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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 10 May

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 28 May.

List of the decrees:

Decree (1): Transfer of responsibility for the Field Laboratory at Wytham

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Biological Sciences Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, transfers formal responsibility for the Field Laboratory at Wytham from the Sibthorpian Professor of Plant Science to the Head of the Department of Zoology.

Text of Decree (1)

1 In Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 5. B, cl. 7 (Statutes, 1997, p. 389), delete `, and have charge of the University Field Station'.

2 Ibid., insert new cl. 8 as follows and renumber existing cll. 8--9 as cll. 9--10:

`8. The Head of the Department of Zoology shall have charge of the University Field Laboratory at Wytham.'

3 This decree shall be effective from 1 April 1999.

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Decree (2): Change in name of various degrees in Computation

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Mathematical Sciences Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, substitutes the words `Computer Science' for `Computation' in all degrees involving Computation save for the Engineering and Computing Science School, the name of which remains unchanged. This brings the titles of the University's degrees into line with those of other universities and prevents any perception outside the University that the subject taught here is in any way peculiar. The change is purely cosmetic and has no impact on the subject, teaching, or examinations.

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

Text of Decree (2)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 23, l. 16, p. 24, l. 3, p. 25, l. 12, p. 26, l. 32, p. 48, l. 29, p. 83, ll. 30 and 43, p. 84, l. 2, p. 116, ll. 37 and 39, p. 122, l. 30 (twice), p. 123, ll. 13 and 35, p. 124, l. 19, p. 153, ll. 1, 3, and 4, p. 156, ll. 1 and 3, p. 289, ll. 2, 4, 24, and 27, p. 291, ll. 6 and 8, p. 1036, l. 42, p. 1038, ll. 2 and 40, and p. 1053, l. 34, in each case delete `Computation' and substitute `Computer Science'.

2 In the case of the relevant First Public Examinations and also the graduate course, this decree shall be effective from 1 October 2000; in the case of the relevant Second Public Examinations, it shall be effective from 1 October 2002.

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Decree (3): Examination arrangements for the First and Second Public Examinations in Modern History and certain associated joint courses

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Modern History Board and with the concurrence of the English and Social Studies Boards and of the General Board, revises the arrangements for the First and Second Public Examinations in Modern History and certain associated joint courses. It gives responsibility for the supervision of the examination for the Honour School of Modern History to the Modern History Board. This clarification is necessitated by the transfer of the responsibility for the nomination of examiners to the bodies responsible for the supervision of the examinations in question. It also gives the responsibility for the appointment of the boards of examiners for the First and Second Public Examinations in Modern History and Economics, Modern History and English, and Modern History and Politics to the chairmen of examiners for the relevant parent examinations, in line with the procedure already in place for examinations in Modern History and Modern Languages. This avoids the necessity of establishing joint nominating committees for each of these examinations.

Text of Decree (3)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 60, l. 2, before `Honour Moderations' insert `1.'

2 Ibid., after l. 5, insert:

`2. The Chairmen of the Moderators for Honour Moderations in Modern History and for the Preliminary Examination in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics shall consult together and designate such of their number as may be required for the examination for Honour Moderations in Modern History and Economics, whereupon the number of examiners shall be deemed to be complete.'

3 Ibid., p. 61, l. 21, before `Honour Moderations' insert `1.'

4 Ibid., after l. 24, insert:

`2. The Chairmen of the Moderators for Honour Moderations in Modern History and for Moderations in English Language and Literature shall consult together and designate such of their number as may be required for the examination for Honour Moderations in Modern History and English, whereupon the number of examiners shall be deemed to be complete.'

5 Ibid., p. 62, l. 14, before `Honour Moderations' insert `1.'

6 Ibid., after l. 17, insert:

`2. The Chairmen of the Moderators for Honour Moderations in Modern History and for the Preliminary Examination in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics shall consult together and designate such of their number as may be required for the examination for Honour Moderations in Modern History and Politics, whereupon the number of examiners shall be deemed to be complete.'

