University Acts

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Decree (1): Establishment of a Committee for the Environment

Explanatory note

Council has given thought to the absence from the University's current committee structure of any body which has responsibility for giving overall consideration to the general environmental implications of the policies and activities of the University and its departments. Having consulted the General Board, the Buildings Committee, and the Health and Safety Committee, Council has agreed to establish a Committee for the Environment charged with such responsibility, and with drawing the attention of relevant bodies to any environmental issues affected by their decisions. The new committee will in essence be a `pressure group' with no executive powers, but with the role of ensuring that environmental issues are kept (and of providing Council with the assurance that they are being kept) clearly in mind. The following decree establishes the committee accordingly.

Text of Decree (1)

In Ch. II, Sect. I (Statutes, 1995, p. 209), insert new § 10 as follows and renumber existing §§ 10--19 (pp. 209--14, as renumbered by Decree (1) of 3 October 1996, Gazette, p. 54) as §§ 11--20:

`§ 10. Committee for the Environment

1. There shall be a Committee for the Environment, which shall consist of:

(1) a member of Council who shall be appointed by the Vice-Chancellor and who shall be chairman of the committee;

(2) the Director of the Environmental Change Unit or a member of the staff of the unit nominated by him or her;

(3) a member of the Health and Safety Committee appointed by that committee;

(4) a member of the Buildings Committee appointed by that committee;

(5) a person appointed by the General Board;

(6) a person appointed by the Conference of Colleges;

(7) a person appointed by the Domestic Bursars' Committee;

(8) a person appointed by the Executive of the Oxford University Student Union.

The appointed members of the committee shall hold office for three years and shall be re-eligible. A member shall demit office if he or she ceases to hold the qualification by virtue of which he or she was appointed. Casual vacancies shall be filled for the remainder of the period of office of the person being replaced.

The committee shall have the power to co-opt up to three additional members who shall hold office for three years and shall be re-eligible.

2. The committee

(a) shall advise Council generally on the environmental implications of the policies and activities of the University and its departments;

(b) shall draw matters which are of concern with regard to the protection and improvement of the environment to the attention of relevant university bodies, including as may be appropriate Council, the General Board, the Buildings Committee, the Health and Safety Committee, the Estates Committee of the Curators of the University Chest, and the Conference of Colleges;

(c) in order the better to discharge its obligations under (a) and (b) above, shall maintain a watching brief in relation to the development of local, national, and international environmental policies, and within the University shall maintain liaison on environmental issues with relevant departments and committees, with Junior Members of the University, and with colleges and other societies of the University.'

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

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Decree (2): Composition of the Committee on Animal Care

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the General Board, amends the composition of the Committee on Animal Care, so as to provide formally, as has always been the intention, that the chairman shall not be an individual who is engaged in work covered by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.

Text of Decree (2)

In Ch. II, Sect. II, § 2, cl. 2 (Statutes, 1995, p. 216), after `committee,' insert `who shall be a person not being engaged in work governed by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, and'.

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Decree (3): Removal of anomalies

Explanatory note

The following decree removes anomalies and makes consequential amendments to existing decrees which have been overlooked in recent legislation.

Text of Decree (3)

1 In Ch. II, Sect. XII, cl. 1, concerning faculties (Statutes, 1995, p. 243), delete `§ 3' and substitute `§ 4'.

[This clause corrects an obsolete cross- reference.]

2 In Ch. III, Sect. III, § 5, cl. 2, concerning the Director of the Pitt Rivers Museum (p. 250), delete `offer' and substitute `give'.

[This clause introduces uniformity into the language used to prescribe the lecturing duties of the holders of the directorships of university departments.]

3 In Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 5, concerning the duties of professors, etc. (p. 357), delete `clause 8' and substitute `clause 9'.

[This clause corrects an obsolete cross- reference.]

