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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 24 May

1 Decrees

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

List of the decrees:


Decree (1): Abolition of the Institute of Economics and Statistics and establishment of a Department of Economics

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Social Studies Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, abolishes the Institute of Economics and Statistics, establishes the Department of Economics, and makes provision for the headship of the department.

It is envisaged that the establishment of a Department of Economics within the new building on the St Cross site would bring two main advantages to the University as a whole and to individual members of the sub-faculty. First, it is becoming more important to have the central oversight and control over resources which is possible with a head of department but which is only partially possible with the present structure. Secondly, bringing the faculty together on a single site has a greater potential for the synergies of joint work and for associated research proposals which are also of increasing importance. To achieve these ends, a central view and administrative resources will be needed. The structure of the proposed department will make this possible.

Text of Decree (1)

1 In Ch. III (Statutes, 1997, p. 302), delete Sect. XXXII and substitute:

`Section XXXII. Economics, Department of

1. The Board of the Faculty of Social Studies shall exercise general supervision over the department.

2. The department shall be assigned by the General Board for a specified period not exceeding three years in the first instance to a person holding an established academic post in the University or an equivalent appointment in a college or other society, after consultation with the Board of the Faculty of Social Studies. The person to whom the headship of the department is assigned from time to time shall have the title of Head of the Department of Economics. The head of department shall be eligible for reappointment for a maximum of one further period of office not exceeding three years.

3. The duties of the head of department shall include the general supervision, under the Board of the Faculty of Social Studies, of research, advanced study, and teaching in the department. The head of department shall engage in advanced study or research and shall give such number of lectures and hold such number of classes as are required by the terms of appointment of his or her normal university post, except that the Board of the Faculty of Social Studies may recommend to the General Board that he or she be given remission from such specified duties attached to that post as shall be considered appropriate in view of his or her additional responsibilities as head of department. The head of department shall have charge of the department subject to clause 1 of this decree and to Ch. III, Sect. LXIX, concerning the St Cross Building Management Committee. The head of department shall receive a special allowance as set out in Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 7, Schedule V.

4. The staff of the department shall be appointed, and their duties and conditions of service shall be prescribed, by the head of department, provided that

(a) any appointment to a teaching or research post carrying a stipend of more than the maximum prescribed in Ch. VII, Sect. IV, § 1, cl. 2 (ii), shall be made by the faculty board on the recommendation of a committee appointed by the board (of which the head of department shall be a member, and which may include other persons not being members of the board), and the duties and conditions of service of any such appointment shall be prescribed by the faculty board. Such appointments shall also require approval by the General Board, such approval to cover the person appointed, his or her stipend, period of office, and duties, and any other conditions as determined by the faculty board;

(b) all appointments shall be subject to the provisions of any statute, decree, or regulation of general application.

5. The constitution of the department, which shall in all respects be subject to the conditions of this decree, shall be determined by the Board of the Faculty of Social Studies and shall be incorporated in the board's Standing Orders.'

2 In Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 7, SCHEDULE V (Statutes, 1997, p. 395, as amended by Decree (2) of 16 July 1998, Gazette, Vol. 128, p. 1475), delete `Director of the Institute of Economics and Statistics' and substitute `Head of the Department of Economics'.

3 This decree shall be effective from 1 August 1999.

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Decree (2): Obligation to pay university fees

Explanatory note

Existing legislation does not make express reference to the obligation to pay university fees, although the procedures and requirements are set out in the financial decrees. The following decree provides explicit reference to the obligation on a student to pay fees in accordance with the financial decrees if he or she wishes to remain in residence and to enjoy any of the privileges or benefits afforded by the University.

Text of Decree (2)

1 In Ch. V, Sect. III, title (Statutes, 1997, p. 365), and in Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 12, l. 31, in each case delete `Times and Conditions of Matriculation' and substitute `Conditions of Residence and Matriculation'.

2 In Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 13, after l. 1 insert: `(2) has paid his or her university tuition fees in accordance with the terms of Ch. VIII, Sect. I, § 6;'.

3 Ibid., l. 2, renumber existing item (2) as item (3).

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Decree (3): Establishment of M.Sc. by Coursework in Epidemiology, Evolution, and Control of Infectious Disease

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Biological Sciences Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, establishes a new one-year taught M.Sc. in Epidemiology, Evolution, and Control of Infectious Disease. The course is intended to build on the very substantial expertise in these areas which is now available in the Department of Zoology. A sound preparation in relevant fields is required, and candidates will be required to submit extended essays, practical note-books, and two project reports.

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

Text of Decree (3)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 717, l. 1, as amended by Decree (4) of 29 April 1999 (Gazette, p. 1111), after `Environmental Change... Geography' insert:

`Epidemiology, Evolution              Biological Sciences'.
  and Control of 
  Infectious Disease

2 Ibid., p. 1037, as amended by Decree (6) of 29 April 1999 (Gazette, p. 1112), after `Archaeological Science for one examination' delete `.' and substitute `;'.

3 Ibid., as amended by clause 2 above, after `examination;' insert: `in Epidemiology, Evolution, and Control of Infectious Disease for three examinations.'

4 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 1999.

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Decree (4): Procedures in the event of non-payment of university tuition fees

Explanatory note

The following decree changes the existing procedures in the event of non-payment of university tuition fees. The existing legislation was originally introduced to provide a procedure for suspension in the case of home and EU undergraduates who failed to pay the annual university tuition fee. Council has subsequently decided that the procedure should be simplified, and applied to all students liable to pay fees.

Text of Decree (4)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 1107, l. 3, delete `In the case of home and EU undergraduates the' and substitute `The'.

