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CONGREGATION 16 January

Notice

The meeting of Congregation is cancelled. The sole business comprises questions to which no opposition has been notified and in respect of which no request for an adjournment has been received, and Mr Vice-Chancellor will accordingly declare the preamble adopted and the resolution carried without a meeting under the provisions of Tit. II, Sect. iii, cl. 11 (Statutes, 2000, p. 7).

2 Declaration of approval of Resolution approving the conferment of an Honorary Degree

Amended notice

That the conferment of the Degree of Master of Arts, honoris causa, upon PHILIP WILLIAM MOSS, MA status, Head Clerk of the University, be approved.

¶ Mr Moss retires in April 2001 after serving the University for a total of forty years, and for the last thirty-two years as Head Clerk. During that time his encyclopaedic knowledge, unfailing helpfulness, and calm efficiency have made an incalculable contribution to the operation of almost all the University's activities, including not only the examination of students and the conferment of degrees, but also membership of and votes in Congregation and Convocation, and the annual Encaenia ceremony.

If the resolution is approved, the honorary degree will be conferred at the afternoon degree ceremony on 19 May 2001.

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CONGREGATION 6 February 2 p.m.

¶ Members of Congregation are reminded that written notice of any intention to vote against the preamble of the statute at item 1 below or the resolution at item 2 below, signed in either case by at least two members of Congregation, must be given to the Registrar by noon on Monday, 29 January (see the Guide to Procedures in Congregation cited in the note at the end of `University Agenda').

1 Promulgation of Statute

Statute: Establishment of Professorship of Indian History and Culture

Explanatory note

Following the announcement by the Government of India on 10 November 2000 of a munificent benefaction to endow a new chair in Indian Studies, it is proposed to establish a Professorship of Indian History and Culture. The following statute, and the decree to be made by Council if the statute is approved, accept the benefaction and establish this professorship accordingly.

WHEREAS it is expedient to establish a Professorship of Indian History and Culture, THE UNIVERSITY ENACTS AS FOLLOWS.

In Tit. XV, Sect. II, cl. 1 (Statutes, 2000, p. 113), after `Chichele Professorship of Economic History' insert:

`Professorship of Indian History and Culture'.

Decree to be made by Council if the Statute is approved

1 In Ch. II, Sect. VI, § 1, SCHEDULE, concerning official members of faculty boards (Statutes, 2000, p. 242), under Oriental Studies, after `Hebrew, Regius' insert: `Indian History and Culture'.

2 In Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 5. B, SCHEDULE A, concerning professorships (p. 380), after `Chichele Professor of Economic History' insert: `Professor of Indian History and Culture'.

3 Ibid., Sect. III, concerning particular professorships (p. 436), insert new § 123 as follows and renumber existing §§ 123--33 (pp. 436--41) as §§ 124--34:

`§ 123. Professor of Indian History and Culture

1. The University accepts with deep gratitude the benefaction from the Government of India, together with any further sums which may be contributed for the same purpose, for the establishment of a Professorship of Indian History and Culture.

2. The Professor of Indian History and Culture shall lecture and give instruction in Indian History and Culture.

3. 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, one of whom shall be appointed after consultation with the Government of India;

(6) a person appointed by the Humanities Board;

(7)--(9) three persons appointed by the Board of the Faculty of Oriental Studies.

4. 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.'

2 Voting on Resolution approving the conferment of an Honorary Degree

That the conferment of the Degree of Master of Arts, honoris causa, upon JOHN HARVEY ASHDOWN, formerly Conservation Officer of the City of Oxford, be approved.

¶ Mr Ashdown retired in September 2000 after a distinguished career as City Conservation Officer for twenty-eight years. He was also a founder-member, and later President, of the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology, and he has made his knowledge freely available by lecturing and teaching both in the University and in local societies all over the region. His expertise, tact, and determination have made a substantial contribution to the conservation of Oxford's heritage and enhanced public awareness of its historic environment.

If the resolution is approved, the honorary degree will be conferred at the afternoon degree ceremony on 3 March 2001.

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