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Durham University

University Committees

University Strategy Implementation Committee

Standing Orders

(Governance and Business/Operations committee of Council)

These Standing Orders should be read in conjunction with the Joint Standing Orders of Senate and Council.

Membership (Composition)

(Members 2021/22)
Ex officio members:
The Vice-Chancellor and Warden Professor Karen O'Brien
The President of the Durham Students’ Union Miss Seun Twins
Up to five members of Council including at least one member of Audit and Risk Committee, one member of Finance Committee and one staff member:
A member of Audit and Risk Committee Dr Kate Pretty (Chair) (2022)(17)
A member of Finance Committee Mr James Grierson (2023) (17)
Mr Nigel Perry (2024) (18)
One staff member TBC
Up to two co-opted members: Mr Terry Toney (2022) (19)
In attendance:
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost Professor Antony Long
The Chief Financial Officer Mr Stephen Willis
The Director of Strategic Initiatives Delivery Unit Ms Sian Broadhurst
A full date after a member's name indicates that their term of office will expire on the 31 July in that year and a half date indicates the year of appointment of that member. eg (2022) (19) indicates that the member was appointed in 2019 and their term of office will expire on the 31 July 2022.

Secretariat

The University Secretary shall be Secretary of the Committee (Alison Blackburn).

Meetings

Quarterly, but likely to be more frequent in the first year of operation

The Committee to have the power to appoint up to two co-opted members

Quorum to be 50% of the members of the Committee including at least three members of Council of which two should be lay members.

Minutes of Meetings

Draft minutes of the meetings shall be circulated to committee members as soon as practicable after each meeting.

Purpose

A Committee of Council established to provide strategic oversight and scrutiny of progress in implementing the University Strategy 2017-2027, where such oversight and scrutiny does not already fall within the remits of other Council Committees (e.g. Finance and Audit and Risk Committee).

The Committee will receive progress reports on behalf of Council, from the Executive on implementation of the overall University Strategy against targets, key performance indicators (KPIs) and timelines.

The Committee will have no decision making powers, will be a scrutiny rather than policy-making body and will report to Council.

Terms of Reference

To provide strategic oversight and scrutiny and gain assurance for Council on the progress of the Executive in implementing the University Strategy 2017-2027 and other strategies approved by Council.

  1. To provide strategic oversight and scrutiny and gain assurance for Council on the progress of the Executive in implementing the University Strategy 2017-2027 and other strategies approved by Council.

  2. To ensure that key risks associated with the implementation of the University Strategy have been identified and that mitigating actions are in place for managing these.
  3. To receive reports demonstrating that adequate arrangements and controls are in place to ensure the delivery of major projects.
  4. To receive assurance from the Executive that developments in the external environment that could impact achievement of the University Strategy are being kept under review and to be informed as to any revisions which may have to be made to the University Strategy, its targets or KPIs.
  5. To agree with the Executive the best way of reporting the above matters (1-4) to Council.
  6. To review its own effectiveness and Terms of Reference annually to enable Council to assess whether the Committee is performing a useful role.

Contact

Matthew Prevett

matthew.prevett@durham.ac.uk

0191 334 6113

Katie Crammen

k.m.crammen@durham.ac.uk

0191 334 6119