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CONGREGATION 13 November

Degree by Resolution

The following resolution will be deemed to be approved at noon on 13 November, unless by that time the Registrar has received notice in writing from two or more members of Congregation that they wish the resolution to be put to a meeting of Congregation.

Text of Resolution

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

ANTONIA CLAUDIA JEANNE BARKE, D.PHIL., Harris Manchester College

TIMOTHY HALL BREEN, Queen's College

IMOGEN BRIGID DICKIE, Magdalen College

CHAIM DAVID FREEDMAN, St Peter's College

PHILIP WILLIAM JAMES HEALY, Kellogg College

CATHERINE JANE LEVER, Magdalen College

ADRIAN RODNEY PAGAN, Nuffield College

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CONGREGATION 28 November 2 p.m.

¶ Members of Congregation are reminded that written notice of any intention to vote against, or any proposed amendment to, the enacting part of the statute at item 1 below, or of any intention to vote against the preambles of the statutes at item 2 below, signed in each case by at least two members of Congregation, must be given to the Registrar by noon on Monday, 20 November (see the Guide to Procedures in Congregation cited in the note at the end of `University Agenda').

2 Promulgation of Statutes

Statute (1): Functions and powers of Divisional Boards

Explanatory note

The following statute adds, to the existing functions and powers of Divisional Boards, the power to make, amend, and repeal decrees and regulations governing courses and examinations under their aegis, subject to the approval of Council's Educational Policy and Standards Committee. More detailed provisions concerning such decrees were made by Decree (1) of 9 November 2000 (see `University Acts' above).

(1) WHEREAS it is expedient to authorise the Divisional Boards to make examination decrees and regulations, subject to the approval of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee, and to effect certain related changes to the present arrangements, THE UNIVERSITY ENACTS AS FOLLOWS.

In Tit. V, Sect. II, § 1, concerning the Divisional Boards (Statutes, 2000, p. 38), insert new cl. 2 as follows and renumber existing cll. 2--4 as cll. 3--5:

`2. Each board shall have power to make, amend, and repeal decrees and regulations concerning the courses and examinations for undergraduates and graduate and other students over which it has responsibility, subject in each case to the approval of Council's Educational Policy and Standards Committee.'

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Statute (2): College Contributions Scheme

Explanatory note

The college fees settlement with the DfEE and HEFCE had two implications for the College Contributions Scheme, First, it incorporated a commitment to double the scale of the redistribution through the scheme for five years. Secondly, it reduced the prospective fee income not only of the colleges currently included in the scheme, but also of several colleges or societies debarred by the relevant statute from receiving endowment grants under it.

The first of these matters was dealt with directly by the statute approved by Congregation on 16 November 1999 (Gazette, Vol. 130, pp. 333, 360) to raise the rates of taxation of statutory endowment income over a period of five years and to keep them at their raised level for a further three. It was also agreed that the definition of the tax base should be reviewed by the College Contributions Committee. There has already been some consultation with colleges on the proposals in that committee's initial report on its review, but full consensus on subsequent reform has yet to be achieved. There is widespread support for a move towards, or to, taxation based on endowment assets rather than income, but its feasibility has, pending further work by the College Accounts Committee, yet to be established.

The proposals in the following statute relate only to the second matter mentioned above, namely the exclusion from the scheme of certain colleges and societies (Green, Harris Manchester, Mansfield, Kellogg, and Templeton, of which only the first three have been directly affected by the fees settlement). The Hebdomadal Council agreed in Trinity Term, on the recommendation both of the College Contributions Committee and of an ad hoc joint working party, that it would be desirable, in the interests of equity and of the cohesiveness of the collegiate University as a whole, to remove the present exclusion in the case of all five foundations. This conclusion was reached after consultation with the colleges and other societies and is endorsed by the new Council, which accordingly promotes the following statute to effect the change. It should be noted that the inclusion of these five foundations within the terms of the scheme would not necessarily mean that they would receive grants or loans under it: applications from them for such grants or loans would be considered (in the first instance, by the Grants Subcommittee of the College Contributions Committee) on the same basis as applications from the colleges and other societies which currently participate in the scheme.

Opportunity is taken also to bring up to date obsolete parts of the existing statute relating to the determination of the endowment of a college or other society for the purposes of the scheme, to remove references to earlier programmes for making endowment grants which have now been completed, and to amend the composition of the College Contributions and College Accounts Committees following the recent changes in the University's governance structures.

(2) WHEREAS it is expedient to remove the present exclusion of certain colleges and other societies from the College Contributions Scheme, and to bring up to date certain of the existing provisions of the scheme, NOW THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, in exercise of the powers in that behalf conferred upon it by the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923, and of all other powers enabling it, ENACTS, subject to the approval of Her Majesty in Council, AS FOLLOWS.

