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CONGREGATION 19 March 2 p.m.

Declaration of approval of Special Resolution approving the conferment of an Honorary Degree

That the conferment of the Degree of Master of Arts, honoris causa, upon SIR ASHLEY PONSONBY, BT, KCVO, MC, be approved.

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CONGREGATION 23 April 2 p.m.

Promulgation of Statutes

Explanatory note to Statute (1)

Over the years a substantial balance has built up in the accumulated income of the Lyell Bequest, and the purposes on which such surplus income may be spent, as prescribed in the Lyell Will and reproduced in the decree governing the readership (Statutes, 1995, pp. 386–7), are currently restricted to supporting the cost of publication of the Lyell Lectures and to meeting the incidental expenses of the appointment. The following statute permits surplus income also to be spent for the furtherance of teaching and research in one or more of the areas in which Mr Lyell was interested. Meanwhile, Decree (22) in `University Acts' above permits the Lyell Electors to appoint a second Lyell Reader for the academic year 1996–7.

(1) WHEREAS the University in 1948 accepted a benefaction for the election of James P.R. Lyell Readers in Bibliography, and WHEREAS it is expedient to make provision for the increasing surplus income and residual balance to be used for the furtherance of teaching or research in one or more of the areas in which Mr Lyell expressed an interest, NOW THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, in its 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. XV (Statutes, 1995, p. 157), insert Sect. LX:

`Section LX. Of the Bequest for the Lyell Reader in Bibliography

Any part of the income from the bequest accepted by the University in 1948 for the election of the James P.R. Lyell Reader in Bibliography which is not required for the furtherance of the purposes specified in Ch. VII, Sect. III, § 24, cl. 8 shall be applied by the electors with the consent of the General Board to the furtherance of teaching or research (or both) in one or more of the subjects specified in clause 1 of that sub-section.'

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Explanatory note to Statute (2)

The following statute, which is promoted on the recommendation of the Curators of the Bodleian Library, formalises the new arrangements whereby it is no longer necessary for each new reader in the library personally to recite the declaration required upon admission.

(2) WHEREAS it is expedient to provide for dispensation in appropriate cases from the requirement that each person seeking admission to the Bodleian Library should recite the necessary formal declaration, THE UNIVERSITY ENACTS AS FOLLOWS.

In Tit. VIII, Sect IV, cl. 12 (Statutes, 1995, p. 59), delete `recite and subscribe' and substitute `subscribe and, unless dispensed by the Librarian from so doing, recite'.

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Explanatory note to Statute (3)

At present candidates for the Gibbs Prizes must not have exceeded the twelfth term from their matriculation. The following statute, which is promoted on the recommendation of the board of management for the prizes and with the concurrence of the General Board, allows the use by Council of discretionary powers, in suitable cases, to dispense candidates from this requirement.

(3) WHEREAS it is expedient to provide for Council to have discretionary powers, in suitable cases, to dispense with the requirement on standing in the statute governing the Gibbs Prizes, THE UNIVERSITY ENACTS AS FOLLOWS.

In Tit. XV, Sect. XXIII, cl. 3 (Statutes, 1995, p. 134), after `final honour school' insert `, provided that Council may grant dispensation, on grounds of protracted illness or other good reason, to a candidate who has exceeded the twelfth term from his or her matriculation'.

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