable for wheelchair users. However, all
recent residence buildings, e.g. Albany Park, Stanley Smith and Angus Houses and New
Hall are designed for wheelchair access. Parking for disabled students is available at these
residences and assistance with access to transport where necessary will be given. Priority
for students with disabilities is given when allocating residences.

Student Support Services

Student Support Services provide a comprehensive range of support for all students; some
of the services provided will be of particular benefit to students with disabilities, ongoing
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medical conditions, mental health difficulties or learning difficulties.

The Disability Team

The Disability Team has the primary role of providing support, information and advice to
students on any problem, which directly, or indirectly, affects their academic performance.

This is viewed as the first point of contact for any student with a disability or learning
difficulty. The Service is "needs led" and therefore continually attempts to expand to meet
the needs of the students. It also works with other departments within the University and
forges links with other agencies, both in Fife and nationally. This may include referring
students to specialist services such as solicitors, benefit advisers, RNIB or community
mental health services.

The Disability Team consists of a Disability Adviser and Dyslexia Adviser who are the key
contacts for anyone with a disability, ongoing medical condition, mental health difficulties or
learning difficulties. In addition, the team also has two specialised computing officers who
provide students with expert advice on adaptive technology and/or assistive software. They
also maintain the computer lab for students with a disability or a learning difficulty.

The primary role of the Advisers in this team is to identify and put in place students’ teaching
and examination arrangements. This information is passed to academic schools via a
computer system called Disability Information Flow. Advisers also identify services that
already exist in the University and develop new resources where a gap is found. The
Advisers aim to ensure that the needs of individual students have been identified prior to
their arrival and they act as mediators should problems nevertheless occur. They will help
students who are applying for financial assistance (e.g. Disabled Student Allowances) and
will arrange for Needs Assessments if necessary.

Arrangements for any personal helpers, readers, scribes or note takers for students who
require them are administered through the Disabilities Team. A number of items of specialist
equipment are available on loan through the Disabilities Team.

Disability Co-ordinators

Disability Co-ordinators have been appointed in each 'School' or group of academic teaching
and service units. This provides the Disability Adviser with extra assistance and a network of
shared experience is built up. If a problem arises during the semester, a student can
approach the Disability Co-ordinator in the school or unit in the first instance. The Co-
ordinators help the Disability Team to monitor the provision for students with disabilities in
each school of study.

Academia

It is expected that students will find the staff in this University committed to assisting
students in whatever way they can. To aid academic staff in providing appropriate
assistance for students with a wide range of disabilities and learning difficulties the
University has written procedural guidelines called ‘Academia and SENDA’. As well as
providing assistance academic staff can be required to provide their course material in an
accessible format. To streamline the process of placing academic material into accessible
formats (e.g. Braille, audio, large print etc) the University has established a central
transcription service called the Alternative Format Suite (AFS).
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IT equipment

It may be that a student will wish to bring his or her own supporting equipment. However, the
University does have a variety of specialised equipment available for students with
disabilities. Some of this is available on loan to students, on a short-term basis, for them to
try out software/hardware before purchasing or temporarily to replace malfunctioning
equipment.

Student Representation

The Students' Association has three elected student officers representing the needs of
students with disabilities: the Students with Disabilities Officer, the Student Support Officer
and the Director of Representation.

Involving Disabled Staff and Students

The Disability Equality Duty emphasises the requirement to involve disabled staff and
students in every aspect of creating and implementing a Disability Equality Scheme.

So far, several steps to involve disabled people have been taken including having an open
meeting of the Disability Advisory Group and advertising for disabled staff and staff
interested in the area of disability equality to become involved in the formulation of the
scheme. A few members of staff came forward and a consultation lunch was organised to
discuss how the University should take forward the disability equality agenda.

The attempts to involve disabled people have not been a great success so far and this
presents another particularly difficult challenge to the University and one that will be
considered further in the action plan.

Impact Assessments

The aim of an impact assessment is to examine policies and practice in a structured way to
ensure that disproportionately adverse effects on particular groups, in this instance, disabled
people, are avoided.

The University is currently in the process of devising an impact assessment process that will
cover all aspects of equality. It is, therefore, envisaged that equality impact assessments will
be approached in a holistic way and that disability will not have separate impact
assessments done.

The University Estate

In the University, some of whose buildings date back to medieval times, access can be a
problem. For this reason, the University has an ongoing Physical access strategy whereby
older buildings are adapted where possible and new builds and refurbishments are
completed in line with the current building regulations and disability legislation. To enhance
the Physical estate, the University has recently adopted a Building Access Policy and
Signage guidelines.
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Disability Action Plan
General Action Points

Disability awareness training for students and staff: To make staff and students aware
of what their responsibilities are under the Disability Equality Scheme we intend to do the
following:
TARGET: Organise road shows to take the information to staff and students. These road
shows will be organised and rolled out by December 2007.
Consider what other training may be required by April 2007.

Staff and Student Involvement: Involve disabled staff and students, as well as those who
have an interest in disability equality in all aspects of the University’s DES
TARGET: Consider innovative ways to do this on an ongoing basis.

Disability Equality Policy: Outlines the University’s approach to students and staff with
disabilities
Target: To annually review this policy in June
To impact assess this policy

University Committees: To ensure that disability issues become incorporated into the
agendas of all University Committees.
TARGET: Review the various University Committees and consider how to raise awareness
of disability issues – December 2008

Physical Access in the University estate: Continue with the programme of improving
disabled access in the existing estate and any new builds.
TARGET: Update accessibility survey
Implement and review the Building Access Policy
Impact assess the Building Access Policy
Improve the room booking system for teaching space by September 2007

Website: To provide both an internal and external disability information resource (eg
Academia and SENDA) for staff and students. Provide a space for individuals to ask
questions, highlight concerns and/or issues and give feedback on disability matters. This
information will then be fed into the ongoing development of the DES.
TARGET: Design and develop a website by June 2007

Forms (e.g. application form) and Marketing material: Ensuring that all external material
is accessible and positively promotes disability.
TARGET: Review of all external material (including staff and student application forms and
prospectuses) by September 2008.

Central Services (e.g. Library, career services, registry, admissions, residential and
business services, sports centre etc): Review of and develop services for people with
disabilities.
TARGET: Each of the central services to develop their own action plan Library, career
services, registry, admissions, residential and business services, sports centre etc by
February 2008.

Inclusive IT: To take a more inclusive approach to IT provision across the University.
TARGET: Assistive software/technology available across the University IT Network by
September 2008.
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Student Action Points

Disability Information Flow (DIF):
Dif is due to be replaced by an E vision system being developed by Business Improvements:
TARGET: Replacement system to be in place by September 2007
        Collect and analyse feedback on new system by May 2008

Alternative Format Suite (AFS): To develop and widen the range of services offered by the
AFS:
TARGET: Annually review software and update where necessary
Establish a feedback system for reviewing the service by May 2007

Academia and SENDA: In order to ensure accuracy of available information
we intend to do the following:
TARGET: Annually review content by July each year

Disability Co-ordinators: The role of Disability Co-ordinators will be reviewed and
enhanced in order to achieve further recognition of the work they do within their departments
for students with disabilities. We intend to do the following:
TARGET: Define the role of the disability co-ordinator and write a job description from that
by February 2007.
Structure regular meetings between the co-ordinators for exchanging good practice and
discussing issues. A timetable of these meetings will be issued by February 2007.

Inhouse assessment: To assess students with Dyslexia for their Disabled Student
Allowance in-house.
TARGET: To implement the in-house assessment service for students with Dyslexia by
December 2006
Establish and roll out a system for monitoring the service by May 2007
Following its first year in operation, plan to expand the service to students with other
disabilities by September 2008

Disability Information: Provide better information on support for student with disabilities
during their studies at the University
TARGET: Overhaul the current Disability Statement to provide up to date information for
applicants and existing students by August 2007

Feedback: To collect accurate data on the student experience of Student Support Services.
TARGET: Review and enhance feedback systems for students with disabilities by March
2008

University Feedback: To improve general feedback on the student and staff experience at
the University.
TARGET: All existing and any new forms of feedback to include a section on disability by
June 2009.

Statistics: Gather data which will provide a picture of how students with disabilities progress
during and after University.
TARGET: Annually collect and analyse statistics in terms of recruitment, retention,
progression within the university, progression post graduation by Dec 2009.

Curriculum: To ensure that all academic courses/material are inclusive, accessible and
positively promote disability.
TARGET: Link in with the existing validation process.
Link in with the existing Quality Assurance process.
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Establish a forum for good practice for academics to exchange ideas on good practice.

Exams: To ensure a fair and efficient exam arrangement system.
TARGET: Review of exam processes following each exam diet.


Staff Action Points

Information/Statistics: Develop a management information resource that provides an
accurate picture of the numbers of staff with disabilities and the types of disabilities that are
prevalent within the University.
TARGET: Design and issue an anonymous questionnaire to all staff by March 2007.
Collate this information by June 2007.
Plan how this information should be utilised by August 2007.

External Resources: Various external resources exist to aid organisations when dealing
with staff disabilities.
TARGET: Investigate what resources are available and consider whether they are useful for
the University by May 2007.

Organisational Culture: It is very difficult to get staff to come forward and declare a
disability because, at present, they cannot see a benefit to doing this or are suspicious as to
why the University would want to know about a disability
TARGET: Considers ways to change this culture if possible by training, raising awareness
etc. This will be an ongoing long-term objective

Recruitment and Selection: The University already ensures that disability discrimination
does not come into the recruitment and selection process but the processes should be
reviewed and enhanced if appropriate.
TARGET: Evaluate and review the R&S processes and procedures by May 2007.
Evaluate the disability element of the R&S training to ensure it is thorough enough by March
2007.
Ensure that Human Resources Recruitment staff are given enough information to be able to
identify any potential discriminatory elements in recruitment paperwork by May 2007.

Support for Disabled Staff: Staff need to be aware what help is available for them from the
University should they have or develop a disability.
TARGET: Devise a document that explores the different practical aspects of supporting a
member of staff who develops or has a disability and ensure that it is publicised effectively
by summer 2007.



If you have any queries regarding the content of this document, or, if you would like
to become involved with the disability equality agenda in the University, please
contact:

Ailsa Ritchie, Director of Student Support Services on ajr7@st-andrews.ac.uk or 2252.
OR
Louise Milne, Human Resources Officer on lm80@st-andrews.ac.uk or 2557.
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                                                                             APPENDIX B

                          STAFF COMMITTEE (see p 84 above)

Remit

   1. To receive, review, approve and monitor the University’s strategic objectives in
      respect of its staff, and the policies and Operational Plans designed to achieve them.

   2. To consider and encourage staff policy initiatives and review their effectiveness on
      completion.

   3. To review the effectiveness and performance of the HR function and the operation of
      HR policies and procedures within the University.

   4. To monitor the University’s compliance and risk management in respect of
      employment law and practice

   5. To approve procedures in respect of the recruitment and appointment of staff and
      the promotion and re-grading of staff.

   6. To complement the work of the Equal Opportunities Committee.

   7. To report on progress to the University Court, in respect of its remit, including the
      staff profile, on at least an annual basis and to bring to Court any matters requiring
      that body’s approval.


Members                                            Until   Status

Mr P P Cabrelli (Convener)                         2008    Non-executive member of Court
The Principal                                        -     ex officio
The Deputy Principal & Master                        -     ex officio
The Secretary & Registrar                            -     ex officio
The Dean of Arts                                     -     ex officio
The Dean of Science                                  -     ex officio
The Convener, Equal Opportunities                    -     ex officio
Committee
Professor V J Brown                                2008    Senate nominee
Dr Mark Harris                                     2008    Senate nominee
Mr S R Magee                                       2009    Court nominee (non-academic staf
Miss K M Patrick                                   2008    Non-executive member of Court

Secretary : the Director of Human Resources
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                  UNIVERSITY COURT OF ST ANDREWS

AT ST ANDREWS on the 4th day of May 2007. AT A MEETING OF THE UNIVERSITY
COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS.

Present – Mr S R Pepper, Rector (President); Mr William Berry, Chancellor's Assessor & Senior
Governor; Dr Brian Lang, Principal; Professor K M Brown, Deputy Principal & Master; Mr T G
L d'Ardenne, President, Students' Association; Ms L K Wilson, Director of Representation,
Students' Association; Professor Ewan Brown, Miss K M Patrick, General Council Assessors;
Professor R W Byrne, Dr C R Warren and Dr C E Whitehead, Senate Assessors; Mr Roy
Dittrich, Non-Teaching Staff Member; Sir Anthony Bagnall, Dr N M Bryson, Mr P P Cabrelli,
Mrs C A M Davis, Rev Dr Marjory MacLean, Mrs Christina Potter, Mr G R C Scott, Co-opted
Members.

In attendance –Mr Mark Butler, Secretary & Registrar; Mr D A Watson, Quaestor & Factor;
Mr I M Wright, Clerk to the Court; Mrs L E Fraser, Academic Registrar; Mr H C Martin,
Assistant to the Principal.

Apologies – Mr B A Nicholson, Rector's Assessor; Professor H N Kennedy, Senate Assessor;
Ms J W Denholm, Co-opted Member.


I      PERSONALIA

       1. Senior Governor – it was confirmed that Court members had elected
          (unopposed) Professor Ewan Brown to succeed Mr Berry as Senior Governor
          from 1 June 2007. On behalf of the Court, the Principal paid tribute to Mr Berry's
          outstanding work as Senior Governor since his election in 2002.

       2. Ex Officio Student Members on Court – it was reported that the Students'
          Association had re-elected Mr Tom d'Ardenne to serve as President of the
          Association for a second year, from 1 July 2007. Mr d'Ardenne would thus
          continue as an ex officio member of the Court. Also from that date Mr Steven
          Savage would succeed Ms Laura Wilson as the Association's Director of
          Representation and an ex officio Court member. Congratulating Mr d'Ardenne on
          his re-election, the Court agreed that Mr Savage should be invited to attend the
          Court's next meeting on 29 June.

       3. Rector's Assessor on Court – the Rector reported that his present assessor on
          Court, Mr Ben Nicholson, wished to stand down as at 30 June 2007. He expected
          shortly to advise Court members about Mr Nicholson's successor.

       4. Provost of Fife – it was noted that this position was presently vacant pending the
          results of the local government elections on 3 May 2007.

       5. Co-opted Court Members – see item V below.

       6. Clerk to the Court – the Principal thanked Mr Ian Wright for his services to the
          Court as Clerk during the past 16 years and wished him well in his retirement
          later this month.
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II    PRINCIPAL'S REPORT

      The Principal addressed the following matters:-

      1. Scottish Funding Council Grant 2007-8 – St Andrews had received from the SFC
         an increase in its grant for 2007-8 of 2.6% which, being below the current level of
         inflation, was disappointing for a highly rated and successful university. As
         reported by the Planning and Resources Committee (item VI below) a letter from
         the Principal was being sent to the Council expressing these sentiments. It was
         also noted that St Andrews of all the Scottish universities continued to receive the
         lowest percentage of its funding from public funds.

      2. The Guardian's Universities League Table – a recent league table in The
         Guardian newspaper had placed St Andrews as the fourth most highly rated
         university in the UK for Teaching Performance. This was attributable largely to
         very positive student opinions as expressed in other recent surveys; and well
         illustrated that the Teaching experience at St Andrews was consistently and
         highly valued.

      3. University Links with South Africa and Malawi (and Pakistan) – the University
         was enhancing its presence in these countries in order to develop greater
         academic links for both students and staff, particularly in areas of research
         (within South Africa) and medical education (in the turbulent state of Malawi).
         Pakistan had also expressed an interest in developing links with St Andrews.

      4. Shootings at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – this recent
         tragic event in the USA had accelerated plans at St Andrews to introduce an
         emergency system of text messaging to both students and staff, which would
         soon also be extended to Court and Committee members.

      5. Student Death – the Court learned with deep regret of the sudden accidental
         death in St Petersburg of a third-year student, Matthew Howell, who was
         studying abroad as part of his International Relations and Russian degree. The
         Vice-Principal (External Relations) and other members of staff were with the
         family in Russia.

      6. Court Office Accommodation – it was confirmed that the Court Office would
         move later this month to accommodation within College Gate which would
         provide enhanced facilities for Court members.


III   COURT MINUTES

      The minutes of the Court's last meeting held on 16 February 2007 were received,
      agreed as a correct record, and signed by the President.


IV    REPORT OF THE ACADEMIC COUNCIL

      The Court received the following report of business from the Academic Council's
      meeting held on 20 April 2007:-
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1.   Research Assessment Exercise

     The Vice Principal (Research) provided Academic Council with an update in relation
     to the preparation of the submission for the RAE 2008.

     The focus of recent activity had related to the central collection of the required data
     from the Research Grants Office, Human Resources and Registry. Submissions from
     the Schools thereafter would be in preparation for the May Management Meetings
     and the June Executive Panels. Overall it was a complex but critical exercise that
     required to be managed efficiently and effectively.

     If the remaining preparation progressed according to plan the submission would be
     made in early December.

2.   Admissions 2006 Summary Report

     Council received the Admissions 2006 Summary Report. Members noted that
     application numbers remained high in 2006, although it was also noted that there had
     been a slight slippage in 2007. The School with the highest application base was
     Modern Languages, however there were some schools where an increase to the
     application base would be beneficial.

     The average entrant grade points in many subjects remained high, but members
     noted that the variations across all schools needed to be reduced in order that there
     was an equal calibre of applicants across the University.

     Members noted that steps would be taken in future to financially penalise the Schools
     who over-recruited UK students as the University did not receive full funding for
     students recruited over the target number.

3.   Senior Governor

     Council noted and welcomed the appointment of Professor Ewan Brown as the new
     Senior Governor of Court.

4.   Scottish Funding Council

     Academic Council recorded concern at the net cut in funding from the Scottish
     Funding Council following an overall grant increase of 2.9% against inflation of
     approximately 5%. The Principal indicated he would be writing to the Chairman of
     the Funding Council to record the University’s concerns.

     Council also noted with concern that the Scottish Funding Council had started to
     take a close interest in matters relating to Academic Quality Assurance and how
     degrees were awarded. Members believed that this development was perhaps a
     reflection of the strong Further Education influence in Funding Council Business.
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5.     Honorary Appointments

       (a)     From 1 September 2006 for three years

               School of Management
               Honorary Professor of Accounting
               Professor Tom A. Lee MSc, DLitt, CA, CTA, FRSA
               Emeritus Professor of Accountancy

               School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies
               Honorary Research Fellow of Arche
               Caroline Susanne Jenkins, BA, MPhil, PhD Cantab
               Jesper Kallestrup, MA Aarhus, PhD StAnd
               Dan Lopez de Sa, PhD UB

       (b)     From 1 January 2007 for 21/ 2 years

               Research Fellow of CEPPA
               Timothy Chappell, MA Oxf, PhD Edin

       (c)     From 1 January 2006 for 2 years

               Research Fellow of CEPPA
               Elizabeth Pybus, B.A., M.Litt. N’cle (U.K.), Ph.D. Glas.

6.     Senate Assessors on Court

       Academic Council approved the election timetable in relation to the appointment of
       Senate Assessors to Court from the Arts/Divinity constituency.

