University Acts

Contents of this section:

[Note. An asterisk denotes a reference to a previously published or recurrent entry.]

Return to Contents Page of this issue


HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 12 July

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 30 July.

List of the decrees:

Decree (1): Removal of anomalies

Explanatory note

The following decree removes anomalies and makes consequential amendments to existing decrees which have been overlooked in recent legislation.

Text of Decree (1)

1 In Ch. I, Sect. IV, cl. 3, concerning membership of Convocation (Statutes, 1997, p. 204), after `describe himself or herself as a Master of Arts nor' insert `(unless so entitled as the holder of the Degree of Master of Biochemistry or Master of Chemistry or Master of Earth Sciences or Master of Engineering or Master of Mathematics or Master of Physics)'.

[The need to introduce such a proviso was overlooked when it was decided that the academic dress for the holders of these degrees, after admission to membership of Convocation, should be the same as that for the holders of the Degree of Master of Arts.]

2 In Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 1101, l. 11, concerning fees payable at matriculation, delete `§ 7' and substitute `§ 8'.

[The need to change this cross-reference was overlooked when a new sub-section was introduced into Ch. VIII, Sect. I.]

Return to List of Contents of this section


Decree (2): Change of name for the Environmental Change Unit

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Anthropology and Geography Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, changes the name of the sub-department of the School of Geography directed by Professor J.C. Briden from `Environmental Change Unit' to `Environmental Change Institute', to reflect more precisely the expanded range of the activities undertaken by its members, including the Director, and for fund-raising purposes.

Text of Decree (2)

1 In Ch. II, Sect. I, § 10, cl. 1 (2), concerning the Committee for the Environment (Statutes, 1997, p. 219), delete `Unit' and substitute `Institute'.

2 In Ch. III, Sect. XXXV, concerning the Environmental Change Unit (p. 306), delete `Unit' and substitute `Institute'.

3 Ibid., cl. l, delete `a Unit' and substitute `an Institute'.

4 Ibid., cll. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 9 (pp. 306--7), in each case delete `unit' and substitute `institute'.

5 Ibid., cl. 4 (p. 307), delete `Unit' and substitute `Institute'.

6 In Ch. IX, Sect. I, § 346, cl. 2 (3), concerning the Trapnell Fund (p. 732), delete `Unit' and substitute `Institute'.

7 In Ch. XI, Sect. X, Appendix, concerning harassment (p. 798), delete `Environmental Change Unit' and substitute `Environmental Change Institute'.

Return to List of Contents of this section


Decree (3): Cherwell–Simon Memorial Lecturership

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Physical Sciences Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, revises the membership of the Board of Management for the Cherwell–Simon Memorial Fund in order to ensure that each of the sub-departments of Physics is formally involved in appointments to one or other of the two main annual special lectures in the subject (the Cherwell–Simon and the Halley Lectures). At the same time opportunity is taken to remove two anomalies in the existing decree.

Text of Decree (3)

1 In Ch. VII, Sect. III, § 40, cl. 4 (6) (Statutes, 1997, p. 418), delete `professor' and substitute `person'.

2 Ibid., delete item (7) and substitute:

`(7)the person to whom for the time being the Sub-Department of Atomic and Laser Physics is assigned under Ch. III, Sect. LXII, § 4, cl. 2.'

3 Ibid., cl. 6 (p. 419), delete item (c).

4 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 1999.

Return to List of Contents of this section


Decree (4): Establishment of Jeremy Griffiths Memorial Studentship

Explanatory note

Mr and Mrs John Griffiths have offered the University an extremely generous benefaction to establish a graduate studentship in memory of their son, Jeremy Griffiths. The following decree, made on the recommendation of the English Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, provides for the acceptance of the bequest and the establishment of the studentship.

Text of Decree (4)

In Ch. IX, Sect. I (Statutes, 1997, p. 648), insert new § 133 as follows and renumber existing §§ 133--5 (pp. 648--9, as renumbered by Decree (5) of 10 December 1998, Gazette, p. 484) as §§ 134--6:

`§ 133. Griffiths Memorial Studentship

1. The University accepts with gratitude from Mr and Mrs John Griffiths a gift of assets to establish a fund in memory of their son, to be known as the Jeremy Griffiths Memorial Studentship Fund.

2. The board of management for the fund shall be the Board of the Faculty of English Language and Literature, which shall make regulations concerning the award of the studentship.

3. The net income of the fund shall be used, if there is a suitable candidate, to provide a studentship to a citizen of the United Kingdom to study for a graduate degree in a field relating to the history of the book in the British Isles before 1625.

4. The selection committee for the studentship shall consist of

(1) the Director of Graduate Studies of the Board of the Faculty of English Language and Literature;

(2) the Reader in Bibliography and Textual Criticism;

(3) the University Lecturer in Palaeography;

(4) the J.R.R. Tolkien Professor of Medieval English Literature and Language or his or her nominee;

(5), (6) two persons appointed by the Governing Body of St John's College.

