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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 15 March

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 2 April.

List of the decrees:

Decree (1): Establishment of Professorship of Molecular Medicine

Explanatory note

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice- Chancellor will declare carried, without holding the meeting of Congregation on 23 March, the Statute establishing the Professorship of Molecular Medicine, which was promulgated on 9 March (see `University Agenda' below). Council has accordingly made the following decree, which gives effect to consequential changes.

Text of Decree (1)

[For text see decree annexed to Statute under Congregation 9 March in Gazette, 18 February 1999.]

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Decree (2): Redesignation of Deputy Directorship (Executive Courses) of the School of Management Studies as Deputy Directorship (Corporate Affairs)

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Management Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, redesignates the Deputy Directorship (Executive Courses) of the School of Management Studies (Said Business School) as Deputy Directorship (Corporate Affairs). This change extends the remit of the current deputy directorship to embrace more generally the school's broad-based relations with a number of large corporations. At the same time, opportunity is taken to amend the titles of the other deputy directorships in the decree prescribing the composition of the Council for the School of Management Studies; the need to do so was overlooked when these titles were changed in 1998.

Text of Decree (2)

1 In Ch. III, Sect. LIII, cl. 2 (Statutes, 1997, p. 320, as amended by Decree (1) of 28 May 1998, Gazette, Vol. 128, p. 1284), delete items (3)--(5), substitute the following, and renumber existing items (6)--(9) as items (7)--(10): `(3) the Deputy Director (Research) of the School of Management Studies;

(4) the Deputy Director (Undergraduate Courses) of the School of Management Studies;

(5) the Deputy Director (Graduate Courses) of the School of Management Studies;

(6) the Deputy Director (Corporate Affairs) of the School of Management Studies;'.

2 Ibid., cl. 4 (p. 321, as amended by the same decree), delete `Executive Courses' and substitute `Corporate Affairs'.

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Decree (3): Electoral Board for the James Martin Professorship of Computing

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Mathematical Sciences Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, reconstitutes the electoral board for the James Martin Professorship of Computing to include an additional appointee of the General Board and an additional faculty board appointee. The enlargement from a seven-member to a nine-member board, in line with the recommendations of the Working Party on Statutory Posts, gives the opportunity to broaden representation and to increase external membership.

Text of Decree (3)

In Ch. VII, Sect. III, § 44, cl. 2 (Statutes, 1997, p. 421), delete items (5)-- (7) and substitute:

`(5), (6) two persons appointed by the General Board;

(7)--(9) three persons elected by the Board of the Faculty of Mathematical Sciences, in consultation with the Sub-faculty of Computation.'

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Decree (4): Establishment of Beattie Visiting Fellowship Fund

Explanatory note

The late Mrs May Hamilton Beattie has with extreme generosity bequeathed to the University the residue of her estate for the establishment of a fund, to be called the Beattie Visiting Fellowship Fund, to endow a Beattie Visiting Fellowship in Carpet Studies in the Department of Eastern Art at the Ashmolean Museum.

Text of Decree (4)

In Ch. IX, Sect. I (Statutes 1997, p. 596), insert new § 15 as follows and renumber existing §§ 15--32 (pp. 596--610) as §§ 16--33:

`1. The University accepts with gratitude the bequest from the estate of the late May Hamilton Beattie which shall form a fund to be called the Beattie Visiting Fellowship Fund.

2. There shall be a board of management for the bequest composed of the following persons:

(1) the Director of the Ashmolean Museum;

(2) the Keeper of Eastern Art at the Ashmolean Museum;

(3), (4) two persons appointed by the Visitors of the Ashmolean Museum;

(5) Dr Anthony Clark for his lifetime.

3. The board of management shall from time to time appoint a Beattie Visiting Fellow in Carpet Studies. The board shall determine the frequency, duration, and salary of such appointments.

4. The board of management shall apply the income of the fund, after payment of all proper expenses, for the following purposes:

(a) to provide the salary of the Beattie Visiting Fellow in Carpet Studies;

(b) to provide travel grants and other expenses incidental to the holding of the fellowship;

(c) to support conferences and seminars in the field of Carpet Studies;

(d) to support publications arising out of work undertaken by the visiting fellow during his or her period of office;

(e) to support the purchase of additional rugs for the Ashmolean Collection;

(f) to support the conservation of the collection of rugs and the costs of exhibiting the same;

(g) to support any other activities relating to Carpet Studies.

