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CONGREGATION 8 December

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 December.

Text of Special Resolution

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

IVAN ERMAKOFF, Nuffield College

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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 8 December

1 Decrees

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

List of the decrees:

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Decree (1): Terms of reference and composition 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, modifies the committee's terms of reference so that it is no longer precluded from promoting all postgraduate medical education but only that which is the specific responsibility of the Director of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education and Training. The Clinical Medicine Board has concurred in this change. The decree additionally makes provision for the Academic Dean in the Department for Continuing Education to be an ex officio member of the committee. This is thought to be important given the responsibility of the Academic Dean for quality assurance arrangements. The opportunity is taken also to update the list of members to reflect the fact that for some years there have been three Deputy Directors of the Department for Continuing Education, each of whom should be an ex officio member.

Text of Decree (1)

1 In Ch. II, Sect. V, § 1, cl. 1 (a) (Statutes, 1997, p. 240), delete `postgraduate medical education' and substitute `the postgraduate medical education for which the Director of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education and Training has specific responsibility'.

2 Ibid., cl. 2 (p. 241), delete items (18) and (19) and substitute: `(18)--(20) the Deputy Directors of the Department for Continuing Education;

(21) the Academic Dean of the Department for Continuing Education;'.

3 Ibid., (p. 242), renumber existing items (20)--(23) as items (22)--(25).

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Decree (2): Establishment of Nuffield Professorship of Comparative European Politics

Explanatory note

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice- Chancellor will declare carried, without holding the meeting of Congregation on 16 December, Statute (1) establishing a Nuffield Professorship of Comparative European Politics, which was promulgated on 2 December (see `University Agenda' below). Council has accordingly made the following decree, which gives effect to consequential changes.

Text of Decree (2)

[For text of Decree (3) see decree annexed to Statute (1) in Gazette No. 4454, 13 November 1997.]

Decree (3): Removal of anomalies

Explanatory note

The following decree removes anomalies and makes consequential amendments to existing decrees which have been overlooked in recent legislation.

Text of Decree (3)

1 In Ch. III, Sect. IV, cl. 1 (5) (twice), concerning the Committee for Archaeology (Statutes, 1997, p. 266), and Ch. IX, Sect. I, § 162, Boise Gift, concerning the Boise Gift to the Department of Human Anatomy (p. 660, as renumbered by Decree (2) of 25 September 1997, Gazette, p. 4), in each case delete `Curator' and substitute `Director'.

[The need to make these changes was overlooked when the office of Curator of the Pitt Rivers Museum became the Directorship of the museum.]

2 In Ch. III, Sect. XLI, § 2, cl. 1 (4), concerning the Advisory Committee for Forestry (p. 310), delete `Minister of Overseas Development' and substitute `Secretary of State for International Development'.

3 Ibid., cl. 1 (5), delete `Overseas Development Administration' and substitute `Department for International Development'.

[Clauses 2 and 3 take account of a recent change in the title of the government ministry concerned.]

4 In Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 7, SCHEDULE IV, concerning special allowances to certain heads of departments (p. 395), after `Professor of Music' insert:

`Director of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History'.

5 Ibid. (p. 396), delete `Principal Curator of the University Museum'.

[Clauses 4 and 5 correct a reference to the Director of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History which was overlooked when the titles of the University Museum and of its head were changed.]

6 Ibid., Sect. III, § 15, concerning the Savilian Professor of Astronomy (p. 407), delete cl. 3 and renumber existing cl. 4 as cl. 3.

[This clause removes an obsolete reference to the office of Radcliffe Observer, which no longer exists.]

7 In Ch. IX, Sect. I, § 299, cl. 4, concerning the Rolleston Memorial Prize (p. 714), delete `added to the capital of the fund' and substitute `carried forward for expenditure in subsequent years'.

8 Ibid. (p. 715), delete cl. 12.

[Clauses 7 and 8 amend an existing provision for the accumulation of unspent income to capital, which is no longer permissible in law, and delete a now otiose provision stating expressly that the prize is open both to women and to men.]

9 In Ch. XI, Sect. I, § 9, cl. 1, concerning the commemoration of benefactors (p. 764), after `by decree.' insert `The list of names shall be divided by the Vice-Chancellor into three sections, one of which shall be read out in turn at each successive commemoration.'

[This provision was inadvertently omitted when the list of benefactors to be commemorated by the preachers of certain University Sermons was last revised.]

