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CONGREGATION 26 April

Degree by Special Resolution

No notice to the contrary having been received under the provisions of Tit. II, Sect. vi, cl. 6 (Statutes, 1995, p. 13), the following resolution is deemed to have been approved at noon on 26 April.

Text of Special Resolution

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

STANLEY JAN ULIJASZEK, St Cross College

EILEEN WYATT, Lady Margaret Hall

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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 26 April

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 14 May.

List of the decrees:


Decree (1): Constitution of the Committee on Student Health and of the Executive Subcommittee for the Management of the University Counselling Service

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Committee on Student Health and with the concurrence of the Conference of Colleges, introduces standard periods of office for certain members of the Committee on Student Health and introduces formal provision for the membership and terms of reference of the Executive Subcommittee for the Management of the University Counselling Service. Opportunity is taken also to make minor amendments to the provisions for the Committee on Student Health to reflect current activities.

Text of Decree (1)

1 In Ch. III, Sect. LXXVII (Statutes, 1997, p. 343), above cl. 1 insert:

`§ 1. Committee on Student Health'.

2 Ibid., delete cl. 2 and substitute: `2. The periods of office of the members of the committee appointed by Council, the Conference of Colleges, and the Association of Oxford College Medical Officers shall be three years in the first instance, renewable for a further period of three years but not normally renewable beyond a total period of six years; provided always that casual vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired period of office of the person being replaced. The periods of office of the remaining appointed members of the committee shall be determined at the time of their appointment by the bodies appointing them.'

3 lbid., insert new cl. 4 as follows and renumber existing cll. 4–6 as cll. 5–7: `4. The committee shall meet at least once in each term.'

4 lbid., delete cl. 5 (as renumbered) and substitute: `5. The committee shall have oversight of the provision of arrangements for the health of students based on the college doctor system.'

5 Ibid., cl. 7 (as renumbered), delete `the Curators of the University Chest' and substitute `Council'.

6 lbid., delete existing cl. 7.

7 Ibid., insert § 2:

`§ 2. Executive Subcommittee for the Management of the University Counselling Service

There shall be an Executive Subcommittee for the Management of the University Counselling Service consisting of:

(1) a member of the Committee on Student Health appointed by the committee to act as chairman of the subcommittee;

(2) the member of the Committee on Student Health appointed by the Association of Oxford College Medical Officers;

(3), (4) two other members of the Committee on Student Health appointed by the committee;

(5), (6) two persons appointed by, but not necessarily being members of, the Committee on Student Health who hold, or have held, tutorial or pastoral responsibilities in a college of the University.

The chairman of the subcommittee shall hold office for an initial period of three years, renewable for one further and final period of three years, and the periods of office of the appointed members of the subcommittee shall be three years, renewable for a further period of three years but not normally renewable beyond a total of six years; provided always that casual vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired period of office of the person being replaced.

The Committee on Student Health shall, at the beginning of each academic year, set policy objectives for the subcommittee, including those relating to the operation, staffing, and finances of the University Counselling Service, and shall delegate responsibility for executive decisions to the subcommittee, save those which involve a requirement for additional funding. The subcommittee shall report in writing to the Committee on Student Health immediately after each meeting; meetings shall be held at least once in each term.'

8 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 1999, provided that the introduction of standard periods of appointment for certain members of the Committee on Student Health shall be applied at the end of the current period of office of each relevant member. The initial periods of office of the members of the Executive Subcommittee for the Management of the University Counselling Service shall be so varied as to procure a regular rotation of subsequent appointments.

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Decree (2): Electors to statutory posts who wish to become candidates

Explanatory note

Under the existing legislation governing elections to statutory posts, there is provision for an elector to be replaced if he or she wishes to become a candidate for the post concerned, but there is nothing to preclude an elector from resigning in order to become a candidate after he or she has seen the applications which have been submitted by other candidates before the published closing date. Council thinks that such a situation would be undesirable and that it should be formally precluded. The following decree provides accordingly.

Text of Decree (2)

In Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 1 (Statutes, 1997, p. 373), delete cl. 6 and substitute: `6. An elector may resign from an electoral board in order to offer himself or herself as a candidate for the vacant office, provided either that he or she does so before the published closing date for the receipt of applications, or that he or she is invited after that date by the other electors to do so. If an elector resigns in such circumstances, Council shall nominate a person to act in his or her place for the remainder of the proceedings to fill the vacancy.'

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Decree (3): Vere Harmsworth Library Acquisitions Endowment Fund

Explanatory note

The following decree accepts a most generous benefaction from Nigel and Helen Lovett for the support of the Vere Harmsworth Library of the Rothermere American Institute, to be used for the acquisition of library materials.

Text of Decree (3)

In Ch. IX, Sect. I, § 27 (Statutes, 1997, p. 606, as renumbered by Decree (3) of 4 March 1999, Gazette, p. 824), above `Winstedt Bequest' insert:

`Vere Harmsworth Library Acquisitions Endowment Fund

1. The University accepts with gratitude an endowment from Nigel and Helen Lovett, together with any further sums contributed for the same purpose, to establish a fund, to be known as the Vere Harmsworth Library Acquisitions Endowment Fund, the net income of which shall be used for the acquisition of library materials in the Vere Harmsworth Library of the Rothermere American Institute.

2. The fund shall be administered by the Curators of the Bodleian Library. [1] The curators shall have power to delegate expenditure to the Director of University Library Services and Bodley's Librarian, such delegation to be reviewed on an annual basis when the director shall report to the curators all exercises of his or her delegated authority.

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

4. This decree may be altered from time to time, provided always that the main object of the fund, as defined in clause 1 above, is adhered to.'

[1] See Appendix to Title VIII.

