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CONGREGATION 21 October 2.30 p.m.

Conferment of Honorary Degree

The Degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, approved by Special Resolution of Congregation on 21 March 1995, will be conferred upon ARTHUR MILLER (AB Michigan), Fellow of St Catherine's College and Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre.

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CONGREGATION 31 October 2 p.m.

1 Voting on Statutes promulgated on 10 October

See Gazette 21 September.

2 Voting on Amendment to Statute promulgated on 10 October

Council proposes the following amendment to the proposed Statute establishing a Professorship of Portuguese Studies.

That the proposed Statute (8) which was promulgated on 10 October (see p. 9) be amended by the insertion before `Professorship of Portuguese' of `King John II'.

Note. It has now been agreed with the main benefactors that it would be appropriate for the new chair to be named after King John II of Portugal, who reigned between 1481 and 1495, who was of great importance to the history of the Discoveries, and who was an enthusiastic promoter of Humanism in Portugal. The above amendment provides accordingly. Subject to Congregation's approval, consequential amendments will be made in the draft decree annexed to the proposed statute (see p. 9).

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3 Promulgation of Statutes

Explanatory note to Statute (1)

The Committee for the School of Management Studies, with the concurrence of the General Board, has proposed that a Professorship of Management Studies be established and that the first incumbent also be appointed to the Peter Moores Directorship of the School of Management Studies. The first director of the school, Dr C.L. Brundin, has announced his intention to retire at the end of the 1995–6 academic year. The committee for the school has argued that, in order to make an appointment of someone capable of providing strong academic leadership, it is necessary to establish a professorship to be associated with the directorship, which is already fully endowed at professorial level. The duties of the director as currently prescribed `shall include original work and teaching in Management Studies' and the committee considers that the title of professor is entirely consistent with these duties. The following statute, and the decree to be made by Council if the statute is approved, accordingly establish a new Professorship of Management Studies, the first holder of which will also be appointed to the Peter Moores Directorship of the School of Management Studies for a period of five years in the first instance.

(1) WHEREAS it is expedient to establish a Professorship of Management Studies, THE UNIVERSITY ENACTS AS FOLLOWS.

In Tit. XIV, Sect. II, cl. 1 (Statutes, 1993, p. 107, as amended by Statute (3) approved by Congregation on 28 June 1994, Gazette, Vol. 124, pp. 1290, 1324), delete `Professorship of Management Studies' and substitute `Professorships (two) of Management Studies'.

Decree to be made by Council if the Statute is approved

1 In Ch. II, Sect. IV, § 1, SCHEDULE, concerning official members of faculty boards (Statutes, 1993, p. 217, as amended by Decree (2) of 14 July 1994, Gazette, Vol. 124, p. 1352), under Social Studies, after `Management Studies' insert `(two)'.

2 In Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 5. B, SCHEDULE A, concerning professorships (p. 359, as amended by the same decree), delete `Professor of Management Studies' and substitute `Professors (two) of Management Studies'.

3 Ibid., Sect. III. § 147, title, concerning particular professorships (p. 428, as amended by the same decree and subsequently renumbered by Decree (2) of 2 February 1995, Gazette, Vol. 125, p. 700), delete `Professor' and substitute `Professors'.

4 Ibid., cl. 1, delete `The Professor of Management Studies' and substitute `There shall be two Professors of Management Studies, each of whom'.

5 Ibid., cl. 2, after `The' insert `first'.

6 Ibid., insert cl. 3 as follows and renumber existing cl. 3 as cl. 4: `3. The second professor shall be elected by an electoral board consisting of:

(1) the Vice-Chancellor or, if the head of the college specified in (2) of this clause is Vice-Chancellor, a person appointed by Council;

(2) the head of the college to which the professorship shall be for the time being allocated by Council under any decree in that behalf, or, if the head is unable or unwilling to act, a person appointed by the governing body of the college;

(3) a person appointed by the governing body of the college specified in (2) of this clause;

(4) a person appointed by Council;

(5), (6) two persons appointed by the General Board;

(7) a person appointed by the Board of the Faculty of Social Studies;

(8), (9) two persons appointed by the Committee for the School of Management Studies.'

7 Ibid., cl. 4, as renumbered, delete `The' and substitute `Each'.

8 Ibid., delete `this chair' and substitute `these chairs'.

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Explanatory note to Statute (2)

Dr Charles Simonyi has offered the University a munificent benefaction for the endowment of a Professorship of the Public Understanding of Science. The following statute, and the decree to be made by Council if the statute is approved, formally accept the benefaction on the conditions agreed with Dr Simonyi, establish the Charles Simonyi Professorship of the Public Understanding of Science, and provide in the first instance for the immediate appointment of Dr C.R. Dawkins to a Charles Simonyi Readership in the Public Understanding of Science.

(2) WHEREAS it is expedient to establish the Charles Simonyi Professorship of the Public Understanding of Science, THE UNIVERSITY ENACTS AS FOLLOWS.

