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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 22 June

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 11 July.

List of the decrees:


Decree (1): Fee payable for late entry for admission to a degree

Explanatory note

Council has reviewed the level of the fee payable for late entry for admission to a degree, and to maintain it at its real value, in the same way as the majority of other fees of this kind (see Decree (6) below), has made the following decree increasing the fee to £16.00 with effect from 1 September 1998; this represents the same increase (in round terms) as that in overall costs, as recorded in the Higher Education Pay and Prices Index, over the previous year.

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Text of Decree (1)

1 In Ch. I, Sect. I, § 1, cl. 2 (b) (Statutes, 1997, p. 183), delete `£15.50' and substitute `£16.00'.

2 In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 1094, l. 12, delete `15.50' and substitute `16.00'.

3 This decree shall be effective from 1 September 1998.

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Decree (2): Admission of research students in Development Studies

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Inter- faculty Committee for Queen Elizabeth House after consultation with the relevant faculty boards and with the concurrence of the General Board, empowers the inter- faculty committee to admit the small numbers of research students wishing to undertake doctoral research in Development Studies whose research topics do not fall within the boundaries of existing boards and committees.

Text of Decree (2)

In Ch. III, Sect. LXVI, § 3, cl. 2 (Statutes, 1997, p. 333), after item (i) insert: `The committee shall have the powers of a faculty board in respect of courses and examinations for such degrees or diplomas in these fields as may be established by decree, and for the admission and examination of students for advanced degrees in these fields.'

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Decree (3): Merger of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Biochemistry and the Department of Cellular Science

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Clinical Medicine Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, provides for the Nuffield Department of Clinical Biochemistry and the Department of Cellular Science to merge and for the name of the new department to be the Nuffield Department of Clinical Biochemistry and Cellular Science.

Text of Decree (3)

1 In Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 5. B, cl. 9, concerning the assignment of the university clinical departments (Statutes, 1997, p. 390), after `Nuffield Department of Clinical Biochemistry' insert `and Cellular Science'.

2 Ibid., Sect. V, § 1, cl. 1, concerning academic posts in clinical departments (p. 528), after `Nuffield Department of Clinical Biochemistry' insert `and Cellular Science'.

3 In Ch. XI, Sect. X, Appendix, concerning harassment (p. 797), delete `Department of Cellular Science', and after `Nuffield Department of Clinical Biochemistry' insert `and Cellular Science'.

4 This decree shall be effective from 1 August 1998.

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Decree (4): Change in composition of the Nuffield Medical Trustees

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Nuffield Medical Trustees, changes the composition of the trustees in order to reflect changes in the organisation of the National Health Service, and in order to ensure that it is possible to maintain an appropriate balance of lay representation and of those with financial and medical expertise. Opportunity is taken also to change the age of retirement for the trustees from 75 to 70, although vested interests are preserved.

Text of Decree (4)

1 In Ch. IX, Sect. I, § 248 [1], cl. 1 (a) (Statutes, 1997, p. 691), delete items (1)–(10) and substitute: `(1) as chairman, a person appointed on the occurrence of each vacancy by the Chancellor of the University, provided that the Chancellor shall have the right from time to time to revoke any such appointment;

(2) the Vice-Chancellor;

(3)–(5) three persons appointed by the Chancellor of the University;

(6) the Regius Professor of Medicine or, whenever he or she is a trustee in another capacity, a person appointed by the Board of the Faculty of Clinical Medicine;

(7) a person appointed by Council after consultation with the Board of the Faculty of Clinical Medicine;

(8) a person appointed by Council after consultation with the Board of the Faculty of Physiological Sciences;

(9)–(10) two persons appointed by Council after consultation with the chairmen of the NHS Trusts in the City of Oxford which are concerned with teaching and research and which include a university-nominated non- executive director on their trust boards.'

2 Ibid., proviso (ii), delete `seventy-five years' and substitute `seventy years'.

3 This decree shall have immediate effect, provided that clause 2 above shall not apply to any person currently serving as a trustee.

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Decree (5): Appointment of two examiners to conduct the assessment of the Public Health and Primary Health Care Course for the Second BM

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Clinical Medicine Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, provides for the appointment of two examiners to conduct the assessment of the integrated Public Health and Primary Health Care Course, a component of the Second Examination for the Degree of Bachelor of Medicine.

Text of Decree (5)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 1007, after 1. 2 insert: `Two in Public Health and Primary Health Care'.

2 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 2000.

