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CONGREGATION 11 March

Degree by Special Resolution

No notice to the contrary having been received under the provisions of Tit. II, Sect. vi, cl. 6 (Statutes, 1995, p. 13), the following resolution is deemed to have been approved at noon on 11 March.

Text of Special Resolution

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

PAUL RICHARD CROCKER, Linacre College

JOHN MARKS TEMPLETON, Templeton College

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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 11 March

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 29 March.

List of the decrees:

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Explanatory note to Decree (1)

The University of Cambridge has recently introduced the Degree of Master of Natural Sciences (M.Sci.) in certain subjects. In parallel to the Degree of Master of Engineering of each university, the new degree will be equivalent in the relevant subjects to the Oxford Degrees of M.Biochem., M.Chem., and M.Phys. except that holders of the Cambridge M.Eng. or M.Sci. receive in addition the Cambridge BA, and can proceed to the Cambridge MA. The following decree provides for the incorporation of the Cambridge M.Sci. as the Oxford M.Biochem., M.Chem., or M.Phys. in appropriate cases, while precluding the incorporation in addition of the Cambridge BA or MA. This corresponds with the existing treatment of the Cambridge M.Eng. To avoid a need for subsequent legislation, the decree also provides for incorporation to the Oxford M.Math., although it is not currently possible to qualify for the Cambridge M.Sci. in Mathematics.

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Decree (1)

1 In Ch. I, Sect. III, cl. 2 (a) (Statutes, 1995, p. 191), after `Masters of Engineering,' insert `Masters of Natural Sciences,'.

2 Ibid., after `Master of Engineering' insert `or Natural Sciences'.

3 Ibid., delete `last-named' and substitute `Degree of Master of Biochemistry, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, or Physics; and provided also that Council shall determine from time to time the subjects studied for the Degree of Master of Natural Sciences of the University of Cambridge which shall respectively qualify an eligible holder of that degree to be admitted to the Degree of Master of Biochemistry, Chemistry, Mathematics, or Physics of this University.'

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Explanatory note to Decree (2)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Committee on Animal Care and with the concurrence of the General Board, allows the committee to co-opt up to two additional members in order to provide for an appropriate overlap with the membership of its subcommittees.

Decree (2)

In Ch. II, Sect. II, § 2, cl. 1 (Statutes, 1995, p. 215), after `(13) ... clause 2 below.' insert: `The committee shall have power to co-opt up to two additional members, who shall hold office for one year and shall be re-eligible.'

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Explanatory note to Decree (3)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the IT Committee and with the concurrence of the General Board, increases the number of representatives on the committee appointed by OUSU from one to two in order that the interests of both undergraduates and graduates may be represented on the committee.

Decree (3)

In Ch. II, Sect. II, § 5, cl. 1 (Statutes, 1995, p. 219), delete item (18) and substitute: `(18), (19) two persons appointed by the Oxford University Student Union.'

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Explanatory note to Decree (4)

The following decree removes anomalies and makes consequential amendments to existing decrees which have been overlooked in recent legislation, and other minor amendments.

Decree (4)

1 In Ch. III, Sect. XXXV, cl. 4 (1), concerning the Environmental Change Unit (Statutes, 1995, p. 290), and Ch. VII, Sect. III, § 64, cl. 1 (2), concerning the Reader in Educational Studies (p. 401, as amended by Decree (3) of 18 January 1996, Gazette, p. 582), in each case delete `to which' and substitute `with which'; and delete `allocated' and substitute `associated'.

[These changes convert the existing formulation to that normally used in connection with directorships and readerships, whereby they are described as `associated with' rather than `allocated to' a college, the latter phrase normally being reserved for professorships.]

2 In Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 7, SCHEDULE IV, concerning special allowances to certain Heads of Departments (p. 372), after `Head of the Department of Statistics' insert: `Principal Curator of the University Museum'.

[The Principal Curator was inadvertently omitted from the list of those in receipt of a Schedule IV departmental allowance.]

