Capital Investment Planning Group

Committee description

Secretary: Mike Edge, Email:

Terms of Reference

On behalf of the Formal Senior Leadership Team, the Capital Investment Planning Group will:

  1. Oversee the management of the University 5 year capital investment plan – estate, IT and equipment ensuring alignment with agreed strategic and planning objectives;
  2. Receive and review annual reports on the estate, IT, equipment, student accommodation and funding;
  3. Ensure that investment planning aligns fully with sustainable development objectives;
  4. Monitor performance and provide oversight of agreed investment plans and key developments against aims, objectives and targets;
  5. Review and make recommendations on business investment cases (land and buildings) ensuring that proposals are fully aligned with University planning priorities and that the benefits, whole life costs and risks are fully and clearly identified;
  6. Under delegated authority, approve capital equipment and land & buildings cases up to a value of £2m*;
  7. Make recommendations for changes to the planned investment programme to meet changing needs and priorities within the agreed financial framework;
  8. Ensure effective development of frameworks, policies and procedures relating to Capital Investment Planning and Governance.

Reporting Relationships

The Capital Investment Planning Group reports to the Formal Senior Leadership Team and through to the Finance and Resources Committee.

Frequency of Meetings

The Capital Investment Planning Group usually meets on five occasions during the academic year.


The quorum for meetings of the Capital Investment Planning Group shall be half of the membership.


* Capital financial delegated authority levels stated only apply to those projects already identified in the Capital Plan.
Any projects that could be considered sensitive should still be reported to Council for approval, even if these projects are lower in value.

Members or key people

Ex-Officio Members

Director of Finance (Chair)

N Davies

The Executive Pro-Vice Chancellor or Director of Operations, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Professor L Kenny/Mrs N Sandman

The Executive Pro-Vice Chancellor or Director of Operations, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Professor F Beveridge/Mrs S Readey

The Executive Pro-Vice Chancellor or Director of Operations, Faculty of Science and Engineering

Professor W Van Der Hoek/Dr L Lightfoot
The PVC for Education or Nominee

Professor G Brown/Dr P Redmond (Nominee)

The PVC for Research and Impact or Nominee

Professor A Hollander/Ms L Keig (Nominee)

Director of People and Services

Dr C Costello

Director of IT Services

D Lawrence

Head of Business Support, FRCS

J White

Director of Capital Projects and Estate Strategy, FRCS

S Taylor

Director of FRCS

P Marsh

Director of Strategic Planning

P Hopwood

A deputy should attend the meeting in the event that a member is unavailable.

Other members may be co-opted or invited to attend for specific meetings at the discretion of the Group.

Invited to Attend

Management Accountant (Capital), FRCS

S Beattie

Meeting dates

  • 7 October 2022, 10.00 am
  • 17 November 2022, 2.00 pm
  • 7 February 2023, 10.00 am
  • 18 May 2023, 2.00 pm
  • 25 July 2023, 10.00 am

A full schedule of Committee meeting dates can be viewed here.