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CONGREGATION 23 November

Conferment of Honorary Degrees

The Degree of Doctor of Civil Law, honoris causa, approved by Special Resolution of Congregation on 10 February 1998, was conferred upon:

(1) RICHARD CHARLES LEVIN, B.LITT. (BA Stanford; PH.D. Yale), Honorary Fellow of Merton College, President of Yale University; and

(2) NEIL LEON RUDENSTINE, MA (BA Princeton; PH.D. Harvard), Honorary Fellow of New College, President of Harvard University.

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CONGREGATION 23 November

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 23 November.

Text of Special Resolution

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

KATJA GOEBS, Merton College

VLATKO VEDRAL, Merton College

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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 23 November

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 11 December.

List of the decrees:


Decree (1): Electoral Board for the Professorship of Comparative Law

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Law Board and with the concurrence of the General Board and of Brasenose College, increases the size of the board of electors to the Professorship of Comparative Law by two places. The purpose of the change is to ensure that each electoral board has access to a sufficiently wide range of expertise from within and outside the University; this is in keeping with the recommendations of the Joint Working Party on Statutory Posts.

Text of Decree (1)

In Ch. VII, Sect. III, § 175, cl. 2 (Statutes, 1997, p. 460), delete items (5)--(7) and substitute:

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

(7)--(9) three persons appointed by the Board of the Faculty of Law.'

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Decree (2): Establishment of Ralph Chiles, CBE, Award

Explanatory note

Council has learned with gratitude of the bequest of the late Mavis Stanley, to be used for the furtherance of legal studies within the University. The following decree provides for the formal acceptance of this bequest.

Text of Decree (2)

In Ch. XI, Sect. I (Statutes, 1997, p. 613), insert new § 47 as follows and renumber existing §§ 47-- 58 (pp. 613--20) as §§ 48--59:

`§ 47. Chiles Award Fund

1 The University accepts with gratitude from the Executors of the Estate of Mavis Stanley the sum of £5,000 which shall be used, together with any further sums accepted for this purpose, to establish a fund, to be called the Ralph Chiles, CBE, Award Fund, for the furtherance of legal studies within the University.

2 The fund shall be administered by the Board of the Faculty of Law which shall apply the income of the fund for the award of scholarships, prizes, or grants under such conditions as the board shall from time to time determine.

3 Income not spent in any year shall be carried forward for expenditure in subsequent years.

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, is always kept in view.'

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Decree (3): St Catherine of Alexandria Prize

Explanatory note

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor will declare carried at the meeting of Congregation on 1 December the Statute concerning the St Catherine of Alexandria Prize, which was promulgated on 17 November (see `University Agenda' below). Council has accordingly made the following decree, which gives effect to consequential changes.

Text of Decree (3)

[For text of decree see decree annexed to St Catherine of Alexandria Prize Statute, Gazette, 29 October 1998.]

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Decree (4): Definition of persons entitled to be charged university composition fees at the appropriate `home' rate

Explanatory note

The following decree incorporates amendments contained in the Education (Fees and Awards) (Amendments) Regulations 1998 into the University's definition of persons entitled to be charged university composition fees at the appropriate `home' rate. The purpose of the amendments is to clarify the drafting in respect of the provisions relating to a spouse or a child of an EEA migrant worker.

Text of Decree (4)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 1110, l. 45, after `worker' insert `and'.

2 Ibid., p. 1111, l. 1, after `worker' insert `and'.

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Decree (5): Conferment of the title of Visiting Professor (Professor F. Vollrath)

The title of Visiting Professor in Animal Behaviour is conferred on Professor F. Vollrath, Professor of Zoology at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, for three years with effect from 1 December 1998.

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Decree (6): Appointment of an additional Curator of the University Chest (Sir John Carter)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Tit. IV, Sect. III, cl. 3 (Statutes, 1997, p. 35), Council may appoint Sir John Carter, Jesus College, as an additional Curator of the University Chest.

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Decree (7): Remission of composition fees (Mr C. Mein)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VIII, Sect. I, § 6, cl. 15 (Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 1107), Mr C. Mein, Green College, shall be required to pay one-half of the prescribed composition fees for the academic year 1998--9.

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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:

MATS RAGNAR BERDAL, D.PHIL., St Antony's College

JASON EAMES, St Hilda's College

PHILIP ANTHONY MARTIN KENNEDY, Blackfriars

JEREMY MALCOLM RANDOLPH MARTIN, Computing Laboratory

ROBERT SHANNON PECKHAM, St Peter's College

IRMELA ANNETTE PLAMANN, Wadham College

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3 Register of Congregation

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

Berdal, M.R., MA status, D.Phil., St Antony's

Eames, J., MA status, St Hilda's

Goebs, K., MA, Merton

Kennedy, P.A.M., MA status, Blackfriars

Martin, J.M.R., MA status, Computing Laboratory

Peckham, R.S., MA status, St Peter's

Perkins, J.R., MA, St Peter's

Plamann, I.A., MA status, Wadham

Vedral, V., MA, Merton

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