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Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 2005

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Fundable bodies: miscellaneous

26Academic freedom

(1)A fundable body must have regard to the desirability of—

(a)ensuring the academic freedom of relevant persons; and

(b)ensuring that the matters mentioned in subsection (2) are not adversely affected by the exercise of a relevant person’s academic freedom.

(2)Those matters are—

(a)the appointment held; and

(b)any entitlements or privileges enjoyed,

by the relevant person at the fundable body.

(3)In this section, a “relevant person” is a person who is engaged in—

(a)teaching, or the provision of learning, at a fundable body; or

(b)research at a fundable body.

(4)For the purposes of this section, “academic freedom” includes freedom (within the law) to—

(a)hold and express opinion;

(b)question and test established ideas and received wisdom; and

(c)present controversial or unpopular points of view.

27Remit of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman

(1)In section 3 (persons liable to be investigated) of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002 (asp 11)

(a)in subsection (1), for the words “and 2” there is substituted “, 2 and 3”; and

(b)after subsection (6) there is added—

(7)Her Majesty may by Order in Council amend Part 3 of schedule 2 so as to—

(a)modify any entry in it,

(b)remove any entry from it, or

(c)add to it any entry relating to a person, or class of persons, providing fundable further education or fundable higher education (within the meaning of the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 2005 (asp 6)).

(8)An Order in Council under subsection (7) adding an entry to that Part of that schedule relating to a person, or class of persons, whose business (whether commercial, charitable or otherwise) includes matters other than the activities which fundable bodies (within the meaning of that Act) generally carry on—

(a)must, as regards that person or class, provide for this Act to apply only in relation to those activities; and

(b)may do so subject to such modifications or exceptions as may be specified in the Order in Council.

(9)No recommendation to make an Order in Council under subsection (7)(c) is to be made to Her Majesty unless every person to whom the Order relates has been consulted..

(2)In section 24 (Orders in Council: general) of that Act, in subsection (2) after the words “3(2)” there is inserted “or (7)”.

(3)In schedule 2 (listed authorities) of that Act, after Part 2, there is added—

Part 3Other entries amendable by Order in Council
92Further and Higher Education

(1)Any fundable body within the meaning of the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 2005 (asp 6).

(2)Sub-paragraph (1) does not include the Open University (so far as it is a fundable body).

93The Scottish Agricultural College..

(4)In schedule 4 (matters which the Ombudsman must not investigate) of that Act, after paragraph 10, there is inserted—

10AAction taken by or on behalf of any body falling within Part 3 of schedule 2 in the exercise of academic judgement relating to an educational or training matter..

28Inspection of accounts

(1)The Auditor General for Scotland may, at any reasonable time, inspect the accounts and accounting records of any fundable body.

(2)But the function under subsection (1) is exercisable only in relation to accounts and records which relate to a financial year in which expenditure to which this subsection applies is incurred.

(3)Subsection (2) applies to expenditure which has been funded (in whole or part) by payments made by the Council under section 12.

29Educational use of certain property

(1)In section 25 (closure of colleges and dissolution of boards of management) of the 1992 Act

(a)after subsection (1) there is inserted—

(1A)An order made for the purpose mentioned in subsection (1)(a) above—

(a)shall include provision for the property and rights of the board of management to transfer to and vest in a charity; and

(b)may include provision for the liabilities and obligations of the board of management to transfer to and vest in the Scottish Ministers or such other body or person as may be specified in the order.

(1B)An order made for the purpose mentioned in subsection (1)(b) above may include provision—

(a)for the property and rights of the board of management to transfer to and vest in a charity; and

(b)for the liabilities and obligations of the board of management to transfer to and vest in the Scottish Ministers or such other body or person as may be specified in the order.;

(b)in subsection (2), paragraph (a) is repealed;

(c)in subsection (7), for the words from “under” to “sub-paragraph” in the second place where it occurs there is substituted “as mentioned in subsection (1A) or (1B) above shall not contain provision for transferring and vesting property, rights, liabilities or obligations unless the body or person to whom the transfer is being made (apart from the Scottish Ministers)”; and

(d)after subsection (7) there is added—

(8)All property and rights vested in a charity by virtue of an order as mentioned in subsection (1A) or (1B) above shall be applied for the purpose of the advancement of education.

(9)In this section, a “charity” means a body entered in the Scottish Charity Register..

(2)In section 47 (closure of institutions) of that Act—

(a)after subsection (1) there is inserted—

(1A)An order under subsection (1) above—

(a)shall include provision for the property and rights of the institution to transfer to and vest in a charity; and

(b)may include provision for the liabilities and obligations of the institution to transfer to and vest in the Scottish Ministers or such other body or person as may be specified in the order.;

(b)in subsection (2), paragraph (a) is repealed; and

(c)after subsection (7) there is added—

(8)An order as mentioned in subsection (1A) above shall not contain provision for transferring and vesting property, rights, liabilities or obligations unless the body or person to whom the transfer is being made (apart from the Scottish Ministers) has consented to the transfer and vesting.

(9)All property and rights vested in a charity by virtue of an order as mentioned in subsection (1A) above shall be applied for the purpose of the advancement of education.

(10)In this section, a “charity” means a body entered in the Scottish Charity Register..

30Change of name by certain bodies

In section 3 (powers of the Scottish Ministers) of the 1992 Act, for subsection (4) there is substituted—

(4)The governing body (within the meaning of Part II of this Act) of a college of further education may, with the consent of the Scottish Ministers, change the name of the college or of the governing body..

31Information about recorded children

A fundable body must provide a local authority with such information or advice as the authority may reasonably require for the purposes of the exercise by the authority of its functions under section 65B (provision for recorded children) of the 1980 Act.

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