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CONGREGATION 28 April

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 28 April.

Text of Special Resolution

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

ADRIENNE HALL, St Hilda's College

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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 28 April

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 16 May.

List of the decrees:

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Decree (1): Curators of the Taylorian Institution

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Curators of the Taylor Institution and with the concurrence of the Libraries Committee in respect of cl. 5, provides for the appointment of the Librarian of the Taylor Institution to be made by a widely based selection committee. At the same time the opportunity is taken to delete a number of obsolete requirements and other detailed provisions which, where appropriate, the curators will regulate by standing order.

Text of Decree (1)

1 In Ch. III, Sect. LXXXI, § 1, cl. 1 (6)–(10) (Statutes, 1995, p. 324), delete `members of Convocation' and substitute `persons'.

2 Ibid., items (11) and (12), in each case delete `member of Convocation' and substitute `person'.

3 Ibid. (p. 325), delete `The curators may appoint a Secretary.'

4 Ibid., delete cl. 2 and renumber existing cl. 3 as cl. 2.

5 Ibid., delete cll. 4 and 5, insert new cl. 3 as follows, and renumber existing cll. 6–8 as cll. 4–6: `3. The Librarian shall be appointed by the curators on the recommendation of a committee consisting of:

(1) the Vice-Chancellor or the person appointed by the Vice-Chancellor to chair the Curators of the Taylor Institution, as the case may be;

(2) the head of the college with which the librarianship shall be for the time being associated by Council, 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) the Director of University Library Services and Bodley's Librarian;

(5), (6) two persons appointed by the Libraries Committee, of whom one shall be a person who is not a resident holder of a teaching, research, or administrative post in the University or in any college or other society;

(7)–(9) three persons appointed by the Curators of the Taylor Institution.'

6 Ibid., cl. 4 as renumbered, delete `persons, being' and `, whether men or women,'.

7 Ibid., cl. 6 as renumbered, delete `Librarian shall reside ... closed; but the'.

8 Ibid., delete `to him or her' and substitute `the Librarian'.

9 Ibid., delete cll. 9 and 10 and renumber existing cll. 11–12 as cll. 7–8.

10 Ibid., cl. 7 as renumbered (p. 326), delete `and shall sign its register'.

11 Ibid., delete cl. 13 and renumber existing cll. 14–15 as cll. 9–10.

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Key to Decree (1)

Cll. 1 and 2 remove obsolete references to Convocation.

Cl. 3 removes an obsolete reference to the appointment of a secretary (which is now a function of the central administration).

Cl. 4 deletes the requirement upon curators to attend a minimum number of meetings in each year.

Cl. 5 deletes the requirement to hold a set number of meetings in each term, reference to the number of curators that constitutes a quorum, and the provision for a casting vote. It also provides for the Librarian to be appointed by the curators on the recommendation of a more widely drawn selection committee modelled on a professorial electoral board and including provision for college representation.

Cl. 6 deletes an otiose reference to the eligibility of both men and women for scholarships or exhibitions.

Cll. 7 and 8 remove the requirement for the Librarian to reside within the University.

Cl. 9 deletes an obsolete provision for the appointment of assistants in the library, and also deletes the provision for a committee for the selection of books and periodicals to be purchased. Book selection is now routinely carried out by the library staff in consultation with members of the Modern Languages Faculty. The curators propose to replace this committee with one more specifically concerned with the management of the Taylor Institution Library, to be regulated by standing order.

Cl. 10 removes an obsolete reference to readers signing the library register, which is no longer kept.

Cl. 11 removes obsolete references to the keeping of porters and other servants, and to authority to require staff to reside within the Taylor Institution.

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Decree (2) : Reorganisation of the legislation governing the B.Th. and Certificates in Theology

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Theology Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, reorganises the legislation governing the B.Th. and Certificates in Theology. The legislation for B.Th. course open only to members of the University is moved, from that part of the Examination Decrees governing courses open to non-members, to immediately after the section governing the BA and BFA, and consequential changes are made to the legislation governing the course for the B.Th. at Westminster College and the certificates. The opportunity is taken also to revise the admission procedures for the B.Th. now that candidates—other than those at Westminster College—must be matriculated. No other material changes are made.

