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CONGREGATION 16 March

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 16 March.

Text of Special Resolution

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

SUSANNA ELIZABETH BLACKSHAW, St Hilda's College

MARC THOMPSON, Templeton College

ALAN MICHAEL RUGMAN, Templeton College

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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 16 March

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 3 April.

List of the decrees:

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Decree (1): 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 (1)

1 In Ch. III, Sect. LIII, concerning the School of Management Studies (Statutes, 1997, p. 319), delete cll. 2 and 3 and renumber existing cll. 4--11 (pp. 319--21) as cll. 2--9.

[The clauses deleted made provision for the separate post of Peter Moores Director of the School of Management Studies, and the need to remove them was overlooked when the headship of the department became a rotatable five-year appointment.]

2 In Ch. IX, Sect. I, § 102, concerning the Field Studies Book Prize (p. 635), delete cl. 3 and substitute:

`3. The prize shall be awarded jointly by three persons (hereinafter called `the awarders') who shall comprise:

(1) the Head of the Department of Zoology or his or her nominee;

(2) the Director of the Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology or his or her nominee;

(3) a person appointed by the Board of the Faculty of Biological Sciences.'

[The above clause makes provision for an awarder of the Field Studies Prize appointed by the Biological Sciences Board to replace the holder of the Readership in Animal Ecology ex officio, that post having been abolished.]

3 In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 1057, l. 16, concerning the wording of certain diplomas, delete `Diploma in the History of Art,'.

4 Ibid., p. 1087, l. 32, concerning examinations in respect of which certificates of approval from candidates' societies are required, delete `The History of Art.'

[Clauses 3 and 4 delete obsolete references to the Diploma in the History of Art, which no longer exists.]

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Decree (2): Establishment of Joint Honour School of Modern History and Politics

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Modern History and Social Studies Boards and with the concurrence of the General Board, establishes a new Joint Honour School in Modern History and Politics, together with the associated Honour Moderations and Pass Degree. The course is intended to exploit the complementary resources available in Oxford in the Modern History Faculty and the Politics Sub-faculty and, within existing numbers, to encourage high-quality applicants who might otherwise be lost to Oxford given that such courses are provided elsewhere. Examination will be by means of written papers, with candidates having the option to submit up to two theses.

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

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Text of Decree (2)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 23, after l. 20 insert:

`Modern History and Politics,'.

2 Ibid., p. 61, after l. 38 insert:

`Honour Moderations in Modern History and Politics

Honour Moderations in Modern History and Politics shall be under the joint supervision of the Boards of the Faculties of Modern History and Social Studies and shall consist of such subjects as they shall jointly prescribe.'

3 Ibid., p. 115, after l. 16 insert in the left-hand column:

`Honour Moderations in Modern History and Politics'.

4 Ibid., p. 120, after l. 10 insert in the right-hand column:

`Modern History and Politics'.

5 Ibid., p. 121, after l. 42 insert in the right-hand column:

`Modern History and Politics'.

6 Ibid., after p. 379 insert:

`HONOUR SCHOOL OF MODERN HISTORY AND POLITICS

(i) DECREE

Honour School of Modern History and Politics

1. The examination in the Honour School of Modern History and Politics shall consist of such subjects in Modern History and Politics as the Boards of the Faculties of Modern History and Social Studies shall from time to time in consultation prescribe by regulation.

2. No candidate shall be admitted to examination in this School unless he or she has either passed or been exempted from the First Public Examination.

3. The examination in the Honour School shall be under the joint supervision of the Boards of the Faculties of Modern History and Social Studies, which shall appoint a standing joint committee to make proposals for regulations concerning the examination. Such proposals shall be submitted to the boards of the two faculties which shall make regulations concerning the examination and which, in the case of difference of opinion, shall hold a joint meeting at which the matter in dispute shall be resolved by the vote of the majority.

PASS SCHOOL OF MODERN HISTORY AND POLITICS

(i) DECREE

Pass School of Modern History and Politics

(Ch. VI, Sect. I. C, § 3)'.

7 Ibid., p. 1018, l. 27, after `English,' insert `in the Honour School of Modern History and Politics,'.

8 Ibid., l. 33, after `English;' insert

`and in Modern History in Honour Moderations in Modern History and Politics;'.