10 Ibid., Sect. II, § 1, cl. 1, concerning the procedures of the Visitatorial Board (p. 765), delete `cll. 1 and 3' and substitute `cll. 1 and 2'.

[The need to amend this cross-reference was overlooked when the relevant statute was changed.]

11 In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 1093, l. 19, concerning fees payable by candidates on entering for certain examinations, after `Literature,' insert `in Modern History,'.

[The need to provide for an examination entry fee was overlooked when the Foundation Certificate in Modern History was established.]

12 Notwithstanding the provisions of clause 4 of Decree (3) of 27 November 1997 (Gazette, p. 434), clause 3 of that decree shall be effective from 1 October 1998.

[When the earlier decree, concerning the payment of certain departmental allowances, was drafted, the need for clause 3 to have a different effective date from clauses 1 and 2 was overlooked.]

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Decree (4): Transfer to the General Board of authority to grant leave to academic staff for periods of more than one year

Decree (5): Transfer to the General Board of authority to confer the title of Visiting Professor

Decree (6): Transfer to departments of authority to award extra salary increments to departmental lecturers

Explanatory note

Council and the General Board have agreed that it would be appropriate for there to be changes in responsibility for making final decisions in respect of certain academic staffing matters. Decree (4) below accordingly gives the Board authority to grant leave to academic staff for periods beyond one year, such cases (e.g. for leave to hold prestigious research awards) having previously required Council to make a decree. Decree (5) gives the Board authority to confer the title of Visiting Professor. Under its existing powers, the Board may then itself delegate authority for decisions in these areas to certain of its standing committees; these committees would refer cases of doubt or difficulty to the Board, and the Board itself would refer any appropriately complex or sensitive matters to Council. Decree (6) transfers authority from the Board to departments for the award of extra salary increments to departmental lecturers (guidelines will be provided for departments in this area), and also takes the opportunity of removing an obsolete provision requiring copies of such lecturers' contracts to be forwarded to the University Offices.

Text of Decree (4)

1 In Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 5. A, concerning dispensation from prescribed duties (Statutes, 1997, p. 382), delete cl. 12 and substitute: `12. Complete or partial dispensation from the obligation to reside or to lecture or to give instruction or to perform other prescribed duties (other than the duty prescribed by clauses 6 and 7 hereof) may be granted by the General Board to professors, readers, lecturers, or the holders of other offices appointment to which is made by, or is subject to the approval of, the Board, in accordance with Tit. X, Sect. I, proviso (d) or on account of ill health or for any other reason which it judges to be sufficient.'

2 Ibid., cl. 13, delete `by the General Board or by Council'.

3 Ibid., cl. 17 (p. 383), delete `Council and the General Board' and substitute `the relevant body'.

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Text of Decree (5)

1 In Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 11, concerning Visiting Professors (Statutes, 1997, p. 396), delete `Council may, on the recommendation of the General Board' and substitute `The General Board may'.

2 Ibid. (p. 397), delete `The title may also ... may be held.'

Text of Decree (6)

1 In Ch. VII, Sect. IV, § 7, cl. 4, concerning departmental lecturers (Statutes, 1997, p. 527), delete `, and shall forward ... the Curators of the University Chest'.

2 Ibid., delete cl. 5 and substitute: `5. The head of any department shall have power to make to a departmental lecturer additional salary payments out of departmental funds, having regard to such guidelines as are issued from time to time by the General Board.'

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Decree (7): Jacques Delors Professorship of European Community Law

Explanatory note

The European Commission has made a grant towards the endowment of the Jacques Delors Professorship of European Community Law. The following decree provides for the formal acceptance of these funds.

Text of Decree (7)

1 In Ch. VII, Sect. III, § 180 (Statutes, 1997, p. 462), insert new cll. 1--3 as follows and renumber existing cll. 1--4 (pp. 462-3) as cll. 4--7: `1. The University accepts with gratitude from the European Commission funds towards the costs of the Jacques Delors Professorship of European Community Law.

2. The net income of the fund shall be applied to the cost of the professorship (including salary, National Insurance, and superannuation), and may also be applied to other costs associated with the professorship (including support costs).

3. The Board of the Faculty of Law shall be the board of management of the fund.'

2 Ibid., insert cl. 8: `8. This decree shall be subject to alteration from time to time by Council, provided that the object of the fund as defined in clause 1 above is always kept in view.'