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Decree (6): Fees (other than composition fees) payable by candidates for examinations

Explanatory note

Council and the General Board have reviewed the level of various fees payable by candidates for examinations and have agreed that they should in general be increased by 4.2 per cent (the overall increase recorded in the Higher Education Pay and Prices Index), normally rounded to the nearest pound, with effect from 1 September 1998 in order to take account of increases in examining and related costs. Resubmission fees for the M.Litt., M.Sc., M.Th., and D.Phil., which rose to £100 in 1996, are being held at this new level for the foreseeable future, in order not to deter candidates from resubmitting. The following decree provides accordingly.

Text of Decree (6)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 1093, l. 6, concerning the matriculation fee, delete `£148' and substitute `£154'.

2 Ibid., delete ll. 15–35 and substitute: `(a) On entering or replacing the name of a non-member of the University on the Register of Diploma and Certificate Students under the provisions of Ch. X, Sect. VIII £76.00

(b) On entering for certain examinations: Foundation Certificates in English Language and Literature, in Modern History, and in Social and Political Science £39.00

Special Diplomas in Social Studies, and in Social Administration* £76.00

Certificates in Theology £44.00

Certificate in Management Studies £76.00

Qualifying Examination for the degree of BD £56.00

Degree of B.Mus. £160.00

Degrees of B.Phil., M.Phil., M.Th., M.Sc.

(by Coursework), and M.St. on re-entering the examination [dagger sign] £265.00

Diplomas in Applied Statistics, History of Art, and Human Biology on re-entering the examination [dagger sign] £141.00

Degree of M.Ch., Part I £84.00

(c) On applying for leave to supplicate for the degree of BD £145.00

for the degree of M.Ch., Part II £319.00

for the degree of DM £319.00

for the degrees of DD, DCL, D.Litt., D.Sc., and D.Mus. £513.00'.

3 Ibid., p. 1094, delete ll. 23–7 and substitute: `(b) for each of the second and subsequent certificates attesting admission to any degree £5.00

(c) for each certificate attesting matriculation or the passing of any examination £5.00

(d) for each complete record of a graduate of the University £16.00'.

4 This decree shall be effective from 1 September 1998.

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Decree (7): Payment of university fees

Explanatory note

The University is introducing amendments to the Examination Decrees to give effect to provisions relating to the new £1,000 tuition fee (see Decree (9) below) and has also introduced legislation introducing procedures in the event of non- payment of the fee (Decree (3) of 11 June 1998, Gazette, p. 1352; see also Decree (8) below). The following decree makes consequential amendments, including revisions to the timetable for the transmission of fees by the colleges to the Curators of the University Chest.

Text of Decree (7)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 1095, delete ll. 16–28 and substitute: `The fee shall be paid as follows:

(a) in the case of those whose fees are paid under the terms of the Education (Mandatory Awards) Regulations (or under corresponding arrangements approved by the Scottish Education Department, the Northern Ireland Ministry of Education, or the Education Departments in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man) the fees shall be paid in accordance with the arrangements laid down in those regulations;

(b) in the case of those working for an undergraduate degree and liable to payment in full or part of the University composition fee as specified in clause 15 below, the fee shall be collected in accordance with the provisions of clause 14 below;

(c) in all other cases the fee shall be paid at the end of Michaelmas Term by all those who have been working in Oxford in that term. Those who begin working in Oxford in Hilary or Trinity Term shall pay the fee at the end of that term. Council may, on application by the society of the member of the University concerned, remit some part of the fee. Council may, on application by their society, subsequently return some part of the fee for the year to those who do not work in Oxford for the whole of that academic year.*'

2 Ibid., delete from p. 1098, l. 27 to p. 1099, l. 18 and substitute: `13. Not later than the fourteenth day after the last day of every Full Term the Head or Bursar of every society shall send to the Curators of the University Chest a schedule signed by himself or herself containing the names of all members of the society who were liable to pay the composition fees referred to in cll. 1–3 and cl. 6 above, in respect of that term. The Head or Bursar of every society shall also:

(a) in respect of composition fees payable under cl. 1 above, send to the Curators of the University Chest within five working days of the end of every month of the academic year (the first month of the academic year being taken as October) the sum collected by the society in that month;

(b) in respect of composition fees payable under cll. 2, 3, and 6 above, send to the Curators of the University Chest within fourteen days of the last day of every Full Term the sum of such fees, provided that in the case of such fees payable for Michaelmas Term, if at that date a society shall not have received payment in full by the fee-paying bodies, the society

(i) may transmit by that date either 80 per cent of the amount required to be transmitted, or the total amount of fees received by that date, whichever is the greater, and

(ii) shall transmit the outstanding balance within one month of the stated date.'

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Decree (8): Procedures in the event of non-payment of the £1,000 university tuition fee

Explanatory note

It has been pointed out that the text of Decree (3) published in the Gazette on 11 June (p. 1352) is ambiguous in that the provision in clause 14 (b) does not specify that it concerns solely outstanding fees for which the student is liable. The following decree seeks to clarify the position.