3 The provisions of Decree (4) of 7 December 1995, concerning the Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies (Gazette, p. 467), are hereby rescinded.

4 In Examination Decrees, 1995, p. 1054, after l. 15 insert new item (b) as follows and reletter existing item (b) (l. 16) as item (c):

`(b) for members of the University working for the Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies, £250.'

[Clauses 3 and 4 above correct the provision for the composition fee of £250 for 1995-6 for the course concerned, which was originally, through inadvertence, incorrectly included amongst the fees collected through the candidates' societies; the diploma course is open to non-members of the University.]

5 Clauses 1 and 2 of this decree shall have immediate effect; clauses 3 and 4 shall be effective from 22 December 1995.

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Explanatory note to Decree (5)

The gates to the University Parks have locks which are of an obsolete pattern and which will shortly need to be replaced. Owing to the presence of the Marston–Oxford cycle track and footpath on the south side of the Parks, there is now a pedestrian way between South Parks Road and Ferry Road, Marston, open twenty-four hours a day, except on 1 January and 25 December of each year.

In these circumstances, the Curators of the University Parks will no longer be issuing keys to the gates of the University Parks to members of the University.

In reaching this decision, the curators have been influenced by a number of factors:

(1) It is impossible to make the Parks' boundaries totally secure from illegal entry, and the curators do not have the resources to enable them to protect legitimate key-holders when the Parks are closed.

(2) It has been the habit of some key-holders to admit non-key- holders after the gates have been locked. This leads to those admitted being unable to get out without either climbing out (and, on occasion, causing damage while doing so) or calling out the Superintendent to open a gate.

(3) Regrettably, some key-holders have removed padlocks from those gates to which fixed locks cannot be fitted. This is a continuing problem which results in costs in the region of £300 per annum.

(4) Closure of the Parks to all persons after sunset will make the effective protection of buildings and equipment by the University Security Service more practicable.

The curators intend to give advance notice of the date on which the obsolete locks will be changed. From that date the persons to whom the curators have issued keys may return them and have any deposit refunded.

Council has endorsed the curators' intentions and has agreed to make the following decree, which deletes the clause prescribing that keys to the Parks may be supplied to Senior Members of the University.

Decree (5)

In Ch. III, Sect. LXXXIII (Statutes, 1995, p. 329), delete cl. 4.

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Explanatory note to Decree (6)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Clinical Medicine Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, provides for the formal acceptance of a generous donation from Dr Sidney Truelove of £7,500 to establish a fund to be known as the Dr Sidney Truelove Lecturership Fund, the income from which will be used to fund a special lecture in the Oxford Postgraduate Gastroenterology Course.

Decree (6)

In Ch. IX, Sect. I (Statutes, 1995, p. 664), insert new § 347 as follows and renumber existing §§ 347–8 as §§ 348–9:

`§ 347. Truelove Lecturership Fund

1. The University accepts with gratitude from Dr Sidney Truelove the sum of £7,500 to establish a fund to be known as the Dr Sidney Truelove Lecturership Fund, the income from which shall be used to fund a special lecture in the Oxford Postgraduate Gastroenterology Course. If the course shall cease, the capital sum and any unspent income shall be transferred to the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine Ulcerative Colitis Research Fund under the provisions of § 249 of this section.

2. The Board of the Faculty of Clinical Medicine shall be the Board of Management of the Dr Sidney Truelove Lecturership Fund.

3. Such proportion of the income as shall be determined from time to time by the Clinical Medicine Board shall be used to fund the Dr Sidney Truelove Lecture to be given in the Oxford Postgraduate Gastroenterology Course.

4. Income not expended in any year shall, at the discretion of the Clinical Medicine Board, either be accumulated to increase the sum available from time to time for the lecture, or be added to the capital of the fund for so long as that shall be permissible in Law.

5. Council shall have power to alter this decree from time to time, provided that the main object of the benefaction, as stated in clause 1 above, is always kept in view.'

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Explanatory note to Decree (7)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the General Board, deletes the provisions governing the status of Service Student. No-one has been matriculated as a Service Student for about twenty years, and any person to whom such provisions might have relevance in the future could ask that Council's Applications Committee consider his or her case.

