University Agenda

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CONGREGATION 24 February

Degree by Special Resolution

The following special resolution will be deemed to be approved at noon on 24 February, unless by that time the Registrar has received notice in writing from two or more members of Congregation under the provisions of Tit. II, Sect. vi, cl. 6 (Statutes, 1995, p. 13) that they wish the resolution to be put to a meeting of Congregation.

Text of Special Resolution

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

JONATHAN ANSON MEE, University College

CAROLINE MARY ANGELA THOMAS, M.LITT., New College

CATHERINE TERESA WHISTLER, MA status, St John's College

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CONGREGATION 25 February

Notice

The meeting of Congregation is cancelled. The sole business comprises questions to which no opposition has been notified and in respect of which no request for an adjournment has been received, and Mr Vice-Chancellor will accordingly declare the special resolutions carried without a meeting under the provisions of Tit. II, Sect. iii, cl. 11 (Statutes, 1995, p. 8).

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CONGREGATION 11 March 2 p.m.

¶ Members of Congregation are reminded that written notice of any intention to speak or ask a question concerning the Annual Report of the University at item 1 below, of opposition to the special resolution at item 2 below, and of opposition to the preamble of the statute at item 3 below, signed in each case by at least two members of Congregation, must be given to the Registrar by noon on Monday, 3 March (see the Guide to Procedures in Congregation cited in the note below).

1 Presentation of the Annual Report of the University

The Annual Report of the University for 1994–6 (Supplement* No. 1 to Gazette, Vol. 127, January 1997) will be presented and may be discussed.

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2 Voting on Special Resolution approving the conferment of an Honorary Degree

That the conferment of the Degree of Master of Arts, honoris causa, upon MISS ANNE SMALLWOOD be approved.

¶ Miss Smallwood, who is due to retire in 1997, has served as secretary to eight successive Vice-Chancellors over a period of more than twenty-eight years, having originally joined the University's staff in 1962 as secretary to the then Regius Professor of Medicine. Amongst her varied duties, she has played a key role in the organisation of all the major university ceremonies since 1969, including many visits to Oxford by members of our own and foreign royal families and by other foreign heads of state.

If the proposal is approved by Congregation, the honorary degree will be conferred on a date to be announced.

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Promulgation of Statute

Statute: Gibbs Prizes

Explanatory note

Gibbs Prizes are currently offered in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Geography, Law, Modern History, Politics, and Zoology. The Board of Management for the Gibbs Prizes has noted that the existing statute governing the prizes does not allow awards to be made in other subject areas. However, the present income to the fund is such that it would be preferable to award new prizes in other subject areas rather than to increase the value of the existing prizes. Faculty boards have been consulted and have accepted the proposal to broaden the scope of the prizes, which will continue to be awarded on the basis of merit. This is in keeping with the wishes of the benefactor, Mr C.D.D. Gibbs, whose will expressly provided for the `endowment and maintenance of Scholarships to be established in Classics, Mathematics, Law, Science, History, Divinity or other subjects as the said University shall determine and such Scholarships shall be for such amounts as the said University shall deem expedient ...' The following statute, promoted on the recommendation of the Board of Management for the Gibbs Prizes and with the concurrence of the General Board, enables unspent income in the trust fund to be spent on additional prizes in such subjects as the board of management shall determine.

WHEREAS it is expedient to provide for the Board of Management for the Gibbs Prizes to use unspent income in the Gibbs Fund for the award of additional prizes in such subjects as the board may determine, THE UNIVERSITY ENACTS AS FOLLOWS.

In Tit. XV, Sect. XXIII (Statutes, 1995, p. 135), delete cl. 8 and substitute: `8. In the event of there being unspent income in the fund, this shall be spent, at the discretion of the board, on additional prizes in such subjects as the board shall from time to time determine.'