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CONGREGATION 18 January

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 18 January.

Text of Special Resolution

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

ROBERT JOHN SERVICE, St Antony's College

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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 18 January

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 5 February.

List of the decrees:

Decree (1): Format of degree ceremonies

Explanatory note

Strong representations have been made recently to the Proctors about the increasing tendency for degree ceremonies to last longer than the seventy-five or ninety minutes which had been typical. This creates practical difficulties for all concerned, and seems to be largely the result of the growing number of different degrees for which candidates are presented. Following consultation with Deans of Degrees, the Proctors have suggested, and Council has agreed, that two changes should be made to the format of degree ceremonies in order to reduce their length somewhat, while fully preserving their traditional character.

The first change is to combine the forms of supplication. At present the Proctors are required to read out a separate supplicat for each degree, irrespective of the number of candidates to be admitted to that degree. In future the Proctors will introduce each complete group of candidates by a single supplicat, which will include all the degree titles and individual names in that group.

The second change is to combine the currently separate forms of supplication, presentation, charging, and admission of candidates for the four- year undergraduate degrees of M.Biochem., M.Chem., M.Earth Sc., M.Eng., M.Math., and M.Phys. which have replaced the BA/MA in the subjects concerned. As these are in effect variants of the same degree, and there are relatively few candidates for each of them at any single ceremony, this arrangement should result in a significant saving of time without producing an inappropriate or unduly large group.

The following decree makes formal provision for the new arrangements.

Text of Decree (1)

1 Ch. II, Sect. I, § 2, cl. 2 (Statutes, 1997, p. 185), delete `divided into groups of degrees,'.

2 Ibid., cl. 3, delete `each group of names has' and substitute `the names have'.

3 Ibid., Second Schedule (p. 192), delete items 1--24 and substitute:

`1. Degrees in person

`Supplicant venerabili Congregationi Doctorum et Magistrorum regentium hi Studiosi (or hae Studiosae) qui compleverunt omnia quae per statuta requiruntur (nisi quatenus cum eo dispensatum fuerit); ut haec sufficiant, quo admittantur ad gradum enumeratum.

Doctoris in Sacra Theologia

A. B. e collegio C. D. E. e collegio F. [etc.]

Baccalaurei in Iure Civili et Doctoris in eadem facultate

A. B. e collegio C.

Doctoris in Iure Civili

A. B. e collegio C.

Doctoris in Medicina

A. B. e collegio C.

Doctoris in Litteris

A. B. e collegio C.

Doctoris in Scientia

A. B. e collegio C.

Doctoris in Musica

A. B. e collegio C.

Doctoris in Philosophia

A. B. e collegio C.

Magistri in Chirurgia

A. B. e collegio C.

Magistri in Scientia

A. B. e collegio C.

Magistri in Litteris

A. B. e collegio C.

Magistri in Philosophia

A. B. e collegio C.

Magistri in Studiis

A. B. e collegio C.

Magistri in Theologia

A. B. e collegio C.

Magistri in Educatione

A. B. e collegio C.

Magistri in Negotiis Administrandis

A. B. e collegio C.

Magistri in Artibus

A. B. e collegio C.

Magistri in Biochimia, vel Chimia, vel Scientiis Terrenis, vel Ingeniaria, vel Mathematicis, vel Physica

A. B. e collegio C. D. E. e collegio F. [etc.]

Baccalaurei in Sacra Theologia

A. B. e collegio C.

Baccalaurei in Iure Civili

A. B. e collegio C.

Magistri Iuris

A. B. e collegio C.

Baccalaurei in Medicina

A. B. e collegio C.

Baccalaurei in Musica

A. B. e collegio C.

Baccalaurei in Philosophia

A. B. e collegio C.

Baccalaurei in Artibus

A. B. e collegio C.

Baccalaurei in Bellis Artibus

A. B. e collegio C.

Baccalaurei in Theologia

A. B. e collegio C.

Baccalaurei in Educatione

A. B. e collegio C.'

4 Ibid., renumber existing item 25 (p. 195) as item 2.

5 Ibid., Third Schedule (p. 197), delete item 21 and substitute: `21. Master of Biochemistry, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics

Insignissime, etc., praesento vobis hos meos scholares in facultate Artium, ut admittantur ad gradum Magistri in Biochimia, vel Chimia, vel Scientiis Terrenis, vel Ingeniaria, vel Mathematicis, vel Physica prout in schedula a Registrario publicata scriptum est.'

