University Acts

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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 30 May.

List of the decrees:

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Decree (1): Establishment of Degree of Master of Earth Sciences

Explanatory note

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice- Chancellor will declare carried, without holding the meeting of Congregation on 20 May, Statute (1) establishing the Degree of Master of Earth Sciences (to be awarded to candidates successfully completing the four-year course which is being set up in parallel to the three-year course leading to the existing qualification of BA in Natural Science (Geology)), which was promulgated on 29 April (see `University Agenda' below). Council has accordingly made the following decree, which gives effect to consequential changes.

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

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Text of Decree (1)

[For text of decree see annexe to Statute (1) in Agenda, Gazette 20 March 1997.]

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

Explanatory note

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor will declare carried, without holding the meeting of Congregation on 20 May, Statute (2) replacing the Committee for the Scientific Collections with Visitors of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, which was promulgated on 29 April (see `University Agenda' below). Council has accordingly made the following decree, which gives effect to consequential changes.

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Text of Decree (2)

[For text of decree see annexe to Statute (2) in Agenda, Gazette 20 March 1997, with the addition of cl. 11 below:]

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

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Decree (3): Bampton and Sarum Lecturerships

Explanatory note

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor will declare carried, without holding the meeting of Congregation on 20 May, Statute (3) changing the arrangements for the Bampton Lectures and abolishing the Sarum Lectures, which was promulgated on 29 April (see `University Agenda' below). Council has accordingly made the following decree, which gives effect to consequential changes.

Text of Decree (3)

[For text of decree see annexe to Statute (3) in Agenda, Gazette 20 March 1997.]

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Decree (4): Establishment of three-term Preliminary Examination in Modern Languages

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Modern Languages Board and with the concurrence of the English, Literae Humaniores, Modern History, and Oriental Studies Boards and of the General Board, makes a minor change consequential upon the replacement of the existing two-term Preliminary Examination in Modern Languages with a three-term Preliminary Examination, and of corresponding changes to the Preliminary Examinations in English and Modern Languages and in Philosophy and Modern Languages. This lengthening of the course leading to the First Public Examination has been considered necessary because of the effects of changes in school syllabuses on the preparedness of undergraduates for the Oxford course. Associated changes in regulations are set out in `Examinations and Boards' below.

Text of Decree (4)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 94, l. 44, delete `Prescribed books' and substitute `Literature papers'.

2 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 1997.

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Decree (5): Format of class lists for university examinations

Explanatory note

As required by Congregation following a postal vote on the form of publication of class lists for university examinations, in Michaelmas Term 1991 (Gazette, Vol. 122, p. 462), Council made a decree to provide that, for a trial period of five years, such lists should not specify the names of the colleges or other societies of the University (Decree (5) of 23 January 1992, ibid., p. 593). It was agreed that Council would review the position in the final year of the trial period, i.e. in 1995--6. Council has reconsidered this matter. While it has noted that the exclusion of college names has not in the event prevented the continued publication of `Norrington Tables', it has agreed that, before a final decision is reached, there should be further consultation with colleges, both individually and through the Conference of Colleges. In order to allow time for such further consultation, it has made the following decree extending the exclusion of college names until the end of the next academic year.

Text of Decree (5)

The provisions of Decree (5) of 23 January 1992 (Gazette, Vol. 122, p. 593) are hereby extended until 1 October 1998.

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Decree (6): Headship of the School of Geography

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 5. B, cl. 5 (Statutes, 1995, p. 367), the School of Geography is assigned to C.G. Clarke, MA, D.Phil., Fellow of Jesus College and University Lecturer in Urban/Social Geography, for four years from 1 January 1998.

Decree (7): Dispensation from prescribed duties (Dr T.C. Barnard)

Dispensation from prescribed duties is granted to T.C. Barnard, MA, D.Phil., Fellow of Hertford College and University Lecturer (CUF) in Modern History, for two years from 1 October 1997 to enable him to hold a British Academy Research Readership.

Decree (8): Dispensation from prescribed duties (Mr A.W.M. Graham)

Dispensation from prescribed duties is granted to A.W.M. Graham, MA, Fellow of Balliol College and University Lecturer (CUF) in Economics, for the academic years 1997- -8 to 2000--1 inclusive in order that he may act as Master of Balliol during Dr Lucas's tenure of the office of Vice-Chancellor.

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Decree (9): Dispensation from prescribed duties (Dr J.R. Rook)

Dispensation from prescribed duties is granted to J.R. Rook, MA (Ph.D. Manchester), Fellow of Pembroke College and University Lecturer in Physics, for three years from the first day of Trinity Term 1997 in order that he may act as the college's Director of Development.

Decree (10): Dispensation from prescribed duties (Dr H. Watanabe-O'Kelly)

Dispensation from prescribed duties is granted to H. Watanabe-O'Kelly, MA (MA NUI; Dr Phil. Basle), Fellow of Exeter College and Faculty Lecturer in German, for two years from 1 October 1997 to enable her to hold a British Academy Research Readership.

Decree (11): Remission of university fees (Mr S. Rehnman)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VIII, Sect. I,  6, cl. 3 (a) (Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 1060), Mr S. Rehnman, Pembroke, shall not be required to pay composition fees for the year 1996--7 in respect of his studies for the degree of D.Phil.

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Decree (12): Amendments to college statutes (Corpus Christi)

The consent of the University is given to the amendments to Statutes I, II, V, VII, XI, and XXI of Corpus Christi College approved by the Governing Body on 12 March 1997, 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

(1) to remove inconsistencies arising out of the enactment of the new Commissioners' statute;

(2) to provide for the appointment of a Dean of Degrees;

(3) to alter the arrangement for appointment to the Libraries Committee;

(4) to alter the constitution of the Estates and Finance Committee;

(5) to amend the provisions relating to the election of the Bateson Lecturer.

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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:

JONATHAN VIVIAN GILES DARBY, Kellogg College

KATHLEEN ANNE ELDRIDGE, University Offices

JEFFREY ALAN WOOL, Faculty of Law

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3 Register of Congregation

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

Darby, J.V.G., MA status, Kellogg
Eldridge, K.A., MA status, University Offices
Fairhead, J.R., MA, St John's
Stevens, R.H, BCL, MA, Lady Margaret Hal
Temple, J.R.W., MA, Hertford
Wool, J.A., MA status, Faculty of Law

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THE PROCTORS

For a change in regulations concerning conduct at examinations, with immediate effect, see `Notices' below.

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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 30 May, see `Examinations and Boards' below.