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CONGREGATION 5 November

Elections

On Thursday, 5 November, the following were duly elected to hold office for the periods stated:

As a member of the General Board of the Faculties

(from members of the Faculties of Anthropology and Geography, Biological Sciences, Clinical Medicine, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Physiological Sciences, and Psychological Studies)

From the first day of Hilary Term 1999 until the first day of Michaelmas Term 2000
J.N.P. RAWLINS, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of University

[The votes recorded were: for Professor Cowley, 236; for Professor Rawlins, 251]

As a member of the Hebdomadal Council

With immediate effect until the first day of Michaelmas Term 1999
K.A. MCLAUCHLAN, MA, Fellow of Hertford

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CONGREGATION 9 November

Degree by Special Resolution

No notice to the contrary having been received under the provisions of Tit. II, Sect. vi, cl. 6 (Statutes, 1997, p. 15), the following resolution is deemed to have been approved at noon on 9 November.

Text of Special Resolution

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

VERONIQUE EMILIE BERNARDINE MARIE GOUVERNEUR, Merton College

CLARE ELIZABETH HARRIS, Linacre College

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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 9 November

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 27 November.

List of the decrees:


Decree (1): New provisions governing the appointment of Examiners

Explanatory note

The following legislation, made on the recommendation of the General Board following discussion with the Proctors, provides that the nomination of examiners should henceforth be the responsibility of faculty boards. Boards may if they wish delegate their responsibility to nominating committees (about whose constitution there will no longer be any detailed prescription save that they must consist of no fewer than four people) but the change, which involves the abolition of free-standing nominating committees, will help to establish that if faculty boards are responsible for the appointment of examiners they are also responsible for examining conventions and so resolve what has been in the Proctors' opinion a lack of clarity in this area. The General Board emphasises that the change does not affect, and should not be seen as affecting, the authority of examiners in the making of academic judgements on the performance of candidates.

The nominations will still require approval by the Vice- Chancellor and Proctors, which is an important element in quality assurance procedures.

The legislation also abolishes the detailed provisions governing the number of examiners (other than for the First and Second BM), leaving the size of examining boards to the discretion of faculty boards provided that each candidate is examined by no fewer than two examiners.

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Text of Decree (1)

1 In Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 5. A, cl. 6 (Statutes, 1997, p. 380), delete `nominating committee or other'.

2 In Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 1012, delete ll. 13–22 and substitute: `1. The number of Moderators, Public Examiners, and other examiners in university examinations shall, unless there is provision to the contrary in any decree or regulation, be such as is required to provide that each candidate for the examination concerned shall be examined by at least two examiners.'

3 Ibid., renumber existing cll. 3–8 (pp. 1012–14) as cll. 2–7.

4 Ibid., p. 1013, ll. 37–8, delete `Nominating Committee' and substitute `Board of the Faculty of Physiological Sciences, or by a nominating committee acting on its behalf, subject to the approval of the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors'.

5 Ibid., p. 1014, ll. 3-5, delete `Nominating Committee for' in both places in which these words occur and in each case substitute `Board of the Faculty of'.

6 Ibid., l. 5, after `Physiological Sciences' insert `, or by a nominating committee acting on behalf of the faculty board concerned, subject in each case to the approval of the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors'.

7 Ibid., ll. 11–12, delete `Nominating Committee for' in both places in which these words occur and in each case substitute `Board of the Faculty of'.

8 Ibid., l. 12, after `Physiological Sciences' insert `, or by a nominating committee acting on behalf of the faculty board concerned, subject in each case to the approval of the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors'.

9 Ibid., delete from p. 1014, l. 13 to p. 1020, l. 34.

10 Ibid., pp. 1020–1, renumber existing cll. 10–12 as cll. 8–10.

11 Ibid., delete from p. 1021, l. 13 to p. 1022, l. 2 and substitute: `1. The Moderators, the Public Examiners, and the other examiners in university examinations shall, unless there is provision to the contrary in any decree or regulation, be nominated by the board of the faculty or other university body having supervision over the examination concerned, subject in the case of each nomination to the approval of the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors; provided

(a) that responsibility for making nominations in respect of any examination which is under the joint supervision of more than one faculty board or other body shall be delegated to a nominating committee appointed jointly for this purpose by the boards or other bodies concerned;

