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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 9 June

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 27 June.

List of the decrees:


Decree (1): Establishment of Value for Money Committee

Explanatory note

Following the issue by HEFCE in 1993 of an Audit Code of Practice which included the requirement that individual institutions should promote value for money (VFM), a VFM Steering Group was established within the University, comprising Dr J.S. Knowland (chairman), Mr R.B. Allan (a retired partner of the University Auditors, the accountants KPMG), Dr E.W. Gill, and Dr J. Norbury. That group has recommended, and Council has agreed, that the group should now be reconstituted as a formal standing committee of Council, established by decree, and the following decree provides accordingly. Council wishes to emphasise that, while proper arrangements must be seen to be in place to improve economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in order to comply with the HEFCE code of practice, it sees the primary reason for the planned VFM work as being that this is intended to bring substantial financial benefits to the University and improvements in the services available to its members.

It is intended that the VFM Committee should draw up a five-year strategic programme of work, and annual plans, in the same way as the Audit Committee does for the work of Internal Audit. In parallel, one or two initial studies are being set in hand in order to provide experience of individual VFM projects and to guide the preparation of the strategic plan.

Text of Decree (1)

1 In Ch. II, Sect. I (Statutes, 1995, p. 214), insert new § 20 as follows and renumber existing § 20 (as renumbered by Decree (1) of 3 October 1996 and Decree (1) of 20 March 1997, Gazette, pp. 54, 882) as § 21:

`§ 20. Committee on Value for Money

1. There shall be a Committee on Value for Money (VFM), which shall consist of:

(1) a person appointed by the Vice-Chancellor as chairman of the committee;

(2)--(6) five persons appointed by Council.

The committee may co-opt up to two additional members. The members of the committee shall hold office for three years, except that casual vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired period of the member demitting office, and shall be re-eligible provided always that no person shall serve on the committee for more than six years in total. The persons appointed or co-opted need not be members of the University.

2. The committee shall be responsible for conducting a programme of value-for-money initiatives to identify the arrangements which the University needs to put in place to improve economy, efficiency, and effectiveness; for advising Council on the results of such studies; and for recommending appropriate action.

3. In discharging its responsibilities the committee shall pay particular regard to two main areas, namely:

(a) an overview of the University's structure and procedures for obtaining VFM. This shall cover the methods of setting policy objectives, allocating resources, considering alternatives, evaluating the success of policies, budgeting, and planning control over the overall use of resources; it shall also include reviews of the University as an organisation and of its administrative information systems;

(b) individual studies of specific areas, functions, or services. Such studies may be across-the-board in nature and cover such areas as, amongst others, treasury management, purchasing, computer maintenance, estate management, energy conservation, minor works, and travel and subsistence; they shall test the effectiveness of the University's VFM measures and shall be designed with the objective of leading to savings or improvements in the areas studied.'

2 This decree shall have immediate effect, provided that the initial periods of office of the members of the committee shall be so varied as to procure a regular rotation of subsequent appointments.

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Decree (2): Establishment of Professorship of Transplantation

Decree (3): Establishment of Professorship of Mathematics and its Applications and Professorship of Pure Mathematics

Explanatory note

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor will declare carried, at the meeting of Congregation on 17 June, Statute (1) establishing the Professorship of Mathematics and its Applications and the Professorship of Pure Mathematics, and Statute (2) establishing the Professorship of Transplantation, which were promulgated on 3 June (see `University Agenda' below). Council has accordingly made the following decrees, which give effect to consequential changes.

Text of Decree (2)

[For text of Decree (2) see decree attached to Statute (2) under Congregation 3 June in `University Agenda', Gazette 15 May.]

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Text of Decree (3)

[For text of Decree (3) see decree attached to Statute (1) under Congregation 3 June in `University Agenda', Gazette 15 May.]

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Decree (4): Composition of St Cross Building Management Committee

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the General Board, gives the St Cross Building Management Committee power to co-opt up to two additional members. At the same time opportunity is taken to limit the existing provision governing periods of membership to the chairman only, since all the other members are currently specified as serving ex officio.

Text of Decree (4)

In Ch. III, Sect. LXVIII, cl. 1 (Statutes, 1995, p. 317, as renumbered by Decree (6) of 26 October 1995, Gazette, Vol. 126, p. 245), delete `Members shall hold office for four years and shall be re-eligible.' and substitute:

`The chairman of the committee shall hold office for four years and shall be re-eligible. The committee may also co-opt up to two additional members who shall hold office for two years and shall be re-eligible.'