Decree (7)

In Examination Decrees, 1995, delete from p. 19, l. 5 to p. 20, l. 4.

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Explanatory note to Decree (8)

Since the introduction of Master's degrees for certain four-year undergraduate courses, various matters requiring consequential legislation have come to light, and the following decree provides accordingly.

Decree (8)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1995, p. 18, ll. 12 and 16, in each case before `Engineering' insert `Chemistry or'.

2 Ibid., l. 18, after `six terms' insert `in the case of courses of study lasting three years, or nine terms in the case of four-year courses leading to the aforementioned Master's degrees'.

3 Ibid., delete ll. 25–8 and renumber existing sub-clause (iii) (l. 29) as sub-clause (ii).

4 Ibid., p. 21, after l. 28 insert: `The holder of the Degree of Bachelor of Arts of the University may not supplicate for any of the Master's degrees referred to in this section.'

Key to Decree (8)

Cl. 1 corrects an omission in previous legislation by inserting a reference to the Degree of Master of Chemistry in the decree governing Senior Status.

Cl. 2 makes provision for four-year courses in which work for the Second Public Examination occupies nine, rather than six, terms.

Cl. 3 deletes a provision which has been superseded by the prohibition effected by cl. 4 of the existing decree.

Cl. 4 gives unambiguous legislative form to a principle expressed in the explanatory note to the legislation introducing the first of the Master's degrees (M.Eng.) awarded for an undergraduate course, namely that such degrees are awarded in place of the BA.

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Explanatory note to Decree (9)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the English Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, declassifies the First Public Examination in English.

Associated changes in regulations are set out in `Examinations and Boards' below.

Decree (9)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1995, p. 23, delete l. 12.

2 Ibid., after l. 23 insert: `English Language and Literature,'.

3 Ibid., p. 24, l. 33, after `Moderations in' insert `English Language and Literature and in'.

4 Ibid., p. 42, delete ll. 12–16.

5 Ibid., p. 70, after l. 30 insert:

`Moderations in English Language and Literature

1. The subjects of the examination, the syllabus, and the number of papers shall be as prescribed by regulation from time to time by the Board of the Faculty of English Language and Literature.

2. A candidate shall be deemed to have passed the examination when he or she shall have satisfied the Moderators in all the papers specified in the regulations.

3. Candidates must offer all the papers at a single examination, except that a candidate may offer in the Preliminary Examination in English Language and Literature, or in such other examination as the Moderators may arrange, any paper or papers in which he or she has previously failed to satisfy the Moderators.

4. The Moderators may award a distinction to any candidate of special merit who has satisfied the Moderators in all the papers at a single examination.'

6 Ibid., p. 87, l. 18 and p. 88, l. 33, in each case delete `Honour'.

7 Ibid., p. 888, l. 36, after `Literature' insert `and the examiners so designated shall set these and such other papers as may be required'.

8 Ibid., p. 977, l. 36, delete `Honour'.

9 Ibid., l. 37, after `Literature,' insert `of Honour Moderators in'.

10 Ibid., p. 987, l.1 and p. 992, l. 13 (i.e. the thirteenth line on that page, on which the line numbers printed in the 1995 edition are incorrect), in each case delete `Honour'.

11 Ibid., p. 999, delete ll. 28–9 and substitute: `(b) Moderations in English Language and Literature, Law Moderations, and Moderations in Physics and Philosophy.'

12 Ibid., p. 1015, before `Law' insert: `English Moderations,'.

13 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 1996.

Key to Decree (9)

Cll. 1 and 2 remove Honour Moderations in English Language and Literature from the list of First Public Examinations and substitute Moderations in English Language and Literature.

Cl. 3 sets the time at which candidates may enter for the examination.

Cl. 4 removes the provisions governing the examination in its old form.

Cl. 5 provides for the examination in its new form.

Cl. 6 deletes references to Honour Moderations in two Preliminary Examinations with which the examination is linked.

