14 October 1999 - No 5424



<p>Oxford University Gazette,<br /> Vol. 130, No. 4524: 14 October 1999<br /></p>

Oxford University Gazette

14 October 1999


The following supplements were published
with this Gazette:

Vice-Chancellor's Oration 1999

Appointments


University Health and
Safety
information


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<br /> Oxford University Gazette, 14 October 1999: University Acts<br />

University Acts


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CONGREGATION 11 October


Degree by Special Resolution

No notice to the contrary having been received under the provisions
of Tit. II, Sect. vi, cl. 6 (Statutes, 1997, p. 15), the
following resolution is deemed to have been approved at noon on 11
October.

Text of Special Resolution

That the Degree of Master of Arts be conferred upon the following:

PATRICK DELBERT SCHMIDT, Nuffield College

DAVID ALAN TENNANT, D.PHIL., Wadham College

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CONGREGATION 11 October


Admission of Pro-Vice-Chancellor

The following person, duly nominated by the Vice-Chancellor to be
amongst his deputies for the year 1999--2000, was admitted to
office:

R.G. SMETHURST, MA, Provost of Worcester College

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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 11 October


1 Decree

Council has made the following decree, to come into effect on 29
October.


Decree (1): Establishment of Sports Strategy
Committee

Explanatory note

On the recommendation of the Committee to Review University Sport,
Council has agreed to establish a Sports Strategy Committee to
replace the existing Committee for University Sport. The new
committee will be responsible to Council for the governance of
university sport, and will submit annual reports to Council setting
out its medium-term plans and the progress made towards achieving
those plans.

Text of Decree (1)

1 In Ch. III, delete Sect. lxxvii
(Statutes, 1997, p. 342, as renumbered by Decree (2) of
29 July 1999, Gazette, Vol. 129, p. 1578), and
substitute:

`Section LXXVII. Sports Strategy Committee

1. There shall be a Sports Strategy Committee consisting of:

(1), (2) a chairman and a vice-chairman, appointed by Council, of
whom one shall be a man and one a woman;

(3) one of the Proctors or the Assessor as may be agreed between
them;

(4), (5) two persons who are Senior Members of foundation sports,
appointed by the Senior Members of the clubs concerned;

(6), (7) two persons who are Senior Members of development
sports, appointed by the Senior Members of the clubs concerned;

(8) a person who is the Senior Member of an established sport,
appointed by the Senior Members of the clubs concerned;

(9), (10) the President of the Sports Federation ex
officio
and another member of the Sports Federation appointed by
that federation, of whom one shall be a man and one a woman, and who
shall represent the interests of recognised sports;

(11), (12) two persons appointed by the Conference of Colleges,
of whom one shall be a man and one a woman, and who shall have an
interest in one of the recognised sports or the organisation of
college sport (or both).

The members appointed under (1) and (2) above shall hold office for
four years. The members appointed under (4)–(8) and (11) and
(12) above shall hold office for three years. The member appointed
under (10) above shall hold office for one year. Members appointed to
fill vacancies caused otherwise than by lapse of time shall hold
office for the unexpired residue only of the periods of office of the
members whom they succeed. All members shall be eligible for
reappointment.

The committee shall have power to co-opt up to three additional
members for such periods as it shall see fit.

The Director of Sport and the Development Executive (Sport) shall be
entitled to attend meetings, but shall not be voting members, of the
committee, provided that the committee may require either or both to
withdraw for all or part of any meeting.

2. The committee shall be responsible to Council for the
governance of university sport, and shall submit annual reports to
Council setting out its medium-term plans and the progress made
towards achieving those plans.

3. The committee shall receive an annual grant, of an amount
determined by the Committee on the Council Departments, towards the
costs of the staff of the Sports Department and the running and
upkeep of its facilities. The committee shall have oversight of the
use of the grant and any other income and funds for university sport
received by the department, provided that the day-to-day running of
the department shall be the responsibility of the Director of Sport
in line with guidelines set from time to time by the Buildings
Committee in relation to buildings, and in accordance with agreements
with the Curators of the University Parks for the use of facilities
in the University Parks and with the Estates Committee for the use of
the Marston Field.'

