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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 25 September

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 18 October.

List of the decrees:

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Explanatory note to Decree (1)

In the past, the salaries of the University's most senior officers, viz. the Vice-Chancellor, the Chairman of the General Board, and the Registrar, have normally been increased by the same average percentage as determined by settlements for non-clinical academic and academic-related salaries generally, although on rare occasions there has been an ad hoc review of such salaries. Council has decided that it would be appropriate in future for the salaries of these officers, and such other senior officers as Council may determine (e.g. as a result of the report of the current Commission of Inquiry), to be kept under regular review by a standing committee composed of disinterested members, including some external to the University. The following decree establishes such a committee and provides for triennial reviews, starting this year, with the possibility of interim reviews ad hoc at the request of Council. There is no underlying assumption on Council's part that the result of any review would be an increase in any of the salaries concerned over and above the average percentage of academic and related salary settlements: the intention is that the review committee should determine whether there have been any significant changes in the duties of, or any developments associated with, the offices in question since the previous review. At the same time opportunity is taken (see cl. 2 of the decree) also to expand the terms of reference of the Committee on Higher Appointments, which currently reports to Council on academic and academic-related posts carrying stipends (or maximum stipends) above the top of the salary scale for university readers. Council has agreed that it would be desirable for this committee to consider not only, as at present, the scales and rates to be paid to staff holding such posts but also, in future, questions concerning the honoraria paid to the chairmen of the main standing committees of Council and the General Board (such as the Buildings Committee and the Curators of the University Chest) and the salaries of officers such as the Proctors and Assessor. It is Council's intention that the committee should regularly undertake a general review of all the salaries falling within its purview.

The salary of the Vice-Chancellor, together with a table showing the numbers of the other members of staff receiving salaries in the highest salary ranges currently paid by the University, is, and will continue to be, published in the full version of the University's Annual Financial Statements which is available to any member of Congregation on request to the Secretary of the Chest at the University Offices, Wellington Square. The salaries of all the University's senior officers are, and will continue to be, included in the complete list of non-clinical academic and academic-related salaries which is available to any member of Congregation on request to the Head Clerk at the University Offices.

Council has agreed to appoint the following as the initial members of the review committee:
Until
Chairman: Sir Patrick Neill, QC,
Honorary Fellow of All Souls and Magdalen Colleges
MT 1999
Head of House: Miss E.M. Llewellyn-Smith, CB,
Principal of St Hilda's College
MT 1997
Head of another institution: Sir Ronald Oxburgh, KBE, FRS,
Honorary Fellow of St Edmund Hall and University College,
Rector of Imperial College of Science,
Technology and Medicine, London, formerly President of Queens' College, Cambridge
MT 1998

Decree (1)

1 In Ch. II, Sect. I, § 12, cl. 1, concerning the Committee on Higher Appointments (Statutes, 1995, p. 212), before `consider' insert `, except as is otherwise provided in § 16 of this section,'.

2 Ibid., cl. 2, after `such staff' insert `, and on such other specific remuneration questions as may be referred to the committee from time to time by Council'.

3 Ibid., concerning committees of Council (p. 213), insert new § 16 as follows and renumber existing §§ 16–18 (pp. 213–14) as §§ 17–19: `§ 16. Committee to Review the Salaries of Senior University Officers

1. There shall be a Committee to Review the Salaries of Senior University Officers, which shall consist of:

(1) a person appointed by Council as chairman of the committee, who shall be a former Vice-Chancellor of the University;

(2) the Senior Proctor;

(3) the Chairman of the University's Audit Committee;

(4), (5) two persons appointed by Council, one of whom shall be the head of one of the colleges or other societies included in Title VII, and the other of whom shall be the head of another university or equivalent institution of higher eduction.

Appointed members of the committee shall serve for three years, or for as long as they hold the office by virtue of which they were eligible for appointment to the committee (whichever period shall be the shorter), except that casual vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired period of the member demitting office, and they shall be re-eligible provided always that no person shall serve on the committee for more than six years in total.

2. The committee shall in the calendar year 1996 and every three years thereafter review, and then make recommendations to Council on, the salaries to be paid to the Vice-Chancellor, the Chairman of the General Board, the Registrar, and such other senior officers of the University as Council may from time to time determine. The committee shall also carry out such reviews at any other time if requested by Council to do so.

3. In carrying out such reviews the committee shall consider whether there have been any significant changes in the duties of, or any significant developments associated with, the offices concerned since the salaries of the holders of the offices were last determined.'

4 This decree shall have immediate effect, provided that the initial periods of office of the first appointed members of the new committee shall be so phased as to ensure a regular subsequent rotation of appointments.

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Explanatory note to Decree (2)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the International Committee and with approval on behalf of the General Board, provides for the Secretary of the Management Committees for the Soros/FCO Chevening Scholarships Scheme and the Oxford Colleges Hospitality Scheme to serve ex officio as a member of the International Committee.

Decree (2)

In Ch. II, Sect. II, § 6, cl. 1 (Statutes, 1995, p. 221), insert new item (10) as follows and renumber existing items (10) and (11) as items (11) and (12):

`(10) the Secretary of the Management Committees for the Soros/FCO Chevening Scholarships and the Oxford Colleges Hospitality Scheme, ex officio;'.

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Explanatory note to Decree (3)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Law Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, provides that supervision of theses or dissertations in the Bachelor of Civil Law or Magister Juris in European and Comparative Law may take place over three terms, rather than (as in the past) being limited to two terms, since in practice it is desirable to provide for supervision over the longer of these periods.

Decree (3)

In Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 851, l. 9, delete `two' and substitute `three'.

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Explanatory note to Decree (4)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Literae Humaniores Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, provides for an increase in the number of examiners for taught graduate degrees under the board, to allow for the appointment of an external examiner in each case.

