University Acts

Contents of this section:

[Note. An asterisk denotes a reference to a previously published or recurrent entry.]

Return to Contents Page of this issue


GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL

Decrees

The General Purposes Committee of Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 25 May.

Decree (1): Closure of the Educational Technology Resources Centre

Explanatory note

The following decree, made by the General Purposes Committee of Council on the recommendation of the Information and Communications Technology Committee, provides for the closure of the Educational Technology Resources Centre following the retirement of the Director and the reorganisation of the services it carried out. The existing staff have been redeployed, after consultation, and the relevant trade unions have been apprised.

Text of Decree (1)

1 In Ch. II, Sect. I, § 11, concerning the Information and Communications Technology Committee (Statutes, 2000, p. 227), delete cl. 2 (e) and substitute:

`(e) the strategic oversight of the operations and budget of the Computing Services, which shall include:

(i) advising and instructing the Director of the Computing Services as required in order for the Director to fulfil his or her functions;

(ii) subject to the provisions of any statute, decree, or regulation of general application, the appointment and determination of the duties and conditions of service of the Director of the Computing Services, and the determination of the terms and conditions of appointment and level of salary scales which shall be applied to staff of the Computing Services other than the Director'.

2 Ibid., Sect. XXIX, title, concerning the Computing Services and Educational Technology Resources Centre (ibid., p. 289), delete `and Educational Technology Resources Centre'.

3 Ibid., delete cll. 2 and 3 and substitute: `2. The Computing Services shall be responsible to the ICT Committee under the provisions of Ch. II, Sect. I, § 11.'

4 In Ch. VII, Sect. VII, § 2, SCHEDULE A, concerning qualification to hold professorial fellowships (ibid., p. 531), delete `The Director of the Educational Technology Resources Centre'.

5 In Ch. XI, Appendix, concerning harassment (ibid., p. 804), delete `Educational Technology Resources Centre'.

Return to List of Contents of this section


Decree (2): Establishment of Lawrence Memorial Travel Scholarship

Explanatory note

The family and friends of the late Dr Martin Lawrence, University Lecturer in General Practice and Fellow of Green College, have offered a generous donation of £27,000 to establish a travel scholarship to foster links, particularly within the field of primary health care, between medical students from the United Kingdom and Nordic countries. The following decree, made by the General Purposes Committee of Council on the recommendation of the Medical Sciences Board, accepts this donation and establishes the scholarship.

Text of Decree (2)

In Ch. IX, Sect. I (Statutes, 2000, p. 669), insert new § 202 as follows and renumber existing §§ 202--12 (pp. 669--73) as §§ 203--13:

`§ 202. Lawrence Memorial Travel Scholarship

1. The University accepts with gratitude donations totalling £27,000, and any further sums which may be contributed for the same purpose, to establish a fund, to be known as the Martin Lawrence Memorial Travel Scholarship Fund, as a memorial to Dr Martin Lawrence, formerly University Lecturer in General Practice and Fellow of Green College. The fund shall be used for the fostering of links, particularly within the field of primary health care, between medical students from the United Kingdom and Nordic countries (to be interpreted as covering Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden).

2. The net income of the fund shall be used for the provision of a Martin Lawrence Memorial Travel Scholarship.

3. The fund shall be administered by a board of management consisting of:

(1) the Head of the Department of Primary Health Care;

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

(3) the Warden of Green College (or his or her nominee);

(4) a person appointed by Medical Sciences Board in consultation with the Head of the Department of Primary Health Care for such period or periods as it shall determine.

4. The scholarship, of a value to be determined from time to time by the board of management, shall be awarded annually to the medical student who, in the opinion of the board of management, submits the most meritorious proposal for a period of study at a Nordic medical school. Alternatively or in addition, the scholarship may be awarded, if the board of management determines that there are candidates of sufficient merit, to a medical student from a Nordic medical school for a period of study within the University of Oxford Medical School. Preference shall be given to candidates who propose to undertake work in the field of primary health care.

5. The board of management may in any year withhold the scholarship if there is no candidate of sufficient merit. In such circumstances the surplus funds shall be carried forward and may at the discretion of the board be used either to offer a further scholarship or scholarships in a subsequent year or otherwise to foster links as specified in clause 1 above.