       The outcome of the elections will be reported to Court at the June meeting.

7.     Committee Reports

       Academic Council received and noted the following reports:

       Planning and Resources Committee – 16th January 2007
       Academic Audit Committee – 7th February 2007
       Equal Opportunities Committee – 13th February 2007
       Staff Committee – 13th February 2007
       Student Services Committee – 16th March 2007

                             LORRAINE E. FRASER
                               Academic Registrar


Admissions 2006 Summary Report – receiving this report (on file) the Court noted
in particular the continuing large number of undergraduate student applications
(about ten) for each available place, given the Scottish Funding Council's present
restrictions.
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    Academic Quality Assurance – while sharing the Academic Council's concerns
    about possible SFC interference, the Court was reassured that the University's
    academic audit processes were rigorous and fully compliant with all recommended
    best practice.


V   REPORT OF THE GOVERNANCE AND NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE

    The following report was submitted:-

    The committee met on 26 April 2007.

    1. Report of Committee's Last Meeting, 9 June 2006

     (a) This report, previously considered and approved by the University Court, was received
         and agreed as a correct record.

     (b) Arising from the report the following matters were noted:-

         (i) Staff Committee : Revised Remit and Membership – on direct reference from this
             committee, the Court had approved changes to both the remit and membership of the
             Staff Committee – see Court Minutes 2006-7 pp84 and 96.

         (ii) Mechanism for Removal of Court Members – promulgation of the Court
              Ordinance required to deal with this issue in respect of the Court's co-opted members
              was expected in June 2007 following the normal prior consultation with Privy
              Council officers. Any further procedure required for remaining Court members was
              under consideration.

         (iii)Pension Fund Trustees – the University's pension fund trustees were actively
             considering with Advisers possible conflicts of interest with their role as Court
             members; a further report to Court is expected soon via the Governance and
             Nominations Committee.

    2.   Effectiveness Review Report

         (a) Implementation Action Plan – this Plan was received and discussed by the
             committee, adding any further actions now agreed for implementation. The updated
             Plan is attached for Court's consideration (Appendix A).

         (b) Appointment Process for Court Members – the committee considered and agreed
             to recommend to the Court a Process which is intended to be fully transparent and to
             serve the best interests of the University – see Appendix B.

    3.   Governance and Nominations Committee: Convenership

         (a) It was confirmed that, following Mr Douglas Connell's recent resignation as
             Convener of the Governance and Nominations Committee, the Court had agreed that
             the Senior Governor ex officio should serve as Acting Convener pending the
             appointment of Mr Connell's successor.

         (b) The committee considered a number of possible successors, as suggested by members
             of the Court. It was agreed to submit for the Court's further consideration a short list
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        of three persons, with their CVs, one of whom would be the committee's preferred
        choice (details on confidential file).

4. University Court and Committee Memberships

     Agreeing that a full review of Court and Committee memberships should take place (as
     normal) at the committee's next meeting, the committee now noted the following:-

     (a) Ms J W Denholm's wish not to seek a further term of office as a co-opted member of
         Court when her first four-year term ends at 31 July 2007.

     (b) As a consequence of Mr Berry's term as Senior Governor ending at 31 May 2007, his
         successor Professor Ewan Brown ex officio will convene both the Planning and
         Resources and the Remuneration Committees, and pro tem. will also convene the
         Governance and Nominations Committee. Professor Brown continues to convene the
         Investment and Collections Committee as an external non-executive Court member.

5. The University Court and the Student Association Board

     It was reported that the Planning and Resources Committee had recently been
     considering the future relationship between the Court and the Student Association Board.
     Discussions between officers of both organisations were continuing including a review of
     the present practice of Court directly nominating two persons to serve on the Board.

6.   Committee's Next Meeting

     It was agreed that the committee should next meet on Friday 8 June 2007 but both this
     date and the time and place of the meeting would be confirmed as soon as possible.

                                   WILLIAM BERRY
                                   Acting Convener


Effectiveness Review Action Plan – noting that the Action Plan had been updated
since its last meeting, the Court was pleased to acknowledge that the agreed actions
had been implemented. The new edition of the Court Members' Handbook would
reflect all these new processes and practices. The Court asked that a final report
should be submitted via the committee to its next meeting.

Appointment Process for Co-opted Court Members – the Court agreed this process
of public advertisement and selection procedure, noting that Court itself would
decide at its next meeting any new co-optee for 2007-8 (Ms Jane Denholm having
intimated that she did not wish to be considered for a second term of office after July
2007).

Convenership of the Governance and Nominations Committee – the Court
discussed the committee's report, receiving curricula vitae for the three short-listed
persons (on file). It was agreed to invite one of these persons to succeed Mr Connell
as the committee's convener with immediate effect, until 31 July 2011.

The remainder of the report was approved.
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VI   REPORT OF THE PLANNING AND RESOURCES COMMITTEE

     The following report was submitted:-

     The committee met on 10 April 2007.

     PARC/06/32      Report of Meeting held on 16 January 2007

                     The Committee received and agreed as a correct record this report. With
                     regard to item PARC/06/15, the Committee insisted that a report on the
                     Commercialisation Strategy be brought before it at its meeting in June.

                     Draft Extract of Court Minute 16 February 2007 (PARC issues only)

                     The Committee agreed the report of the PARC meeting as a correct record
                     of the meeting.

                     Draft Report of the Meeting of the Investments and Collections
                     Committee of 10 January 2007 (for information)

                     The Committee noted the report of the Investments and Collections
                     Committee which was provided as information.

     PARC/06/33      Matters Arising:

                     (a) Debt Hedging Arrangements – the Quaestor & Factor reminded
                         Committee members that the PARC sub group had not yet met
                         formally. The Committee noted the current view of the sub group,
                         and confirmed that the sub group should continue in existence.

                     (b) Subsidiary/Investment update – the Committee noted this update.
                         With regard to item 4, SMRU Ltd, it was agreed that the Staff
                         Committee should be involved in the consideration of the
                         remuneration system, presently under discussion by the company
                         and the University taking professional advice.

                     (c)   S&LAS Pension Scheme – the Committee noted this update. The
                           Quaestor & Factor reported on the initial dialogue with the Trustees;
                           the importance was noted of the meeting of the Trustees on 8 May, at
                           which actuarial advice was expected with a proposed timetable for
                           recovery along with recommendations for achieving this. It was
                           anticipated that this issue would return to the Committee at its June
                           meeting; the Convener noted that the Committee should review and
                           monitor the progress of the Scheme at least once a year.

                     (d) Governance arrangements for the Students’ Association – the
                         Committee considered the implications of the advice from Shepherd
                         and Wedderburn. The Secretary & Registrar reported on the issues
                         to be addressed therefrom. He noted that the issues of Constitutional
                         Separation and the Students’ Association Constitution would be
                         discussed at the meeting of the Students’ Association Board on 19
                         April, at which the relationship between the University and the
                         Students’ Association would be addressed. It was agreed that these
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                  issues should first be discussed by the Students’ Association and its
                  elected representatives and assignees before the Committee should
                  take a view.

                  The President of the Students’ Association noted that the issue of the
                  rôle of the Permanent Secretary was an element of the Students’
                  Association’s recent Strategic Plan, and that discussions were
                  ongoing regarding the responsibilities of this position.

                  The Secretary & Registrar noted that wider issues surrounding
                  trustees would be discussed under the issue of Trustee Liabilities, but
                  that the most important issue to be addressed first was that of the
                  Business and Operational Relationships.

                  The Committee endorsed the recommendations set out in Paper
                  06/33(d) and noted the intention for a similar process to be followed
                  in respect of the relationship between the University and the Athletic
                  Union.

PARC/06/34   Strategic Planning Process

             The Secretary & Registrar presented Paper 06/34, noting that the paper
             assumed a ten year plan, and that the timescale of working up to the Court
             Away Day in December 2007 related to the other major planning
             processes ongoing within the University (such as the Estates and
             Academic Strategies). It was agreed that the four opportunities given to
             both the Committee and to Court at which to discuss the process were
             particularly apposite. It was also agreed that engagement with staff and
             students was critical, particularly in relation to harmonising the process
             with the strategic planning processes of individual Schools and Units. It
             was noted that individual Schools’ and Units’ Operational Plans were
             well-advanced for the current year based on the current Strategic Plan’s
             objectives, but that from 2008 onwards these would flow from the proposed
             revised Strategic Plan.

             It was noted that the involvement of other Court committees might become
             necessary (for example, the Staff and Audit Committees), and that the
             secretaries of these committees, in their rôles as senior managers (and
             therefore staff) of the University, would be key to effective communication
             and dissemination.

             It was agreed that a systematic ‘snapshot’ of the University’s effectiveness
             at achieving its Key Performance Indicators would be beneficial in future,
             but that the current year’s performance would best be monitored in a
             different way.

             The dangers of allowing a Balanced Scorecard to become a ‘cottage
             industry’ were noted, and it was agreed that the approach would be kept
             focused, particularly on the ongoing risk assessments being prepared.

             The Committee endorsed the approach and timetable for the production of
             a revised Strategic Plan for consideration at the Court Away Day in
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             December 2007, and endorsed the approach and timetable for the creation
             of Key Performance Indicators and the exploration of a Balanced Scorecard
             approach.

PARC/06/35   Development Report

             (a) Presentation on Medical Science fundraising – Mr S Armstrong,
                 the Director of Fundraising for the Medical Science Project, joined
                 the meeting and gave a presentation. The gap between the
                 anticipated decision on the project by Court in February 2008 and
                 the anticipated first signs of major fundraising in June 2008 were
                 noted, but Mr Armstrong explained that once the plans for the
                 project and specifically the building were in place (by June 2007),
                 work on the fundraising for it could start in earnest.

                  The dangers of exhausting potential donors for other schemes were
                  noted, and it was agreed that joined-up thinking was required to
                  ensure future plans were taken into account. The Principal noted the
                  importance of the project to the University as a whole, and stressed
                  that everyone concerned, including Committee and Court members,
                  should be as committed and involved as possible. Mr Armstrong
                  added that he would shortly be in contact with Committee and Court
                  members individually with a view to discussing the fundraising
                  effort.

                  The Vice-Principal (External Relations) reported on the
                  arrangements for medical student places with the University of
                  Manchester, and noted that he was in discussion with the Dean of
                  Medicine in order to finalise the details.

             (b) Report of the Development Committee meeting held on 14
                 March 2007 – the Vice-Principal (External Relations) presented a
                 Development Committee report containing a report of the
                 Development Committee meeting held on 14 March 2007, noting
                 that the aim of his report was that it should be as transparent as
                 possible.

                  As regards the Arts Building (for which the minimum target had
                  been £1.9m) it was noted that the figure of £1.55M, reported as the
                  amount of cash and written pledges received to date (DC/0607/10,
                  item 5.1), included an unrealised pledge of £0.5M; the Quaestor &
                  Factor stated that the actual figure of cash received to date was in the
                  range of £0.6m-£0.7m.
                  The Convener noted the concern of Court to have the Committee
                  monitor carefully the University’s fundraising plans, as expressed in
                  the minutes of the February 2007 meeting of Court (see
                  PARC/06/32(b) IV Report of the Planning and Resources Committee
                  – Development Report). With that in mind, the Committee
                  considered its assessment of the three areas of concern noted by
                  Court, and stated its findings as follows:
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                 ‘..PARC’s own assessment of the fulfilment of Fundraising objectives
                 to date’

                    With regard to the fulfilment of fundraising objectives in relation
                     to scholarships, the Committee’s assessment was that progress
                     had been as good as could be expected;

                    With regard to the fulfilment of fundraising objectives in relation
                     to capital projects, the Committee’s assessment was that progress
                     had been disappointing, and noted the Principal’s view that the
                     lack of success should be taken in the wider context of the
                     University’s reputational and experiential immaturity in the
                     field of fundraising.

                 ‘[..PARC’s own assessment of] how realistic future projections were
                 thought to be’

                    With regard to the Medical Science project, the Committee’s
                     assessment was that it was cautiously optimistic about the £15M
                     fundraising target proposed, based on the foundations being put
                     in place with the appointment of the Director of Fundraising for
                     the Medical Science Project and the work in hand as set out in
                     his presentation (see item 06/35(a) above) but the belief that
                     significant funding would not be received by February 2008 was
                     noted.

                 ‘[..PARC’s own assessment of] how the associated risks and
                 alternative funding scenarios should be considered if funds actually
                 raised were to fall short of target’

                    The Committee’s assessment was that the plans of the Quaestor
                     & Factor allowed for a shortfall, based on approval for and
                     availability of additional borrowing and/or disposals.

                 A discussion followed in which the dangers of a disconnection
                 between the fundraising campaign for the Medical Science Project
                 and other fundraising schemes were noted. It was agreed that the
                 Medical Science fundraising campaign should aim to raise as much
                 funding as possible, and it was further noted that all universities
                 were experiencing difficulties in the wider fundraising sphere and
                 therefore this issue should remain high on the University’s agenda.

                 The Principal stated that any criticism of the Development Office, of
                 its activities and in particular of its staff, should be directed to him,
                 for discussion between himself and his senior management. He
                 confirmed that he would in any event be reviewing this area with
                 Senior Management over the immediate future.

PARC/06/36   Property Issues

             (a) Medical Science Project – the Quaestor & Factor noted that he
                 would be bringing a paper to the February 2008 meeting of Court
                 which would include capital and revenue costs that he anticipated
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      would be at least revenue neutral and would include scenarios to
      allow for different levels of success with external fundraising.

      It was noted that although the Open Journal of the European Union
      (OJEU) process already undergone was public, the University itself
      had not made any public announcement, and that its stance in public
      about the project was that it was still in the process of developing a
      business case.

      The Deputy Principal & Master noted that the primary design stage
      of the project should be completed within the next month.

      The Committee noted the academic case for change, and noted the
      initial review of the financial aspects of the development.

(b) Library Renewal Project – the Deputy Principal & Master
    presented Paper 06/36(b) and drew the attention of Committee
    members to the important change in the project, to move to the
    design stage with the adaptation of the original 1960s’ plan for a
    pavilion block on the north side of the Library.

      The Quaestor & Factor noted that the Students’ Association, along
      with Residential & Business Services and potentially external
      providers, would be given the opportunity to bid for the proposed
      new learning café and coffee shop concession on the 83 and 85 North
      Street site.

      The Committee noted the likely investment requirements, noted the
      plan to recruit a design team, noted the commissioning of a study to
      establish the potential for external fundraising, and noted the
      intention to seek future approval from the Committee and Court to
      proceed with this project.

(c)   Fife Structure Plan and St Andrews Local Plan – update – the
      Quaestor & Factor provided an update, noting the disappointing lack
      of progress with both Plans, and also noting the implications for the
      University with regard to utilities’ capacity and usage.

(d) Update on ongoing Capital Investment Projects – in presenting
    Paper 06/36(c), the Quaestor & Factor noted that he had not
    provided an update on all the various smaller plans as they were in
    hand as previously predicted.

      With regard to MUSA, the Quaestor & Factor noted that the plan
      was now on stream, and that although there would be an additional
      revenue burden, this would not be significant; he put on record his
      praise for the Museums and Galleries Studies staff whose efforts had
      raised significant funding for the project.

      With regard to University Hall, the Quaestor & Factor noted that a
      recent risk assessment had raised numerous immediate concerns
      which had brought this residence to the top of the priority list for
      attention.
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                      The Committee agreed to recommend to Court approval of the
                      investment in the creation of MUSA (approximately £1.2m net), and
                      approval of the investment in the refurbishment of University Hall
                      (approximately £4m).

PARC/06/37       Summary Financial Report for the Seven Months to 28 February
                 2007

                 The Committee noted the financial performance for the period to 28
                 February 2007, and the Quaestor & Factor’s advice that there would be a
                 steady improvement over the next few months, resulting in a broadly
                 break-even position at the end of the year.

PARC/06/38       Development of the Financial Plan 2007/2008 and Beyond

                 The Quaestor & Factor presented a report on the Financial Plan
                 2007/2008 and beyond. It was agreed that the Principal would write a
                 letter to the Chair of the Scottish Funding Council to accompany the
                 University’s formal acceptance of the Offer of Grant, in which he would
                 note the cut in the grant offered, and raise the question of the Council’s
                 funding of excellence and world-class status congruent with the stated
                 national objectives of the Scottish Executive.

                 The Committee noted and approved the University’s intention to accept
                 the SFC Offer of Grant for 2007/2008.

PARC/06/39       Other Business

                 The Principal, on behalf of Committee members and the University,
                 thanked the Senior Governor, sitting at his last meeting as Convener, for
                 his conscientious and thorough convenership of the Planning and
                 Resources Committee.

                 Next meeting – it was confirmed that the Committee was scheduled next
                 to meet at 9.30am on Tuesday 12 June 2007 in the Gateway Boardroom.

                                  WILLIAM BERRY
                                     Convener

Strategic Planning Process – welcoming the opportunity to engage in the planning
process, the Court approved the proposed approach and timetable for the
University's revised Strategic Plan. It was agreed that the updated version of the
Secretary & Registrar's paper should be circulated to Court members for individual
comment.

Development Report – the Court re-asserted its concern at the disappointing
progress and was pleased to note that the Principal was actively reviewing the
Development area with a view to maximising future revenue.

Medical Science Project – the Court confirmed that in February 2008 it would be
deciding the future of this project in the light of not only a paper from the Quaestor
& Factor but also a presentation by the University's dedicated fundraiser.
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      Library Renewal Project – it was noted that the scale and cost of this project had
      increased significantly since the original proposal and that the present proposals
      were strongly supported by both students and staff. It was further noted that
      detailed plans and the related business case would be presented to Court via the
      PARC for consideration in due course.

      Ongoing Capital Projects – the Court approved the recommended investment both
      in the new museum on The Scores (MUSA) and at University Hall. Court noted that
      in addition to funding new buildings it was important that the University ensured
      that the fabric of current buildings remained compliant with Health & Safety and
      Fire Regulations.

      Summary Financial Report – the Court received an updated report (on file) for the
      eight months to 31 March 2007.

      Financial Plan 2007-2008 and Beyond – it was confirmed that a more detailed report
      on the 2007-2008 budget would be presented via the PARC to the Court's next
      meeting.

      The remainder of the report was approved.


VII   REPORT OF THE REMUNERATION COMMITTEE

      The Court received the following report:-

      The committee met on 10 April 2007.

      1.   Minutes

      The Committee approved the minutes of the meeting held on 4 October 2006.

      2.   Framework Agreement

      The Committee received an update on the current status of the Framework Agreement (Paper
      01/07 - on file). The Committee noted the costs associated with the implementation of the
      Framework Agreement and commented on the escalating salary costs being incurred by the
      University. The Committee was informed that this issue would be discussed by PARC.

      3.   Professorial Salary Review

      The Committee was informed that the Principal’s Office, in light of the current financial
      position of the University, had carefully considered whether or not it was appropriate to
      undertake a Professorial Salary Review this year. However, the decision was taken that there
      was a need to reward excellence and in particular in relation to the RAE it was desirable that
      a review took place this year.

