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Mr Vice-Chancellor has received a communication from the Clerk of Her Majesty's Privy Council, stating that on 22 July 1997 Her Majesty was pleased to approve the Statute changing the composition of the Visitatorial Board, printed in Gazette, Vol. 127, p. 712 (approved by Congregation, p. 742).

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The following speech was delivered by THE PUBLIC ORATOR in a Congregation held on Saturday, 25 October 1997, in presenting for the Honorary Degree of Master of Arts


Formerly Secretary to the Vice-Chancellor

Saepenumero apud recentiores rogatum invenimus: quis summum in hac Academia exercet imperium? quis quem? ut verbis utar tyranni Russici demortui. quam quaestionem esse perobscuram, potestatis apud nos rationes esse involutissimas, cum multi querantur, tum gaudent quidam, haud minus quidem hi fortasse prudentes. imperi enim unum genus est legitimum, quale fere admiramur in egregiis Procuratoribus, in insignissimo Vicecancellario veneramur; qui magistratum obtinent, trabeati prodeunt, a lictoribus deducuntur, in sella sedent curuli. quam pompam praetervectam, paparatiorum fulguribus illuminatam, haec quam produco in statione parum conspicua collocata observabat, quippe quae sapientiae Epicureae memor latere maluerit quam animadverti. sed prudentiores hoc saltem non fallebat, magistratus istos apparatu fascibusque insignes non nisi brevissimum temporis spatium his lautitiis, hoc populi favore usos refulgere: alios esse illos longeque diversos qui arcana nostra diu scrutati intimorumque consiliorum participes facti auctoritatem idcirco firmiorem possiderent quod neque iactarent neque ostentarent. hi sunt sine quorum dedita opera constantique fide res publica nostra stare non posset; inter quos eminet haec quae octo ex ordine Vicecancellariis ab epistulis erat. o rem incredibilem quot epistulas conscripserit, quot legerit, quaeritis: citius possem harenas pulveremque numerare. quin etiam si possem, tam immensa epistularum moles inter huius labores haudquaquam primum obtinet locum. quid, quod virorum vehementer occupatorum negotia regebat, ostia servabat, otium tuebatur? quid, quod pompas caerimoniasque nostras administrabat? quod quanti sit intelligimus omnes qui in ipso Palatio praetoriarum cohortium praefectum audivimus hanc anxia voce invocantem ad magnificas octo academiarum pompas simul gubernandas. ut verbo uno dicam quod sentimus omnes, Academiae dignitatem ita defendebat ut homines extranei admirarentur, nos homines academici gauderemus. sed nescio an hac in re praecipue laudanda sit: Vicecancellarios suos, viros non numquam frenis magis quam calcaribus regendos, qui res suo Marte conficere volebant, leni quadam admonitione, qua erat auctoritate, ad solitum morem institutumque revocabat. hominum iudex est aequissima atque eadem subtilissima, quae quid de quoque sentiat verbis paucissimis exprimit; silentio vero nemo est qui eloquentius abutitur.

Praesento feminam optime de Universitate meritam Annam Smallwood, Excellentissimo Ordini Imperi Britannici adscriptam, quae toties hominum honorandorum agmen instruxit compulit adornavit, ut ipsa admittatur ad gradum Magistri in Artibus honoris causa.


Nowadays we often find the question asked: Where does power lie in the University? In the harsh words of the late V.I. Lenin, "Who whom?" That this question is so hard to answer and the power structure of Oxford so complex is a matter of complaint to some, to others—perhaps no less wise—of satisfaction. Of power there are more kinds than one. One kind is represented by the officers of the University: we admire it in the Proctors, revere it in the Vice-Chancellor. They hold office, wear robes, are escorted by lictors, sit in chairs of state. As their procession would march past, illuminated by the lightning flashes of the paparazzi, the figure of Miss Smallwood was to be made out standing in an inconspicuous position, an illustration of the wisdom of Epicurus: the unobserved life is best. Discerning onlookers, however, did not fail to reflect that the personnel of this splendid parade would enjoy the limelight for a short time only, and that there were people of a very different sort, familiar with our secrets over many years and privy to all our plans, whose influence was all the greater for being unobtrusive. These are the people on whose loyalty and hard work all our institutions depend; and pre-eminent among them is Miss Smallwood, who served (it is hard to believe) as Secretary to no fewer than eight successive Vice-Chancellors. If you were to ask how many letters she wrote in that time, and how many she read, I should find it as easy to count the sand of the sea or the dust of the earth. Yet even if it were to be possible to count it, that vast mass of correspondence was only a fraction of her work. She managed the diary of those fiercely busy men, controlled access to them, defended their scanty leisure. She organised the University's ceremonies and processions. Some of us got a glimpse of what that meant last summer at Buckingham Palace, when the voice of the Colonel in charge of the arrangements for eight Universities to confer honorary degrees on President Mandela was heard calling for Miss Smallwood to organise the eight processions. What we feel can be put very briefly: she upheld the dignity of the University in a way that was respected by outsiders, and of which we insiders could feel proud. Not least of her achievements, I fancy, was to restrain some of her Vice-Chancellors, forceful and decisive men, guiding them back, gently but firmly, towards the straight and narrow path of our traditional ways. She is a shrewd judge of people, who conveys her views with few words; and her silences can be of matchless eloquence.

I present Miss Anne Smallwood, MBE, a great servant of the University, who has organised so many groups of honorands for honorary degrees, for admission in her turn to the honorary degree of Master of Arts.

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ELIZABETH A. CHAPMAN, MA status (BA Durham), currently Librarian of the Institute of Economics and Statistics and Acting Librarian at the Social Studies Library, has been appointed to the post of Librarian of the Taylor Institution from 1 January 1998.

