People and Human Resources Committee

1.  Purpose

The People and Human Resources Committee is a committee of University Executive Board.  The Committee will oversee the development and implementation of the University’s people and employment related mission and strategy ensuring alignment with the University’s strategy.   

The Committee will give support to the Director of Human Resources and University Executive Board regarding strategic items of business.

2.  Responsibilities

Without limiting the general responsibilities as described above:

      1. To develop and review the University’s People Strategy and UNUK’s Human Resources strategy. 

      1. To report to University Executive Board on the operational effectiveness of Human Resources and annually on the overall delivery of the People/HR Strategy. 

      1. To ensure that rigorous and transparent employees policies, procedures and systems are in place and are kept under review, including but not limited to recruitment, terms and conditions of employment, induction, pay, pensions, promotion, training, grievances, discipline, capability, performance management framework, employee relations and succession planning.  

      1. To review and develop the University’s approach to the systems for performance management and reward.    

      1. To escalate risk management concerns to Planning and Resource Committee. 

      1. To establish such sub-groups as may be required to deliver specific areas of the Committee’s remit. 

      1. To receive Minutes and reports and updates from its sub-groups.  

      1. To receive from and deliver reports to University Executive Board as required. 

      1. The Chair of the Committee is accountable for the decisions of the Committee which includes but is not limited to decisions with a financial impact and will liaise with the chairs of other committees and other budget holders where there is overlap in responsibility. 

3.  Delegated Authority

The delegated financial authority of the Committee is £500k or as stated in the Financial Regulations.

4.  General 

4.1 Membership


Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and People

Academic Membership

A Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor

Professional Services

Director of Human Resources
Two Directors of Professional Services

Student Representative

Nominated by the Students' Union

Nominated Members

Five members selected through the Committee Membership Selection Process

The Deputy Director of Human Resources, Director of Organisational and People Development and Director of HR Digital, Systems and Shared Services will be in attendance at meetings as appropriate but are not members of the Committee.  .

4.2  Chair and Support

The Committee will be convened and chaired by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and People.  The Secretary will be supplied by Governance and Executive Support.

4.3  Frequency of Meetings

The Committee will meet four times a year and the Chair shall call additional meetings where necessary.  The Committee will delegate activity to task-forces and professional service departments as appropriate.  

4.4  Deputies

Members of the Committee are not able to nominate a deputy to attend the meeting on their behalf.

4.5  Quorum

A quorum will be half the regular membership plus one.

4.6  Term of Office

The term of office for the members selected by the Committee Membership Selection Group is two years. Some of these members may be reappointed for a further year with the agreement of the Chair in order to maintain an appropriate balance between turnover and experience on the Committee. Other members are ex officio.

4.7  Reporting and Review

The Committee will report to UEB. The effectiveness and the membership of the Committee will be reviewed annually.  The Committee will receive reports from the Joint Consultative Committees, and the Leadership Management Academic Steering Group.


(Terms of Reference Approved on 03 October 2022)

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