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BOARD OF THE FACULTY OF SOCIAL STUDIES

Election of official member

An election will be held on Thursday, 2 November, to fill a vacancy for an official member (vice Dr A. Shlaim, resigned), to hold office from the date of the election until the beginning of Michaelmas Term 1996.

Nominations in writing by two electors will be received by the Secretary of Faculties at the University Offices up to 4 p.m. on Monday, 2 October, and nominations by six electors up to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, 17 October.

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BOARD OF THE FACULTY OF MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES

Election of official member

27 July 1995

The following has been duly elected as an official member, to hold office until the beginning of Michaelmas Term 1996:

A.J. MACINTYRE, MA, Professor of Mathematical Logic

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APPOINTMENT OF MODERATOR AND EXAMINER PRO HAC VICE

The Vice-Chancellor and Proctors have been appointed H.R. BROWN, MA, Fellow of Wolfson College as a Moderator in Philosophy in the Preliminary Examinations in Mathematics and Philosophy and in Physics and Philosophy to be held in the Long Vacation 1995 pro hac vice (vice Dr G.P. Baker, granted leave of absence) and M.J.A. WOOD, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Somerville College as an examiner in Anatomy in the First Examination for the degree of Bachelor of Medicine to be held in the Long Vacation 1995 pro hac vice (vice Dr S. Bradbury, granted leave of absence).

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CHANGES IN REGULATIONS

1 General Board of the Faculties

Removal of Graduate Students from the Register

Note. Arising out of a number of cases involving graduate students, the General Board has reviewed its regulations relating to the removal of a graduate student from the Register. The Board has concluded, after taking legal advice, that it is necessary for the regulations to be revised and extended to provide a fuller framework of guidance and procedure for all those involved. In Examination Decrees, 1994, p. 734, delete ll. 26–41 and substitute:

`1. A faculty board which considers that it may be necessary to consider the removal of a student from the Register on academic grounds shall, except in cases requiring immediate action, follow the procedures for counselling and warnings set out in paras. 4–6.

2. A faculty board shall not be required to follow the procedures for the removal of a graduate student from the Register where a student ceases to hold the status of a student for a degree through failure to meet the requirements laid down in the decrees and regulations governing that degree. In particular where a student fails to achieve transfer within the prescribed time his or her status automatically lapses, and his or her name is removed from the Register.

3. A faculty board shall not be required to follow the procedures for counselling and warnings set out below in cases of particular gravity and/or urgency or where it considers, for whatever reason, that immediate action is required, and in such circumstances a faculty board may immediately notify the Committee for Graduate Studies as set out at paragraph 6 below and the matter will proceed as set out in that and subsequent paragraphs. In these circumstances, the faculty board should indicate to the Committee for Graduate Studies why the procedures for counselling and warnings are not to be followed in that instance.

4.1. Subject to para. 3 above, wherever practicable, the formal procedures for the removal of a student from the Register should be preceded by private and informal counselling involving the student's supervisor and society, with the object of establishing the cause of any problem and advising appropriate remedial action.

4.2. If informal means are not effective in producing the necessary improvement, the student will be invited to a formal interview. Written notice of a formal interview should be given at least seven days before it takes place. Such notice will include an indication of the nature and purpose of the interview and the problem or problems that the interview is intended to address. The student will have the right to put his or her case and to be accompanied by a friend. The formal interview will be conducted by the head of department or Director of Graduate Studies who on the conclusion of the interview and if further action is considered necessary will issue either (a) a first formal warning, to be confirmed in writing to the student and to his or her supervisor and society, setting out the reason for which it is given, and specifying a period of time for improvement to be made (which period should in no case be less than one month or more than three months); or (b) a final warning as set out in 5 below.

4.3. If the student unreasonably fails to attend the formal interview, a formal warning in writing may be issued without interview, and the student shall be required to acknowledge receipt of the formal warning.

5.1. If the first formal warning issued under 4.2 above is not effective in producing the necessary improvement, the head of department or Director of Graduate Studies shall invite the student to a second formal interview. The procedure will be as for the first formal interview. At the conclusion of the interview the head of department or Director of Graduate Studies shall, if further action is required, issue a final warning, which shall be confirmed in writing to the student and to his or her supervisor and society.

5.2. Where a final warning is issued under 4.2 or 5.1 above the warning itself and the written confirmation should make it clear that if the necessary improvement is not achieved within the specified period, the faculty board may initiate action for the removal of the student from the Register of Graduate Students.

