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Degree by Special Resolution

The following special resolution will be deemed to be approved at noon on 26 April, unless by that time the Registrar has received notice in writing from two or more members of Congregation under the provisions of Tit. II, Sect. vi, cl. 6 (Statutes, 1997, p. 15) that they wish the resolution to be put to a meeting of Congregation.

Text of Special Resolution

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


EILEEN WYATT, Lady Margaret Hall

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CONGREGATION 27 April 2 p.m.

1 Declaration of approval of General Resolution depriving a member of the University of the Degree of Master of Philosophy

For text of General Resolution see Gazette 25 March.

2 Voting on Special Resolution suspending legislative procedures

Explanatory note

As announced in the explanatory note to the general resolutions approving the key points of principle in the second report of the Joint Working Party on Governance (Gazette, p. 986), Council has agreed that, following the debate in Congregation on 11 May (and if necessary 18 May), each resolution, and any amendments proposed by members of Congregation, should be put to a postal vote.

Under the provisions of Tit. II, Sect. III, cl. 7 and Sect. V, cll. 6 and 9 and Sect. X, cl. 1 (Statutes, 1997, pp. 11, 12, 17; Examination Decrees, 1998, pp. 1129, 1133), unless a general resolution is opposed or an amendment is proposed to it, it must be declared carried without question put, and cannot thereafter be put to a postal vote. Council accordingly submits the following special resolution permitting each of the resolutions concerned to be put to a division at the meeting and subsequently to a postal vote whether or not any notice of opposition or proposed amendment has been given by the deadline for such notice. The special resolution also suspends Tit. II, Sect. III, cl. 7 and Sect. V, cl. 8 (Statutes, 1997, pp. 8, 12; Examination Decrees, 1998, pp. 1126, 1129) in order to permit the votes on each of the questions to be taken together at the end of the meeting, thus avoiding repeated interruptions to the debate.

The procedure will be that the Registrar will read the special resolution. Under the provisions of Tit. II, Sect. VI, cl. 3 (Statutes, 1997, p. 14; Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 1131), if twelve or more members of Congregation signify their objection by rising in their places, the special resolution cannot be moved; if they do not, the resolution will be moved, put to the House, and decided on a simple majority.

Text of Special Resolution

That the provisions of Tit. II, Sect. III, cl. 7 and Sect. V, cll. 6, 8, and 9 (Statutes, 1997, pp. 8, 11, 12; Examination Decrees, 1998, pp. 1126, 1129) be suspended; and that a division be taken and a postal vote be subsequently held on each of General Resolutions (1)--(13) which are on the agenda for the meeting of Congregation on 11 May 1999 (Gazette, p. 986), whether or not any notice of opposition or proposed amendment to the general resolution has been given by noon on 3 May 1999.

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CONGREGATION 18 May 2 p.m.

¶ Members of Congregation are reminded that written notice of any intention to vote against, or any proposed amendment to, the following general resolution, signed by at least two members of Congregation, must be given to the Registrar by noon on Monday, 10 May (see the Guide to Procedures in Congregation cited in the note at the end of `University Agenda').

Voting on General Resolution approving new University Mission Statement

Explanatory note

Some years ago, in compliance with HEFCE requirements, Council drew up a University Mission Statement which was last published in the Gazette in the context of the University's strategic plans and financial forecasts for the period 1993--4 to 1997--8 (Supplement (2) to Gazette No. 4340, 24 October 1994, p. 269).

In the course of the preparation of the long-term corporate plan for the University which HEFCE has now required institutions to submit in July 1999, Council has reviewed the existing mission statement. This comprises twenty-one relatively detailed items, and Council considers that a more succinct and easily assimilable document would now be more appropriate. It accordingly submits the following proposed new version to Congregation for approval.

Text of General Resolution

That this House approve the following new University Mission Statement.

University of Oxford: Mission Statement

The University of Oxford aims to achieve and sustain excellence in every area of its teaching and research, maintaining and developing its historical position as a world-class university, and enriching the international, national, and regional communities through the fruits of its research and the skills of its graduates.

In support of this aim, the University will:

—provide the facilities and support for its staff to pursue innovative research, building upon Oxford's outstanding research record, by responding to developments in the intellectual environment and society at large, and by forging close links with the wider academic world, the professions, industry, and commerce;

—promote challenging and rigorous teaching which benefits from a fruitful interaction with the research environment, facilitating the exchange of ideas through tutorials and small-group learning and exploiting the University's resources in its libraries, museums, and scientific collections, to equip its graduates to play their part at a national and international level;

—maintain and make best use of the advantages of its independent colleges, where members' intellectual and personal development is fostered within a stimulating, multidisciplinary academic community, and academic life is strengthened through the provision of high-quality support services;

—attract students of the highest calibre, from the UK and internationally, to its undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education courses, widening access by actively seeking applications from students from diverse backgrounds and extending further the many and varied opportunities for life-long learning offered in the Oxford region and more widely.

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Buildings Committee: one vacancy (MT 1999–TT 2001)

Curators of the Examination Schools: one vacancy (for 3 years from MT 1999)

General Board: two vacancies from art/social studies faculties; two from science faculties (all for 4 years from MT 1999)

Hebdomadal Council: three vacancies (for 6 years from MT 1999)

Delegacy for Military Instruction: one vacancy (for 4 years from MT 1999)

Curators of the University Parks: one vacancy (for 6 years from MT 1999)

Curators of the Sheldonian Theatre: two vacancies (for 6 years from MT 1999)

Visitatorial Board Panel: three vacancies (members of the University with at least ten years' standing as MA) (for 4 years from MT 1999)

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¶ Nominations in writing by two members of Congregation other than the candidate will be received by the Head Clerk at the University Offices, Wellington Square, up to 4 p.m. on Monday, 3 May, and similar nominations by six members of Congregation other than the candidate up to 4 p.m. on Monday, 10 May.

