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CONGREGATION 13 March

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 13 March.

Text of Special Resolution

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

MICHAEL SMITHSON, Magdalen College

JENNIFER AYDELOTT UTMAN, Magdalen College

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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 13 March

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 31 March.

List of the decrees:

Decree (1): Establishment of Degree of Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Explanatory note

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor will declare carried, without holding the meeting of Congregation on 21 March, the Statute establishing the Degree of Doctor of Clinical Psychology, which was promulgated on 7 March (see `University Agenda' below). Council has accordingly made the following decree, which gives effect to consequential changes. The decree omits cl. 9 of the text originally published as the decree to be made by Council if the Statute was approved (Gazette, p. 799), as that provision, for special functions and powers belonging to the Medical Sciences Board, has subsequently been incorporated into the proposed Statute (1) the promulgation of which is on the agenda for the meeting of Congregation on 2 May (see `University Agenda' below).

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

Text of Decree (1)

[For text see decree annexed to Statute from Gazette, 17 February 2000.]

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Decree (2): Committee on Animal Care

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Committee on Animal Care, revises that committee's composition and terms of reference to take account of the forthcoming changes in the governance of the University (including the establishment of Divisional Boards and the abolition of certain faculty boards) and the establishment of the new Department of Biomedical Services.

Text of Decree (2)

1 In Ch. II, Sect. II (Statutes, 1997, p. 227), delete § 2 and substitute:

`§ 2. Committee on Animal Care

1. The Committee on Animal Care shall consist of:

(1) the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Services) or a deputy appointed by him or her, who shall be a person not being engaged in work governed by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 and who shall be chairman;

(2), (3) two persons appointed by Council, of whom one shall be and one shall not be a member of a department in which work regulated under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 is undertaken;

(4) the holder of the Certificate of Designation for the Medical and Scientific Departments of the University of Oxford or a person appointed by the Certificate-holder;

(5) the chairman of the Ethics Panel if not otherwise a member;

(6) one of the Proctors or the Assessor as may be agreed between them;

(7)–(9) three persons appointed by the Medical Sciences Board;

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

The committee shall have power to co-opt up to two additional members, who shall hold office for one year and shall be re-eligible.

Appointed members of the committee shall hold office for three years and shall be re-eligible. Casual vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired residue of the period of office of the member demitting office. The Director of Biomedical Services and the Supervisor of Veterinary Services shall normally attend meetings of the committee.

2. The committee shall meet at least once a term. It shall promote best practice and a culture of care for all animals held within or on behalf of the University and, to this end, shall:

(a) advise Council, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Services), and other university bodies, as may be required, on the provision and development of services, facilities, and supporting staff in furtherance of the University's aims and objectives and in accordance with the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 and other relevant enactments;

(b) keep under review the general maintenance, breeding, supply, and condition of animals held within the University (and external research units operating under the University's Certificate of Designation);

(c) keep under review and advise Council and the medical and scientific departments (and external research units operating under the University's Certificate of Designation) on questions concerning the application of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, on the Codes of Practice, conditions, and guidance set out thereunder, and on other relevant legislation;

(d) advise Council on matters relating to the use of animals in teaching and research and on public relations aspects of animal experimentation;

(e) make arrangements for the holding of regular meetings of representatives of all departments and external research units engaged in work under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 for consultation on the development of best practice, on questions concerning Biomedical Services, on veterinary reports, and, as required, on other matters within the committee's terms of reference;

(f) receive forecasts, annual budgets, and reports for Biomedical Services, and report thereon to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Services) and, as necessary, to Council;

(g) receive a termly report from the Supervisor of Veterinary Services on the condition of the animals held within the University, together with any comments thereon by the Ethics Panel and the departmental representative group established under (e) above; the committee shall forward each report to Council, under such conditions as Council shall determine, with its recommendations for action if required;

( h) have general oversight of Biomedical Services and Veterinary Services; including the provision of supporting staff and their career-development, and the provision of resources to enable the services to discharge their functions effectively.

3. The Supervisor of Veterinary Services and the Director of Biomedical Services shall be appointed by Council, with the approval of the Certificate-holder and after consultation with the committee. The terms and conditions of service of the supervisor and the director shall be determined by Council, with the approval of the Certificate-holder and after consultation with the committee, and the supervisor and the director shall be responsible to the committee and to the Certificate-holder for the performance of their duties.