9 Ibid, p. 1022, l. 7, after `Politics' insert

`in Honour Moderations in Modern History and Politics, and'.

10 Ibid., l. 9, after `Politics' insert `in the Honour School of Modern History and Politics, and'.

11 Ibid., p. 1038, after l. 43 insert:

`Three in Politics and three in Modern History for Honour Moderations in Modern History and Politics.'

12 Ibid., p. 1041, after l. 45 insert:

`Four for Modern History          in the Honour School of Modern 
Four for Politics                    History and Politics.'

13 Cll. 1–3, 8, 9, and 11 of this decree (governing Honour Moderations) shall be effective from 1 October 1999 (for first examination in 2000); cll. 4–7, 10, and 12 (governing the Honour School and Pass School) shall be effective from 1 October 2001 (for first examination in 2002).

Key to Decree (2)

Cl. 1 inserts Modern History and Politics into the list of subjects for Honour Moderations.

Cl. 2 provides for Honour Moderations in Modern History and Politics.

Cll. 3, 4, and 5 provide for the examinations for Modern History and Politics in the First and Second Public Examinations and Pass School respectively.

Cl. 6 provides for the Final Honour School and the Pass School of Modern History and Politics.

Cll. 7, 10, and 12 provide for the appointment of examiners for the Honour School of Modern History and Politics.

Cll. 8, 9, and 11 provide for the appointment of Moderators for Honour Moderations in Modern History and Politics.

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Decree (3): Review of BCL/M.Jur. and establishment of M.Phil. in Law

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Law Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, provides for changes in the arrangements governing admission and examination for the Degrees of Bachelor of Civil Law and Magister Juris, following a review of these courses by the Law Board. At present, candidates may supplicate for the degree of BCL after one or two years of study. For the one-year BCL, candidates take examinations in four subjects; for the two-year BCL, they may either offer a further three subjects, or follow a course in legal research method and write a thesis. The M.Jur. is at present a one-year course, for which candidates offer either four subjects or three subjects and a dissertation.

Under the new legislation, with effect from admissions in 1999, the BCL and the M.Jur. will each be awarded to successful candidates after a one-year taught course, as part of which candidates for either degree may offer a dissertation. Candidates taking either the BCL or the M.Jur. may apply to continue their studies for a further year, in which they will follow a course in legal research method and write a thesis of up to 25,000 words. Successful candidates taking the two-year course may supplicate for the degree of M.Phil. in Law, as well as for the degree of BCL or M.Jur. as the case may be.

The revised decree governing the BCL, M.Jur., and M.Phil. in Law is reproduced in full below for clarity, although §§ 6 and 7 reproduce §§ 4 and 5 in the existing decre except for minor amendments in nomenclature. Associated changes in regulations are set out in `Examinations and Boards' below.

Text of Decree (3)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 553, after l. 24 insert:

`Law—Law (see Ch. VI, Sect. X (Part 14))'.

2 Ibid., delete pp. 899–902 and substitute:

`14 TIME AND EXERCISES REQUIRED FOR DEGREES IN CIVIL LAW AND FOR THE DEGREES OF MAGISTER JURIS AND MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY IN LAW

(i) DECREE

§ 1. Admission of Candidates for the Degrees of Bachelor of Civil Law, Magister Juris, and Master of Philosophy in Law

1. Any person may be admitted by the Board of the Faculty of Law as a candidate for the Degrees of Bachelor of Civil Law, Magister Juris, or Master of Philosophy in Law provided that the following conditions have been satisfied:

(a) The application must be supported by some college or hall or other society.

(b) A candidate must either (i) have passed all the examinations required for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts and have obtained honours in the Second Public Examination, or have obtained honours in a degree examination of another university, such university having been approved by Council for the purpose of the status of Senior Student, or (ii) in the opinion of the Board of the Faculty of Law, be otherwise adequately qualified to undertake the course.

(c) A candidate must satisfy relevant provisions prescribed in the regulations made by the board, and any conditions the board may impose.

2. Any student for these degrees who is not a graduate of the University may wear the same gown as that worn by Students for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy.


§ 2. Degrees of Bachelor of Civil Law and Magister Juris

Any person who has been admitted under the provisions of § 1 above may supplicate for the Degree of Bachelor of Civil Law or the Degree of Magister Juris provided:

(i) that he or she has satisfied the examiners in the examinations prescribed in this section; and

(ii) that he or she has kept three terms of statutory residence as a matriculated member of the University after admission as a Student for the Degree of Bachelor of Civil Law or Magister Juris, whichever is the earlier.


