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CONGREGATION 18 November

Notice

The meeting of Congregation is cancelled. The sole business comprises questions to which no opposition has been notified and in respect of which no request for an adjournment has been received, and Mr Vice-Chancellor will accordingly declare the preambles adopted without a meeting under the provisions of Tit. II, Sect. iii, cl. 11 (Statutes, 1997, p. 8).

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CONGREGATION 2 December 2 p.m.

¶ Members of Congregation are reminded that written notice of any intention to vote against the preambles of the following statutes, signed by at least two members of Congregation, must be given to the Registrar by noon on Monday, 24 November.

1 Promulgation of Statutes

Statute (1): Establishment of Nuffield Professorship of Comparative European Politics

Explanatory note

The following statute, and the decree to be made by Council if the statute is approved, which are promoted on the recommendation of the Social Studies Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, abolish the Nuffield Readership in the Comparative Study of Institutions and establish a new post of Nuffield Professor of Comparative European Politics.

(1) WHEREAS it is expedient to establish a Nuffield Professorship of Comparative European Politics, THE UNIVERSITY ENACTS AS FOLLOWS.

In Tit. XIV, Sect. II, cl. l (Statutes, 1997, p. 111), after `Drummond Professorship of Political Economy' insert:

`Nuffield Professorship of Comparative European Politics'.

Decree to be made by Council if the Statute is approved.

1 In Ch. II, Sect. IV, § 1, SCHEDULE, concerning official members of faculty boards (Statutes, 1997, pp. 245 and 246), under Modern History and Social Studies, in each case delete `Institutions, Comparative, Study of, Nuffield Reader in'.

2 Ibid. (p. 246), under Social Studies, after `Philosophy, Moral, White's' insert:

`Politics, Comparative European, Nuffield'.

3 In Ch. VII, Sect. III, concerning particular professorships, etc. (p. 497), insert new § 265 as follows and renumber existing §§ 265--70 (pp. 497--500) as §§ 266--71:

`§ 265. Nuffield Professor of Comparative European Politics

1. There shall be a Nuffield Professor of Comparative European Politics who shall lecture and give instruction in Comparative European Politics.

2. The professor shall be elected by an electoral board consisting of:

(1) the Vice-Chancellor, or, if the Warden of Nuffield College is Vice-Chancellor, a person appointed by Council;

(2) the Warden of Nuffield College, or, if the Warden is unable or unwilling to act, a person appointed by the Governing Body of Nuffield College;

(3) a person appointed by the Governing Body of Nuffield College;

(4) a person appointed by Council;

(5), (6) two persons appointed by the General Board;

(7)--(9) three persons appointed by the Board of the Faculty of Social Studies.

3. The professor shall be subject to the General Provisions of the decree concerning the duties of professors and to those Particular Provisions of the same decree which are applicable to this chair.'

4 Ibid. (p. 512), delete § 300 and renumber existing §§ 301--3 (pp. 512--13) as §§ 300--2.

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Statute (2): Increase in number of places for co- opted members of the General Board

Explanatory note

At present the General Board may co-opt up to two members. For some time the Board has been considering whether this gives it sufficient flexibility. It has long been the convention that one co-opted place is occupied by the Chairman, and the existence of only one further place is increasingly restrictive. At present that place is filled by a member of the Faculty of Clinical Medicine, the Board having agreed that the amount of business involving that faculty and the complexity of the issues involved make it particularly important for one of its members to serve on the Board. In these circumstances the Board has no further room for manoeuvre. For example, it may wish (as in 1996) to co-opt a recent former member of the Board as a future Chairman. In any case, the general need for flexibility, against the growth in difficulty and sensitivity of the Board's business, makes it important to have available one further place which can be used to meet particular needs as occasion demands. The following statute therefore increases from two to three the maximum number of members of Congregation whom the Board may co-opt.

(2) WHEREAS it is expedient to increase from two to three the maximum number of members whom the General Board may co-opt, THE UNIVERSITY ENACTS AS FOLLOWS.

In Tit. V, Sect. II, cl. 2 (Statutes, 1997, p. 40), delete `two' and substitute `three'.

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2 Voting on Special Resolution authorising expenditure from the Higher Studies Fund

1 That the Curators of the University Chest be authorised to expend from that part of the Higher Studies Fund which is earmarked for Social Studies such sum, initially estimated at £45K, as is necessary to cover the cost of providing a three-year studentship in support of the work of the Director of the Environmental Change Unit.

2 That the Curators of the University Chest be authorised to expend from the unearmarked part of the Higher Studies Fund such sum, initially estimated at up to £136K, as is necessary to cover the cost of bridging, for up to four years, the cost of a University Lecturership in Numerical Mathematics, together with a grant of £12K for research support over two years.