University Acts

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GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL

The General Purposes Committee of Council has made the following decree, to come into effect on 23 March.

Decree (1): Establishment of an Area and Development Studies Committee within the Social Sciences Division

Explanatory note

The following decree, made by the General Purposes Committee of Council on the recommendation of the Social Sciences Board, establishes an Area and Development Studies Committee. Under the University's new governance structures, the committee is to have responsibility, or joint responsibility, for area studies posts, and for taught Master's courses and research students, in Area and Development Studies in the Social Sciences.

Text of Decree (1)

In Ch. III (Statutes, 2000, pp. 261), insert Sect. VII:

`Section VII. Area and Development Studies, Committee for

1. There shall be a Committee for Area and Development Studies to promote the study of, and research in, Area and Development Studies within the University.

2. The committee shall consist of:

(1) the Director of Queen Elizabeth House;

(2)–(5) four persons appointed by and from among the academic post-holders in Queen Elizabeth House and the Senior Members of the University formally affiliated to that department;

(6) a member of the Social Sciences Board appointed by that board;

(7)–(14) one person appointed by and from among the academic post-holders working in each of the following subjects:

African Studies;
Brazilian Studies;
Chinese Studies;
Japanese Studies;
Latin American Studies;
Modern Middle Eastern Studies;
Slavonic and East European Studies;
South Asian Studies.

The committee shall have power to co-opt up to three additional members, who shall reflect, in particular, the interests of St Antony's College, the Life and Environmental Sciences Division, and the Humanities Division.

The chairman of the committee shall be appointed by the Social Sciences Board from among the members of the committee.

Appointed and co-opted members shall hold office for two years and shall be re-eligible, provided that casual vacancies shall be filled for the remaining period of office of the person being replaced.

3. The responsibilities of the committee shall include:

(a) the preparation of five-year plans, one-year operating statements, and annual budgets for Area and Development Studies;

(b) oversight of the admission of candidates for graduate courses and for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Area and Development Studies;

(c) supervision of examinations for graduate courses in Area and Development Studies;

(d) consideration of, and advising the Social Sciences Board on, the nomination of examiners for, and the reports of the examiners on, the Degrees of Master of Letters and Doctor of Philosophy in Area and Development Studies;

(e) recommendations to the Divisional Board on the appointment and reappointment of academic staff on the establishment of the committee, and on applications from them for sabbatical and other leave, and responsibility for the monitoring of progress of such staff in their initial period of office;

(f) the monitoring of cross-divisional arrangements for Area and Development Studies;

(g) the co-ordination of research activities in, and fund raising for, Area and Development Studies;

( h) receipt and consideration of reports from management committees and inter-faculty groups and committees for Area and Development Studies;

(i) the promotion of academic activities such as conferences and academic visits;

(j) consideration of policy issues as requested by the Divisional Board.

4. The committee shall meet at least twice in each term and shall convene such subcommittees for graduate studies, resources, and library matters as it may deem from time to time to be necessary according to operational requirements.'

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PLANNING AND RESOURCE ALLOCATION COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL

The Planning and Resource Allocation Committee of Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 23 March.

Decree (2): Establishment of Edward Grey Professorship of Field Ornithology

Explanatory note

The Planning and Resource Allocation Committee of Council has accepted the proposal made by the Life and Environmental Sciences Board for the establishment of an Edward Grey Professorship of Field Ornithology to replace the current directorship with effect from the next refilling. The following decree establishes the new chair accordingly.

Text of Decree (2)

1 In Ch. III, Sect. xxxiv, cl. 2, concerning the Edward Grey Institute (Statutes, 2000, p. 293), delete `(appointed under clause 3 below)' and substitute `(who shall be appointed under the provisions of Ch. VII, Sect. i, § 5. B, cl. 5)'.

2 Ibid., delete cl. 3 and renumber existing cll. 4–7 (p. 294) as cll. 3–6.

3 In Ch. VII, Sect. i, § 5. b, Schedule A, concerning professorships (p. 381), after `Professor of Numerical Analysis' insert:

`Edward Grey Professor of Field Ornithology'.

4 Ibid., Sect. iii, concerning particular professorships (p. 478), insert new § 234 as follows and renumber existing § 234 as § 235:

`§ 234. Edward Grey Professor of Field Ornithology

1. The Edward Grey Professor of Field Ornithology shall undertake research in Field Ornithology and shall lecture and give instructions in this subject.

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), (5) two persons appointed by Council;

(6)–(9) four persons appointed by the Life and Environmental 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.'


Decree (3): Establishment of Professorship of Chemical Biology

Explanatory note

Following contributions from the Department of Chemistry from its own resources to enable the University to cover the salary costs of a Professorship of Chemical Biology, the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee of Council has accepted the proposal made by the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board for the establishment of this chair. The following decree provides accordingly.

Text of Decree (3)

1 In Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 5. B, SCHEDULE A, concerning professorships (Statutes, 2000, p. 379), after `E.P. Abraham Professor of Cell Biology' insert:

`Professor of Chemical Biology'.

2 Ibid., Sect. III, concerning particular professorships (p. 402), insert new § 28 as follows and renumber existing §§ 28–9 (pp. 402–3) as §§ 29–30:

`§ 28. Professor of Chemical Biology

1. The Professor of Chemical Biology shall lecture and give instruction in Chemical Biology.

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), (5) two persons appointed by Council;

(6)–(9) four persons appointed by the Mathematical and Physical 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.'


Decree (4): Electoral Board for the Linacre Professorship of Zoology

Explanatory note

The following decree, made by the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee of Council on the recommendation of the Life and Environmental Sciences Board and with the concurrence of Merton College, changes the composition of the Electoral Board for the Linacre Professorship of Zoology to increase its size from seven members to nine in accordance with current practice, and to bring it into line with the University's new governance structures.

Text of Decree (4)

In Ch. VII, Sect. III, § 322 (Statutes, 2000 p. 515), delete cl. 2 and substitute:

`2. The professor shall be elected by an electoral board consisting of:

(1) the Vice-Chancellor, or, if the Warden of Merton College is Vice-Chancellor, a person appointed by Council;

(2) the Warden of Merton College, or, if the Warden is unable to unwilling to act, a person appointed by the Governing Body of Merton College;

(3) a person appointed by the Governing Body of Merton College;

(4), (5) two persons appointed by Council;

(6)–(9) four persons appointed by the Life and Environmental Sciences Board.'

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CONGREGATION 3 March

Conferment of Honorary Degree

The Degree of Master of Arts, honoris causa, approved by Resolution of Congregation on 6 February, was conferred upon JOHN HARVEY ASHDOWN, formerly Conservation Officer of the City of Oxford.

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CONGREGATION 6 March

1 Promulgation of Statute

A form of Statute was promulgated. No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice- Chancellor declared the preamble carried of the proposed Statute concerning the removal of students from the Clinical Students' Register.

2 Presentation of the Annual Review of the University

The Annual Review of the University for 1999-2000 (Supplement* No. 1 to Gazette Vol. 131, January 2001) was presented.

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COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY

Register of Congregation

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

Howarth, S., University Offices
Morton, H., MA, Somerville
Williams, D.G., Faculty of Social Studies

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DIVISIONAL BOARDS AND BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 23 March, see `Examinations and Boards' below.

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