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Corporate Affairs & Compliance

Records Retention Schedule for files relating to corporate affairs & compliance.

Corporate affairs & compliance is made up of the following headings:

7.1 Governance
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7.1.2Formal committees.Terms of Reference Agenda;
Supporting papers.
7.1.3Ethics review committees, e.g. Research Ethics Committee, Biobank Ethical Review Committee.Terms of Reference;
Supporting papers.
SI 2004/1031 reg 6(5) 
7.1.4Other committees, including Board of Examiners.Terms of Reference;
Supporting papers.
Limitation Act 1980, s. 5 
7.1.5Statutory/Non-Statutory Committee Administration.Records documenting the conduct of reviews of the effectiveness and performance of a committee or council effectiveness reviews.Completion of two subsequent reviews.Completion of two subsequent reviews.JISCRetaining records of previous reviews provides evidence of effective monitoring over time, as well as compliance with regulatory requirements/recommendations to undertake reviews.
7.1.6Records documenting the development and establishment of the institution's strategies: key records. Superseded.10UCL 
7.1.7Policy development - key records. When superseded.10UCL 
7.1.8Master copies of procedures. When superseded.10UCL 
7.1.9Strategy, policy and procedure development - working papers. AY1UCL 
7.1.10Senior Officers' Appointments Administration.Records documenting the appointment/ election/designation of the institution's senior officers.Termination of appointment.6Limitation Act 1980, s.5The institution may wish to transfer these records to the archive once they are no longer in active use.
7.2 Strategic planning and performance management
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7.2.1Development of corporate strategy and planning.Corporate Plan;
Annual Review;
UCL White Paper.
7.2.2Development of local strategy and planning.CSS strategies;
Divisional, faculty, departmental Strategic Plans.
7.2.3Corporate performance management.Analyses of performance against strategic plan;
Audits and reviews of strategic planning and performance and responses.
7.2.4Internal and external audit reports.Records documenting the conduct and results of audits, and action taken to address issues raised.Completion of audit.5JISC 
7.2.5Risk Management.Risk assessment reports;
Contingency plans;
Business recovery plans;
Disaster plans;
Emergency planning exercise documentation.
7.3 Legal affairs management
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7.3.1Negotiation, establishment and review of contracts and agreements between the institution and third parties: agreements and contracts under seal (by deed).Contracts;
Contractor review reports.
Termination of contract.12Limitation Act 1980, s.8 
7.3.2Negotiation, establishment and review of contracts and agreements between the institution and third parties: other contracts and agreements.Contracts;
Contractor review reports.
Termination of contract.6Limitation Act 1980, s.5 
7.3.3Provision of legal support and representation for the institution in dealing with claims by or against the institution which do not proceed to litigation or settlement by an agreement. Settlement of claim OR Withdrawal of claim.6Limitation Act 1980, ss 2 and 5 
7.3.4Litigation between the institution and third parties. Life of institution.Life of institution.JISC 
7.3.5Legal advice requested by, and provided to, the institution.Interpretation of legislation affecting the institution's legal framework, governance, responsibilities or operations
proposals for new legislation affecting the institution's legal framework, governance, responsibilities or operations
industrial relations issues;
health, safety and environmental issues;
the institution's relationships with government bodies and HE regulators;
industrial relations issues;
health, safety and environmental issues.
Life of institution.Life of institution.JISC 
7.3.6Legal advice on other matters requested by, and provided to, the institution. PERMANENTPERMANENTUCL 
7.4 Information compliance
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7.4.1Compliance with Data Protection Act.Request logs, case files, notification forms and correspondence with ICO.AY3
7.4.2Compliance with Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations.Request logs, case files and notification forms correspondence with ICO.AY10
7.5 Government relations
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7.5.1General correspondence with government bodies. AY5JISC 
7.5.2Institution's formal responses to consultations conducted by government bodies.Formal responses to consultations and requests for information.Last action on consultation.5
7.5.3Preparation and submission of reports to government bodies.Prevent data return;
OfS reportable events;
OfS requests for information.
Submission of report.5UCL 
7.5.4Records documenting the institution's participation in formal government or public inquiries. Last action on inquiry.10JISC 
7.6 Health and safety
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7.6.1Health and safety policies.Key records relating to the establishment of policies;
Master copies of policies.
Superseded.50SI 1999/3242 reg 5(2) 
7.6.2Risk assessment forms: Hazard ExposureConduct, review and revision of risk assessment forms for: 
  • Display Screen Equipment;
  • Noise;
  • Hazardous Substances;
  • Lead;
  • Electromagnetic Fields;
  • Asbestos;
  • Ionising Radiation;
  • Artificial Optical Radiation.
When superseded.10SI 1992/2792 reg 2;
SI 2005/1643 reg 5;
SI 2002/2677 reg 6;
SI 2002/2676 reg 5;
SI 2010/1140 reg 3;
SI 2012/632 reg 6;
SI 2017/1075 reg 8;
SI 2016/588 reg 12.