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Decree (8): Format of class and pass lists for university examinations

Explanatory note

In Michaelmas Term 1991 Congregation passed a general resolution instructing Council to legislate to provide, for a trial period of five years, for the publication of class lists for university examinations without specifying the names of the colleges or other societies of candidates (Gazette, Vol. 122, p. 462). When Council subsequently made the necessary decree (ibid., p. 593), it stated that it would review the position in the final year of the trial period, i.e. in 1995--6. In the course of that review Council noted that the exclusion of college names had not in the event prevented the continued publication of `Norrington Tables' as the proponents of the resolution had hoped, but it agreed that there should be further consultation with colleges, both individually and through the Conference of Colleges. Meanwhile, in order to allow time for such further consultation, Council made a decree extending the exclusion of college names until the end of the academic year 1997--8 (Decree (5) of 15 May 1997, Gazette, Vol. 127, p. 1092).

The great majority of the colleges which have commented individually favours the reinstatement of college names, and the Conference agreed at its meeting on 13 November to support such reinstatement. Council has therefore now made the following decree, which provides accordingly. Council sees no point in deferring the implementation of this decision, and cl. 6 of the decree therefore makes it effective immediately rather than from 1 October 1998.

Opportunity is taken in the following decree also to make a minor change, suggested by the Proctors, in the existing provisions governing the information which examiners are required to include in certain examination lists. Although in the case of a number of qualifications it is possible to sit an examination in more than one stage, the present format of the lists for the relevant examinations does not specify whether or not a candidate has completed all the examination requirements for the qualification concerned, and this can lead to difficulty. Cll. 4 and 5 of the decree therefore introduce the relevant provision.

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Text of Decree (8)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 1055, ll. 2 and 28, in each case after `names' insert `and colleges'.

2 Ibid., p. 1056, ll. 33-6, delete `, provided ... be specified'.

3 Ibid., from p. 1060, l. 13 to p. 1069, l. 14, whenever the letters appear delete:

`A. B.
C. D.
E. F.'

and substitute:

`A. B.—College
C. D.—Hall
E. F.—Society'.

4 Ibid., p. 1065, l. 36, after `Philosophy', p. 1066, l. 12, after `Science', p. 1067, ll. 23, after `Studies' and 36, after `Education]', and p. 1068, l. 4, after `Administration' in each case insert `[here insert where applicable and have thereby completed all the examination requirements for the Degree]'.

5 Ibid., p. 1069, l. 13, after `certificate]' insert `[here insert where applicable and have thereby completed all the examination requirements for the Certificate]'.

6 Notwithstanding the provisions of Decree (5) of 15 May 1997 (Gazette, Vol. 127, p. 1092), this decree shall have immediate effect.

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Decree (9): Dispensation from prescribed duties (Professor J.S. Vickers)

Dispensation from prescribed duties is granted to J.S. Vickers, MA, M.Phil., D.Phil., Fellow of All Souls College and Drummond Professor of Political Economy, for Trinity Term 1998 on a part-time basis and for the academic years 1998--9 to 2001--2 inclusive on a full- time basis, to enable him to take up appointment for that period as Chief Economist of the Bank of England.

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Decree (10): Consent to amendments to Statutes of Magdalen College

The consent of the University is given to the amendments to Statutes II, VII, IX, X, XVI, and XXI of Magdalen College approved by the Governing Body on 16 October 1996, in so far as such consent is required by Section 7 (2) of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923.

Note. The effect of the amendments is to remove redundancies and inconsistencies.

Decree (11): Consent to amendments to Statutes of St Edmund Hall

The consent of the University is given to the amendments to Statute V of St Edmund Hall approved by the Governing Body on 24 April 1997 and 9 October 1997, in so far as such consent is required by Section 7 (2) of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923.

Note. The effect of the amendments is to create a new category of fellowship.

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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, 1997, p. 367) has been accorded to the following persons who are qualified for membership of Congregation:

HELEN BILLINGE, Wolfson College

CHRISTINE JOY ELLIOTT, University Offices

GIANLUIGI OLIVERI, D.PHIL., Wolfson 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:

Billinge, H., MA status, Wolfson
Elliott, C.J., MA status, University Offices
Ermakoff, I., MA, Nuffield
Morison, B.C.A., B.Phil., MA, D.Phil., Corpus Christi
Oliveri, G., MA status, D.Phil., Wolfson
Waters, J., MA, D.Phil., Queen's

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4 Appointment of Auditor

Auditor of the Accounts of the University for the year ending 31 July 1998: KPMG