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CONGREGATION 21 March

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 nomination of the Vice- Chancellor approved, the statute approved, the preamble adopted, and the special resolutions carried without a meeting under the provisions of Tit. II, Sect. iii, cl. 11 (Statutes, 1997, p. 8).

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CONGREGATION 2 May 2 p.m.

¶ Members of Congregation are reminded that written notice of any intention to vote against the preambles of the statutes at item 1 below or the special resolution at item 2 below, or of any intention to speak or ask a question concerning the Annual Review of the University at item 3 below, signed in each case by at least two members of Congregation, must be given to the Registrar by noon on Monday, 24 April (see the Guide to Procedures in Congregation cited in the note at the end of `University Agenda').

1 Promulgation of Statutes

Statute (1): Faculty Boards, the Bioscience Research Board, and Divisional Boards

Explanatory note

Under the changes in governance structures approved by Congregation on 29 June 1999 (Gazette, Vol. 129, pp. 1323, 1482), the new Divisional Boards will be established with effect from the beginning of Michaelmas Term 2000. The Bioscience Research Board and the existing faculty boards in the three science divisions, with the exception of the Anthropology and Geography Board (which is still reviewing its future), have agreed that they should be abolished with effect from the same date, and the following legislation provides accordingly.

(1) WHEREAS it is expedient to abolish certain of the present faculty boards and the Bioscience Research Board once the University's new divisional structure is in place, THE UNIVERSITY ENACTS AS FOLLOWS.

1 In Tit. V, Sect. II (Statutes, 1997, p. 39, as amended by the Statute approved by Congregation on 29 June 1999, Gazette, Vol. 129, pp. 1323, 1482), before cl. 1 insert:

`§ 1. Functions and Powers of Divisional Boards'.

2 Ibid., after cl. 4 insert:

`§ 2. Additional Functions and Powers of the Medical Sciences Board

1. In addition to the functions and powers of Divisional Boards laid down under sub-section 1 above, the Medical Sciences Board shall

(a) consider questions of medical policy affecting the relations of the University with NHS bodies within the region, and make recommendations, where appropriate, to Council and the committees of Council after such consultation as may be necessary with the NHS body concerned;

(b) promote work in the field of medical research by the allocation, through a Medical Research Fund Committee, of that part of the annual income of the Nuffield Benefaction for the Advancement of Medicine approved for that purpose by the Trustees of the Benefaction, together with such other funds as may accrue in the General Clinical Fund under the provisions of Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 5. B, cl. 3 (e), and any other contributions or donations for general medical research purposes. The Medical Research Fund Committee shall comprise:

(1) the Head of the Medical Sciences Division or his or her nominee (chairman);

(2)–(4) three persons appointed by the Nuffield Benefaction Committee;

(5)–(7) three persons appointed by the Medical Sciences Board from among the members of the Faculty of Clinical Medicine; provided that at least four of the six persons appointed under (2)'(7) shall be the holder of one of the professorships listed in Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 5, SCHEDULE C, and at least one of those six persons shall be a person engaged in hospital laboratory work.

2. There shall be a standing committee of the Medical Sciences Board for the regulation of arrangements for the validation of the Oxford Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology. The committee shall consist of two representatives of the Medical Sciences Board and two representatives of the Course Directorate. The committee shall have such powers and duties in respect of the Degree of Doctor of Clinical Psychology as may from time to time be prescribed by the Medical Sciences Board. The representatives of the course shall have the right to attend any meeting of the Divisional Board for any item concerning the course.

3. The Medical Sciences Board shall be responsible for maintaining a University Medical Students' Register of such members of the University as are engaged in the study of Medicine in Oxford with a view to obtaining a qualification to practise, and shall make such regulations as it shall deem necessary for the discharge of such responsibility. No person shall be admitted to the First Examination for the Degree of Bachelor of Medicine unless his or her name is on the register.