4 Ibid., Sect. III, § 100, cl. 1 (3), concerning the Lecturer in the Government of New States (p. 414), delete `Reader in Commonwealth Government' and substitute `Director of Queen Elizabeth House'.

[This clause substitutes a new ex officio elector to the Lecturership in the Government of New States for the holder of a readership which no longer exists.]

5 In Ch. IX, Sect. I, § 208, cl. 3 (iii), concerning the Lindsay Memorial Fund (p. 604), delete `Botany' and substitute `Plant Sciences'.

[This clause corrects an obsolete cross-reference to the former Department of Botany.]

6 In Ch. XI, Sect. II, § 1, cl. 15, concerning the Visitatorial Board (p. 695, as amended by Decree (1) of 23 July 1996, Gazette, Vol. 126, p. 1426, and subsequently renumbered, subject to the approval by Her Majesty in Council of the Statute approved by Congregation on 11 February 1997, by Decree (6) of 6 February 1997, Vol. 127, p. 709), delete `clauses 10 and 11' and substitute `clauses 13 and 14'.

[This clause corrects an obsolete cross- reference.]

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Decree (4): Establishment of Directorship of Pre-clinical Studies

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Physiological Sciences Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, abolishes the post of Pre-clinical Adviser and establishes in its place a Directorship of Pre-clinical Studies.

Text of Decree (4)

In Ch. IV (Statutes, 1995, p. 336), delete Sect. VI and substitute:

`Section VI. Director of Pre-clinical Studies

1. The Director of Pre-clinical Studies shall be appointed by the Board of the Faculty of Physiological Sciences on such conditions as to duties and tenure as the board may determine; provided that

(a) the director shall normally be appointed in the first instance for a period of three years, at the end of which he or she may be reappointed for one further period which shall normally not exceed two years;

(b) the appointment or reappointment of the director and the conditions determined by the faculty board shall be subject to the approval of the General Board;

(c) the appointment or reappointment of the director shall be made on the recommendation of a committee appointed by the faculty board, of which the Regius Professor of Medicine shall be a member and which may include other persons not being members of the board.

2. The duties of the Director of Pre-clinical Studies shall include:

(a) to act as an officer of the Medical School under the Regius Professor of Medicine and to perform such administrative duties as the Board of the Faculty of Physiological Sciences may from time to time determine;

(b) to take strategic responsibility for the organisation and development of the First BM and of the other undergraduate courses under the aegis of the Physiological Sciences Board;

(c) to advise the Secretary to the Board of the Faculty of Physiological Sciences on matters concerning the Pre-clinical School;

(d) to advise prospective medical students, or undergraduates wishing to study Medicine, on matters concerning the pre-clinical medical course and their admission as medical students.

3. The Director of Pre-clinical Studies shall receive an allowance as shall be determined from time to time by the General Board.'

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Decree (5): Delegation to the Distinctions Committee of power to confer the title of Professor, Reader, and Visiting Professor

Explanatory note

As a result of the experience of the first round of the exercise for the conferment of the title of Professor and Reader in 1996, the Distinctions Committee made two recommendations to Council and the General Board about its powers. Council and the Board have approved these, and the following decree gives effect to the changes proposed by the committee.

At present the power to confer the title of Professor or Reader rests with Council, on the recommendation of the General Board. Because of the timing of the 1995 distinctions exercise, the Distinctions Committee had to ask Council to delegate power to it to make the decisions. It seems more likely than not that the annual exercises will normally not be completed before the end of Trinity Term; for the present year, for example, the committee will not hold its final meeting until 14 July. Council has therefore agreed, with the consent of the General Board, to amend the legislation so that power is given direct to the committee to confer the titles, subject to report to Council and the Board.

The second change gives the Distinctions Committee power to confer the title of Visiting Professor. At present this power rests with Council, on the recommendation of the General Board. In the 1996 distinctions exercise there was a case where the title of Visiting Professor was clearly the most appropriate, but the power to confer it had not been delegated to the committee and it was therefore necessary to refer the matter to the Board and thence to Council as a separate exercise; this was both cumbersome, and unsatisfactory for the individual concerned. The following decree therefore gives the committee power to confer the title, but as an alternative to its exercise by Council since the latter is necessary for those cases which arise (as several do each year) outside a distinctions round.

