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Degree by Resolution

The following resolution will be deemed to be approved at noon on 22 January, 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: MARCEL FAFCHAMPS, Mansfield College


JACOB KLEIN, Exeter College



DAVID EDWARD PERROW, Templeton College

KEITH RUDDLE, D.PHIL., Templeton College

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CONGREGATION 6 February 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 or the resolution at item 3 below, signed in each 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 Voting on Statute promulgated on 16 January

Statute: Winter Williams Prizes and Studentships

(For form of Statute see p. 439.)

2 Promulgation of Statutes

Statute (1): Establishment of Professorship of Indian History and Culture

(For form of Statute (1) see Gazette 11 January.)

Statute (2): Professorships

Explanatory note

The University's `statutory' professorships are currently listed both in Tit. XV, Sect. II (Statutes, 2000, p. 111) and in Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 5, SCHEDULE A–C (pp. 378–82). Council has already made a decree delegating to its Planning and Resource Allocation Committee the power to make decrees establishing new `statutory' posts and changing existing decrees governing such posts, subject to the requirement that the committee should `bring forward to Council for decision any case which it considers to raise particular difficulties' (see Decree (1) of 9 November 2000, Gazette, p. 306). Through oversight, however, account was not taken in drafting the decree of the current provision for each professorship to be listed by statute. Only Council may promote statutes, and the following statute, and the decree to be made by Council if the statute is approved, now remove the need for the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee to ask Council to promote a statute adding a new professorship to the list in the existing statute or changing the title of a chair already in that list.

Council has nevertheless asked its Planning and Resource Allocation Committee always to report to it for information the establishment of a `statutory' post funded by a major benefaction, so that all members of Council will be aware of this benefaction in advance of the publication of the relevant decree and so that Council can consider whether it wishes formally to express its gratitude to the benefactor (e.g. by passing a resolution of thanks).

(2) WHEREAS it is expedient for provision for `statutory' professorships to be made in future solely by decree, the university enacts as follows.

In Tit. XV, delete Sect. II (Statutes, 2000, p. 111) and renumber existing Sectt. III–VII (pp. 116–22) as Sectt. II–VI.

Decree to be made by Council if the Statute is approved

1 In Ch. VIII, Sect. I, § 5 (Statutes, 2000, p. 367), below the title insert:

`1. There shall be within the University the professorships listed in Schedules A–C annexed to this decree.'

2 Ibid., before `The General Provisions of this decree' insert `2'.

3 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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