      The Committee noted and approved the proposed arrangements for undertaking the biannual
      review of Professorial staff (on file – commercial and in confidence).
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       4.   Appraisal of Senior Staff

       The Committee was informed that as part of the Senior Salary review, the performance of the
       senior members of the Principal’s Office was to be assessed and reported back to the

       Committee as part of the salary review. The Committee noted that appraisal of the senior
       team was continuous and that the Principal would report back on this item at the next
       meeting.

       5.   Date of Next Meeting

       Tuesday 11 September 2007.

                                            WILLIAM BERRY
                                               Convener


VIII   SUPERANNUATION AND LIFE ASSURANCE SCHEME : TRUSTEES' REPORT

       The following report was received:-

       The committee met on 28 March 2007.

       Mr S Robinson of Watson Wyatt undertook training before the meeting for the Trustees who
       were present; this consisted of initial training on the investment strategy, with more training
       to follow at the Trustees meeting in May.

       SLAS/07/12      Employers Covenant
                       Mr D Watson, the Quaestor & Factor (acting as University Finance Director
                       and not in his capacity as a Scheme Trustee) spoke to the Trustees regarding
                       the financial position of the University. He opened the presentation with
                       some background history of the University, and emphasised that the
                       information presented to the Trustees is largely published and is based on the
                       most recent financial year 2005/6.

                       The Trustees noted that the University of St Andrews is regarded as the most
                       research intensive University in Scotland. Additionally, and partly driven
                       by the research success, the University has become an increasingly popular
                       destination for talented students with around 10 applications received for
                       every available space at under graduate level. The University is in the
                       fortunate position of not seeking to grow its undergraduate student
                       population. Instead its focus is on improving the quality of its entrant
                       cohort.

                       He presented a series of graphs to the Trustees, positions to highlight a series
                       of Key Financial Performance Indicators relative to other Scottish Research
                       Intensive Universities. These graphs can be summarised as follows

                       1.   The annual growth in turnover, which illustrated that St Andrews saw
                            a growth of 12% in 2005/6.
                       2.   The generation of surpluses over the last 4 years. The graph shows a
                            steady increase from 2002/3 to 2004/5, with a big jump in 2005/6 to
                            just over £20m which was largely due to the sale of Hamilton Hall.
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3.   The operational surplus had in recent years stabilised at just over 2% of
     turnover, but it was noted that this surplus would be eliminated in
     2006/ 2007 due to the cost of recent pay uplifts. The Quaestor noted
     that at 2% pa, the operational surplus was only sufficient to service the
     University’s debt and that it was looking to increase this to at least 5%
     pa over time.
4.   The proportion of turnover used to fund pay costs (including pension),
     emphasising the need to reduce this overall burden to allow greater
     flexibility for investment in infrastructure to support long term
     sustainable success.
5.   The proportion of earnings from research grants, which the University
     is looking to increase from 25% to about 30% over time.
6.   Net Current Assets – highlighted the recent past performance which
     created liquidity difficulties which had now been resolved, but which by
     no means had created a ‘cash rich’ organisation.
7.   Level of gearing at St Andrews – relatively high compared to peers.

He then went on to compare the review of University health alongside Peers
to the view expressed by HM Treasury and informed the Trustees that the
University loses on a full economic cost basis (HM Treasury definition)
about £10m per annum. This is not out of line with other research intensive
Universities.

There was then a brief discussion on the funding regime in Scotland for
higher education.

The University has seen an increase in the non public teaching funding, as
the demand from overseas students has increased year on year. The cost for
every overseas student to study in Scotland is £10k per year.

The University is not looking to expand by the use of distance learning, as
this will reduce the overseas capital as students may chose to stay in their
home country to study rather than come across to St Andrews. The
University has not dismissed the idea of distance learning completely, as they
have 2 courses available in divinity and the study of terrorism, but they are
not looking to expand to further courses. Looking at the other institutions
that have opened campus’s abroad, they have seen a reduction in their
figures, and St Andrews do not see this as a way forward.

There are a number of strategic options that the University can pursue, but
they may not be feasible. The buildings in the University estate range from
new build to centuries old, with the buildings built in the late 60’s early 70’s
most in need of major refurbishment. In approaching this area the
University is facing a short term problem over the coming 4 to 5 years after
which the investment required will still be considerable, but will be in more
manageable proportions.

He provided the Trustees with an insight into the financial planning
discussions currently taking place with the University Court. This revealed
that there are a number of approaches which the University could adopt, all of
which are affordable in the long term. However, all of these options create
significant financial pressure, particularly around cash and earnings in the
period through to around 2015.
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                   Overall, his view was that the University is well placed, with plenty of assets
                   that the scheme can have if the University was to dissolve in the next few
                   years. The University however, is not in a good position to push
                   contributions up as there will be the knock on effect of costs.

                   Mr D Watson was confident to say that the University wants to keep the two
                   pension schemes that they offer their staff on final salary, but aspects may
                   change in the future.

                   The construction of David Russell Apartments was designed to allow the
                   building to be sold as flats if the University ceased to have demand for such
                   facilities.

                   This current year has seen salary increases of 9% in the University compared
                   to an increase in public funding of 2.8%. Forthcoming pay increases are 7%
                   in 2007 and again 2008.

                   The Quaestor confirmed that any increase in pension contributions would be
                   likely to lead to a more severe reaction from the University than currently
                   anticipated including the possibility of having to reduce staff numbers,
                   reduce benefit provision and other such actions.

                   If the scheme were to ask for additional security, then the University would
                   have to require the approval of its principal lender (currently unsecured) who
                   would have the right to 1st charge on the assets thus relegating the scheme
                   from 1st= creditors to 2nd ranking.

                   The Trustees’ initial reaction was that the covenant is strong, especially with
                   regard to assets.

     Date of Next Meeting

     The next meeting will take place at 1 p.m. on Tuesday 8 May 2007, in the Hebdomadar's
     Room.

                                          P P CABRELLI
                                             Convener


IX   REPORT OF THE ACADEMIC AUDIT COMMITTEE

     The following report was submitted and approved:-

     The committee met on 7 February 2007.

     1.     Minutes

            The minute of the meeting held on 18 October was approved.
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2.   Matters Arising

     It was agreed that the fee paid to external members of a review panel should be
     increased from £400 to £450.

3.   Report by the Convener of the TLAC

     The Vice-Principal submitted his report (on file) on the TLAC meetings held in
     November and January.

     TLAC had approved a policy paper on Feedback to Students on Examination
     Performance, which proposed that the Academic Audit committee (AAC) should
     monitor and disseminate good practice with respect to examination feedback. It was
     agreed that this should be done, in the first instance, by including this as a required
     item in the 2006-07 Annual Academic Audit reports. Schools could be asked to
     indicate how many students had exercised their right to see their examination scripts.

     The Vice-Principal advised AAC that the working groups on ‘Assessment’ and on
     ‘The First Year Experience’ had each met. The first of these groups was considering
     issues that had been raised in the ELIR report as well as others (such as progressive
     weighting of levels in the Honours classification algorithm) that had emerged from
     the latest Annual Academic Audit interviews.

4.   Annual Academic Audit 2005-06

     This had proceeded according to plan and the Director of Learning and Teaching
     Quality would produce an overview once the records of the individual interviews had
     been compiled and approved. It was agreed that, now that the Registrar is producing
     an annual overview of reports from External Examiners, the original reports need no
     longer be required from Schools as part of their submission for the Annual Audit.
     However, it would be useful to see the summary statements now supplied by each
     External and these should be part of the submission.

     Besides examination feedback (see above) another topic that could be part of the 2006-
     07 report could be whether, and if so how, Schools cap the size of their Honours
     modules.

5.   Additional Monitoring Data

     The Committee formally received some of the additional data that it had requested
     from the Registrar to assist its monitoring of student progress. These included
     reports on Academic Appeals and on cases of Academic Fraud during 2005-06. The
     AAC was pleased to note a decrease in the number of appeals, which appeared to be
     the result of providing clearer information about assessment practices to students.
     The Committee agreed to ask that data for undergraduates and postgraduates be
     differentiated in future reports on appeals and on fraud.

     It was also agreed that other data that had been requested from Registry would be
     difficult to interpret without fuller specification and that the Convener, the Deans
     and the Director should meet, with Ms Booker, to discuss this further. Data from
     2005-06 could be used as a baseline. It was also agreed that:
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     a)      indicators of success should not be neglected (e.g. the number of First Class
             degrees awarded for each single Honours programme);

     b)      in respect of postgraduates, data for those in taught programmes were more
             important than data for research postgraduates, who were already well
             monitored by the Faculty Business Committee.

6.   Responses to Internal Reviews

     The AAC welcomed all of these reports (on file).

     a)      IT Services Noting the likelihood that a new IT Policy Group would be
             established, the AAC recommended that it consider the question of how to
             promote a good customer focus.
     b)      Modern Languages The issues dealt with in this response had already been
             discussed with the School during the course of its Annual Academic Audit
             interview.
     c)      English Language Teaching The Committee highlighted two aspects of the
             response: the special status of ELT, which is like a School in some ways but
             not in others (e.g. staff do not conduct research but are engaged in
             recruitment and commercial activities); and the need, now being addressed,
             for better articulation between ELT and Schools in those cases where students
             progress from a foundation course to a degree programme at St Andrews.
     d)      Medicine The recent Annual Academic Audit interviews had disclosed
             much admirable practice within the School and had, in particular, confirmed
             that it had dealt successfully with the introduction of the final year of its new
             undergraduate programme.
     e)      Taught Postgraduate Programmes The programmes in Management
             would be looked at again, as a matter of course, as part of the general review
             of teaching in that School in April. The distance learning programme in
             International Relations is presently limited to providing opportunities for
             CPD and need not be reviewed just yet.

7.   Current Internal Reviews

     a)      Students’ Association The AAC welcomed both the report of the review
             itself and the response to it from the Director of Representation. The exercise
             had been a useful one. Attention was drawn to the forthcoming Strategic
             Plan for the Association, being produced by its sabbatical officers, and to the
             innovative idea of exchanging daytime access to the Union building for
             University teaching in return for evening access to University buildings for
             extra-curricular activities.
     b)      Social Anthropology The report on the review was now complete, apart
             from some final checking by the Department, and would be presented to the
             next meeting of the AAC.
     c)      Divinity The descriptive report was complete and had been sent to the
             external members for them to take the lead in preparing the evaluation.
     d)      Careers Centre The report was in preparation.
     e)      Geography & Geosciences The external members of the panel had been
             approved by AAC and the review visit would take place on 15-16 March.
     f)      Management The review visit would take place on 12-13 April.
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8.    Forthcoming Internal Reviews

      a)     Jazz It was agreed that the review of these programmes would be undertaken
             by the Dean of Arts, the Director and one other, musically qualified, person
             and would be centred on the final study visit by students on 2 June.
      b)     Social Science/MRes Programme the details would be negotiated with Dr
             Kesby.
      c)     Access Summer School Members of the AAC had met with Mr Keir to
             discuss this audit, which would take place in the autumn. Mr Keir was
             introducing various changes to the programme, which was also likely to be
             given a new name.

9.    Collaborative Provision

      The AAC thanked the Registrar for producing a list of collaborative arrangements
      and agreed that the Convener should talk to her about how best to ensure that these
      were brought, as appropriate, within the scope of the Committee’s work.

10.   Response To ELIR

      It had been agreed with QAA that the Annual Discussion at St Andrews would take
      place on 20 September 2007, following the submission the previous month of the
      University’s response to its ELIR report.

      The AAC was advised, by the Vice-Principal and Director, that the Scottish Funding
      Council might introduce performance indicators in order to judge the progress of
      quality enhancement across the sector. Possible examples had been discussed at the
      last meeting of the Universities Scotland Teaching Quality Forum and these would
      be circulated to the Committee.

11.   Race Equality & The Curriculum

      The Vice-Principal would circulate the new toolkit that had been produced to assist
      universities in ensuring that their curricula meet the legal requirements for race
      equality. It was agreed that the best way to begin monitoring implementation at St
      Andrews would be via the next Annual Academic Audit.

12.   Date Of Next Meeting

      Wednesday 2 May, 2007
                                    C R WARREN
                                      Convener


Director of Academic Audit – it was also reported that the Director of Academic
Audit would be retiring in September 2007 and that this post would shortly be
advertised.
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X   REPORT OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE

    The following report was submitted and approved:-

    The committee met on 23 March 2007.

    1.    Report of Committee's Last Meeting, 6 November 2006

          This report, considered and approved by the University Court on 8 December 2006,
          was received and agreed as a correct record.

    2.    Internal Auditors' Reports

          The committee considered the following reports (on file) prepared by the internal
          auditors:-

          (a)    School of Art History (2007/02) – with Ms V A Carruthers (Head of
                 School) and Mrs D S Waddell (School Secretary) in attendance.

                 The auditors generally had concluded that reasonable processes were in place
                 within the School. Recommendations had been made regarding budget and
                 income controls as well as purchasing and procurement procedures. None of
                 these were however critical and the School had now taken action to
                 implement them.

                 The auditors had also drawn attention to "a number of high priority issues"
                 yet to be addressed following a Fire Safety Risk Assessment in 2006. On
                 further inquiry, however, the committee was satisfied that the School's
                 building (9 The Scores), having recently been completely renovated and
                 accepted by the Fire Officer, was regarded as "low risk" by the Estates Office.
                 Generally, health and safety work throughout the University was prioritised
                 and dealt with accordingly; thus the work now identified in Art History
                 would receive attention in due course. The auditors now accepted that the
                 gradation of risk identified was not as high as the report had stated.
                 Importantly, however, the report had identified that while the Head of School
                 was the University officer primarily responsible for health and safety within
                 the School building, (s)he could only bring to the attention of Estates any
                 hazards or defects within the building. The onus of remedying such faults
                 lay with Estates but always with regard to financial and staffing constraints.

                 Finally, the committee noted that this report had embraced Museum
                 Collections, although that Unit at least financially was separate from the
                 School itself. Specifically, the Investment and Collections Committee was
                 addressing insurance issues raised in the report.

          (b)    School of Computer Science (2007/03) – with Professor R Morrison (Head
                 of School) and Mr A Bain (School Administrator) in attendance.

                 The committee was pleased to note that the auditors were satisfied generally
                 with internal controls within the School. Minor improvements to financial
                 controls had been recommended and subsequently implemented. Some health
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             and safety issues raised were also now being addressed, the committee's
             observations recorded at (a) above being relevant also to this School's two-
             year old building.

     (c)     Registry and Tuition Fees (2007/05)

             In this report the auditors had not identified any material errors in the
             tuition fee generation processes but had drawn attention to certain key
             controls which were not operating effectively.     Recommendations to
             strengthen these controls had been made and were being acted upon by
             Management.

     (d)     Central Assessment (2007/06)

             The auditors had concluded that central controls over the assessment process
             (security of examination papers and related matters), as operated by the
             Registry, were effective and satisfactory; some minor improvements had been
             recommended and acted upon. The auditors would further address such
             issues in their future reviews of individual Schools.

     (e)     Transparency Review (2007/07)

             On behalf of the University Court, the Audit Committee is required annually
             to confirm that costs reported (in relation to research grants) are in
             compliance with Transparent Approach to Costing requirements and that the
             income allocation has been prepared in accordance with the Funding
             Council's requirements. On the basis of this report, the committee was
             satisfied that the methods and processes used to collect the data for the
             Transparency Review were appropriate and in order.

     (f)     Treasury Management (2007/08)

             Following this report, a working group had been set up to take forward the
             auditors' recommendations in relation to the University's foreign exchange
             transactions, which should result in significant cost benefits. Otherwise, the
             auditors were satisfied with existing procedures.

3.   The University's Approach to Risk

     A paper (on file) from the Secretary & Registrar was considered. This proposed a
     revision of Risk Management arrangements now designed to complement and
     support the University's Strategic Plan: specifically, as detailed in the paper, by (a)
     increasing the strategic focus on Risk, and (b) embedding sound operational Risk
     Management arrangements throughout the University.

     Agreeing this proposed approach to Risk, the committee noted that progress reports
     would be received at its future meetings. The introduction of an Annual Risk report,
     linked to the development of the Strategic Plan in 2007, was also endorsed.

4.   Data Protection and Freedom of Information Requests 2006

     The committee received for information reports (on file) relating to requests made by
     members of the public to the University during 2006 in terms of the Data Protection
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            Act 1998 and the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. It was noted that the
            number of requests in both categories was down from 2005 : from 16 to 8 in the case
            of Data Protection and from 92 to 57 under Freedom of Information; otherwise, the
            subject matter of requests was varied but not dissimilar to the 2005 pattern. It was
            agreed that the University had responded in a proper fashion to all such requests.

     5.     Committee Meeting Dates 2007-8

            The committee agreed to meet during the academic year 2007-8 on the following
            dates, at 2.00pm:-

            Monday 24 September 2007
            Friday 2 November 2007
            Friday 21 March 2008
            Friday 13 June 2008.

     6.     Other Business

            Child Nursery – as previously discussed, the Quaestor & Factor confirmed that he
            would be reporting back to the committee about action being taken by the
            University's solicitors to stop the Nursery's apparent unlawful use of the
            University's name.

                                          N M BRYSON
                                            Convener


XI   REPORT OF THE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES COMMITTEE

     The following report was submitted:-

     The committee met on 13 February 2007.

     1      Minutes of the Previous Meeting (on file)

            The minutes were noted and approved.

     2      Matters Arising

            2.1    The Committee asked that Directors of Teaching as well as Heads of School
                   should be informed and updated with procedures for registration with
                   Disclosure Scotland and how it impacts on students.

                   It was confirmed that Human Resources currently pays for Disclosure checks
                   done on behalf of all Schools and many Units.

            2.2    The Committee reinforced the need to keep the Principal’s Office response to
                   bullying and harassment raised in the last Staff Survey as a current and live
                   issue.

            2.3    With regard to the ‘Review of Gender Performance at University of St
                   Andrews’ report, the Committee requested that it see the recommendations
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            (in bullet point format) generated by the Staff Committee as a result of this
            report.

            The Committee also suggested that it was just as important to look at non-
            academic gender performance as the report only covers this issue from an
            academic perspective.

    2.4     It was noted that the Alternative Format Suite is continuing and that the Co-
            ordinator of the Suite has been given a standard contract.

3   Disability Equality Scheme

    The final version of the Disability Equality Scheme was presented to the Committee
    which subsequently recommended that it be passed to Court on 16 February for
    approval subject to minor grammatical changes. It was noted that an appropriate
    budget needs to be identified for implementation of the Scheme but this should be an
    operational matter for management.

    Comment was made on the need to pull the various student surveys together under
    the umbrella of the Student Experience and include specific questions about disability
    issues.

4   Update from the Disability Advisory Group

    A problem has been identified with regard to students with disabilities potentially
    being discriminated against because of the fact that some of the accommodation that
    students with certain disabilities are allocated is in the more expensive Halls of
    Residence. This means that some individual students have no choice but to pay the
    higher costs.