§ 3. Degree of Master of Philosophy in Law

Any person who has been admitted under the provisions of § 1 above may supplicate for the Degree of Master of Philosophy in Law provided:

(i) that he or she has satisfied the examiners in the examinations prescribed in this section; and

(ii) that he or she has kept six terms of statutory residence as a matriculated member of the University after admission as a Student for the Degree of Bachelor of Civil Law or Magister Juris in Law, whichever is the earlier.


§ 4. Examinations for the Degrees of Bachelor of Civil Law, Magister Juris, and Master of Philosophy in Law

1. The examinations for the Degrees of Bachelor of Civil Law, Magister Juris, and Master of Philosophy in Law shall comprise such subjects as the Board of the Faculty of Law shall from time to time by regulation determine.

2. The examination shall be under the supervision of the board.


§ 5. Supervision of Students

Every candidate who elects to offer a thesis or dissertation shall seek approval from the Board of the Faculty of Law as prescribed in the regulations made by the board. Subject to such approval, supervision shall be provided as prescribed in Ch. VI, Sect. XXXI, § 4, provided that references to the Degree of Master of Studies shall be deemed to refer to the Degrees of Bachelor of Civil Law, Magister Juris, or Master of Philosophy in Law as the case may be.

§ 6. Admission of Bachelors of Civil Law and Holders of the Degree

of Magister Juris or the Degree of Master of Philosophy in Law to the Degree of Doctor of Civil Law

1. Any person who has been admitted to the Degree of Bachelor of Civil Law or to the Degree of Magister Juris or Master of Philosophy in Law, and who has completed fifteen terms from the date of such admission, may apply to the Board of the Faculty of Law for leave to supplicate for the Degree of Doctor of Civil Law. The application shall be made through the Secretary of Faculties, and shall be accompanied by

(1) evidence that the candidate's application has the approval of his or her society;

(2) the fee prescribed in Ch. VIII, Sect. I, § 2 (see Appendix I);

(3) evidence of the candidate's fitness for the degree. This evidence must consist of three copies of a published book or of published books or papers, treating in a scientific manner of one or more legal subjects and consisting of an original contribution to the advancement of knowledge of such substance and distinction as to give the candidate authoritative status in some branch or branches of legal learning. A candidate who submits papers or books which have been produced in collaboration shall state in respect of each item the extent of the candidate's own contribution.

2. On receipt of the application the Board of the Faculty of Law, having determined that the evidence submitted is of the appropriate kind, shall appoint not fewer than two judges, who shall report to the board on the sufficiency of the evidence.

3. If the board, after consideration of the reports of the judges, shall approve the evidence as sufficient for the degree, it shall give leave to the candidate to supplicate for the degree, and shall notify its decision in the University Gazette. One copy of the evidence shall remain in the possession of the University for deposit in Bodley's Library, provided that no book or paper of which the Library already possesses a copy shall be so deposited except with the consent of the candidate and of the Librarian, unless the copy submitted by the candidate shall be of a different issue or shall contain alterations or additions.


§ 7. Admission to the Degrees of Bachelor of Civil Law and Doctor of Civil Law by Accumulation

1. Any person belonging to one of the following classes may apply to the Board of the Faculty of Law for permission to supplicate for the Degrees of Bachelor of Civil Law and Doctor of Civil Law at the same time under the conditions set forth in this sub-section:

(a) Masters of Arts, except those on whom the degree has been conferred by decree or special resolution, who have entered upon the sixty-sixth term from their matriculation at this University, or, if they have been incorporated in this University, the sixty-sixth term from their matriculation at the University of Cambridge or of Dublin;

(b) persons on whom the Degree of Master of Arts has been conferred by decree or special resolution, other than a degree honoris causa, and who have entered upon the forty-fifth term from their admission to that degree;

(c) Doctors of Philosophy, or Masters of Letters or of Science or of Studies, who have entered upon the sixty-sixth term from their matriculation at this University.

2. The application of any such person shall be made to the board, and dealt with by the board, in the manner prescribed in § 6 above.

