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CONGREGATION 3 February

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 3 February.

Text of Special Resolution

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

REGINALD PHILIP CARR, Balliol College

BRONWYN HUGHES HALL, Nuffield College

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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 3 February

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 21 February.

List of the decrees:

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Decree (1): Change in timetable for elections to the Clinical Medicine Board

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Clinical Medicine Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, changes the arrangements for holding elections to the faculty board. Henceforth, nominations of candidates by six members of the faculty shall be made fourteen clear days before the day fixed for the election (rather than eight clear days before) and voting papers shall be sent out not later than the eighth day (rather than the fourth day) before the election day. The change arises from difficulties in voting experienced by members of the Faculty of Clinical Medicine because of the dispersed location of members of the faculty and the fact that the circulation of ballot papers under the usual timetable normally coincided with the Late Spring Bank Holiday weekend, when Oxford hospitals take both the Monday and the Tuesday as holiday. Mr Vice-Chancellor has agreed also under the provisions of Ch. II, Sect. VI, § 5, cl. 1 (Statutes, 1995, p. 235) that in order to ease the difficulties for members of the Faculty of Clinical Medicine, the date of the elections to the Clinical Medicine Board shall be Friday of Seventh Week in Trinity Term, and not Thursday of Sixth Week, the conventional date.

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Text of Decree (1)

1 In Ch. II, Sect. VI, § 5, cl. 2 (Statutes, 1995, p. 235), after `by six such persons' insert `, except in the case of elections to the Clinical Medicine Board for which nominations by six such persons shall be submitted fourteen clear days before the election'.

2 Ibid., cl. 5 (1), after `University Offices' insert `; provided that in the case of elections to the Clinical Medicine Board voting papers shall be sent to every elector not later than the eighth day before the day fixed for the election'.

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Decree (2): Establishment of Directorship of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the General Board after consultation with the Committee for the Scientific Collections, effects one of the main recommendations of the recent Review Committee for the University Museum, namely the establishment of a post of Director of the renamed Oxford University Museum of Natural History. The references in the decree to the Committee for the Scientific Collections will be replaced in due course with references to a Board of Visitors which, also in consequence of a recommendation of the review committee, will replace the Committee for the Scientific Collections. The decree establishing the directorship has been made now so that an election may be made from 1 October 1997 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Text of Decree (2)

1 In Ch. III, Sect. LXXI (Statutes, 1995, p. 318), insert cll. 5–7: `5. There shall be a Director of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, who shall be appointed by a board of electors consisting of:

(1) the Vice-Chancellor, or, if the head of the college specified in (2) of this clause is Vice-Chancellor, a person appointed by Council;

(2) the head of the college with which the directorship is on that occasion associated, 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) a person appointed by Council;

(5), (6) two persons appointed by the General Board;

(7)–(9) three persons appointed by the Committee for the Scientific Collections.

6. The duties of the director shall be:

(a) to be the first officer of the museum, to act for and be generally responsible to the Committee for the Scientific Collections in the exercise of its powers, and to assist the committee in all matters for which it has general responsibility;

(b) to act as secretary to the committee provided always that the committee at its discretion may require the director to withdraw from part or all of any meeting;

(c) to give attendance on at least 200 week-days in each year, provided that the committee may dispense with the director's attendance for such period or periods as it may think fit;

(d) to give twenty-eight lectures or classes in each academic year under the direction of the committee in consultation with the faculty board concerned;

(e) to carry out research in areas relevant to the museum's collections, and to develop the museum as a major centre of research in those fields;

(f) to be responsible for the administrative duties and functions which are normal for a head of department, including the operation of the museum's budget and the disposition of space within the museum's precincts;

(g) to direct and co-ordinate curatorial, display, and public outreach functions of the museum and its collections;

( h) to arrange for the appropriate deployment of the museum's staffing, technical, and other resources.

7. Pursuant to the provisions of Tit. VI, Sect. I, cl. 2 (a), the director shall be a member both of the Faculty of Biological Sciences and of the Faculty of Physical Sciences; and pursuant to the provisions of Ch. II, Sect. VI, § 1, cl. 2 (c), the director shall be qualified to be an official member of the boards of either or both of those faculties.'

2 This decree shall have immediate effect, provided that until such time as the first director is appointed, the duties of the Curator of the Museum as defined in Ch. III, Sect. LXXI, cl. 3 shall continue to be performed by the Principal Curator for the time being.

Decree (3): Arrangements for conferment of the title of Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Clinical Medicine Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, provides that those on whom the title of Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer is conferred in future shall hold the title for five years, and may then be reapproved for successive further periods of up to five years (rather than for five years and then until resignation or retirement from their substantive post).

Text of Decree (3)

1 In Ch. VIII, Sect. V, § 6, cl. 1 (a) (Statutes, 1995, p. 500), delete proviso (i) and substitute: `(i) such a person shall be appointed for an initial period of five years, with a review at the end of the fourth year, and may be reappointed (subject to such review) for further periods of five years with review at the end of the fourth year of each five-year period;'.