7 Ibid., p. 299, l. 4, after `History' insert `shall be under the supervision of the Board of the Faculty of Modern History, and'.

8 Ibid., p. 359, after l. 21, insert:

`4. The Chairmen of Examiners for the Honour School of Modern History and for the Honour School of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics shall consult together and designate such of their number as may be required for the examination for the Honour School of Modern History and Economics, whereupon the number of examiners shall be deemed to be complete.'

9 Ibid., p. 363, after l. 16, insert:

`3. The Chairmen of Examiners for the Honour School of Modern History and for the Honour School of English Language and Literature shall consult together and designate such of their number as may be required for the examination for the Honour School of Modern History and English, whereupon the number of examiners shall be deemed to be complete.'

10 Ibid., p. 371, after l. 22, insert:

`4. The Chairmen of Examiners for the Honour School of Modern History and for the Honour School of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics shall consult together and designate such of their number as may be required for the examination for the Honour School of Modern History and Politics, whereupon the number of examiners shall be deemed to be complete.'

11 Cll. 1--4 and 7--9 shall have immediate effect; cll. 5 and 6 shall have effect from 1 October 1999; and cl. 10 shall have effect from 1 October 2001.

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Decree (4): Honour School of Jurisprudence

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Law Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, eliminates the option of students' substituting two special subjects for a standard subject in the Honour School of Jurisprudence. This change has been necessitated by the difficulty of timetabling university teaching for those who choose to take that option. Associated changes in regulations are set out in `Examinations and Boards' below.

Text of Decree (4)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 236, ll. 17--18, delete `, or in seven standard subjects and three special subjects'.

2 Ibid., ll. 22--3, delete `, or in seven standard and three special subjects'.

3 Clause 1 shall be effective from 1 October 2000 and clause 2 shall be effective from 1 October 2001.

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Decree (5): External examiners from the same institution

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the previous Junior Proctor and with the concurrence of the General Board, prevents the nomination of two or more persons from the same institution to serve as external examiners in the same examination at the same time. This ensures that no examining board is unduly influenced by the conventions of another institution.

Text of Decree (5)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 1022, after l. 11 insert:

`Unless they are appointed to examine in separate subjects or in separate parts of an examination divided into Part I and Part II, no two persons who are, or have been during the preceding two years, on the teaching staff of the same college or university or other institution shall be nominated to serve at the same time as external examiners in the same examination.'

2 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 1999.

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Decree (6): Extension of the period of office of external examiners in Chemistry

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Physical Sciences Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, increases the period of office of external examiners for the Honour School of Natural Science (Chemistry) from two to four years to bring it into line with that of internal examiners.

Text of Decree (6)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 1039, delete ll. 25--32 and substitute:

`(3) in the Honour School of Natural Science internal and external examiners in Chemistry shall hold office for four years, provided that each examiner shall examine in Part I only in the first and third years and in Part II only in the second and fourth years of office;'.

2 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 1999.

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Decree (7): Financial penalties under Title XIII

Explanatory note

Last year Congregation enacted, subject to the approval of Her Majesty in Council, a revised disciplinary statute, Title XIII (Gazette, Vol. 128, pp. 1193, 1250), which has now been approved by Her Majesty in Council. The following decree, made under the provisions of cl. 9 (c)–(d) of the new Title XIII, accordingly increases, by the increase in the Retail Price Index over the preceding three years (rounded down), the maximum financial penalty, excluding damages, which the Proctors can impose for `minor university offences' from £60 to £65, and the maximum penalty for other offences from £1,000 to £1,090.

Text of Decree (7)

The amount of the maximum financial penalty excluding damages which the Proctors may impose in the case of a `minor university offence' under Title XIII shall be £65 with immediate effect until 30 September 2001, and the amount of the maximum financial penalty excluding damages which they may impose in any other case shall be £1,090 for the same period.

