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CONGREGATION 5 November

Rejection of Special Resolution confirmed

Allocation of a site for the School of Management Studies: statement by Council

As reported in the Gazette of 14 November 1996 (p. 320), following the rejection in Congregation on 5 November of the special resolution proposing the allocation of the Mansfield Road site for the School of Management Studies, Council decided that there should be a postal vote on the special resolution.

As was made clear in its statement, Council remains wholly committed to the development of Management Studies in the University in accordance with the policy approved by Congregation in 1990. Council indicated that, as was made clear in the debate, it was not then aware of any site other than the Mansfield Road site which would appropriately meet the requirements of the school. In those circumstances Council wished to give Congregation as a whole the opportunity to confirm, or to reverse, the decision taken in the House on 5 November, and in order to secure that opportunity it was necessary, under the statutes, for Council to give notice forthwith of its intention to hold a postal vote. None the less Council was 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 was both central and appropriate to the needs of the school could be identified, the possibility of securing it for the use of the school would be pursued. A further review of possible alternative sites would be undertaken by the current Working Party on University Sites chaired by the Vice-Chancellor-elect, which would report to Congregation on its findings. Whether or not the postal vote would in the event be held would therefore depend on the outcome of that review.

In the light of further discussions between Mr Vice-Chancellor, the benefactor, and his fellow Trustees of the Wafic Rida Said Business School Foundation, Council, the benefactor, and the trustees have jointly reached the conclusion that it is not appropriate to proceed with the proposal to build new premises on the Mansfield Road site for the University's Business School, given the divisiveness within the University of the proposal to locate the new building there. Council has accordingly resolved to withdraw the decision to hold a postal vote on the resolution rejected in Congregation on 5 November 1996. The rejection of that resolution is therefore confirmed.

Despite considerable efforts in the meantime, Council, the benefactor, and the trustees have not yet jointly identified an alternative site which would be suitable and feasible, but have agreed that the search should continue until the end of Trinity Term 1997. A further report will be made to Congregation during or at the end of that period.

Council and the benefactor remain firmly committed to the goal of developing a world-class business school on a central site in Oxford.

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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 31 January.

List of the decrees:

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Decree (1): Establishment of Jacques Delors Professorship of European Community Law

Decree (2): Amalgamation of Heygate–Soper Prize Fund and Mike Soper Bursary Fund

Explanatory note

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor will declare carried at the meeting of Congregation on 21 January Statute (1), establishing the Jacques Delors Professorship of European Community Law, and Statute (2), amalgamating the Heygate–Soper Prize Fund and the Mike Soper Bursary Fund, which were promulgated on 17 December (see `University Agenda' below). Council has accordingly made the following decrees, which give effect to consequential changes.

Text of Decree (1)

1 In Ch. II, Sect. VI, § 1, SCHEDULE, concerning official members of faculty board, (Statutes, 1995, p. 230), under `Law', after `Law, European, Clifford Chance.' insert:

`Law, European Community, Jacques Delors.'

2 In Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 5. B, SCHEDULE A, concerning professorships (p. 369), after `Clifford Chance Professor of European Law' insert:

`Jacques Delors Professor of European Community Law'.

3 Ibid., Sect. III, § 178, concerning the Clifford Chance Professor of European Law (Statutes, 1995, p. 436), delete title and cl. 1 and substitute:

`§ 178. Clifford Chance Professor of European Law

1. The Clifford Chance Professor of European Law shall lecture and give instruction in European Law.'

4 Ibid. (p. 437), delete cl. 3 and substitute: `3. The Professor shall be a member of the Centre for the Advanced Study of European and Comparative Law, and shall have the obligation to accept the directorship of the centre if requested to do so under the provisions of Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 5. B, cl. 5. The centre shall be a constituent centre of the Institute for European Studies, and the director of the centre shall be eligible for appointment as director of the institute under the provisions of Ch. III, Sect. XXXVI, cl. 4.'

5 Ibid., insert new § 179 as follows and renumber existing §§ 179–86 (pp. 437–40, as renumbered by Decree (3) of 21 June 1996, Gazette, Vol. 126, p. 1282) as §§ 180–7:

`§ 179. Jacques Delors Professor of European Community Law

1. The Jacques Delors Professor of European Community Law shall deliver lectures and give instruction in European Community Law.

2. 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 Law.

3. The Professor shall be a member of the Centre for the Advanced Study of European and Comparative Law, and shall have the obligation to accept the directorship of the centre if requested to do so under the provisions of Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 5. B, cl. 5. The centre shall be a constituent centre of the Institute for European Studies, and the director of the centre shall be eligible for appointment as director of the institute under the provisions of Ch. III, Sect. XXXVI, cl. 4.

4. The Professor shall be subject to the General Provisions of the decree concerning the duties of professors and to those particular provisions of the same decree which are applicable to this chair.'

Text of Decree (2)

1 In Ch. IX, Sect. I, delete § 155, concerning the Heygate-Soper Prize (Statutes, 1995, p. 591), and renumber existing §§ 156–64 (pp. 591–5) as §§ 155–65.

2 This decree shall be effective from the date on which Statute (2) approved by Congregation on 21 January 1997 is approved by Her Majesty in Council.

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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:

ANN CHRISTINE CHILDS, Department of Educational Studies

MARY TERESA CHILDS, University Offices

JURGEN ADRIAAN DOORNIK, D.PHIL., Nuffield College

LAURENCE GEORGE FOUWEATHER, Templeton College

PETER LAWRENCE GOLDIE, Magdalen College

ROBERT DAVID GOULDING, St Hugh's College

STEPHEN ANDREW JARVIS, M.SC., Lincoln College

ELENA MIKHAYLOVNA KLENOVA, Department of Biochemistry

SIMON FITZGERALD WITHERS, University Offices

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3 Register of Congregation

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

Addison, K., MA, D.Phil., St Peter's
Briden, J.C., MA, Linacre
Childs, A.C., MA status, Department of Educational Studies
Childs, M.T., MA status, University Offices
Collins, D.N., MA, Keble
Doornik, J.A., MA status, D.Phil., Nuffield
Fouweather, L.G., MA status, Templeton
Goldie, P.L., MA status, Magdalen
Goulding, R.D., MA status, St Hugh's
Jarvis, S.A., M.Sc., MA status, Lincoln
Klenova, E.M., MA status, Department of Biochemistry
Stearn, R.T., MA, Merton
Sylva, K.D., MA, Jesus
Withers, S.F., MA status, University Offices

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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 31 January, see `Examinations and Boards' below.