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CONGREGATION 9 December

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 9 December.

Text of Special Resolution

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

PAUL BARTON RAINEY, MA status, Pembroke College

MICHAEL PATRICK ROWE, Nuffield College

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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 9 December

1 Decrees

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

List of the decrees:

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Decree (1): Establishment of Vaisey Endowment Fund

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Curators of the Bodleian Library, provides for the formal acceptance of sums generously donated to establish a fund, to be known as the Vaisey Endowment Fund, in recognition of the period in office of Mr David Vaisey as Bodley's Librarian. The income will be used for the benefit of the Bodleian Library.

Text of Decree (1)

In Ch. IX, Sect. I, § 26 (Statutes, 1995, p. 543), after the decree governing the Sowers Bequest insert:

`Vaisey Endowment Fund

1. The University accepts with gratitude the sums contributed in recognition of the period in office of Mr David Vaisey as Bodley's Librarian, together with any moneys which may be subscribed for this purpose in the future, which shall form a fund to be known as the Vaisey Endowment Fund. The net income of the fund shall be applied for the benefit of the Bodleian Library.

2. The fund shall be administered by the Director of University Library Services and Bodley's Librarian in consultation with the Curators of the Bodleian Library. [1]

3. Income not spent in any year shall be carried forward for expenditure in subsequent years.

4. This decree may be altered from time to time, provided always that the main object of the fund, as defined in clause 1 above, is adhered to.'

Footnote

[1] Under Decree (5) of 14 November 1996 (Gazette, p. 321), the responsibilities of the curators will be assumed by the Libraries Committee with effect from 1 January 1997.
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Decree (2): Establishment of M.St. course in Historical Research (Medieval History

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Modern History Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, establishes a one-year course in Historical Research (Medieval History) for the Degree of Master of Studies. Examination will be by extended essays and dissertation.

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

Text of Decree (2)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 644, after l. 11 insert:
`Historical Research (Medieval History)      Modern History'.

2 Ibid., p. 978, after l. 39 insert in the right-hand column: `In Historical Research (Medieval History), four.'

3 Ibid., p. 984, l. 39, after `Historical Research' insert `and in Historical Research (Medieval History)'.

4 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 1997.

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Key to Decree (2)

Cl. 1 inserts Historical Research (Medieval History) into the list of M.St. courses.

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

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Decree (3): Establishment of M.St. course in Professional Archaeology

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Committee on Continuing Education and with the concurrence of the Committee for Archaeology and of the General Board, establishes a course in Professional Archaeology for the Degree of Master of Studies. The course will be a one- year part-time programme of study, a condition of entry to which will be the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Archaeology (the new name of the Postgraduate Diploma in Field Archaeology). The decree also makes provision for the nomination of examiners for both the degree and the postgraduate diploma.

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

Text of Decree (3)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 644, after l. 31 insert:
`Professional Archaeology     Committee for Archaeology'.

2 Ibid., p. 979, after l. 20, insert in the right-hand column: `In Professional Archaeology, two or three as required.'

3 Ibid., p. 993, after l. 18 insert: `(yy) For the nomination of examiners in the examinations for the Degree of Master of Studies in Professional Archaeology and the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Archaeology, a committee of which the three elected members shall be chosen by the Committee on Continuing Education.'

4 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 1997.

Key to Decree (3)

Cl. 1 inserts Professional Archaeology into the list of M.St. courses.

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

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Decree (4): Examiners for M.Sc. courses in Computation and in Software Engineering

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Mathematical Sciences Board and the Committee on Continuing Education and with the concurrence of the General Board, provides for a joint board of examiners for the Degrees of Master of Science in Computation and in Software Engineering to replace the existing, separate, three-member boards. The two degree courses share a significant proportion of papers. There will be a convention that in the new four-member board, one examiner will be external to the University.

Text of Decree (4)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 976, l. 39, delete `Three in Computation.' and substitute: `Four in Computation and Software Engineering.'

2 Ibid., p. 977, ll. 15–16, delete `Three in Software Engineering.'

3 Ibid., p. 985, l. 19, delete `, and of examiners in Computation,'.

4 Ibid., p. 992, l. 22, after `Software Engineering' insert `and in Computation'.

5 Ibid., p. 995, l. 37, after `in Computation' insert `and in Software Engineering'.

6 Ibid., p. 996, delete l. 6.

7 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 1997.

Key to Decree (4)

Cll. 1 and 2 delete the two existing boards of examiners and replace them with a joint board.

Cll. 3 and 4 provide for the nomination of examiners to serve on the new board by a joint committee of the Mathematical Sciences Board and the Committee on Continuing Education.

Cll. 5 and 6 make consequential changes concerning the length of the examiners' periods of office.

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Decree (5): Endowment grants from the College Contributions Fund

Explanatory note

Council decided, following the recent review of the College Contributions Scheme, that a Grants Subcommittee of the College Contributions Committee should be established, consisting mainly of college bursars, to scrutinise prospective recipient colleges' financial position and to make recommendations for the disbursement of funds. It was also decided, following the review, that the fund should be used mainly for increasing the permanent endowment of the poorer colleges and that the disbursement of funds should be made on an annual basis. Council has decided, on the recommendation of the College Contributions Committee, to make the following endowment grants out of the accumulated balance of the College Contributions Fund under Tit. XII, Sect. I, cl. 2 (Statutes, 1995, p. 80).

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Text of Decree (5)

The following amounts shall be paid in 1997 to the colleges named in each case under the provisions of Tit. XII, Sect. I, cl. 2 (b) as grants for the enlargement of the permanent endowment of those colleges.

                                       £
Linacre College                     60,000
Pembroke College                    420,000
St Edmund Hall                      420,000
St Peter's College                  420,000
                                    1,320,000

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Decree (6): Dispensation from prescribed duties

Dispensation from prescribed duties is granted to K.P. Day, MA (B.Sc., Ph.D. Melbourne), Fellow of Hertford College and Reader in Molecular Epidemiology, for three years from 1 January 1997 to enable her to take up a Wellcome Trust Research Leave 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:

PAUL ALTMANN, Oxford Radcliffe Hospital

PAUL BARRY PETTITT, Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art

ROBERT NEVILLE VANDERPLANK, Language Centre

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3 Register of Congregation

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

Altmann, P., MA status, Oxford Radcliffe Hospital
Gooder, P.R., MA, Ripon
Hobson, A., MA, Magdalen
Hughes, G.F., MA, Nuffield
Pettitt, P.B., MA status, Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art
Rowe, M.P., MA, Nuffield
Saunders, S.W., MA, Linacre
Stephenson, P.A., MA, D.Phil., Keble
Stewart-Brown, S.L., MA, Lady Margaret Hall
Vanderplank, R.N., MA status, Language Centre
Westwell, M.S., MA, D.Phil., Lincoln

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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL AND GENERAL BOARD OF THE FACULTIES

Delegates of the University Press

Council and the General Board have appointed the following as Delegates of the University Press for five years from 1 October 1997: MR I.C. BUTLER, Christ Church
PROFESSOR C.J. CROUCH, Trinity
PROFESSOR A.E. MORPURGO DAVIES, Somerville
DR P.M. NORTH, Principal of Jesus, vice Mr P.M. Oppenheimer

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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

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