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

Text of Decree (2)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1996, after p. 523, insert Ch. VI, Sect. XXXIV:

`TIMES AND EXERCISES REQUIRED FOR THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF THEOLOGY

Ch. VI, Sect. XXXIV]

(i) DECREE

General

1. The examination for the Degree of Bachelor of Theology shall be under the supervision of the Board of the Faculty of Theology which shall have power to make regulations governing the examination.

2. Any person who has been admitted under the provisions of this section as a Student for the Degree of Bachelor of Theology, who has satisfied the conditions prescribed in this section, and who has satisfied the examiners for the degree may supplicate for the Degree of Bachelor of Theology.

Examination for the course of instruction at Blackfriars; Campion Hall; Greyfriars; Harris Manchester College; Mansfield College; Regent's Park College; Ripon College, Cuddesdon; St Benet's Hall; St Stephen's House; and Wycliffe Hall

3. The supervision of arrangements for the Degree of Bachelor of Theology shall be the responsibility of the Supervisory Committee for the Degree of Bachelor of Theology and the Theology Certificates.

4. Candidates for this degree may be admitted by Blackfriars; Campion Hall; Greyfriars; Harris Manchester College; Mansfield College; Regent's Park College; Ripon College, Cuddesdon; St Benet's Hall; St Stephen's House; and Wycliffe Hall.

5. The Registrar shall keep a register of all candidates so admitted.

Examination for the course of instruction at Westminster College

6. The examination for the course of instruction at Westminster College shall be subject to the provisions of Ch. X, Sect. IX, cll. 1–8.'

2 Ibid., delete from p. 957, l. 38 to p. 959, l. 13 and substitute:

`COURSE FOR THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF THEOLOGY AND DIPLOMA OF HIGHER EDUCATION (THEOLOGY) AT WESTMINSTER COLLEGE

Ch. X, Sect. IX]

(i) DECREE

1. This course shall be subject to the provisions of Ch. VI, Sect. XXXIV, cll. 1–2.

2. The Board of the Faculty of Theology shall have power to admit as students for the Degree of Bachelor of Theology candidates nominated by Westminster College.

3. Westminster College shall make a return to the Registrar by the end of the first week of Michaelmas Full Term, showing the names of all persons nominated in that term as Students for the Degree of Bachelor of Theology, and the Registrar shall keep a register of such students. The names of all persons nominated for registration as distance-learning students shall be returned to the Registrar by the end of the first week of the Full Term in which they are nominated.

4. The Board of the Faculty of Theology shall have power, on the advice of Westminster College, to remove temporarily or permanently the name of a student from the register.

5. The examination shall be divided into two stages and no candidate shall be permitted to proceed to the second stage who has not satisfied the examiners in the first stage.

6. The Board of the Faculty of Theology shall have power to grant Diplomas of Higher Education (Theology) to candidates who, after having satisfied the examiners for the first stage of the examination, withdraw, or fail to satisfy the examiners for the second stage.

7. A full-time Student of the Degree of Bachelor of Theology may hold that status for twelve terms but the Board of the Faculty of Theology shall have power, on the advice of the Examination Board, to grant an extension of time for a period or periods not exceeding three terms in all.

8. Part-time students at Westminster College may hold the status of Student for the Degree of Bachelor of Theology for up to twice the number of terms for which equivalent full-time students may hold that status.'

Key to Decree (2)

Cl. 1 provides for the general legislation governing the B.Th., and the specific legislation governing the course of instruction at Blackfriars; Campion Hall; Greyfriars; Harris Manchester College; Mansfield College; Regent's Park College; Ripon College, Cuddesdon; St Benet's Hall; St Stephen's House; and Wycliffe Hall.

Cl. 2 provides for the specific legislation governing the course of instruction at Westminster College.

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Decree (3): Abolition of the M.St. in Law and Economics

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Law Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, abolishes the M.St. in Law and Economics with immediate effect. It is regretted that this is necessary because, following certain staff departures, the Law Faculty will no longer be able to provide teaching for the course.

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

Text of Decree (3)

In Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 644, delete l. 21.

