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CONGREGATION 18 May

Conferment of Honorary Degree

The Degree of Master of Arts, honoris causa, approved by Special Resolution of Congregation on 19 March 1996, was conferred upon SIR ASHLEY PONSONBY, BT, KCVO, MC.

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CONGREGATION 20 May

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 20 May.

Text of Special Resolution

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

FIONN PATRICK EDWARD DUNNE, Hertford College

ANNE WATSON, Linacre College

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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 20 May

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 7 June.

List of the decrees:

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Explanatory note to Decree (1)

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor will declare carried at the meeting of Congregation on 28 May Statute (1), establishing the Degree of Master of Business Administration, which was promulgated on 14 May (see `University Agenda' below). Council has accordingly made the following decree, which gives effect to consequential changes.

[For text of Decree (1) see `University Agenda', Gazette, 25 April 1996.]

Explanatory note to Decree (2)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Law Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, increases membership of the electoral board for the Vinerian Professorship of English Law from seven to nine, in line with the recommendations of the Working Party on Statutory Posts, by addition of one further member appointed by each of the Law Board and the General Board.

Decree (2)

In Ch. VII, Sect. III, § 177, cl. 2 (Statutes, 1995, p. 436), delete items (5)–(7) and substitute: `(5), (6) two persons appointed by the General Board of the Faculties;

(7)–(9) three persons appointed by the Board of the Faculty of Law.'

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Explanatory note to Decree (3)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Literae Humaniores Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, establishes a new trust fund, the Grocyn Fund, with money raised under the Development Campaign.

Decree (3)

In Ch. IX, Sect. I (Statutes, 1995, p. 583), insert new § 133 as follows and renumber existing § 133 as § 134: `§ 133. Grocyn Fund

1. The University accepts with gratitude from the Trustee of the Campaign for Oxford Trust Fund donations received, and such further sums as shall be contributed for the same purpose, to establish a fund to be known as the Grocyn Fund, the net income of which shall be applied to promote the teaching and study of Ancient Greek and Latin Languages and Literature.

2. The Board of the Faculty of Literae Humaniores shall be the board of management for the fund.

3. Council shall have power to amend this decree from time to time, provided that the main object of the fund, as defined in clause 1 above, is always kept in view.'

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Explanatory note to Decree (4)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Modern History Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, accepts a benefaction from Mr A.H.M. Kirk-Greene for the maintenance of a prize in Modern African History, to be awarded on the basis of performance in the Final Honour School of Modern History and the associated joint schools.

Decree (4)

In Ch. IX, Sect. I (Statutes, 1995, p. 600), insert new § 194 as follows and renumber existing §§ 194–5 as §§ 195–6:

`§ 194. Kirk-Greene Prize

1. The University accepts with gratitude a gift of £1,250 from Mr A.H.M. Kirk-Greene, sometime Lecturer in the Modern History of Africa.

2. The gift shall be invested to form a fund, the net income of which shall be used for the maintenance of a prize to be called the Kirk-Greene Prize in Modern African History. The fund shall be administered by the Board of the Faculty of Modern History.

3. The prize shall be awarded on the basis of the best performance in the area of Modern African History in the Final Honour School of Modern History and the associated joint schools, provided that suitable candidates present themselves.

4. Council shall have power to amend this decree from time to time, provided that the main object of the fund, as stated in clause 2 above, is always kept in view.'

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Explanatory note to Decree (5)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Biological Sciences Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, replaces the Preliminary Examination in Biology with Honour Moderations and a (resit) Preliminary Examination in Biological Sciences. The new course is intended to give students an understanding of all the main fields of Biology in order to prepare them for more advanced study in selected areas in the Final Honour School. Examination will be by written papers and assessment of records of class, laboratory, and practical work. The decree also provides for the appointment of an additional external examiner in the Final Honour School, to increase the scope of subjects covered and to reduce the workload on each of the external examiners.

Associated changes in regulations, and further changes to the syllabus for the Honour School of Natural Science (Biological Sciences) to increase the range of coverage of biological topics, were set out in Gazette No. 4398, 25 April 1996, pp. 1014–15.

Decree (5)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1995, p. 23, after l. 10 insert: `Biological Sciences,'.

2 Ibid., l. 32, delete `Biology' and substitute `Biological Sciences'.

3 Ibid., p. 24, l. 41, delete `or in Biology,'.

4 Ibid., p. 25, after l. 4 insert new cl. 6 as follows and renumber existing cll. 6–15 (from p. 25, l. 5 to p. 26, l. 1) as cll. 7–16: `6. A candidate may enter his or her name for the Preliminary Examination in Biological Sciences not earlier than the third term from his or her matriculation.'

5 Ibid., p. 26, after l. 24 insert: `Biological Sciences;'.

6 Ibid., p. 28, after l. 29 insert:

`Honour Moderations in Biological Sciences

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 Biological Sciences.'

