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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 1 May

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 19 May.

List of the decrees:

Decree (1): Departmental allowance for the Head of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Explanatory note

The following decree provides for a Schedule III departmental allowance to be paid to the Head of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, which has been created by the merger (with effect from 10 December 1999) of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Biochemistry and Cellular Science with the Nuffield Department of Pathology and Bacteriology.

Text of Decree (1)

1 In Ch. VIII, Sect. I, § 7, Schedule III (Statutes, 1997, p. 395, as amended by Decree (2) of 16 July 1998, Gazette, Vol. 128, p. 1474), after `SCHEDULE III' insert:

`Head of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences'.

2 Ibid., Schedule IV, delete `Head of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Biochemistry and Cellular Science'.

3 Ibid., Schedule VI, delete `Head of the Nuffield Department of Pathology and Bacteriology'.

4 This decree shall be effective from 10 December 1999.

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Decree (2): Electoral Board for the Readership in Recent Social and Economic History

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Social Studies Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, increases the permanent membership of the electoral board for the Readership in Recent Social and Economic History from seven to nine members in accordance with current practice. It further provides that, on the occasion of the coming refilling of the readership, the place on the electoral board normally taken by the Chichele Professor of Economic History shall be taken by the professor-elect (the chair being vacant until 1 October 2000), and also that, in view of difficulties in ensuring that all interests are appropriately represented on this occasion, a tenth member shall be appointed by the General Board so that in particular it will be possible to observe the statutory requirement that an electoral board should contain at least two members external to Oxford.

Text of Decree (2)

1 In Ch. VII, Sect. III, § 122 (Statutes, 1997, p. 446), delete cl. 2 and substitute:

`2. The reader shall be elected by a board consisting of:

(1) the Vice-Chancellor;

(2) the head of the college with which the readership shall be for the time being associated, 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) the Chichele Professor of Economic History;

(5) a person appointed by Council;

(6) a person appointed by the General Board;

(7) a person appointed by the Board of the Faculty of Modern History;

(8), (9) two persons appointed by the Board of the Faculty of Social Studies.'

2 Notwithstanding the provisions of cl. 2 (4) and (6) above, on the occasion of the refilling of the readership for which proceedings begin in 2000 the Chichele Professor of Economic History shall be replaced as an elector by the Chichele Professor-elect of Economic History and the General Board shall appoint an additional elector.

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Decree (3): Duties of the Regius Professor of Medicine

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Clinical Medicine and Physiological Sciences Boards and with the concurrence of the General Board, deletes examining in the Second Examination for the Degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery as one of the Regius Professor of Medicine's specific duties.

Text of Decree (3)

1 In Ch. VII, Sect. III, § 206, cl. 2 (Statutes, 1997, p. 475, as renumbered by Decree (1) of 29 October 1998 and Decree (2) of 28 October 1999, Gazette, Vol. 129, p. 276; Vol. 130, p. 256), delete `shall act ... and Bachelor of Surgery, and'.

2 Ibid., delete `other'.

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Decree (4): Establishment of Yamanouchi Cell Biology Prize

Explanatory note

The Yamanouchi Research Institute based at the Oxford Science Park has offered the sum of £2,500, and possible further sums which may be contributed for the purpose, to establish a prize for students studying for the Honour School of Physiological Sciences. The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Physiological Sciences Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, establishes the prize.

Text of Decree (4)

In Ch. IX, Sect. I (Statutes, 1997, p. 752, as renumbered by Decree (4) of 25 June 1999, Gazette, Vol. 129, p. 1430, and by the deletion of the regulations of the Curators of the Taylor Institution concerning the Zaharoff Travelling Scholarships, Gazette, Vol. 128, p. 1486), insert § 384:

`§ 384. Yamanouchi Cell Biology Prize

1. The University accepts with gratitude the sum of £2,500 from the Yamanouchi Research Institute, and any further sums which may contributed for the same purpose, to establish a fund the net income of which shall be used for the award of a prize to be known as Yamanouchi Cell Biology Prize.

2. The fund shall be administered by a board of management consisting of

(1) the Director of Pre-Clinical Studies (or his or her nominee);

(2) a person appointed by the Medical Sciences Board in consultation with the Director of Pre-Clinical Studies for such period or periods as it shall determine.

3. The prize shall be awarded annually, provided that there is a candidate of sufficient merit, for performance in the Honour School of Physiological Sciences on such terms as the board of management shall from time to time determine.

4. The board of management may in any year withhold the prize if in its opinion there is no candidate of sufficient merit. Income not expended in any year shall be carried forward for expenditure in subsequent years.

5. Council shall have power to amend this decree from time to time, provided that the purpose of the fund, as defined in clause 1 above, shall always be kept in view.'

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Decree (5): Replacement of the Preliminary Examination in Physical Sciences with separate examinations

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Physical Sciences Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, replaces the Preliminary Examination in Physical Sciences with separate Preliminary Examinations for Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Metallurgy and Science of Materials, and Physics.

