University Acts

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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 2 March

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 20 March.

List of the decrees:

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Decree (1): Exclusion of self-nomination at elections in Convocation

Explanatory note

Council has been advised that the natural construction of the decree governing elections in Convocation excludes self-nomination. Council considers self-nomination by candidates to be undesirable, and in order to make the exclusion explicit has made the following decree clarifying the position. It is also promoting a statute to make similar provision in the case of elections in Congregation (see `University Agenda' below).

Text of Decree (1)

In Ch. I, Sect. VI, cl. 4 (Statutes, 1997, p. 206), after `members of Congregation' in each of the two places in which these words occur insert `other than the candidate'.

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Decree (2): Electoral Board for the Dr Lee's Professorship of Chemistry

Explanatory note

The following decree adjusts the composition of the electoral board for the Dr Lee's Professorship of Chemistry in order to bring it into line with the recommendation of the Working Party on Statutory Posts that nine-member boards should in future include two electors appointed by the General Board, the additional place being obtained by a reduction in the number of electors appointed by the faculty board from four to three.

Text of Decree (2)

In Ch. VII, Sect. III, § 36, cl. 2 (Statutes, 1997, p. 416), delete items (5)–(9) and substitute: `(5), (6) two persons appointed by the General Board;

(7)–(9) three persons appointed by the Board of the Faculty of Physical Sciences.'

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Decree (3): Honour School of Mathematical Sciences

Explanatory note

The decree governing the Second Public Examination makes provision for candidates, save those in a small number of honour schools (including the Honour School of Mathematics), to be examined viva voce. When the new parallel three- and four-year courses in Mathematics were introduced in 1994, it was the intention that the new Honour School of Mathematical Sciences should be added to the list of honour schools in which candidates are not examined viva voce; the legislation did not, however, make appropriate provision. The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Mathematical Sciences Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, remedies this oversight.

Text of Decree (3)

In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 120, l. 25, after `except in' insert `the Honour School of Mathematical Sciences,'.

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Decree (4): Number of examiners for the M.Phil. in International Relations and the M.Sc. in International Relations Research

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Social Studies Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, provides for an additional examiner in each of the taught graduate courses in International Relations. The purpose of these changes is to take account of a recommendation from the external examiner and, in particular, of the examining requirements of the new M.Sc. in International Relations Research.

Text of Decree (4)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 1009, l. 7, delete `Three' and substitute `Four'.

2 Ibid., p. 1011, l. 17, delete `Three' and substitute `Four'.

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Decree (5): Number of examiners in the Honour Schools of Theology and of Philosophy and Theology

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Theology Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, allows for the appointment of an additional external Public Examiner in Theology, the faculty board having taken the view that it is not reasonable to expect the existing, single, external examiner in Theology to act for both the Final Honour School of Theology and the Joint School of Philosophy and Theology.

Text of Decree (5)

In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 1040, l. 30, delete `Eight' and substitute `Nine'.

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Decree (6): Post of Graduate Sabbatical Officer at OUSU

Explanatory note

In 1993–4 Council consulted colleges on a proposal that a sabbatical officer should be appointed at the Oxford University Student Union (OUSU) to serve the specific interests and concerns of graduate students. The great majority of the colleges which replied indicated that they would in principle be willing to give leave (as would be required under Tit. XIV, Sect. IV, § 1, cl. 8, Statutes, 1997, pp. 113–14) to their students to hold such a post, although a number indicated that they would not be willing to give leave to a student who would not have completed his or her graduate studies before taking up the post. It is already the case (under the statute cited above) that a person wishing to serve while still reading for a postgraduate degree or diploma must obtain leave from the faculty board concerned as well as from his or her college.

OUSU has now put forward detailed proposals for a post of Graduate Sabbatical Officer, and Council and the General Board have considered them. OUSU has at present four full-time, paid officers, the President, the Vice-President (Finance), the Vice-President (Welfare), and the Vice-President (Women), who represent both undergraduates and graduate students. OUSU has a Graduate Committee (the formerly separate Oxford University Graduate Union), and at present several of the officers of that committee share the duties which would constitute the role of the holder of a full-time, paid office if there were such a post.

Council and the Board have accepted the case for this post in principle, on the basis that the post should be established for a period of three years in the first instance and the arrangement should be subject to review at the end of the second year. They note that, while the existing OUSU full-time officers normally take up their post after completing their undergraduate course, the Graduate Sabbatical Officer is expected not infrequently to serve before completing his or her period of graduate study (an arrangement which is understood to have worked satisfactorily at Cambridge for some time). They think that this is one of the matters which should be carefully considered in the review at the end of the second year.

Colleges were also asked in the earlier consultation whether they would be willing to make a contribution to the cost of such a new post, and those that were opposed to doing so were in the (small) majority. Council has satisfied itself that it would not be feasible for OUSU to fund the post in addition to making available some of its very limited accommodation, and has therefore agreed to make a grant from university funds of £10K per annum for three years to cover the cost of salary and overheads.

The following decree permits the post to be established on the approved basis.

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Text of Decree (6)

1 Notwithstanding the provisions of Tit. XIV, Sect. iv, § 1, cl. 8 (Statutes, 1997, p. 113), the Oxford University Student Union may appoint a Graduate Sabbatical Officer as an additional full-time officer of the Student Union. Election to and holding of the post of Graduate Sabbatical Officer shall otherwise be subject to all the provisions of Tit. XIV, Sect. iv, § 1 as if it were one of the posts of Vice-President of the Student Union.

2 Notwithstanding the provisions of Tit. IV, Sect. iii, cl. 4 (p. 35) and Ch. II, Sect. i, § 15, cl. 1 (p. 224), Sect. iii, cll. 2–5 (pp. 238--9), and Sect. v, § 4, cl. 1 (p. 243), the Graduate Sabbatical Officer shall be the representative of the Graduate Committee of the Oxford University Student Union at meetings of the Hebdomadal Council, and one of the representatives of the Student Union on Council's Joint Committee with Junior Members and on the General Board's Joint Committee about Graduate Affairs.

3 This decree shall be effective for a period of three years from the date on which the first holder of the post of Graduate Sabbatical Officer takes up his or her appointment.

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Decree (7): Reappointment to a university committee over the statutory age limit (Dr M.G. Brock)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Tit. XIV, Sect. iii, cl. 2 (Statutes, 1997, p. 112), Council may reappoint Dr M.G. Brock, Honorary Fellow of Corpus Christi, Nuffield, and Wolfson Colleges, as a member of the Committee on the History of the University for such period or periods as Council may think fit.

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Decree (8): Remission of university fees (Ms K. Inglis)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VIII, Sect. i, § 6, cl. 1 (Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 1094), Ms K. Inglis, St Anne's, shall not be required to pay composition fees for the academic year 1997–8 in respect of her studies for the degree of BA.

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Decree (9): Remission of university fees (Ms I. Borge)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VIII, Sect. i, § 6, cl. 14(ii) (Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 1100), Ms I. Borge, Wadham College, shall be required to pay fees at the appropriate `home' rate in respect of her study for the degree of D.Phil.

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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. v, cl. 1 (Statutes, 1997, p. 367) has been accorded to the following person who is qualified for membership of Congregation:

DELIA GWENDOLIN DA SOUSA CORREA, D.PHIL., Somerville 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:

Collins, A.L., MA, D.Phil., Wolfson
da Sousa Correa, D.G., MA status, D.Phil., Somerville
Tillmann, U.L., MA, Merton

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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 20 March, see `Examinations and Boards' below.