7 Ibid., delete from p. 76, l. 43 to p. 77, l. 28 and substitute:

`Preliminary Examination in Biological Sciences

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 Biological Sciences.

2. The Chairman of the Moderators for Honour Moderations in Biological Sciences shall designate such of their number as may be required for the Preliminary Examination in Biological Sciences.'

8 Ibid., p. 976, ll. 22–3, delete `the Preliminary Examination in Biology' and substitute `Honour Moderations in Biological Sciences'.

9 Ibid., p. 987, delete l. 24 and substitute: `in Biological Sciences in Honour Moderations and the Preliminary Examination for two years;'.

10 Ibid., p. 993, delete l. 31 (i.e. the thirty-first line on the page, on which the lines have been incorrectly numbered in the 1995 edition) and substitute: `Up to eight for Honour Moderations in Biological Sciences, of whom as many as required shall also be Moderators for the Preliminary Examination in Biological Sciences.'

11 Ibid., p. 995, l. 25 (i.e. the twenty-fifth line on the page, on which the lines have been incorrectly numbered in the 1995 edition), delete `eight' and substitute `nine'.

12 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 1996.

Key to Decree (5)

Cll. 1 and 6 establish Honour Moderations in Biological Sciences as a First Public Examination.

Cll. 2, 5, and 7 re-establish the existing Preliminary Examination in Biology as a Preliminary Examination in Biological Sciences, to serve as the resit for the new Honour Moderations examination.

Cll. 3 and 4 establish the entry time for the Preliminary Examination in Biological Sciences.

Cll. 8–10 provide for the appointment of moderators and examiners for the First Public Examinations in Biological Sciences.

Cl. 11 provides for the appointment of an additional external examiner in the Second Public Examination.

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Explanatory note to Decree (6)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Oriental Studies Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, is necessitated by the introduction of a mandatory year abroad for students of Hebrew (Course II) and the consequent lengthening of that course to four years.

Associated changes in regulations were set out in Gazette No. 4398, 25 April 1996, p. 1020.

Decree (6)

In Examination Decrees, 1995, p. 128, l. 16, after `Arabic' insert `or Hebrew'.

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Explanatory note to Decree (7)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Theology Board with the support of the Oriental Studies Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, establishes a one-year course in the study of religion for the degree of M.St., for a limited period of five years in the first instance. The course is intended to exploit Oxford's excellent resources in the study of religion, and will provide an academic grounding in the study of religion and an understanding of two religious traditions. Examinations will be by written papers and viva.

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

Decree (7)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1995, p. 660, after l. 28 insert:

`Study of Religion    Theology'.

2 Ibid., p. 968, ll. 42–3, after `Philosophical Theology,' insert `in the Study of Religion,'.

3 Ibid., p. 976, l. 39, after `Philosophy,' insert `for the examinations in the Study of Religion for the Degree of Master of Studies,'.

4 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 1996.

Key to Decree (7)

Cl. 1 inserts the Study of Religion 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 (8)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the General Board, introduces a three-month time limit from the date of the oral examination for a research degree for the completion of minor corrections. This is proposed to deal with the increasing number of cases in which minor corrections are left unfinished and the examination process is therefore incomplete. Where candidates can show good cause why corrections cannot be completed within this time, an extension of three months may be given by the faculty board or committee concerned. If corrections are not completed within these periods, a student's status will automatically lapse and he or she will be required to apply for reinstatement and to pay a reinstatement fee in order to complete the examination process.

Decree (8)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1995, p. 770, l. 43, concerning examination of M.Litt. students, after `report' insert `. If the candidate has not completed these corrections within three calendar months of the date of the oral examination, his or her name shall be removed by the Secretary of Faculties from the Register of Students for the Degree of Master of Letters, provided that the board may, on good cause shown by the candidate, grant an extension of time of three further calendar months in which the candidate may fulfil this requirement before the removal of his or her name from the Register. No subsequent extension shall be granted, but it shall be open to a candidate who has failed to fulfil this requirement within those three or six months in total, as the case may be, to apply to the board for reinstatement as a Student for the Degree of Master of Letters, with the support of his or her society and supervisor, upon submission to the Secretary of Faculties of a copy of his or her thesis incorporating the required corrections, and upon payment of such reinstatement fee as may from time to time be prescribed by Council by decree. Permission to supplicate shall not be granted until this fee has been paid'.

