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CONGREGATION 18 October

Degree by Special Resolution

The following special resolution will be deemed to be approved at noon on 18 October, 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:

EDWARD CHARLES HOLMES, New College

BRONWEN MARGOT MORGAN, MA status, St Hilda's College

PAUL MULDOON, Hertford College

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CONGREGATION 19 October

Notice

The meeting of Congregation is cancelled. The sole business comprises questions to which no opposition has been notified and in respect of which no request for an adjournment has been received, and Mr Vice- Chancellor will accordingly declare the special resolutions carried without a meeting under the provisions of Tit. II, Sect. iii, cl. 11 (Statutes, 1997, p. 8).

Declaration of approval of Special Resolutions authorising expenditure from the Higher Studies Fund

(1) That the Curators of the University Chest be authorised to expend from the unearmarked part of the Higher Studies Fund a sum of £52K as a contribution towards the cost of a postdoctoral research assistant over five years, and a sum of up to £62K to cover the cost of three research studentships for two years, both grants being in support of the incoming Professor of Clinical Neurology.

(2) That the Curators of the University Chest be authorised to expend from the unearmarked part of the Higher Studies Fund such sum, initially estimated at £136K, as is needed to cover the cost of bridging a University Lectureship in Physics for four years, and a sum, initially estimated at £75K, as a contribution towards the costs of postdoctoral support over five years, both grants being in support of the incoming Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics.

(3) That the Curators of the University Chest be authorised to expend from the unearmarked part of the Higher Studies Fund such sum, initially estimated at £85K, as is necessary to cover the cost of a postdoctoral research assistant in support of the incoming Professor of Mathematics and its Applications.

(4) That the Curators of the University Chest be authorised to expend from that part of the Higher Studies Fund which is earmarked for Social Studies the sum of £100K over two years to enable the Bodleian Law Library to purchase new periodicals and journals.

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CONGREGATION 2 November 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 preamble of the statute at item 2 below, or of any wish to speak or to ask a question concerning the Vice- Chancellor's Oration under item 3 below, signed in each case by at least two members of Congregation, must be given to the Registrar by noon on Monday, 25 October (see the Guide to Procedures in Congregation cited in the note at the end of `University Agenda').

1 Voting on Statutes promulgated on 12 October

Statute (1): Establishment of Degree of Master of Fine Art

Statute (2): Establishment of Ernest Butten Professorship of Management Studies

Statute (3): Prize for an English Poem on a Sacred Subject

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2 Promulgation of Statute

Statute: Changes to the College Contributions Scheme

Explanatory note

One element in the settlement imposed on Oxford and Cambridge by the Secretary of State for Education and Employment in relation to college fees was a requirement for both universities to increase the level of transfers of funds from the wealthier to the poorer colleges. In essence, the two Universities undertook to double the existing rate of redistribution, and written commitments to this effect were made in October 1998 after consultation with Heads of House. The letter from the Department for Education and Employment to the Chief Executive of HEFCE of 8 December 1998, which instructed the Funding Council in the matter of the college fee settlement, noted that the Secretary of State `particularly welcomes the Universities' plans for the redeployment of private funds between the richer and poorer colleges'.

During the summer, Oxford was asked by HEFCE about progress being made to implement this commitment. This enquiry from HEFCE is linked to negotiations currently in train with the Funding Council over the final details of the settlement. Accordingly, after discussion with the Chairman of the College Contributions Committee, the Chairman and the Chairman-elect of the Conference of Colleges, and representatives of the Estates Bursars' Committee, a commitment was given to HEFCE during the Long Vacation that legislation to give effect to the undertaking made to the Secretary of State in relation to the redistribution of wealth between colleges would be brought forward as early as possible in Michaelmas Term.

Acting on the advice of the College Contributions Committee, and taking into account discussions held with Heads of House and other representatives of colleges, Council now promotes the following change to the College Contributions Statute in order to phase in a doubling of the rate of contributions made by donor colleges to the College Contributions Fund, over a period of five years, and to maintain that level for a further three years.

In bringing forward this legislation, Council wishes to draw attention to the fact that the College Contributions Committee is currently undertaking a more thorough-going review of the structure and objectives of the College Contributions Scheme. It expects this review to be completed as a matter of urgency, alongside a parallel review of college accounts being undertaken by the College Accounts Committee, which Council also expects to be completed with similar expedition. Council wishes to emphasise that the present proposed change in legislation, necessary to meet commitments made to the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, does not in any way preclude further more significant changes to the College Contributions Statute in due course, after there has been proper discussion and consideration of proposals, provided only that no subsequent change should prejudice the University's continuing ability to meet the commitment given to the Secretary of State.

Since the College Contributions Statute is a `Queen-in- Council' Statute, the approval of Her Majesty in the Privy Council to the change set out below will be required, if Congregation gives its approval.

WHEREAS it is expedient to make certain changes to the College Contributions Scheme in order to increase the level of transfers of funds from the wealthier to the poorer colleges, 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. XII, Sect. I, cl. 6 (Statutes, 1997, p. 83), after:

`In respect of the first 8 units of 
    statutory endowment income                         Nil'
delete `In respect of ... 7½ per cent thereof' and substitute:
`Payment in Hilary Term, based on accounts for the immediately preceding financial year:
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
In respect of the next unit 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 4.5 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0
In respect of the next unit 5.0 6.0 7.0 8.0 9.0 10.0 10.0 10.0 10.0
In respect of the remainder 7.5 9.0 10.5 12.0 13.5 15.0 15.0 15.0 15.0'

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3 Presentation of Vice-Chancellor's Oration

The Oration delivered by Mr Vice-Chancellor on 5 October will be presented and may be discussed.

¶ The text of the Oration has been published as Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4523.

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