Decree (4)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 974, ll. 29-31, delete `Ancient History, Greek and Latin Languages and Literature,'.

2 Ibid., p. 975, after l. 2 insert: `Three in Ancient History and in Classical Archaeology.
Three or four as required in Greek and Latin Languages and Literature.'

3 Ibid., ll. 22 and 27, in each case delete `Classical Archaeology,'.

4 Ibid., p. 977, ll. 22–4, delete `Greek and/or Latin Languages and Literature, in Greek and/or Roman History,'.

5. Ibid., after l. 35 insert: `Three in Greek and/or Roman History, and in Classical Archaeology.
Three or four as required in Greek and/or Latin Languages and Literature.'

Key to Decree (4)

Cll. 1–3 provide for there to be three examiners in the M.Phil.s in Ancient History and in Classical Archaeology, and three or four as required in the M.Phil. in Greek and Latin Languages and Literature, and delete the existing provisions which refer to lower numbers of examiners.

Cll. 4 and 5 provide for there to be three examiners in the M.St.s in Ancient History and in Classical Archaeology, and three or four as required in the M.St. in Greek and/or Latin Languages and Literature, and delete the existing provisions which refer to lower numbers of examiners.

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Explanatory note to Decree (5)

The following change in decree, made on the recommendation of the General Board, allows nominating committees for examiners to have four elected members where the multi-disciplinary nature of a course requires this.

Decree (5)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1995, p. 982, l. 7, after `except that' insert `the number of members of the committee listed in clause 7 (vv) below shall be seven, and five shall be a quorum at any meeting, and that'.

2 Ibid., l. 9, delete `that'.

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Decree (6)

The consent of the University is given to the amendments to Statutes I, III, IV, VII, and XII of Lady Margaret Hall approved by the Governing Body on 12 June 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 provide for the appointment of Foundation and Visiting Fellows;

(2) to update the provisions relating to powers of investment;

(3) to provide for the appointment of an investment manager; and

(4) to make consequential amendments arising out of the introduction of the University Commissioners' statutes.

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Decree (7)

The consent of the University is given to the amendments to Statute II of Merton College approved by the Governing Body on 15 May 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 provide alternative provisions for the election of the Warden's successor;

(2) to provide for leave of absence; and

(3) to provide for a date upon which resignation takes effect.

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Decree (8)

The consent of the University is given to the amendments to Statutes II and IV of St John's College approved by the Governing Body on 17 July 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 bring the college's arrangements for initial probationary appointments of its Official Fellows into line with the University's arrangements for the initial probationary appointment of CUF lecturers, by the extension of the college's initial term of appointment to five years; and

(2) to enable the college to implement a scheme for the creation of Research Fellowships which would be distinct from its existing Senior Research Fellowships and Junior Research Fellowships.

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Decree (9)

Dispensation from prescribed duties is granted to M.R. Bridson, MA (MS, Ph.D. Cornell), Fellow of Pembroke College and Reader in Mathematics, for five years from 1 January 1997 to enable him to hold an EPSRC Advanced Fellowship.

Decree (10)

Dispensation from prescribed duties (apart from examining) is granted to I.W. Craig, MA (B.Sc., Ph.D. Liverpool), Fellow of St Catherine's College and Professor of Genetics, for three years from 1 January 1997 to enable him to participate in a major MRC-supported programme at the Institute of Psychiatry, London.

Decree (11)

Dispensation from prescribed duties is granted to P.F. Roche, MA (B.Sc., Ph.D. London), Fellow of Hertford College and University Lecturer in Physics, for five years from 1 October 1996 to enable him to hold the post of UK Gemini Project Scientist.

Decree (12)

Dispensation from prescribed duties is granted to D.L. Wark, MA (BS Indiana; MS California; Ph.D. Caltech), Fellow of Balliol College and University Lecturer in Physics, for three years from 1 October 1996 to enable him to hold a PPARC Lecturer Fellowship.

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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:

VERA FEDOROVNA KONNOVA, M.LITT., St Hugh's College

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3 Status of Master of Arts for Resident Visitors

Mr Vice-Chancellor reports that the status of Master of Arts under the provisions of Ch. V, Sect. vi, cl. 2 (Statutes, 1995, p. 345) has been accorded to the following Visiting Fellows of All Souls College who will be in residence for part or all of the academic year 1996–7:

PROFESSOR GEOFFREY BRENNAN (Australian National)

DR EDWARD BROADBENT (Montreal)

PROFESSOR JERRY FODOR (Rutgers)

DR RAYMOND GILLESPIE (Ireland)

PROFESSOR SANFORD KATZ (Boston)

PROFESSOR CAROL SCOTT LEONARD (New York)

PROFESSOR RAY MACDONALD (Lancaster)

PROFESSOR JOY PARR (Simon Fraser)

PROFESSOR ERICA REINER (Chicago)

PROFESSOR GUY ROGERS (Wellesley)

PROFESSOR RENWEI ZHAO (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)

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4 Register of Congregation

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

Donnelly, P.J., MA, D.Phil., St Anne's
Konnova, V.F., MA status, M.Litt., St Hugh's
von Clemm, F.M., MA, M.Litt., D.Phil., Templeton

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CONGREGATION 30 September

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 30 September.

Text of Special Resolution

That the Degree of Master of Arts be conferred upon the following: PETER JAMES DONNELLY, D.PHIL., St Anne's College

RENÉE CLAIRE FOX, Balliol College

BEAT GÄHWILER, Lincoln College

ROBERT LAWRENCE MIDDLEKAUFF, Queen's College

FREDRICK MICHAEL VON CLEMM, M.LITT., D.PHIL., Templeton College

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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 18 October, see `Examinations and Boards' below.