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Decree (4): Reorganisation of the legislation governing the M.Th. and Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Theology

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Theology Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, reorganises the legislation governing the M.Th. and Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Theology. The legislation for the M.Th. course open only to members of the University is moved, from that part of the Examination Decrees governing courses open to non-members, to immediately after the section governing the M.Sc. and MBA, and consequential changes are made to the legislation governing the course for the M.Th. at Westminster College and the diploma.

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

Text of Decree (4)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1996, after p. 757 insert Ch. VI, Sect. XXXV:

`TIMES AND EXERCISES REQUIRED FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF THEOLOGY (IN APPLIED THEOLOGY)

Ch. VI, Sect. XXXV]

(i) DECREE

General

1. Any person who has been admitted under the provisions of this section as a Student for the Degree of Master of Theology, who has satisfied the conditions prescribed in this section, and who has satisfied the examiners for the degree may supplicate for the Degree of Master of Theology.

2. The examination for the Degree of Master of Theology shall be under the supervision of the Board of the Faculty of Theology which shall have power to make regulations governing the examination.

Examination for the course of instruction at Blackfriars; Campion Hall; Greyfriars; Harris Manchester College; Mansfield College; Regent's Park College; Ripon College, Cuddesdon; St Benet's Hall; St Stephen's House; and Wycliffe Hall.

3. There shall be a committee for the supervision of arrangements for the Degree of Master of Theology called the Master of Theology Studies Committee. This committee shall consist of two representatives of the Board of the Faculty of Theology (at least one of whom shall be a member of the board's Graduate Studies Committee) and one representative of each of the participating institutions, namely, Blackfriars; Campion Hall; Greyfriars; Harris Manchester College; Mansfield College; Regent's Park College; Ripon College, Cuddesdon; St Benet's Hall; St Stephen's House; and Wycliffe Hall. The committee may co-opt up to three additional members. The committee shall have such powers and duties in respect of the Degree of Master of Theology as may from time to time be prescribed by the Board of the Faculty of Theology.

4. The Board of the Faculty of Theology shall have power to admit as students for the Degree of Master of Theology candidates nominated by Blackfriars; Campion Hall; Greyfriars; Harris Manchester College; Mansfield College; Regent's Park College; Ripon College, Cuddesdon; St Benet's Hall; St Stephen's House; and Wycliffe Hall.

5. Each of the institutions specified in clause 4 above shall make a return to the Registrar by the end of the first week of Michaelmas Full Term, showing the names of all persons nominated in that term as students for the Degree of Master of Theology, and the Registrar shall keep a register of such students.

6. The Board of the Faculty of Theology shall have power, on the advice of a student's society or other institution, to remove temporarily or permanently the name of a student from the register.

Examination for the course of instruction at Westminster College

7. The examination for the course of instruction at Westminster College shall be subject to the provisions of Ch. X, Sect. XI, cll. 1–8.'

2 Ibid., delete from p. 960, l. 14 to p. 961, l. 6 and substitute

`COURSES FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF THEOLOGY AND POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN APPLIED THEOLOGY AT WESTMINSTER COLLEGE

Ch. X, Sect. XI]

(i) DECREE

1. This course shall be subject to the provisions of Ch. VI, Sect. XXXV, cll. 1–2.

2. The Board of the Faculty of Theology shall have power to admit as students for the Degree of Master of Theology candidates nominated by Westminster College.

3. Westminster College shall make a return to the Registrar by the end of the first week of Michaelmas Full Term, showing the names of all persons nominated in that term as students for the Degree of Master of Theology, and the Registrar shall keep a register of such students.

4. The Board of the Faculty of Theology shall have power, on the advice of Westminster College, to remove temporarily or permanently the name of a student from the register.'

3 Ibid., p. 961, ll. 7, 10, 15, and 17, renumber existing cll. 1–4 as cll. 5–8.

4 Ibid., delete ll. 22–9, as amended by Decree (4) of 28 November 1996 (Gazette, p. 400).

Key to Decree (4)

Cl. 1 provides for the general legislation governing the M.Th., and the specific legislation governing the course of instruction at Blackfriars; Campion Hall; Greyfriars; Harris Manchester College; Mansfield College; Regent's Park College; Ripon College, Cuddesdon; St Benet's Hall; St Stephen's House; and Wycliffe Hall.