3. If the board approves the evidence as sufficient for the Degree of Doctor of Civil Law, it shall give leave to the candidate to supplicate for the Degrees of Bachelor of Civil Law and Doctor of Civil Law at the same time, although the candidate shall not have passed the examination for the former degree.'

3 Ibid., p. 1053, delete ll. 29–31 and renumber existing provisos (iii)–(vi) (pp. 1053–5) as provisos (ii)–(v).

4 Ibid., p. 1054, ll. 21–2, delete `or in the examination for the Degree of Bachelor of Civil Law'.

5 Ibid., l. 28, delete `(a)', and delete ll. 33–5.

6 Ibid., ll. 39–42, delete `or in the Bachelor of Civil Law Examination ... Degree of Magister Juris'.

7 Ibid., p. 1061, l. 13, delete `Bachelor of Civil Law,'.

8 Ibid., l. 17, delete `Magister Juris,'.

9 Ibid., p. 1068, after l. 9 insert:


`(l) Examination for the Degrees of Bachelor of Civil Law and Magister Juris

Names of candidates who in [here insert term and year] have satisfied [or have been adjudged worthy of distinction by] the examiners in [here insert title of examination].

A. B.—College  

C. D.—Hall  

E. F.—Society  

                                 G. H.           

                                 I. J.  Examiners

                                 K. L.

[Candidates who acquire four or more credits by offering two or more of the subjects listed in Schedule E of Part 14, or by offering one of those subjects and a dissertation on a topic recognised by the Graduate Studies Committee in Law as being within the fields of European and Comparative Law, shall be awarded the title `Bachelor of Civil Law [or Magister Juris, or Master of Philosophy] in European and Comparative Law'.]'

10 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 1999, provided that candidates admitted in 1998 to the two-year course for the Degree of Bachelor of Civil Law shall be examined in 2000 under the decree and regulations as they stood at 30 September 1999.


Key to Decree (3)

Cl. 1 adds Law to the subjects for the M.Phil.

Cl. 2 inserts the new provisions governing the BCL, M.Jur., and M.Phil. in Law.

Cll. 3–6 remove the provisions for the BCL and M.Jur. to be classified; in future, distinctions will be awarded to worthy candidates.

Cll. 7–9 change the provisions governing the lists of successful candidates for the BCL and M.Jur.

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Decree (4): Election of Assessor over the statutory age limit

Notwithstanding the provisions of Tit. IX, Sect. vi, § 1, cl. 2 (Statutes, 1997, p. 70), Professor R.A. Mayou, Fellow of Nuffield College, may serve as Assessor for the year beginning 17 March 1999.

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2 Register of Congregation

Mr Vice-Chancellor reports that the following names have been added to the Register of Congregation:

Bitel, A., MA, St John's
Blackshaw, S.E., MA, St Hilda's
Butterfield, J.N., MA, D.Phil., All Souls
Leach, E.E., MA, St John's
Rugman, A.M., MA, Templeton
Shepard, A.J., MA, St John's
Thompson, M., MA, Templeton
Weatherill, S.R., MA, Somerville

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CONGREGATION 17 March

General Resolution approved nemine contradicente

That this House take note of the Report of the Commission of Inquiry.

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CONGREGATION 18 March

1 Admission of Proctors

ROGER WILLIAM AINSWORTH, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of St Catherine's College, and MICHAEL WILLIAM HART, MA, D.PHIL. (MA Cambridge), Fellow of Exeter College, were presented to the Vice-Chancellor and admitted to office, the former as Senior Proctor and the latter as Junior Proctor for the ensuing year.

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2 Admission of Assessor

ANGUS MORTON BOWIE, MA, D.PHIL. (MA, PH.D. Cambridge), Fellow of Queen's College, was presented to the Vice-Chancellor and admitted to office as Assessor for the ensuing year.

3 Admission of Pro-Proctors

The Senior Proctor nominated RICHARD JOHN PARISH, MA, D.PHIL. (BA Newcastle), and THE REVD COLIN PETER THOMPSON, MA, D.PHIL., Fellows of St Catherine's College, to be his Deputies.

The Junior Proctor nominated SUSAN ELIZABETH MARSHALL, MA, and GUY ROWLANDS, MA, D.PHIL., Fellows of Exeter College, to be his Deputies.

The Deputies were presented to the Vice-Chancellor and admitted to office.

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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 3 April, see `Examinations and Boards' below.

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