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Research Data Scotland (RDS) Transition Board Legal Working Group minutes: August 2021

Published: 5 Oct 2021
Directorate:
Digital Directorate
Part of:
Economy, Public sector
Date of meeting: 16 Aug 2021

Minutes from the meeting of the RDS Transition Board Legal Working Group on 16 August 2021.

Published:
5 Oct 2021
Research Data Scotland (RDS) Transition Board Legal Working Group minutes: August 2021

Attendees and apologies

Attending:

  • Neil Rawlins – minute taker
  • Louise Cullum
  • Christopher Murphy
  • Robin Fallas
  • Nora Kellock
  • John Thompson
  • Nicola Kerr 
  • Martin Browne
  • Alessia Morris

Apologies:

  • Nicola Rinaldi
  • Lorna McCall

Items and actions

Summary of actions arising

  • OSCR application - 'societal wellbeing' MacRoberts to follow up with PHS and circulate a proposal to the three trustees - RF/LMcC
  • members agreement - workplace policies - what can be postponed until a later date - MacRoberts to explore with PHS - CM
  • RDS/PHS agreements - letter recording what each organisation does - MacRoberts

Meeting minutes 

Minutes and actions from the previous meeting

Minutes from previous meeting were agreed. Outstanding / ongoing actions were noted and updated as necessary.

OSCR registration: progress report 

MacRoberts consulted OSCR on:

  • objects
  • ministerial control
  • public benefit test

The question of the wording in the Objects ‘societal wellbeing’ was discussed. It was felt that the wording of the Objects was too health focussed for SG and UoE and that there should be a wider emphasis than just health. It was suggested that the initial health focus would evolve over time to become wider.

Action:

  • MacRoberts to follow this up with PHS and then circulate a suggestion to the three trustees this week

Members agreement: progress report

This has been discussed by PHS

Additional points had been flagged up by PHS, eg workplace policies and are they suitable for PHS. A decision is expected shortly

Action:

  • workplace policies - what can be postponed until a later date – MacRoberts to explore with PHS

MVP: requirements for the move from RDS as a shell company to launch and implementation of structural changes

A soft launch between now and 30 September.

The website offering to include information signposting.

MacRoberts note the RDS / PHS agreement update with a proposal that a letter is produced recording what each organisation does.

Action:

  • RDS/PHS agreements - letter recording what each organisation does

There was no other AOCB and the meeting closed.