4. The Medical Sciences Board shall also maintain a Clinical Students' Register of students admitted to work in Oxford for the Second Examination for the Degree of Bachelor of Medicine, or other qualifying medical examinations, and is empowered to remove any name from such register (in the case of a matriculated member of the University, after consultation with the student's society). No person shall be admitted to the Second Examination for the Degree of Bachelor of Medicine unless his or her name is on the register.

5. The Secretary to the Medical Sciences Board shall, when required, sign certificates for medical examinations for students who have completed courses satisfying requirements of the General Medical Council and the examining body concerned.'

3 In Tit. VI, Sect. II, cl. 1 (p. 43), delete `There shall be a faculty board ... made on the recommendation of the General Board) of' and substitute:

`There shall be a faculty board for each of the following faculties:

(1) Anthropology and Geography;

(2) English Language and Literature;

(3) Law;

(4) Literae Humaniores;

(5) Management;

(6) Medieval and Modern Languages;

(7) Modern History;

(8) Music;

(9) Oriental Studies;

(10) Social Studies;

(11)Theology.

Unless otherwise prescribed for a particular board by decree, each board shall consist of'.

4 In Tit. VIII, Sect. VI, cl. 1 (p. 63), delete `Bioscience Research Board'.

5 This statute shall be effective from the date of the establishment of the Life and Environmental Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Medical Sciences Boards.


Decree to be made by Council if the Statute is approved

1 In Ch. II, Sect. VII, § 1, cl. 1, concerning official members of faculty boards (Statutes, 1997, p. 243, as renumbered by Decree (1) of 4 November 1999, Gazette, p. 294), delete `1. The persons qualified ... Psychological Studies,' and substitute `The persons qualified to be official members of the boards of the faculties listed in Tit. VI, Sect. II, cl. 1 (other than the Boards of the Faculties of Management and of Music)'.

2 Ibid., delete cl. 2.

3 Ibid., SCHEDULE (pp. 244'6), delete the lists under Biological Sciences, Clinical Medicine, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Physiological Sciences.

4 Ibid., § 4, cl. 1, concerning the number and tenure of members of faculty boards (p. 247), delete `(except those ... of this chapter)' and substitute `(except those of Management and of Music, as to which see Sectt. X and XI of this chapter)'.

5 Ibid., cll. 1 and 2 (p. 248), in the lists of numbers of members delete in each case the entries for Biological Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, and Physical Sciences.

6 Ibid. (pp. 253'8), delete Sectt. IX, XIII, and XIV (as renumbered by Decree (1) of 28 May 1998, Decree (1) of 4 November 1999, and Decree (1) of 16 December 1999, Gazette, Vol. 128, p. 1284; Vol. 130, pp. 294, 496), concerning the Clinical Medicine, Physiological Sciences, and Psychological Studies Boards, and renumber existing Sectt. X'XII and XV'XVI as Sectt. IX'XIII.

7 In Ch. III (p. 277), delete Sect. XIII, concerning the Bioscience Research Board, and renumber existing Sectt. XIV'XVII (pp. 277'91) as Sectt. XIII'XVI.

8 Notwithstanding any provision of any statute, decree, or regulation to the contrary, and pursuant to cll. 13 and 55 of the Statute approved by Congregation on 29 June 1999 (Gazette, Vol. 129, pp. 1323, 1482), and subsequently by Her Majesty in Council, references in any statute, decree, or regulation to the Bioscience Research Board shall be deemed to be references to the Medical Sciences Board, and references in any statute, decree, or regulation to any of the following former faculty boards shall be deemed to be references to the relevant Divisional Board as follows.

