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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 11 May

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 29 May.

List of the decrees:


Decree (1): Establishment of Andreas Idreos Professorship of Science and Religion

Explanatory note

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor will declare carried, without holding the meeting of Congregation on 19 May, Statute (2) establishing the Andreas Idreos Professorship of Science and Religion, which was promulgated on 28 April (see `University Agenda' below). Council has accordingly made the following decree, which gives effect to consequential changes.

Text of Decree (1)

[see `University Agenda' in Gazette 19 March, Statute 2.]

Decree (2): Griffith Egyptological Fund

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Committee of Management of the Griffith Institute and the Oriental Studies Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, transfers the management of the Griffith Egyptological Fund from the committee of management to the faculty board.

Text of Decree (2)

In Ch. IX, Sect. I, § 132 (Statutes, 1997, p. 647), delete cl. 2 and substitute: `2. The Board of the Faculty of Oriental Studies shall be the board of management of the fund.'

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Decree (3): Establishment of First and Second Public Examinations in Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Oriental Studies Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, establishes First and Second Public Examinations in Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, which will form an intrinsic part of the Honour School of Oriental Studies. The course for the new examinations is intended to exploit Oxford■s unique library and teaching resources for the study of the whole Ancient Near East, including Egypt, and to create an improved structure for the study of these civilisations of the Near East. It will enable students to study core elements, together with a range of options, based on the study of the region and on the acquisition of at least two ancient languages. The First Public Examination will be in the form of Moderations, but those candidates who have failed to satisfy the examiners in one or more papers will be able to take the Preliminary Examination.

Associated changes in regulations are set out in `Examinations and Boards' below.

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Text of Decree (3)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 23, after l. 25 insert: `Oriental Studies (Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies),'.

2 Ibid., p. 24, l. 36, delete `Ancient Egyptian,'.

3 Ibid., p. 25, after l. 26 insert new cl. 13 as follows and renumber existing cll. 13--16 (pp. 25--6) as cll. 14--17: `13. A candidate may enter his or her name for Moderations in Oriental Studies (Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies) not earlier than the third term from matriculation.'

4 Ibid., p. 25, ll. 37--8, delete `, or Ancient Egyptian'.

5 Ibid., p. 26, after l. 36 insert: `Oriental Studies (Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies);'.

6 Ibid., p. 66, after l. 35 insert:

`Moderations in Oriental Studies (Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies)

1. The subjects and papers in the examination shall be as prescribed by regulation from time to time by the Board of the Faculty of Oriental Studies.

2. A candidate shall be deemed to have passed the examination when he or she shall have satisfied the Moderators in all the papers specified in the regulations.

3. Candidates must offer all the papers at the same time, except that a candidate may offer in the Preliminary Examination in Oriental Studies (Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies) any paper or papers in which he or she has previously failed to satisfy the Moderators.

4. In the case of candidates who have satisfied the Moderators in all the papers at a single examination, the Moderators may award a distinction to those of special merit.'

7 Ibid., p. 433, l. 5, after `Egyptology' insert `and Ancient Near Eastern Studies'.

8 Clauses 1--6 of this decree shall be effective from 1 October 1999; clause 7 shall be effective from 1 October 2000.

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Key to Decree (3)

Cll. 1 and 3 provide for the new Moderations in Oriental Studies (Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies).

Cll. 2 and 4 remove Ancient Egyptian from the list of Preliminary Examinations.

Cl. 5 provides for candidates who have failed one or more papers in the new Moderations to enter for the Preliminary Examination.

Cl. 6 defines the scope of the new Moderations.

Cl. 7 removes Egyptology from and inserts Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies into the list of main subjects for the Honour School of Oriental Studies.

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Decree (4): Introduction of residence requirements for full-time B.Th. students and institution of a part-time mode of study

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Theology Board and with the concurrence of the General Board,

(a) introduces residence requirements for the full-time B.Th. and for the two years of full-time study for those pursuing the full-time/part-time route;

(b) provides for those schemes run by certain of the theological colleges whereby candidates undertaking the full-time course continue their studies, under the supervision of a tutor or tutors appointed by a college, whilst residing in a context that is suitable for theological reflection on pastoral experience, such as an Urban Priority Area parish (such schemes greatly enhance the original purpose of the degree as a broadly based professional qualification, and both the Theology Board and the colleges responsible are keen that such programmes should continue to be offered);

(c) introduces the possibility of taking the degree on a part-time basis, either over six years wholly part-time, or two years full-time and two years part-time.