6. Where a final written warning is issued to a graduate student, a copy of the written warning shall be sent to the Committee for Graduate Studies of the General Board. Where, following a final written warning, the necessary improvement is not achieved within the specified period and further action is indicated, the Committee for Graduate Studies shall be informed by the secretary of the faculty board concerned. A full report of the action taken by the faculty board in relation to the student shall be made to the Proctors who shall decide whether further action should be taken and, if so, whether under the relevant disciplinary procedures of the University or under the faculty board's power to remove a student from the Register of Graduate Students on academic grounds. The Proctors' ruling (which may include a decision that no further action is to be taken) shall be taken without reference to the Committee for Graduate Studies and/or the General Board, and shall be final.

7.1. Where the Proctors determine that it is appropriate for the matter to be considered under the faculty board's power to initiate action for the removal of a student from the Register of Graduate Students, the faculty board shall seek the approval of the Chairman of the General Board to undertake any such action. Where such approval is given, the faculty board shall inform the student and the student's society and supervisor, in writing, with a minimum of seven days' notice, of its intention to consider the removal of the student from the Register, set out its reasons and invite comments. In particular the board shall inform the student of his or her right under paragraph 7.3 to present his or her case.

7.2. A faculty board shall delegate the task of hearing the student's case to a panel comprising at least three of its members and shall set out the terms of reference to be followed by the panel. The faculty board shall not appoint any member who has had a previous connection with the student or his or her work.

7.3. The student may be accompanied by a friend and shall have the right to hear and to challenge any evidence presented to the panel. The student may present his or her case in writing or orally, or both, as the student wishes, and the student's society and supervisor shall have the same rights. (All written evidence shall be circulated to the student, the student's supervisor, and the student's society not less than four days before the panel considers the case.) In conducting a hearing, the panel shall ensure that the student has every opportunity to hear and to challenge the case made out by the faculty board for the removal of the student from the Register including any evidence (written or oral) which the panel will consider in reaching a conclusion. Where the student fails to appear without good cause, the panel may proceed in the student's absence.

8. The panel shall then determine its decision as to whether the student's name shall, or shall not, be removed from the Register of Graduate Students. The decision shall be communicated to the student, society, and supervisor. The student shall also be advised in writing of the reasons for the decision and of his or her rights of appeal. The faculty board shall also inform the Committee for Graduate Studies of the General Board of all cases where the board has decided to deprive a student of his or her status.

9.1. A student or his or her society may appeal in writing against the decision of the faculty board within fourteen days of the date of the letter from the faculty board conveying its decision. The appeal shall be addressed to the Committee for Graduate Studies of the General Board (c/o the Secretary, General Board Committee for Graduate Studies, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD), which shall appoint a sub-committee to conduct a hearing of the student's appeal.

9.2. The sub-committee shall include a minimum of three members of the Graduate Studies Committee, which shall appoint one of the chosen members as chairman, with the power to cast an additional vote if necessary. The sub-committee may seek such legal advice as it believes to be necessary for the proper conduct of its duties, and shall have power to require any members of the University to assist it in the hearing.

9.3. The sub-committee shall give the faculty board, the student, the student's society, and the student's supervisor, not less than seven days' notice in writing, of the date and time of the hearing, and shall give them the opportunity to make representations to the sub-committee orally and/or in writing. The student may be accompanied by a friend and shall have the right to hear and to challenge any evidence (written or oral) presented to the sub-committee; the student may present his or her case in writing, or orally, or both, as the student wishes: the faculty board, the student's society, and the student's supervisor shall have the same rights. (All written evidence shall be circulated to the faculty board, the student, the student's supervisor, and the student's society not less than four days before the sub-committee considers the case.)

9.4. At the conclusion of a hearing, the sub-committee shall have power to:

(i) confirm the faculty board's decision to remove the student's name from the Register of Graduate Students;

(ii) uphold the student's appeal and direct that the student's name shall remain on the Register of Graduate Students;

(iii) impose such lesser penaly or requirement in place of the removal of the student's name from the Register of Graduate Students as it deems appropriate.

9.5. In reaching its decision, the sub-committee shall have regard to:

(a) whether the faculty board correctly followed the required procedures, and, in the case of procedural irregularity or irregularities, whether any irregularity or irregularities were such as to have materially prejudiced the faculty board's enquiry;

(b) whether the faculty board's decision could reasonably have been reached on the evidence before it;

(c) any evidence presented to the sub-committee which was not available to the faculty board's panel;

(d) any mitigating circumstances offered by or on behalf of the student;

(e) any other factors which in the opinion of the sub- committee are relevant to a fair consideration of the student's appeal.

9.6. The sub-committee shall communicate its decision to the student, to the student's society and supervisor, and to the faculty board, in writing, within two months of the conclusion of any hearing. The decision of the sub-committee will be final, subject only to a complaint to the Proctors.'