Cl. 7 authorises examiners to set such additional papers as may be required.

Cll. 8–10 make consequential changes in the decrees for the appointment of examiners.

Cl. 11 adds Moderations in English to the schedule for the nomination of moderators and examiners.

Cl. 12 provides for the publication of lists of successful candidates.

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Explanatory note to Decree (10)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Oriental Studies Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, establishes a one-year course in Islamic Art and Archaeology (Research Methods and Techniques) for the degree of M.St., to be offered as an alternative to the existing M.St. in Islamic Art and Archaeology The new course is intended to serve as the first year for students with a good foundation in Islamic Art and Archaeology who intend to apply to go on to do a D.Phil. Examination will be by dissertation, essays, and a written paper.

Associated changes in regulations are set out in `Examinations and Boards' below.

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Decree (10)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1995, p 660, after l. 11 insert:
`Islamic Art and Archaeology              Oriental Studies'
     (Research Methods and Techniques)

2 Ibid., p 968, l. 27, after `Archaeology,' insert `Islamic Art and Archaeology (Research Methods and Techniques),'.

3 Ibid., p 977, l. 25, after `Archaeology,' insert `Islamic Art and Archaeology (Research Methods and Techniques),'.

Key to Decree (10)

Cl. 1 inserts Islamic Art and Archaeology (Research Methods and Techniques) into the list of examinations for the degree of M.St.

Cll. 2 and 3 provide for the appointment of examiners.

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Explanatory note to Decree (11)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Committee on Continuing Education and with the concurrence of the General Board, provides for the establishment of Postgraduate Certificates (Continuing Education), and gives the committee power to award such certificates on the basis of regulations which will set out the requirements for each individual course This development is part of the continued expansion, in co-operation with other departments and faculties, of the Department for Continuing Education's provision of award-bearing courses.

Decree (11)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1995, p 909, l. 24, after `Diploma' insert `or Certificate'.

2 Ibid., p 910, l. 5, after `Diplomas' insert `or Postgraduate Certificates'.

3 Ibid., p. 921, after l. 19 insert:

`POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATES
(CONTINUING EDUCATION)

Ch. X, Sect. XVI]

1. The Committee on Continuing Education shall have power to grant Postgraduate Certificates to candidates who have satisfied the conditions prescribed in this section and any further conditions which the committee may prescribe by regulation.

2. The examination for each Postgraduate Certificate shall, in consultation with representatives of collaborating departments or faculties, be under the supervision of the Committee for Continuing Education which shall have power, subject to the approval of the General Board, to make regulations governing the examination.

3. Candidates, whether members of the University or not, may be admitted as students for a Postgraduate Certificate under such conditions as the committee shall prescribe, provided that before admission to a course of study approved by the committee, candidates shall have satisfied the committee that they have had appropriate educational and professional experience acceptable to the committee, and are well-equipped to enter the proposed course of study.

4. Any person who has been accepted as a candidate for a Postgraduate Certificate, and who has satisfactorily pursued a course, the character and length of which have been approved by the committee, may be admitted to the examination.'

4 Ibid., p. 986, delete ll. 24–5 and substitute:

`8. Examiners for the Postgraduate and Foundation Certificates granted by the Committee on Continuing Education shall serve for three years.'

5 Ibid., p. 1024, after l. 5 insert new item (c) as follows and reletter existing items (c)–(d) (ll. 6–15) as items (d)–(e):

`(c) Examination for Postgraduate Certificates (Continuing Education)

`Names of candidates who in [here insert term and year] have satisfied [or have been adjudged worthy of distinction by] the examiners for the Postgraduate Certificate in [here insert title of certificate].


      A. B.
      C. D.
      E. F.
                                                G. H.
                                                I. J.   Examiners.'
                                                K. L. 

