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CONGREGATION 5 November

Rejection of Special Resolution not confirmed

Council has decided that, subject to the arrangements outlined in the following statement, there shall be a postal vote on the special resolution proposing the allocation of a site in Mansfield Road for the Said Business School, a resolution which was rejected by Congregation on 5 November. A final decision on that resolution is accordingly deferred.

Statement by Council

Council has further considered the proposal that a building for the Said Business School should be sited on the Mansfield Road sports ground, in the light of the rejection, at the close of the debate in Congregation on 5 November, of the resolution endorsing that proposal.

Council remains wholly committed to the development of Management Studies in the University, in accordance with the policy approved by Congregation in 1990, and to the provision of a central site for a building worthy of a world-class school. Council has no doubt, moreover, that only if such a site is made available can Mr Said be expected finally to confirm his munificent benefaction. Council is not aware, as was made clear in the debate, of any site other than the Mansfield Road site which would appropriately meet the requirements. In these circumstances Council wishes to give Congregation as a whole the opportunity to confirm, or to reverse, the decision taken in the House on 5 November. To secure that opportunity it is necessary, under the statutes, for Council to give notice forthwith of its intention to hold a postal vote.

However, Council is willing to redouble its efforts to find an alternative site which would be acceptable both to the University and to the benefactor, and if a site which is both central and appropriate to the needs of the school can be identified the possibility of securing it for the use of the school will be pursued. The further review of possible alternative sites will be undertaken by the current Working Party on University Sites chaired by the Vice-Chancellor-elect, which will report to Congregation on its findings. Whether or not in the event a postal vote is held will depend upon the outcome of this review.

As regards the timing of such a vote, it would seem inappropriate for it to be held outside Full Term. For this reason, and in order to allow time for the further review of alternative sites, Council has agreed that the postal vote would be held in Hilary Term. At the request of Council, Mr Said has confirmed that he is willing to let his benefaction stand pending completion of these procedures.

As indicated in the debate on 5 November, a number of points have been raised on the terms of the Wafic Rida Said Business School Foundation, which Council will now wish to pursue with the foundation.

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CONGREGATION 11 November

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 11 November.

Text of Special Resolution

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

FARAMERY NOSHIR DABHOIWALA, All Souls College

JOHN KIM-HO QUAH, St Antony's College

JILLAINE KAREN SEYMOUR, Trinity College

REINHARD STROHM, Wadham College

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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 11 November

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decree/decrees, to come into effect on 29 November.

List of the decrees:

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Explanatory note to Decree (1)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Proctors and Assessor as a result of a review by them of their service on various university bodies, permits the Proctors and the Assessor each year to choose one of their number to serve on the Committee on Animal Care (of which both the Senior Proctor and the Assessor are currently ex officio members), and makes the Assessor (like the Proctors) an ex officio member of the Committee for the Proctors' Office. (The Proctors and Assessor have the general right to see the papers of, and to attend and speak at any meeting of, any university body: Tit. IX, Sect. VI, § 3, cl. 2 and § 4, cl. 1, Statutes, 1995, p. 68.)

Decree (1)

1 In Ch. II, Sect. II, § 2, cl. 1, concerning the Committee on Animal Care (Statutes, 1995, p. 215), delete `(11), (12) the Senior Proctor and the Assessor, ex officio;' and substitute:

`(11) one of the Proctors or the Assessor as may be agreed between them;'.

2 Ibid., renumber existing item (13) as item (12).

3 Ibid., cl. 2 (p. 216), delete `(1)–(12)' and substitute `(1)–(11)'.

4 In Ch. III, Sect. LXIII, cl. 1, concerning the Committee for the Proctors' Office (as inserted by Decree (6) of 26 October 1995, Gazette, Vol. 126, p. 245), insert new item (4) as follows and renumber existing items (4)–(6) as items (5)–(7):

`(4) the Assessor;'.

5 Ibid., delete `(5)–(6)' and substitute `(6)–(7)'.

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Explanatory note to Decree (2)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Inter- faculty Committee for Queen Elizabeth House and with the concurrence of the General Board, establishes a one-year course in Forced Migration for the degree of M.St. The course is intended to prepare students to undertake postgraduate research degrees in their own discipline and to provide a formal qualification for those who wish to pursue careers in the field. Examination will be by written papers.

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

Decree (2)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 644, after l. 4 insert:

`Forced Migration    Committee for Queen Elizabeth
                      House'.