Council has decided that nominations should show for each signatory the name and college or department in block capitals. Any names which are not so shown may not be published. At least one nomination in respect of each candidate must be made on an official nomination form. Copies of the form are obtainable from the Head Clerk (telephone: (2)70190; e-mail:

In the event of a contested election, a brief biographical note on each candidate will be published in the Gazette dated 20 May, and voters may wish to wait until they have read these notes before returning their ballot papers (which will be sent out to members of Congregation as soon as possible after the closing date for nominations, and which, after completion, must be received by the Head Clerk not later than 4 p.m. on 27 May).

General note

It is of course expected that radical changes in the present committee structures, including Council and the General Board, will be needed with effect from 2000--1, following final decisions on the second report of the Joint Working Party on Governance (see Gazette, pp. 959, 986), and nominations are invited for the above vacancies on that understanding.

Notes on the bodies concerned

The Buildings Committee is responsible to Council and the General Board, taking account of university policies and priorities, for formulating the University's programme for all building works, for the execution of all building projects, for maintaining university buildings in a satisfactory condition, and for allocating space within them. These responsibilities include making recommendations to Council and the Board: (a) on the choice of architects and the design, planning, and elevations of all major building projects; and (b) on the acquisition and allocation of new sites. The committee has control of a substantial budget.

The Curators of the Examination Schools are responsible to Council and the General Board: (a) for supervising the Schools and for their finances; (b) for providing and managing the facilities in the Schools for examinations, lectures, etc.; and (c) for matters relating to the organisation of examinations within the Schools and associated premises.

The General Board of the Faculties is responsible, under Council, for the academic administration of the University, with the duty of considering and supervising all matters connected with the University's research and teaching activities. It has control of the greatest part of the University's general budget. The Board meets weekly during term; much of its work is conducted through committees (e.g. Planning and Development, Graduate Studies), on which its members are expected to serve if invited to do so.

The Hebdomadal Council is the University's chief executive body, with statutory responsibility for the administration of the University and for the management of its finances and property. It has oversight of the General Board's exercise of its responsibility for the academic administration of the University, as well as dealing with the relationship between the University and all external bodies. Council submits resolutions and statutes to Congregation for approval, and has the power to make decrees (which may be opposed in Congregation). Council meets fortnightly during term, and twice in the Long Vacation. It has a number of major committees, on which its members are expected to serve if invited to do so.

The Delegates for Military Instruction are responsible for all aspects of co-operation with the Oxford University Officers' Training Corps, the University Air Squadron, and the University Royal Naval Unit in providing instruction in military subjects for members of the University.

The Curators of the University Parks are responsible, under Council, for the management of the Parks and of adjacent land owned by the University, including the appointment of the Superintendent of the Parks, and for their finances. They are also responsible for the maintenance both of most other gardens attached to university buildings and of a number of college gardens. (The sports facilities in the Parks are, subject to the authority of the curators, in the charge of the University Committee for Sport.)

The Curators of the Sheldonian Theatre are responsible, under Council, for the Theatre and for making arrangements for the conduct of business at the Encaenia. They also make the building available for other academic and non-academic purposes. The curators have control of the Theatre's budget, except in respect of the maintenance of the fabric of the building (which is the responsibility of the Buildings Committee).

The Visitatorial Board is responsible for making recommendations to the Vice-Chancellor (or other appropriate officer) on serious disciplinary cases involving members of the academic or academic-related staff. (It does not have responsibility for dealing with incapacity on medical grounds, or complaints against the Vice-Chancellor himself or herself.) Four members of the board, as from time to time constituted to consider an individual case, are selected by lot from a panel of twelve persons elected by Congregation. The board is chaired by a person with professional legal experience who is appointed by the High Steward of the University.

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Election of Professor of Poetry

The following nomination has been duly received:


Nominated by:

M.S. Butler, Rector of Exeter
Sir Walter Bodmer, Principal of Hertford
Sir Peter North, Principal of Jesus
A.D. Smith, President of Magdalen
A.J. Ryan, Warden of New College
R.B. Stevens, Master of Pembroke
Lord Plant, Master of St Catherine's
W. Hayes, President of St John's
J.P. Barron, Master of St Peter's
Sir David Smith, President of Wolfson
R.H. Lonsdale, Balliol
N.S. Thompson, Christ Church
M.J. Kooy, Corpus Christi
J. Sloan, Harris Manchester
T.C. Barnard, Hertford
C.D. Brewer, Hertford
R.F. Foster, Hertford
T.N. Paulin, Hertford
E.J. Smith, Hertford
R. Hanna, Keble
A. Phelan, Keble
N.S. Smith, Keble
J.E.M. Poster, Kellogg
C.J. Flint, Linacre
H. O'Donoghue, Linacre
J.L. Fuller, Magdalen
S.J. Hitch, Magdalen
M.S. Griffith, New College
H. Lee, New College
K.J. Leeder, New College
A.D. Nuttall, New College
H.W. Small, Pembroke
S. Byrne, Queen's
P.J. Thompson, Regent's Park
V.A. Gillespie, St Anne's
T.E. Keymer, St Anne's
P.H. Strohm, St Anne's
C.D. Cannon, St Edmund Hall
L.A. Newlyn, St Edmunc Hall
S. Jones, St Hilda's
P.D. Mcdonald, St Hugh's
J.S. Kelly, St John's
J.C.G. Pitcher, St John's
F.J. Stafford, Somerville
P.R. Wheatley, University
J.B. O'Donoghue, Wadham
R.J.C. Young, Wadham
J.H. Stallworthy, Wolfson
J.D. Bradshaw, Worcester

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