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CONGREGATION 15 May

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 15 May.

Text of Special Resolution

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

STEVEN DAVID KENNY, MA status, Linacre College

MARGARET TAYLOR, St Cross College

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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 15 May

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 2 June.

List of the decrees:

Decree (1): Attendance at meetings of the new Council

Explanatory note

Last term the present Council made a decree (Gazette, p. 868) reducing for members of the new Council with effect from Michaelmas Term 2000 the minimum number of meetings which they must attend each year. The new requirement was predicated on there being fourteen stated meetings annually instead of the present seventeen. In fact, however, the new Council has now held its first meeting, in `shadow' form, and has agreed to hold only eleven stated meetings annually (three in each term and two in the Long Vacation). Council has accordingly made the following decree to reduce the minimum attendance requirement proportionately, to eight of the eleven meetings (and six of the eleven in the case of a member granted dispensation from prescribed duties for at least one term in the year concerned, or prevented from attendance by what, in the Vice-Chancellor's opinion, are other good reasons).

Text of Decree (1)

1 In Ch. II, Sect. I, § 23, cl. 1 (Statutes, 1997, p. 227, as renumbered by Decree (1) of 27 January 2000 and subsequently amended by Decree (1) of 2 March 2000, Gazette, pp. 658, 868), delete `fewer meetings than ten' and substitute `fewer meetings than eight'.

2 Ibid., proviso (a), delete `ten bears' and substitute `eight bears'.

3 Ibid., proviso (b) delete `at least eight meetings' and substitute `at least six meetings'.

4 Ibid., delete `proportion to eight' and substitute `proportion to six'.

5 Ibid., proviso (c), delete `eight meetings less the number' and substitute `six meetings less the number'.

6 Ibid., delete `proportion to eight' and substitute `proportion to six'.

7 Ibid., cl. 2, delete `fewer meetings than ten' and substitute `fewer meetings than eight'.

8 Ibid., proviso (a), delete `ten bears' and substitute `eight bears'.

9 Ibid., proviso (b), delete `eight meetings less the number' and substitute `six meetings less the number'.

10 Ibid., delete `proportion to eight' and substitute `proportion to six'.

11 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 2000.

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Decree (2): Timetable for elections to Divisional and Faculty Boards

Explanatory note

The first elections to the new Divisional Boards were held in Hilary Term under a decree made by Council the previous term (Decree (1) of 4 November 1999, Gazette, p. 294). That legislation was modelled on the existing timetable for elections to faculty boards (Ch. II, Sect. VI, § 5, Statutes, 1997, p. 249), but experience has shown that the greater complexity of the procedure for Divisional Board elections would make it more practicable for them to be held in accordance with the existing timetable for elections in Congregation (Tit. II, Sect. IX, ibid., p. 16). The principal difference between the two timetables is that six-member nominations have to be received at least seventeen days in advance of the date for the return of completed voting papers in the case of the latter, as against eight days (or fourteen for elections to the Medical Sciences [Divisional] Board or the Clinical Medicine [Faculty] Board, the second of which will no longer exist after 30 September 2000) in the case of the former.

The following decree changes the timetable for Divisional Board elections accordingly. Many of the existing faculty boards will remain under the new governance structures with effect from 1 October 2000, and Council considers that there would be advantage in having the same timetable for future elections to faculty boards as for other elections. The following decree therefore also changes the timetable for those elections to correspond with the others.

Text of Decree (2)

1 In Ch. II, Sect. IV, § 2, cl. 1, concerning elections to Divisional Boards (Statutes, 1997, p. 240, as amended by Decree (1) of 4 November 1999, Gazette, p. 294), delete `thirty-five days' notice' and substitute `twenty-eight days' notice'.

2 Ibid., delete cll. 2--3 and substitute:

`2. No candidate shall have votes reckoned to him or her at any election, unless he or she shall have been nominated in writing not later than 4 p.m. on the twenty-fourth day before that fixed for the election by two persons, other than the candidate, qualified under the provisions of sub-section 1 of this section to vote for his or her election, or not later than the seventeenth day before that fixed for the election by six such persons other than the candidate.

3. All nominations, dated and signed, shall be delivered to the Secretary of Faculties and Academic Registrar within the times above prescribed, and in such form as shall be prescribed by the Vice-Chancellor, and shall be published by the Secretary of Faculties and Academic Registrar in the University Gazette as soon as possible.'