In Tit. XIV, Sect. II, cl. 1 (Statutes, 1993, p. 107, as amended by Statute (4) approved by Congregation on 28 June 1994, Gazette, Vol. 124, pp. 1289, 1324), after ` Professorship of Public Health' insert: `Charles Simonyi Professorship of the Public Understanding of Science'.

Decree to be made by Council if the Statute is approved

1 In Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 5. B, SCHEDULE A, concerning professorships (Statutes, 1993, p. 360), after `Watts Professor of Psychology.' insert:

`Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science.'

2 Ibid., Sect. III, concerning particular professorships (p. 455), insert new § 204 as follows and renumber existing §§ 204–8 (pp. 455–60) as §§ 205–9:

`§ 204. Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science

1. The University accepts with deep gratitude the sum of £1.5m from Dr Charles Simonyi for the endowment of the Charles Simonyi Professorship of the Public Understanding of Science.

2. The Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science shall

(a) notwithstanding the provisions of Sect. I, § 5. B. cl. 1 (b) of this chapter, engage in teaching related to the Public Understanding of Science and in other appropriate forms of provision as agreed between the professor, the head of the appropriate discipline-based department, and the Director of the Department for Continuing Education, such teaching and other forms of provision to occupy no fewer than twelve hours and no more than fifty hours in Oxford in any academic year;

(b) promote the public understanding of science both within and outside Oxford.

3. The professor shall be elected by a board of electors consisting of

(1) the Vice-Chancellor, or, if the head of the college specified in (2) of this clause is Vice-Chancellor a person appointed by Council;

(2) the head of the college to which the professorship shall be for the time being allocated by Council under any decree in that behalf, or, if the head is unable or unwilling to act, a person appointed by the governing body of the college;

(3) a person appointed by the governing body of the college specified in (2) of this clause;

(4), (5) two persons appointed by Council, one of whom shall be appointed after consultation with the benefactor;

(6) a person appointed by the General Board;

(7) a person appointed by the Board of the Faculty of Biological Sciences;

(8) a person appointed by the Board of the Faculty of Physical Sciences;

(9) a person appointed by the Committee on Continuing Education.

4. Subject to the provisions of clause 2 (a) above, the professor shall be subject to the General Provisions of the decree concerning the duties of professors and to those Particular Provisions of the same decree which are applicable to this chair.

5. Such part of the income from the endowment as is not required to meet the salary and associated costs of the professorship shall be applied for the provision of support funds for the professor in such ways as the Committee on Continuing Education may determine. That committee may delegate its powers under this clause to a subcommittee consisting of the Chairman of the Committee on Continuing Education, the Director of the Department for Continuing Education, the professor, and the head of any discipline- based department or departments with which the professor is also associated, or their nominees, subject to annual report to the committee.'

3 Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VII, Sect. III, § 204, cll. 1–4 as inserted by clause 2 above, the income from the endowment shall be applied in the first instance to fund a post in the Public Understanding of Science to be held by Dr C.R. Dawkins, Fellow of New College, on such terms and conditions as Council and the General Board may determine, and to provide support costs for such a post to be administered in accordance with ibid., cl. 5.

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4 Presentation of Vice-Chancellor's Oration

The Oration delivered by Mr Vice-Chancellor on 3 October will be presented and may be discussed.

¶ The text of the Oration is published as Supplement (2) to Gazette No. 4375. As explained in the notice published in Supplement (1) to No. 4373 (p. 37), Council intends to put down a general resolution, for debate in Congregation on 28 November, concerning the report of Council's Working Party on Senior Library Posts. That resolution will constitute this year's annual general resolution `inviting approval of important new policies' under the provisions of Tit. II, Sect. V, cl. 2 (Statutes, 1993, p. 11; Examination Decrees, 1995, p. 1073), and such an annual general resolution will therefore not, as in previous years, be on the agenda for the same meeting of Congregation as the presentation of the Oration. Accordingly, unless at least two members of Congregation have severally or jointly given notice in writing to the Registrar by noon on Monday, 23 October, that they wish to discuss or to ask a question about the Oration under the provisions of Tit. II, Sect. XI, cl. 4 (Statutes, 1993, p. 18, as amended by Statute (1) approved by Congregation on 28 June 1994, Gazette, Vol. 125, pp. 1289, 1324; Examination Decrees, 1995, p. 1079), or unless the meeting on 31 October is required to deal with other business, Mr Vice-Chancellor will cancel that meeting under the provisions of Tit. II, Sect. III, cl. 11 (Statutes, 1993, p. 8; Examination Decrees, 1995, p. 1071).

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CONGREGATION 9 November

Election

Visitatorial Board

Vacancy: one

Retiring member: Principal of St Edmund Hall

Period from HT 1996: 4 years

¶Nominations in writing by six members of Congregation will be received by the Head Clerk at the University Offices, Wellington Square, up to 4 p.m. on Monday, 23 October, and similar nominations by six members of Congregation up to 4 p.m. on Monday, 30 October.

Council has decided that nominations must show for each signatory the name and college or department in block capitals. Any names which are not so shown may not be published.

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