2 Ibid., p. 977, after l. 35 insert:

`Three in Forced Migration.'

3 Ibid., p. 992, l. 31, after `Philosophy,' insert `and in the examination in Forced Migration for the Degree of Master of Studies,'.

4 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 1998.

Key to Decree (2)

Cl. 1 inserts Forced Migration into the list of examinations for the degree of M.St.

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

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Explanatory note to Decree (3)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Committee for the School of Management Studies and with the concurrence of the General Board, provides for students holding the status of Probationer Research Student to take the examination for the Degree of Master of Science by Coursework. It also provides for the nomination of external examiners for a new M.Sc. course in Management Research and limits their number to three.

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

Decree (3)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 706, after l. 39 insert:

`5. A student holding the status of Probationer Research Student may, with the approval of the faculty board which admitted him or her, be admitted as a candidate for an examination for the Degree of Master of Science by Coursework. Time spent as a student holding the status of Probationer Research Student shall count as time spent working for the Degree of Master of Science.'

2 Ibid., p. 977, after l. 19, insert:

`Three in Management Research.'

3 Ibid., from p. 992, l. 41 to p. 993, l. 1, delete `and in Management Studies (Industrial Relations) for the Degree of Master of Science' and substitute `and for the Degree of Master of Science in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management, and for the Degree of Master of Science in Management Research'.

4 Ibid., p. 995, after l. 28 insert:

`in Management Research for one examination;'.

5 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 1997.

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Explanatory note to Decree (4)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Law Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, abolishes the Diploma in Law. The diploma was replaced with effect from October 1994 by the M.St. in Legal Research, and there are no longer any students registered for the diploma.

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

Decree (4)

In Examination Decrees, 1996, delete from p. 897, l. 1 to p. 902, l. 7.

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Explanatory note to Decree (5)

In the general resolution approved by Congregation on 6 February 1996 (Gazette, Vol. 126, pp. 706, 728) endorsement was given to the establishment of a new post of Director of University Library Services and Bodley's Librarian with effect from 1 January 1997. As announced in the Gazette on 26 September 1996 (p. 7), Mr R.P. Carr will take up appointment on that date.

The general resolution also instructed Council `to bring forward legislation suspending the present functions of the Libraries Board and the Curators of the Bodleian Library from 1 January 1997 and establishing in their place a Libraries Committee, a Bodleian users' committee, and an advisory committee of professional librarians as described in the explanatory note to [the] general resolution until such time as alternative arrangements are approved by Congregation.' The following decree implements that instruction.

Decree (5)

1 Notwithstanding the provisions of Tit. VIII, Sectt. III and IV, and Ch. III, Sect. XIV, § 1, concerning the Libraries Board and the Curators of the Bodleian Library (Statutes, 1995, pp. 56, 58, 263), and any other statute, decree, or regulation referring to those bodies, there shall with effect from 1 January 1997 be a Libraries Committee, which shall be a joint committee of Council and the General Board, and which shall consist of:

(1) a chairman, appointed by the Vice-Chancellor;

(2) one of the Proctors or the Assessor as may be agreed between them;

(3)–(5) three persons appointed by Council, of whom at least one shall be a member of Council and at least one a member of the Resources Committee;

(6)–(8) three persons appointed by the General Board, of whom at least one shall be a member of the Board;

(9)–(12) four persons elected by Congregation from amongst those qualified for membership of a faculty under the provisions of Tit. VI, Sect. I, cl. 2 (a) and (b);

(13) the Chairman of the IT Committee or his or her nominee;

(14) a person with experience of managing a college library, who shall be elected by the Conference of Colleges;

(15) a junior member appointed by OUSU;

(16) a junior member appointed by the Graduate Committee of OUSU. The Director of University Library Services and Bodley's Librarian shall be secretary to the committee.

2 All powers and responsibilities hitherto vested in the Libraries Board and the Curators of the Bodleian Library shall be transferred to the Libraries Committee, except in so far as specific provisions in the statutes and decrees relating to the Libraries Board and the Curators of the Bodleian are superseded by the arrangements approved by General Resolution of Congregation on 6 February 1996 (Gazette, Vol. 126, pp. 706, 728).

3 The Libraries Committee shall have power to establish by standing order such subcommittees as it may deem appropriate, provided that these shall always include the following two standing subcommittees.