     Former faculty board              Divisional Board

     Biological Sciences               Life and Environmental Sciences
     Clinical Medicine                 Medical Sciences
     Mathematical Sciences             Mathematical and Physical Sciences
     Physical Sciences                 Mathematical and Physical Sciences
     Physiological Sciences            Medical Sciences
     Psychological Studies             Medical Sciences

9 This decree shall be effective from the date of the establishment of the Divisional Boards listed in clause 8 above.

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Statute (2): Conversion of the Readership in Bacteriology into a Professorship of Microbiology

Explanatory note

Council and the General Board have accepted the case made by the Physiological Sciences Board for the conversion of the Readership in Bacteriology into a Professorship of Microbiology, the extra costs (including some support costs) to be met from the E.P Abraham Research Fund. The following statute, and the decree to be made by Council if the statute is approved, abolish the readership and establish the new chair accordingly.

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

1 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 `Isaac Wolfson Professorship of Metallurgy' insert:

`Professorship of Microbiology'.

2 This statute shall be effective from 1 October 2000.


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. 393), after `Isaac Wolfson Professor of Metallurgy' insert:

`Professor of Microbiology'.

2 Ibid., Sect. III, concerning particular professorships, readerships, etc. (p. 408), delete § 21 and renumber existing §§ 22–9 (pp. 408–13, as renumbered by Decree (1) of 13 January 2000, Gazette, p. 562) as §§ 21–8.

3 Ibid. (p. 478), insert new § 213 as follows and renumber existing §§ 213–17 (pp. 478–80, as renumbered by Decree (1) of 27 November 1997, 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. 128, p. 434; Vol. 129, pp. 276, 580, 938; Vol. 130, p. 256) as §§ 214–18:

`§ 213. Professor of Microbiology

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

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) a person appointed by Council;

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

(7) the Professor of Pathology;

(8)–(10) three persons 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.'

4 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 2000.

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Statute (3): Establishment of Professorship of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Explanatory note

Council and the General Board have accepted the case made by the Clinical Medicine Board for the establishment of a Professorship of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry with funds provided by the NHS. The following statute, and the decree to be made by Council if the statute is approved, establish the new chair accordingly.

(3) WHEREAS it is expedient to establish a Professorship of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, THE UNIVERSITY ENACTS AS FOLLOWS.

In Tit. XV, Sect. II, cl. 1 (Statutes, 1997, p. 111, as renumbered by Statute (2) approved by Congregation on 29 June 1999, Gazette, Vol. 129, pp. 1433, 1482), after `W.A. Handley Professorship of Psychiatry' insert:

`Professorship of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry'.

Decree to be made by Council if the Statute is approved

1 In Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 5. B, SCHEDULE C, concerning professorships (Statutes, 1997, p. 394), after `W.A. Handley Professor of Psychiatry' insert:

`Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry'.

2 Ibid., Sect. III, concerning particular professorships (p. 499), insert new § 268 as follows and renumber existing §§ 268–71 (pp. 499–500, as renumbered by Decree (2) of 11 December 1997, Gazette, Vol. 128, p. 498) as §§ 269–72:

`§ 268. Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

1. The Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry shall lecture and give instruction in Psychiatry.

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) a person appointed by Council;

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

(7) the W.A. Handley Professor of Psychiatry;

(8)–(10) three persons appointed by the Board of the Faculty of Clinical Medicine;

(11) a person holding a clinical appointment appointed by the Oxfordshire Health Authority.

At least three members of the board, of whom one shall be a professor, shall hold clinical appointments.

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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2 Voting on Special Resolution approving the conferment of an Honorary Degree

That the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, upon EDWARD WILLIAM BARRY (BA Connecticut), retiring President of Oxford University Press (USA), be approved.

¶ Mr Barry retires on 31 March 2000 from the Presidency of OUP (USA), a post which he has held for the past eighteen years. During that period he has transformed the Press's American publishing from a relatively modest operation to a major scholarly enterprise.

If the special resolution is approved, the honorary degree will be conferred at the degree ceremony on 17 June 2000.

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3 Presentation of the Annual Review of the University

The Annual Review of the University for 1998–9 (Supplement* No. 1 to Gazette Vol. 130, February 2000) will be presented and may be discussed.

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