    An individual approached the Disability Rights Commission who confirmed that this
    situation would be classed as disability discrimination. A discussion ensued and it
    was agreed that something had to be done to resolve this situation. It was estimated
    that it would cost an additional maximum of £30,000 to ensure that disabled students
    would only get charged the lowest rate available for the particular facilities required
    e.g. ensuite. This was thought by the Committee to be a reasonable and reasoned
    approach to the problem and Stephen Magee agreed to take this matter to the
    Principal’s Office with the Committee’s approval.

    This issue and solution was first discussed at a Disability Advisory Group meeting
    on 26 June 2006 and subsequently minuted. The Committee was happy to endorse
    this minute.

    It was suggested that appropriate guidelines and procedures be drawn up for the
    allocation of accommodation on this basis.

    It was mentioned that staff in residences should have guidelines and training to deal
    with any situation that may arise from having disabled students in Halls.
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5   Update from the Race Equality Task Group

    5.1     It was noted by the Committee that the Race Equality Toolkit, which was
            launched by Universities Scotland, is now available for implementation. This
            will be taken forward by the Race Equality Task Group.

            The Committee asked that it be given further details at the May meeting and
            that a copy of the toolkit be distributed to all members for information.

            It was noted that the flavour of the toolkit already exists, albeit in a distilled
            version, in Saltire’s race equality action plan for race equality in the
            curriculum.

    5.2     The issue of funding for carrying out impact assessments was raised with a
            view to the Committee asking Court to allocate funds for this important
            activity.

            It was agreed that impact assessments should incorporate all strands of
            equality to avoid doing separate assessments on individual areas of equality
            and, therefore, duplicating effort.

            Professor Steve Reicher is keen to do some work in this area but funds are
            required for this to happen. There is a chance the University may get some
            money from the Scottish Funding Council via Equality Forward but this is
            not certain.

            Stephen Magee asked that the Committee recommend to Court that
            appropriate funds be allocated by the University to take this forward.

6   Staff Equality Statistics (on file)

    The Committee viewed the statistics with interest and asked that year on year
    comparisons are made the next time the statistics are submitted. Although the
    statistics were submitted in a more digested format, it was felt that perhaps some
    more charts may be useful.

    Some significant findings to highlight are that the number of female academics
    recruited continues to rise. There is still a large disparity between the numbers of
    female and male academics but things are steadily improving.                Although,
    traditionally there has been an issue with women applying for and getting contract
    research positions (as they are mostly in Science) within the University, the statistics
    show that 75% of all women shortlisted for contract research positions are actually
    successful. It was recognised that sometimes the statistics may be skewed because of
    the small numbers involved.

    The Committee found the information submitted regarding the gender split in
    Schools fascinating and felt that this information merited further analysis in light of
    the imminent gender equality duty.

7   Other Business

    7.1     The Committee received information on the impending gender equality duty
            and the fact that the University has to put in place a Gender Equality Scheme
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                    similar to the Disability Scheme by 29 June 2007. This Scheme will be
                    presented to the May Committee for approval.

                    The Committee received an update on the Harassment and Bullying Policy
                    and how Human Resources and Student Services were working closely
                    together to ensure that the policy served both areas equally well. It is hoped
                    that this will also be presented to the May Committee for approval.

                                           C A M DAVIS
                                             Convener


      Impact Assessment Funding – the Court agreed to allocate funding to enable
      appropriate assessments to be carried out, under the Principal's supervision.

      The remainder of the report was approved, noting that certain items had received
      Court's approval at its last meeting – see Court minutes 2006-7 pp78 and 89-95.


XII   REPORT OF THE HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMITTEE

      The following report was submitted and approved:-

      The committee met on 13 April 2007.

      H&S/07/13     Report of Meeting of 19 January 2007

                    The report was approved by the Committee.

      H&S/07/14.    Matters Arising

                    H&S/07/14a Occupational Health Service
                    The Committee was informed, by the Acting Secretary, that details on the
                    Occupational Health Service were put on the Friday memo and Information
                    for Staff web-sites. Schools/Units which have staff who do not have access to
                    computers, were asked to directly inform them of the services provided by
                    Occupational Health.

                    H&S/07/14b Joint Centre for Scottish Housing Research (JCSHR)
                    The Acting Secretary informed members that Dr Sandeman (Projects
                    Director - JCSHR) had stated the changes to the ventilation system had been
                    effective to date. Dr Sandeman, however, still felt it was too early to know if
                    the modifications will make a significant long-term difference to the air
                    quality. Dr. Sandeman believes the refurbishment work at the JCSHR
                    building, which is to start in May 2007, would also help the situation there.

                    The following action was agreed:

                    The Acting Secretary would continue to monitor the situation at JCSHR.
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            H&S/07/14c Partnership with the University of Dundee /Others
            The Acting Secretary informed the Committee that a programme, developed
            by Business Improvements, the University Chemical Adviser and EHSS was
            in the process of being transferred to the University of Dundee for a small fee.

            The following action was agreed:

            The Acting Secretary would keep the Committee informed with regard to the
            future commercialisation of this programme.

            H&S/07/14d School/Unit Health and Safety Audits
            The new format for presenting information on such audits was agreed. The
            time lag between the date of the audit and receipt of the Action Plan was in
            some cases considered to be too long.

H&S/07/15   Safety Co-ordinators Forum

            The Acting Secretary informed the Committee that, after discussions with
            School/Unit Safety Co-ordinators, it had been suggested that a presentation
            on disability access would be useful.

            The following action was agreed:

            It was agreed that the Acting Secretary would arrange a Safety Co-ordinators
            Forum meeting with a presentation on disability access.

            As the Equal Opportunities Committee and the Disability Access Group are
            involved in monitoring such access, the Acting Secretary would inform these
            groups of the proposed presentation and ask for comments from them prior to
            the presentation.

H&S/07/16   Genetic Modification Safety Committee

            The Committee discussed the legal requirements for a Genetic Modification
            Safety Committee (Paper 07/16). To meet legal requirements it was agreed
            that a single Chemical and Biological Sub-Committee could act as the
            University’s Genetic Modification Safety Committee. It was also agreed that
            the present Sub-Committee should be re-organised to ensure that there are
            sufficient members with the necessary competence to approve genetic
            modification projects.

            The following action was agreed:

            It was agreed that the Acting Secretary would request the Convener of the
            Chemical and Biological Hazards Sub-Committee to submit a revised
            membership and remit for this sub-committee.

H&S/07/17   Annual Health and Safety Reports for 2006

            The summary of the above reports was discussed at length by the Committee
            (Paper 07/17). It was noted that many Schools/Units had not submitted an
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            annual workplace inspection report with the Annual Health and Safety
            Report.

            The Committee was concerned that some of the answers from certain Heads
            of Schools/Units, to the questions on managing stress in the workplace,
            indicated a lack of an appreciation of the importance of dealing with stress.

            The following action was agreed:

            The Acting Secretary would write to all Heads who had not submitted an
            annual workplace inspection report, requesting that a copy of this report be
            sent to Environmental, Health and Safety Services.

            The Acting Secretary would also write to Heads of Schools/Units reminding
            them that the School/Unit Health and Safety Policy should include a section
            on the management of stress in the workplace.

            In addition the Acting Secretary would re-write the stress questions for the
            2007 Annual Health and Safety Report in order to remove any ambiguity in
            the questions.

            Human Resources would, with the aid of the Occupational Health Adviser,
            revise the University Stress Policy and Guidance. Once these have been
            produced, further training in the management of stress would be provided to
            staff.

H&S/07/18   Accident Statistics 2006

            The Committee noted the accident statistics for the University and the
            comparison with the statistics from other UK Universities (Paper 07/18).
            The Committee noted that these were considered to be satisfactory.

H&S/07/19   Student Bodies

            H&S/07/19a - Athletic Union - 12 Month Update on Action Plan
            The Committee discussed the Action Plan presented (Paper 07/19a) and
            noted that the Athletic Union had implemented remedial action for nearly all
            the failings identified in the audit.

            The Acting Secretary noted that Student Officers of the Athletic Union still
            approve high-risk activities.

            The following action was agreed:

            The Acting Secretary would request that the Athletic Union reconsider the
            management structure for the approval of high-risk activities.

            H&S/07/19b - Students’ Association - Audit Time Scale
            The Committee was informed that a health and safety audit of the Students’
            Association would be undertaken 21st, 29th and 30th May 2007 and that the
            report of the audit will be made available on the week commencing the 11th
            June 2007.
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            The Committee was informed that the Students’ Association Board had now
            been identified as the Trustees for the Association. The Committee members
            were unsure what this meant in terms of liability and requested that a
            member of the Students’ Association Board inform the Committee on this
            matter at its next meeting.

            The following action was agreed:

            The Acting Secretary would request that a member of the Students’
            Association Board should attend the next meeting of the Committee to
            present the findings of the audit.

H&S/07/20   Report of the Radiation Hazards Sub-Committee

            A written report was received by the Committee (Paper 07/20).

            The Committee asked about the contaminated flooring in the Irvine Building.
            The Acting Secretary informed the members that a contract, with a specialist
            company, is being set up to undertake the removal and disposal of this
            flooring.

            The following action was agreed:

            The Acting Secretary would keep the Committee informed on the progress
            with regard to the uplift and disposal of this floor.

H&S/07/21   Fire Risk Assessments

            The Committee noted the fire risk assessments which have been carried out to
            date (Paper 07/21). It was noted that the programme of assessments has
            fallen behind schedule.

            The following action was agreed:

            The Acting Secretary would ensure that the programme of fire risk
            assessments would be accelerated.

H&S/07/22   OTHER BUSINESS

            H&S/07/22a - Fire Wardens/Marshalls
            The Committee asked about the appointment of Fire Wardens and Marshalls.
            The Committee also requested that such Fire Wardens and Marshalls be made
            aware of the actions which would be taken in non-fire emergency situations.

            The following action was agreed:

            The Acting Secretary would inform the Committee of the position with
            regard to the appointment of Fire Wardens and Marshalls and would also
            inform them of the training provided.

            H&S/07/22b - Representative from the Students’ Representative Council
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                      The Convener of the Committee noted that this was the last meeting, which
                      Mr Graeme Hamilton would be attending on behalf of the Students
                      Representative Council. The Convener thanked Mr Hamilton for his services
                      to the Committee.

                      H&S/07/22c - Quaestor and Factor
                      The Convener informed the Committee that Mr D A Watson no longer had
                      the responsibility for health and safety in his remit. The Convener informed
                      the members that Mr Watson would be replaced by the Secretary and
                      Registrar Mr Mark Butler. The Convener thanked Mr Watson for his
                      services to the Committee.

       It was agreed that the next meeting would be held on Friday, 13th July 2007 at 2.00 p.m. in
       the Hebdomadar’s Room.

                                             G R C SCOTT
                                               Convener


XIII   REPORT OF THE STAFF COMMITTEE

       The following report was submitted:-

       The committee met on 13 February 2007.

       1.     Welcome

       The Convener welcomed the Quaestor and Factor to his first meeting of the Committee.

       2.     Minutes of the Previous Meeting

       The Committee noted that the minutes of its previous meeting held on 28 November 2006 had
       been approved by the Committee prior to being reported to the University Court.

       3.     Remit and Membership of the Staff Committee

       The Committee approved the revised remit of the Staff Committee (Paper 01/07). The
       Convener informed the Committee that this item would be tabled at the Court meeting on
       Friday 16 February 2007. The Convener reported that the Convener of the Governance and
       Nominations Committee had confirmed his approval of this proposal.

       The Convener reminded the Committee that it had been agreed that two Non Academic Staff
       members should be asked to attend the Committee for a 12 month period. The Committee
       agreed that the Secretary and Registrar and the Director of Human Resources should
       approach the proposed representatives.

       4.     Staff Strategy

       The Committee was informed that the Secretary and Registrar had met with all Heads of
       Schools and Units to notify them of the proposed Staff Strategy. It was noted that there
       seemed to be a genuine interest, from across the University, in seeing this proposal work.
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The Committee noted the progress made to date with the Staff Strategy and approved the
proposed project group, which represented a broad range of staff across the University (Paper
02/07).


5.      Workforce Performance/KPIs/Risk

(i)     Sickness Absence Statistics – The Committee noted the statistics provided on
Sickness Absence over a three year period from 2003 (on file). The Committee was informed
that to provide a more meaningful picture of the current absence profile of the University it
was essential that the statistics could demonstrate Self Certified absence separate from
Medically Certified absence. The Committee provided comment on the additional data future
reports should contain.

(ii)     Recruitment Statistics – The Committee noted that the Recruitment and Selection
statistics had been reviewed by the Equal Opportunities Committee earlier in the day (on file).
The Committee received a verbal report on the comments made at the Equal Opportunities

Committee. The Committee agreed that it was important for both the Staff Committee and
the Equal Opportunities Committee to review these statistics, and that in the future the key
question would be to agree which committee reported them to Court.

(iii)    Key Performance Indicators – The Committee noted the importance of Key
Performance Indicators in allowing the University to have more dynamic information on
progress rather than a simple snapshot. The Committee was informed that it would be
beneficial for two members of the Committee to join the Secretary and Registrar and the
Director of Human Resources in identifying suitable KPIs. Committee members were asked
to notify the Secretary and Registrar of their interest.

6.      Policy Development

(i)      Criminal Convictions – The Committee noted the draft proposals for a policy on the
Recruitment of Staff with Criminal Conviction and the use of Disclosure Scotland (Criminal
Records Checks) for New and Existing staff (on file) and The Protection of Children, Young
People and Vulnerable Adults (on file). The Committee confirmed their agreement with the
list of new staff being disclosed along with making a few further suggestions. The Committee
requested that further work be done on each policy to ensure it was transparent with regard to
who made the decision on disclosure, to provide greater clarity when dealing with criminals
and to provide more succinct information to ensure staff were equipped to manage these
issues.

(ii)    HR Policies – The Committee noted the list of current HR policies (on file). The
Committee agreed that this should be a standing item on the agenda with an update provided
at each meeting. The Committee agreed that all policies should be reviewed every three years.
It was noted that the review did not have to be substantial in all cases and that a simple
revision to meet changing legislation would be appropriate.

7.      Policy Development

(i)       Human Resource Management Modernisation - The Committee noted that it was
required to review and comment on the Human Resource Management Modernisation paper
(on file). The Committee was informed that the report was to be submitted to the Scottish
Funding Council following ratification by the University Court and therefore the Convener
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      would report on this paper verbally at the Court meeting on 16 February 2007. The
      Committee confirmed their support for the report and for the processes and achievements
      made to date and the future actions associated with Human Resource Management
      Modernisation.

      (ii)   Framework Agreement Implementation plan – the Committee noted and approved the
      implementation plan for the ongoing issues surrounding the Framework Agreement (on file).
      The Committee requested that this become a standing item for the Committee.

      (iii)  Senior Promotion process – The Committee reviewed the paper outlining the current
      promotion process and the impact of the Framework Agreement (on file). The Committee was
      informed that a working group would be set up to review the promotion process following the
      implementation of the role analysis process.

      8.      Date of Next Meeting

      The next meeting of the Committee will be on Tuesday 29 May 2007 at 2.15 p.m. in the
      Hebdomadar’s Room.

                                            P P CABRELLI
                                               Convener


      Committee's Remit and Membership – the Court had agreed these proposed
      changes at its last meeting – see Court Minutes 2006-7 pp82-83.

      The remainder of the report was approved.


XIV   REPORT OF THE STUDENT SERVICES COMMITTEE

      The following report was submitted and approved:-

      The committee met on 16 March 2007.

      1.      Minutes from Previous Meeting (on file)

      The minute of the meeting held on 10 November 2006 was read and approved.

      2.      Matters Arising from Previous Meeting

      Statistics
      A new database has been started and various relevant staff have been consulted. There are no
      problems envisaged and it is expected to be ready by October/November 2007.


      Police Liaison Officer
      A new Police Liaison Officer, Angie McLaren, has been appointed and has started in her
      position. She is extremely keen and proactive. This is the only Police Liaison Officer who has
      regular hours so that good contact can be made. These are weekdays from 9am - 3pm, and
      until 9pm on a Friday.

      Information Sharing Protocol
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The University has been developing an Information Sharing Protocol with the police for the
last year. It has not been extensive enough, but work had taken place in re drafting it recently
and the final version should be much improved. It is hoped to have a copy for the next
Student Services Committee meeting.

3.      Out of Hours Service (on file)

Stuart Davidson added a point to include the core security services of the private guards in
Halls.

Director of Student Services introduced the paper which clarifies the up to date system for
Out of Hours emergency Student Support Situation. This provides a coordinated system to
link up everyone who is working out of hours. The new protocol will provide a more robust
and reliable system for students.

The Convenor remarked that it was commendable to have a system written down, since this
was of benefit both to the University and for the students.

It was queried whether the Out of Hours Janitors should realistically be expected to deal with
sensitive issues, and in particular whether the Janitors, rather than Student Support Services,
should be the portal for Out of Hours calls.

C Lusk explained that it had previously been Student Support Services but it turned out that
only around 1 in 8 calls were to do with sensitive matters, most were maintenance issues.
Furthermore, the Out of Hours Janitors are actually more highly trained and experienced
than the day time Janitorial staff, they do have written terms of reference and a limit on their
remit for sensitive issues. The job title “Janitor” is in fact a misnomer in their case in that
does not give them credit for their capabilities. It was agreed that a verbal report in six
months’ time would provide an update to the committee.

It was noted that this paper relates to student welfare issues only and not residence or estates
issues.

4.      Student Support Forum Minute 27.2.07 (on file)

It was queried whether Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LBGT) matters should go
through this Committee or through Equal Opportunities, since it might be problematic for the
LGBT community to be viewed as a “welfare” concern. It was confirmed that the minutes go
to Equal Opportunities as well and it was a matter of what was raised at Student Support
Forum. As it is an open forum any student issues can be discussed.

5.      Disability Advisory Group Minute 20.2.07 (on file)

Court approved the Disability Equality Scheme at its last meeting.

Progress has now been made with the matter of Signage. The Director of Estates and the
Compliance Officer have met and compromised, agreeing on guidelines. An Audit is now
being done on signage. The design will be agreed and test-run on one building, and if there
are no objections from Fife Council it will then be rolled out throughout the University.

Regarding Item 4, there was a query about whether the amount remaining was £76,000 or
£260,000 as stated later. It was explained that the £260,000 was a separate allocation from
Scottish Funding Council that is likely to be used directly by Estates.
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6.      Music Forum Minute 28.11.06 (on file)

It was queried whether there ought to be a Music Forum representative invited to sit on the
Committee. It seemed unnecessary for them to attend all the time, but the possibility was
raised of someone from the Music Forum being nominated who can attend when relevant
issues appear in the agenda.

7.      Sports Users Forum Minute 27.2.07 (on file)

It was noted that there was reluctance by the Forum to support increasing membership and
user fees. The Athletic Union and the staff committee felt that students and staff would be
unwilling to accept further increases without any increase in service provision. The last
increase in fees was explicitly said to be for an increase in services, so the Centre are reluctant
to ask for more again. However it does seem that an increase will be inevitable possibly next
year.

Participation and attendance are excellent, with 3,900 out of 7,000 students registered at the
Centre. This was compared to Glasgow, where out of 19,000 students there are only 2,000
Sports Centre members.