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2 Board of the Faculty of Law

(a) Law Moderations

With immediate effect

1 In Examination Decrees, 1994, p. 63, delete ll. 1–3.

2 Ibid., ll. 4–11, renumber cll. (5)–(8) as (4)–(7).

3 Ibid., ll. 6 and 9, after `An introduction to the ' insert `evolution of and'.

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(b) Honour School of Jurisprudence

With immediate effect

1 In Examination Decrees, 1994, p. 227, l. 9, delete `only'.

2 Ibid., l. 10, delete `quasi-contract' and substitute `restitution'.

3 Ibid., p. 228, l. 42, after `trust' delete `and' and substitute `:'.

4 Ibid., ll. 42–3, delete `against trustees and third parties'.

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(c) Magister Juris in European and Comparative Law

With immediate effect

As for the Honour School of Jurisprudence see (b) above).

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3 Boards of the Faculties of Literae Humaniores, Mathematical Sciences, Modern Languages, Physical Sciences, Psychological Studies, Social Studies, and Theology

Regulations for Philosophy in some of the Honour Schools

With immediate effect

In Examination Decrees, 1994, p. 438, delete ll. 27–8 and substitute:

`Candidates will have the opportunity to show first-hand knowledge of some principal authorities on the subject, including Plato, Ion and Republic; Aristotle, Poetics; Hume, Of the Standard of Taste; Kant, Critique of Aesthetic Judgment. Questions will normally be set on the following topics: the nature of aesthetic value; the definition of art; art, society, and morality; criticism and interpretation; metaphor; expression; pictorial representation.'

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4 Boards of the Faculties of Literae Humaniores and Theology Honour School of Philosophy and Theology

With immediate effect

In Examination Decrees, 1994, p. 443, l. 47, delete `secretary of that committee' and substitute `Secretary of the Board of the Faculty of Theology'.

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5 Board of the Faculty of Modern History

M.St. in Modern History

In Gazette, Vol. 125, p. 1396 (13 July 1995), Changes in Regulations number 9, paragraph 2, delete:

`(v) Social and Economic History of India 1860–1947' and substitute:

`(v) Aspects of social change in South Asian History c.860–present'.

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EXAMINATIONS FOR THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

The examiners appointed by the following faculty boards and committees give notice of oral examination of their candidates as follows:

Anthropology and Geography

G. DWYER, St Antony's: `Supernatural affliction and its treatment: aspects of popular religion in rural and urban Rajasthan'.
Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Wednesday, 4 October, 2 p.m.
Examiners: M.J. Banks, H. Lambert.

D. OLAGO, Worcester: `Late quaternary lake sediments of Mount Kenya, Kenya'.
School of Geography, Thursday, 23 November, 2 p.m.
Examiners: R. Spicer, A.S. Goudie.

P. TEBBS, Worcester: `Studying the blues as ethnomusicology'.
Pitt Rivers Museum, Thursday, 28 September, 2.15 p.m.
Examiners: S. Cohen, D.B. Tayler.

Biological Sciences

J. BOULTER, Wolfson: `Structural and functional studies on the erythrocyte anion exchanger, Band 3'.
Department of Biochemistry, Tuesday, 26 September, 2.30 p.m.
Examiners: P.C. Calder, R. Reithmeier.

Clinical Medicine

P. KLENERMAN, Wolfson: `Cytotoxic T cell antagonism in HIV infection'.
Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, Monday, 9 October, 2 p.m.
Examiners: L. Borysiewicz, H. Waldmann.

Law

S. TALMON, St Antony's: `Recognition of governments in international law with particular reference to governments in exile'.
Exeter, Monday, 25 September, 4.15 p.m.
Examiners: M.W. Janis, J. Crawford.

M.D. WALTERS, University: `The continuity of aboriginal customs and government under British Imperial Constitutional Law as applied in Colonial Canada, 1760–1860'.
Corpus Christi, Monday, 25 September, 2.15 p.m.
Examiners: P.F. Cane, J. Crawford.

Literae Humaniores

J.L. LIGHTFOOT, All Souls: `Parthenius'.
Lincoln, Friday, 6 October, 2.30 p.m.
Examiners: N.G. Wilson, M. Campbell.

N.R. LIVINGSTONE, Christ Church: `Isocrates' Busiris: a commentary, with special reference to rhetorical purpose and technique'.
St John's, Monday, 2 October, 2.15 p.m.
Examiners: D.A.F.M. Russell, S. Halliwell.

Mathematical Sciences

C.M. ROBINSON, Keble: `Tow washing'.
Mathematical Institute, Monday, 2 October, 2 p.m.
Examiners: S.D. Howison, C.P. Please.

Medieval and Modern Languages

P.R.A. MCGUINNESS, Magdalen: `Maurice Maeterlinck and the development of modern drama'.
Worcester, Monday, 2 October, 2 p.m.
Examiners: K.O. Gore, K.J. Worth.

