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CONGREGATION 22 October 2 p.m.

1 Promulgation of Statute

Explanatory note to Statute

The following statute, and the decree to be made by Council if the statute is approved, which are promoted on the recommendation of the Committee for the Nomination of Select Preachers and with the concurrence of Hertford College, modify the subject of the Macbride Sermon. At present the sermon must be preached upon `the application of the prophecies in Holy Scripture respecting the Messiah to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, with an especial view to confute the arguments of Jewish commentators and to promote the conversion to Christianity of the ancient people of God'. By decree it is delivered in Hertford College on the second Sunday in Hilary Term by a preacher nominated by the Vice-Chancellor (see Ch. XI, Sect. I, § 4 (4), Statutes, 1995, p. 692).

WHEREAS it is expedient to modify the subject upon which the Macbride Sermon is preached to reduce the potential for causing offence, NOW THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, in 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, as amended, subject to the approval of Her Majesty in Council, by the statute approved by Congregation on 14 May 1996, Gazette, Vol. 126, pp. 1086, 1122), insert Sect. LXI:

`Section LXI. Of the Macbride Sermon

The income from the fund derived from an anonymous benefaction accepted by the University in 1848, now known as the Macbride Fund after J.D. Macbride, DCL, Principal of Magdalen Hall, shall be paid to the preacher of the annual sermon known as the Macbride Sermon. The Macbride Sermon shall be preached upon "the application of the prophecies in Holy Scripture respecting the Messiah to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ".'

Decree to be made by Council if the Statute is approved

1 In Ch. XI, Sect. I, § 4 (Statutes, 1995, p. 692), delete footnote 2. 2 This decree shall be effective from the date on which Statute (...) approved by Congregation on ... is approved by Her Majesty in Council.

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2 Voting on Special Resolution authorising expenditure from the Higher Studies Fund

1 That the Curators of the University Chest be authorised to expend from the unearmarked section of the Higher Studies Fund such sums, initially estimated at £423.5K, as are necessary to cover the costs of the following commitments:

(1) £56K to cover, for two years from the date of appointment, the cost of a research assistant for the Cookson Professor of Materials;

(2) up to £155K to cover the shortfall on accommodation costs (£105K) and two years of research support costs at RSIA for the Professor of the Physics and Chemistry of Minerals;

(3) £15K to cover, for three years from 1 July 1996, the research expenses of the Professor of Statistical Science;

(4) £70K to cover, for two years from 1 October 1998, the cost of an appointment to a post of University Lecturer in Zoology;

(5) £95K to cover for one year the cost of a research assistant to the Sedleian Professor of Natural Philosophy and, for two years from the date of appointment, the cost of an appointment to a post of University Lecturer in Applied Mathematics;

(6) £32.5K to cover, over three years, equipment and personal research expenses for the Sedleian Professor of Natural Philosophy.

2 That the Curators of the University Chest be authorised to expend from that part of the Higher Studies Fund which is earmarked for Social Studies such sums, initially estimated at £212K, as are necessary to cover the costs of the following commitments:

(1) £10K to cover, for two years from 1 October 1995, the research expenses of the Professor of Management Studies and Deputy Director of the School of Management Studies;

(2) up to £150K towards the cost of maintaining acquisitions in the Law Library over a period of three years from 1995-6;

(3) up to £52K to cover, over three years, a postgraduate studentship and research expenses for the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography.

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