5. The studentship shall be tenable at St John's College.

6. The studentship shall normally be awarded for a period of two years but may be renewed for not more than one further year.

7. Holders of the studentship shall be required to submit an annual report to the board of management, and continued tenure of the award shall depend upon satisfactory progress towards completion of the graduate degree concerned.

8. Income not expended in any year shall be carried forward for expenditure in subsequent years.

9. Council shall have power to amend this decree from time to time, provided that the purposes of the fund, as defined in cll. 1, 3, and 5 above, shall always be kept in view.'

Return to List of Contents of this section


Decree (5): Establishment of Philology and Linguistics as a separate branch of the Honour School of Literae Humaniores

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Literae Humaniores Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, establishes Philology and Linguistics as a separate branch of the Honour School of Literae Humaniores.

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

Text of Decree (5)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 245, l. 7 after `(V)' insert `Philology and Linguistics, (VI)'.

2 Ibid., l. 9, delete `(IV)' and substitute `(V)'.

Return to List of Contents of this section


Decree (6): Supplementary Subjects in the Honour School of Natural Science

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Physiological Sciences Boards and with the concurrence of the General Board, replaces the list of Supplementary Subjects in the Examination Decrees by provision for annual publication in the Gazette of a list of Supplementary Subjects available to be taught and examined in the following year. The change is desirable not only on account of the occasional unavailability of teaching in particular subjects but also on account of opportunities which present themselves to offer, perhaps for a limited period, new subjects.

Text of Decree (6)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 406, delete ll. 1--9 and substitute:

`10. Candidates may, in addition to any one or more of the above-mentioned subjects, offer themselves for examination in one or more Supplementary Subjects. Candidates for Supplementary Subjects may offer themselves for examination either in the academic year in which they take the Honour School or in the preceding academic year. In the case of candidates offering Chemistry in the Honour School, Supplementary Subjects may be offered either in the year preceding that in which candidates take Part I of the Second Public Examination or in either of the years in which they take Parts I and II of the examination. The Supplementary Subjects available in any year shall be published, together with the term in which each subject will be examined, in the University Gazette not later than the end of the Trinity Term of the academic year prior to delivery of the courses.'

2 Ibid., delete from p. 406, l. 34 to p. 406, l. 7 and substitute:

`14. The examination in General Subjects: Chemistry, Geology, Metallurgy and Science of Materials, and Physics shall be under the supervision of the Board of the Faculty of Physical Sciences. The examinations in General Subjects: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, and Biological Sciences, shall be under the supervision of the Board of the Faculty of Biological Sciences. The examinations in General Subject: Physiological Sciences shall be under the supervision of the Board of the Faculty of Physiological Sciences. The respective boards shall have power, subject to the provisions of these decrees, from time to time to frame and to vary regulations for the different subjects of examination, and in particular to prescribe the conditions under which a candidate shall be permitted to offer a Special Subject.'

3 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 1999.

Return to List of Contents of this section


Decree (7): Honour School of Theology

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Theology Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, brings up to date the list of subjects in the Honour School of Theology in order to reflect the content of the syllabus.

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

Text of Decree (7)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 503, delete l. 9 and substitute:

`(2) Christian Doctrine and its Historical Context.

(3) The Study of non-Christian religions.'

2 Ibid., l. 10, delete `(3)' and substitute `(4)'.

3 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 1999, provided that the first examination for the Honour School of Theology under the provisions of this decree shall be held in Trinity Term 2001, and that candidates for the Honour School in Trinity Term 2000 shall, and candidates for the Honour School in Trinity Term 2001 may, offer themselves for examination under the provisions of the decree and regulations governing the Honour School as they stood at 30 September 1999.

Return to List of Contents of this section


Decree (8): Establishment of Advanced Diplomas (Continuing Education)

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Committee on Continuing Education and with the concurrence of the General Board, provides for the establishment of Advanced Diplomas (Continuing Education). These are equivalent to one year's full-time study at undergraduate level 3 (i.e. equivalent to the third year of undergraduate study).

Associated changes in regulations are set out in `Examinations and Boards' below. These establish two Advanced Diplomas, one in Archaeological Practice, and one in British Studies (Language and Society), both of which represent development of existing successful programmes of study offered by the Department for Continuing Education.

Text of Decree (8)

In Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 981, after l. 24 insert:

`ADVANCED DIPLOMAS (CONTINUING EDUCATION)

Ch. X, Sect. XXIII]

(i) DECREE

1. The Committee on Continuing Education shall have power to grant Advanced Diplomas to candidates who have satisfied the conditions prescribed in this section and any further conditions which the committee may prescribe by regulation.