4. The committee shall have power to establish by standing order such subcommittees as it may deem appropriate, provided that these shall always include:

(a) an Ethics Panel (and associated subcommittees) whose composition and terms of reference may not be amended otherwise than with the approval of the Secretary of State, under the terms of conditions of the Certificate of Designation;

(b) a Biomedical Services Committee, which shall, in consultation with the Director of Biomedical Services, have oversight of the provision of biomedical services, of the forecasts, budgets, and performance of the Department of Biomedical Services, and of ensuring a consistent and transparent approach to cost recovery. The committee shall arrange appropriate consultation with users on matters relating to the service and shall report termly to the Committee on Animal Care.'

2 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 2000.

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Decree (3): Electoral Board for the Nuffield Professorship of Pathology

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Clinical Medicine Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, substitutes the Head of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences for the Professor of Morbid Anatomy on the electoral board for the Nuffield Professorship of Pathology. The original legislation predated the reorganisation of the Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

Text of Decree (3)

In Ch. VII, Sect. III, § 243, cl. 2 (7) (Statutes, 1997, p. 486, as amended by Decree (1) of 23 April 1998, Gazette, Vol. 128, p. 1022), delete `Professor of Morbid Anatomy' and substitute `Head of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences'.

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Decree (4): Recognition of Linguistics as a subject in the Honour School of Modern Languages

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Modern Languages Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, makes provision for Linguistics to be recognised as a subject within the Honour School of Modern Languages, such that students may offer, for example, `French and Linguistics' in a manner analogous to offering French and German.

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

Text of Decree (4)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1999, p. 385, l. 8, after `associated with them' insert ', and Linguistics'.

2 Ibid., l. 11, after `two languages' insert ', or one language and Linguistics'.

3 Ibid., after l. 24 insert new cl. 4 as follows and renumber existing cll. 4–7 (pp. 385–6) as cll. 5–8:

`4. Candidates offering the subject Linguistics shall be required to show a competent knowledge of analytical techniques and problems in descriptive and theoretical linguistics and the application of these to the language they are offering.'

4 Ibid., l. 29 delete `language or languages' and substitute `subject or subjects'.

5 Ibid., p. 386, l. 5, delete `language' and substitute `subject'.

6 Ibid., ll. 19 and 20, in each case delete `languages' and substitute `subjects'.

7 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 2001.

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Decree (5): Advanced Diplomas in Continuing Education

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Committee on Continuing Education and with the concurrence of the General Board, provides for a change in the name of certain existing Diplomas to Advanced Diplomas.

Legislation was put forward in July 1999 to introduce a new qualification of Advanced Diploma, to carry 120 CATS points at level 3 (i.e. equivalent to one year's full-time study at third-year undergraduate level). Such awards were introduced in two subjects: Archaeology, and British Studies (Language and Society) (see Decree (8) of 15 July 1999, Gazette, Vol. 129, p. 1534). The Board and Council have subsequently approved a revised qualifications and credit framework put forward by the Committee on Continuing Education, under which existing diplomas at level 3 which carry 60 CATS points (i.e. are equivalent to half of one year's full-time study at third-year undergraduate level) are renamed as Advanced Diplomas.

The legislation now put forward, which supersedes that put forward in July 1999, provides for all Advanced Diplomas to be covered by a single decree, while distinguishing between the three types of Advanced Diploma which now exist, viz. (a) two-year part-time, carrying 120 CATS points: Archaeological Practice; (b) one-year full-time, carrying 120 CATS points: British Studies (Language and Society); and (c) one-year part-time, carrying 60 CATS points: Biblical and Theological Studies, Computing, and Local History.

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

Text of Decree (5)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1999, p. 984, delete ll. 12–33 and substitute:

`UNDERGRADUATE ADVANCED DIPLOMAS
(CONTINUING EDUCATION)

Ch. X, Sect. XVI]

(i) DECREE

1. The Committee on Continuing Education shall have power to grant Advanced Diplomas (two-year part-time), Advanced Diplomas (one-year full-time), and Advanced Diplomas (one-year part-time) to candidates who have satisfied the conditions prescribed in this section and any further conditions which the committee may prescribe by regulation.

