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CONGREGATION 22 October

Conferment of Degree by Diploma

The Degree of Doctor of Civil Law by Diploma, approved by Special Resolution of Congregation on 17 June 1997, was conferred upon HIS EXCELLENCY VÁCLAV HAVEL, President of the Czech Republic.

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CONGREGATION 24 October

Conferment of Honorary Degree

The Degree of Master of Arts, honoris causa, approved by Special Resolution of Congregation on 24 March 1998, was conferred upon CYRIL WILLIAM BAND.

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CONGREGATION 26 October

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 26 October.

Text of Special Resolution

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

STEPHEN COLLINS, University College

JANE ANNE ENDICOTT, St Cross College

HAZEL ROSINA HAGGER, MA status, D.PHIL., St Cross College

GEOFFREY JONES, Keble College

ANTHONY PHELAN, Keble College

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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 26 October

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 13 November.

List of the decrees:

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Decree (1): Establishment of Professorship of Marketing

Explanatory note

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor will declare carried, without holding the meeting of Congregation on 3 November, the Statute establishing a Professorship of Marketing, which was promulgated on 13 October (see `University Agenda' below). Council has accordingly made the following decree, which gives effect to consequential changes.

Text of Decree (1)

[See decree annexed to Statute under Congregation 13 October in Gazette, 24 September 1998.]

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Decree (2): General provisions concerning the conduct of examinations

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Proctors and with the concurrence of the General Board, aims to ensure that a candidate who presents himself or herself for every paper, but is too ill to perform adequately, should not be treated less favourably than a candidate who stays away from at least one paper on medical grounds. It also removes the need for two medical certificates and for one medical practitioner to be designated by the Vice-Chancellor: experience has shown that such restrictions are unnecessary and that a single certificate from a qualified medical practitioner is sufficient. It further gives examiners the option of imposing an academic penalty on students submitting over-long theses or theses on unauthorised subjects.

Text of Decree (2)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 1064, l. 11, after `duties.*' insert `If the examination is one in which Honours may be awarded the examiners may adopt one of the following courses, taking account of the information passed to them:

(a) if they consider the candidate has submitted enough work to allow them to determine his or her proper class, they may award the candidate the class his or her performance merits;

(b) if they are unable to adopt course (a) but consider, on the evidence of the work submitted, that but for the illness or other urgent cause affecting the candidate's performance, he or she would have obtained classified Honours, they may deem the candidate to have obtained Honours and publish his or her name accordingly at the foot of the Class List. If the cause affecting the candidate's performance was illness the name shall appear under the word `aegrotat' (or `aegrotant'), or, if the cause was something other than illness, under the words `declared to have deserved Honours';

(c) if they are unable to adopt course (a) or course (b) but are nevertheless satisfied with the work submitted, they may include the candidate's name on the Pass List to show that the candidate has satisfied the examiners;

(d) if they are unable to adopt course (a), (b), or (c) they shall fail the candidate.

Where the examiners have adopted course (b), (c), or (d) above it shall be open to the candidate to apply if necessary to Council for consideration of his or her standing for Honours at a future examination.'

2 Ibid., ll. 23–8, delete `Where illness ... at the examination.' and substitute `Where illness is pleaded, a medical certificate from a qualified medical practitioner should be sent, and this certificate must specify, with dates, the bearing of the illness on the candidate's attendance at the examination.'

3 Ibid., p. 1097, after l. 40 insert new cl. 10 as follows and renumber existing cll. 10–19 (pp. 1097–9) as cll. 11–20:

`Submission of Theses or other Exercises

10. Where a candidate for any written examination (other than for the D.Phil, M.Litt., or M.Sc. by Research) in which a thesis (or other exercise) may be, or is required to be, submitted as part of that examination presents a thesis (or other exercise) which exceeds the word limit prescribed by the relevant statute, decree, or regulation, the examiners, if they agree to proceed with the examination of the work, may reduce the mark by up to one class (or its equivalent). Where a candidate submits such a thesis (or other exercise), the title or subject matter of which differs from that which was approved by the faculty board concerned, the examiners may similarly reduce the mark by up to one class (or its equivalent).'

4 Ibid., p. 1098, l. 35, delete `clauses 7–10' and substitute `clauses 7–9 and 11'.

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Decree (3): Remission of composition fees (Miss S. Cooray)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VIII, Sect. I, § 6, cl. 15 (Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 1107), Miss S. Cooray, Wolfson College, shall be required to pay fees at the `home' rate for her period of postgraduate study.

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Decree (4): Remission of composition fees (Mr M. Toledo-Viguero)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VIII, Sect. I, § 6, cl. 15 (Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 1107), Mr Toledo-Viguero, Oriel College, shall be required to pay fees at the `home' rate for his period of postgraduate study.

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Decree (5): Remission of composition fees (Mr K. Yamaguchi)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VIII, Sect. I, § 6, cl. 15 (Examination Decree, 1998, p. 1107), Mr K. Yamaguchi, St Edmund Hall, shall not be required to pay 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 person who is qualified for membership of Congregation:

MICHAEL GEORGE POPHAM, Computing Services

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3 Register of Congregation

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

Collins, S., MA, University
Endicott, J.A., MA, St Cross
Jones, G., MA, Keble
Phelan, A., MA, Keble
Popham, M.G., MA status, Computing Services

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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 13 November, see `Examinations and Boards' below.