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CONGREGATION 7 August

Degree by Special Resolution

The following special resolution will be deemed to be approved at noon on 7 August, unless by that time the Registrar has received notice in writing from two or more members of Congregation under the provisions of Tit. II, Sect. vi, cl. 6 (Statutes, 1997, p. 15) that they wish the resolution to be put to a meeting of Congregation.

Text of Special Resolution

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

JUDITH MARIAN PENFOLD PALMER, MA status, Keble College

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CONGREGATION 3 October 12 noon

Oration by the Vice-Chancellor

Mr Vice-Chancellor will address the House.

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CONGREGATION 10 October 2 p.m.

¶ Members of Congregation are reminded that written notice of any intention to vote against, or any proposed amendment to, the enacting parts of the statutes at item 1 below, or of any intention to vote against the preambles of the statutes at item 2 below, signed in each case by at least two members of Congregation, must be given to the Registrar by noon on Monday, 2 October (see the Guide to Procedures in Congregation cited in the note at the end of `University Agenda').

2 Promulgation of Statutes

Statute (1): Membership of Convocation

Explanatory note

The following statute, and the decree to be made by Council if the statute is approved, implement the remainder of recommendation 24 in the report of the Commission of Inquiry (Report, para. 5.173), first, by expressly limiting the functions of Convocation to the election of the Chancellor and the Professor of Poetry; and, second, by extending membership of Convocation to all those holding a degree of the University (with the exception, in accordance with the principle hitherto followed, of non-members of the University whose degrees have been awarded on the successful completion of a course elsewhere which has been validated by the University).

(1) WHEREAS it is expedient, in accordance with recommendation 24 in the report of the Commission of Inquiry, to limit the functions of Convocation expressly to the election of the Chancellor and the Professor of Poetry, and to extend membership of Convocation to all members of the University who hold a degree of the University, NOW THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, in exercise of the powers in that behalf conferred upon it by the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923, and of all other powers enabling it, ENACTS, subject to the approval of Her Majesty in Council, AS FOLLOWS.

1 In Tit. III (Statutes, 1997, p. 31), delete cll. 1--4 and substitute:

`1. The functions of Convocation shall be to elect the Chancellor and the Professor of Poetry.

2. Convocation shall consist of all the matriculated members of the University who hold a degree (other than an honorary degree) of the University, and of those not holding such a degree who are members of Congregation; provided always that a member of Convocation may, with the consent of Council for reasons which it shall deem sufficient, resign his or her membership, provided that he or she undertakes to continue to observe the statutes, decrees, and regulations of the University as though he or she had continued to be a member thereof.

3. The procedure for the holding of elections in Convocation shall be laid down by decree.'

2 Ibid. (p. 32), renumber existing cl. 5 as cl. 4.

Decree to be made by Council if the Statute is approved

1 In Ch. I, delete Sect. IV, concerning the admission of the holders of certain degrees to membership of Convocation (Statutes, 1997, p. 204), and renumber existing Sectt. V--VI (p. 205) as Sectt. IV--V.

2 Ibid., delete Sect. VII, concerning the submission of business to Convocation other than an election (p. 206), and renumber existing Sectt. VIII--X (pp. 206--8) as Sectt. VI--VIII.

3 This decree shall be effective from the date on which Statute (...) approved by Congregation on ... is approved by Her Majesty in Council.

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Statute (2): Burtt Davy Research Scholarship

Explanatory note

In 1965 the University received a bequest from Dr J. Burtt Davy for the foundation of a scholarship for graduates of the University who undertook to carry out research in Taxonomic Botany and/or Tropical Plant Ecology. Because of the internationalisation of postgraduate studies within the University since 1965, the Sherardian Professor of Botany and the Director of the Forestry Institute, who are the awarders ex officio of the scholarship, consider, with the concurrence of the Biological Sciences Board and the General Board, that the intentions of the benefactor would be best served by opening eligibility for the scholarship to any postgraduate student in the specified subject area who is registered for a postgraduate degree at the University. The following statute, and the decree to be made by Council if the statute is approved, provide accordingly. At the same time, opportunity is taken to transfer the general supervision of the scholarship from the Biological Sciences Board to the Life and Environmental Sciences Board, under the new governance structures.

