University Acts

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CONVOCATION 5 June

Election of Professor of Poetry

On Saturday, 5 June, PAUL MULDOON was duly elected as Professor of Poetry, to hold office for five years from the first day of Michaelmas Term 1999.

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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 7 June

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 25 June.

List of the decrees:

Decree (1): Jane Willis Kirkaldy Prize

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Committee for the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology and with the concurrence of the General Board, amends the terms of the Jane Willis Kirkaldy Prize, for an essay on a topic concerning the History of Science or Technology, to allow for a Senior Prize to be awarded alongside the Junior Prize when funds permit, and for proxime accessit awards to be made when appropriate in each case. It also devolves to the committee certain powers concerning the prizes, for example the authorisation of use of the prize money on things other than books and the approval of the expenses of the examination for the prize, previously retained by the General Board. The definition of eligibility for the Junior Prize is amended to allow for the new four-year degree courses in this area, and for students who might have had to suspend their status for a period of time.

Text of Decree (1)

1 In Ch. IX, Sect. i, § 193, title (Statutes, 1997, p. 665), delete `Prize' and substitute `Prizes'.

2 Ibid., cl. 1, delete `prize' and substitute `prizes'.

3 Ibid., cll. 2 and 3 (p. 666), in each case delete `General Board' and substitute `Committee for the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology'.

4 Ibid., cll. 2 and 4, in each case delete `prize' and substitute `Junior Prize'.

5 Ibid., cl. 4, after `Kirkaldy' insert `Junior'.

6 Ibid., after `by the committee.' insert `The committee may also award a proxime accessit prize.'

7 Ibid., delete cll. 5 and 6 and substitute: `5. The Junior Prize shall be open to all undergraduate members of the University and to those who, at the deadline for entries, are within one term of having completed the examination for an undergraduate degree of the University, provided that the Junior Prize shall not be awarded a second time to the same person, nor shall a person who has been awarded the Junior Prize receive on any subsequent occasion a proxime accessit award to the Junior Prize. A person who has received a proxime accessit award to the Junior Prize may, however, be awarded the Junior Prize for a different piece of work on a subsequent occasion.

6. In the event of there being surplus income, it shall be applied in the first instance to the award of a second prize, to be known as the Jane Willis Kirkaldy Senior Prize. If funds permit, the Senior Prize shall be offered for competition annually on an essay written upon a topic concerning the History of Science and Technology proposed by the candidate and approved by the committee. The committee may also award a proxime accessit prize. The Senior Prize shall be open to all members of the University who are registered as students for the degree of M.Sc., M.Litt., M.St., M.Phil., or D.Phil. in the University and who are not eligible to enter for the Junior Prize. The Senior Prize shall not be awarded a second time to the same person, nor shall a piece of work submitted at any time for the Junior Prize be submitted at the same time or subsequently for the Senior Prize, nor shall a person who has been awarded the Senior Prize receive on any subsequent occasion a proxime accessit award to the Senior Prize. A person who has received a proxime accessit award to the Senior Prize may, however, be awarded the Senior Prize for a different piece of work on a subsequent occasion. In the event that there is any further surplus income, it shall be applied, at the discretion of the General Board, to any purpose connected with the History of Science which the General Board may approve.'

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Decree (2): Establishment of University Challenge Seed Fund

Explanatory note

The following decree puts in place the arrangements needed in order to establish and operate the University of Oxford University Challenge Seed Fund. This follows the award of £3m from the Government's University Challenge Fund, as announced in the Gazette of 18 March (see p. 935). The University itself will be investing £1m.

Text of Decree (2)

In Ch. IX, Sect. I (Statutes, 1997, p. 734), insert § 350:

`§ 350. University Challenge Seed Fund

1. The University accepts with gratitude the sum of £3,000,000 from the Wellcome Trust, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, and the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (acting through the Office of Science and Technology). This shall be applied towards the establishment and operation of the University of Oxford University Challenge Seed Fund, in accordance with the University's application to the University Challenge Fund in January 1999, the Guidelines of the University Challenge Competition, and the terms and conditions laid down from time to time by the Wellcome Trust and the Office of Science and Technology.

2. The fund shall be administered by the Curators of the University Chest, acting on the advice of a manager and an advisory board. The role of the manager shall be to advise the Curators on the application of the fund. The role of the advisory board shall be to advise the curators on strategic, procedural, investment, and compliance issues; provided always that the board shall not carry on investment business for the purposes of the Financial Services Act 1986.

3. The manager shall be appointed by the Curators of the University Chest, and shall be a member company of the British Venture Capital Association, with authorisation under the Financial Services Act.

4. The advisory board shall be appointed by the Curators of the University Chest, after consultation with the Managing Director of Isis Innovation Limited. The board shall comprise two senior persons from industry or commerce, two members of the University's academic staff, a director of a high-technology company which has spun out of the University, and a representative of the manager.

5. The Curators of the University Chest may delegate all or any of the powers conferred on them in this decree to the Secretary of the Chest, and may revoke any such delegation at any time. For so long as powers are delegated to the Secretary of the Chest he or she shall report to the curators on the exercise of those powers at such intervals as the curators may prescribe, but no less frequently than annually.

6. Council shall have power to alter this decree from time to time, with the consent of the Wellcome Trust and the Office of Science and Technology.'

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Decree (3): Degree of Bachelor of Education at Westminster College

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Committee for Educational Studies and with the concurrence of the General Board, provides for the return to be made to the Registrar of students admitted to the work-based B.Ed. The course is a work-based route to Qualified Teacher Status for learning-support assistants (classroom assistants). The programme consists of classroom-based work, which is mentored and assessed as an integral part of the course, as well as college-based tuition. The work-based degree is thus equivalent to a full-time degree.

Text of Decree (3)

In Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 991, l. 17, as amended by Decree (2) of 12 November 1988 (Gazette, p. 360), after `part-time students' insert `or work-based (full-time equivalent) students'.

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Decree (4): Conferment of the title of Visiting Professor (Professor F. Francioni)

The title of Visiting Professor in International Law is conferred on Professor F. Francioni, Professor of Law at the University of Siena, for three years with effect from 1 October 1999.

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Decree (5): Reconferment of the title of Visiting Professor (Professor J.P. Mass)

The title of Visiting Professor in Japanese is reconferred on Professor J.P. Mass, Professor of Japanese History at Stanford University, for five years with retrospective effect from 1 January 1999.

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Decree (6): Remission of composition fees (Ms J. Drinjakovic)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VIII, Sect. I, § 6, cl. 14 (Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 1107), Ms J. Drinjakovic, Magdalen 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:

AHMAD SALMAN AL-SHAHI, M.LITT., D.PHIL., St Antony's College

CAROL VIVIEN ROBINSON, Department of Chemistry

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3 Register of Congregation

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

Al-Shahi, A.S., MA status, M.Litt., D.Phil., St Antony's
Robinson, C.V., MA status, Department of Chemistry

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RULES COMMITTEE

For amendments to the regulations of the Rules Committee, see `Notices' below.

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