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CONGREGATION 8 June

Degree by Special Resolution

No notice to the contrary having been received under the provisions of Tit. II, Sect. vi, cl. 6 (Statutes, 1997, p. 15), the following resolution is deemed to have been approved at noon on 8 June.

Text of Special Resolution

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

LIONEL DAVID SMITH, MA status, D.PHIL., Lincoln College

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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 8 June

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 26 June.

List of the decrees:


Decree (1): Michael Daly Memorial Fund

Explanatory note

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor will declare carried, without holding the meeting of Congregation on 16 June, the Statute concerning the Michael Daly Memorial Fund, which was promulgated on 2 June (see `University Agenda' below). Council has accordingly made the following decree, which gives effect to consequential changes.

Text of Decree (1)

1 In Ch. IX, Sect. I (Statutes, 1997, p. 621), delete § 71 and renumber existing §§ 72–80 (pp. 622–6) as §§ 71–9.

2 This decree shall be effective from the date on which the Statute approved by Congregation on 16 June 1998 is approved by Her Majesty in Council.

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Decree (2): Appointment of examiners in the Honour School of Natural Science (Chemistry)

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Physical Sciences Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, increases the number of examiners in Chemistry for the Honour School of Natural Science from twenty-four to twenty-six to allow for the appointment in each part of the second public examination of a chairman of examiners who will not have any marking obligations.

Text of Decree (2)

In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 1040, l. 20, delete `Twenty-four' and substitute `Twenty-six'.

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Decree (3): Procedures in the event of non-payment of the £1,000 university tuition fee

Explanatory note

Undergraduates admitted to the University with effect from Michaelmas Term 1998 (subject to very limited exceptions—primarily `gap-year' students) will be personally liable to pay a tuition fee of £1,000, although some will be entitled to a contribution from their LEA (or equivalent body). Council has noted that in the case of Oxford the expectation is that nearly two-thirds of `home' undergraduates will be liable to meet the full costs of their fees, with perhaps one-eighth entitled to payment in full from public funds. In the light of the new arrangements, Council has decided that a new procedure should be introduced in the University's financial decrees to enable the exclusion from the premises and facilities of the University of those students who fail to pay their fees when due. It should be noted that `suspension' in the following decree relates solely to exclusion from the premises and facilities of the University and does not involve suspension of membership of the University. The following decree sets out the new procedure. Draft legislation containing consequential amendments to the financial decrees is in preparation.

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Text of Decree (3)

In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 1099, after l. 18 insert new cl. 14 as follows and renumber existing cl. 14 (l. 19) as cl. 15: `14. (a) In the case of home and EU undergraduates the annual university tuition fee shall be paid on or before the seventh day of Michaelmas Full Term (or the term in which the student commences his or her course, as the case may be) unless the Bursar of the student's college certifies in writing that

(i) the college has approved the student's application to pay by instalments, the first such instalment having been paid; and/or

(ii) the student has applied for, and is prima facie eligible for, a contribution to his or her fee from his or her local education authority (or equivalent body), and the college is of the opinion that no contribution will be required from the student.

(b) In the event that the fee, or the relevant instalment towards the fee, remains unpaid at the end of October (or the end of January or April as appropriate where the student commences his or her course in Hilary Term or Trinity Term) it shall be the duty of the Bursar of the student's college to notify the student concerned that, in the event that the fees due have not been paid in full within one month of the date of such notification and in any case not later than the end of the Full Term in question, the student shall be liable for suspension from access to the premises and facilities of the University (including the Examination Schools and other places of examination) from the end of term until such time as outstanding fees have been paid.

(c) A student who wishes to show cause why he or she should not be so suspended shall be entitled to apply to a Fees Panel for readmission in accordance with the procedures set out below.

(i) The Fees Panel shall comprise the Assessor, a college bursar (not being the Bursar of the student's college) appointed by Council, and one other person appointed by Council.

(ii) The student shall make a written submission to the Bursar of his or her college setting out the reasons why the payment of his or her fees should be deferred, and the Bursar shall forward this submission to the panel with an indication whether the college supports or does not support the application.

(iii) The panel shall be empowered

(1) to confirm that the student will be suspended until such time as the fees due are paid in full; or

(2) to defer suspension subject to payment according to a schedule of payments set out by the panel, which may or may not as the panel shall decide contain additional financial penalties for deferment of payment; or

(3) to recommend to Council that outstanding fees be remitted.

Any submission under this clause must be made during the course of the Full Term in which payment of the fee (or relevant instalment) is due.

(d) There shall be no appeal against a decision of the Fees Panel. A student may, however, make a further application if the Bursar of his or her college supports an application on the basis that the student's financial circumstances have changed for reasons beyond his or her control.'

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Decree (4): University composition fee for the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Studies

Explanatory note

The Department of Educational Studies has been given funding by the Teacher Training Agency (TTA) to develop a range of in- service training courses for teachers, the succesful completion of which will result in the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Studies. Council has agreed that the fee for such courses should be set at £200 annually (this is a reduction of the current fee of £375, which is believed to have deterred potential applicants).

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Text of Decree (4)

In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 1100, l. 4, delete `£375' and substitute `£200'.

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Decree (5): Definition of `home' students for fee purposes

Explanatory note

The amended Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations 1997 set out new provisions for the definition of persons entitled to be charged university composition fees at the appropriate `home' rate. The regulations also included transitional arrangements covering persons recently arrived from Hong Kong, but this section was not included in the decree made by Council in Hilary Term (Decree (2) of 26 March 1998, Gazette, p. 982). The following decree amends the University's provisions to include this category of students.

Text of Decree (5)

In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 1103, as amended by Decree (2) of 26 March 1998 (Gazette, p. 982), after l. 24 insert: `11. In any case where the relevant date is before 1 September 2000 a person who

(a) at the relevant date was settled in the United Kingdom within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971,

(b) neither had the right of abode in the United Kingdom nor was settled therein within the meaning of that Act at, or at a time before, the beginning of the three-year period preceding that date and,

(c) at any time during that period was ordinarily resident in Hong Kong.'

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Decree (6): Reappointment to a university committee over the statutory age limit (Dr E.C.M. Roaf)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Tit. XIV, Sect. III, cl. 2 (Statutes, 1997, p. 112), the Board of the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages may reappoint Dr E.C.M. Roaf as a member of the Committee for the Christina Drake Fund for Italian Studies until 30 September 2001.

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Decree (7): Remission of composition fees (Mr S. Hamid-Khani)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VIII, Sect. I, § 6, cl. 14 (Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 1099), Mr S. Hamid-Khani, Christ Church, shall not be required to pay composition fees for the academic year 1998–9.

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Decree (8): Remission of composition fees (Miss R. Karni)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VIII, Sect. I, § 6, cl. 14 (Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 1099), Miss R. Karni, Queen's, shall not be required to pay composition fees for Hilary Term 1998.

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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 persons who are qualified for membership of Congregation:

ANTONELLA BRAIDA, M.PHIL., D.PHIL., St Catherine's College

AVRIL MARGARET CLAIRE MADDRELL MANDER, D.PHIL., Hertford College

ANDREW CLIVE SIMPSON, M.SC., D.PHIL., St Hugh's 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:

Braida, A., MA status, M.Phil., D.Phil., St Catherine's
Maddrell Mander, A.M.C., MA status, D.Phil., Hertford
Simpson, A.C., MA status, M.Sc., D.Phil., St Hugh's