UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE
EARLY DISPUTE RESOLUTION (EDR) GROUP

A meeting of the Group will be held on Monday 30 June 2008 at 2pm in River Room III, 9th floor, Tower Building

The meeting will be followed by a workshop session led by Mr Jeremy Scuse.

Mrs F O'Donnell, Convener

23 June 2008

Preliminary Remarks: to welcome Professor Rami Abboud and Mr Jeremy Scuse (Director of Catalyst Mediation Ltd) to their first meeting of the Group [Minute 10(2) of the meeting of 2 May 2008 refers]. To congratulate Mrs Maggie Davidson on her recent success in achieving mediation accreditation.

AGENDA

1 MINUTES
To consider the Minutes of the meeting of 2 May 2008.
Paper A - Download
2 MATTERS ARISING
>(1) EDR Resources (Minute 5)
To consider an oral report from the Convenor on progress with the purchase of EDR related resources for the Library.
(2) Neutral Locations for EDR (Minute 10(1))
To consider an oral report from Dr McLellan (on Professor Burchell's behalf) on progress with the identification of neutral locations for EDR sessions.
3 UPDATE ON THE APPROVAL OF THE STRATEGY DOCUMENT BY THE HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEE
To consider an oral report from the Convenor.
4 LINKAGE OF EDR TO OTHER UNIVERSITY POLICIES (Minute 4 of the meeting of 2 May 2008 refers)
To consider an oral report from the Convenor on the outcome of the Working Group's meeting of 20 June 2008.
5 EDR AWARENESS RAISING ACTIVITIES WITH COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS (Minute 6 of the meeting of 2 May 2008 refers)
To consider an oral report from the Convenor on actions taken to raise awareness of EDR amongst colleges and schools including the arrangement of an event on 16 October 2008 involving Mr John Sturrock, CORE Mediation.
6 ANY OTHER BUSINESS
7 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
To consider the date of the Group's next meeting.
WORKSHOP SESSION LED BY MR JEREMY SCUSE ON IMPARTIALITY OF IN-HOUSE MEDIATORS
FAQS on the "impartiality of in house mediators". 

If I wish to take part in a mediation to see if I can resolve my dispute:
  1. What are the rules and ethics by which the in house mediator operates and how can I be sure?
  2. Confidentiality : how do I know that a mediator wouldn't talk to my line manager or any other colleague after the mediation?
  3. Impartiality and personal agendas : how can I be sure a mediator is not going to side with my Head of Department or School/College in a mediation? Equally if I am say a Head of Department, how do I know the mediator is impartial and doesn't have another agenda?
  4. Would mixing mediator teams help my perceptions? (Should we be raising that distinction-are we enforcing stereotypes in doing so?) What choice could I have in selecting from a list of mediators?
  5. What if the mediators were from a different organisation (i.e. other Universities) how might this help or hinder?
  6. What happens if I have a complaint and felt that a mediator wasn't impartial etc? What can I do?