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

Text of Decree (5)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1999, p. 23, after l. 34 insert:

`Chemistry,'.

2 Ibid., after l. 36 insert:

`Earth Sciences,'.

3 Ibid., p. 24, after l. 9 insert:

`Metallurgy and Science of Materials,'.

4 Ibid., delete l. 21 and substitute:

`Physics,'.

5 Ibid., p. 25, l. 2, delete `Physical Sciences' and substitute `Chemistry, or in Earth Sciences, or in Engineering Science, or in Metallurgy and Science of Materials, or in Physics'.

6 Ibid., p. 26, delete ll. 6--8 and renumber existing cl. 17 (l. 9) as cl. 16.

7 Ibid., p. 72, ll. 5--6 and 10, in each case delete `Physics in the Preliminary Examination in Physical Sciences' and substitute `the Preliminary Examination in Physics'.

8 Ibid., p. 97, ll. 34--5, delete `for the Preliminary Examination in Physical Sciences' and substitute `in the schedule of subjects for the Preliminary Examinations in Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Metallurgy and Science of Materials, and Physics'.

9 Ibid., p. 103, delete ll. 12--18 and substitute:

`Preliminary Examinations in certain Physical Sciences

Chemistry

Earth Sciences

Metallurgy and Science of Materials

Physics

1. The subjects of each Preliminary Examination, its syllabus, and the number of papers in it shall be prescribed by regulation from time to time by the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board.

2. Candidates in each Preliminary Examination must offer five subjects at one examination, provided that a candidate who has failed in one, two, or three subjects may offer that number of subjects at a subsequent examination.'

10 Ibid., p. 113, l. 46 and p. 114, l. 2, in each case delete `Physics in the Preliminary Examination in Physical Sciences' and substitute `the Preliminary Examination in Physics'.

11 Ibid., p. 120, delete ll. 42--5 and substitute:

`The Preliminary Examinations in Chemistry,       Mathematical and
Earth Sciences, Engineering Science,               Physical
Metallurgy and Science of Materials, and           Sciences.'
Physics.

12 Ibid., p. 1026, delete ll. 44--5 and substitute:

`in the Preliminary Examinations in Chemistry, in Earth Sciences, in Engineering Science, in Metallurgy and Science of Materials, and in Physics for two years;'.

13 Ibid., p. 1027, delete l. 33.

14 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 2000.

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Decree (6): Changes in the arrangements for the admission of candidates to the First and Second Public Examinations to allow the award of honours in Honour Moderations in Classics and the Honour School of Literae Humaniores to candidates suspending their studies

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Literae Humaniores Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, provides for candidates who have suspended their studies for up to three terms to be classified in both Honour Moderations in Classics and the Honour School of Literae Humaniores without the need to obtain permission from the Applications Committee of Council.

Text of Decree (6)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1999, p. 24, l. 32, delete `fifth' and substitute `eighth'.

2 Ibid., p. 125, l. 4, after `term' insert `, or in the eighth term in the case of Honour Moderations in Classics,'.

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Decree (7): Establishment of M.St. in International Human Rights Law

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Committee on Continuing Education and with the concurrence of the General Board, establishes a new degree of M.St. in International Human Rights Law, to be offered by the Department for Continuing Education. This will draw on experience in the International Programmes Division of the department of running courses in this subject area over the last six years, and wide-ranging consultations have taken place with members of the Law Faculty and others over the degree's content. The course is innovative in its structure and mode of delivery, combining elements of distance learning with face-to-face tuition. The decree also provides for a fee of £5,444 to be charged for the course. The level of fee reflects the unusual nature of the course, in particular the costs associated with providing distance-learning materials and intensive residential courses.

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

Text of Decree (7)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1999, p. 662, after l. 15 insert:
`International Human Rights Law         Committee on Continuing       
                                             Education'.

2 Ibid., p. 1090, after l. 14 insert:

`(d) for members of the University working for the Degree of M.St. in International Human Rights Law, £5,444.'

3 Ibid., l. 15, delete `(d)' and substitute `(e)'.

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Decree (8): Syllabus and assessment arrangements for the Second Examination for the Degree of Bachelor of Medicine

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Clinical Medicine Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, reflects changes agreed by the faculty board in the syllabus and assessment arrangements for the Second BM.

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

Text of Decree (8)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1999, p. 924, l. 33, after `notified to candidates by it.' insert `No candidate shall commence Year 2 or 3 until he or she has satisfactorily completed Year 1 or 2 respectively, unless the Director of Clinical Studies at his or her discretion should, in exceptional circumstances, decide that the candidate may proceed to the next year of study on condition that he or she should undertake remedial work and if necessary be reassessed at a later date.'

2 Ibid., p. 1018, l. 32, delete `Orthopaedic Surgery' and substitute `Trauma and Orthopaedics, Accident and Emergency, and Musculo-Skeletal Medicine'.