2. The examination for each Advanced Diploma (Continuing Education) shall be under the supervision of the Committee on Continuing Education, which shall have power, subject to the approval of the General Board, to make regulations governing the examination.

3. Candidates, whether members of the University or not, may be admitted as students for an Advanced Diploma (Continuing Education) under such conditions as the committee shall prescribe, provided that before admission to a course of study approved by the committee, candidates shall have satisfied the committee that they have appropriate educational experience acceptable to the committee and are well-equipped to enter the proposed course of study.

4. Any person who has been accepted as a candidate for an Advanced Diploma (Continuing Education), and who has satisfactorily pursued a course, the character and length of which have been approved by the committee, may be admitted to the examination.'

2 Decree (8) of 15 July 1999 (Gazette, Vol. 129, p. 1534) is hereby rescinded.

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Decree (6): Terms of office for examiners in Law

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Law Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, makes changes to the length of the term served by examiners in Law.

Text of Decree (6)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1999, p. 1025, ll. 6'8, delete `Examiners ... and' and substitute `Examiners for the Degrees of Bachelor of Civil Law and Magister Juris shall hold office for two years, except for external examiners who shall hold office for up to three years. Examiners'.

2 Ibid., p. 1029, after l. 34, delete `.' and substitute `;'.

3 Ibid., after l. 34 insert: `(17) in the Honour School of Jurisprudence examiners shall hold office for two examinations, except that external examiners may hold office for a third examination.'

4 This decree shall be effective from 1 April 2000.

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Decree (7): Appointment of examiners for Biological Sciences in the Honour School of Natural Science

Explanatory note

The General Board has approved proposals from the Biological Sciences Board to bring forward to the end of Trinity Term of Year 2 a written paper and course assignment currently timed for the start of Michaelmas Term of Year 3. It is therefore necessary to bring forward correspondingly the date for the nomination of examiners, and the following decree provides for this.

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

Text of Decree (7)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1999, p. 1032, l. 19, after `Honour School of Human Sciences' insert `and Honour School of Natural Science (Biological Sciences)'.

2 Ibid., delete ll. 36'7 and substitute: `(a) All Honour Schools except Human Sciences, Natural Science (Biological Sciences), and Oriental Studies.'

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Decree (8): College Contributions Scheme unit of statutory endowment income

Explanatory note

The following decree sets the value of the unit of statutory endowment income for 1999–2000 under the College Contributions Scheme at £124,000.

Text of Decree (8)

The unit of statutory endowment income for 1999–2000 is set at £124,000 under the provisions of Tit. XII, Sect. I, cl. 6 (Statutes, 1997, p. 83).

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Decree (9): Endowment grants from the College Contributions Fund

Explanatory note

Council decided, following the review of the College Contributions Scheme, that a Grants Subcommittee of the College Contributions Committee should be established, consisting mainly of college bursars, to scrutinise prospective recipient colleges' financial position and to make recommendations for the disbursement of funds. It was also decided, following the review, that the fund should be used mainly for increasing the permanent endowment of the poorer colleges and that the disbursement of funds should be made on an annual basis. The following decree authorises the endowment grants which Council has decided, on the recommendation of the College Contributions Committee, to make out of the accumulated balance of the College Contributions Fund under Tit. XII, Sect. I, cl. 2 (b) (Statutes, 1997, p. 82).

Text of Decree (9)

The following amounts shall be paid in 2000 to the colleges named in each case under the provisions of Tit. XII, Sect. I, cl. 2 (b) as grants for the enlargement of the permanent endowment of those colleges.

                                                   £
                  Linacre College               300,000
                  Pembroke College              250,000
                  St Edmund Hall                950,000
                  St Peter's College            550,000
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                                                £2,050,000
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Decree (10): Remission of composition fees (Mr O. Arandjelovic)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VIII, Sect. I, § 6, cl. 14 (Examination Decrees, 1999, p. 1089), Mr O. Arandjelovic, St John's College, shall be required to pay fees at the `home' rate for his period of undergraduate study.

