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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 22 September

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 16 October.

List of the decrees:

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Decree (1): Procedure for reduction in the lecturing obligations of the George Eastman Visiting Professor

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Board of Electors to the George Eastman Visiting Professorship, simplifies the procedure for a reduction in the period of office and the lecturing obligations for an Eastman Professor by removing the requirement for an ad hominem decree on each occasion.

Text of Decree (1)

1 In Ch. VII, Sect. III, § 317, cl. 2 (Statutes, 1997, p. 516), delete `; provided that ... less than one year'.

2 Ibid., cl. 5 (p. 517), delete `He or she shall ... faculty board concerned.' and substitute `In exceptional circumstances, the faculty board concerned may reduce the professor's residence requirement and/or the number of required lectures or classes.'

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Decree (2): Abolition of Oxford and Cambridge Examinations and Assessment Council

Explanatory note

When the various Oxford and Cambridge schools examination boards were merged in 1995, financial and management responsibility for the new combined operation passed to the University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate, while responsibility for academic governance was vested in an Oxford and Cambridge Examinations and Assessment Council (OCEAC) to which each university appointed eight members. Subsequent major changes in school examinations in the UK have made it necessary to abolish OCEAC and to establish a new structure combining the existing Oxford and Cambridge operations with those of the Royal Society of Arts; this will be known as Oxford, Cambridge, and RSA Examinations (OCR). Oxford will appoint four representatives on the new OCR Qualifications Policy Committee (who will initially be four of the current representatives on OCEAC: Dr J. Langton, St John's; Dr R.H. McCleery, Wadham; Professor R.A. Pring, Green College; and Mr R.J. Van Noorden, Hertford). The University will also appoint 11 members to sit on various OCR subject committees. To ensure that there is satisfactory communication between OCR and Oxford, the University's representatives will report to Council's General Purposes Committee.

All outstanding commitments to the staff of the Oxford office of the Local Examination Syndicate have been properly discharged.

The following decree formally abolishes OCEAC.

Text of Decree (2)

In Ch. X, delete Sect. I (Statutes, 1997, p. 755) and renumber existing Sectt. II--XXIV (pp. 755--60) as Sectt. I- -XXIII.

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Decree (3): Establishment of M.St. in Theology (Research)

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Theology Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, establishes a one-year course in Theology for the degree of M.St. (Research). The course is intended as a structured preparation for research for candidates who hold PRS status and intend in due course to proceed to undertake a research degree.

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

Text of Decree (3)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 670, l. 39, after `Theology' insert:

`Theology (Research)       Theology'.

2 Ibid., p. 1012, after l. 11 insert: `Three in Theology (Research)'.

3 Ibid., p. 1020, l. 31, after `Studies' insert `, of Master of Studies (Research), and'.

4 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 1998.

Key to Decree (3)

Cl. 1 inserts Theology (Research) into the list of examinations for the degree of M.St.

Cll. 2 and 3 provide for the nomination and appointment of examiners.

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Decree (4): Change in format of the Annual Report of the University

Explanatory note

Since the format of the Annual Report of the University was last changed, in the report for 1993--4, this document has largely retained the formal contents of the earlier format but has also included some feature articles and illustrations. As intended when the new format was introduced, Council has now reviewed the matter, and has concluded that further changes are desirable. Council has decided that, with effect from the report for 1997- -8, two documents should be produced: an Annual Review, aimed specifically at an external audience, which will contain key features about how Oxford is aiding the development and well-being of the nation through its research and teaching, as well as articles looking ahead to innovative work under way in the University, and will not attempt to constitute a comprehensive survey of the University's activities in the previous year; and a Year Report, designed primarily for an internal audience, comprising detailed information supplied by all faculties, departments, and other university institutions. The Annual Review will largely continue the current design and format of the Annual Report, though with greater and bolder use of pictures. The Year Report will be a much longer document than either the current or pre-1993--4 Annual Reports. It is intended that, subject to further consideration of the practical arrangements, the Year Report should be published on the World Wide Web rather than in paper form; in any case, it will be made available in paper form, and so far as possible electronically, in university and college libraries, and a paper copy of any part or all of it will be made available to any member of Congregation on request. These new arrangements will be reviewed by Council after two or three years' experience.

The statute governing the production of the Annual Report, and its subsequent presentation to Congregation, is framed on the basis of the present arrangements, and Council has accordingly made the following decree suspending the relevant clauses of that statute to enable the new arrangements to be introduced.

Text of Decree (4)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Tit. II, Sect. XI, cll. 2, 3, and 5 (Statutes, 1997, p. 19), the following arrangements shall apply with effect from 1 October 1998.

(a) During each academic year Council shall produce (i) an Annual Review of such of the affairs of the University in the preceding academic year as shall seem to Council to be of particular importance in the national and international context, and (ii) a Year Report containing a detailed survey of the activities of the University's faculties, departments, and other institutions in the preceding academic year.

(b) The Annual Review shall be circulated to all members of Congregation. The Year Report shall be made available in university and college libraries in paper form, and so far as possible electronically, and a paper copy of any part or all of it shall be made available to any member of Congregation on request.

(c) The Annual Review shall subsequently be presented at a meeting of Congregation in accordance with the same procedure as that prescribed in Tit. II, Sect. XI, cl. 5 for the presentation of the Annual Report, but the Year Report shall not be circulated beyond the arrangements set out at (b) above.

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Decree (5): Consent to amendments to Statutes of Merton College

The consent of the University is given to the amendments to Statutes V and X of Merton College approved by the Governing Body on 16 March 1998, in so far as such consent is required by section 7 (2) of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923.

Note. The effects of the amendments are to provide that all graduate scholarships should be governed by college by-laws and to delete provisions relating to college contributions which have now become obsolete.

Decree (6): Consent to amendments to Statutes of Magdalen College

The consent of the University is given to the amendments to Statutes IV and VIII of Magdalen College approved by the Governing Body on 29 May 1998, 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 allow housing allowance to be made pensionable.

Decree (7): Remission of composition fees (Mr J. Barratt)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VIII, Sect. I, § 6, cl. 15 (Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 1099, as renumbered by Decree (3) of 11 June 1998, Gazette, Vol. 128, p. 1352), Mr J. Barratt, Exeter, shall be required to pay composition fees of only £600 per annum for the academic years 1998--9 and 1999--2000.

Decree (8): Remission of composition fees (Miss Z. Filipovic)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VIII, Sect. I, § 6, cl. 15 (Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 1099, as renumbered by Decree (3) of 11 June 1998, Gazette, Vol. 128, p. 1352), Miss Z. Filipovic, St John's College, shall be required to pay fees at the `home' rate for her period of undergraduate study.

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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. v, cl. 1 (Statutes, 1997, p. 367) has been accorded to the following persons who are qualified for membership of Congregation:

ANDREA CAPOVILLA, St Anne's College

CAROLYN MAREE EVANS, Exeter College

JOANNA KATHERINE MILES, Christ Church

MARK DAVID WALTERS, D.PHIL., New College

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3 Register of Congregation

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

Ball, S.A., MA, Trinity
Capovilla, A., MA status, St Anne's
Evans, C.M., MA status, Exeter
Miles, J.K., MA status, Christ Church
Walters, M.D., MA status, D.Phil., New College

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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 16 October, see `Examinations and Boards' below.