Cll. 2–4 provide for the specific legislation governing the course of instruction at Westminster College.

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Decree (5): Change to procedures for confirmation of status for D.Phil. students

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the General Board after consultation with faculty boards and other relevant bodies, amends the existing provisions for confirmation of status for D.Phil. students. At present these provide for confirmation of status to take place by the end of the sixth term from a student's admission to D.Phil. status. The timing of confirmation of status therefore depends on the timing of transfer or readmission to D.Phil. status and so may take place any time between the ninth and the twelfth term. In view of the pressure on the University to improve the numbers of publicly supported students who submit within four years, it has been agreed, with the support of junior member representatives, that it is more appropriate for confirmation of status to have taken place by the end of the ninth term from admission, so that it forms a useful point at which the progress of the thesis and the timetable for submission can be monitored by a faculty or department.

Text of Decree (5)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 788, delete ll. 5–11 and substitute: `1. A candidate who has been admitted to the status of Student for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy must, not later than the ninth term or normally earlier than the sixth term after that in which he or she was initially admitted to the status of a Probationer Research Student or to the status of a student for another higher degree of the University, or the eighteenth and twelfth terms respectively in the case of a part-time student, apply to the faculty board or committee concerned for confirmation of his or her status as a D.Phil. Student. A faculty board or committee may, for good reason, permit a candidate to defer for a maximum of three terms his or her application for confirmation of status. A student who has been admitted to the status of Student for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy after successfully completing the requirements for the Degree of Master (or Bachelor) of Philosophy, or having held the status of Student for the M.Litt. or M.Sc. by Research, may be exempted by the faculty board or committee concerned from the requirement for confirmation of status. With the exception of students who have been exempted under this provision, all Students for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy must have their status confirmed before making an application for the appointment of examiners.'

2 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 1997.

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Decree (6): Reduced residence requirement for D.Phil. students if holders of the M.Th. who have studied for the latter at Oxford

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Theology Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, reduces the residence requirement for a student for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy from six terms to three terms in the case of holders of the M.Th. who have studied for that degree at Oxford, in line with holders of other higher degrees, and in line with the fee concession already enjoyed by such holders of the M.Th. This change does not however apply to those who hold the M.Th. having studied for it at Westminster College, since the Westminster students have not previously either been in residence or attended in the University for stipulated periods during their study.

Text of Decree (6)

In Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 789, l. 33, after `Magister Juris' insert `or Master of Theology (except for those who hold the degree having studied for it at Westminster College)'.

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Decree (7): Changes to the Certificate in Management Studies

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Committee for the School of Management Studies, with the agreement of the Social Studies Board, and with the concurrence of the General Board, transfers formal responsibility for the Certificate in Management Studies from the faculty board to the committee, introduces a requirement that the committee appoint a supervisor for each candidate for the certificate, and provides for the nomination of examiners.

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

Text of Decree (7)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 938, ll. 5, 10–11, and 13–14, in each case delete `Board of the Faculty of Social Studies' and substitute `Committee for the School of Management Studies'.

2 Ibid., ll. 8, 15, 18, 20, 22, 23, 28, 30 (twice), 33, 34, and 37, in each case delete `board' and substitute `committee'.

3 Ibid., after l. 15 insert new clause 4 as follows and renumber existing cll. 4–7 (ll. 16–36) as cll. 5–8: `4. Every person who has been accepted as a candidate for the certificate shall be placed by the committee under the supervision of a member of the University or other competent person selected by the committee. It shall be the duty of the supervisor to direct and superintend the work of the candidate and to submit a report to the examiners on the candidate's work.'

4 Ibid., l. 22, after `He' insert `or she', and after `time' insert `indicate whether he or she wishes to be examined by dissertation or written examination and, if the former, shall'.

