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CONGREGATION 28 October

Degree by Special Resolution

No notice to the contrary having been received under the provisions of Tit. II, Sect. vi, cl. 6 (Statutes, 1995, p. 13), the following resolution is deemed to have been approved at noon on 28 October.

Text of Special Resolution

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

JOHN MACLEOD BALL, Queen's College

CHRISTOPHER SPENCE CHAPMAN, Linacre College

KARIN MARIE FIERKE, Nuffield College

DAVID BENJAMIN GOLDSTEIN, New College

STEPHEN JOHN NEW, Hertford College

JOHN SLOAN, MA status, D.PHIL., Harris Manchester College

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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 28 October

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 15 November.

List of the decrees:

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Explanatory note to Decrees (1) and (2)

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor will declare carried at the meeting of Congregation on 5 November the statutes establishing The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company Professorship of Management Studies and changing the current legislation governing the Delegates of the University Press and their Finance Committee, which were promulgated on 15 October (see `University Agenda' below). Council has accordingly made the following decrees, which give effect to consequential changes.

Decree (1)

[For text of the decree, see decree annexed to Statute (3) for for promulgation in Congregation on 15 October, Gazette 21 June 1996]

Decree (2)

[For text of the decree, see decree annexed to Statute (1) for for promulgation in Congregation on 15 October, Gazette 21 June 1996]

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Explanatory note to Decree (3)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Clinical Medicine and Physiological Sciences Boards and with the concurrence of the General Board, provides for the formal acceptance of an extremely generous benefaction from Dr Flora Baber in memory of her husband, Ernest George Baber, to establish a fund, to be called the Baber Studentship Fund, the net income of which shall be used to provide studentships for the support of mature students who have been accepted by the University of Oxford to read for the First or Second BM Examination.

Decree (3)

In Ch. IX, Sect. I (Statutes, 1995, p. 532), insert § 10:

`§ 10. Baber Studentship Fund

1 The University accepts with gratitude a gift of £200,000 from Dr Flora Baber in memory of her husband, Ernest George Baber, which shall be used, together with any further sums accepted for this purpose, to establish a fund, to be called the Baber Studentship Fund, the net income of which shall be used to provide studentships for the support of mature students who have been accepted by the University to read for the First or Second BM Examination.

2. The fund shall be administered by a board of management consisting of:

(1) Dr Flora Baber, or such person as she shall nominate as her successor, that person and each subsequent successor having power in turn to nominate his or her successor;

(2) Mr V. J. H. Rees or, in the event of his unwillingness or inability to act, one of the other partners of Winkworth & Pemberton, 16 Beaumont Street, Oxford as may be nominated by the partners or, failing that, a nominee of Dr Baber or her current successor;

(3) the Pre-clinical Adviser;

(4) the Director of Clinical Studies.

3. The board shall elect its own chairman and shall determine its own procedure.

4. The studentships shall be awarded by the board of management, which shall determine the value and other terms and conditions of the studentships.

5. In the award of the studentships, preference shall be given (all other things being equal and at the discretion of the board of management) to students resident in the UK or in another state of the Commonwealth.

6. Income not spent in any year shall be carried forward for expenditure in subsequent years.

7. The board of management shall attempt to contact former Baber Students (whose whereabouts are known) five years after they have qualified as medical practitioners to ask them to make a contribution towards the Baber Studentship Fund.

8. For the purposes of clause 1 above, a mature student shall be defined as any person over the age of 21 years, with or without a degree, wishing to read for the First or Second BM Examination.

9. Subject to the consent of the person specified in clause 2 (1) above, Council shall have power to amend this decree from time to time, provided that the main object of the fund, as defined in clause 1 above, is always kept in view.'

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Explanatory note to Decree (4)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Sub-faculty of Engineering Science and with the concurrence of the General Board, accepts a benefaction from Dr David Edwards and Mrs Georgina Edwards for the maintenance of a prize in Electronic Communications, to be awarded on the basis of the best performance in the Final Honour School of Engineering Science and the associated joint schools in a third- or fourth-year project in the field of Electronic Communications.

