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CONGREGATION 17 June

Conferment of Honorary Degree

The Degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, approved by Special Resolution of Congregation on 2 May, was conferred upon EDWARD WILLIAM BARRY (BA Connecticut), formerly President of Oxford University Press (USA).

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CONGREGATION 19 June

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 19 June.

Text of Special Resolution

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

BYRON WALTER BYRNE, Magdalen College

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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL

1 Decree

Council has made the following decree, to come into effect on 7 July.

Decree (1): Honour Schools of Experimental Psychology and of Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Psychological Studies, Physiological Sciences, and Literae Humaniores Boards and with the concurrence of the General Board, amends the existing decrees governing the Honour Schools of Experimental Psychology and of Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology (PPP) to provide for Part I and Part II examinations for those taking papers in Psychology in those two Honour Schools.

This is necessary to comply with the British Psychological Society's requirements for continued graduate recognition of the PPP course. The General Board has agreed to the change without prejudice to the general question of the introduction of second-year examinations, and without precedent for other subjects.

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

Text of Decree (1)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1999, p. 221, delete ll. 5--24, and substitute:

`1. The subject of the Honour School of Experimental Psychology shall be the study of psychology as an experimental science.

2. The examination in Experimental Psychology shall consist of two parts. In Part I candidates shall be examined in the subjects prescribed by the Medical Sciences Board. In Part II candidates shall be examined in the subjects prescribed by the Medical Sciences Board and shall also present, as part of the examination, a project report based on work carried out under supervision prescribed by the Board.

3. No candidate shall be admitted for the Part I examination in this school unless he or she has either passed or been exempted from the First Public Examination.

4. No candidate shall be admitted for the Part II examination in this school unless

(a) he or she has passed the Part I examination for Experimental Psychology; and

(b) he or she has satisfied the Moderators for the Preliminary Examination for Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology in the subject Introduction to Probability Theory and Statistics or has passed the Qualifying Examination in Statistics as prescribed for candidates offering Psychology in the Honour School of Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology.

The Head of the Department of Experimental Psychology may dispense a candidate from the Qualifying Examination in Statistics in cases where it is clear that the candidate has reached an adequate standard in Statistics by virtue of previous study and qualification.

5. The examinations in this school shall be under the supervision of the Medical Sciences Board, which shall make regulations concerning them, subject always to the preceding clauses of this sub-section.'

2 Ibid., p. 511, delete ll. 5--36, and substitute:

`1. The branches of the Honour School of Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology shall be Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology. Candidates must offer two or three branches.

2. The examiners shall indicate in the class list issued by them the name(s) of the branch(es) in which each candidate has taken papers.

3. No candidate shall be admitted to the examination in this school unless he or she has either passed or been exempted from the First Public Examination.

4. For candidates offering Psychology, the examination shall consist of two parts. Part I shall consist of the one subject area, Psychology. Part II shall consist of two or three subject areas: Psychology, and one or both of Philosophy and Physiology. For candidates not taking Psychology Parts I and II, the examination shall consist only of papers in Physiology and Philosophy.

5. No candidate who offers Psychology shall be admitted for the Part II examination in this school unless

(a) he or she has passed the Part I examination specified for this school; and

(b) he or she has satisfied the Moderators for the Preliminary Examination for Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology in the subject Introduction to Probability Theory and Statistics or has passed the Qualifying Examination in Statistics for this school.

The Head of the Department of Experimental Psychology may dispense a candidate from the Qualifying Examination in Statistics in cases where it is clear that the candidate has reached an adequate standard in Statistics by virtue of previous study and qualification.

6. Candidates offering Psychology shall be examined by such of the Public Examiners in the Honour School of Experimental Psychology as may be required; candidates offering Physiology shall be examined by such of the Public Examiners in Physiological Sciences in the Honour School of Natural Science as may be required; and candidates offering Philosophy shall be examined by such examiners as are nominated by a committee of which the three elected members shall be appointed by the Board of the Faculty of Literae Humaniores.

7. The examinations in this school shall be under the supervision of the Medical Sciences Board which shall make regulations concerning them subject always to the preceding clauses of this sub-section.'

3 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 2001, provided that candidates who have embarked on either of the Honour Schools in or before Michaelmas Term 2000 shall be examined under the provisions of the decrees and regulations as they stood at the date on which the candidates commenced their course.

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2 Register of Congregation

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

Barr, G.D., MA, Magdalen
Byrne, B.W., MA, Magdalen
Smith, S.M., MA, D.Phil., Keble

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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 7 July, see `Examinations and Boards' below.

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