University Acts

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CONGREGATION 17 June

Approval on a division of Special Resolution not confirmed

Since fifty members of Congregation have signed a requisition for a postal vote on Special Resolution (3), concerning the Said Business School, the approval on a division of that resolution in Congregation on 17 June (see p. 000) is not confirmed.

¶ The verbatim report of the debate on the Special Resolution is published as Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4442, 23 June 1997. Voting papers are being sent to members of Congregation and must be returned to the Registrar not later than 4 p.m. on Friday, 4 July, the date fixed by Mr Vice-Chancellor for holding the vote.

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CONGREGATION 19 June

Election

On Thursday, 19 June, the following was duly elected to hold office for four years from the first day of Michaelmas Term 1997:

As a member of the Nominating Committee for the Vice- Chancellorship

W.E. MACMILLAN, MA, Fellow of Hertford

[The votes recorded were: for Dr Hawkins, 135; for Dr Macmillan, 304]

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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 23 June

Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 12 July.

List of the decrees:

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Decree (1): Entitlement of Director of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History to a fellowship

Explanatory note

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor will declare carried, without holding the meeting of Congregation on 1 July, the Statute making provision for professorial fellowships at Kellogg College, which was promulgated on 17 June (see `University Agenda' below). Council has accordingly made the following decree, which gives effect to consequential changes.

Text of Decree (1)

[See Decree annexed to Statute, Gazette, 29 May 1997.]

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Decree (2): Establishment of Corcoran Memorial Fund

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Mathematical Sciences Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, provides for the formal acceptance of a generous benefaction from Mr J.K. Corcoran to establish a fund to be called the Corcoran Memorial Fund, in memory of his son, the late Mr S. Corcoran, Wadham, the net income of which shall be used to fund the Corcoran Memorial Prizes and Lectures, in the field of Statistics.

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Text of Decree (2)

In Ch. IX, Sect. I (Statutes, 1995, p. 553), insert new zzzz 54 as follows and renumber existing §§ 54–7 (pp. 553–5, as renumbered by Decree (2) of 20 February 1997, Gazette, p. 776) as §§ 55–8: `§ 54. Corcoran Memorial Fund

1. The University accepts from the Trustee of the University of Oxford Development Trust Fund the sum of £15,000, being a benefaction from Mr J.K. Corcoran, and any further sums which may be donated for the same purpose, to establish a fund in memory of Mr S. Corcoran, Wadham. The net income from the fund shall be applied to provide a prize or prizes, each to be known as a Corcoran Memorial Prize, for award to graduate students of the University in Statistics, and also the annual Corcoran Memorial Lecture (or Lectures) in Statistics.

2. The fund shall be administered by the Board of the Faculty of Mathematical Sciences, which shall appoint a committee to determine the value of the prize or prizes, appoint judges, and appoint the lecturer or lecturers (who may be the prizewinner or prizewinners). This committee, which shall meet each Michaelmas Term, shall comprise the Professor of Applied Statistics and the Professor of Statistical Science ex officio and two other members elected by the board for periods of five years. The elected members shall be re-eligible.

3. One or more prizes of equal value, consisting of a bronze medal and a sum of money, shall be awarded every two years to members of the University provided that there are candidates of sufficient merit.

4. Each prize shall be awarded for outstanding work, as determined by the committee, in the form of a dissertation or thesis, deposited in the Bodleian Library or another library within the University, or in the form of a publication, provided always that the dissertation, thesis, or publication shall have been deposited or published within the twelve terms preceding the date of the award.

5. A prize shall not be awarded on more than one occasion to the same person.

6. The lecturer or lecturers shall be appointed annually by the committee, which shall determine the fee, if any, to be paid from the fund to each lecturer.

7. If in any year a prize is not awarded or there is unexpended income from the fund for any other reason, the surplus income shall be carried forward for expenditure in subsequent years.

8. Council shall have power to alter this decree from time to time, provided that in any change of decree the object of the fund, as stated in clause 1 above, shall always be kept in view.'

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Decree (3): Former Halsey Research Fund

Explanatory note

The following decree deletes an obsolete reference to the Halsey Research Fund, which has now been exhausted.

Text of Decree (3)

In Ch. IX, Sect. I (Statutes, 1995, p. 585), delete zzzz 142 and renumber existing §§ 143-64 (pp. 586–95) as §§ 142–63.

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Decree (4): Appointment of examiners for courses of study under the aegis of the Committee on Continuing Education

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Committee on Continuing Education and with the concurrence of the General Board and, where appropriate, the Mathematical Sciences Board, makes provision for the appointment of examiners for the Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate in Software Engineering, and increases the number of examiners who may be appointed for the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy.

Text of Decree (4)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 980, after l. 4 insert:
`Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy:     Up to six.'

2 Ibid., p. 992, l. 22, after `Science' insert `, the Postgraduate Diploma, and the Postgraduate Certificate'.

3 Ibid., as amended by Decree (4) of 12 December 1996 (Gazette, p. 487), after `Engineering and' insert `for the Degree of Master of Science'.

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CONGREGATION 25 June

Encaenia

THE PUBLIC ORATOR delivered an introduction, after which THE PROFESSOR OF POETRY delivered the Oration `in Commemoration of the Benefactors of the University according to the intention of Nathaniel, Lord Crewe, Bishop of Durham.'

¶ The text of the Diploma read by the Public Orator at the Encaenia, and the texts of the speeches made by him in introducing the Creweian Oration and in introducing the recipients of Honorary Degrees at the Encaenia, and of the Oration, are published as Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4443.

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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 12 July, see `Examinations and Boards' below.