There will be no residence requirements for students registered as part-time.

Text of Decree (4)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 535, after l. 14 insert new cll. 3--7 as follows and renumber existing cll. 3--6 (pp. 535--6) as cll. 8--11: `3. No full-time Student for the Degree of Bachelor of Theology shall be granted leave to supplicate unless, after admission, he or she has kept statutory residence and pursued his or her course of study at Oxford for at least nine terms. Time spent outside Oxford as part of an academic programme approved by the faculty board shall count towards residence for the purposes of this clause.

4. No full-time Student for the Degree of Bachelor of Theology shall retain that status for more than twelve terms in all.

5. Part-time Students for the Degree of Bachelor of Theology shall in each case be required to pursue their course of study for twice the number of terms required of an equivalent full-time student. Students taking the course wholly part-time may hold the status of Student for the Degree of Bachelor of Theology for up to twenty-one terms. Students may also pursue their course of study for two years full-time followed by part-time study, and in this case may hold the status of Student for the Degree of Bachelor of Theology for up to fifteen terms.

6. Part-time students shall not be required to keep statutory residence, but must attend for such instruction at their colleges for such times during full term as shall be required by the faculty board, and must also attend at least one week's residential course each year, the total hours of attendance in each year of the course being as prescribed by the faculty board.

7. Students for the Degree of Bachelor of Theology may supplicate for the Certificate in Theology after two years, provided that they have satisfied the course requirements as specified in the regulations made by the faculty board for the Two-Year Certificate in Theology under the provisions of Ch. X, Sect. VI.'

2 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 1998.

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Decree (5): Monetary penalties under Title XIII

Explanatory note

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor will declare carried, without holding the meeting of Congregation on 19 May, Statute (1) revising Title XIII (concerning university discipline), which was promulgated on 28 April (see `University Agenda' below). This statute will, however, still be subject to the approval of Her Majesty in Council and is therefore unlikely to come into effect before the end of Michaelmas Term at the earliest.

Under the existing provisions of Title XIII, cl. 12 (b) (Statutes, 1997, p. 100), Council is required to determine by decree every three years the maximum monetary penalty and charge for damages which the Proctors may impose for `minor university offences', provided that no such determination may result in a proportionate increase greater than the proportionate increase in the maximum undergraduate maintenance grant over the preceding three years. Changes in the arrangements for student financial support have accordingly meant that the maximum penalties have been fixed since 1989 at £60. The current decree determining them (ibid., p. 586) expires on 30 September 1998, and Council has therefore made the following decree, which retains the present maximum until such time as the new statute comes into effect. (Under the new statute, the maximum to be determined every three years by Council by decree will be limited by increases in the Retail Price Index instead of the level of the undergraduate maintenance grant—see Gazette, p. 936.)

Text of Decree (5)

The amount of the maximum penalty and charge for damages which the Proctors may impose for `minor university offences' under Title XIII shall be £60 until such time as the new provisions of clause 9 (d) of that Title which were approved by Congregation on 19 May 1998 are approved by Her Majesty in Council and Council has made a decree under that clause determining a different maximum.

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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:

ANJA FLENDER, University Offices

SARAH HOWARD, D.PHIL., St Antony's Collge

BELA KOGAN, Faculty of Modern Languages

ROEL STERCKX, Wolfson College

CANDADI V. SUKUMAR, Mansfield 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:

Flender, A., MA status, University Offices
Howard, S., MA status, D.Phil., St Antony's
Kogan, B., MA status, Faculty of Modern Languages
Sterckx, R., MA status, Wolfson
Sukumar, C.V., MA status, Mansfield
Titterington, J.C., MA, Lady Margaret Hall

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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 29 May, see `Examinations and Boards' below.