6 Ibid., p. 1026, after l. 22 insert new item (viii) as follows and renumber existing items (viii)–(xix) (from p. 1026, l. 23 to p. 1029, l. 27) as items (ix)–(xx):

`(viii) Postgraduate Certificates (Continuing Education)

This is to certify that A. B. has pursued an approved course of study under the supervision of the Committee on Continuing Education and in [such a term and year] satisfied [or was adjudged worthy of distinction by] the examiners appointed by the University to examine in the subjects prescribed for the Postgraduate Certificate in [here insert title of certificate].

Signed on behalf of the Board of Studies of the Committee on Continuing Education.


                                          C. D.—Chairman
                                          E. F.—Secretary.'

7 This decree shall be effective from 1 March 1996.

Key to Decree (11)

Cl. 1 makes provision for persons admitted as students for a Postgraduate Certificate (Continuing Education) to have their names entered, replaced, or retained on the Register of Diploma and Certificate Students.

Cl. 2 adds persons admitted as students for a Postgraduate Certificate (Continuing Education) to those in respect of whom a fee is not payable for entering or replacing their names on the Register.

Cl. 3 establishes examinations for Postgraduate Certificates (Continuing Education) amongst the certificate and diploma examinations open to students who are non-members of the University.

Cl. 4 prescribes the term of office of examiners as three years, and corrects an anomaly whereby examiners for Foundation Certificates currently serve for one year only.

Cl. 5 provides for the form of pass lists.

Cl. 6 provides for the issue of certificates

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Explanatory note to Decree (12)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Committee on Continuing Education and with the concurrence of the General Board, makes provision for examining arrangements in respect of a new M.Sc. course in Evidence-based Health Care (incorporating a Postgraduate Diploma and a Postgraduate Certificate) which is to be offered under the joint aegis of the Committee on Continuing Education and the Board of the Faculty of Clinical Medicine.

Associated changes in regulations are set out in `Examinations and Boards' below.

Decree (12)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1995, p. 968, after l. 16 insert: `Three in Evidence-based Health Care.'

2 Ibid., p. 983, after l. 18, as amended by Decrees (12) and (16) of 27 July 1995 (Gazette, Vol. 125, pp. 1424, 1425), insert: `(xx) For the nomination of examiners in the examinations in Evidence-based Health Care for the Degree of Master of Science, for the Postgraduate Diploma, and for the Postgraduate Certificate, a committee of which the three elected members shall be chosen jointly by the Board of Studies of the Committee on Continuing Education and the Board of the Faculty of Clinical Medicine.'

3 Ibid., p. 986, l. 9, delete`.' and substitute `;' and after l. 9 insert: `in Evidence-based Health Care for three examinations.'

4 This decree shall be effective from 1 March 1996.

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Explanatory note to Decree (13)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Theology Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, revises the arrangements for the appointment of examiners for the Certificates in Theology and the B.Th. and M.Th. in Applied Theology.

Decree (13)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1995, p. 970, delete ll. 39–44 and substitute:
`Bachelor of Theology (except        Ten, of whom two
   at Westminster College)               shall be members 
   and Certificates in                   of the Faculty of
   Theology:                             Theology who are not
                                         full-time members of 
                                         staff in any of the
                                         institutions referred to
                                         in Ch. X, Sect. VI, cl. 3.

Master of Theology (except           Up to nine, of whom two
   at Westminster College):               shall be members of
                                          the Faculty of Theology
                                          who are not full-time
                                          members of staff in
                                          any of the institutions
                                          referred to
                                          in Ch. X, Sect. VI, cl. 3.'

2 Ibid., p. 986, l. 17, after `Certificates in Theology' insert `and the Degrees of Bachelor of Theology (except at Westminster College) and Master of Theology (except at Westminster College)'.

Key to Decree (13)

Cl. 1 separates the legislation governing the appointment of examiners for the M.Th. from that for the B.Th. and Certificates in Theology, and adjusts the number of examiners for each of the courses.

Cl. 2 rectifies the omission of a formal provision governing the periods of office of the examiners for the two degrees and brings them into line with those for the Certificates in Theology.