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Decree (11): Consent to amendment to the Statutes of Exeter College

The consent of the University is given to the amendment to Statute III of Exeter College approved by the Governing Body on 6 December 1999, in so far as such consent is required by section 7 (2) of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923.

Note. The effect of the amendment is to remove the requirement that a fellow be a probationary fellow for the first year of his or her fellowship.

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Decree (12): Consent to amendment to the Statutes of Lady Margaret Hall

The consent of the University is given to the amendment to Statute I of Lady Margaret Hall approved by the Governing Body on 1 December 1999, in so far as such consent is required by section 7 (2) of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923.

Note. The effect of the amendment is to amend the quorum for the Governing Body.

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Decree (13): Consent to amendments to the Statutes of Oriel College

The consent of the University is given to the amendments to Statutes IX, III, and IV of Oriel College approved by the Governing Body on 28 April 1999 and 6 October 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:

(a) to amend the provisions relating to retirement age;

(b) to update the provisions the relating to fellowships; and

(c) to amend the provisions relating to scholarships and exhibitions.

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Decree (14): Consent to amendments to the Statutes of St Edmund Hall

The consent of the University is given to the amendments to Statutes IV and VI of St Edmund Hall approved by the Governing Body on 16 May 1999, 16 June 1999, and 7 October 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:

(a) to extend the time available to the Governing Body for the appointment of a new Principal;

(b) to reduce the retiring age of the Principal;

(c) to empower the Governing Body to appoint a Principal for a term of years; and

(d) to relax statutory restrictions relating to the office of Dean, Safety Officer, and Fire Officer.

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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 persons who are qualified for membership of Congregation:

PHILIP BACON, Department of Plant Sciences

STEPHEN ANDREW HARRIS, Department of Plant Sciences

HOLGER FRED HEBESTREIT, Department of Biochemistry

HIROE KAJI, Oriental Institute

PATRICIA HEATHER KNIGHT, Department of Plant Sciences

MARTIN CHRISTOPHER JAMES MAIDEN, Department of Zoology

JOHN RICHARD PANNELL, Somerville College

DAVID ANDREW PRIESTMAN, Department of Biochemistry

ELIZABETH ANN STEDMAN, Department of Plant Sciences

JANET LEONORA STEWART, Somerville 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:

Bacon, P., MA status, Department of Plant Sciences
Harris, S.A., MA status, Department of Plant Sciences
Hebestreit, H.F., MA status, Department of Biochemistry
Kaji, H., MA status, Oriental Institute
Knight, P.H., MA status, Department of Plant Sciences
Leaver, L.B., BM, MA, Queen's
Maiden, M.C.J., MA status, Department of Zoology
Pannell, J.R., MA status, Somerville
Priestman, D.A., MA status, Department of Biochemistry
Smithson, M., MA, Magdalen
Stedman, E.A., MA status, Department of Plant Sciences
Stewart, J.L., MA status, Somerville
Utman, J.A., MA, Magdalen

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CONGREGATION 15 March

1 Admission of Proctors

MARTIN DANIEL EDWARD SLATER, MA, M.PHIL., Fellow of St Edmund Hall, and PROFESSOR RICHARD SHARPE, MA (MA, PH.D. Cambridge), Fellow of Wadham College, were presented to the Vice-Chancellor and admitted to office, the former as Senior Proctor and the latter as Junior Proctor for the ensuing year,

2 Admission of Assessor

LAWRENCE NEIL GOLDMAN, MA (MA Cambridge), Fellow of St Peter's College, was presented to the Vice-Chancellor and admitted to office as Assessor for the ensuing year.

3 Admission of Pro-Proctors

The Senior Proctor nominated STEPHEN RICHARD BLAMEY, B.PHIL., MA, D.PHIL., and ANDREW STEPHEN KAHN, MA, D.PHIL. (BA Amherst, MA Harvard), Fellows of St Edmund Hall, to be his Deputies.

The Junior Proctor nominated STEPHEN JOHN TUCKER, MA, D.PHIL., and JÖRN LEONHARD, MA, M.ST. (MA, DR.PHIL. Heidelberg), Fellows of Wadham College, to be his Deputies.

The Deputies were presented to the Vice-Chancellor and admitted to office.


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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 31 March, see `Examinations and Boards' below.

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