Council news

29 July 2014

The IOP’s Council met on 18 July at Portland Place, in London.

The development of a new five-year strategy for the Institute was a major focus for Council. The strategy sets out the change that the Institute will deliver over the next five years. It is, by design, challenging and ambitious, but Council believes it is achievable, and it has been put together after wide consultation with the Institute’s membership and stakeholders.

Following a few small updates to the final draft, the new strategy will be launched in the autumn.

Diversity issues also featured on the agenda as Council approved a new diversity monitoring form, having reviewed the reasons why the Institute needs to collect this information and the purposes for which it is used. The information is collected in accordance with the law and best practice, and allows comparisons across the Institute, its membership, the wider physics community and national demographic data.

Council also received a report from the Membership Committee that set out a range of activities aimed at increasing the numbers of women being nominated for Fellowship of the Institute.

Council reviewed the latest developments with the Institute’s new home in King’s Cross, noting that a planning application will be submitted to Islington Council's planners in August, with the outcome hopefully known by December.

A standing item each summer for Council is to review the terms of reference and memberships of its committees. A number of appointments were approved, with others delegated to senior officers and committee chairs.

Council also approved appointments to the boards of its subsidiary companies IOP Publishing Ltd and IOP Enterprises Ltd.