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Scholarships have been awarded to D.S. ALLAN, Trinity College, and MS HOLLY BRIDGE, St John's College.

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The Prize has not been awarded.

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The Prize has not been awarded.

Proxime accessit: RICHARD L. HEWITT, Merton College.

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11 November

Council has considered a circular from the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals passing on a request from the Royal British Legion that universities should permit the observance of a two-minutes silence starting at 11 a.m. on Remembrance Day, Tuesday, 11 November. Council has agreed to express the hope that any staff, students, and others present within the University at that time who wish to observe such a silence will be allowed to do so. A note to this effect is being sent to heads of department, etc., and colleges are being informed so that each may consider its own position.

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Under the University's procedures for the regular review of faculties and departments the General Board has set up a committee, under the chairmanship of Dr R.C. Ostle, to review the Faculty of Theology. The terms of reference of the review are as follows:

(a) to consider the provision and quality of teaching, the future development of teaching and the quality of research in the faculty, and the balance between teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels on the one hand and research on the other, having regard to international standards of excellence;

(b) to consider the organisational and management structures and facilities in the faculty, including such matters as academic staff planning and recruitment; accommodation and space; the facilities of the Theology Faculty Library, its location in the Faculty Centre, and its relationship with the Bodleian Library; the relationship of the faculty with other faculties in related subject areas; the academic staffing profile following the loss of the chaplain-CUF posts;

(c) to make recommendations, bearing in mind that if funding is required to implement them the likely measure of available resources.

Members of the University who wish to contribute to the review are asked to forward their submissions by Friday, 5 December, in writing, to Dr R.C. Ostle, St John's College.

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Ten or more members of Congregation may arrange to have a flysheet circulated with the Gazette (a) on matters before Congregation, or Convocation in regard to the election of the Professor of Poetry, or (b) relating to matters of general interest to the University, subject to the following general conditions:

(i) no flysheet will be circulated which in the opinion of the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors might be defamatory or otherwise illegal;

(ii) the right is reserved on behalf of the University and its employees, without prior consultation with the signatories, to publish an apology in respect of any statement in a flysheet which is complained of as defamatory or otherwise illegal (whether or not the statement can be shown to be true);

(iii) the signatories shall jointly and severally indemnify the University and its employees against any costs or damages payable in respect of their flysheet and, unless a Queen's Counsel (to be mutually agreed on by the signatories and the University) shall advise within four months of the making of any claim in respect of a flysheet that any proceedings could be contested with the probability of success, such damages shall include any sum paid by the University in settlement of any claim arising out of the flysheet;

(iv) the flysheet shall consist of one leaf only (though text may appear on both sides of the leaf); the text shall include the name and college or department of each of the signatories;

(v) a copy of the text of the flysheet shall be delivered to the Registrar before 10 a.m. on the Monday of the week in which circulation is desired; it shall be accompanied by an indemnity in accordance with condition (iii) above drawn up on a form obtainable from the Registrar and signed by each of the signatories of the flysheet; the Registrar shall be informed at the same time which of the signatories is to be notified whether the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors have authorised circulation;

(vi) the Registrar shall arrange for the production by the University Press of copies of a flysheet the circulation of which has been duly authorised.

Though every effort will be made to circulate on the day desired flysheets so received, it must be understood that this cannot be guaranteed.

(a) Matters before Congregation or Convocation

If the flysheet deals with a matter that is a formal agendum for Congregation, or for Convocation in regard to the election of the Professor of Poetry, or the subject of a report published in the Gazette, the production costs will be met from university funds.

(b) Matters of general interest to the University

If the flysheet deals with a matter that is not a formal agendum for Congregation or the subject of a report published in the Gazette, the Vice-Chancellor will decide whether it is of sufficient general interest to warrant circulation with the Gazette; the production costs for such a flysheet will be the responsibility of the signatories.

Oxford University Student Union

The Executive and the Graduate Committee of the Oxford University Student Union may have flysheets circulated with the Gazette under the arrangements and subject to the conditions set out above, provided that:

(1) the number of names to be included on the flysheet under condition (iv) shall be not less than a majority of the total number of members of the Executive or the Graduate Committee of OUSU, as the case may be, and each of the persons named shall sign the indemnity required under condition (v);

(2) the maximum number of flysheets to be circulated as of right, whether on matters before Congregation (to be paid for by the University) or on matters of general interest to the University (to be paid for by OUSU and to be subject to the Vice-Chancellor's decision as prescribed under (b) above) shall be three per term for each of these bodies, save that the Vice-Chancellor shall have discretion to permit further flysheets.

Subject to proviso (1) above, the Executive and the Graduate Committee of OUSU may also support flysheets signed by not less than ten members of Congregation.

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This library, at 1 Canterbury Road, contains books and periodicals on the Eastern Churches, and is open on Wednesdays, 2–5 p.m., during full term, or by appointment with the librarian, Deacon Stephen Platt (telephone: Oxford 552991).

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THE ALLEGRI STRING QUARTET will give the following concerts at the times shown. Tickets may be obtained from Blackwell's Music Shop or at the door, as follows: for the evening performances, £8 (£6/£4); for the lunch-time performance, £5 (£2.50).

Fri. 7 Nov., Holywell Music Room, 8 p.m.: quartets by Mozart, K.589; Kodály, op. 10; Dvorák, op. 51.

Wed. 19 Nov., Holywell Music Room, 8 p.m.: quartets by Haydn, op. 20, no. 3; Mozart, K.428; Brahms, op. 51, no. 2.

Fri. 5 Dec., Exeter College Chapel, 1 p.m.: Haydn, quartet, op. 20, no. 2; Mozart, quintet, K.516.

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