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Decree (5): Directorship of the Department of Applied Social Studies and Social Research

Explanatory note

The directorship of the Department of Applied Social Studies and Social Research is at present permanently vested in the Professorship of Sociology and Social Policy (held by Professor S. Ringen). The following decree, made by Council on the recommendation of the Social Studies Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, provides for the arrangements for the directorship to be brought into line with those for the headship of most other departments and so enables the directorship to be held by other suitably qualified persons. Professor Ringen has decided to stand down from the directorship with effect from 30 September 1997 and, subject to the approval of the decree, Council will shortly be asked to approve the appointment of another director for a fixed period.

Text of Decree (5)

1 In Ch. III, Sect. LXXIV (Statutes, 1995, p. 320), delete cll. 3-5 and substitute:

`3. The department shall be assigned by Council for a specified period not exceeding five years in the first instance to a person holding an established academic post in the University or an equivalent appointment in a college or other society, on the recommendation of the General Board after consultation with the Board of the Faculty of Social Studies. The person to whom the headship of the department is assigned shall have the title of Director of the Department of Applied Social Studies and Social Research. The Director shall be eligible for reappointment.

4. The Director's duties shall include the general supervision, under the Board of the Faculty of Social Studies, of research, advanced study, and teaching in the department, and the promotion of its wider purposes as set out in clause 1 above. The Director shall engage in advanced study or research and shall give or hold such number of lectures or classes as are required by the terms of his or her normal university post, except that the Board of the Faculty of Social Studies may recommend to the General Board that he or she be given remission from such specified duties attached to that post as shall be considered appropriate in view of his or her additional responsibilities as Director. The Director shall reside within the University during six months at least in each academical year, between the first day of October and the ensuing first day of August, and in particular during not less than six weeks of each term. The Director shall make provision for the lighting, warming, water-supply, and cleansing of the premises assigned to the department, including any residential accommodation. The Director shall receive a special allowance as set out in Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 7, Schedule IV.'

2 Ibid., renumber existing cl. 6 (p. 321) as cl. 5.

3 Ibid., cl. 5 as renumbered, delete `professor' in both places in which the word occurs and in each case substitute `Director'.

4 In Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 5. B, cl. 4 (p. 366), delete:

 

`Department of Applied Social        Professor of Sociology and
     Studies and Social Research          Social Policy'.

5 Ibid., SCHEDULE A (p. 370), after

`Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory' insert:

`Professor of Sociology and Social Policy'.

6 Ibid., SCHEDULE B, delete

`Professor of Sociology and Social Policy'.

7 Ibid., § 7, SCHEDULE IV (Statutes, 1995, p. 372), delete `Professor of Sociology and Social Policy' and substitute:

`Director of the Department of Applied Social Studies and Social Research'.

8 Ibid., Sect. III

(p. 476), insert new § 293 as follows and renumber existing § § 293--302 (pp. 476--81) as §§ 294--303:

`§ 293. Professor of Sociology and Social Policy

1. The Professor of Sociology and Social Policy shall lecture and give instruction on the sociology and social policy of modern society.

2. The professor shall be subject to the General Provisions of the decree concerning the duties of professors.

3. The professor shall be elected by an electoral board 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 to which the professorship shall be for the time being allocated by Council under any decree in that behalf, 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 Board of the Faculty of Social Studies.'

9 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 1997.

Key to Decree (5)

Cl. 1 removes from the decree governing the Department of Applied Social Studies and Social Research provision for the Professorship of Sociology and Social Policy, including the provision that the holder of that chair shall be the Director of the department. It substitutes a provision that the Director shall be appointed from amongst the academic staff of the University or equivalent post-holders in a college or other society and prescribes the Director's duties.

Cll. 2 and 3 make consequential changes elsewhere in the decree governing the department.

Cll. 4--6 transfer the professorship from the list of Schedule B professors to Schedule A and end the permanent assignment of the Department of Applied Social Studies to the holder of the chair.

Cl. 7 provides for the Director to receive a Schedule IV departmental allowance.

Cl. 8 makes substitute provision for the professorship.

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Decree (6): Electoral board for the Goldsmiths' Professorship of English Literature

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the English Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, increases the electoral board for the Goldsmiths' Chair of English Literature from seven members to nine. This is in keeping with the recommendations of Council's and the General Board's Joint Working Party on Statutory Posts, and will help to ensure that the electoral board includes a sufficiently wide representation from both inside and outside Oxford of the relevant fields of study.

Text of Decree (6)

In Ch. VII, Sect. III, § 73, cl. 2 (Statutes, 1995, p. 406), delete items (5)- -(9) and substitute:

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

(7)--(9) three persons appointed by the Board of the Faculty of English Language and Literature.'

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Decree (7): Removal of restrictions on the faculties within which departmental lecturers may be appointed

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the General Board, removes the present restriction on the faculties in which departmental lecturers may be appointed, and makes it possible for such posts to be held in any academic department.

Text of Decree (7)

1 In Ch. VII, Sect. IV, § 7, cl. 1 (Statutes, 1995, p. 494), delete

`department in the Faculties of ... Physiological Sciences' and substitute `academic department with responsibilities for teaching and research'.