Text of Decree (5)

1 In Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 10, cl. 1 (Statutes, 1995, p. 372), delete `Council, on the recommendation of the General Board,' and substitute `Subject to report to Council and the General Board, the Distinctions Committee of the General Board'.

2 Ibid., § 11 (p. 373), after `not exceeding five years at a time.' insert `The title may also be conferred by the Distinctions Committee of the General Board, subject to the above provisions on eligibility and on the length of time for which the title may be held.'

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Decree (6): Sir Edgar Williams University Parks Tree Fund

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Curators of the University Parks, allows donations given in memory of Sir Edgar Williams since his death in July 1995, and similar donations in the future, to be added to the capital of the Sir Edgar Williams University Parks Tree Fund. The fund was established in 1993 following the successful appeal in honour of Sir Edgar's notable service as Warden of Rhodes House, which was instigated in 1980, the year of his retirement. The income of the fund is devoted to the planting and cataloguing of trees and shrubs in the Parks.

Text of Decree (6)

In Ch. IX, Sect. I, § 371, cl. 1 (Statutes, 1995, p. 673), after `Warden of Rhodes House, 1952–80, shall' insert `, together with any further sums contributed in future for this purpose,'.

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Decree (7): New courses in Psychodynamic Practice

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Committee on Continuing Education and with the concurrence of the General Board, makes provision for the award of the Degree of Master of Studies in Psychodynamic Practice under the supervision of that committee. It also provides for the nomination of examiners for the new Postgraduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling and Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Practice as well as for the new M.St. Approval for these three new courses will be for an initial period of five years, and will be subject to an annual report to the General Board and a review to be conducted by the Board in the year 2002.

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

Text of Decree (7)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 644 (as amended by Decree (3) of 12 December 1996, Gazette, p. 486), after
`Professional Archaeology     Committee for Archaeology' 
insert:
`Psychodynamic Practice     Committee on Continuing Education'.

2 Ibid., p. 979 (as amended by the same decree), after `In Professional Archaeology ... required.' insert in the right-hand column:

`In Psychodynamic Practice, two or three as required.'

3 Ibid., p. 993, after item (yy) (as inserted by the same degree) insert:

`(zz) For the nomination of examiners in the examinations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling, for the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Practice, and for the Degree of Master of Studies in Psychodynamic Practice, a committee of which the three elected members shall be chosen by the Board of Studies of the Committee on Continuing Education.'

4 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 1997, provided that candidates for the M.St. in Psychodynamic Practice shall not be admitted until 1 October 1999.

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Decree (8): Establishment of Chairmanship of Chemistry

Explanatory note

In Trinity Term 1996, as part of the regular cycle of departmental and faculty reviews, the General Board received the report of a committee established to review the Chemistry departments. The terms of reference of the review were `To consider the future of Chemistry in Oxford; the relationship of Chemistry to cognate subjects; any changes which would be desirable in the present organisational and administrative arrangements, in particular the possible unification of three departments into one Department of Chemistry, and in the resources, facilities, and buildings of the Chemistry departments; and to make recommendations by the beginning of Trinity Term 1996.'

The review committee confined its formal recommendations to matters where it regarded action as vital to the maintenance of Oxford's position at the forefront of international teaching and research. In summary, these were identified as:

(a) physical unification on a single site in a building suitable for modern teaching and research in Chemistry;

(b) the unification of the three separate departments into a single Department of Chemistry, headed by a Chairman of Chemistry advised by a Chemistry Management Committee;

(c) a greater measure of centralisation in the management of the undergraduate course. The General Board, the Physical Sciences Board, the Interdepartmental Committee for Chemistry, and the Sub–faculty of Chemistry have all accepted the case for a unified Department of Chemistry and have agreed that the early establishment of, and appointment to, the new post of Chairman of Chemistry is vital to making progress on the other issues identified in the review.