2 Ibid. (p. 501), insert cl. 3: `3. Persons shall cease to hold these titles in the event of their resignation or retirement from their substantive appointments.'

3 This decree shall be effective from 1 January 1997, provided that the provisions of Ch. VII, Sect. V, § 6, cl. 1 as they stood before that date shall continue to apply to any person holding the title of Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer on 31 December 1996.

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Decree (4): Establishment of Molecular Biophysics Fund

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Biological Sciences Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, accepts a generous benefaction from an anonymous donor to establish a Molecular Biophysics Fund and provides for its management.

Text of Decree (4)

In Ch. IX, Sect. I (Statutes, 1995, p. 616), insert new § 232 as follows and renumber existing §§ 232–8 (pp. 616–9, as renumbered by Decree (5) of 31 October 1996, Gazette, p. 245) as §§ 233–9: `§ 232. Molecular Biophysics Fund

1. The University accepts with gratitude an anonymous benefaction of £20,000, together with such other sums as may be made available for the purpose, to establish a Molecular Biophysics Fund to promote research and teaching in molecular biophysics in the University's Molecular Biophysics Laboratory.

2. The board of management of the fund shall be

(1) the David Phillips Professor of Molecular Biophysics;

(2) the Iveagh Professor of Microbiology;

(3) the Whitley Professor of Biochemistry.

3. The fund shall be used to help research students and other members of the Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics through the provision of grants for travel, for financial support, and for promotion of research and teaching in Molecular Biophysics, in circumstances in which other sources of funds are not readily available.

4. Awards shall normally be made from the income of the fund but in exceptional circumstances the board of management shall have power to make individual awards up to a total of £4,000 per annum or a sum equal to 20 per cent of the fund, whichever shall be the greater.

5. Income not expended in any one year shall be carried forward for expenditure in subsequent years.

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

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Decree (5): Gerald Averay Wainwright Fund

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Board of Management of the Gerald Averay Wainwright Fund, broadens the potential field of applicants for Wainwright Fellowships by amending the reference to candidates being British subjects, and removes the requirement for a copy of the donor's memorandum to be issued to every member of the board and to every applicant. The memorandum, written in 1952, assumes that all applicants will be male and includes a statement to the effect that it would have been the donor's desire that candidates be not of the Roman Catholic faith. The donor stipulated that the board of management should interpret his wishes in the broadest sense possible consistently with the main intention, that of the furtherance of archaeological study. The following amendments are made in order to avoid any suggestion of prejudice and to encourage as wide a range of potential applicants as possible.

Text of Decree (5)

1 In Ch. IX, Sect. I, § 361 (Statutes, 1995, p. 668), delete cl. 8 and substitute: `8. Candidates for a fellowship shall normally be resident in the United Kingdom.'

2 Ibid., delete cl. 9 and renumber existing cl. 10 as cl. 9.

3 Ibid., delete footnote 1.

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Decree (6): Composition of the Visitatorial Board

Explanatory note

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor will declare carried, without holding the meeting of Congregation on 11 February, the Statute changing the composition of the Visitatorial Board, which was promulgated on 21 January (see `University Agenda' below). Council has accordingly made the following decree, which gives effect to consequential changes.

Text of Decree (6)

(For text of Decree see Gazette, 5 December 1996.)

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Decree (7): Remission of composition fees (M. Shavit)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VIII, Sect. I, § 6, cl. 1 (Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 1059), Ms M. Shavit, Balliol College, shall not be required to pay a composition fee in respect of her study for the degree of BA during Trinity Term 1996.

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Decree (8): Remission of composition fees (A.M. and C.A. Webb)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VIII, Sect. I, § 6, cl. 5 (Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 1062), no further composition fees shall be required to be paid in respect of either Alan Michael Webb or Catherine Ann Webb in connection with their study at the Department for Continuing Education for the degree of M.Sc. in Software Engineering.

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Decree (9): Consent to amendment to Statutes of St Hilda's College

The consent of the University is given to the amendment to Statute VIII of St Hilda's College approved by the Governing Body on 16 October 1996, in so far as such consent is required by Section 7 (2) of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923.

Note. The effect of the amendment is to empower the college to appoint an Investment Manager and to prescribe the latter's powers, duties, and terms of appointment.

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Decree (10): Consent to amendments to Statutes of Somerville College

The consent of the University is given to the amendments to Statute IV of Somerville College approved by the Governing Body on 13 November 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 to provide for the election of Emeritus and Foundation Fellows.

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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:

GREGORY YURI GLAZOV, M.PHIL., D.PHIL., Exeter College

MARY GREGORIOU, Department of Biochemistry

WARD EATON JONES, B.PHIL., MA status, Queen's 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:

Ash, R.E., MA, St Hilda's
Bainbridge, V.R., MA, St Hilda's
Burnyeat, M.F., MA, All Souls
Carr, R.P., MA, Balliol
Garden, B., MA, University
Glazov, G.Y., MA status, M.Phil., D.Phil., Exeter
Gould-Davies, N.J., MA, Hertford
Gregoriou, M., MA status, Department of Biochemistry
Hall, B.H., MA, Nuffield
Holes, C.D., MA, D.Phil., Magdalen
Humfress, C., MA, St Catherine's
Jones, W.E., B.Phil., MA status, Queen's
Pobjoy, M.P., MA, D.Phil., New College
Reynolds, K.D., MA, D.Phil., Balliol
Webster, J.B., MA, D.Phil., Christ Church

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4 Dates of Full Term 1997–2003

The dates for reckoning Full Term 1998–9 were fixed, and the dates for reckoning Full Term 2002–3 were fixed provisionally. The dates and provisional dates for Full Term 1997–2003 are set out below.