Modern History

M. KATRITZKY, St Catherine's: `A study in the commedia dell'arte, 1560–1620'.
Brasenose, Tuesday, 26 September, 2.15 p.m.
Examiners: R.A. Cooper, M. Anderson.

H.A. LANGELUDDECKE, Lady Margaret Hall: `Secular policy enforcement during the personal rule of Charles I: the administrative work of parish officers in the 1630s'.
Keble, Thursday, 12 October, 2 p.m.
Examiners: I.W. Archer, R.P. Cust.

M.P.C. SCHAAD, St Antony's: `Anglo-German relations during the formative years of the European Community, 1955–61'.
Christ Church, Friday, 13 October, 5 p.m.
Examiners: R.P. Morgan, J.R.C. Wright.

Music

F.D. MORONI, Christ Church: `Keyboard ensembles in Britain: piano trios, quartets, quintets, and their antecedents 1756–1800'.
Faculty of Music, Thursday, 28 September, 2 p.m.
Examiners: J.A. Caldwell, S.W. McVeigh.

Physical Sciences

M.D. BROOKES, Lady Margaret Hall: `High resolution infra-red spectroscopy of jet-cooled molecules'.
Magdalen, Wednesday, 27 September, 2 p.m.
Examiners: C.D. Bain, G. Duxbury.

R.A. FORD, Queen's: `Optical studies of low-dimensional electron systems at high magnetic fields'.
Clarendon Laboratory, Thursday, 5 October, 2.15 p.m.
Examiners: M.E. Newton, P. Maksym.

S.J. MAGORRIAN, Corpus Christi: `Stellar-dynamical models of disky elliptical galaxies'.
Sub-department of Theorietical Physics, Friday, 22 Sep- tember, 2 p.m.
Examiners: N.W. Evans, O.E. Gerhard.

J. REES-JONES, Hertford: `Optical dating of selected British archaeological sediments'.
School of Geography, Friday, 29 September, 2 p.m.
Examiners: A.S. Goudie, I. Bailiff.

R.B. WILLIAMS, University: `Degenerate four wave mixing for combustion diagnostics of nitric oxide'.
Clarendon Laboratory, Monday, 2 October, 11 a.m.
Examiners: C.J. Foot, A.M. Taylor.

Physiological Sciences

E. FODOR, Worcester: `Studies on the vRNA promoter of influenza A virus'.
Examination Schools, Tuesday, 10 October, 2 p.m.
Examiners: I.M. Jones, J.S. Robertson.

S. KETTLE, Wolfson: `Characterisation of vaccinia virus gene B13R'.
Institute of Molecular Medicine, Wednesday, 27 September, 2 p.m.
Examiners: A.J. McMichael, M.A. Skinner.

T. LANE, St Hugh's: `The influence of p53 on mutagenicity'.
Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, Wednesday, 27 September, 2 p.m.
Examiners: S. Gordon, R. Johnson.

Social Studies

M. CARNEY, Nuffield: `The dynamic advantage of competition'.
London Business School (with the permission of the Proctors), Friday, 13 October, 11 a.m.
Examiners: P.B. Seabright, J.S. Vickers.

C.M. GARCIA-PENALOSA, Nuffield: `Distribution and growth: essays on human capital, R. & amp; D. and skill differentials'.
Nuffield, Monday, 25 September, 11.30 a.m.
Examiners: C.J.E. Bliss, D. Quah.

L.H. MEYER, Balliol: `Extending liberal political philosophy: International and intergenerational relations'.
St Anne's, Monday, 25 September, 2.15 p.m.
Examiners: R.S. Crisp, J. Wolff.

R.C.H. NIBLETT, New College: `The European Community and the Central European Three, 1989–92: a study of the Community as an international actor'.
St Antony's, Friday, 22 September, 2 p.m.
Examiners: W. Wallace, C. Hill.

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Committee for Comparative Philology and General Linguistics

M.J. WHELPTON, St Peter's: `The syntax and semantics of infinitives of result in English'.
Somerville, Friday, 22 September, 2.15 p.m.
Examiners: S. Lappin, E.S. Williams.

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Committee for Management Studies

M.L. KELEMEN, Templeton: `The role of leadership in achieving total quality management in the UK service sector: a multi-paradigm perspective'.
Templeton, Monday, 16 October, 2.30 p.m.
Examiners: J. Hassard, S.E. Dopson.

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EXAMINATION FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF LETTERS

The examiners appointed by the following faculty board give notice of oral examination of their candidate as follows:

Social Studies

N. LUBLIN, Lady Margaret Hall: `Feminist assessment of technological intervention in the womb'.
Examination Schools, Thursday, 26 October, 2.15 p.m.
Examiners: A. Oakley, E.J. Frazer.