(2) WHEREAS it is expedient to change the present provisions governing the Burtt Davy Research Scholarship, NOW THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, in exercise of the powers in that behalf conferred upon it by the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923, and of all other powers enabling it, ENACTS, subject to the approval of Her Majesty in Council, AS FOLLOWS.

In Tit. XVI (Statutes, 1997, p. 165, as renumbered by the Statute approved by Congregation on 16 June 1998 and Statute (2) approved by Congregation on 29 June 1999, Gazette, Vol. 128, pp. 1353, 1380; Vol. 129, pp. 1433, 1482), insert Sect. LXIV:

`Section LXIV. Of the Burtt Davy Research Scholarship

1. The annual income of a bequest by the late J. Burtt Davy, MA, D.Phil., University College (for the foundation of a scholarship, to be called the Burtt Davy Research Scholarship, for research in `Taxonomic Botany and/or Tropical Plant Ecology preferably in connection with Tropical Forestry at the Herbaria of the Department of Botany and of the Imperial Forestry Institute, University of Oxford') after payment of any necessary expenses shall be devoted to the maintenance of a Burtt Davy Research Scholarship, to be awarded from time to time to any postgraduate student who is registered for a postgraduate degree at the University of Oxford and who undertakes to carry out research into Taxonomy and Ecology or into the use of biochemical, microscopical, genetical, or such other methods for the classification of plants as may be approved by the Sherardian Professor of Botany and the Director of the Forestry Institute (hereinafter called `the awarders'), provided that such part of the value of the scholarship as the awarders shall determine may be paid by way of reimbursement of travel, exploration, and other expenses incidental to the scholar's research.

2. The scholarship shall be placed under the general supervision of the Life and Environmental Sciences Board.

3. Scholars shall be selected jointly by the awarders, who shall determine the value and tenure of the scholarship (provided that the tenure of any one holder shall not in any case exceed three years) and any other conditions of award not inconsistent with this statute.

4. The awarders shall on the occasion of each award report to the said Divisional Board the name of the scholar, the value and tenure of the scholarship, and the subject of his or her research.

5. Surplus income arising from whatever cause shall be carried forward for expenditure in subsequent years.

6. Congregation shall have power to alter this statute from time to time, provided that the main object of the testator shall always be kept in view.'

Decree to be made by Council if the Statute is approved

1 In Ch. IX, Sect. I (Statutes, 1997, p. 623, as renumbered by Decree (1) of 11 June 1998, Gazette, Vol. 128, p. 1352), delete § 74, concerning the Davy Research Scholarship.

2 This decree shall be effective from the date on which Statute (...) approved by Congregation on ... is approved by Her Majesty in Council.

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Statute (3): Removal of anomalies

(For form of Statute (3) see Gazette, 30 June 2000.)

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Statute (4): Establishment of Professorship of Bioinformatics

Explanatory note

Following the successful application to the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council for a five-year grant to cover the salary costs of a professorship and a university lecturership in Bioinformatics, Council and the General Board have accepted the proposal made by the Mathematical Sciences Board for the establishment of a Professorship of Bioinformatics. The following statute, and the decree to be made by Council if the statute is approved, establish the new chair accordingly.

(4) WHEREAS it is expedient to establish a Professorship of Bioinformatics, THE UNIVERSITY ENACTS AS FOLLOWS.

In Tit. XV, Sect. II, cl. 1 (Statutes, 1997, p. 108, as renumbered by Statute (2) approved by Congregation on 29 June 1999, Gazette, Vol. 129, pp. 1433, 1482), after `Professorship of Clinical Biochemistry' insert:

`Professorship of Bioinformatics'.

