Date fixed for Congregation to discuss North Report

Congregation will have its first chance to discuss the report of the Commission of Inquiry at its meetings in the Eighth and Ninth weeks of this term (10 and 17 March, 2–4.30 p.m.).

These will not be formal debates, but free discussions, structured by key themes, with speakers free to raise points relating to these themes.

Further consultation involving faculty boards, departments, and colleges will take place over Hilary and Trinity Terms. Major changes resulting from the report are expected to come back to Congregation for discussion in Michaelmas Term.

Meanwhile, any member of the University who wishes may also write directly to the Vice-Chancellor, who is to co-ordinate the progress of the University's review of the report, with their initial views on any aspect of it.

The two key issues in the report, the governance (chapters 4–6) and academic appointments (chapter 7), will be given early attention.

A Joint Committee of Council and General Board, chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, is being set up to address the first. This will consist of the Principal of Linacre, the Principal of St Anne's, and Professor Andrew Goudie, nominated by Council, and the Chairman of the General Board, Professor Roger Cashmore, Dr Ken Fleming, and Dr Ralph Walker, nominated by General Board.

Issues relating to academic appointments will be considered by a Joint Working Party of the General Board and colleges. This working party is about to be constituted, chaired by the Chairman of the General Board. The Vice-Chancellor will also outline these proposed arrangements at the meeting with the heads of houses on 10 February.

Full details of the proposed arrangements and the timetable will appear in next week's Gazette.

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