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2 Status of Master of Arts

Mr Vice-Chancellor reports that the status of Master of Arts under
the provisions of Ch. V, Sect. v, cl. 1 (Statutes, 1997,
p. 367) has been accorded to the following persons who are qualified
for membership of Congregation:

JEREMY GIBBONS, D.PHIL., Kellogg College

DEEPAK KALIA, University Offices

DAVID ANDREW MIDDLETON, St Hugh's College

DIANA RUTH PATON, Queen's College

JOHN FINLAY SHARP, University Offices

JONATHAN MARK SILK, University Offices

SUSAN WALTERS, Said Business School

JEREMY PETER WATKINS, Hertford College

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3 Register of Congregation

Mr Vice-Chancellor reports that the following names have been added
to the Register of Congregation:

Gibbons, J., MA status, D.Phil., Kellogg

Groves, P.J., MA, D.Phil., St Cross

Kalia, D., MA status, University Offices

Krug, K., MA, D.Phil., Magdalen

Middleton, D.A., MA status, St Hugh's

Paton, D.R., MA status, Queen's

Schmidt, P.D., MA, Nuffield

Sharp, J.F., MA status, University Offices

Silk, J.M., MA status, University Offices

Tennant, D.A., MA, D.Phil., Wadham

Walters, S., MA status, Said Business School

Watkins, J.P., MA status, Hertford

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CONGREGATION 12 October


1 Declaration of approval of unopposed
Statutes promulgated on 29 June

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor
declared the Statutes (1) transferring the name of Clifford Chance
from the Professorship of European Law to the Professorship of
Comparative Law and (2) renaming the Professorship of Atmospheric
Physics approved.

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2 Promulgation of Statutes

Forms of Statutes were promulgated. No notice of opposition having
been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor declared the preambles carried of the
proposed Statutes (1) establishing a Degree of Master of Fine Art,
(2) establishing an Ernest Butten Professorship of Management
Studies, and (3) concerning the Prize for an English Poem on a Sacred
Subject.

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CONGREGATION 14 October


Election

On Thursday, 14 October, the following was duly elected to hold
office for four years from Michaelmas Term 1999:

As a member of the Nominating Committee for the Vice-
Chancellorship

R.W. AINSWORTH, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of St Catherine's

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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on
29 October, see `Examinations and Boards' below.

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<br /> Oxford University Gazette, 14 October 1999: University Agenda<br />

University Agenda


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CONGREGATION 18 October


Degree by Special Resolution

The following special resolution will be deemed to be approved at
noon on 18 October, unless by that time the Registrar has received
notice in writing from two or more members of Congregation under the
provisions of Tit. II, Sect. vi, cl. 6 (Statutes, 1997,
p. 15) that they wish the resolution to be put to a meeting of
Congregation.

Text of Special Resolution

That the Degree of Master of Arts be conferred upon the following:

EDWARD CHARLES HOLMES, New College

BRONWEN MARGOT MORGAN, MA status, St Hilda's College

PAUL MULDOON, Hertford College

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CONGREGATION 19 October


Notice

The meeting of Congregation is cancelled. The sole business comprises
questions to which no opposition has been notified and in respect of
which no request for an adjournment has been received, and Mr Vice-
Chancellor will accordingly declare the special resolutions carried
without a meeting under the provisions of Tit. II, Sect. iii, cl. 11
(Statutes, 1997, p. 8).


Declaration of approval of Special
Resolutions authorising expenditure from the Higher Studies Fund

(1) That the Curators of the University Chest be authorised to
expend from the unearmarked part of the Higher Studies Fund a sum of
£52K as a contribution towards the cost of a postdoctoral
research assistant over five years, and a sum of up to £62K to
cover the cost of three research studentships for two years, both
grants being in support of the incoming Professor of Clinical
Neurology.

(2) That the Curators of the University Chest be authorised to
expend from the unearmarked part of the Higher Studies Fund such sum,
initially estimated at £136K, as is needed to cover the cost of
bridging a University Lectureship in Physics for four years, and a
sum, initially estimated at £75K, as a contribution towards the
costs of postdoctoral support over five years, both grants being in
support of the incoming Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics.

(3) That the Curators of the University Chest be authorised to
expend from the unearmarked part of the Higher Studies Fund such sum,
initially estimated at £85K, as is necessary to cover the cost
of a postdoctoral research assistant in support of the incoming
Professor of Mathematics and its Applications.

(4) That the Curators of the University Chest be authorised to
expend from that part of the Higher Studies Fund which is earmarked
for Social Studies the sum of £100K over two years to enable the
Bodleian Law Library to purchase new periodicals and journals.

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CONGREGATION 2 November 2 p.m.