6 Ibid., Fourth Schedule (p. 199), delete item 16 and substitute: `16. Master of Biochemistry, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics

Domini, ego admitto vos ad gradum Magistri in Biochimia, vel Chimia, vel Scientiis Terrenis, vel Ingeniaria, vel Mathematicis, vel Physica prout in schedula a Registrario publicata scriptum est; insuper auctoritate mea et totius Universitatis, do vobis potestatem legendi, et reliqua omnia faciendi quae ad eundem gradum spectant.'

Key to Decree (1)

Cll. 1 and 2 remove the requirement for the Proctors to read out a separate supplicat for each degree.

Cll. 3 and 4 provide for the new form of supplicat.

Cl. 5 provides for the new form of presentation.

Cl. 6 provides for the new form of admission.

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Decree (2): Electoral Board for the Readership in the History of Medicine

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Modern History Board (after consultation with the Clinical Medicine and Physiological Sciences Boards, the Management Committee for the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, and the Committee for the History of Science and Technology) and with the concurrence of the General Board, amends the legislation governing the composition of the electoral board for the Readership in the History of Medicine to create a nine-member board. It also provides for one member to be appointed after consultation with the Wellcome Trust, given that the reader is ex officio Director of the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine.

Text of Decree (2)

1 In Ch. III, Sect. xliii, cl. 3 (Statutes, 1997, p. 312), insert new items (2) and (3) as follows and renumber existing items (2)--(7) as items (4)--(9): `(2) the head of the college with which the readership shall be for the time being associated, or, if the head is unable or unwilling to act, a person appointed by the governing body of the college;

(3) a person appointed by the governing body of the college specified in (2) of this clause;'.

2 Ibid., item (4), as renumbered by cl. 1 above, after `Council' insert `after consultation with the Wellcome Trust'.

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Decree (3): New provisions governing the making of joint appointments with NHS Trusts

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Clinical Medicine Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, makes provision for the appointment, jointly with NHS Trusts, of senior clinical (A + B) lecturers for fixed terms of five years, and precludes the reappointment of a senior clinical lecturer for a second fixed term without reapplication in competition with others, and an appointment for more than two fixed terms in all.

Text of Decree (3)

1 In Ch. VII, Sect. V, § 9 (Statutes, 1997, p. 534), delete cl. 2 and substitute: `2. The holder of a joint appointment shall, on the university side, be appointed for a period of five years. No person shall be reappointed unless this be on reapplication in competition with others following advertisement of the post, and no person shall be appointed for more than two periods in all. Each appointment shall be made on the recommendation of a committee appointed by the faculty board and consisting of not less than five persons, including at least one medically qualified representative of the appropriate NHS authority, and where appropriate a person from one of the pre-clinical departments.'

2 This decree shall have immediate effect, provided that any appointment made before the date of effect shall continue to be governed by the legislation in force at the time of that appointment.

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Decree (4): Withdrawal of Supplementary Subject `Molecular Aspects of Biochemistry and Biophysics' from the Honour School of Natural Science

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Biological Sciences Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, withdraws the Supplementary Subject `Molecular Aspects of Biochemistry and Biophysics' from the Honour School of Natural Science. This change is made on the ground that demand for the course has, over a period of years, remained low, even allowing for the fact that it is a specialised option.

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

Text of Decree (4)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 406, ll. 7--8, delete `Molecular Aspects of Biochemistry and Biophysics;'.

2 Ibid., ll. 40--1, delete `Supplementary Subjects' and substitute `Supplementary Subject'.

3 Ibid., ll. 41--2, delete `, and Molecular Aspects of Biochemistry and Biophysics'.

4 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 1999.

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Decree (5): Consent to amendments to Statutes of St Hilda's College

The consent of the University is given to the amendments to Statutes II and III of St Hilda's College approved by the Governing Body on 17 June 1998 and 29 November 1995 respectively, in so far as such consent is required by Section 7 (2) of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923.

Note. The effects of the amendments are:

(1) to provide for the retirement of the Principal at the age of 67 years;

(2) to give voting rights to Official and Beale Fellows in the first year of their election.

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2 Register of Congregation

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

Carasso, H.M., MA, St Anne's
Service, R.J., MA, St Antony's

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CONGREGATION 19 January

1 Declaration of approval of unopposed Statute promulgated on 15 December

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor declared the Statute establishing a Norman Collisson Professorship of Musculo-skeletal Science approved.

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2 Promulgation of Statutes

Forms of Statutes were promulgated. No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor declared the preambles carried of the proposed Statutes (1) removing an anomaly, (2) establishing a Barnett Professorship of Social Policy, and (3) establishing a Professorship of Sociology.

3 Declaration of approval of Special Resolution approving the conferment of an Honorary Degree

That the conferment of the Degree of Master of Arts, honoris causa, upon ZAIN AZAHARI BIN ZAINAL ABIDIN be approved.

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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

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