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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 21 June

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 10 July.

List of the decrees:

Decree (1): Fee payable for late entry for admission to a degree

Explanatory note

Council has reviewed the level of the fee payable for late entry for admission to a degree, and to maintain it at its real value, in the same way as the majority of other fees of this kind (see Decree (7) below), has made the following decree increasing the fee to £16.50 with effect from 1 September 1999; this represents the same increase (in round terms) as that in overall costs, as recorded in the Higher Education Pay and Prices Index, over the previous year.

Text of Decree (1)

1 In Ch. I, Sect. I, § 1, cl. 2 (b) (Statutes, 1997, p. 183, as amended by Decree (1) of 26 June 1998, Gazette, Vol. 128, p. 1410), delete `£16.00' and substitute `£16.50'.

2 In Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 1102, l. 12 (as amended by the same decree), delete `16.00' and substitute `16.50'.

3 This decree shall be effective from 1 September 1999.

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Decree (2): Changes concerning certain senior administrative posts in the central administration

Explanatory note

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor will declare carried, without holding the meeting of Congregation on 29 June, Statute (1) changing the existing legislation governing the deputies to the Registrar, which was promulgated on 15 June (see `University Agenda' below). Council has accordingly made the following decree, which gives effect to consequential changes.

Text of Decree (2)

[For text of decree see decree annexed to Statute (1), Gazette, 27 May 1999.]

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Decree (3): Speaker's Lecturership in Biblical Studies

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Board of Electors for the Speaker's Lecturership in Biblical Studies and with the concurrence of the General Board, reduces the period of office of the lecturer from two years to one.

Text of Decree (3)

1 In Ch. VII, Sect. III, § 23, cl. 6 (Statutes, 1997, p. 385), delete `The lecturer shall...one or two years' and substitute `The lecturer shall hold office for a period of one year, which may be extended at the electors' discretion by a further year.'

2 Ibid., cl. 7 (p. 386), delete `in each year of his or her lecturership'.

3 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 2001.

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Decree (4): Establishment of Philip Wetton Fund for Astrophysics

Explanatory note

Council has learned with gratitude of the offer of an extremely generous benefaction from Mr Philip Wetton to establish a fund for the support of teaching and research in Astrophysics. The primary claim on the income from the fund will be the establishment in due course of a Philip Wetton Professorship of Astrophysics. The following decree provides for the formal acceptance of the benefaction.

Text of Decree (4)

In Ch. IX, Sect. I (Statutes, 1997, p. 742), insert new § 369 as follows and renumber existing §§ 369–83 as §§ 370–4:

`§ 369. Wetton Fund for Astrophysics

1. The University accepts with gratitude a benefaction from Mr Philip Wetton to establish a fund, to be known as the Philip Wetton Fund for Astrophysics, the net income of which shall be used for the establishment in due course of a Philip Wetton Professorship of Astrophysics and otherwise initially for the support of teaching and research in Astrophysics.

2. The fund shall be administered by the Physics Management Committee.

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

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Decree (5): Establishment of Eoin Hodgson Memorial Fund

Explanatory note

The family and friends of the late Dr Eoin Hodgson, University Lecturer in Occupational Health Medicine, Occupational Health Physician, and Fellow of St Cross College, have offered a donation of £8,000 to establish an elective bursary for medical students, to encourage the study of Occupational Medicine. The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Clinical Medicine Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, establishes the bursary.

Text of Decree (5)

In Ch. IX, Sect. I (Statutes, 1997, p. 657), insert new § 158 as follows and renumber existing §§ 158–62 (pp. 657–60) as §§ 159–63:

`§ 158. Hodgson Memorial Fund

1. The University accepts with gratitude donations totalling £8,000, and any further sums which may be contributed for this purpose, to establish a fund, to be known as the Eoin Hodgson Memorial Fund, as a memorial to the late Dr Eoin Hodgson, formerly University Lecturer in Occupational Health Medicine, Occupational Health Physician, and Fellow of St Cross College. The fund shall be used for the encouragement of the study of Occupational Medicine within the University.

2. The net income of the fund shall be used for the provision of an Eoin Hodgson Memorial Bursary for Occupational Medicine.

3. The fund shall be administered by a board of management consisting of

(1) the Head of the Department of Public Health;

(2) the Director of Clinical Studies (or his or her nominee);

(3) a person appointed by the Board of the Faculty of Clinical Medicine in consultation with the Head of the Department of Public Health for such period or periods as it shall determine.

4. The bursary, of a value to be determined from time to time by the board of management, shall be awarded annually to the medical student who, in the opinion of the board of management, submits the most meritorious proposal for an elective project within the field of Occupational Medicine. Alternatively, the bursary may be divided, if the board of management determines that there are candidates of sufficient merit, between two or more students.

5. The board of management may in any year withhold the bursary if there is no candidate of sufficient merit. Income not expended in any year shall be carried forward for expenditure in subsequent years.

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

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Decree (6): Establishment of Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Committee for Educational Studies and with the concurrence of the General Board, establishes a postgraduate diploma course in learning and teaching in higher education. The course is intended to prepare candidates for professional practice as higher education teachers, and to enable successful candidates to seek membership of the Institute for Learning and Teaching. Examination will be by a portfolio of written work.