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Decree (8): Directorship of the Centre for Advanced Materials and Composites

Notwithstanding the provisions of Decree (20) of 27 July 1995 (Gazette, Vol. 125, p. 1425), the Directorship of the Centre for Advanced Materials and Composites shall be assigned from time to time by the General Board on such conditions governing the stipend of the Director as the Board may determine.

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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 person who is qualified for membership of Congregation:

JEREMY NICHOLAS DUFF, M.ST., St Cross 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:

Bennet, D.J.L., MA, Keble
Doimi de Frankopan, P.J.A., MA, Worcester
Duff, J.N., MA status, M.St., St Cross

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CONGREGATION 11 May

1 Approval on a division of General Resolutions (1)--(7) and (9)--(13) not confirmed

(1) That this House approve the proposal that there should be a single body (`the Council') to replace the Hebdomadal Council and the General Board, with the role set out in section 2.2 of the annexe to the second report of the Joint Working Party on Governance (`the annexe' and `the report' respectively).
[For: 85; against: 0]

(2) That this House approve the proposal that the Council should be composed as set out in section 3.2 of the annexe.
[For: 73; against: 10]

(3) That this House approve the proposal that the Council should have four main committees with the roles set out in sections 2.3–2.6 of the annexe.
[For: 83; against: 1]

(4) That this House approve the proposal that the four main committees should be composed as set out in sections 3.3–3.6 of the annexe.
[For: 76; against: 8]

(5) That this House approve the proposals for the appointment of Pro-Vice-Chancellors with defined special responsibilities broadly as set out in para. 28 of the report.
[For: 75; against: 8]

(6) That this House approve the proposal that there should be three science divisions as set out in sections 5.4–5.6 of the annexe, with delegated powers and ex officio representation as set out in paras. 38–54 of the report.
[For: 78; against: 4]

(7) That this House approve the proposal that there should be two arts divisions as set out in sections 5.1 and 5.2 of the annexe, with delegated powers and ex officio representation as proposed in paras. 38–54 of the report.
[For: 68; against: 11]

(9) That this House approve the proposal that the divisions should operate broadly as set out in sections 7 and 8 of the annexe.
[For: 82; against: 1]

(10) That this House approve the proposals for the academic services set out in paras. 59–66 of the report.
[For: 80; against: 2]

(11) That this House approve the proposals for the office of Vice-Chancellor set out in para. 71 (k) of the report.
[For: 75; against: 9]

(12) That this House approve the proposals for the composition and role of Congregation set out in para. 71 (l) of the report.
[For: 71; against: 13]

(13) That this House approve the proposal that there should be a review of the operation of the new governance structure after five years, with the remit and composition set out in para. 71 (m) of the report.
[For: 83; against: 0]

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2 Rejection on a division of General Resolution (8) not confirmed

(8) That this House approve the proposal that there should be a single arts division as set out in section 5.3 of the annexe, with delegated powers and ex officio representation as proposed in paras. 38–54 of the report.
[For: 13; against: 58]

¶ As permitted by the Special Resolution approved by Congregation on 27 April, and as previously announced (Gazette, pp. 1112, 1113), each of General Resolutions (1)--(13) will now be put to a postal vote in order to give members of Congregation who were unable to attend on 11 May the opportunity to indicate their views on these matters. The approval of General Resolutions (1)--(7) and (9)--(13), and the rejection of General Resolution (8), in Congregation on 11 May are accordingly not confirmed.

It is hoped to publish the verbatim record of the debate on the General Resolutions as a Supplement to the Gazette on 20 May. Voting papers will be sent to members of Congregation, and, provided that the record is so published, should be returned to the Head Clerk at the University Offices, Wellington Square, by 4 p.m. on Thursday, 27 May. Council can then promote the main initial changes in statutes (i.e. primarily those requiring the approval of Her Majesty in Council, with certain consequential changes in other statutes) for consideration by Congregation later in Trinity Term.

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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 28 May, see `Examinations and Boards' below.

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