6. Council shall have power to alter this decree from time to time, provided that the main object of the fund, as defined in clause 1 above, shall always be kept in view.'

Return to List of Contents of this section


Decree (3): J.P. Morgan Prize in Finance

Explanatory note

The following decree, made by the General Purposes Committee of Council on the recommendation of the Social Sciences Board, alters one of the criteria for, and number of, awards which may be made annually, and changes the arrangements for the administration of the prize which arise from the changes in governance.

Text of Decree (3)

1 In Ch. IX, Sect. I, § 234, cl. 1 (Statutes, 2000, p. 685), delete `a prize' and substitute `one or more prizes'.

2 Ibid., delete cl. 2 and substitute:

`2. The fund shall be administered by the Executive Committee of the Saïd Business School, which shall determine the value of the prizes. The Board of Examiners for the MBA shall make detailed arrangements for the award of the prizes (including the appointment of the judges).'

3 Ibid., cl. 3 (three times), delete `prize' and substitute `prizes'.

4 Ibid., cl. 4, delete `the prize ` judges' and substitute `one prize shall be awarded annually for the best performance in the MBA core finance courses, and one prize for the best performance in an MBA finance elective'.

5 Ibid., cl. 5 (p. 686), delete `the prize is' and substitute `a prize is or prizes are'.

Return to List of Contents of this section


Decree (4): Weldon Memorial Prize

Explanatory note

The accumulated balance of the income of the Weldon Memorial Prize Fund is adequate to permit the award of the prize annually, rather than biennially as at present, and the following decree, made by the General Purposes Committee of Council on the recommendation of the electors, provides accordingly. At the same time opportunity is taken (1) to divide cl. 1 of the existing decree into two separate clauses in order to make clear that it is only the first of the relevant provisions which constitutes one of the main objects of the fund as originally endowed in 1908; (2) to permit the entire income of the fund to be awarded as prize money; and (3) to remove the provision for the payment of honoraria to judges, and to clarify the remaining provisions for the expenditure of any surplus income of the fund.

Text of Decree (4)

1 In Ch. IX, Sect. I, cl. 1 (Statutes, 2000, p. 744), delete `The prize shall be awarded ... endowment.' and substitute:

`2. The prize shall be awarded annually and shall consist of a bronze medal and a grant of money.'

2 Ibid., renumber existing cll. 2--9 (pp. 744--5) as cll. 3--10.

3 Ibid., cl. 6 (as renumbered), delete `clause 4' and substitute `clause 5'.

4 Ibid., cl. 7 (as renumbered), delete `who have collaborated in their contribution'.

5 Ibid., delete cll. 8--9 (as renumbered) and substitute:

`8. The grant of money awarded to the winner of the prize shall consist of the remainder of the income of the fund in the year concerned after the payment of the cost of the bronze medal.

9. If no candidate is considered to be of sufficient merit to receive the prize in any year, the income of the fund in that year shall, at the discretion of the electors, be used in any one or more of the following ways:

(a) carrying forward for expenditure in subsequent years;

(b) assigning a grant of money (without the medal) to some person who shall undertake to carry out some investigation approved by the electors;

(c) otherwise promoting the investigation of mathematical or statistical methods applied to problems in Biology.'

6 Ibid., cl. 10 (as renumbered), delete `clauses 1 and 5' and substitute `clauses 1 and 6'.

Return to List of Contents of this section


MATHEMATICAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES BOARD

Decrees

The Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board, with the approval of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council, has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 25 May.

Decree (5): Change of title of courses from Metallurgy and Science of Materials to Materials Science

Explanatory note

The following decree, made by the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board, with the approval of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council, changes the title of the Preliminary Examination, Honour School, and Pass School in Metallurgy and Science of Materials to Materials Science. The purpose of the change is to update the title of these courses and to enhance their attractiveness to potential students. The courses will appear under the UCAS code for Metallurgy, as well as Materials Science, so that those looking for a metallurgy degree will be aware of the Oxford course. The change is being phased in so as not to affect candidates already on course; it will apply to the Preliminary Examination from October 2001 (for first examination in 2002), to Part I of the Honour School from October 2002 (for first examination in 2003), and to Part II of the Honour School from October 2003 (for first examination in 2004). Candidates currently in their first year, and those accepted for entry in 2001, are being formally notified.

