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Degree by Special Resolution

The following special resolution will be deemed to be approved at noon on 27 April, unless by that time the Registrar has received notice in writing from two or more members of Congregation under the provisions of Tit. II, Sect. vi, cl. 6 (Statutes, 1997, p. 15) that they wish the resolution to be put to a meeting of Congregation.

Text of Special Resolution

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


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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 statutes approved and the preambles adopted without a meeting under the provisions of Tit. II, Sect. iii, cl. 11 (Statutes, 1997, p. 8).

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Botanic Gardens, Curators of the: two vacancies

Equal opportunities Committee: one vacancy

Examination Schools, Curators of the: one vacancy

General Board of the Faculties: two from arts/ social studies
faculties, two from science faculties

Hebdomadal Council: three vacancies

Visitatorial Board Panel: three vacancies

¶ Nominations in writing for the elections on 28 May, by two members of Congregation, will be received by the Head Clerk at the University Offices, Wellington Square, up to 4 p.m. on Monday, 4 May, and similar nominations by six members of Congregation up to 4 p.m. on Monday, 11 May.

Council has decided that nominations should show for each signatory the name and college or department in block capitals. Any names which are not so shown may not be published. At least one nomination in respect of each candidate must be made on an official nomination form. Copies of the form are obtainable from the Head Clerk (telephone:

(2)70190; e-mail:

Notes on the bodies concerned

The Curators of the Botanic Garden are responsible, under Council, for the direction and control of the Garden and of the Arboretum at Nuneham Courtenay, including the appointment of the Superintendent of the Garden, and for their finances.

The Equal Opportunities Committee is responsible to Council and the General Board: (a) for co-ordinating and monitoring steps taken by the University to prevent racial and sexual discrimination in the fields of employment and student admission; (b) for advising the appropriate university bodies on general issues relating to equality of opportunity; and (c) for investigating, at the request of Council and the Board, matters relating to equality of opportunity. (The committee does not deal with individual complaints.)

The Curators of the Examination Schools are responsible to Council and the General Board: (a) for supervising the Schools and for their finances; (b) for providing and managing the facilities in the Schools for examinations, lectures, etc.; and (c) for matters relating to the organisation of examinations within the Schools and associated premises.

The General Board of the Faculties is responsible, under Council, for the academic administration of the University, with the duty of considering and supervising all matters connected with the University's research and teaching activities. It has control of the greatest part of the University's general budget. The Board meets weekly during term; much of its work is conducted through committees (e.g. Planning and Development, Graduate Studies), on which its members are expected to serve if invited to do so.

The Hebdomadal Council is the University's chief executive body, with statutory responsibility for the administration of the University and for the management of its finances and property. It has oversight of the General Board's exercise of its responsibility for the academic administration of the University, as well as dealing with the relationship between the University and all external bodies. Council submits resolutions and statutes to Congregation for approval, and has the power to make decrees (which may be opposed in Congregation). Council meets fortnightly during term, and twice in the Long Vacation. It has a number of major committees, on which its members are expected to serve if invited to do so.

The Visitatorial Board is responsible for making recommendations to the Vice-Chancellor (or other appropriate officer) on serious disciplinary cases involving members of the academic or academic- related staff. (It does not have responsibility for dealing with incapacity on medical grounds, or complaints against the Vice- Chancellor himself or herself.) Four members of the board, as from time to time constituted to consider an individual case, are selected by lot from a panel of twelve persons elected by Congregation. The board is chaired by a person with professional legal experience who is appointed by the High Steward of the University.

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