1 In Tit. XII, Sect. I, cl. 1, concerning college contributions (Statutes, 2000, p. 79), delete item (d) and substitute:

`(d) "college" means

(i) any of the colleges and other societies listed in Tit. VII, Sectt. I--III and V, and

(ii) any foundation which Council, with the prior agreement of the Conference of Colleges, shall by decree declare to be a college for the purposes of the scheme;'.

2 Ibid., delete items (f) and (h) and reletter existing items (g), (i), and (j) (pp. 79--80) as items (f)--(h).

3 Ibid., delete cl. 2 (p. 80) and substitute:

`2. The purpose of the scheme is to establish the College Contributions Fund, which shall be used to make such grants and loans to colleges as may from time to time seem desirable, and to make loans to the Loan Fund for College Buildings established by Section III of this Title.'

4 Ibid., cl. 3 (p. 81), delete items (2)--(8) and substitute:

`(2)--(4) three persons appointed by Council, of whom at least one shall be a member of Council and at least one shall have financial experience;

(5)--(8) four persons appointed by the Conference of Colleges, of whom at least one shall have financial experience outside the University.'

5 Ibid., cl. 4 (b), delete `and societies'.

6 Ibid., cl. 5 (a), delete `or any of the societies'.

7 Ibid., cl. 5 (b), delete `the initial endowment or'.

8 Ibid., cl. 7 (p. 82), delete `and the societies'.

9 Ibid., Sect. II, cl. 7, concerning the College Accounts Committee (p. 86), delete item (2) and substitute:

`(2) a person, who shall have financial experience, nominated by the Vice-Chancellor;'.

10 Ibid., items (5)--(7), delete `a special meeting ... representatives' and substitute `the Conference of Colleges'.

11 Ibid., delete Sect. III (p. 95) and substitute:

`Section III. Of Loans to Colleges

The fund known as the "Loan Fund for College Buildings" shall be used to make loans approved by Council on the recommendation of the College Contributions Committee to any college (as defined for the purposes of the College Contributions Scheme under the provisions of Sect. I, cl. 1 of this Title), for such building purposes and on such conditions as Council shall determine.'

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Statute (3): Eugene Havas Memorial Prize

Explanatory note

The Eugene Havas Memorial Prize was established in 1985 following the receipt of a benefaction in memory of Mr Havas, who took the Diploma in Economics and Political Science in 1926 and subsequently followed a career as an economist.

The original intention of the donors (the Havas family) was that the prize should be awarded to `the most deserving Diploma student'. However, as the Diploma in Economics and Political Science no longer existed, it was eventually agreed by the donors and the University that the prize should be awarded `for distinguished performance in an examination or examinations for a diploma of the University' (see Ch. IX, Sect. I, § 146, Statutes, 2000, p. 651). It was further agreed by Council that the prize should be associated for the time being with the Special Diplomas in Social Studies and Social Administration, which succeeded the Diploma in Economics and Political Science. As the Special Diplomas were offered for examination for the last time in 2000, it is necessary to redefine the course or courses for which the prize may be awarded. The Social Studies Board has recommended, and Council has agreed, that the prize be awarded for the M.Phil. in Development Studies. The following statute, and the decree to be made by Council if the statute is approved, provide accordingly.

(3) WHEREAS it is expedient to change the examination on which the Eugene Havas Memorial Prize is awarded, NOW the university of oxford, in exercise of the powers in that behalf conferred upon it by the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923, and of all other powers enabling it, ENACTS, subject to the approval of Her Majesty in Council, as follows.

In Tit. XVI (Statutes, 2000, p. 169), insert Sect. LXIV:

`Section LXIV. Of the Eugene Havas Memorial Prize Fund

1. The Eugene Havas Memorial Prize Fund, established by a donation accepted by the University in 1985, shall be applied to the award from time to time of a prize or prizes for distinguished performance in the examination for the M.Phil. in Development Studies.

2. The prizes shall be awarded on the recommendation of the M.Phil. examiners, under arrangements to be determined by Council from time to time.

3. Congregation may from time to time amend this statute, provided that the main object of the fund, namely the award of a prize to the most deserving candidate for an examination, other than the First or Second Public Examination, in an Economics or Political Science subject, is always kept in view.'

Decree to be made by Council if the Statute is approved

1 In Ch. IX, Sect. I (Statutes, 2000, p. 651), delete § 146 and renumber existing §§ 147--64 (pp. 651--60) as §§ 146--63.

2 This decree shall be effective from the date on which Statute (...) approved by Congregation on ` is approved by Her Majesty in Council.

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