5. Any income not expended in a given year shall be carried forward for use in subsequent years.

6. Council shall have power to alter this decree from time to time, provided that the main object of the fund, namely the establishment of a Beattie Visiting Fellowship in Carpet Studies in the Department of Eastern Art at the Ashmolean Museum, is always kept in view.'

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Decree (5): College Contributions Scheme unit of statutory endowment income

Explanatory note

The following decree sets the value of the unit of statutory endowment income for 1998--9 under the College Contributions Scheme at £115,000.

Text of Decree (5)

The unit of statutory endowment income for 1998--9 is set at £115,000 under the provisions of Tit. XII, Sect. I, cl. 6 (Statutes, 1997, p. 83).

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Decree (6): Endowment grants from the College Contributions Fund

Explanatory note

Council decided, following the review of the College Contributions Scheme, that a Grants Subcommittee of the College Contributions Committee should be established, consisting mainly of college bursars, to scrutinise prospective recipient colleges' financial position and to make recommendations for the disbursement of funds. It was also decided, following the review, that the fund should be used mainly for increasing the permanent endowment of the poorer colleges and that the disbursement of funds should be made on an annual basis. The following decree authorises the endowment grants which Council has decided, on the recommendation of the College Contributions Committee, to make out of the accumulated balance of the College Contributions Fund under Tit. XII, Sect. I, cl. 2 (b) (Statutes, 1997, p. 82).

Text of Decree (6)

The following amounts shall be paid in 1999 to the colleges named in each case under the provisions of Tit. XII, Sect. I, cl. 2 (b) as grants for the enlargement of the permanent endowment of those colleges.
                                                      
                                            £
        Pembroke College                    500,000
        St Edmund Hall                      900,000
        St Peter's College                  550,000
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                                          £1,950,000  
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Decree (7): Reappointment for a further fixed period (Dr T.J. O'Shaughnessy)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VII, Sect. IV, § 3, cl. 3 (i) (Statutes, 1997, p. 523), T.J. O'Shaughnessy, MA (B.Sc., BE Adelaide; M.Phil., Ph.D. Cambridge), Fellow of St Anne's College and CUF Lecturer in Economics, is reappointed for the period from 1 October 1999 to 30 September 2002.

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Decree (8): Consent to amendments to Statutes of Jesus College

The consent of the University is given to the amendments to Statute IV of Jesus College approved by the Governing Body on 10 February 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 ensure that the terminology in the college statutes conforms with the titles and descriptions of the constituent institutions of the University of Wales now used by that university.

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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:

RUTH BARNES, D.PHIL., Lady Margaret Hall

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3 Register of Congregation

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

Barnes, R., MA status, D.Phil., Lady Margaret Hall
Bispham, E.H., MA, Brasenose
Titchmarsh, J.M., MA, St Anne's

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CONGREGATION 17 March

1 Admission of Proctors

RICHARD HENRY AUSTEN JENKYNS, MA, M.LITT., Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, and PAUL WILLIAM SMITH, MA (B.SC., PH.D. London; M.SC. Southampton), Fellow of Pembroke College, were presented to the Vice-Chancellor and admitted to office, the former as Senior Proctor and the latter as Junior Proctor for the ensuing year.

2 Admission of Assessor

PROFESSOR RICHARD ANTHONY MAYOU, BM, MA, M.SC. (M.PHIL. London), Fellow of Nuffield College, was presented to the Vice-Chancellor and admitted to office as Assessor for the ensuing year.

3 Admission of Pro-Proctors

The Senior Proctor nominated GARRY KENNETH BROWN, MA (MB, BS, B.SC. (Med.), PH.D. Sydney), and ANN SHEILA KENNEDY, MA, Fellows of Lady Margaret Hall, to be his Deputies.

The Junior Proctor nominated HELENA JANE EFSTATHIOU, MA (PH.D. Durham), and THE REVD JOHN EMERSON PLATT, MA, D.PHIL., Fellows of Pembroke College, to be his Deputies.

The Deputies were presented to the Vice-Chancellor and admitted to office.

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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 2 April, see `Examinations and Boards' below.

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