Following extensive consultations with the heads of the Chemistry departments and the other holders of academic posts in the departments, and on the recommendation of the General Board and the Physical Sciences Board, the following, preliminary, decree appoints Professor W.G. Richards, Reader in Computational Chemistry, as the first Chairman of Chemistry, on the understanding that by Michaelmas Term 1997 comprehensive legislation governing the Department of Chemistry and the Chemistry Management Committee will be promoted by Council after consultation with the Physical Sciences Board and the General Board.

Text of Decree (8)

1 There shall be a Chairman of Chemistry, who shall be responsible to the Physical Sciences Board and the General Board for, in the first instance, bringing forward proposals for implementing the unification of the existing Chemistry departments and the establishment of a Chemistry Management Committee on the lines proposed in the report of the review of Chemistry in May 1996.

2 Professor W.G. Richards is appointed as Chairman of Chemistry from 20 April 1997 to 30 September 2000.

3 The chairman shall be eligible for reappointment, provided that he shall not hold the post for a total period of more than ten years in aggregate.

4 The chairman shall receive a stipend equivalent to that of a professor holding a special allowance under Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 7, Schedule I (Statutes, 1995, p. 371).

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Decree (9): College Contributions Scheme unit of statutory endowment income

Explanatory note

The following decree sets the value of the unit of statutory endowment income for 1996–7 under the College Contributions Scheme at £102,000.

Text of Decree (9)

The unit of statutory endowment income for 1996–7 is set at £102,000 under the provisions of Tit. XII, Sect. I, cl. 6 (Statutes, 1995, p. 81).

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Decree (10): Endowment grants from the College Contributions Fund

Explanatory note

Council decided, following the 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. The following decree authorises the endowment grants which Council has decided, on the recommendation of the College Contributions Committee, to make out of the accumulated balance of the College Contributions Fund under Tit. XII, Sect. I, cl. 2 (b) (Statutes, 1995, p. 80).

Text of Decree (10)

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.
    
                                                  £  
 
                           Pembroke College   550,000     

                           St Edmund Hall     550,000    
  
                           St Peter's College 550,000     

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                                              £1,650,000  
    
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Decree (11): Conferment of title of Bodley's Librarian Emeritus

The title of Bodley's Librarian Emeritus is conferred on D.G. Vaisey, MA, Fellow of Exeter College and Keeper of the University Archives.

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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 person who is qualified for membership of Congregation: FRANCES MARY DEWEY, Wolfson 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: Bindslev, H., MA, D.Phil., University
Dewey, F.M., MA status, Wolfson

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CONGREGATION 19 March

1 Admission of Proctors

MARTIN ERIC CEADEL, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of New College, and ANNETTE MARIANNE VOLFING, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Oriel College, were presented to the Vice-Chancellor and admitted to office, the former as Senior Proctor and the latter as Junior Proctor for the ensuing year.

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2 Admission of Assessor

ROGER JAMES GOODMAN, MA, D.PHIL. (BA Durham), Fellow of St Antony's College, was presented to the Vice-Chancellor and admitted to office as Assessor for the ensuing year.

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3 Admission of Pro-Proctors

The Senior Proctor nominated DAVID PALFREYMAN, MA (MBA Aston), and RICHARD GEORGE RATCLIFFE, MA, D.PHIL., Fellows of New College, to be his Deputies.

The Junior Proctor nominated RICHARD ALAN CROSS, MA, D.PHIL., and JOHN MICHAEL SPIVEY, MA, D.PHIL. (BA Cambridge), Fellows of Oriel College, to be his Deputies.

The Deputies were presented to the Vice-Chancellor and admitted to office.

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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 4 April, see `Examinations and Boards' below.