Text of Decree (8)

In Ch. VIII, Sect. I, § 6, cl. 14 (b) (Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 1099, as amended by Decree (3) of 11 June 1998, Gazette, p. 1352), after `In the event that' delete `the fee, or...towards the fee' and substitute `any fee payable by the student, or the relevant instalment towards such a fee'.

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Decree (9): University composition fees for 1998–9

Explanatory note

The Department for Education and Employment has abolished the system of differential fees and replaced it with a single fee payable by award-holding home and EU undergraduates in 1998–9. That fee is currently set at £1,000. The following decree provides accordingly.

Council has already made a decree setting the level of fees for overseas students in 1998–9 (Decree (1) of 23 October 1997, Gazette, p. 224). For a number of years the levels of fee to be charged to overseas students have been set well in advance. Council and the General Board will review the position for 1999–2000 in due course and will then publish legislation setting the new levels of fee.

Opportunity is taken in cl. 5 of the following decree to set the fee for Recognised and Visiting Students, which is half the Category A rate (i.e. £3,245 in 1998–9). Cl. 7 sets the fee for members of the University working on the Foreign Service Course at the Category B rate (i.e. £8,652 in 1998–9). The decree also makes provision in cl. 8 for the level of university fee to be charged in 1998–9 for the Diploma Course in European Studies (intended primarily for Japanese managers).

Notification has not as yet been received of the arrangements which will apply in 1998–9 in respect of students from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man. Colleges will be informed of the position separately once an announcement has been received.

Text of Decree (9)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 1099, l. 19, delete `For 1997– 8' and substitute `For 1998–9'.

2 Ibid., l. 24, delete `:' and substitute `the fee shall be £1,000;'.

3 Ibid., delete ll. 25–9.

4 Ibid., l. 34, delete `£375' and substitute `£500'.

5 Ibid., p. 1100, l. 5, delete `£3,150' and substitute `£3,245'.

6 Ibid., l. 6, delete `£8,400' and substitute `£8,652'.

7 Ibid., l. 8, delete `£15,500' and substitute `£15,800'.

8 Ibid., l. 11, delete `For 1997–8' and substitute `For 1998–9'.

9 Ibid., l. 15, delete `£2,540' and substitute `£2,610'.

10 This decree shall be effective from 1 September 1998.

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Key to Decree (9)

Cll. 1–4 set the 1998–9 fees for home and EU undergraduates.

Cl. 5 sets the 1998–9 fee for Recognised and Visiting Students.

Cl. 6 sets the 1998–9 fee for the Foreign Service Course.

Cl. 7 sets the 1998–9 fee for the Diploma Course in European Studies.

Cll. 8 and 9 set the home and EU postgraduate fee for 1998–9.

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Decree (10): College Contributions Scheme unit of statutory endowment income

Explanatory note

The following decree sets the value of the unit of statutory endowment income for 1997–8 under the College Contributions Scheme at £108,000

Text of Decree (10)

The unit of statutory endowment income for 1997–8 is set at £108,000 under the provisions of Tit. XII, Sect. I, cl. 6 (Statutes, 1997, p. 83).

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Decree (11): Endowment grants from the College Contributions Fund

Explanatory note

Council decided, following the review of the College Contributions Scheme, that a Grants Subcommittee of the College Contributions Committee should be established, consisting mainly of college bursars, to scrutinise prospective recipient colleges' financial position and to make recommendations for the disbursement of funds. It was also decided, following the review, that the fund should be used mainly for increasing the permanent endowment of the poorer colleges and that the disbursement of funds should be made on an annual basis. The following decree authorises the endowment grants which Council has decided, on the recommendation of the College Contributions Committee, to make out of the accumulated balance of the College Contributions Fund under Tit. XII, Sect. I, cl. 2 (b) (Statutes, 1997, p. 82).

Text of Decree (11)

The following amounts shall be paid in 1998 to the colleges named in each case under the provisions of Tit. XII, Sect. I, cl. 2 (b) as grants for the enlargement of the permanent endowment of those colleges.

                                                     stg.
                  Pembroke College                500,000 

                  St Edmund Hall                  710,000 

                  St Peter's College              610,000 
    
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                                               stg1,820,000
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Decree (12): Consent to amendments to the Statutes of Exeter College

The consent of the University is given to the amendments to Statute IV of Exeter College approved by the Governing Body on 8 December 1997, in so far as such consent is required by Section 7 (2) of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923.

Note. The effect of the amendments is to remove an age restriction on the appointment of advisers.

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