8.      Residential Accommodation Forum Minute 5.3.07 (on file)

All the items were brought by Director of Residential Business Services and Head of Student
Accommodation, and the meeting consisted of reports and updates rather than much
discussion.

9.      Student Accommodation Survey 2006/2007 (on file)

The main item was the Student Accommodation Survey. This achieved a return rate of 50%,
compared to 17% two years ago and in addition received 76 pages of additional individual
comments. This significant response was welcomed and Ms Clifford was commended on her
success in this respect.

The Survey has been circulated to everyone in Residential Accommodation Forum. Individual
copies for each hall of residence have been sent to Residence Managers, Wardens and senior
students regarding their own Halls. Individual summaries have been sent to the Student
Experience Office. Information has also been filtered through to ResNet, ResTel and Laundry
in relation to these areas. All recipients have been asked to submit action plans outlining how
they will respond to the survey. The Head of Student Accommodation will then e-mail
students to tell them what has happened as a result of the survey.

The committee discussed what appeared to be a worrying response to the question ‘do you
have a disability and did we address it?’ It was agreed that this required further investigation.
It is likely to be a problem with the way the question was phrased, and it will certainly be
rewritten in two parts next time to ensure clarity. There were 382 negative responses, but as
there are not that many students with a physical disability or health condition in student
accommodation, this question must have been misinterpreted.

The large response to bath/shower rooms needing upgraded was noted. The Head of Student
Accommodation explained that there is an ongoing upgrading programme for showers in
University Hall and Albany Park. Fife Park requires upgrading as well but this is linked to
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     the larger refurbishment plans. Students will be aware of the varying levels of quality but this
     will be addressed. The survey shows up the variation in quality of accommodation available

     The number of complaints about the laundry was raised. The Director of Residential Business
     Services has met with the outsourced laundry providers to look at ways of improving service,
     with more machines and varying price rates being discussed.

      It was queried why, in the dietary requirements, ‘halal’ was separate from ‘moral/religious’
     considerations. It was explained that this is because it involves specific preparations.

     The positive response relating to support staff was noted as a very positive sign.

     The convenor commended Head of Student Accommodation for the huge improvement in the
     response rate to the survey. It was done by e-mail, and sent out in the last week before
     Christmas. It then stayed open for 5 weeks on the accommodation web site, and a reminder
     was sent just before the exam period. It was not tied to any other information, nor was it
     compulsory in any way, and there were no prizes. It was suggested that more students use the
     Accommodation site in January because they are sorting out accommodation for the next
     year.

     The problem of getting student feedback was discussed in general. The Student Experience
     office had recently had very poor responses to email requests for focus groups. This is an issue
     for every University, but we seem to find it especially hard. It was suggested that perhaps
     because the students enjoy being here so much they are less inclined to be involved in feedback
     forums that are seen as places of complaint. This is a problem insofar as a lot of monitoring is
     based on consultation.

     9.      Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Charter (LGBT)

     This is circulated through the Student Association. They are keen to be the first in Scotland
     with Charter status. They have also asked whether the University would like to consider it for
     their own Charter status. The Committee was of the view that this may be a matter for the
     Equal Opportunities Committee rather than Student Services

     10.     Any Other Business

     Student Association Strategic Plan
     A final copy of the Strategic Plan 2007 has been produced, and is now to be considered by the
     Student Association.

     11.     Date of Next Meeting

     The next Committee meeting will be on 11 May 2007 at 2.30pm.

                                         CHRISTINA POTTER
                                              Convener


XV   ITEMS REFERRED BY THE CLERK

     The following items were referred by the Clerk:-

     1.    Heads of School 2007-8
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 The Principal's Office reports that, following consultation with School colleagues and senior
members of the University, the following Heads of School have been appointed from 1 August
2007:-


School                          Head                              Year of First Appointment
Art History                     Ms V A Carruthers                 2005
Biology                         Professor D M Paterson            2006
Chemistry                       Professor N V Richardson          2002
Classics                        Professor G D Woolf               2003
Computer Science                Professor Ronald Morrison         2002
Divinity                        Dr J R Davila                     2007
Economics and Finance           Professor David Ulph              2006
English                         Professor N H Roe                 2005
Geography and Geosciences       Professor P J Boyle               2007
History                         Professor A D M Pettegree         2004
International Relations         Dr A M S Watson                   2007
Management                      Professor Peter McKiernan         2004
Mathematics and Statistics      Professor R A Cairns              2007
Medicine                        Professor R H MacDougall          2002
Modern Languages                Professor R G Ferguson            2005
Philosophical           and     Professor P J Clark               2002
Anthropological Studies
Physics and Astronomy           Professor S L Lee                 2003
Psychology                      Professor S D Reicher             2006



Noted.

2.   Staff Changes

 Human Resources report recent staff changes, for Court's information (on file).

Noted.

3.   Careers Report 2006

  This report was circulated with Court papers for the 16 February 2007 meeting but
consideration was postponed until Mr Paul Brown (Director) was able to attend.

Mr Brown joined the meeting to present this report (recirculated) and answered questions.

The Court thanked Mr Brown for his presentation and commended the work of the
Careers Centre under his Directorship.

                                 IAN M WRIGHT
                                 Clerk to the Court



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                   UNIVERSITY COURT OF ST ANDREWS

AT ST ANDREWS on the 29th day of June 2007. AT A MEETING OF THE UNIVERSITY
COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS.

Present – Mr S R Pepper, Rector (President); Professor Ewan Brown, Senior Governor; Dr
Brian Lang, Principal; Professor K M Brown, Deputy Principal & Master; Mr William Berry,
Chancellor's Assessor; Mr T G L d'Ardenne, President, Students' Association; Ms L K Wilson,
Director of Representation, Students' Association; Mr B A Nicholson, Rector's Assessor; Miss K M
Patrick, General Council Assessor; Professor R W Byrne, Professor H N Kennedy, Dr C R
Warren and Dr C E Whitehead, Senate Assessors; Mr Roy Dittrich, Non-Teaching Staff Member;
Sir Anthony Bagnall, Dr N M Bryson, Mr P P Cabrelli, Mrs C A M Davis, Rev Dr Marjory
MacLean, Mrs Christina Potter and Mr G R C Scott, Co-opted Members.

In attendance –Mr Mark Butler, Secretary & Registrar; Mr D A Watson, Quaestor & Factor;
Mrs L E Fraser, Clerk to the Court; Professor Robert Crawford, Senate Assessor-Elect; Mr
Steven Savage, Director of Representation-Elect, Students' Association; Mr Oliver Markeson,
Rector's Assessor Designate.

Apologies - Councillor Frances Melville, Provost of Fife; Ms J W Denholm, Co-opted Member

I      PERSONALIA

       1.      Welcome - The Rector welcomed Professor Robert Crawford, Senate Assessor-
               Elect, Mr Steve Savage, Director of Representation-Elect and Mr Oliver
               Markeson, Rector's Assessor Designate. Dr Claire Whitehead was also
               welcomed back on her re-appointment as a Senate Assessor.

       2.      The Provost of Fife - The Principal reported that he was in discussion with
               Councillor Melville, the Provost of Fife, regarding her place on Court.
               Concern had been expressed by Councillor Melville regarding potential
               conflicts of interest particularly in relation to planning matters. Members
               agreed that this could be dealt with by her withdrawing on the few occasions
               when this could arise and that the presence of the Provost on the Governing
               Body of Fife's only University was important.


II     PRINCIPAL'S REPORT

       The Principal addressed the following matters: -

       1.      Review of the Year – the Principal reminded members that the University
               was completing a very successful year in terms of high quality academic
               output from staff including increased research grant income. Although the
               sector faced a difficult future St Andrews was approaching the future from a
               position of strength.

       2.      Graduations – the previous week's graduations had been a success for the
               University with over 1,300 students graduating in person and only around
               150 choosing to graduate in absentia. The high attendance at the ceremonies
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             and garden parties by graduates' families and friends was mainly due to
             loyalty of the students.

             Court members were thanked for their attendance and support at the events
             throughout the week. All involved in the organisation of the graduations
             were thanked on behalf of Court.

      3.     University Funding – discussions were continuing between the Principal, the
             Senior Governor and members of the Scottish Funding Council regarding the
             funding of the University (including specific issues relating to the 2006/7
             allocations) and Higher Education in general.

             The Senior Governor reported on a positive meeting the previous day with
             the Chairman of the Funding Council. There appeared to be recognition of
             the excellence in Higher Education that St Andrews embraces and the
             anomalies that were created by a purely formulaic approach to funding
             universities.

             The next stage in the discussions would be a meeting involving the Chair and
             Chief Executive of the Funding Council and the Principal and Senior
             Governor. The Quaestor would seek to address the specific formula issues
             with Funding Council officials in advance of that meeting to enable the
             discussions to focus on principles and future funding arrangements. In
             addition the Principal would be pursuing meetings with appropriate
             politicians to ensure the St Andrews case was heard at Scottish parliamentary
             level.


III   COURT MINUTES

      The minutes of the Court's last meeting held on 4 May 2007 were received, agreed as
      a correct record, and signed by the President.

      Development Activities – the Principal provided Court with an update on
      Development activities. The formal reporting route would in future be through
      PARC.

      A Fundraising specialist had been engaged to carry out a feasibility study on the
      fundraising that could be achieved on the back of the 600th Anniversary. The
      outcome of this report would inform the future management structures required.

      Progress on development and fundraising activities for capital projects had been
      slower than anticipated and the need to increase the pace of activity was recognised.

      Library Development – Court was assured that any catering options within the
      Library would be considered on the basis of providing the best facilities for the
      University and the users and that no decisions had been taken with regard to who
      would ultimately run such facilities.

      Student Death – Court received a brief report on the action taken by University staff
      following the sudden death of a student while studying in Russia. A team from the
      University had provided support to the family in Russia and the United Kingdom
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     and confirmation had been received that the death had been the result of a tragic
     accident.

     Minute Format – The Rector requested the Clerk to reconsider the format of future
     Court Minutes with a view to reducing the amount of unnecessary reproduction of
     committee minutes.


IV   REPORT OF THE PLANNING AND RESOURCES COMMITTEE

     The following report was submitted: -

     The Committee met on 12 June 2007.


     PARC/06/40      Report of Meeting held on 10 April 2007

     The committee received and agreed this report as a correct record.

     Draft Extract of Court Minute 4 May 2007 (PARC issues only)

     The committee agreed the report as a correct record of the meeting.

     Draft Report of the Meeting of the Investments and Collection Committee of 23
     May 2007 (For Information)

     The committee noted that Mr A Harden had joined the Investments and Collections
     Committee bringing much needed investment expertise.

     The Quaestor & Factor reported that he had been working with a group of students on an
     appropriate Sustainable Investment Strategy for the Endowment Funds. A further report
     would be provided to the June Court meeting.


     PARC/06/41      Matters Arising

     (a)      S&LAS Pension Scheme – Mr W Blyth joined the meeting as one of the member
     nominated Trustees. The Committee received a proposal from the Pension Scheme Trustees
     for a recovery plan for the scheme deficit arising from the actuarial valuation as at 31 July
     2006. The presented proposal would not require an increased ongoing contribution from the
     University but would require some changes around the costs of ill health retirals and the
     normal retiral age for new members. It was expected that the proposal would eliminate the
     deficit within fifteen years. This was believed to be reasonable in view of the strength of the
     University's Covenant, especially the underlying balance sheet strength.

     The Committee supported the proposal as presented.

     (b)     Request for Pension Guarantee – The Committee received a paper outlining a
     request for a pension guarantee from the Advanced Procurement for Universities and
     Colleges (APUC) in the event that APUC was wound up.

     Concern was expressed at providing a joint and several guarantee for a new and unproven
     company that had no direct accountability to the University. It was therefore agreed that no
     action would be taken until the University was in receipt of a satisfactory business case from
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APUC with appropriate milestones, indicators of success and a rationale for need for a defined
benefit scheme rather than one based on defined contributions.

(c)     Scottish Funding Council – The Principal reported that an unsatisfactory letter had
been received from the SFC in reply to the University’s letter expressing concerns about the
direction of funding policy. It was hoped that the University would be able meet with Senior
Officers of the SFC to allow a fuller discussion of issues that are of great importance to St
Andrew’s future development.

PARC requested that regular reports be provided on the funding issues.


PARC/06/42      Commercialisation Strategy Update

The Vice-Principal (Research) presented an updated report on the development of the
Commercialisation Strategy within the institutional Knowledge Transfer (KT) strategy.

A number of activities were under way to support the development of policy in this area
including the establishment of working groups to develop supporting KT and
commercialisation strategies and Lean reviews of RES and RGFO. Discussions were also
ongoing with potential external partners to assist and support the potential commercial
outcomes of University Research.

Members expressed particular interest in the steps being taken to ensure that the research
laboratories of major companies locate in St Andrews. One such company would be visiting
the University in early July. The importance of ensuring that the full package of what St
Andrews presented was stressed including the need for the University to demonstrate the
supporting infrastructures in relation to housing, transport and schools.

Concern was expressed in relation to the need to address commercialisation with care to
ensure the approach was not too fragmented. There was therefore a need to concentrate on
some of the bigger issues.


PARC/06/43      Summary Financial Report to 30 April 2007

The Committee noted the financial performance for the period to 30 April 2007. The
Quaestor & Factor reported a modest move into surplus which, it was anticipated, would be
sustained to the end of the financial year.


PARC/06/44      Financial Plan 2007/8 to 2009/10

The Quaestor & Factor gave a detailed presentation on the process of preparing the Financial
Plan including the detailed meetings that had taken place with all the Academic Schools.

The context in which the Plan had been developed was outlined and included the strong
recruitment position, although this needed some stabilisation, the improved academic strength
and depth and the outcome of the 2008 RAE.

The key issues affecting the Strategy development were also outlined to members. These
included the outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review in 2008, the fact that the
outcome of the 2008 RAE would not be known until March 2009, the balance of home and
overseas student fees with two thirds of the fees being paid by one third of the students, the
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fact that the institution was working to student capacity, particularly in terms of bed spaces
and the issue of sensitive pricing of programmes.

The Quaestor & Factor indicated that prudent assumptions had been made within the Plan
and due cognisance taken of the Court objective that to sustain long term growth and major
capital projects, a minimum annual operating surplus of 5% was required

A presentation would be made to the June meeting of Court and key issues would be
highlighted for the Court's attention.


PARC/06/45      Strategic Planning Process

Members received a progress report on the development of the University's Strategic Plan.
The process as outlined would ensure alignment with the financial planning process.

It was noted that, as appropriate, external expertise would be brought in to move strategy
development forward. This was already happening with the development of the HR Strategy.
This externality to the process was welcomed. IT was identified as another area where
external assistance would be desirable to ensure specialist knowledge and vision were fed into
the IT strategy development.


PARC/06/46      Property Issues

(a)      Medical Science Project – the committee noted the changes that were proposed in
relation to the incorporation of teaching and research activities within the building to
enhance interdisciplinary and to address other issues including the level of occupancy rates
resulting of earlier plans.

The Deputy Principal & Master reported that stage C had now been signed off with a core
construction cost of £27M. The project was now moving into a detailed design phase, pre-
planning consultation in August and the planning application submission in September.

Court would not be asked to commit to the project without full costings being available but
members were made aware that due to the need for the pre-planning public consultation, the
project would be in the public domain shortly. Also, it would be possible to start the process of
applications to certain external funders as soon as the case for support was agreed.

(b)     Fife Structure Plan and St Andrews Local Plan – update - the Quaestor &
Factor presented an update report on the status of the Fife Structure Plan and the St
Andrews Local Plan. It was noted that the University could not move forward with the
western expansion without the Fife Structure Plan in place. However it was likely that the
Western Expansion Consortium, which includes the University, would to move forward with
the public consultation on the western expansion masterplan in the near future.

(c)     Proposals for Renewable Energy Generation – update - Mr Yarr joined the
meeting to present the update report and proposals to members. In particular feedback was
sought in relation to the scope of the consultation on the proposals.

Members were made aware that ultimately the University would not be able to control costs
without a radical change to energy supplies.
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The need for community involvement was noted and the scope for the consultation therefore
needed to embrace the benefits to the local community and not just the University. It was
noted that an external partner was being sought to progress the consultation process.

The risk factors were noted including reputational risk, and it would therefore be essential to
get the message in the community correct. Mr Yarr was also advised to ensure proactive
steps were taken to work with RAF Leuchars to obtain their view of the proposals.

(d)     Update on ongoing Capital Investment Projects – members received and noted
the report on the ongoing Capital Projects. Reassurance was sought that the necessary
expertise was available to support the projects and it was noted that this was secured
externally where necessary.


PARC/46/07      Consideration of Business for Court

The Senior Governor presented a proposal to re-organise Court business in order to ensure
that Court's effectiveness was maximised.

A number of suggestions were made to adjust the cycle of annual reviews and reassurance
sought in relation to the academic reviews only being focused on the appropriate aspects that
fell within the Court remit.

It was agreed that the proposal, taking on board the comments made (as attached in Appendix
I) merited a pilot for at least a year and it would therefore be presented to the June meeting of
Court for approval subject to proposed amendments to the cycle of strategic reviews.


PARC/06/47      Any Other Competent Business

There being no other competent business the next meeting of the committee was confirmed as
being on Tuesday 11 September 2007 at 11.00am in the Gateway Boardroom.


                       PROFESSOR EWAN BROWN
                                 Convener

Commercialisation Strategy: Court noted that a major company that the University
had hoped would visit St Andrews in July had subsequently withdrawn. However,
it was still the University's objective to develop major commercial partners and to
attract research activities to the town.

Summary Financial Report: Court received an updated report (on file) for the period
to 30 April 2007.

Financial Plan: The Quaestor & Factor gave a detailed presentation on the Financial
Plan 2007/8 to 2009/10.

The forecast surplus for 2007/8 was £0.5M. This was up on 2006/7 but would not be
enough to support the planned developments. The plan therefore for the years
thereafter was to increase to a surplus of £2.4M by 2008/9 and £5.9M by 2009/10.
The University’s objective being to achieve annual surpluses of around 5% of
income. It was noted that surpluses were a key requirement to underpin the financial
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    sustainability of the University and provide a level of confidence from which to
    undertake major development projects.

    The future challenges would include an unfavourable funding environment,
    challenging economic conditions, an uncertain political environment and anticipated
    problems in terms of estates and IT infrastructure. This was based on a background
    of student numbers having reached capacity.

    Growth opportunities would require to be considered carefully in terms of the
    commercialisation of research and know-how, the consideration of non-standard
    teaching locations, the further use of residences and facilities for conferences and
    generation of renewable energy sources.

    In addition, efficiencies would be required in relation to the financial requirements of
    Schools and Units. A review of administrative processes and review of the breadth
    of the academic portfolio would be undertaken.

    Increasing national pay settlements were highlighted as a major risk to the Financial
    Plan. In addition the financial outcome of the RAE would not be known until mid-
    2009. The review of support services coupled with the Lean Reviews over the next
    year may identify areas where savings could be made over time without a major
    impact on academic activities.