2. The examination for each Advanced Diploma (Continuing Education) shall be under the supervision of the Committee on Continuing Education, which shall have power, subject to the approval of the General Board, to make regulations governing the examination.

3. Candidates, whether members of the University or not, may be admitted as students for an Advanced Diploma (Continuing Education) under such conditions as the committee shall prescribe, provided that before admission to a course of study approved by the committee, candidates shall have satisfied the committee that they have appropriate educational experience acceptable to the committee, and are well-equipped to enter the proposed course of study.

4. Any person who has been accepted as a candidate for an Advanced Diploma (Continuing Education), and who has satisfactorily pursued a course, the character and length of which have been approved by the committee, may be admitted to the examination.'

Return to List of Contents of this section


Decree (9): Examination arrangements for Degrees in Medicine and Surgery

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Clinical Medicine and Physiological Sciences Boards and with the concurrence of the General Board, relieves the Director of Pre-clinical Studies (formerly known as the Pre-clinical Adviser) of the responsibility of chairing ex officio the examiners for the Qualifying Examination in Medical Sociology for medical students; makes provision for the appointment of two Second BM examiners in Public Health as well as in Primary Health Care; and ensures that there is provision for appropriate certification of examination lists for Years 1 and 2 of the Second BM.

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

Text of Decree (9)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 1013, l. 1, delete `Two in Public Health and Primary Health Care' and substitute:

`Two in Public Health
Two in Primary Health Care'.

2 Ibid., p. 1014, l. 8, delete `Pre-clinical Advisor' and substitute `Director of Pre-clinical Studies'.

3 Ibid., l. 10, delete `chairman' and substitute `one'.

4 Ibid., p. 1062, l. 27, delete `Stages I--IV' and substitute `Years 1 and 2'.

5 Ibid., l. 29, delete `chairman of examiners' and substitute `Director of Clinical Studies'.

6 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 1999.

Return to List of Contents of this section


Decree (10): Payment of university tuition fees

Explanatory note

Following the imposition by the Government of means-tested university tuition fees for home and EU undergraduates with effect from Michaelmas Term 1999, which it is the responsibility of each university to collect, Council made a decree (Ch. VIII, Sect. I, § 5, cl. 14, Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 1107, as amended by Decree (4) of 27 May 1999, Gazette, p. 1299) setting out the requirements for the payment of these fees at Oxford. On reviewing the operation of this decree, Council has decided that it would be helpful for certain aspects of the arrangements to be further clarified. Council has therefore made the following decree, which (a) makes explicit the requirement for the Bursar of the college of a student who has failed to pay the fees due to keep the Registrar informed; (b) spells out the University's right to suspend a student who has not paid the fees due in full by the deadline specified in the Bursar's notice to that student; (c) makes it possible, if necessary, for Council to appoint another person (normally a former Assessor) in place of the Assessor to sit on a Fees Panel; and (d) prescribes that a period of suspension imposed for the non-payment of the fees due will not count towards the fulfilment of the student's statutory residence requirement.

Text of Decree (10)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 1107, l. 22, after `paid.' insert `The Bursar shall also inform the Registrar that he or she has so notified the student concerned; and if the fees due have not been paid in full within the specified four-week period, the Bursar shall inform the Registrar of the position, whereupon, subject to the other provisions of this clause, the University shall have the right forthwith to suspend the student concerned from access to the premises and facilities of the University.'

2 Ibid., delete ll. 26--8 and substitute:

`(i) Each Fees Panel shall comprise three persons appointed by Council, one of whom shall normally be the Assessor or a former Assessor, and one of whom shall be a college bursar (not being the Bursar of the student's college).'

3 Ibid., after l. 45 insert:

`(e) If a student is suspended from access to the premises and facilities of the University under (b) above, the period of suspension shall not count towards the fulfilment of that student's statutory residence requirement.'

Return to List of Contents of this section


Decree (11): Consent to amendment to the Statutes of Lincoln College

The consent of the University is given to the amendment to Statute III of Lincoln College approved by the Governing Body on 26 May 1999 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 amendment is to lower the prescribed retiring age for the Rector.

Return to List of Contents of this section


Decree (12): Consent to amendment to the Statutes of St John's College

The consent of the University is given to the amendment to Statute III of St John's College approved by the Governing Body on 22 June 1999 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 amendment is to lower the prescribed retiring age for the President.

Return to List of Contents of this section


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:

JULIAN MICHAEL BEDFORD MORRELL, Department of Psychiatry

Return to List of Contents of this section


3 Register of Congregation

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

Bull, A.R., MA, Harris Manchester
McKee, C.A., MA, St John's
Morrell, J.M.B., MA status, Department of Psychiatry
Shortland, A.J., MA, M.St., D.Phil., St Edmund Hall

Return to List of Contents of this section


BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 30 July, see `Examinations and Boards' below.

Return to List of Contents of this section