Decree to be made by Council if the Statute is approved

1 In Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 5 B, SCHEDULE A, concerning professorships (Statutes, 1997, p. 391), after `Whitley Professor of Biochemistry' insert:

`Professor of Bioinformatics'.

2 Ibid., Sect. III, concerning particular professorships (p. 412, as renumbered by Decree (4) of 18 May 2000, Gazette, p. 1199), insert new § 26 as follows and renumber existing §§ 26--9 (pp. 412--3, as renumbered by the same decree and by Decree (1) of 13 January 2000, Gazette, p. 562) as §§ 27--30:

`§ 26. Professor of Bioinformatics

1. The Professor of Bioinformatics shall lecture and give instruction in Bioinformatics.

2. The professor shall be elected by an electoral board consisting of:

(1) the Vice-Chancellor, or, if the head of the college specified in (2) of this clause is Vice-Chancellor, a person appointed by Council;

(2) the head of the college to which the professorship shall be for the time being allocated by Council under any decree in that behalf, or, if the head is unable or unwilling to act, a person appointed by the governing body of the college;

(3) a person appointed by the governing body of the college specified in (2) of this clause;

(4), (5) two persons appointed by Council;

(6), (7) two persons appointed by the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board;

(8) a person appointed by the Life and Environmental Sciences Board;

(9) a person appointed by the Medical Sciences Board.

3. The professor shall be subject to the General Provisions of the decree concerning the duties of professors and to those Particular Provisions of the same decree which are applicable to this chair.'

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Statute (5): Establishment of KPMG Professorship of Taxation Law

Explanatory note

KPMG has offered the University an extremely generous benefaction to fund a KPMG Professorship of Taxation Law. The following statute, and the decree to be made by Council if the statute is approved, which are promoted on the recommendation of the Law Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, establish the professorship.

(5) WHEREAS it is expedient to establish a KPMG Professorship of Taxation Law, THE UNIVERSITY ENACTS AS FOLLOWS.

In Tit. XV, Sect. II, cl. 1 (Statutes, 1997, p. 110, as renumbered by Statute (2) approved by Congregation on 29 June 1999, Gazette, Vol. 129, pp. 1433, 1482), after `Chichele Professorship of Public International Law' insert:

`KPMG Professorship of Taxation Law'.

Decree to be made by Council if the Statute is approved

1 In Ch. II, Sect. VI, § 1, SCHEDULE, concerning official members of faculty boards (Statutes, 1997, p. 244), under Law, after `Law, Public International, Chichele' insert:

`Law, Taxation, KPMG'.

2 In Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 5. B, SCHEDULE A, concerning professorships (p. 392), after `Chichele Professor of Public International Law' insert:

`KPMG Professor of Taxation Law'.

3 Ibid., Sect. III, concerning particular professorships (p. 464), insert new § 183 as follows and renumber existing §§ 183--217 (pp. 464--80, as renumbered by Decree (1) of 29 October 1998, Decree (1) of 14 January 1999, Decree (1) of 18 March, 1999, and Decree (2) of 28 October 1999, Gazette, Vol. 129, pp. 276, 580, 938; Vol. 130, p. 256) as §§ 184--218:

`§ 183. KPMG Professor of Taxation Law

1. The University accepts with gratitude a benefaction from KPMG to establish the KPMG Professorship of Taxation Law.

2. The KPMG Professor of Taxation Law shall lecture and give instruction in Taxation Law.

3. The professor shall be elected by an electoral board consisting of:

(1) the Vice-Chancellor, or, of the head of the college specified in (2) of this clause is Vice- Chancellor, a person appointed by Council;

(2) the head of the college to which the professorship shall be for the time being allocated by Council under any decree in that behalf, or, if the head is unable or unwilling to act, a person appointed by the governing body of the college;

(3) a person appointed by the governing body of the college specified in (2) of this clause;

(4) a person appointed by Council;

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

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

3. The professor shall be subject to the General Provisions of the decree concerning the duties of professors and to those Particular Provisions of the same decree which are applicable to this chair.'

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