(b) that the board of the faculty or other body responsible for making nominations in respect of any other examination under its supervision may delegate such responsibility to a nominating committee appointed by it for this purpose;

(c) that no nominating committee shall consist of fewer than four members;

(d) that the Proctors and the Registrar shall be informed annually of the composition of each nominating committee;

(e) that the members of any nominating committee set up under provisos (a) and (b) above shall hold their places for three years, and one-third of the members (or, in the event that the total number of members is not exactly divisible by three, the proportion nearest to one-third to allow a regular annual rotation of vacancies) shall retire every year; in the case of a casual vacancy, the person elected shall serve for the remainder of the period for which the vacating member was elected; no vacating member who has completed a full period of three years shall be re-eligible until the expiry of two years form the end of that period; and a vacating member who has not completed a full term may be re-elected immediately for a full term;

(f) that where it is necessary to nominate, for one examination only, a Moderator or examiner to fill a vacancy caused by death, or resignation, or removal for misconduct, or to act as substitute when leave of absence has been granted on account of sickness or other urgent cause, the nomination may be made by the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors;

(g) that nominations for examiners for courses validated at Westminster College or at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies shall be made by a committee comprising not fewer than six persons elected by the Board of the Faculty of Theology or the Committee for Educational Studies as appropriate for the examination concerned (in the case of courses validated at Westminster College) or by the Board of the Faculty of Oriental Studies (in the case of courses validated at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies) and not fewer than three persons elected by Westminster College or by the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies (as the case may be), and such nominations shall be required to be made in writing by at least four of the members of the nominating committee and shall thereafter be subject to the approval of the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors.

2. The quorum at any meeting of a nominating committee set up under clause 1 (a) or (b) above shall be two-thirds of the total number of members of that committee (or, in the event that the total number of members is not exactly divisible by three, the integer next above the fractional number representing two-thirds of the total).

3. Every nomination shall be made by a majority of votes. When the votes are equal, the chairman of the faculty board or other body, or of a nominating committee acting on its behalf, shall have an additional, casting vote, provided that he or she shall notify the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors in writing, when the nomination concerned is forwarded to them for their approval, that the nomination has been made by such a casting vote.

4. By the Monday before the beginning of each Full Term the faculty board or other university body having supervision over the examination concerned, or the nominating committee acting on its behalf (as the case may be), shall be sent notice of the vacancies in examinerships to be filled in that term.

5. The faculty board or other body, or the nominating committee acting on its behalf (as the case may be), shall submit to the Registrar by 5 p.m. on the first Tuesday of Full Term recommendations for new examiners, signed by not fewer than two of the members; provided

(a) that recommendations for new examiners for the Degrees of Bachelor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy in subjects other than Classical Archaeology, European Archaeology, and World Archaeology shall be so submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday in the sixth week of Full Term;

(b) that if notice of a vacancy in an examinership is received after the Monday before the Full Term in which it is to be filled, the date by which nominations in writing in accordance with the preceding provisions of this clause must be received, and the date for any meeting of the faculty board or other body, or of the nominating committee acting on its behalf (as the case may be), which may be necessary, shall be fixed by the Vice-Chancellor. The chairman of the faculty board or other body, or the member senior in service on the nominating committee acting on its behalf (as the case may be), shall be responsible for the submission of recommendations duly signed.

6. If by the appointed time the requisite nominations shall not have been submitted in accordance with the provisions of clause 5 above, or if any nominees are ineligible, or if the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors wish to challenge a nomination or propose an alternative, a meeting of the relevant faculty board or other body, or of the nominating committee acting on its behalf (as the case may be), shall be held at a stated time to be fixed by the Vice-Chancellor.'

12 Ibid., p. 1022, delete l. 3 and substitute: `7. On the nomination of a faculty board or other body, or of a nominating committee acting on its behalf, any person'.

13 Ibid., delete from p. 1022, l. 15 to p. 1034, l. 25.

14 Ibid., renumber §§ 4–10 (pp. 1034–42) as §§ 3–9.

15 Ibid., p. 1035, l. 28, delete `Schedule C' and substitute `the Schedule below'.

16 Ibid., p. 1042, ll. 19–20, delete `nominating committee' and substitute `faculty board or other body, or nominating committee acting on its behalf (as the case may be),'.