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

Text of Decree (5)

1 In Examination Decrees, 2000, p. 24, l. 14, p. 25, l. 9, p. 116, ll. 11--12, and p. 1119, l. 18, in each case delete `Metallurgy and Science of Materials' and substitute `Materials Science'.

2 Ibid., p. 98, l. 4, delete `Metallurgy and Science of Materials' and substitute `Materials Science'.

3 Ibid., p. 120, l. 6, p. 124, ll. 5--6, p. 415, l. 9, p. 417, l. 5, p. 418, l. 41, and p. 1055, ll. 15--16, in each case delete `Metallurgy and Science of Materials' and substitute `Materials Science'.

4 Ibid., p. 415, ll. 21--2 and p. 416, l. 4, in each case delete `Metallurgy and Science of Materials' and substitute `Materials Science'.

5 Ibid., p. 418, l. 34, and p. 1078, ll. 13--14, in each case delete `Metallurgy and Science of Materials' and substitute `Materials Science'.

6 Ibid., p. 1078, ll. 8--9, delete `Metallurgy and Science of Materials' and substitute `Materials Science'.

7 Cll. 1 and 2 of this decree shall be effective from 1 October 2001, cll. 5 and 6 from 1 October 2002, and cll. 3 and 4 from 1 October 2003.

Return to List of Contents of this section


Decree (6): Introduction of parallel three- and four-year degree courses in Mathematics and Statistics

Explanatory note

The following decree, made by the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board, with the approval of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council, introduces a three-year Honour School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences and a parallel four-year Honour School of Mathematics and Statistics. These joint schools follow closely the pattern of the existing parallel degrees in Mathematics and draw on many of the courses offered to candidates for those three- and four-year degrees.

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

Text of Decree (6)

1 In Examination Decrees, 2000, p. 121, after 1. 39, in the right-hand column, insert: `Mathematical and Statistical Sciences'.

2 Ibid., p. 122, after 1. 1, in the left-hand column, insert: `Mathematics and Statistics'.

3 Ibid., p. 123, after 1. 29 insert:

`Mathematical and Statistical Mathematical and Physical Sciences Sciences'.

4 Ibid., after 1. 35 insert:

`Mathematics and Statistics Mathematical and Physical Sciences'.

5 Ibid., p. 285, after 1. 19 insert:

`HONOUR SCHOOL OF MATHEMATICAL AND STATISTICAL SCIENCES

(i) DECREE

Honour School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

1. The subjects of examination in the Honour School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences shall be Mathematics and its applications, and Statistics, together with certain other cognate disciplines.

2. No candidate shall be admitted to examination in this school without having first either passed or been exempted from the First Public Examination.

3. The examination in this school shall be under the supervision of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board.

4. The board shall have power to issue a syllabus of the subjects in which candidates shall be examined, and to vary the same from time to time.'

6 Ibid., after the regulations for the Honour School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, as inserted in accordance with the changes set out in `Examinations and Boards' below, insert:

`PASS SCHOOL OF MATHEMATICAL AND STATISTICAL SCIENCES

(i) DECREE

Pass School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

(Ch. VI, Sect. I. C, § 3)'.

7 Ibid., p. 301, after 1. 22 insert:

`HONOUR SCHOOL OF MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS

(i) DECREE

Honour School of Mathematics and Statistics

1. The subjects of examination in the Honour School of Mathematics and Statistics shall be Mathematics and its applications, and Statistics.

2. No candidate shall be admitted to examination in this school without having first either passed or been exempted from the First Public Examination.

3. The name of a candidate in the Honour School of Mathematics and Statistics shall not be published in a Class List unless that candidate has been adjudged worthy of Honours by the examiners in Part I and Part II of the respective examinations in consecutive years, and no candidate may enter the Part II examination unless previously adjudged worthy of Honours by the examiners in Part I.