3 Ibid., cl. 5 (1), delete `; provided that ... the election'.

4 Ibid., Sect. VI, § 5, cl. 1, concerning elections to faculty boards (p. 249), delete `thirty-five days' notice' and substitute `twenty-eight days' notice'.

5 Ibid., delete cll. 2--3 and substitute:

`2. No candidate shall have votes reckoned to him or her at any election, unless he or she shall have been nominated in writing not later than 4 p.m. on the twenty-fourth day before that fixed for the election by two persons, other than the candidate, qualified under the provisions of § 3, cl. 1 of this section to vote for his or her election, or not later than the seventeenth day before that fixed for the election by six such persons other than the candidate.

3. All nominations, dated and signed, shall be delivered to the Secretary of Faculties and Academic Registrar within the times above prescribed, and in such form as shall be prescribed by the Vice-Chancellor, and shall be published by the Secretary of Faculties and Academic Registrar in the University Gazette as soon as possible.'

6 Ibid., cl. 5 (1), delete `; provided that ... the election'.

7 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 2000.

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Decree (3): Faculty Boards, the Bioscience Research Board, and Divisional Boards

Decree (4): Conversion of the Readership in Bacteriology into a Professorship of Microbiology

Decree (5): Establishment of Professorship of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Explanatory note to Decrees (3)--(5)

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor will declare carried, without holding the meeting of Congregation on 23 May, Statute (1) abolishing certain faculty boards and the Bioscience Research Board, Statute (2) converting the Readership in Bacteriology into a Professorship of Microbiology, and Statute (3) establishing a Professorship of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, which were promulgated on 2 May (see `University Agenda' below). Council has accordingly made the following decrees, which give effect to consequential changes.

Text of Decree (3)

[For text, see decree annexed to Statute (1) from Gazette, 16 March 2000.]

Text of Decree (4)

[For text, see decree annexed to Statute (2) from Gazette, 16 March 2000.]

Text of Decree (5)

[For text, see decree annexed to Statute (3) from Gazette, 16 March 2000.]

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Decree (6): Establishment of M.Sc. in Applied and Computational Mathematics

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Mathematical Sciences Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, establishes a one-year course in Applied and Computational Mathematics for the degree of M.Sc. Examination will be by written papers, projects, continuous assessments, an oral presentation, thesis, and viva.

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

Text of Decree (6)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1999, p. 731, after l. 4 insert:
`Applied and Computational         Mathematical Sciences'.
   Mathematics

2 Ibid., p. 1025, after l. 38 insert:

`in Applied and Computational Mathematics for three examinations;'.

3 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 2000.

Key to Decree (6)

Cl. 1 inserts Applied and Computational Mathematics into the list of examinations for the degree of M.Sc.

Cl. 2 provides for the period of office of examiners.

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Decree (7): Establishment of M.Sc. in Human Geography

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Anthropology and Geography Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, establishes a one-year course in Human Geography for the degree of M.Sc. This will complement the new M.Sc. in Environmental Geomorphology, for which candidates will be admitted from October 2000. The course will introduce candidates to the advanced research methods and practices of contemporary human geography, and will encourage the development of advanced research skills. Examination will be by written papers, thesis, and viva.

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

Text of Decree (7)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1999, p. 731, after l. 32 insert:
`Human Geography         Anthropology and Geography'.

2 Ibid., p. 1026, after l. 10 insert:

`in Human Geography for three examinations;'.

3 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 2001.

Key to Decree (7)

Cl. 1 inserts Human Geography into the list of examinations for the degree of M.Sc.

Cl. 2 provides for the period of office of examiners.

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Decree (8): Electoral Board for the Fiat--Serena Professorship of Italian Studies

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VII, Sect. iii, § 146, cl. 2 (Statutes, 1997, p. 454), Dr R.C.S. Walker, Fellow of Magdalen College, Head-elect of the Humanities Division, shall serve ex officio as a tenth member of the electoral board for the Fiat--Serena Professorship of Italian Studies for the duration of the impending proceedings to appoint a successor to Professor J.R. Woodhouse.

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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 person who is qualified for membership of Congregation:

TREVOR WILLIAM LAMBERT, Department of Primary Health Care

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3 Register of Congregation

Mr Vice-Chancellor reports that the following names have been added to the Register of Congregation:

Cockburn, T.J., MA, St Anne's
Giles, K., MA, D.Phil., University
Hilton, M.J., MA, Pembroke
Lambert, T.W., MA status, Department of Primary Health Care
Taylor, M., MA, St Cross

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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 2 June, see `Examinations and Boards' below.

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