(a) Advisory Subcommittee of Librarians

The subcommittee shall comprise:

(1) the Director of University Library Services and Bodley's Librarian, who shall be chairman;

(2) a librarian appointed jointly by the Principal Librarians, Senior Assistant Librarians, and Assistant Librarians in the Bodleian Library, who shall be a member of the staff of the central Bodleian;

(3) a librarian appointed jointly by the librarians in charge of the dependent libraries of the Bodleian from amongst their own number;

(4) a person appointed jointly by the officers of the Bodleian Library from amongst their own number;

(5), (6) two librarians appointed jointly from amongst their own number by the librarians in charge of libraries for which the Libraries Committee has direct financial responsibility, one of whom shall be in charge of either the Ashmolean Library or the Library of the Taylor Institution, and the other in charge of any one of the English, History, Modern Languages, Music, Social Studies, and Theology Faculty Libraries, or the Library of the Institute of Economics and Statistics;

(7) a librarian appointed jointly by the librarians in charge of the medical libraries from amongst their own number;

(8), (9) two librarians appointed jointly by the librarians in charge of the departmental libraries from amongst their own number, one of whom shall be in charge of a library containing more than 40,000 books;

(10), (11) two librarians in charge of college libraries appointed by the Committee of College Librarians.

The subcommittee shall act as an advisory body to the Libraries Committee and to the Director on any matters relating to libraries and information provision or on such other matters as the Libraries Committee or the Director may determine.

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(b) Subcommittee for the Bodleian Library

The subcommittee shall comprise five members of the Libraries Committee, appointed by that committee, one of whom shall be the member of the Libraries Committee appointed by the Proctors and the Assessor from amongst their own number. Subject to the approval of the Libraries Committee, the subcommittee may co-opt up to two additional members.

The subcommittee shall advise the Libraries Committee on that committee's discharge of the functions and powers previously vested in the Bodleian Curators and shall exercise delegated powers in respect of such routine matters as the Libraries Committee may from time to time determine.

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Decree (6)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Tit. XIV, Sect. III, cl. 2 (Statutes, 1995, p. 108, as amended by Statute (1) approved by Congregation on 28 November 1995, Gazette, Vol. 126, pp. 407, 436), Council may appoint The Revd Dr Henry Chadwick, KBE, Christ Church, as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Regius Professorship of Ecclesiastical History for the duration of the proceedings to fill the current vacancy in that chair.

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Decree (7)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VI, Sect. V, § 6, cl. 5 (i) (Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 771, ll. 24–33), the examiners of Mr N. Lomax, Lady Margaret Hall, shall not be required in his examination for the degree of M.Litt. to exclude from their consideration work originally submitted for the degree of M.St. in Legal Research.

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Decree (8)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VIII, Sect. I, § 6, cll. 3 and 14 (Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 1060, 1064), Mr M. Toledo-Viguera, Oriel, is required to pay composition fees at the appropriate `home' rate from Michaelmas Term 1996 for the duration of his studies for the degree of BA.

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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:

STEPHEN JOHN ALLEN, Department of Paediatrics

EBERHARD HERIBERT BUHL, Corpus Christi College

ROBERT JOHN OWEN DAVIES, Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine

RICHARD EPHRAIM DOUTHWAITE, St John's College

MARK CHARLES FISSEL, Harris Manchester College

NICHOLAS CHARLES ALEXANDER HUNT, Nuffield Department of Pathology and Bacteriology

CLARE MYFANWY MORGAN, D.PHIL., Brasenose College

KARMA NABULSI, M.PHIL., Worcester College

JAN WILBERT HENDRICK SCHNUPP, Christ Church

NICHOLAS JOHN WOOD, Regent's Park 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:

Allen, S.J., MA status, Department of Paediatrics
Buhl, E.H., MA status, Corpus Christi
Dabhoiwala, F.N., MA, All Souls
Davies, R.J.O., MA status, Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine
Douthwaite, R.E., MA status, St John's
Fissel, M.C., MA status, Harris Manchester
Hunt, N.C.A., MA status, Nuffield Department of Pathology and Bacteriology
Morgan, C.M., MA status, D.Phil., Brasenose
Nabulsi, K., MA status, M.Phil., Worcester
Quah, J.K.H., MA, St Hugh's
Schnupp, J.W.H., MA status, Christ Church
Seymour, J.K., MA, Trinity
Strohm, R., MA, Wadham
White, H.R.B., MA, St Catherine's
Winstanley, E., MA, Oriel
Wood, N.J., MA status, Regent's Park

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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 29 November, see `Examinations and Boards' below.