Strategy, Planning and Resources Committee

Strategy, Planning and Resources Committee (SPRC) is responsible for the oversight of the strategic planning of the University. It brings together academic, financial and physical planning and scrutinises business plans for major activities. The Committee also recommends the annual budget and long-term forecasts to the Council and monitors the performance of the University.

Membership 2023/24



Term of Office
(to 31 July -
unless otherwise stated)

Vice-Chancellor and Principal 

Professor Adam Tickell


Pro-Chancellor (Chair)

Mr Mervyn Walker


The Deputy Pro-Chancellors

Mr Steve Hollis

Dame Lin Homer



Provost and Vice-Principal

Professor Stephen Jarvis


Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International)

Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of College (MDS)

Professor Deborah Longworth

Professor Robin Mason

Professor Neil Hanley


Two academic members of Council elected by Council


Professor David Hannah



Three lay members of Council elected by Council

Mr Tim Gardam CBE

Mr Richard Swann

Dame Cilla Snowball




The President of the Guild of Students

Ms Amira Campbell


The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Rachel O'Reilly, also attends meetings of SPRC.

Terms of Reference

  1. To advise Council on the Corporate Strategy for the University, embracing all matters of long-term, medium-term and short-term planning for all aspects of the University. To ensure the alignment of all aspects of the University's strategy and planning, in relation to academic, financial, physical and human resource planning.
  2. To monitor the achievement of Corporate Strategy.
  3. To recommend to Council the University's annual budget, including the distribution of resources between academic and non-academic areas; and between capital, estates and infrastructure, recurrent staff and non-staff costs.
  4. To oversee the development and implementation of systems of institutional performance monitoring and to monitor progress towards achievement of institutional targets. To ensure that risk is appropriately integrated into strategic planning. To ensure effective systems of management and accountability within the University.
  5. To keep in review the policies of the University as an employer of staff and to make recommendations to Council for change in matters of substance or principle. To approve conditions of employment as delegated by Council. 
  6. To monitor strategic risks relevant to the work of the Committee as determined by the Strategic Risk Register.
  7. To monitor the extent to which value for money is achieved within the areas under the Committee's oversight.
  8. To monitor relevant Key Performance Indicators and to ensure that any concerns with performance against these KPIs are addressed.

Dates of Meetings

Strategy, Planning and Resources Committee currently has six business meetings during each academic year.


26 September 2023
16 November 2023
25 January 2024
20 March 2024
16 May 2024
13 June 2024

Contact Details

Ms Colette McDonough
Head of Governance