    Strategic Planning:    Court was updated by the Secretary and Registrar on the
    progress to date

    The substantive issues of policy would be presented to PARC in September before a
    detailed discussion and key decisions being made at the October Court meeting. It
    was recognised that detailed information would be required by Court in order that
    members could engage fully in what would be a range of complex issues. This
    would include the early circulation of key PARC papers to all Court members.

    Medical Science Project: Court was updated on progress particularly in relation to
    the changes proposed regarding the incorporation of teaching and research activities
    from other disciplines within the new building. Although this would add to the core
    costs it represented better value for money.

    Because of timetables relating to fundraising and planning applications, it was
    possible that the project would become public knowledge before October, However
    Court was assured that the project would not be finally signed off to proceed without
    full Court approval.

    Consideration of Court Business: Court approved a proposal to restructure Court
    business, which was designed to enhance the Court's effectiveness. Members
    welcomed the proposal to allow more time to discuss key issues within the meeting.
    It was agreed that members would be invited to identify items for discussion at the
    start of the meeting in addition to notifying the Clerk in advance.


V   REPORT OF THE GOVERNANCE AND NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE

    The following report was submitted: -
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The Committee met on 8 June 2007.

1.      Welcome

Sir Brian Ivory was welcomed as the newly appointed Convener of the Committee.

2.      Report of Committee’s Last Meeting

(a)     The report of meeting held on 26 April 2007 and approved by the University Court,
was received and agreed as a correct record.

(b) Arising from the report the following matters were noted: -

(c) Pension Fund Trustees – the issue of potential conflicts of interest has been discussed at
PARC. Appropriate procedures were in place whereby members absent themselves from
meetings, as appropriate. However consideration was being given to the appointment of an
adviser to the committee to act in a truly independent capacity.

(d) The University Court and the Students’ Association Board – the relationship between the
Students’ Association and the University Court was currently being reviewed and more
information would be available in September.

3.      Effectiveness Review Report

The Effectiveness Review Report and Action Plan were reviewed in detail. Members noted
that some progress had been made in relation to all the identified action. A number of specific
areas would be progressed over the next four to six months including the induction of court
members, the development of key performance indicators, commercial activities and the
monitoring of performance of individual court members.

Members agreed that some work was required on the matrix of court members’ skills. In
particular it was agreed that the skills matrix should be re-worked to identify core essential
skills separately from desirable skills. It was also important that members should be asked to
update their entries on a regular basis via their annual reviews with the Senior Governor.


4.      Appointment of External Non-Executive Court Member

A short list of three candidates was presented to the meeting for consideration prior to a
recommendation being submitted to Court.

A total of nineteen applications had been received by the closing date (seventeen men and two
women). The Principal, Secretary & Registrar and Academic Registrar & Clerk had reviewed
all the applications and agreed on three candidates for further consideration.

The Committee selected one candidate that would be recommended to the University Court.
The remaining candidates would receive a letter from the Secretary & Registrar, which would
stress the high calibre of applications, however there was only one vacancy currently.

Members agreed that in future all applicants should be asked to submit the key information
via a pro forma to aid consistency at the consideration stage.
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     5.     University Court and Committee Membership

     Careful consideration was given to the proposed composition of court committees for session
     2007-08. Due care was taken to address the issues of rotation of members versus the need for
     some continuity.

     Discussions took place about the future of the Equal Opportunities Committee and the Health
     and Safety Committee. Members hoped that steps could be taken to embed equal
     opportunities matters into other committees. It was agreed the Secretary & Registrar should
     discuss the future of the Health and Safety and Equal Opportunities Committees with the
     relevant conveners with a view to bringing proposals to the next meeting of the committee.

     The members’ proposal for the court membership of committees for 2007-08 was submitted for
     approval by the University Court. (on file)

     Members discussed the role of the Provost of Fife Council and its committees. Fife Council
     had indicated that Provost would appoint another elected member as an Assessor. It was
     agreed that this decision should be discussed with the Provost and it was agreed that the
     Principal should undertake this.

     6.     DATE OF NEXT MEETING

     It was agreed that the committee should next meet on Friday 12 October 2007 at 2.30pm
     following the October Court meeting.

                                    SIR BRIAN IVORY
                                         Convener

     Appointment of Co-opted Court Member – Court approved the recommendation to
     appoint Mr Alan Harden to Court for a period of four years from 1 August 2007.

     Court Committees – Court agreed the proposed membership of Court committees
     for session 2007/8 subject to the addition to appropriate committees of the Provost of
     Fife, Mr Alan Harden and the Rector’s Assessor.

     In addition it was agreed that the Trustees of the Superannuation and Life Assurance
     Scheme should be added to the list of committees.

     Effectiveness Review Report – Court noted that the Convenor of the Governance
     and Nominations Committee had requested further information on the skills
     required within Court to complement the information already gathered on skills
     currently in place within Court.

     Deputy to Senior Governor – Mr Graeme Scott was unanimously reappointed as
     Deputy to the Senior Governor.


VI   REPORT OF THE ACADEMIC COUNCIL

     Court received the following report from the Council's meeting held on 15 June 2007:
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1. University Financial Planning

The Quaestor attended Academic Council and made a presentation on the Financial Planning
for the year ahead.

2. The University Website

The Vice Principal (External Relations) attended Academic Council to outline the work that
was being undertaken to fine tune aspects of the new University Website.

3. Code of Practice On Appeals, Complaints and Discipline
Section 3: Non Academic Discipline

Academic Council received and approved for submission to Court the re-drafted Section 3 of
the Code, subject to amendments being made to ensure that it was explicit within the Code
that students and staff had the normal rights of protection under the law.

4. Senate Assessors

Academic Council confirmed the election of Professor Robert Crawford and Dr Claire
Whitehead as Senate Assessors from the Faculty of Arts for a period of four years from 1
August 2007.

5. Honorary Appointments

The complete list of all the Honorary Appointments approved by Academic Council for
session 2007-8 was submitted (on file).

6. External Examiners

A complete list of all the External Examiners appointed for session 2007-8. was submitted (on
file).

7. Committee Reports

Academic Council received the following reports:

    Planning and Resources Committee -          10 April 2007
    Academic Audit committee         -          2 May 2007
    Student Services Committee       -          11 May 2007
    Staff Committee                  -          29 May 2007


                                 LORRAINE E FRASER
                               Academic Registrar and Clerk


Schools Meetings – the Deputy Principal & Master reported on a recent series of
meetings that had been held with Schools, Deans and members of the Principal's
Office.

As a result over a hundred senior management actions had been identified. Key
issues had included: inadequate or inappropriate space; excessive bureaucracy; a
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      demand for more overseas undergraduate students, particularly in science; and a
      need for better incentivising of entrepreneurial activity by academic staff.

      RAE Preparations – Court received an update on the preparations being undertaken
      in relation to the RAE 2008 submissions.

      External Examiner Appointments – Court approved the External Examiner
      appointments for 2007/8 (on file).

      Honorary Appointments – Court noted the Honorary Academic appointments for
      2007/8 (on file).


VII   REPORT OF THE ACADEMIC AUDIT COMMITTEE

      The following report was submitted and approved: -

      The Committee met on 2 May 2007

      1.      Minutes

      The minute of the meeting held on 7 February was approved.

      2.      Matters Arising

      a)      Annual Academic Audit

      The Director of Learning and Teaching Quality apologised for the fact that his report on the
      2005-06 audit was not yet complete but confirmed that it would be ready in time for Schools
      to take account of it when preparing for the audit of the current year’s teaching.

      b)      Additional Monitoring Data

      A date had still to be found when the Convener, the Deans, the Director of Learning and
      Teaching Quality and Ms Booker could all meet to specify more precisely what data should be
      collected.

      c)      Collaborative Provision

      The Convener had had a first meeting with the Academic Registrar, during which they had
      discussed the full range of collaborative provision. It could be classified into five categories:
      Year/Semester Abroad programmes; joint programmes with other UK universities; Erasmus
      Mundus programmes; co-supervision of research postgraduates; and the validation by St
      Andrews of RSAMD’s research degrees. The Academic Registrar is gathering together all the
      various agreements, and details of student numbers, to produce a single source of information
      about all the University’s collaborative provision.

      The Committee agreed that this is a growth area that needs to be kept under review. As a first
      step, Schools would be asked about their collaborative engagements as part of the next Annual
      Academic Audit. It would be especially important to keep a close check on the new Mundus
      Masters programmes and on doctoral programmes that involve partner institutions outwith
      the UK. This might be done by means of a Special Review.
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During a discussion of co-supervision of PhD students it was also agreed that the Deans
should consider whether St Andrews might follow practice at the University of Glasgow by
requiring Faculty approval of the appointment of supervisors, thus enabling a check on, for
example, the eligibility of internal examiners. The Deans also agreed to review the
regulations concerning the amount of time that a PhD candidate is required to spend in St
Andrews.

d)      General Degree

The Convener (whose report is on file) had discussed the quality assurance of this award with
the Pro Deans. Given that every element of it is individually audited, they did not consider it
necessary to conduct a Special Review of the degree. However, the discussion had been
helpful in raising two issues which they would explore further.
First, the relationship between the General Degree as taken by full-time students and that
awarded to students on the part-time Evening Degree programme.
Second, the issue of transfer to Honours by students who were taking 3000 level modules to
fulfil the requirements, for the General Degree, introduced as part of the Scottish Credit and
Qualifications Framework. Schools in the Faculty of Arts have prohibited transfer into their
Honours programmes whereas at least one School in Science has informed General Degree
students that it is a possibility.
Careful and consistent advising is clearly needed to ensure that General Degree students are
enabled to obtain the credits they require without creating unfairness to other students who
may have been excluded from their preferred Honours programme.

3.      Report by the Convener of the TLAC

The Committee received the Vice-Principal’s report (on file) on the TLAC meeting held in
March and certain other matters of note. Several members of the Committee, including
Professor Moignard, had just come from the Open Forum on ‘Small Group Projects in First
Year Teaching’ organised by the Vice-Principal for the TLAC, which all agreed had been very
worthwhile. The Vice-Principal informed the Committee that the Scottish Funding Council
was considering whether the governing bodies of universities should be given greater powers
and responsibilities for monitoring teaching quality. In respect of St Andrews it is already
the case that the Academic Audit Committee reports to Court and is convened by a member of
Court. Senior figures at other Scottish universities had expressed doubts as to whether it
would be sensible to seek any greater involvement by governing bodies than this, and about
how any such extension might affect the relationship between Court and Senate.

4.      Current Internal Reviews

The Committee received the descriptive and the evaluative reports (on file) for each of three
major reviews of learning and teaching. Dr Quinault wished to record his thanks to Mr Neil
Dumbleton for the major part he had played in the organisation and recording of two of these
reviews. The Committee commented on the reports as follows.

Careers Centre. The external member of the review team, Barbara Graham, Director of the
Careers Service at the University of Strathclyde, had produced a particularly detailed and
helpful evaluative report. The entire team had been impressed by the energetic way in which
Paul Brown and his colleagues were developing the Centre. They had been right to focus their
attention on internal changes and were now well-placed to begin strengthening their ties with
individual Schools. The Dean of Science was glad that the review had included some
discussion of the advice given to St Andrews undergraduates about opportunities for
postgraduate study at this university. Whilst it is important to guard against students
drifting into a graduate programme because they have failed to plan ahead, it is equally
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important to ensure that the right information and encouragement is available to students
who would benefit.

Divinity. The entire review team had been very impressed by the thoroughness of the
School’s quality assurance procedures and by their scrupulous preparation for the visit.
Special thanks were due to their Director of Teaching, Dr Esther Reed. It was also pleasing to
note that one of the external reviewers had written to say how impressed he was by the
organisation of the review itself and would be commending features of the St Andrews model
to his own university. Both externals had suggested that the University might reconsider its
strong stance on a complete separation between 4000 and 5000 level teaching, on the grounds
that some ‘piggy-backing’ of the latter on the former yields benefits and should be acceptable
provided that there is differentiation, especially in assessment. Professor Moignard confirmed
that this is permitted at her university and Professor Byrne observed that much final year
Honours teaching already takes students to the frontiers of research and scholarship.

Social Anthropology. The evaluative report from the two external members of the review
team was unusually brief, but its central message was clear: they judged that the Department
is easily on a par with any other in the UK and that, in some areas, it sets standards from
which others could learn.
Three members of the Committee had themselves been members of the review team. During
the visit they had encountered some instances where the Department did not seem to be as
well informed about University procedures as it should be, perhaps as a consequence of its
rather unusual situation as a discrete Department that is part of a composite School.
Unfortunately, this had not been made explicit in the descriptive report. It was agreed that
the Dean of Arts and the Director of Learning and Teaching Quality would write to the
Department requesting further consideration of this matter.

The Committee agreed that all three sets of reports could now be accepted and the Director
would write to each unit/school/department requesting a response in time for its next
meeting.

Geography and Geosciences. The review visit had gone ahead as planned and the
descriptive report had been sent to the School, for the correction of any factual errors, and to
the external members so that they could begin drafting the evaluative report.

Management. This review visit had also proceeded as planned and had already led to some
useful dialogue between the Deans and the Head of School.

5.      Forthcoming Reviews

The Director of Learning & Teaching Quality advised that the review of the Certificate and
Diploma Programmes in Jazz would take place on Saturday 2 June. Bryan Allen, Head of
Brass at RSAMD, and the Dean of Arts would join him as members of the review team.

6.      Other Business

As this was likely to be Dr Quinault's last meeting of the Academic Audit Committee, before
his retirement from the University at the end of September, the Convener thanked him for his
service over more than ten years, first as Director of Academic Audit and then as Director of
Learning and Teaching Quality. Dr Quinault said that he had enjoyed both roles, in
particular for the privileged insight they had given him into the work of colleagues right
across the University, and indeed beyond.

                                   C R WARREN
                                     Convener
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       Director of Academic Audit – Court formally recorded its thanks to the Director of
       Academic Audit for his ten years of service as Director. It was noted that discussions
       were ongoing regarding the future requirements of the position.


VIII   REPORT OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE

       The following report was submitted and approved: -

       The committee met on 13 June 2007.

       1.      Report of Committee's Last Meeting, 23 March 2007

       This report, considered and approved by the University Court on 23 March 2007, was
       received and agreed as a correct record.

       2.      Matters Arising

       (a)      Health and Safety Matters (Item 2(a)) – The matter of the importance of
       prioritising health and safety work throughout the University had been raised at the May
       Court meeting as being a matter of concern and one whereby the needs for the future required
       to be carefully balanced with current maintenance requirements, especially where it involved
       compliance works.

       (b)     Finance Staff Attendance – It had been agreed that it would be helpful if
       appropriate members of the Finance staff could attend future meetings where this was
       relevant.

       (c)      Treasury Management (Item 2(f)) – The Quaestor reported that discussions were
       ongoing in order that all non-Euro and non-Sterling payments could be made electronically
       in the future.

       (d)     Child Nursery (Item 6) – Members were pleased to note that the Nursery sign had
       been removed.

       3.      Internal Auditor’s Reports

       The committee considered the following reports prepared by the Internal Auditors.

       (a)     Estates & Facilities Management (2007/04)

       The auditors indicated that this particular review had a specific remit following a recent
       Health and Safety incident. The auditors had concluded that reasonable controls were in
       place within the tendering, procurement and operational processes used by Estates to ensure
       that suitably qualified contractors were employed and that the University’s Health and Safety
       Policy and Procedures were appropriate for situations where external contractors were
       utilised.

       There was discussion on the balance between pro-active engagement by the University in
       contractors’ health & safety management and, subject to appropriate monitoring, reliance on
       contractors ability to operate in accordance with legislation and best practice in fields in
       which they are specialists.
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(b)     School of Management (2007/09)

The auditors had concluded that reasonable processes were in place within the School in
relation to the payment of commercial invoices, banking procedures and the purchasing and
procurement procedures. Recommendations had been made in relation to budgetary control,
Health and Safety, the management of operational budgets, the controls for income received
and claims for the reimbursement of travel and subsistence.

(c) Information and Communications Technology – Value for Money Review
    (2007/10)

The auditors indicated that this review had been brought forward and merged with the value
for money review. The review had covered the central ICT Services provided by IT Services,
Business Improvements and the IT support provided by the central LIS IT Helpdesk. The
audit had concluded that the University may not be receiving value for money from its
investments in ICT equipment, software, services and related personnel. The management of
the ICT function and its operational activities had been found to be generally effective,
although there was significant room for improvement and key critical areas identified for
action were that there was an apparent gap between the vision set out in the University’s five
year Strategic Plan and the ITS and BI strategic plans. This made it difficult for the
University to be confident that investments in ICT were aligned to achieve the University’s
long-term objectives; that the ICT-related departments were functioning effectively and
efficiently and that the needs of users were being met.

The Committee noted that the Principal’s Office was commissioning an external review of the
University IT Strategy as part of the Strategic Planning process. The results of this review
would support the detailed response to this audit report and would contribute towards the
development of the IT strategy within the overall institutional strategic review.

(d)     Pensions Option Appraisal (2007/11)

This particular audit had been brought forward to coincide with the outcome of the July 2006
actuarial review for the University of St Andrews Superannuation and Life Assurance
Scheme (S&LAS). As a result of the audit reasonable assurance had been obtained that
within the processes surrounding the option appraisal, a wide range of options were being
considered by the University and expert advice taken, as necessary, by the Trustees and the
University.

(e)     Internal Audit – Follow-Up Report

The auditors presented a full report on the follow-up actions from previous internal audits.
Some discussion took place on how the report and the actions on the recommendations could
be presented in future. It was agreed that there should be a focus on any recommendation
where no action had appeared to have been taken. This should be supported by a more
systematic and proactive approach by management in relation to actions being taken within
the specified timescales, together with greater clarity on which actions had been agreed
following an audit.


4.      Internal Audit Plan 2007/8

The Committee received and approved the Internal Audit Plan for 2007/8 (on file).
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Some consideration was given as to the ways the Student Experience could be effectively
audited and also the need to focus on aspects of process reviews concerned with major capital
projects.

5.      External Audit 2007/8

The External Auditor presented the planned process and scope of the 2006-7 External Audit
(on file) which was noted without comment.

6.      Risk Management

Members received an update report on key issues relating to the University’s approach to
Risk Management.

The proposal to use individual projects to take the action forward within short timescales was
welcomed. The recognition that Risk Management required to align better with Strategic
Planning was also welcomed.

The work undertaken by members of the Service Directors Group was discussed and their
views on how everyday risks could be fully tested were welcomed. Significant progress had
been made in Estates as a result of a number of recent power incidents. However, this had
also highlighted the need for a more integrated approach to individual units’ Disaster
Recovery Plans.

The Committee welcomed and endorsed the actions proposed and requested regular reports on
implementation and progress.

7.      Any Other Business

7.1     Management Structure for Finance and the Principal’s Office

Members welcomed the updated management structure diagrams which had been presented
for Finance and the Principal’s Office. Further impending changes in the Principal’s Office
in relation to responsibility for Environmental Health and Safety and Museums and
Collections were noted.

7.2     Future Committee Business

Key items of business for the September meeting of the Committee were identified. In
particular time would be taken to re-focus on the Committee’s remit to ensure all
responsibilities were being discharged effectively.

