University Executive Board minutes - 11 August 2020



11 August 2020


Professor K Lamberts (KL) (in the Chair)

Professor J Derrick (JD), Professor S Fitzmaurice (SF), Ms Heidi Fraser-Krauss (HFK) Professor S Hartley (SH), Professor M J Hounslow (MJH), Professor W Morgan (WM), Professor C Newman (CN), Professor D Petley (DNP), Mr R Sykes (RS), Professor G Valentine (GV), Professor C Watkins (CW)

In attendance:

Dr T Strike (TS), Mrs V Jackson (VEJ), Mr I Wright (IW), Mr D Barcroft (DB) (Item 1), Mr A Carlile (AC) (Item 1), Mrs L Carlile (LC) (Item 1), Mrs L McCarthy (LM) (Item 1)


Ms J Jones (JJ)


Mr M Borland (MB) / Dr E Smith (ES)

  1. Closed Minute and Paper

  2. Round Table

    • Return to Campus Group:

      • WM reported that the RTC Group was meeting twice a week. UEB noted that the Group would need to coordinate a communications plan for students about the behaviour expected on campus (e.g. with respect to social distancing and the use of face coverings). Compliance with Public Health England requirements would necessitate a clear statement of the actions expected of students.

    • Return to Campus Staff Communications:

      • IW informed UEB that Corporate Communications was developing staff-facing communications to articulate the University’s position on the resumption of face-to-face teaching in Semester 1.

    • UEB Away Day:

      • GV confirmed that the next UEB Away Day would take place on 17 August at Halifax Hall.

    • UEB-Heads of Department (HoDs) Meetings:

      • GV updated UEB on the changes planned to UEB-HoDs meetings in the 2020/21 academic year. UEB endorsed the proposals made.

    • Professional Services:

      • RS reported on two professional service name changes in Academic Services that that had been agreed in advance of 2020/21.

    • University Librarian:

      • RS confirmed the arrangements that had been agreed for an interim University Librarian to be in place for the 2020/21 academic year.

    • UK Research and Innovation (UKRI):

      • SH reported on a meeting between the new Chief Executive of UKRI with the Russell Group.

    • Jessop West:

      • SF updated UEB on scheduled work on the windows.

    • Director of Health and Safety:

      • HFK reported that the Director would retire later in the year, and that plans would be agreed to recruit to the vacancy.

    • UEB- Students’ Union Sabbatical Officer Buddies:

      • TS thanked UEB members for their work in establishing the buddy relationships with current Council Members.

    • Council Effectiveness Review:

      • TS thanked UEB members for their contribution to the part of the review concerned with the relationship between the Executive and Council.

    • External Council Member:

      • TS updated UEB on the ongoing work to appoint another external member to Council.

    • Chair of Council:

      • TS reported that Council had extended the term of the current Chair to 2022.

    • OfS Reporting Requirement:

      • TS updated UEB on the OfS’ new permanent reporting requirement about exit from the market. A consultation was open, with a draft response to be shared with UEB in due course.

    • Science Minister:

      • KL reported that the Minister would be visiting the AMRC and NAMRC. UEB members were invited to submit issues for KL and DNP to raise during the visit.

    • Recruitment and Admissions:

      • KL updated UEB on the desire to prioritise work aimed at enhancing Home UG student recruitment in the 2020/21 academic year ahead of the admissions cycle for 2021/22.

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