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

Text of Decree (6)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 961, l. 3, after `EDUCATIONAL STUDIES' insert `AND THE POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN LEARNING AND TEACHING IN HIGHER EDUCATION'.

2 Ibid., delete l. 6.

3 Ibid., l. 8, after `Educational Studies' insert `and Postgraduate Diplomas in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education'.

4 Ibid., ll. 11, 14, and 37 and p. 962, l. 2, in each case delete `examination' and substitute `examinations'.

5 Ibid., p. 961, ll. 11, 16, 31, and 35 and p. 962, l. 10, in each case delete `diploma' and substitute `diplomas'.

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Decree (7): Fees (other than composition fees) payable by candidates for examinations

Explanatory note

Council and the General Board have reviewed the level of various fees payable by candidates for examinations and have agreed that they should in general be increased by 2.2 per cent (the overall increase recorded in the Higher Education Pay and Prices Index), normally rounded to the nearest pound, with effect from 1 September 1999 in order to take account of increases in examining and related costs. Resubmission fees for the M.Litt., M.Sc., M.Th., and D.Phil., which rose to £100 in 1996, are being held at this new level for the foreseeable future, in order not to deter candidates from resubmitting. The following decree provides accordingly.

Text of Decree (7)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 1101, l. 6, concerning the matriculation fee, delete `£154' and substitute `£157'.

2 Ibid., delete ll. 15–35, concerning fees payable by candidates for examinations, and substitute:

                                                            £
`(a)  On entering or replacing the name of a            
          non-member of the University on the Register
          of Diploma and Certificate Students under
          the provisions of Ch. X, Sect. VIII               78.00 

(b)     On entering for certain examinations:   
          Foundation Certificates in English Language
               and Literature, in Modern History, and in Social
               and Political Science                        40.00 
          Certificates in Theology                          45.00 
          Certificate in Management Studies                 78.00 
          Qualifying Examination for the degree of BD       57.00 
          Degree of B.Mus.                                  164.00 
          Degrees of B.Phil., M.Phil., M.Th., M.Sc.
          (by Coursework), and M.St. on
               re-entering the examination*                 271.00 
          Diplomas in Applied Statistics
               and in Human Biology on 
               re-entering the examination*                 144.00 
          Degree of M.Ch., Part I                           86.00 

(c)     On applying for leave to supplicate
          for the degree of BD                              148.00 
          for the degree of M.Ch., Part II                  326.00 
          for the degree of DM                              326.00 
          for the degrees of DD, DCL, D.Litt., D.Sc., 
               and D.Mus.                                   524.00'.

3 Ibid., delete footnote * and resymbolise footnote as footnote *. [Note. The existing footnote * refers to the Special Diplomas in Social Studies and in Social Administration, which have been abolished with effect from 1 October 1999.]

4 Ibid., p. 1102, delete l. 27, concerning fees in respect of certificates, and substitute:


`(d) for each complete record of a graduate of the   
              University                               16.50'.

5 This decree shall be effective from 1 September 1999.

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Decree (8): Conferment of the title of Visiting Professor on the holders of Leverhulme Visiting Professorships

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 11 (Statutes, 1997, p. 396, as amended by Decree (5) of 11 December 1997, Gazette, Vol. 128, p. 499), the title of Visiting Professor shall be conferred, for the duration of the award, on any person holding a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship within the University.

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2 Register of Congregation

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

Methven, J.C., MA, M.Phil., Oriel
Richardson, L.J., MA, St Hilda's

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CONGREGATION 23 June

1 Conferment of Honorary Degrees

The following degrees, honoris causa, approved by Special Resolution of Congregation, were conferred:

Doctor of Civil Law

JUSTICE AHARON BARAK (LL M, LL D Hebrew University of Jerusalem), President of the Supreme Court of Israel

Doctors of Letters

DAME MURIEL SPARK, DBE, C.LIT., writer

JEAN-PIERRE VERNANT, Professeur Honoraire au Collège de France

SIR TONY WRIGLEY, MA (MA, PH.D. Cambridge), Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, President of the British Academy, Visitor of Harris Manchester College

Doctors of Science

SIR JOHN WALKER, MA, D.PHIL., FRS, Honorary Fellow of St Catherine's College, Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, Director of the Medical Research Council Dunn Nutrition Unit, Cambridge

ANDREW JOHN WILES, MA (MA, PH.D. Cambridge), FRS, Honorary Fellow of Merton College and of Clare College, Cambridge, Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics, Princeton University

Doctor of Music

SIR SIMON RATTLE, CBE, Honorary Fellow of St Anne's College, conductor

2 Encaenia

THE PUBLIC ORATOR delivered an introduction, after which THE PROFESSOR OF POETRY delivered the Oration `in Commemoration of the Benefactors of the University according to the intention of the Right Honourable Nathaniel, Lord Crewe, Bishop of Durham'.

¶ The texts of the speeches made the Public Orator in presenting the recipients of Honorary Degrees and in introducing the Creweian Oration, and of the Oration, are published as Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4517.

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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 10 July, see `Examinations and Boards' below.

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