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Explanatory note to Decree (14)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Literae Humaniores, Modern History, and Modern Languages Boards and of the Committee for Archaeology and with the concurrence of the General Board, provides for an increase in the number of moderators for Honour Moderations in Greek and Latin Literature/Classics and of examiners in the Honour School of Literae Humaniores and in the related second public examinations (in Classics and Modern Languages and in Ancient and Modern History). This is to allow for the appointment of an Archaeology examiner in the examinations concerned, and also for an external examiner in Classical Archaeology for Greats from 1998, just before the new syllabus for Greats comes into effect.

Decree (14)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1995, p. 980, l. 1, after `nomination of' insert `Moderators in Archaeology in Honour Moderations in Classics; of Public Examiners in Archaeology in the Honour Schools of Literae Humaniores, Classics and Modern Languages, and Ancient and Modern History; and of'.

2 Ibid., p. 991, l. 39, delete `Six' and substitute `Seven'.

3 Ibid., p. 994, l. 12 (i.e. the twelfth line on that page, on which the line numbers printed in the 1995 edition are incorrect), after `Ancient History' insert `, one in Archaeology,'.

4 Ibid., p. 995, after l. 15 (i.e. the fifteenth line on that page, on which the line numbers printed in the 1995 edition are incorrect), in the left-hand column, insert:

`One or two for Archaeology'.

5 Ibid., p. 997, l. 36, after `Ancient History' insert `, one for Archaeology,'.

6 Cll. 1, 2, and 3 of this decree shall be effective from 1 October 1996; cll. 4 and 5 shall be effective from 1 October 1997.

Key to Decree (14)

Cl. 1 provides for the Nominating Committee for Archaeology to nominate moderators and examiners in Archaeology in the examinations concerned.

Cl. 2 provides for an additional moderator for Honour Moderations in Greek and Latin Literature, to allow for one in Archaeology.

Cl. 3 provides for an additional moderator, in Archaeology, for Honour Moderations and for the Preliminary Examination in Ancient and Modern History.

Cl. 4 provides for up to two additional examiners in the Honour School of Literae Humaniores, to allow for one examiner in Archaeology and one external examiner in Archaeology.

Cl. 5 provides for an additional examiner, in Archaeology, in the Honour School of Ancient and Modern History.

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Explanatory note to Decree (15)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Literae Humaniores and Modern Languages Boards and with the concurrence of the General Board, provides for there to be two moderators responsible for both Latin and Greek in the Preliminary Examination for Modern Languages. This replaces the existing provision for two moderators for Latin, and one to act if required for Greek (in practice, normally one of the two for Latin also acts in Greek). Now that it has been agreed to include both Latin and Greek in the same papers, it is simpler to make both moderators responsible for both languages. Similarly, there is already provision for there to be two moderators responsible for Classics in Honour Moderations in Classics and English.

Decree (15)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1995, p. 992, delete ll. 39–40 (i.e. the thirty-ninth and fortieth lines on that page, on which the line numbers printed in the 1995 edition are incorrect) and substitute:

`Two for Latin and Greek'.

2 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 1996.

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Explanatory note to Decree (16)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Psychological Studies Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, provides for the appointment of a second external examiner for the Honour School of Experimental Psychology. This will give a total of seven examiners, and is intended to lighten the workload of the external examiner, who has, by tradition, always marked all research projects.

Decree (16)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1995, p. 996, l. 33 (i.e. the thirty-third line on that page, on which the line numbers printed in the 1995 edition are incorrect), delete `Six' and substitute `Seven'.

2 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 1996.

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Explanatory note to Decree (17)

The following decree sets the value of the unit of statutory endowment income for 1995–6 under the College Contributions Scheme at £97,000.

Decree (17)

The unit of statutory endowment income for 1995–6 is set at £97,000 under the provisions of Tit. XII, Sect. I, cl. 6 (Statutes, 1995, p. 81)

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Explanatory note to Decree (18)

Council decided, on the recommendation of the College Contributions Committee and following consideration of the Report of the Committee of Inquiry into the Financial Position of the Poorer Colleges in July 1987, that a supplementary endowment grant of £654,187 should be made to Pembroke College in eight equal instalments commencing in 1989 (with adjustments for inflation in later years) under Tit. XII, Sect. I, cl. 2 (b) (Statutes, 1995, p. 80) The following decree provides for the payment in 1996 of the concluding instalment.