MICHAELMAS TERM 1997 

Sunday, 12 October       Saturday, 6 December

HILARY TERM 1998 

Sunday, 18 January     Saturday, 14 March

TRINITY TERM 1998 

Sunday, 26 April        Saturday, 20 June

MICHAELMAS TERM 1998 

Sunday, 11 October       Saturday, 5 December

HILARY TERM 1999 

Sunday, 17 January     Saturday, 13 March

TRINITY TERM 1999 

Sunday, 25 April        Saturday, 19 June 



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Provisional dates MICHAELMAS TERM 1999 Sunday, 10 October Saturday, 4 December HILARY TERM 2000 Sunday, 16 January Saturday, 11 March TRINITY TERM 2000 Sunday, 30 April Saturday, 24 June MICHAELMAS TERM 2000 Sunday, 8 October Saturday, 2 December HILARY TERM 2001 Sunday, 14 January Saturday, 10 March TRINITY TERM 2001 Sunday, 22 April Saturday, 16 June MICHAELMAS TERM 2001 Sunday, 7 October Saturday, 1 December HILARY TERM 2002 Sunday, 13 January Saturday, 9 March TRINITY TERM 2002 Sunday, 21 April Saturday, 15 June MICHAELMAS TERM 2002 Sunday, 13 October Saturday, 7 December HILARY TERM 2003 Sunday, 19 January Saturday, 15 March TRINITY TERM 2003 Sunday, 27 April Saturday, 21 June

5 Dates of Extended Terms 1997–9

It was agreed to publish the dates of extended terms for 1997–9 for Part I candidates in Materials, Economics, and Management, for Part II candidates in Chemistry, in Engineering (or Materials), Economics, and Management, in Metallurgy and Science of Materials, and in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, and for MBA candidates. These are set out below.

Part II candidates in Chemistry

MICHAELMAS TERM 1997 
Monday, 8 September       Monday, 22 December

HILARY TERM 1998 
Monday, 5 January       Saturday, 4 April

TRINITY TERM 1998 
Monday, 20 April        Saturday, 27 June

MICHAELMAS TERM 1998 
Thursday, 10 September       Tuesday, 22 December

HILARY TERM 1999 
Tuesday, 5 January        Wednesday, 31 March

TRINITY TERM 1999 
Monday, 12 April        Saturday, 26 June 



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Part II candidates in Engineering, Economics, and Management MICHAELMAS TERM 1997 Friday, 12 September Saturday, 13 December MICHAELMAS TERM 1998 Friday, 11 September Saturday, 12 December

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Part I candidates in Materials, Economics, and Management, in the year in which the examination is taken HILARY TERM 1998 Sunday, 18 January Saturday, 21 March HILARY TERM 1999 Sunday, 17 January Saturday, 20 March

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Part II candidates in Materials, Economics, and Management MICHAELMAS TERM 1997 Friday, 12 September Saturday, 13 December MICHAELMAS TERM 1998 Friday, 11 September Saturday, 12 December

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Part II candidates in Metallurgy and Science of Materials MICHAELMAS TERM 1997 Friday, 12 September Saturday, 13 December HILARY TERM 1998 Friday, 9 January Saturday, 4 April TRINITY TERM 1998 Friday, 17 April Saturday, 27 June MICHAELMAS TERM 1998 Friday, 11 September Saturday, 12 December HILARY TERM 1999 Friday, 8 January Saturday, 27 March TRINITY TERM 1999 Friday, 9 April Saturday, 26 June

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Part II candidates in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry MICHAELMAS TERM 1997 Friday, 19 September Saturday, 13 December MICHAELMAS TERM 1998 Friday, 18 September Saturday, 12 December

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MBA candidates MICHAELMAS TERM 1997 Monday, 6 October Friday, 12 December HILARY TERM 1998 Monday, 12 January Friday, 20 March TRINITY TERM 1998 Monday, 20 April Friday, 26 June LONG VACATION 1998 Monday, 7 September Friday, 18 September MICHAELMAS TERM 1998 Monday, 5 October Friday, 11 December HILARY TERM 1999 Monday, 11 January Friday, 19 March TRINITY TERM 1999 Monday, 19 April Friday, 25 June LONG VACATION 1999 Monday, 6 September Friday, 17 September

6 Dates of Encaenia

It was determined that the Encaenia for 1999 should be held on Wednesday, 23 June, and, provisionally, that the Encaenia for 2003 should be held on Wednesday, 25 June.

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