2 Ibid., p. 780, l. 4, concerning examination of students for the M.Sc. (by Research), after `report' and insert `. If the candidate has not completed these corrections within three calendar months of the date of the oral examination, his or her name shall be removed by the Secretary of Faculties from the Register of Students for the Degree of Master of Science by Research, provided that the board may, on good cause shown by the candidate, grant an extension of time of three further calendar months in which the candidate may fulfil this requirement before the removal of his or her name from the Register. No subsequent extension shall be granted, but it shall be open to a candidate who has failed to fulfil this requirement within those three or six months in total, as the case may be, to apply to the board for reinstatement as a Student for the Degree of Master of Science by Research, with the support of his or her society and supervisor, upon submission to the Secretary of Faculties of a copy of his or her thesis incorporating the required corrections, and upon payment of such reinstatement fee as may from time to time be prescribed by Council by decree. Permission to supplicate shall not be granted until this fee has been paid'.

3 Ibid., p. 792, l. 4, concerning examination of D.Phil. students, after `report' insert `. If the candidate has not completed these corrections within three calendar months of the date of the oral examination, his or her name shall be removed by the Secretary of Faculties from the Register of Students for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, provided that the board may, on good cause shown by the candidate, grant an extension of time of three further calendar months in which the candidate may fulfil this requirement before the removal of his or her name from the Register. No subsequent extension shall be granted, but it shall be open to a candidate who has failed to fulfil this requirement within those three or six months in total, as the case may be, to apply to the board for reinstatement as a Student for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, with the support of his or her society and supervisor, upon submission to the Secretary of Faculties of a copy of his or her thesis incorporating the required corrections, and upon payment of such reinstatement fee as may from time to time be prescribed by Council by decree. Permission to supplicate shall not be granted until this fee has been paid'.

4 Ibid., p. 1047, l. 37, after `D.Phil.' insert `, or on reinstatement on the Register of Students for the degree of M.Litt., M.Sc. (by Research), or D.Phil.,'.

5 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 1996.

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Explanatory note to Decree (9)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Clinical Medicine Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, inserts the requirement for candidates for admission to the Second Examination for the Degree of Bachelor of Medicine to have passed the Qualifying Examination in Medical Sociology or to have pursued a course of study in the medical sciences which includes the subject of medical sociology.

Decree (9)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1995, p. 860, l. 9, after `Examination' insert `and the Qualifying Examination in Medical Sociology'.

2 Ibid., l. 12, after `Examination' insert `and the Qualifying Examination in Medical Sociology'.

3 Ibid., l. 16, after `Medicine' insert `and the Qualifying Examination in Medical Sociology'.

4 Ibid., p. 864, l. 3, after `admission' insert `to the Second Examination for the Degree of Bachelor of Medicine and'.

5 Ibid., l. 4, delete `University of' and substitute `Universities of Cambridge and'.

6 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 1999.

Key to Decree (9)

Cll. 1–4 insert the requirement to have passed the Qualifying Examination in Medical Sociology, or to have pursued a course of study in the medical sciences which includes the subject of medical sociology, for admission to the Second Examination for the Degree of Bachelor of Medicine.

Cl. 5 inserts the Clinical School of the University of Cambridge as requiring the Qualifying Examination in Medical Sociology for entry.

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Decree (10)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. III, Sect. LXII, § 4, cl. 2 (Statutes, 1995, p. 310), Council may assign the Sub-department of Particle and Nuclear Physics to Dr G. Myatt for a period of one year from 1 October 1996.

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Decree (11)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. III, Sect. LXII, § 4, cl. 2 (Statutes, 1995, p. 310), Council may assign the Sub-department of Particle and Nuclear Physics to Professor S. Cooper for a period of three years from 1 October 1997.

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Decree (12)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 5. B, cl. 5 (Statutes, 1995, p. 367), Council may assign the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory to Professor M.L.H. Green for a period of two years from 1 October 1996.

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Decree (13)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Tit. X, Sect. i, proviso ( h) (Statutes, 1995, p. 74), Professor J.G.A. Pocock may be appointed as Sir Isaiah Berlin Visiting Professor in the History of Ideas for 1996–7.

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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:

ROBIN BRUNNER-ELLIS, New College

SIÂN MERYL GRIFFITHS, Department of Public Health and Primary Care

RONALD SPENCER KIDD, University Offices

JOHN ROBERT LEHANE, Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics

GÁBOR GYÖRGY LIBERTINY, Nuffield Department of Surgery

ANNEKE LUCASSEN, D.PHIL., Wolfson 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:

Brunner-Ellis, R., MA status, New College
Carmichael, E.D.H., BM, MA, D.Phil., St John's
Dunne, F.P.E., MA, Hertford
Griffiths, S.M., MA status, Department of Public Health and Primary Care
Kidd, R.S., MA status, University Offices
Lehane, J.R., MA status, Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics
Libertiny, G.G., MA status, Nuffield Department of Surgery
Lucassen, A., MA status, D.Phil., Wolfson
Wasserstein, B.M.J., MA, D.Phil., St Cross
Watson, A., MA, Linacre

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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 7 June, see `Examinations and Boards' below.