Decree (18)

£116,738 shall be paid in 1996 to Pembroke College under the provisions of Tit. XII, Sect I, cl. 2 (b) as a grant for the enlargement of the permanent endowment of that college, and may be used for building provided that any amount so used is replaced over a period of twenty-five years at most.

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Explanatory note to Decree (19)

Council has decided, on the recommendation of the College Contributions Committee, that the concluding distribution of income grants should be paid in 1996 to the less well-endowed colleges (as envisaged in the Report of the Committee of Inquiry into the Financial Position of the Poorer Colleges in July 1987) to compensate for an adjustment of the university and college proportions of CUF appointments. Such grants (adjusted for inflation and tapered over the eight-year period of the scheme) will be made under Tit. XII, Sect. I, cl. 2 (b) (Statutes, 1995, p. 80).

Decree (19)

The following amounts shall be paid in 1996 to the colleges named in each case under the provisions of Tit. XII, Sect. I, cl. 2 (b):
                                £
Brasenose College               929
Exeter College                2,027
Hertford College              1,351
Keble College                 2,027
Lady Margaret Hall            3,800
Oriel College                 2,027
Pembroke College              1,182
St Anne's College             3,800
St Catherine's College        2,027
St Edmund Hall                2,280
St Hilda's College            4,307
St Hugh's College             3,800
St Peter's College            1,773
Somerville College            2,871
Trinity College                 844
Wadham College                1,014
Worcester College             2,280
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                            £38,339
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Explanatory note to Decree (20)

The following decree provides for the final payment, in 1996–7, of a tapering income grant to St Cross College from the College Contributions Fund to assist the society in meeting the cost of its mastership.

Decree (20)

£2,500 shall be paid to St Cross College in the academic year 1996-7 from the College Contributions Fund under the provisions of Tit. XII, Sect I, cl. 2 (b) (Statutes, 1995, p. 80) to assist the society in meeting the cost of its mastership.

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Explanatory note to Decree (21)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Clinical Medicine Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, changes the arrangements for holding elections to the Clinical Medicine Board in Trinity Term 1996 by varying the timetable for the making of nominations and for the return of ballot papers in order to allow longer for the latter to occur. The conventional date for holding faculty board elections in Trinity Term (Thursday of week 6) has become increasingly unsatisfactory for the Faculty of Clinical Medicine as the circulation of ballot papers almost always coincides with the late Spring Bank Holiday weekend, when Oxford hospitals take both the Monday and the Tuesday as holiday. Many ballot papers as a result do not reach members of the faculty, distributed as these members are across all Oxford hospitals, until it is too late to return them in time for the election day. In any case, even if the elections did not coincide with a bank holiday, the normal timetable is not satisfactory for a faculty which is geographically so widely spread. As an experimental measure in 1995 Mr Vice-Chancellor agreed that the date of the elections should be the Friday of week 7 (9 June). However, there was no need for a ballot in 1995, and so it is proposed to extend the trial to Trinity Term 1996. Mr Vice-Chancellor has agreed under the provisions of Ch. II, Sect. VI, § 5, cl. 1 (Statutes, 1995, p. 235) that the date of the elections shall again be Friday of week 7 (7 June), and the following decree makes changes to the dates for receiving nomination papers and circulating ballot papers. If the experiment achieves its desired objective of ensuring that all members of the faculty can take part in the election, permanent changes in legislation will be proposed.

Decree (21)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. II, Sect. VI, § 5, cll. 2 and 5 (1) (Statutes, 1995, p. 235), the timetable for the elections to the Board of the Faculty of Clinical Medicine in Trinity Term 1996 shall be varied so that nominations of candidates by six members of the faculty shall be made fourteen clear days before the day fixed for the election and voting papers shall be sent out not later than the eighth day before the election day.

