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CONGREGATION 15 February

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 15 February.

Text of Special Resolution

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

HENRY MICHAEL REECE, D.PHIL., Jesus College

DAME DIANA RIGG, St Catherine's College

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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 15 February

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 5 March. Decree (1): Composition of the

List of the decrees:

Decree (1): Composition of the Board of the Faculty of Law

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Law Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, provides for the holders of certain offices to be members ex officio of the Law Board, thereby allowing for a greater degree of rotation amongst elected members.

Text of Decree (1)

1 In Ch. II, Sect. VI, § 4, concerning the number and tenure of members of faculty boards (Statutes, 1997, p. 247), against `Law', in the right-hand column delete `14' and substitute `171'.

2 Ibid., insert new footnote 1: `1 Of whom two shall be the faculty board's Directors of Graduate Studies, and one the chair of the faculty, ex officio.'

3 Ibid., renumber existing footnotes 1 and 2 as footnotes 2 and 3.

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Decree (2): Committee for the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

Explanatory note

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor will declare carried, without holding the meeting of Congregation on 23 February, the Statute extending the remit of the Committee for the History of Science and Technology to include the History of Medicine, which was promulgated on 9 February (see `University Agenda' below). Council has accordingly made the following decree, which gives effect to consequential changes.

Text of Decree (2)

[See decree annexed to Statute in `University Agenda', Gazette, 21 January 1999.]

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Decree (3): Establishment of the Mendel Friedman Yiddish Conference Fund

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Modern Languages Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, establishes a fund to be used for purposes connected with the organisation of conferences and more generally for the promotion of Yiddish Studies.

Text of Decree (3)

In Ch. IX, Sect. I (Statutes, 1997, p. 640, as renumbered by Decree (2) of 13 November 1997, Gazette, Vol. 128, p. 368), insert new § 110 as follows and renumber existing § 110 as § 111:

`§ 111. Friedman Fund

1. The University accepts with gratitude a benefaction, together with any further sums which may be contributed for this purpose, to establish a fund, to be known as the Mendel Friedman Yiddish Conference Fund, for the furtherance of Yiddish Studies.

2. The Board of the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages shall be the board of management of the fund.

3. The income of the fund shall be applied:

(a) to the organising of conferences in Oxford on Yiddish Studies and the publication of the proceedings thereof;

(b) in such other manner as the board shall determine for the promotion of Yiddish Studies within the University.

4. Council shall have power to alter this decree from time to time, provided that the main object of the fund, as defined in clause 1 above, shall always be kept in view.'

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Decree (4): Appointment of chairmen of examiners and publication of examination timetables

Explanatory note

The following decree, made at the suggestion of the Clerk of the Schools and on the recommendation of the General Board, amends the provisions concerning the appointment of chairmen of examiners and also the fixing and publication of examination timetables. These provisions at present require all the examiners to be involved in these processes. The new provision empowers a majority of the examiners to appoint a chairman of the board (i.e. it gives them discretion to act if, for example, they think it would be unreasonable for there to be a delay in identifying the chairman); it also empowers the relevant chairman of examiners, on the advice of the Clerk of the Schools and subject to the agreement of the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors, to fix the time and place of each examination and to publish a timetable under his or her sole name. This will avoid delays if the full list of examiners is not known when a timetable is ready for publication.

Text of Decree (4)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 1054, l. 10, delete `number' and substitute `majority'.

2 Ibid., l. 11, delete `the examiners shall' and substitute `those examiners shall be empowered to'.

3 Ibid., p. 1055, l. 2, delete `The examiners' and substitute `The chairman of examiners'.

4 Ibid., l. 7, delete `they' and substitute `he or she'.

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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:

GAIL ELIZABETH MERRETT, University Library Services Directorate

ELENI YANNAKAKIS, Faculty of Modern Languages

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3 Register of Congregation

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

Merrett, G.E., MA status, University Library Services Directorate
Reece, H.M., MA, D.Phil., Jesus
Rigg, Dame D., MA, St Catherine's
Yannakakis, E., MA status, Faculty of Modern Languages

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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 5 March, see `Examinations and Boards' below.

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