¶ Members of Congregation are reminded that written notice of
any intention to vote against, or any proposed amendment to, the
enacting parts of the statutes at item 1 below, or of any intention
to vote against the preamble of the statute at item 2 below, or of
any wish to speak or to ask a question concerning the Vice-
Chancellor's Oration under item 3 below, signed in each case by at
least two members of Congregation, must be given to the Registrar by
noon on Monday, 25 October (see the Guide to Procedures in
Congregation cited in the note at the end of `University Agenda').


1 Voting on Statutes promulgated on 12
October

Statute (1): Establishment of Degree of Master of Fine Art

Statute (2): Establishment of Ernest Butten Professorship of
Management Studies

Statute (3): Prize for an English Poem on a Sacred Subject

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2 Promulgation of Statute

Statute: Changes to the College Contributions Scheme

Explanatory note

One element in the settlement imposed on Oxford and Cambridge by the
Secretary of State for Education and Employment in relation to
college fees was a requirement for both universities to increase the
level of transfers of funds from the wealthier to the poorer
colleges. In essence, the two Universities undertook to double the
existing rate of redistribution, and written commitments to this
effect were made in October 1998 after consultation with Heads of
House. The letter from the Department for Education and Employment to
the Chief Executive of HEFCE of 8 December 1998, which instructed the
Funding Council in the matter of the college fee settlement, noted
that the Secretary of State `particularly welcomes the Universities'
plans for the redeployment of private funds between the richer and
poorer colleges'.

During the summer, Oxford was asked by HEFCE about progress being
made to implement this commitment. This enquiry from HEFCE is linked
to negotiations currently in train with the Funding Council over the
final details of the settlement. Accordingly, after discussion with
the Chairman of the College Contributions Committee, the Chairman and
the Chairman-elect of the Conference of Colleges, and representatives
of the Estates Bursars' Committee, a commitment was given to HEFCE
during the Long Vacation that legislation to give effect to the
undertaking made to the Secretary of State in relation to the
redistribution of wealth between colleges would be brought forward as
early as possible in Michaelmas Term.

Acting on the advice of the College Contributions Committee, and
taking into account discussions held with Heads of House and other
representatives of colleges, Council now promotes the following
change to the College Contributions Statute in order to phase in a
doubling of the rate of contributions made by donor colleges to the
College Contributions Fund, over a period of five years, and to
maintain that level for a further three years.

In bringing forward this legislation, Council wishes to draw
attention to the fact that the College Contributions Committee is
currently undertaking a more thorough-going review of the structure
and objectives of the College Contributions Scheme. It expects this
review to be completed as a matter of urgency, alongside a parallel
review of college accounts being undertaken by the College Accounts
Committee, which Council also expects to be completed with similar
expedition. Council wishes to emphasise that the present proposed
change in legislation, necessary to meet commitments made to the
Secretary of State for Education and Employment, does not in any way
preclude further more significant changes to the College
Contributions Statute in due course, after there has been proper
discussion and consideration of proposals, provided only that no
subsequent change should prejudice the University's continuing
ability to meet the commitment given to the Secretary of State.

Since the College Contributions Statute is a `Queen-in- Council'
Statute, the approval of Her Majesty in the Privy Council to the
change set out below will be required, if Congregation gives its
approval.

WHEREAS it is expedient to make certain changes to the College
Contributions Scheme in order to increase the level of transfers of
funds from the wealthier to the poorer colleges, NOW THE UNIVERSITY
OF OXFORD, in exercise of the powers in that behalf conferred upon it
by the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923, and of all
other powers enabling it, ENACTS, subject to the approval of Her
Majesty in Council, AS FOLLOWS.

In Tit. XII, Sect. I, cl. 6 (Statutes, 1997, p. 83),
after:

`In respect of the first 8 units of 
    statutory endowment income                         Nil'

delete `In respect of ... 7½ per cent thereof' and substitute:

`Payment in Hilary Term, based on accounts for the
immediately preceding financial year:
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
In respect of the next unit 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 4.5 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0
In respect of the next unit 5.0 6.0 7.0 8.0 9.0 10.0 10.0 10.0 10.0
In respect of the remainder 7.5 9.0 10.5 12.0 13.5 15.0 15.0 15.0 15.0'

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3 Presentation of Vice-Chancellor's
Oration

The Oration delivered by Mr Vice-Chancellor on 5 October will be
presented and may be discussed.

¶ The text of the Oration has been published as Supplement
(1) to Gazette No. 4523.

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