7.6.3Risk assessment: Other.Conduct, review and revision of risk assessment forms.When superseded.5SI 1999/3242 reg 3 
7.6.4Risk assessment: Fire safety.Conduct, review and revision of fire safety risk assessments and arrangements.When superseded.5SI 2005/1541 arts 9, 11 
7.6.5Health & Safety Hazard Exposure Control.Health/medical surveillance records of individual employees who are exposed to:
  • noise;
  • lead;
  • electromagnetic fields;
  • asbestos;
  • substances hazardous to health;
  • Group 3 or Group 4 biological agents;
  • artificial optical radiation.
Date of last entry on record.40SI 2005/1643 reg 9;
SI 2002/2677 regs 11(3), 7(10) and Sch 3, para. 4(3) ;
SI 2010/1140 reg 6;
SI 2012/632 regs 22(1)(b), 19(4)(a);
SI 2002/2676 reg 10 (5);
SI 2016/588 reg 11.
7.6.6Accidents, incidents and emergencies: Dangerous occurrences and notifiable diseases.Accident / incident forms;
Accident books;
SI 2013/1471 reg 12(1)(2)
SI 1979/628 Regulation 25
7.6.7Accidents, incidents and emergencies: Investigations.Investigation of accidents, dangerous occurrences and outbreaks of notifiable diseases on the institution's premises.Closure of investigation.40Limitation Act 1980, s.11 
7.6.8Accidents, incidents and emergencies: Plans and information.Plans and information to deal with accidents, incidents and emergencies related to the presence of substances hazardous to health;
the presence of lead;
the presence of asbestos;
radiation accidents.
When superseded.10JISC 
7.6.9Accidents, incidents and emergencies.Institution's response to accidents, incidents and emergencies involving:
  • lead;
  • substances hazardous to health;
  • asbestos.
Last action on event.10JISC 
7.6.10Substances hazardous to health: testing and general monitoring.Records of the conduct and results of monitoring employees' general exposure to lead (in air), general exposure to asbestos and general exposure to substances hazardous to health.AY5SI 2002/2676 reg 9
SI 2012/632 re9 19
SI SI 2002/2677 reg 10
7.6.11Ionising Radiations: Contingency plans.Investigations analysis of contingency plans for radiation accidents.When plan is implemented.2SI 2017/1075 reg 13(2) 
7.6.12Ionising Radiation: Summary and immediate information.Investigation of loss or theft of radioactive substances where no release or theft was found to have occurred.Closure of investigation.2SI 2017/1075 reg 31(5) 
7.6.13Ionising Radiation: Summary and immediate information.Dose records;
Investigation of exposure reports;
Immediate investigation into overexposure.
AY2SI 2017/1075 regs 22(7), 23(4), 26(2)(a) 
7.6.14Ionising Radiation: Accidents and exposure.Assessments of doses of ionising radiation received by 'classified persons' which are likely to be significant;
Investigations into occurrences of overexposure to ionising radiation;
Investigations into occurrences of overexposure to ionising radiation;
Assessments of individual doses of ionising radiation received as a result of a radiation accident.
Date of last entry.30 years OR until the employee reaches (or would have reached, if deceased) 75 years, whichever is the later.SI 2017/1075, regs 21(3)(a), 23(2)(b), 24(3), 25(2)(b)Data maintained in dosimetry service for 50 years for both classified and non-classified persons.
7.6.15Ionising Radiations: Monitoring of designated areas. Date of monitoring.2SI 2017/1075 reg 20(5) 
7.6.16Ionising Radiations: Leak testing.leak testing of sealed sources and containers.When a leak test is conducted.2SI 2017/1075 reg 28 
7.6.17Ionising Radiation: Permitting.Permits issued under reg 13 of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016;
Records required to be made by permits;
Quantity and location of radioactive substances.
As long as required by EA.As long as required by EA.EA 2011 3.1.1(d)
EA 2012 4.1.1(d)
Note: Permits and required records must be kept past the time when all radioactive substance activity has ceased until surrender of the permit.
7.6.18Information, instruction and training.Noise;
Substances Hazardous to Health;
Ionising Radiation;
Artificial Optical Radiation;
Electromagnetic Fields.
7.6.19Fire safety provision.Assessment of fire safety requirements and facilities;
Records of the appointment of 'competent persons';
Role-specific training for 'competent persons';
Fire safety training to employees;
Arrangements with emergency services.
When superseded.5JISC 
7.6.20First aid provision.Assessment of first aid requirements and facilities;
Appointment of first aiders;
Training for first aiders.
When superseded.5JISC 
List of citations

Acts of Parliament

  • Limitation Act 1980.

Statutory Instruments and EU Regulations

  • 1979/628: The Social Security (Claims and Payments) Regulations.
  • 1992/2792: Health & Safety (Display Screen) Equipment Regulations.
  • 1999/3242: Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations.
  • 2002/2676: Control of Lead at Work Regulations.
  • 2002/2677: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations.
  • 2004/1031: Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations.
  • 2005/1541: Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.
  • 2005/1643: Control of Noise at Work Regulations.
  • 2010/1140: Control of Artificial Optical Radiation at Work Regulations.
  • 2012/632: Control of Asbestos Regulations.
  • 2013/1471: Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations.
  • 2016/588: Control of Electromagnetic Fields at Work Regulations.
  • 2017/1075: Ionising Radiations Regulations.    

UK and EU statutory guidance

  • EA 2011 3.1.1d: How to comply with your EPR RSR environmental permit – sealed sources 2011.
  • EA 2012 4.1.1d: How to comply with your EPR RSR environmental permit – open sources and receipt, accumulation and disposal of radioactive waste on non-nuclear sites 2012.
  • JISC: Model records retention schedule 2019.