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Explanatory note to Decree (22)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the General Board after consultation with the electors to the Lyell Readership in Bibliography, permits the electors to appoint a second Lyell Reader for the academic year 1996–7. The proposed Statute (1) to be promulgated at Congregation on 23 April 1996 (see `University Agenda' below) would, subject to the approval of Her Majesty in Council, make permanent provision for the expenditure of surplus income from the Lyell Bequest for the furtherance of teaching or research in one or more of the areas in which Mr Lyell was interested.

Decree (22)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VII, Sect. III, § 24 (Statutes, 1995, pp. 386–7), the Electors to the James P.R. Lyell Readership in Bibliography shall be permitted to elect a second James P.R. Lyell Reader for the academic year 1996–7.

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Decree (23)

Dispensation from prescribed duties is granted to G.K. Radda, MA., D.Phil., CBE, FRS, Fellow of Merton College and British Heart Foundation Professor of Molecular Cardiology, for the period from 1 October 1996 to 30 September 2000, to enable him to accept appointment as Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council.

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Decree (24)

The consent of the University is given to the amendment to Statute XI of Corpus Christi College approved by the Governing Body on 14 February 1996, in so far as such consent is required by Section 7 (2) of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923.

Note. The effect of the amendment is to empower the college to appoint an Investment Manager and to prescribe the latter's powers, duties, and terms of appointment.

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Decree (25)

The consent of the University is given to the amendments to Statutes III and VI of Keble College approved by the Governing Body on 14 February 1996, in so far as such consent is required by Section 7 (2) of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923.

Note. The effects of the amendments are:

(1) to remove the restriction limiting a fellow's right to vote at meetings of the governing body; and

(2) to reduce the normal age of retirement for Official Fellows to 65.

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Decree (26)

The consent of the University is given to the amendments to Statutes IV and V of St Edmund Hall approved by the Governing Body on 16 February 1996, in so far as such consent is required by Section 7 (2) of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923.

Note. The effects of the amendments are:

(1) to lower the retiring age for the Principal; and

(2) to redefine the determination of the initial period of appointment for Official Fellows and to provide for such fellows' re-election to hold office until the retiring age.

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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. vi, cl. 1 (Statutes, 1995, p. 345) has been accorded to the following persons who are qualified for membership of Congregation:

JONATHAN PHILIP BARDILL, Linacre College

MOIRA KEARNS, Department of Experimental Psychology

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3 Register of Congregation

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

Bardill, J.P., MA status, Linacre
Crocker, P.R., MA, Linacre
Farlow, A.W.K., MA, Worcester
Kearns, M., MA status, Department of Experimental Psychology
Philippo, S., MA, Oriel
Templeton, J.M., MA, Templeton
Viney, C., MA, D.Phil., St Catherine's
Whittington, R.C., MA, New College

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CONGREGATION 13 March

1 Admission of Proctors

JOHN SIMON TOBY GARFITT, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Magdalen College, and JEREMY CHRISTIAN NICHOLAS HORDER, BCL, MA, D.PHIL. (LL.B. Hull), Fellow of Worcester College, were presented to the Vice-Chancellor and admitted to office, the former as Senior Proctor and the latter as Junior Proctor for the ensuing year.

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2 Admission of Assessor

NIGEL BOWLES, MA, D.PHIL. (BA Sussex), Fellow of St Anne's College, was presented to the Vice-Chancellor and admitted to office as Assessor for the ensuing year.

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3 Admission of Pro-Proctors

The Senior Proctor nominated D.J. IBBETSON, MA, D.PHIL. (MA, PH.D. Cambridge), and T.H. TARVER, MA (AB Harvard), Fellows of Magdalen College, to be his Deputies.

The Junior Proctor nominated F.R. LE P. WARNER, MA (MA Cambridge), Fellow of St Peter's College, and A. KERKHECKER, MA (MA Tübingen), Fellow of Worcester College, to be his Deputies.

The Deputies were presented to the Vice-Chancellor and admitted to office.

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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

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