5 Ibid., l. 23, after `he' insert `or she'.

6 Ibid., l. 24, delete `His application' and substitute `Applications'.

7 Ibid., l. 26, delete `he' and substitute `the candidate'.

8 Ibid., p. 992, l. 40, delete `and'.

9 Ibid., l. 41, after `Diploma in Management Studies,' insert `and for the Certificate in Management Studies,'.

10 Ibid., p. 1036, ll. 26–7, delete `Board of the Faculty of Social Studies' and substitute `Committee for the School of Management Studies'.

Key to Decree (7)

Cll. 1, 2, and 10 transfer responsibility for the certificate from the Social Studies Board to the Committee for the School of Management Studies.

Cl. 3 introduces the requirement that the committee appoint a supervisor for each candidate.

Cll. 4–7 remove existing gender-discriminatory language.

Cll. 8 and 9 provide for the appointment of examiners.

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Decree (8): Establishment of M.Sc. courses in International Relations Research and in Politics Research

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Social Studies Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, establishes one-year courses in International Relations Research and in Politics Research for the degree of M.Sc. The courses will be open only to those graduate students accepted as Probationer Research Students in the two subject areas, and will form the core of the first-year research training for such students.

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

Text of Decree (8)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 977, after l. 19, as amended by Decree (3) of 14 November 1996 (Gazette, p. 321), insert in right-hand column:

`Three in International Relations Research.

Three in Politics Research.'

2 Ibid., p. 988, l. 3, after `Philosophy,' insert `of Examiners in Politics Research for the Degree of Master of Science,'.

3 Ibid., p. 990, l. 38, after `Philosophy' insert `and in the examination in International Relations Research for the Degree of Master of Science'.

4 Ibid., p. 996, l. 8, delete `.' and substitute `;' and after l. 8 insert:

`in International Relations Research for three examinations;

in Politics Research for three examinations.'

Key to Decree (8)

Cl. 1 provides for the numbers of examiners.

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

Cl. 4 provides for examiners to serve for three examinations.

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Decree (9): Reduction of length of service of Moderators for the Preliminary Examination in Engineering Science

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Sub-faculty of Engineering Science and with the concurrence of the General Board, reduces the length of service of Moderators for the Preliminary Examination in Engineering Science from three years to two. The sub-faculty believes that the format of the papers in the Preliminary Examination, which characteristically comprise an unusually large number of questions, makes it academically desirable for there to be a more frequent rotation of examiners to maintain the quality of the questions set.

Text of Decree (9)

In Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 996, l. 34, delete `three' and substitute `two'.

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Decree (10): Appointment of assessors for the M.Sc. in Computation and the M.Sc. in Software Engineering

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Mathematical Sciences Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, allows the appointment for an unlimited period of assessors to act in the case of assignments examined in the M.Sc. in Computation and the M.Sc. in Software Engineering.

Text of Decree (10)

In Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 1012, l. 30, after `Engineering Science' insert `or to act solely in relation to assignments in the M.Sc. in Computation and the M.Sc. in Software Engineering'.

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Decree (11): Format of class list for Course 2 of the Honour School of Jurisprudence

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Law Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, deletes the provision under which, in the class list for students who have successfully completed Course 2 of the Honour School of Jurisprudence, there must be added, in brackets, after the student's name, the words `English Law with French Law' (or, in place of the word `French', the relevant adjective). The examiners in the Honour School of Jurisprudence in 1996 found that this provision presented considerable typographical difficulties and greatly lengthened the class list, and they requested that the provision be repealed.

Text of Decree (11)

In Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 1020, delete ll. 23–31.

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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 person who is qualified for membership of Congregation:

MICHAEL JOHN KOOY, Corpus Christi 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:

Hall, A., MA, St Hilda's
Kooy, M.J., MA status, Corpus Christi

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CONGREGATION 29 April

1 Declaration of approval of unopposed Statutes promulgated on 25 March

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor declared the Statutes (1) establishing the Reuters Professorship of Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law and (2) concerning the entitlement of members of Faculties to membership of Congregation approved.

2 Promulgation of Statutes

Forms of Statutes were promulgated. No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor declared the preambles carried of the proposed Statutes (1) establishing the degree of Master of Earth Sciences, (2) replacing the Committee for the Scientific Collections with Visitors of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and (3) concerning the Bampton and Sarum Lecturships.

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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 16 May, see `Examinations and Boards' below.