In addition it was agreed to have further discussion on aspects of the nature of Internal Audit
Reports which had been identified within the context of the Follow-Up Report.

7.3     External Auditor Engagement

The process for the re-engagement of External Auditors for the University was discussed and
agreed.

8.      DATE OF NEXT MEETING: Monday 24th September 2007 at 2 pm.


                                       N M BRYSON
                                         Convener
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     Internal Audit of IT – Court noted the Internal Audit report and recorded concerns
     that the University may not be receiving value for money from the current IT
     Services. The development of an IT Strategy for the University would therefore be
     crucial in terms of addressing the issues identified including the management
     structure.


IX   REPORT OF THE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES COMMITTEE

     The following report was submitted and approved: -

     The committee met on Tuesday 29 May 2007

     1.      Minutes of the Previous Meeting (on file)

     The minutes were noted and approved, although Dr Elspeth Graham’s name was missing
     from the attendance list and it was asked that this be added in retrospect.

     2.      Matters Arising

     2.1      The Committee heard a response from the Principal’s Office which had been written
     in reply to the Committee’s enquiry regarding the bullying and harassment issues raised in
     the Staff Survey.

     The Principal’s Office did not want to refer specifically to harassment and bullying issues in
     its general response to the Staff Survey as they are sensitive and potentially divisive issues
     that should be dealt with individually under the existing procedures. Although harassment
     and bullying makes up a minority of matters raised in the survey, the Principal’s Office is
     committed to fostering a workplace free of harassment and bullying and welcomes advice on
     how to achieve this.

     The Committee was pleased to receive this response and also noted that the new draft
     Harassment and Bullying Policy was on the agenda for comment so it was evident that
     progress was being made. It was suggested that in the next Staff Survey, a question be asked
     of staff to ascertain levels of awareness of the procedure to be followed if they experience
     harassment or bullying at work.

     2.2    The Committee was informed that everything was in place for ensuring that students
     with disabilities are charged appropriately and without detriment for accommodation in the
     Halls of Residence.

     2.3     It was confirmed that the University Court has agreed that funds should be made
     available for impact assessments and Louise Milne is to liaise with Stephen Magee regarding
     this.

     2.4       Comment was made that a list of recommendations in bullet point format from the
     gender review report commissioned by the Master had not been made available to the
     Committee but had instead been incorporated into the Gender Equality Scheme. It was felt
     that if the Committee asked for such things that they should be provided with them.
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3.      Draft Gender Equality Scheme

The Committee was asked to approve the first draft of the scheme so that it could go out to
staff and students for consultation. It was agreed that once consultation had taken place and
any appropriate changes made, it would be re-circulated to the Committee for approval then
passed to Court on 29 June which is the same day that the University has to have the scheme
published.

It was agreed that as part of the scheme, a Gender Equality Task Group will be set up to
implement the objectives detailed within the scheme. This task group will report directly to
the Equal Opportunities Committee.

A discussion took place about the content of the scheme and a few changes had to be made
before it went out for consultation.

It was agreed that the issue of equal pay should be more clearly highlighted and that thought
should be given as to how the objectives contained within the action plan would be measured
and monitored. It was felt that it would be the job of the Gender Equality Task Group to take
the objectives, find ways to implement them and decide how they should be measured with the
agreement of the Equal Opportunities Committee.

The Committee also asked that the progress of the scheme be a standing item on its agenda.


4.      Update from the Disability Advisory Group

4.1     The issue of signage is progressing. It is in the hands of the Acting Director of
Estates who is currently prioritising which buildings should be done first.

4.2      A protocol has been agreed and set up for personal evacuation plans for students with
disabilities. This has the full support of all stakeholders and will be rolled out to the student
community by September 2007.

The Committee thought that consideration should be given to doing something similar for
staff.

4.3     Emma Browne, Disabilities Advisor has undergone a review exercise with the
Disability Co-ordinators within Schools, as it seems that this group of staff are undervalued
and not given enough support by the University. As a result of this exercise, she has drafted a
report with recommendations. The report will be presented to the October meeting of the
Committee so that the Disability Co-ordinators themselves, are given the opportunity to
comment on the report.

4.4   It was agreed at DAG that a trade union representative be asked to join the group.
Human Resources will arrange this for the first DAG of the new academic year.


5.      Draft Harassment and Bullying Policy

The Committee was given the revised Harassment and Bullying Policy in draft format to
comment on. This policy will go to the Staff Committee in October and potentially the
Student Services Committee as well, after further consultation has taken place.

The only comment made was that it was not clear from the policy as to what a Head of
School/Unit should do if they feel harassed or bullied.
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Consideration was given to adding a reference in the undergraduate handbook in the future to
advertise the policy.

Human Resources and Student Services were congratulated by the Committee on getting this
policy updated.

6.      Race Equality Toolkit

The Committee asked that a designated person be identified to be responsible for embedding
the Race Equality Toolkit in teaching and learning in the University. The Convener of
Committee asked that she be informed of who this person is as soon as possible so that she
could inform the June meeting of the University Court

The Committee heard that the toolkit had been to the Academic Audit Committee and it was
agreed that, at the next AAC, the Schools would be asked to provide examples of good practice
in using the toolkit. It was noted that there may be a reaction from the Schools as there are
allied academic freedom issues.

The progress of the toolkit will be communicated to the Court via the next Academic Audit
Committee.

7.      Equality and University Committees

As part of the race, disability and gender equality duties, the University has to promote and
mainstream equality into its processes and functions. An ideal way to do this would be to
incorporate equality into the business of the University Committees.

A discussion took place as to the best way to accomplish this and it was thought that, perhaps,
someone should be responsible for this on each Committee, although no agreement was
reached as to who that should be. Human Resources were asked to find out what other
universities do and report back to the next Equal Opportunities Committee in October.

Training would be important to whoever was given responsibility for overseeing equality
issues on each Committee.

It was agreed that mainstreaming equality should be on the Equal Opportunities Committee
at least once a year.

8.      Other Business

Dr Elspeth Graham indicated that this would be her last Equal Opportunities Committee and
she was thanked by the Committee for her valuable input.

                                       C A M DAVIS
                                         Convener


Gender Equality Scheme – Court approved the University's Gender Equality
Scheme (on file) for immediate publication as required by law.

Future Consideration of Equal Opportunities Issues – Court welcomed the
proposal to consider embedding equal opportunity matters in the work of all
committees over the next year rather than continuing with a separate committee.
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X   REPORT OF THE INVESTMENT AND COLLECTIONS COMMITTEE

    The following report was submitted and approved: -

    The committee met on Wednesday 23rd May 2007.

    ICC/06/19       Report of Meeting on 10th January 2007

    The report of the meeting was agreed

    ICC/06/20       Matters Arising:

    New Committee members:

    The convenor welcomed Mr Alan Harden to the committee.

    Special Collections Update:

    Some progress has been made by the Keeper of Special Collections – he has narrowed the
    search for a new digital scanner to two models, both around £11k-£12k. The digitisation
    project will probably require another member of staff to proceed but given the potential benefit
    and reduction of risk to the Special Collections, the costs are minimal.

    It was agreed that a paper would be prepared outlining the annual costs of running the
    Museum Collections and Special Collections.

    Library refurbishment update:

    The project as presently proposed will involve building a new building alongside the current
    library.
    This will house computers and new facilities such as group-work areas. Special Collections
    will only need to be moved once, from the basement to the top floor of the existing library
    following its refurbishment

    School of Art History – Internal Audit report

    The committee noted this report, in particular the conclusion that:

    “Appropriate controls exist over [Museum] Collections’ subject to the acceptance of the
    University’s policy to insure irreplaceable items at notional amounts and the ongoing
    development of disaster recovery plans.”


    ICC/06/21       Keeper of Collections Update:

    The Keeper of Collections joined the meeting.

    The committee discussed paper ICC06/21a which described the various museum facilities.
    There was a discussion around what must be displayed in the new MUSA in order for it to be
    attractive to a wide range of visitors. It was agreed that to achieve this, the Maces and the
    Archery medals/arrows must be included as a minimum. The Keeper informed the committee
    that MUSA was designed to standards which would provide greater security than was
    possible at present and allow it to borrow items from National Collections. It was, however,
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noted that it would be the University’s decision whether to put the maces on display and that
the Committee’s role was to ensure that Court is aware of the issues

The committee noted paper ICC06/21b, in particular the proposed purchase of the Opie
painting of Archbishop Sharpe which has several historical links to the University.

Regarding the valuation of collections, there was some discussion around the insurance value
of irreplaceable items. The Keeper of Collections informed the committee of previous
valuation exercises for individual assets and the relative costs of producing replicas.
 Initial approaches have been made to a professional auctioneering firm with expertise across
the range of items in the Collections. The Committee confirmed that any item or group of
items which are likely to be over £50k should be included in the valuation and both
replacement value and market value should be sought. Items under £50k would be self-valued
and insured on a first loss basis. It was agreed that before proceeding with the valuations, the
Quaestor & Factor would ensure that the proposed approach is acceptable to the insurers.

The Committee thanked the Keeper of Collections for his contribution and he left the meeting.

ICC/06/22       Investment Managers’ Performance:

The Committee noted the report and that the Capital International (CI) fund performance
continues to be below expectation (at 3.3% less than the MSCI World Index. Mr Zegleman
commented that the structure and approach adopted by CI was good and, despite the
underperformance in the previous three years, they were still rated as ‘2’ by Watson Wyatt
(on a scale of 1-4, with 1 being top). CI’s recent performance would, however preclude any
recommendation of them to new WW clients. Mr Zegleman noted that, in the current
climate, MSCI World Index + 2% before fees was a very aggressive target.

The committee noted that the aspiration for investments was to make RPI + 4%. (ie preserve
the real value of the capital and produce a further 4% available for distribution)


ICC/06/23       Endowments Overview:

The Committee considered paper ICC06/23. It was noted in particular that the returns
required to fund Chairs fell far below requirements and there was some discussion of the
historical reasons for this. One option discussed was for the University to ‘charge’
Endowments a 1% management fee and this would be recommended to PARC. In addition,
there may be scope to sweep some endowments into informal ‘groups’. Mr Harden
commented that the new Charity Laws should be examined to establish what could be
achieved in this area and the Quaestor & Factor agreed to make the necessary enquiries.
Another option would be to release some of the capital gains made over the last few years.
The Quaestor & Factor will draft a policy for consideration by the committee. Some
committee members expressed concern that capital should not be used to ‘prop-up’ income
and that the policy should also address periods when capital values are falling.

It was noted that potential beneficiaries of existing endowments are not always aware of
available funds. The committee requested some more information regarding the appointment
of Spend Controllers and the role of the Bursaries Committee.

It was also noted that the current rate of interest applied to endowments funds held within the
University’s bank account was very low and this should be increased to a market rate of
LIBOR less 25 basis points.
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A query was raised as to whether, under the new charity laws, it was acceptable that
endowment funds should be held in the University bank account. This will be clarified by the
Quaestor & Factor.

The very low return on the endowment properties held as investments was queried by the
committee. However, it was noted that the properties were used by the University and selling
the properties in order to realise revaluation gains would cause difficulties both operationally
and potentially, with donors.

ICC/06/24       Sustainable Investment

Ms A. Ward and Ms S. Kumar from the Ethical Investment Campaign joined the meeting

The Committee considered papers ICC06/24a & ICC06/24b - the draft Sustainable
Investment Policy. The Committee recommended that the proposed Investment Advisory
Committee should meet at least twice per year, and that these meetings should, where
possible, coincide with the Investment & Collections Committee meetings.

The Committee raised some concerns with paragraph 6 of the policy - “Investment Criteria” -
and wondered whether fund managers would be able to sign up to this policy and whether
they would then seek to use this as an excuse for poor returns. The committee requested that
the Ethical Investment Group review the UNEP policy as recommended by Watson Wyatt
and use this as a basis for the University’s policy. It was proposed that the more detailed
comments currently included would be better used as criteria for fund manager selection and
ongoing review.

The committee also propose that the name of the policy should be changed to “Sustainable and
Socially Responsible Investment policy” as this was more in-keeping with the aspirations
behind the policy.

It was noted that the core objective of endowment investment was to provide funding for the
purposes for which the original gifts had been made – which are socially responsible
endeavours. Returns therefore, should not be compromised by promoting ‘external’ socially
responsible criteria above our ‘internal’ social responsibilities to students and others

There was some discussion regarding the potential structure of the fund and how this would
impact the extent of socially responsible investing. Mr Zegleman explained to the committee
that a return of RPI + 4% would likely be achievable from a fund 100% invested in equities,
but this would be over a relatively long time period (say, 10 years) and could be volatile in
the short term. In order to reduce volatility, some funds would have to be diversified into
other asset classes. The committee could consider options such as hedge funds, property,
commodities or a private equity proxy fund. It was noted that increased investment in these
areas could reduce the impact of the sustainable and socially responsible objectives as there
was presently no SRI overlay for these types of funds, therefore it is important that in the
areas where SRI can be applied (i.e. equities) that it is done so.

Watson Wyatt would be able to provide the committee with a list of Investment Managers
who could offer SRI options but they would be unable to rate them. The committee expressed
a desire to move to manager selection quickly and noted that a special meeting might be
needed to progress this

In summary, the committee endorsed the sustainable investment strategy (subject to the
changes noted above) which is to be incorporated into a suitably diversified portfolio of funds,
with the principal aim of achieving an annual return of RPI +4%.
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     ICC/06/25      Date of Next Meeting

     The date of the next meeting will be 29 October 2007 at 09:30am in the Hebdomadars room.


                                      Professor E. Brown
                                           Convener
                                        31 May 2007


     Sustainable Investment – Court received and approved a Sustainable and Socially
     Responsible Investment Policy for Endowments and Funds. It was agreed that once
     the investment managers had been appointed the Policy would be more widely
     publicised.


XI   REPORT OF THE STAFF COMMITTEE

     The following report was submitted and approved: -

     The committee met on 29 May 2007.

     1.     Welcome

     The Convener welcomed Mr Fraser Keir and Ms Hazel Larg to their first meeting of the
     Committee.

     The Convener confirmed that, as agreed at a previous meeting, Mr Keir and Ms Larg had
     been asked to attend the meeting, for a trial period of 12 months, to represent Non Academic
     staff.

     The Convener also welcomed Colin and Jennifer Hawksworth from People and Work who
     would give a presentation to the Committee on the Staff Strategy.

      2.    Minutes of the Previous Meeting

     The Committee noted that the minutes of its previous meeting held on 13 February 2007 had
     been approved by the Committee prior to being reported to the University Court.

     Matters Arising

     Remit and Membership of the Staff Committee – the Convener confirmed that the revised
     remit, which was more strategic in nature, had been approved by the University Court.

     Human Resource Management Modernisation – the Convener confirmed that this paper had
     been tabled at the University Court meeting in February. Modifications had been made to the
     paper and the University was currently waiting for comment from the Scottish Funding
     Council.

     Criminal Convictions – The Convener confirmed that the policies on the Recruitment of Staff
     with Criminal Conviction and the use of Disclosure Scotland (Criminal Records Checks) for
     New and Existing staff and The Protection of Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults
     had been updated following the comments made at the last Staff Committee meeting. Further
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changes were being incorporated to meet the forthcoming legislation on Vulnerable Groups.
The updated policies would be brought back to the Staff Committee in October.

3. Staff Strategy

The Committee noted the update on the progress of the Staff Strategy (SC01/07). The
Committee received a presentation from People and Work which outlined the actions taken to
date and future plans. The Committee noted that a series of meetings had taken place, with a
variety of senior staff, which had identified a number of key staffing issues common across the
University. A series of focus groups, covering a cross section of staff, would commence week
beginning 4 June 2007. The purpose of the focus groups is to gather views from staff on a
number of areas identified as important staffing issues. The Committee noted that there was a
commitment to ensure staff continued to be involved in the development of this initiative to
ensure that there is both “buy in” and involvement. A report on the outcome of the focus
groups would be brought back to the next meeting of the Committee.

4.      Workforce Performance/KPIs/Risk

(a) Key Performance Indicators – The Committee noted that the working group established to
review this area had met once since the last meeting. The Committee was informed that there
were three parts to the process. The first, to review existing data and statistics to ensure
accuracy, establish ownership and identify the data to be used for University wide reporting.
The second to look at best practice elsewhere and the third to create institutional KPIs which
focus on strategic issues.

(b) Legislative changes/implementation – The Committee was informed that there was a need
to have a single task group to review, discuss and plan all aspects of legislative issues
affecting the University. It was proposed that the group would be responsible for submitting
a report, to the relevant University Committee, on the implication of legislative changes,
tribunal outcomes and legal advice. The Committee confirmed their approval of this proposal.

5.      Policy Development

(a) Relationships between Staff and Students- The Committee was informed that the existing
guidance on Relationships between Staff and Students (on file) had been updated to ensure
pastoral roles were included. The Committee agreed that this guidance should be redrafted as
a policy to ensure staff had an obligation of reporting any relationship covered by this
document.

(b) Harassment and Bullying at Work and Study – The Committee was informed that the
draft policy on Harassment and Bullying at Work and Study had been circulated to the Equal
Opportunities Committee for comment. The Convener confirmed that, although the final
document would be brought to the Staff Committee in October, rather than seeing it for the
first time in October, the document was tabled at the meeting in order that comments could
be passed to Human Resources by 30 June 2007.

(c) HR Policies – The Committee noted the updated list of current HR policies (on file) which
was, as agreed at the last meeting, to become a standing item. The Committee was informed
that any policy changes made between meetings would be highlighted in blue.

6.      HR Reform

(a) Framework Agreement Implementation plan – the Committee noted the achievements
made under the Framework Agreement since its last meeting (on file). In particular, the
Committee noted the costs associated with the implementation of the Framework Agreement.
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      The Committee was informed that the current staffing costs were not sustainable in the long
      term and that the implications of this, in terms of an institutional strategy, would be reported
      to the Staff Committee at a future meeting.

      (b) LEAN – The Committee noted the summary report outlining the actions taken by Human
      Resources as a result of the LEAN initiative. The Committee noted the changes and received
      a summary of the advertising spend and success rate for a ten month period to October 2006
      (Paper SC02/07). The Committee noted the impact and success of web based recruitment and
      requested that all Heads of School/Unit be notified, with immediate effect, that only the most
      effective publication for each post, would be paid for by Human Resources.

      7.      Priorities for 2007/08

      The Committee noted the operational plan proposed for Human Resources for the six month
      period from 1 June – 30 November 2007. The Committee was informed that the plan had
      been developed to meet the functional requirements of the Unit along with the changing needs
      of the University in terms of LEAN, Framework Agreement, Staff Strategy and University
      Strategy.

      The Committee was informed that progress would be tracked and reported back to the next
      meeting of the Committee.

      8.     Date of Next Meeting
      The next meeting of the Committee will be on Tuesday 9 October 2007 at 2.15 p.m. in the
      Hebdomadar’s Room.
                                            P P Cabrelli
                                             Convener
                                            4 June 2007


      Human Resource Management Modernisation – Court received clarification on the
      status of the non-academic staff attendees on the committee. These individuals were
      not formally representing the non-academic staff and had observer status on the
      committee for a trial period.