Decree (4)

In Ch. IX, Sect. I (Statutes, 1995, p. 596), insert § 180:

`§ 180. Janson Prize in Electronic Communications

1. The University accepts with gratitude a gift of £2,500 from Dr David Edwards and Mrs Georgina Edwards in memory of Mrs Edwards's father, Mr Ronald Victor Janson.

2. The gift shall be invested to form a fund, the net income of which shall be used for the maintenance of a prize to be called the Ronald Victor Janson Prize in Electronic Communications. The Board of the Faculty of Physical Sciences shall be the board of management for the fund.

3. Provided that suitable candidates present themselves, the prize shall be awarded, on the nomination of the examiners, for the best third- or fourth-year project in Electronic Communications in the Final Honour School of Engineering Science and the associated joint schools. The value of the prize shall be as determined from time to time by the board of management.

4. Income not expended on the prize in any year shall, at the discretion of the board of management, either be used to award an additional prize or prizes subject to the provisions of clause 3 above, or be carried forward for expenditure in subsequent years.

5. Council shall have power to amend this decree from time to time, provided that the main object of the fund, as stated in clause 2 above, is always kept in view.'

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Explanatory note to Decree (5)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Sub- faculty of Engineering Science and with the concurrence of the General Board, accepts a bequest from the estate of the late Professor Hans Motz, sometime Professor of Electrical Engineering, for the maintenance of a prize in Electrical Engineering, to be awarded on the basis of the best performance in the Final Honour School of Engineering Science and the associated joint schools in a fourth-year project in the field of Electrical Engineering.

Decree (5)

In Ch. IX, Sect. I (Statutes, 1995, p. 618), insert new § 235 as follows and renumber existing §§ 235–7 (pp. 618–19) as §§ 236–8:

`§ 235. Motz Prize in Electrical Engineering

1. The University accepts with gratitude the bequest of Professor Hans Motz, sometime Professor of Electrical Engineering, of the sum of £3,000.

2. The bequest shall be invested to form a fund, the net income of which shall be used for the maintenance of a prize to be called the Motz Prize in Electrical Engineering. The Board of the Faculty of Physical Sciences shall be the board of management for the fund.

3. Provided that suitable candidates present themselves, the prize shall be awarded, on the nomination of the examiners, for the best fourth-year project in Electrical Engineering in the Final Honour School of Engineering Science and the associated joint schools. The value of the prize shall be as determined from time to time by the board of management, and the prize shall preferably be spent on works of reference in the fields of Classical Electromagnetism, Classical Mechanics, or Plasma Physics.

4. Income not expended on the prize in any year shall, at the discretion of the board of management, either be used to award an additional prize or prizes subject to the provisions of clause 3 above, or be carried forward for expenditure in subsequent years.

5. Council shall have power to amend this decree from time to time, provided that the main object of the fund, as stated in clause 2 above, is always kept in view.'

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Explanatory note to Decree (6)

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor will declare carried at the meeting of Congregation on 5 November the Statute modifying the subject of the Macbride Sermon, which was promulgated on 22 October (see `University Agenda' below). Council has accordingly made the following decree, which gives effect to consequential changes.

Decree (6)

[For text of the decree, see decree annexed to the Statute for promulgation in Congregation on 22 October, Gazette 3 October 1996]

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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:

ROBERT JOHN BARRATT, Department of Educational Studies

KENNETH GODFREY DUNFORD, Department of Engineering Science

PENELOPE JANE FROST, Department of Engineering Science

NICOLE ALLEGRA GORE, Oriel College

CAROLYN JANE HEADLEY, Wycliffe Hall

CARLOS VELASCO, Department of Statistics

MATTHEW CONWAY WHITBY, Linacre College

KATHRYN ANN WHITNEY, M.PHIL., Worcester 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:

Ball, J.M., MA, Queens'
Barratt, R.J., MA status, Department of Educational Studies
Chapman, C.S., MA, Linacre
Dunford, K.G., MA status, Department of Engineering Science
Frost, P.J., MA status, Department of Engineering Science
Goldstein, D.B., MA, New College
Gore, N.A., MA status, Oriel
Headley, C.J., MA status, Wycliffe Hall
New, S.J., MA, Hertford
Shackleton, M.B., MA, St John's
Velasco, C., MA status, Department of Statistics
Whitby, M.C., MA status, Linacre
Whitney, K.A., MA status, M.Phil., Worcester