4. A candidate adjudged worthy of Honours in Part I and Part II may supplicate for the Degree of Master of Mathematics provided that he or she has fulfilled all the conditions for admission to a degree of the University as specified in Ch. I, Sect. I, § 1, cl. 1.

5. The examination shall be under the supervision of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board.

6. The board shall have power to issue a syllabus of the subjects in which candidates shall be examined, and to vary the same from time to time.' 8 Ibid., after the regulations for the Honour School of Mathematics and Statistics, as inserted in accordance with the changes set out in `Examinations and Boards' below, insert:

`PASS SCHOOL OF MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS

(i) DECREE

Pass School of Mathematics and Statistics

(Ch. VI, Sect. I. C, § 3)'.

9 Ibid., p. 1056, 1. 14, after `(17)' insert:

`in the Honour Schools of Mathematics and Statistics and of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, examiners shall hold office for four years, provided that in his or her first and third years of office each examiner shall examine in Part I of the Honour School of Mathematics and Statistics and in the Honour School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences only, and in his or her second and fourth years of office shall examine in Part II of the Honour School of Mathematics and Statistics only.

(18)'.

10 Clauses 1, 3, 5, 6, and 9 of this decree shall be effective from 1 October 2004; clauses 2, 4, 7, and 8 shall be effective from 1 October 2005.

Return to List of Contents of this section


Key to Decree (6)

Cll 1 and 2 add the new subjects to the list of those available in the Second Public Examination.

Cll. 3 and 4 add the new subjects to the list of those available in the Pass School.

Cl. 5 establishes the Honour School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, and cl. 7 the Honour School of Mathematics and Statistics.

Cl. 6 establishes the Pass School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, and cl. 8 the Pass School of Mathematics and Statistics.

Cl. 9 prescribes the length of office of examiners.

Return to List of Contents of this section


CONTINUING EDUCATION BOARD

Decree

The Continuing Education Board, with the approval of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council, has made the following decree, to come into effect on 25 May.

Decree (7): Redesignation of M.St. in English Local History as M.Sc. History

Explanatory note

The following decree, made by the Continuing Education Board, with the approval of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council, redesignates the M.St. in English Local History (a part-time course in the Department for Continuing Education) as the M.Sc. in English Local History. The syllabus and examination requirements were modelled closely on the taught Master's course in Economic and Social History, for which the degree of M.Sc. is awarded. No change is made in the structure of the English Local History course.

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

Text of Decree (7)

1 In Examination Decrees, 2000, p. 681, delete ll. 32--3.

2 Ibid., p. 753, after l. 20 insert:

`English Local History Continuing Education'.

3 Ibid., p. 1052, l. 41, delete `.' and substitute `;'.

4 Ibid., after l. 41 insert: `in English Local History for four examinations.'

5 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 2002.

Return to List of Contents of this section


LIFE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES BOARD

Decree

The Life and Environmental Sciences Board, with the approval of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council, has made the following decree, to come into effect on 25 May.

Decree (8): Degree of Master of Science by Research

Explanatory note

The following decree, made by the Life and Environmental Sciences Board, with the approval of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council, removes references to bodies which ceased to exist as a result of the governance changes in 2000, and replaces them with references to the new divisions.

Text of Decree (8)

1 In Examination Decrees, 2000, p. 857, ll. 8--11, delete `Boards of the Faculties ` Psychological Studies' and substitute `Life and Environmental Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Medical Sciences Boards'.

2 Ibid., l. 12, delete `faculty board' and substitute `Divisional Board'.

3 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 2000.

Return to List of Contents of this section


COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY

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

Gartner, I.R.M.N., MA, New College
Houston, W.J., BA, D.Phil., Mansfield
Jewitt, I.D., Nuffield
Kramer, R., Faculty of Oriental Studies
Lofthouse, R.A., BA, Corpus Christi
Mills, D., Trinity
Neubauer, S.K., Christ Church
New, M.G., School of Geography
Wood, S.L., BA, D.Phil., Mansfield
Yeates, D.G.R., Unit of Health-Care Epidemiology

Return to List of Contents of this section


DIVISIONAL BOARDS AND CONTINUING EDUCATION BOARD

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 25 May, see `Examinations and Boards' below.

Return to List of Contents of this section