2 Ibid., cl. 5 (p. 495), after

`Board of the Faculty concerned' insert `, or the equivalent responsible committee,'.

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Decree (8): David Lewis Fund

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Literae Humaniores Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, amends the decree governing the David Lewis Fund in the light of the fact that further benefactions for this fund have been received from a number of individuals and bodies since the initial donation was made by the Philip Lewis Trust.

Text of Decree (8)

In Ch. IX, Sect. I, § 206, cl. 1 (Statutes, 1995, p. 603), after

`£10,000' insert `, and any further benefactions contributed for this purpose,'.

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Decree (9): Nancy Lindsay Memorial Fund

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Biological Sciences Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, sets up a new management committee for the Lindsay Memorial Fund in order to simplify the arrangements for the administration of trusts available to support the study of Botany.

Text of Decree (9)

In Ch. IX, Sect. I, § 208 (Statutes 1995, p. 604), delete cl. 2 and substitute:

`2. The fund shall be administered by a board of management consisting of

(1) the Sibthorpian Professor of Plant Science, or a deputy appointed by the professor;

(2) the Sherardian Professor of Botany, or a deputy appointed by the professor;

(3) the Chairman of the Board of the Faculty of Biological Sciences, or a deputy appointed by the chairman, provided always that in neither case shall the person serving on the board of management be a member of the Department of Plant Sciences.'

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Decree (10): Preliminary Examination in Economics and Management

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Standing Committee for Economics and Management and with the concurrence of the General Board, changes the Management course in the Preliminary Examination in Economics and Management in order to provide a broader-based course which will introduce students to the key functional areas in Management.

Associated changes in regulations were published in `Examinations and Boards', Gazette, 5 June.

Text of Decree (10)

In Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 74, delete ll. 1-2 and substitute:

`(3) Introduction to Management.'

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Decree (11): Categories of persons entitled to be charged university composition fees at the appropriate `home' rate

Explanatory note

The following decree extends the categories of persons entitled to pay fees at the `home' rate to include the spouses of EEA migrant workers as provided by the Education (Fees and Awards) (amendment) Regulations 1996, and rectifies an omission from the existing decrees by including provision that students must not have been resident wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education.

Text of Decree (11)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 1067, delete ll. 32--6 and substitute:

`(vii) who

(a) is an EEA migrant worker

(i) who has, throughout the three-year period preceding the 1 September, 1 January, or 1 April closest to the beginning of the first term of his course been ordinarily resident within the European Economic Area, and has not been resident therein, for any part of the three-year period, wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full- time education, and

(ii) in whose case it is not lawful to charge higher fees by virtue of article 7 (2) or (3) of Council Regulation (EEC) Number 1612/68 on freedom of movement for workers within the community, as extended by the EEA Agreement; or

(b) is the spouse of an EEA migrant worker and

(i) is a national of a member state of the European Economic Area,

(ii) satisfies the conditions mentioned in (a) (i) above, and

(iii) is installed in the United Kingdom with his spouse; or

(c) is the spouse of an EEA migrant worker and

(i) is not a national of a member state of the European Economic Area,

(ii) has, throughout the year preceding the 1 September, 1 January, or 1 April closest to the beginning of the first term of his course been ordinarily resident in the European Economic Area, and

(iii) is installed in the United Kingdom with his spouse; or

(d) is the child of an EEA migrant worker and

(i) satisfies the conditions mentioned in (a) (i) above, and

(ii) in whose case it is not lawful to charge higher fees by virtue of article 12 of the above mentioned Council regulation; or'.

2 Ibid., after l. 36 insert new proviso (viii) as follows and renumber existing proviso (viii) (l. 37) as proviso (ix):

`(viii) who has not been ordinarily resident within the European Economic Area as required by (vii) (a) (i) above only because he, his spouse, or his parent was temporarily employed elsewhere; or'.

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Decree (12): Directorship of the Computing Laboratory

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 5. B, cl. 5 (Statutes, 1995, p. 367), the Computing Laboratory is assigned to C.A.R. Hoare, MA, Fellow of Wolfson College and James Martin Professor of Computing, for fourteen months from 1 August 1997.

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Decree (13): Conferment of the title of Visiting Professor (Professor P.R. Koninckx)

The title of Visiting Professor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology is conferred on Professor P.R. Koninckx, Head of the Division of Endoscopic Surgery at the University Hospitals, Leuven, Belgium, for three years with effect from 1 July 1997.]

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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:

KIERAN CLARKE, Department of Biochemistry

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3 Register of Congregation

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

Brundin, C.L., MA, Templeton
Clarke, K., MA status, Department of Biochemistry

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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 27 June, see `Examinations and Boards' below.