School of Psychology & Neuroscience School Executive Group

Appointed by the College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences College Management Group (MVLS CMG), the Psychology & Neuroscience School Executive Group (SPN SEG) is chaired by the Head of School and supported and advised by the SEG members.

Group Remit

The Group shall:

  • Provide cohesive and unified leadership to the School, developing and ensuring the delivery of the University’s and the College’s strategic plans and ambitions
  • Provide clarity across the School community regarding strategic priorities and direction; prepare and monitor the Annual Strategic Planning Report (SPR)
  • Assure operational delivery of learning and teaching, research, innovation, and internationalisation activities, providing updates to MVLS CMG on financial, people and estates related issues
  • Monitor all KPIs and targets set by MVLS CMG, including student recruitment, research, innovation, and internationalisation strategic goals
  • Ensure that effective policies and procedures are in place, consistent with College and University policies and procedures, for all aspects of the School’s business, including (but not limited to):
    • Assuring adherence to and communication of the Health and Safety (H&S) policy; review all H&S risks, threats, occurrences and providing appropriate mitigation
    • Assuring all data collation processes are completed in line with University processes, including (but not limited to) HESA, REF and ELIR
    • Assuring all regulatory policies are adhered to, including GDPR, equality, fraud and conflict of interest, escalating to MVLS CMG any breach of such policies
  • Identify, assess and mitigate strategic risk at a School level, ensuring minimal risk exposure to the College and the University

Scheme of Delegation

The following details the delegated authority for the SPN SEG and shows how it is placed in the overall University Scheme of Delegation with escalation to MVLS CMG:

Area of Responsibility


Decision Making Delegated Authority

Escalation To

Prior to MVLS CMG, approve School specific strategies


Head of College


Approve, as required, all School specific policies


Head of College


Prepare and pre-approve School SPR


Head of College


Provide input to College Capital Plan


Head of College


Group Membership

This is an executive chaired Group with the following core membership:

  • Head of School
  • Deputy Head of School
  • Head of Professional Services
  • Head of IT
  • Director of Education
  • Director or Deputy Director of Research
  • Director of Innovation
  • Chair of the EDI committee
  • Chair of the Environment Committee
  • Chair of the Ethics & Integrity Committee
  • PGR Convener
  • ECR representative
  • Human resources business partner
  • Finance business partner
  • Clerk

Substitutions and Quorum

Substitutions may be made with prior notice given to the clerk subject to approval by the Head of School.  There must be a minimum of 50% of its members in attendance for decisions or approvals. All SEG members except the clerk are entitled to vote, and decisions will be passed with a simple majority, with the Head of School having a casting vote.

Group Member Responsibilities

Each Group member has a responsibility to:

  • Provide scrutiny and challenge to all strategic documents, policies and papers
  • Apply current thinking and subject matter expertise in relevant fields to SEG topics
  • Foster a culture that promotes cooperation, compromise, collegiality and collective ownership of decisions
  • Openly and constructively challenge where proposals do not meet key criteria for regulatory, business continuity or sustainability requirements
  • Take ownership for specific risks and actions in the SEG Risk Register. All risks must have a group member as overall owner
  • Embody the University’s values in activity and behaviour (click here for details)

Conflict of Interest

The SPN SEG will follow the UofG procedure for the management of any conflicts. The procedure defines declaration of conflicts as a standard agenda item at the start of the meeting, the maintenance of a register of conflicts, and a process for managing all conflicts which are declared.

Format and Cadence

Meetings will be held monthly. Weekly and extraordinary meetings may also be scheduled as required.


  • University Strategy 2020-2025
  • All thematic and enabling strategies
  • College specific strategies and roadmaps
  • School Financial Reports and Statements including SPR
  • Minutes/reports of School Committees
  • CMG update
  • Agenda, action log and previous minutes
  • Papers to be presented


  • Action log
  • Minutes open to staff via Teams folder

Review of the terms of reference

The functioning of the SEG and its Terms of Reference will be reviewed annually at the start of each academic year