17 Ibid., delete from p. 1043, l. 4 to p. 1050, l. 12.

18 Ibid., p. 1050, l. 13, delete `C'.

19 Ibid., p. 1051, delete ll. 26–31.

20 Ibid., ll. 35–6, delete `appropriate Nominating Committee' and substitute `Board of the Faculty of Physical Sciences, or the appropriate nominating committee acting on its behalf (as the case may be),'.

21 Ibid., p. 1052, ll. 7–9, delete `Nominating Committee ... Physiology' and substitute `Board of the Faculty of Psychological Studies, or the appropriate nominating committee acting on its behalf (as the case may be),'.

22 Ibid., l. 10, delete `examination' and substitute `Preliminary Examination for Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology'.

23 Ibid., ll. 12–14, delete `Nominating Committee ... Physiology' and substitute `Board of the Faculty of Psychological Studies, or the appropriate nominating committee acting on its behalf (as the case may be),'.

24 Ibid., l. 15, after `paper (4)' insert `of the Preliminary Examination for Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology'.

25 Ibid., p. 1053, l. 9, delete `§ 4, § 9, § 10' and substitute `§ 3, § 8, § 9'.

26 Ibid., l. 12, delete `§ 4' and substitute `§ 3'.

27 Ibid., l. 22, delete `§ 8' and substitute `§ 7'.

28 This decree shall be effective from 1 April 1999, provided that any Moderator, Public Examiner, other examiner, or assessor whose current period of office in that capacity would otherwise have continued beyond that date shall (subject to the provisions of Ch. VI, Sect. II. A, § 8, as renumbered by clause 14 above) remain in office in that capacity for the whole of the period for which he or she was originally appointed.

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Key to Decree (1)

Cl. 1 deletes a reference to nominating committees in the provision which lays down the duty to examine and replaces that reference with a general reference to the competent authority for the appointment of examiners.

Cll. 2, 3, 9, 15, 17, and 18 delete all provisions specifying the number of examiners and moderators other than those for the First and Second BM and a small number of specialist subjects, and provide instead that each candidate for an examination must be examined by no fewer than two examiners.

Cll. 4–8, 10–12, 16, and 20–4 define the new powers of faculty boards or other relevant bodies over the appointment of examiners, require the appointment of a nominating committee for joint schools, and give discretion over the appointment of such a committee in other cases.

Cl. 11 regulates the detailed arrangements for the making of nominations and sets down specific arrangements for courses validated by the University at Westminster College and at the OCHJS.

Cll. 13, 14, and 25–7 delete the specific provisions which define the composition of each nominating committee.

Cl. 19 deletes the provision which permits the General Board to authorise the appointment of additional examiners, since it will now be for faculty boards to determine the number of examiners in each case.

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Decree (2): Degree of Bachelor of Education at Westminster College

Explanatory note

On the recommendation of the Committee for Educational Studies, the General Board has approved a proposal for a part-time, pilot, in-service course at Westminster College for the Degree of Bachelor of Education. The following decree makes provision for the return to be made to the Registrar of students admitted to that course.

Text of Decree (2)

In Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 991, l. 17, after `Term,' insert `or in the case of part-time students by the end of the first week of Hilary Full Term,'.

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Decree (3): Termination of the proceedings to fill the Nuffield Professorship of Pathology

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 2, cl. 3 (Statutes, 1997, p. 374), the current proceedings to fill the Nuffield Professorship of Pathology shall be terminated.

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Decree (4): Retention of title of Professor (Professor A.J. McMichael)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Decree (2) of 11 November 1982 (Gazette, vol. cxiii, p. 208), A.J. McMichael, MA, Fellow of Trinity College, shall continue to hold the title of Professor for so long as he holds the office of Director of the Medical Research Council Human Immunology Unit in Oxford.

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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:

ALEXANDER LEONIDAS LINGAS, St Peter's College

KARIN SIBYLLE ELISABETH PLASSMANN, St Edmund Hall

ANDREW EDWARD RAMBAUT, D.PHIL., Linacre 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:

Gouverneur, V.E.B.M., MA, Merton
Harris, C.E., MA, Linacre
Lingas, A.L., MA status, St Peter's
Plassmann, K.S.E., MA status, St Edmund Hall
Rambaut, A.E., MA status, D.Phil., Linacre