2 Ibid., ll. 14–16, delete `at the end of October ... Trinity Term)' and substitute `after the due date of payment'.

3 Ibid., l. 18, delete `one month of' and substitute `four weeks from'.

4 Ibid., ll. 18–19, delete `in any case ... question'.

5 Ibid., l. 21, delete `term' and substitute `such four-week period'.

6 Ibid., l. 24, after `to apply' insert `before the expiry of the four-week period of notice'.

7 Ibid., delete `for readmission'.

8 Ibid., delete ll. 40–1.

9 Ibid., l. 43, after `further application' insert `under the procedures outlined above for relief from suspension or such terms as may have been imposed by a Fees Panel'.

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Decree (5): University composition fees for home/EU students and certain others for 1999–2000, and for overseas students for 2000–1

Explanatory note

The Department for Education and Employment has announced that the tuition fee introduced for award-holding home/EU undergraduates should be increased to £1,025 for the year 1999–2000. Notification has not as yet been received of the arrangements which will apply in 1999–2000 in respect of students from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man. Colleges will be informed of the position separately once an announcement has been received.

Council has already made a decree setting the level of fees for overseas students in 1999–2000 (Decree (16) of 16 July 1998, Gazette, Vol. 128, p. 1479). For a number of years the levels of fees to be charged to overseas students have been set well in advance. Cll. 11–13 of this decree set out the fees for 2000–1.

Opportunity is taken in cl. 5 of this decree to set the fee for Recognised and Visiting Students, which is half the Category A rate (i.e. £3,342 in 1999–2000). Cl. 6 sets the fee for members of the University working on the Foreign Service Course at the Category B rate (i.e. £8,910 for 1999–2000). Cl. 7 makes provision for the level of the university fee to be charged in 1999–2000 for the Diploma Course in European Studies (intended primarily for Japanese managers).

Text of Decree (5)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1998, pp. 1107, l. 46, delete `1998–9' and substitute `1999–2000'.

2 Ibid., p. 1108, l. 3, delete `£1,000' and substitute `£1,025'.

3 Ibid., l. 8, delete `£500' and substitute `£513'.

4 Ibid., l. 12, delete `appropriate to the category applicable to them in the schedule below'.

5 Ibid., l. 16, delete `£3,245' and substitute `£3,342'.

6 Ibid., l. 17, delete `£8,652' and substitute `£8,910'.

7 Ibid., l. 19, delete `£15,800' and substitute `£16,337'.

8 Ibid., l. 22, delete `1998–9' and substitute `1999–2000'.

9 Ibid., l. 26, delete `£2,610' and substitute `£2,675'.

10 Ibid., l. 32, delete `£15,000' and substitute `£16,000'.

11 Ibid., l. 43, delete `£6,489' and `£3,245', and substitute `£6,851' and `£3,425' respectively.

12 Ibid., pp. 1109, l. 13, delete `£8,652' and substitute `£9,133'.

13 Ibid., pp. 1110, l. 4, delete `£15,861' and substitute `£16,745'.

14 Cll. 1–10 of this decree shall be effective from 1 September 1999; cll. 11–13 shall be effective from 1 September 2000.

Key to Decree (5)

Cll. 1–3 set the 1999–2000 fees for home/EU undergraduates.

Cl. 4 deletes a reference that is now redundant.

Cl. 5 sets the 1999–2000 fee for Recognised and Visiting Students.

Cl. 6 sets the 1999–2000 fee for the Foreign Service Course.

Cl. 7 sets the 1999–2000 fee for the Diploma Course in European Studies.

Cll. 8 and 9 set the home/EU postgraduate fee for 1999–2000.

Cl. 10 sets the 1999–2000 fee for the MBA.

Cll. 10–12 set the level of overseas fees for 2000–1.

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Decree (6): Permission to transfer to D.Phil. status after grant of leave to supplicate for the M.Litt. (Ms R. Daniels)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VI, Sect. V, § 6, cll. 8–12 (Examination Decrees, 1998, pp. 801–2), whereby Ms R. Daniels, Trinity, has been given leave to supplicate for the degree of M.Litt., and the provisions of any other statute, decree, or regulation to the contrary, Ms Daniels shall be permitted to transfer to D.Phil. status and to submit for that degree in due course, developing the work submitted for the M.Litt., provided that Ms Daniels's M.Litt. thesis shall be withdrawn from the Bodleian Library and her original examination for the M.Litt. shall be null and void.

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CONGREGATION 27 May

Elections

On Thursday, 27 May, the following were duly elected to hold office from the first day of Michaelmas Term 1999 for the periods stated:

As members of the General Board of the Faculties

For four years

(from members of the Faculties of English, Law, Literae Humaniores, Modern Languages, Modern History, Music, Oriental Studies, Social Studies, and Theology)

R.C. OSTLE, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of St John's

(from members of the Faculties of Anthropology and Geography, Biological Sciences, Clinical Medicine, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Physiological Sciences, and Psychological Studies)

R.A. COWLEY, MA, Fellow of Wadham

P.C. NEWELL, MA, D.PHIL., D.SC., Fellow of St Peter's

As members of the Hebdomadal Council

For six years

E.M. LLEWELLYN-SMITH, MA, Principal of St Hilda's

K.A. MCLAUCHLAN, MA, Fellow of Hertford

As a Curator of the Sheldonian Theatre

For six years

M.T. GRIFFIN, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Somerville

As members of the Visitatorial Board Panel

For four years

F.M. HEAL, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Jesus

L.N. JOHNSON, MA, Fellow of Corpus Christi

J.S. ROWETT, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Brasenose

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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 11 June, see `Examinations and Boards' below.

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