XII   REPORT OF THE STUDENT SERVICES COMMITTEE

      The following report was submitted and approved: -

      The committee met on Friday 11 May 2007

      Christina Potter welcomed Steve Savage, new Student Association Nominee.

      1. Minutes of previous meeting (on file)

      The minute of the meeting held on Friday 16 March, 2007 was read and approved.

      2. Matters Arising

      Information Sharing Protocol
      The protocol had to be re-drafted and is now back with the police. It is hoped that the
      document’s approval will be completed by September 2007.

      Student Accommodation Survey
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It was agreed that the question ‘do you have a disability and did we address it?’ will be re-
phrased for any future surveys. Also students with disabilities will be personally asked if the
service offered was up to standard.

Student Association Strategic Plan
The strategic plan went to referendum with 96% voting in favour of acceptance.

3. Discipline Code

C Lusk explained the background of the new Discipline Code. There has not been sufficient
authority at the lower level to deal with the discipline response required. The old code had
three levels dealing with misconduct, this redraft code has two levels which simplifies the
procedure.

The document has been discussed at Academic Council and Court and highlighted points
have been discussed by a Working party assigned to the project. Input to the working party
has been given by lawyers and significant members of operational and strategic staff. This
final draft is now presented for approval. The charts gave a detailed summary of the stages
within the two levels. Whether it be a level 1 or level 2 case there is now a screening group
assessment to decide whether the case will go to the appeals panel. The new code has
comprehensive monitoring, screening and consistency.

Discussion took place and certain points were highlighted by the committee.

a) Should a student be suspended then the University would be obliged to provide virtual
learning facilities if necessary.
b) C Potter expressed concern at the Court becoming involved with appeals that were not
necessarily of a serious nature and where the penalty imposed was not expulsion. She
highlighted the fact that this could undermine the senior management of the University and
place a burden on the Senior Governor and other lay members of Court. However, it was
pointed out that, if a case does reach this stage lawyers may well be involved and therefore it
should be seen that the highest level within the University are dealing with the case. The
Court is classed as internal and is the final stage prior to external involvement by e.g.
Ombudsman. The committee was reassured that cases of this nature are very infrequent.
c) It was agreed that the document will be reviewed in 1 year and that any aspects, including
the right to appeal to the Court, that have given risen to problems will be reconsidered.
d) An annual report on disciplinary matters will be submitted to this committee in November
each year.
e) Time scales are to be inserted to Chart 1 to have consistency between the different levels.

The Committee complimented Ms Lusk on her efforts with this paper and commented on its
merits as a good tribunal procedure. Minor changes will be incorporated into the document
and it will then go to TLA committee for noting prior to Court considering final ratification.

4. Student Experience

The document (on file) is an interim paper and the final paper will be completed for
November.

The committee considered the response to the Alastair Work Report of 2005 and was content
that all the points had been responded to adequately by the institution. The Student
Experience is not seen to be a “one-off” project, however, and the future work in this area will
now be undertaken by the Student Experience Office under the direction of Ms. Lusk.
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The Student Experience Office’s aims will be produced within the template of 7 Experiences.
The gathering of information is by a diversity of formats. Visits to halls, email correspondence
of narratives of students will be collected and a recommendation is that a committee be set up
over the next four months to suggest the contribution the Student Experience could make to
the overall University Strategic Plan in the future

Discussion took place and the following points were highlighted by the committee.
a) Appendix 2 “wraps” up the whole concept of the Student Experience Office in a clear and
concise diagram with Appendix 3 showing the action plan with timescales.
b) If monitoring is taking place then it is important that any relevant departments be
informed of any problem areas in order that feedback can be addressed before problems are
allowed to “fester”.
c) The Committee felt it would be of interest to compare other Universities and how they are
progressing with the Student Experience.
d) The use of current student communication technology was discussed and, while it is
acknowledged that this might be a complex area, the benefits may be worthy of use and so it
was agreed that this could be investigated further by Ms. Lusk

5. Student Support Forum Minute 1.5.07 (on file)

The Forum currently holds 4 meetings per year, it has been highlighted that the forum is an
informal committee valued by students, however, meetings held in October and May are not
so well attended due to the student diary, whereas meetings in November and April are very
well attended.
It was decided that future meetings of the forum could perhaps be twice a year in November
and April. To be agreed with the Convenor.

6. Disability Advisory Group Meeting 24.4.07 (on file)

Matters Arising
a) Signage
Once again this was repeated as an on-going issue and was currently awaiting further
meetings between Estates and Fife Council. Updates will be brought when available in the
future.
b) Evacuation Chairs
Discussion around evacuation chairs and personal evacuation plans took place. Personal
evacuation plans will now be drawn up for disabled students needing to access primary
buildings on a regular and frequent basis; usually three or four identified buildings. The
plans will be succinct, no more than an A4 page, and will be drawn up by the Disability
Office in consultation with the Student and the University Fire Officer. Plans will be for the
student’s main residence and main school. If a student visits another building e.g. another
hall, on a casual basis, then the on-call janitor can be called and notified if the student wishes
to do so. Training of response will be undertaken with those on call in this situation.
Evacuation lifts (i.e. fire lifts) should now be installed in any new builds.
c) Disability Equality Scheme
This paper and a paper on Disability Co-ordinators will now go forward to the Equal
Opportunities Committee.

7. Music Forum Minute 20.2.07 (on file)

This minute was noted.

8. Any Other Business

Staff Committee
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       The current Staff/Student Relations Policy is currently being re-written by Human
       Resources. The policy will now extend to wardens and other staff employed in the
       University. The document will be approved by Equal Opportunities Committee in two weeks
       but will be brought for noting by SSC at the November meeting.

       9. Date of Next Meeting

       The committee will next meet on 9 November 2007 at 2.30pm in the Hebdomadar’s Room.

                                         CHRISTINA POTTER
                                              Convener


       Code of Practice on Appeals, Complaints and Discipline – section 2 – Non-
       Academic Discipline – Court approved the revised section on non-academic
       discipline (on file) for implementation in session 2007/8. It was agreed that the role
       of Court members in considering final Appeals should be kept under review.

       Student Experience – Court noted that the quality of the whole student experience
       would be a key consideration in the Strategic Plan and a short-life working group
       was being set up to specifically address this.


XIII   SUPERANNUATION AND LIFE ASSURANCE SCHEME: REPORT OF THE
       TRUSTEES

       The following report was submitted and approved: -

       The Trustees met on Tuesday 8 May 2007.

       Mr N Puxley of Watson Wyatt undertook training before the meeting for the Trustees who
       were present; this consisted of further training on the investment strategy which followed on
       from the meeting in March 2007.


       SLAS/07/13      Report of the meeting held on 23 January 2007

       The Convener noted that the paper on Age Discrimination was omitted from the agenda. Mr
       D Watson informed the Convener that Mr M Thurston Smith was not given enough notice to
       prepare the paper; therefore the paper will be presented to the Trustees at the next meeting.

       The Trustees noted that members of S&LAS who have assimilated to grade 6 through the
       framework, who are now eligible to join USS, have not been informed of the possible change in
       pension schemes. As a result of this Ms L Harley and Ms L Watson (Human Resources) will
       write to members detailing pension scheme options, informing them they have 6 months from
       the time the letter was issued to make their decision. Members of staff who are going through
       the appeals process will have 6 months from the date of the appeal outcome to change schemes.

       The Trustees agreed that apart from the comments above the minutes were a true record of the
       discussions that took place.

       Report of the meeting held on 28 March 2007
       The Trustees approved the minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday, 28 March 2007.
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SLAS/07/14 Investment Reports
The reports from Legal & General, Baillie Gifford and Lazard were noted.

Lazard gave a presentation to the Trustees providing an update on their investment portfolio.

The Trustees noted how useful the paper Manager Commentary was in looking at the
investment reports. They asked Watson Wyatt to liaise with Baillie Gifford to ensure that the
performance figures over all relevant periods were disclosed.

SLAS/07/15 Actuarial Valuation
The Trustees were presented with a proposed plan put forward by the Quaestor in respect of
the actuarial valuation.   If agreed it was suggested that the proposal be put to the
University’s PARC committee by the Trustees.

The Trustees noted the first proposal that the NRA for new entrants should be set at age 65.
If members were to retire before age 65 then their benefits would be reduced in line with the
actuarial factors from age 65, unless it was an application of early retirement on the grounds
of ill health. There was also a proposal that would allow the University to increase NRA in
future for new entrants in line with increase in the State Retirement Age.

The second proposal was to introduce salary sacrifice for the pension scheme. This option
would have to go through the Unions, and have the employees’ cooperation, but would mean
that National Insurance contributions would be saved in respect of both the University and
the members. It was proposed that, whilst there remained a deficit in the Scheme, the total
saving would be put into the Scheme to help with the deficit. Once the deficit in the Scheme
is recovered then the University and the employees would receive the savings directly. It was
pointed out to the Trustees that members’ benefits would not be affected as pensionable salary
would remain as it was before the introduction of salary sacrifice. The members would not
lose out by electing their pension contributions to come off their salary as a salary sacrifice.

It was pointed out to the Trustees that the University is supporting salary sacrifice and is
willing to put the extra money into the scheme to recover the deficit, as long as the members
do the same. The Trustees were assured that the participation in the scheme would be on a
voluntary basis, with each individual employee retaining the right not to join salary sacrifice.

It was noted that there were considerable set up and communication issues with
implementing salary sacrifice but at this stage the Trustees were being asked to support such
a move subject to the University being able to deal with the delivery of it.

The third proposal was that the University will bear the full cost of any enhancement future
ill health early retirements. Each time such a retirement took place the University would pay
a capital sum into the Scheme, as calculated by the Scheme Actuary.

The fourth proposal was that the University and the Trustees will agree that the funding
target be set in line with the AA bonds discount rate, and that the contribution level should
remain at 7.77% pa for employees and 20.23% pa for employers.
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Mr N Puxley suggested to the Trustees that there were a number of positives in the proposal,
namely:-

a) The move to the AA Bonds funding target which was significantly stronger than
previously and which would not itself fail the Regulator’s trigger point on technical
provisions.
b) The proposal that the University bear the full cost of ill health retirements (rather than
effectively share that cost with the membership as at present) was an improvement
c) The effect of introducing salary sacrifice and the change to retirement age for new entrants
would effectively keep the recovery period to 15-16 years.

Mr N Puxley also noted that the Regulator had made it clear that the funding target had
primacy which was consistent with the move to the AA Bonds basis and that he felt that they
had been through a robust process to ensure that the proposed contributions and inherent
recovery period represented about as much as the University could reasonably afford given
the demands on its future earnings generation.

It was noted that the recovery period was in excess of the Regulator’s 10 year trigger but,
given the security afforded by the other assets of the University in the event of insolvency,
this gave the Trustees comfort that they could countenance a recovery period of the length
noted earlier.

Mr N Puxley noted that the Trustees could reasonably agree to the package put forward,
taking everything into account and in the light of the University’s covenant.

The Trustees unanimously agreed to put the combined proposal to the University and to ask
Mr Adrian Bourne of Watson Wyatt for a letter of comfort on their assessment of the
covenant.

SLAS/07/16 Investment Strategy Review
Carrying on from the training Mr N Puxley undertook with the Trustees before the meeting,
he then presented the initial results of the investment strategy review. This included graphs
which projected the funding levels for the scheme to 2016 on various different asset
allocations between return seeking and matching assets.

It was noted that the funding policy agreed in principle under the previous agenda item was
consistent with the need to raise the median funding level to about 87% by the end of 10
years. This meant that the Trustees could not countenance an exposure to return seeking
assets of below 60% without reopening their deliberations on the valuation.

The Trustees also considered the 95th percentile results as a measure of the inherent risk in
each asset allocation. It was noted that, in moving from 80% to 100% in return seeking
assets, the projected 95th percentile result after 10 years fell from a 55% funding level to a
50% funding level. Mr N Puxley explained that this would equate to additional
contributions of about 2% pa but that these would be in addition to a total contribution
requirement of perhaps 35-40% pa of pay if the 95th percentile result became reality on the
existing 80% return seeking asset allocation.

The Trustees considered the covenant of the University and, given its strong asset base,
concluded that this would allow a relatively high exposure to return seeking assets. They also
felt that the relative immaturity of the Scheme and the fact that it remained open to new
entrants reinforced this as it meant a relatively longer time horizon was possible in
considering the investment strategy.
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In principle, the Trustees concluded that they could countenance an exposure to return
seeking assets that was at least their current 80% and possibly higher.

The Quaestor noted that he would prefer to see the Scheme wholly invested in return seeking
assets.

The Trustees agreed to form a sub committee to look with Watson Wyatt at the alternatives
for investing return seeking assets other than equities and how such opportunities could be
accessed by the Scheme given the governance requirements of the various options. It was
decided that the Convenor, Mr D Watson and Mr W Blyth will form the sub committee, and
Ms L Harley will contact Mr I McDevitt to ask if he wishes to join the committee. The
committee would seek to be ready to report back to the remaining Trustees at the extra
meeting in June.

SLAS/07/17 Annual Report and Accounts
The Trustees noted the completion of the Annual Report and Accounts.

               Pensions Review 2006
The Trustees noted the completion and distribution of the Pensions Review 2006.

SLAS/07/18 Decisions since Last Meeting
The Trustees agreed by circulation two applications of early retirement on the grounds of ill
health, with retirement dates of 31 March and 30 April 2007.

SLAS/07/19 Matters Arising
Mr D Watson updated the Trustees on the case of early retirement on the grounds of ill health
which was declined by the Trustees. The Trustees were informed that the solicitor acting on
behalf of the applicant requested a full copy of the Trust Deed and Rules and Mr D Watson
has not heard anything back for over 6 weeks. Mr D Watson has continued to stress to the
solicitor that there has been nothing stopping the applicant retiring and receiving a reduced
pension at the time he left the University and there is still nothing stopping him retiring now.

SLAS/07/20 Actuarial Scorecard
Mr N Puxley took the opportunity to thank the Trustees for their feedback on the performance
of Watson Wyatt at the January meeting and to tell the Trustees of the improvements he has
made at Watson Wyatt since then.

Mr N Puxley asked for continual feedback to ensure that improvements were delivering to the
Trustees’ wishes.

The Trustees noted the changes and the improvements made since the scorecard was
completed.

SLAS/07/21 Scheme Management Report
Mr N Puxley spoke to the Trustees about the new Scheme Management Report which has
taken the place of the Administration Report.

Mr D Watson asked for further performance figures in respect of the investment managers in
the Investment section in the new Scheme Management Report and for the additional of an
analysis of the degree to which members are commuting pension for cash in the section on
member movements.

The Trustees welcomed the new Report which was felt to add value to their deliberations.

The Convenor also noted the much improved administration delivery statistics.
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      SLAS/07/22 Framework Agreement
      Mr N Puxley presented his paper on the funding implications of the Framework Agreement.

      Members of staff who have been green circled and whose pay increased at 1 August 2006 will
      have been costed in the valuation process on their higher pay.

      Members who have been white circled would not affect the valuation as they remain the same
      but the members who have been red circled may see a reduction in their pay and hence Scheme
      benefits over time. To that extent it is possible that red circled employees may be over funded
      for in the valuation.

      However, Mr N Puxley also noted that it might be possible that red circled members of staff
      who are close to retirement could manage their date of retirement to ensure that they would
      not lose out. Effectively they could retire before the end of the pay protection period. This
      may mean that some members will retire sooner than they would otherwise have done and
      that this could, all other things being equal, lead to a strain on the Scheme.

      The Trustees noted this and agreed to monitor how this develops in the forthcoming months
      through the new Scheme Management Report.

      SLAS/07/23 Any Other Business
      There was no other business.


      Date of Next Meeting

      The next meeting will take place at 12 noon on Friday 15 June 2007, in the Hebdomadar's
      Room. This is an extra meeting to finalise the actuarial valuation and to discuss further the
      investment strategy.

                                             P P CABRELLI
                                                Convener


      Pension Scheme Recovery Plan – Court received and approved the proposed
      Pension Scheme Recovery Plan for submission to the Regulator. A recent estimate of
      the market value of assets and the effect of recent bond rates on the liabilities had
      reduced the Pension Fund deficit and the estimated deficit recovery period had been
      reduced to 8 years.


XIV   ITEMS REFERRED BY THE CLERK

      The following items were referred by the Clerk:--

      1.      University Court Resolution 2007 No 1

              Court approved this resolution in connection with the Foundation of Chairs for the
              usual promulgation to Senate and General Council
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     2.     Wardlaw Professor

            Peter Bruce, Professor of Chemistry was duly named as a Wardlaw Professor in
            recognition of his recent election as a Fellow of the British Academy.

     3.     University of St Andrew American Foundation Inc: Trustee Appointments

            Court confirmed the changes to the Trustees (on file) in accordance with the Bylaws
            of Incorporation of the Foundation

     4.     Staff Changes

            Human Resources report recent staff changes, for Court's information (on file) was
            noted.

     5.     Vacation Remit

            The Vacation Remit was greed in the normal way (on file).

XV   THANKS

     The Court recorded thanks to the following retiring members for their contributions
     to the work of the Court: -

     Ms Jane Denholm – Co-opted Member since 2003
     Professor Hugh Kennedy – Senate Assessor since 2002
     Ms Laura Wilson – Director of Representation, Students' Association since 2006
     Mr Ben Nicholson – Rector's Assessor since 2005.

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                                                                                       Appendix 1

                                      University of St Andrews

                                           Court Business

1.      Background

The following proposal, suggested by the Senior Governor and discussed by PARC at its June
meeting, is for a re-structuring of Court business with the objective of enhancing Court’s
effectiveness. If agreed by Court, agendas would be modified with effect from the October 2007
meeting.

2. Proposed structure of Court agendas

The objective, (in part responding to points raised by Court members at their last “non-executive”
session), is to make more effective use of the time of Court members (particularly non-executives); to
make Court meetings more interesting and participative (particularly for Court members not on
PARC); and to encourage PARC to bring forward, in an annual cycle, reviews of key aspects of the
University’s business.

Court meetings would be divided into three distinct parts:

(a) Regular business

Minutes and matters arising

Written report from the Principal (with a verbal update where appropriate)

Other written reports (Academic Council, Academic Audit, Investments & Collections, Audit,
Remuneration, Equal Opportunities, Health & Safety, Students Services, Staffing, Pensions etc) – to
be taken as read except where a Court decision is required or a Court member has advised the
Secretary in advance that he/she wishes to raise an issue.

(b) PARC business

In addition to normal reporting, PARC would bring to Court papers on strategic and other key issues
where a discussion/debate involving all Court members is appropriate.

(c) Annual reviews

Based on papers brought through PARC (under item 12 of PARC’s remit), the objectives of the
reviews would be to give Court an insight into the service departments of the University, and other
areas of Court oversight

Illustrative annual cycle:
February – HR/Staffing; Equal Opportunities;
May – Student Support; Admissions; Registry
June – IT services; Business Improvements; Finance
October – Academic Strategy (so far as requires to be addressed by Court); Library
December – Audit & Risk; Health & Safety; Estates

				
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