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Report of the Council on the management of the University Centre: Notice

11 December 2000

The Council have considered the remarks made by Dr Dougherty at the Discussion of this Report on 5 December 2000 (p. 324). They note that the proposed changes in the management arrangements for the Centre were put forward by the Syndicate and with their full approval, to deal with the specific circumstances of the Centre. For their part the Council, in acting on the advice of the Syndicate, were not making any general statement about the management of other activity in the University. The Council believe that it is essential that the University continues to be academic led in its governance and management. However there will be occasions when management through a committee is no longer appropriate. The Council will continue to ensure that any such revised arrangements are put to the University for approval before implementation. In the present case the Council are satisfied that the arrangements set out in the proposed regulations will secure the proper conduct of the Centre's business and will provide adequately for the views of the Centre's users to be taken into account. They have, however, agreed to amend the wording of Recommendation 2 of the Report to make it clear that the final responsibility for the management of the University Centre would rest with the Council, with the General Manager accountable to the Council, via the Registrary. Recommendation 2 has accordingly been amended as follows:

II. That, with effect from 1 January 2001, responsibility for the management of the University Centre be as set out in Regulation 4 of Annex 2.

As to the arrangements for food safety to which Dr Dougherty also refers, they agree that proper food safety and hygiene require managerial responsibility to be exercised day to day. In agreeing the changed arrangements described in paragraph 4 of their Report they had intended that the General Manager should continue to be managerially responsible for food safety and hygiene in the University Centre and its associated outlets but that his audit responsibilities for food safety practices would be transferred to the Director of Health and Safety. The Council have previously agreed additional resources in the Health and Safety Office which can support this transfer when the corresponding appointments have been made.

Finally, on the membership of the Appointments Committee and the status of the Centre User Group, the Report specifically recommends that such a Group be established under the chairmanship of a senior member of the Council. In these circumstances, the Council have agreed that the regulations published in Annex 2 to the Report (p. 216) be amended so that the membership in class (c) of the Appointments Committee (Regulation 2 for the General Manager of the University Centre) is as follows:

(c) five members of the Regent House appointed by the Council, two on the Council's own nomination, one on the nomination of the Finance Committee, and two on the nomination of a member of the Council designated as the representative of the users of the University Centre.

The Council have agreed to submit a Grace to the Regent House for the approval of the recommendations of the Report, amended as set out above (Grace 14, p. 318).

11 December 2000

ALEC N. BROERS, Vice-Chancellor
A. J. BADGER
C. R. J. BAILEY
A. L. R. FINDLAY
GORDON JOHNSON
MELISSA LANE
JOHN A. LEAKE
A. M. LONSDALE
C. LUDLOW
M. D. MACLEOD
ONORA O'NEILL
JEREMY SANDERS
M. SCHOFIELD
DAVID M. THOMPSON

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Cambridge University Reporter, 13 December 2000
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