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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 19 January

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 6 February.

List of the decrees:

Decree (1): Consultation with trade union representatives on health and safety matters

Explanatory note

Council has reviewed the effectiveness of the current mechanisms for consultation with trade union representatives on health and safety matters, under the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Council has agreed, on the recommendation of a panel which it set up to report in detail on this question after full consultation with interested parties, to make certain changes in these mechanisms, including an increase from three to five in the number of members of the Committee on Health and Safety serving on the Joint Safety Advisory Committee in order to reassure the trade union representatives that their views are being heard by and discussed with a substantial proportion of the former committee (which is, under Council, the executive body for health and safety matters). In consequence, Council has also agreed to increase from two to three the maximum number of co-opted members of the Committee on Health and Safety; it thinks that it would be helpful if the additional co-optee were a person with experience of the day-to-day management of health and safety, and if that person were then to be one of the committee's appointees to the joint committee. Clauses 1–4 of the following decree provide accordingly.

Clauses 5 and 6 provide for two further changes in procedure, whereby in future, in addition to the present minimum six meetings of the joint committee each year, there will be an annual meeting between the trade union representatives and the whole of the Committee on Health and Safety to consult on a small number of key areas of overall university policy on health and safety; and all members of the joint committee will be able to receive the agenda, papers, and minutes of each meeting of the Committee on Health and Safety except those dealing with business which is not within the unions' remit (such as personnel matters, general environmental questions, and purely financial issues).

Text of Decree (1)

1 In Ch. II, Sect. I, § 12, cl. 1, concerning the Committee on Health and Safety (Statutes, 1997, p. 221), after `The committee shall have power to co-opt up to' delete `two' and substitute `three'.

2 In Ch. III, Sect. LXVIII, cl. 1, concerning the Joint Safety Advisory Committee (p. 334), delete `(1)–(3) three' and substitute `(1)–(5) five'.

3 Ibid., renumber existing items (4)–(9) (p. 335) as items (6)–(11).

4 Ibid., after `appoint one of the members under' delete `(1)–(3)' and substitute `(1)–(5)'.

5 Ibid., cl. 2, after `six times a year.' insert `In addition there shall be once a year a meeting between the members under (6)–(11) in clause 1 above and the whole of the Health and Safety Committee (provided that compliance with this requirement shall not be invalidated by the inability or unwillingness of any of the members of either committee to attend), at which there shall be consultation on a number of key areas of university policy on health and safety. The date and agenda for each such meeting shall be decided by agreement between the chairman of the Health and Safety Committee, and the members under (6)–(11) in clause 1 above.'

6 Ibid., insert new cl. 4 as follows and renumber existing cll. 4–6 as cll. 5–7: `4. The agenda, papers, and minutes of each meeting of the Health and Safety Committee shall be made available to all members of the Joint Safety Advisory Committee, provided always that the documents thus made available shall, at the absolute discretion of the chairman of the Health and Safety Committee, exclude any document or any part of a document which deals with business which in his or her opinion is not of reasonable concern to the members under (6)–(11) in clause 1 above (including but not limited to business relating to the appointment, promotion, or other matters concerning the personal position of members of the staff of the University or other individuals; business relating to environmental matters which have no impact on members of the staff of the University; and business relating to purely financial matters).'

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Decree (2): Establishment of Dell Cabrejos Drawings Fund

Explanatory note

The following decree accepts a benefaction from Mr David Dell for the Department of Western Art at the Ashmolean Museum, and establishes a fund, to be known as the Dell Cabrejos Drawings Fund, to be used for the benefit of the museum's collection of drawings.

Text of Decree (2)

In Ch. IX, Sect. I, § 6 (Statutes, 1997, p. 591), after the paragraph concerning the Bouch Bequest insert:

`Dell Cabrejos Drawings Fund

1. The University accepts with gratitude an endowment from Mr David Dell, and any further sums contributed for the same purpose, to establish a fund, to be known as the Dell Cabrejos Drawings Fund in memory of Eliseo Cabrejos, the income of which shall be used for the upkeep and augmentation of the collections of drawings, including watercolours, in the Ashmolean Museum.

2. The fund shall be administered by a board of management consisting of

(1) a person, who shall be chairman, appointed by the Vice-Chancellor;

(2) the Director of the Ashmolean Museum;

(3) the Keeper of Western Art of the Ashmolean Museum;

(4), (5) two persons appointed by the Visitors of the Ashmolean Museum.

The board shall have power to delegate expenditure to the Keeper of Western Art, such delegation to be reviewed on an annual basis when the Keeper shall report to the board all exercises of his or her delegated authority.

3. The board shall apply the income of the fund towards the following purposes:

(a) the acquisition of drawings suitable for collections in the Department of Western Art;

(b) the conservation of drawings in the said collections;

(c) such other related purposes as the board shall think fit but excluding the payment of salaries of employees of the University.

Income not expended in any year shall be carried forward for expenditure in subsequent years.

4. Council shall have the power to alter this decree from time to time, provided that the main object of the fund, as stated in clause 1 above, is always kept in view.'

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Decree (3): Examiners in the Honour School of Modern History and English 1998

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Nominating Committee for Examiners and Moderators in Modern History, permits the appointment of one fewer Public Examiner in the Honour School of Modern History and English in 1998 than prescribed. This is in order to secure a better overall balance in the board of examiners for the joint school.

Text of Decree (3)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Schedule B to Ch. VI, Sect. II. A, § 1, cl. 2 (Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 1043, l. 34), there shall be only three Public Examiners for Modern History in the examination to be held in 1998 in the Honour School of Modern History and English.

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Decree (4): Conferment of the title of Professor (Dr K.S. Thomson)

The title of Professor is conferred upon K.S. Thomson (B.Sc. Birmingham; AM, Ph.D. Harvard), Fellow-elect of Kellogg College, with effect from the date on which he takes up the post of Director of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

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Decree (5): Remission of composition fees (M. Fenn)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VIII, Sect. I, § 6, cl. 3 (Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 1095), Mr M. Fenn, St Cross, shall not be required to pay composition fees for the academic years 1995--6 and 1996--7.

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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:

VANESSA ANNE CORRICK, Bodleian Library

CATHERINE MARGARET SCOTT LLOYD, Queen Elizabeth House

ALLAN RAYMOND MOORE, University Offices

SUSAN OLGA NETTLE, Said Business School

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3 Register of Congregation

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

Corrick, V.A., MA status, Bodleian Library
Lloyd, C.M.S., MA status, Queen Elizabeth House
May, E.R., MA, Queen's
Moore, A.R., MA status, University Offices Nettle, S.O., MA status, Said Business School

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CONGREGATION 20 January

Promulgation of Statute

A form of Statute was promulgated. No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor declared the preamble carried of the proposed Statute concerning which persons have the authority on behalf of the University to dismiss academic-related staff.