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 2022/23



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



Interim Provost and Vice-Principal

Professor Stephen Jarvis


Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International)

Professor Deborah Longworth

Professor Robin Mason


Two academic members of Council elected by Council

Professor Helen Abbott

Professor David Hannah



Three lay members of Council elected by Council

Mr Tim Gardam 

Vacancy x 2



The President of the Guild of Students

Ms Acacia Matthews



Terms of Reference

i. 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.

ii. To monitor the achievement of Corporate Strategy.

iii. 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.

iv. 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.

v. 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. 

vi. To monitor strategic risks relevant to the work of the Committee as determined by the Strategic Risk Register.

vii. To monitor the extent to which value for money is achieved within the areas under the Committee's oversight.

viii. 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.


20 September 2022
17 November 2022
18 January 2023
28 March 2023
18 May 2023
13 June 2023

Contact Details

Ms Colette McDonough
Head of Governance