3 Ibid., p. 1055, l. 27, delete `Chairman of the Examiners' and substitute `Director of Clinical Studies'.

Key to Decree (8)

Cl. 1 requires candidates to have satisfactorily completed each year of the course before progressing to the next year of study (instead of being required only to have satisfactorily completed the first two years before proceeding to the third, which is the present provision).

Cl. 2 provides for the appointment of examiners for a new integrated course.

Cl. 3 changes one of the signatories required for the Years 1 and 2 pass lists for the Second BM.

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Decree (9): Amendments to provisions governing the Certificate in Theology and the B.Th.

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Theology Board and with the concurrence of the General Board:

(a) renames the Two-Year Certificate in Theology (which is now the only certificate in that subject) as the Certificate in Theology;

(b) allows for part-time provision in the course for the certificate on the basis of the equivalence of two years of part-time study to each single year of full-time study;

(c) reintroduces the possibility of allowing candidates who have successfully completed the certificate to transfer to the B.Th. (a provision which was inadvertently deleted in an earlier revision some years ago).

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

Text of Decree (9)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1999, p. 994, l. 13, delete `TWO-YEAR'.

2 Ibid., l. 23, delete `Two-Year'.

3 Ibid., after l. 42 insert new cll. 5–6:

`5. Part-time students for the Certificate in Theology shall in each case be required to pursue their course of study for twice the number of terms required of an equivalent full-time student.

6. On completion of their course, candidates who have been awarded the Certificate in Theology may, with the approval of the Board of the Faculty of Theology, offer the remaining papers necessary to meet the requirements for the award of the Degree of Bachelor of Theology.'

4 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 2000, provided that candidates accepted onto the course with effect from Michaelmas Term 1999 shall be examined under the provisions of the decree and regulations governing the Two-Year Certificate as they stood at 30 September 1999.

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Decree (10): Appointment of examiners in the Honour Schools of Natural Science (Metallurgy and Science of Materials) and Materials, Economics, and Management

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Physical Sciences Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, will facilitate a more equitable and efficient distribution of the examining load over the academic staff of the Department of Materials.

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

Text of Decree (10)

In Examination Decrees, 1999, p. 1028, ll. 38–40 delete `hold office ... Part II only' and substitute `normally hold office for two years'.

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Decree (11): Approval of examining conventions

Explanatory note

When legislation was enacted in Michaelmas Term 1998 to alter the arrangements for the nomination of examiners so that nominating committees became committees of faculty boards or of other bodies responsible for the course and the examination (Decree (1) of 12 November 1999, Gazette, Vol. 129, p. 358), it was stated in the explanatory note that one consequence of this would be that the responsible bodies should henceforth extend their responsibility to the giving of approval to the conventions adopted by examiners. It has been decided by the General Board, in the light of various queries, that it would be desirable to provide explicitly for this by legislation, and Council has accordingly made the following decree to that effect.

Text of Decree (11)

In Examination Decrees, 1999, p. 1040, after l. 30 insert new cl. 18 as follows and renumber existing cll. 18–28 (pp. 1040–4) as cll. 19–29:

`Approval of Conventions

18. The conventions to be used by the examiners in any examination shall be approved annually by the faculty board or other body responsible for the course and the examination, subject to the right of a board of examiners to make minor adjustments to the conventions during any particular examination, without reference to the responsible body, if there are exceptional circumstances which so require. In the event of a dispute between the examiners and the responsible body, the matter shall be referred to the Proctors who shall act as arbiters to resolve the dispute.

Nothing in this provision shall affect the authority of the examiners in the making of academic judgements on the performance of each candidate.'

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Decree (12): Electoral Board for the Professorship of Geology

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Physical Sciences and Biological Sciences Boards and with the concurrence of the General Board, provides for the appointment of a second General Board elector to the Professorship of Geology, in accordance with current practice, without diluting the representation of the two faculty boards concerned.

Text of Decree (12)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VII, Sect. III, § 95, cl. 2 (Statutes, 1997, p. 436), the General Board shall appoint two members of the electoral board for the Professorship of Geology to serve for the duration of the impending proceedings to fill the professorship.

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Decree (13): Number of examiners in the Second Examination for the Degree of Bachelor of Medicine in Year 3

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VI, Sect. II. A, § 1, cl. 3 (Examination Decrees, 1999, p. 1019, ll. 13–16), the number of additional examiners who may assist at the discretion of the chairman of the Year 3 Examiners in the Second Examination for the Degree of Bachelor of Medicine in 2000 shall be twenty-six.

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Decree (14): Consent to amendments to Statutes of St Hilda's College

The consent of the University is given to the amendments to Statutes III, VII, and XI of St Hilda's College approved by the Governing Body on 10 November 1999, in so far as such consent is required by Section 7 (2) of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923.

Note. The effects of the amendments are to remove ambiguities and outdated elements.

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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 19 May, see `Examinations and Boards' below.

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