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Decree (4): Responsibility for the examination of graduate taught courses

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the General Board, clarifies the responsibility for the examination of graduate taught courses (where this is not already clear) by listing courses and responsible bodies in the main part of the relevant decrees.

Text of Decree (4)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 540, l. 21, delete `:' and substitute `. The bodies specified below shall be responsible for the supervision of the examinations as listed.'

2 Ibid, p. 717, l. 1, after `by Coursework.' insert `The examinations for the degree and the bodies responsible for the supervision of each examination are listed below.


Examination                               Body

Applied Social Studies                    Social Studies
Applied Statistics                        Mathematical Sciences
Archaeological Science                    Committee for        
                                            Archaeology
Biology (Integrative Bioscience)          Biological Sciences
Comparative Social Research               Social Studies
Computation                               Mathematical Sciences
Diagnostic Imaging                        Clinical Medicine
Economic and Social History               Modern History
Economics for Development                 Social Studies
Educational Research Methodology          Committee for        
                                            Educational
                                            Studies
Educational Studies                       Committee for        
                                            Educational
                                            Studies
Engineering Science                       Physical Sciences
Environmental Change and Management       Anthropology and
Geography
Evidence-based Health Care                Clinical             
                                           Medicine/Committee
                                           for Continuing      
                                           Education
Forestry and its Relation to Land Use     Biological Sciences
Geometry, Mathematical Physics,           Mathematical Sciences
  and Analysis
History of Science: Instruments,          Modern History
  Museums, Science, Technology
Human Biology Biological Sciences
Industrial Relations and Human            Management
  Resource Management
International Relations Research          Social Studies
Management Research                       Management
Material Anthropology and Museum          Anthropology and     
Ethnography                                  Geography      
Mathematical Modelling and                Mathematical Sciences
  Numerical Analysis
Mathematics and Foundations               Mathematical Sciences
  of Computer Science
Neuroscience                              Physiological Sciences/
                                          Psychological Studies
Politics Research                         Social Studies
Public Policy in Latin America            Committee for Latin-
                                          American Studies
Social Anthropology                       Anthropology and
Geography
Sociology                                 Social Studies
Software Engineering                      Mathematical Sciences/
                                            Committee for      
                                            Continuing
                                            Education
Theoretical Chemistry                     Physical Sciences'.

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Decree (5): Change of title of the M.Phil., M.Sc., and Diploma in Ethnology and Museum Ethnography

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Anthropology and Geography Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, replaces the title `Ethnology' for the relevant postgraduate qualifications with the more contemporary designation `Material Anthropology'. Associated changes in regulations are set out in `Examinations and Boards' below.

Text of Decree (5)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 541, l. 4, delete `Ethnology' and substitute `Material Anthropology'.

2 Ibid., p. 943, l. 10, delete `ETHNOLOGY' and substitute `MATERIAL ANTHROPOLOGY'.

3 Ibid., l. 14 and p. 944, ll. 16 and 19, in each case delete `Ethnology' and substitute `Material Anthropology'.

4 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 1999.

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Decree (6): Establishment of M.St. and M.Sc. by Coursework in Archaeological Science

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Committee for Archaeology and with the concurrence of the General Board, establishes a course in Archaeological Science for the Degree of Master of Studies and for the Degree of Master of Science by Coursework. These courses are intended to exploit Oxford's strengths in Archaeological Science. Examination will be by written papers, thesis, and viva.

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

Text of Decree (6)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 653, after l. 23 insert:
`Archaeological Science     Committee for Archaeology'.

2 Ibid., p. 1037, l. 17, delete `.' and substitute `;'.

3 Ibid., after l. 17 insert: `in Archaeological Science for one examination.'

4 Ibid., p. 1041, l. 11, after `Archaeology,' insert `Archaeological Science,'.

5 Ibid., l. 14, delete `examination' and substitute `examinations'.

6 Ibid., l. 15, after `Engineering Science' insert `and in Archaeological Science'.

7 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 1999.

Key to Decree (6)

Cl. 1 inserts Archaeological Science into the list of examinations for the degree of M.St.

Cll. 2--6 provide for the length of time examiners may serve.

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Decree (7): Rationalisation of graduate degrees in Modern Languages

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Modern Languages Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, creates a single entry point for the majority of Modern Languages graduate students, by abolishing the existing M.St. in Research Methods in Modern Languages.

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

Text of Decree (7)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 654, delete ll. 34--5.

2 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 1999.

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Decree (8): Appointment direct to the retiring age (Professor E. Sim)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VII, Sect. IV, § 3, cl. 3 (i) (Statutes, 1997, p. 523), E. Sim, MA, D.Phil., Fellow of St Peter's College, Wellcome Lecturer in Immunotoxicology, and titular Professor of Pharmacology, is appointed as University Lecturer in Pharmacology from 1 October 1999 to the retiring age.

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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 person who is qualified for membership of Congregation:

CHALOKA SYAKATUKULA BEYANI, D.PHIL., Wolfson 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:

Beyani, C.S., MA status, D.Phil., Wolfson
Swain, S.C.R., MA, D.Phil., All Souls
Ulijaszek, S.J., MA, St Cross
Wyatt, E., MA, Lady Margaret Hall

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CONGREGATION 27 April

1 Declaration of approval of General Resolution

That this House:

1

(a) take note of the Proctors' finding that a member of the University used unfair means in an examination for the Degree of Master of Philosophy; and

(b) accept the Proctors' conclusion that the appropriate penalty in this case would be deprivation of the degree;

2 therefore agree to deprive the member concerned of the Degree of Master of Philosophy, and instruct Council to determine by decree the procedure for de-gradation to be followed in this case.

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2 Approval of Special Resolution nemine contradicente

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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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 14 May, see `Examinations and Boards' below.

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