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CONGREGATION 7 August

Degree by Special Resolution

No notice to the contrary having been received under the provisions of Tit. II, Sect. vi, cl. 6 (Statutes, 1997, p. 15), the following resolution is deemed to have been approved at noon on 7 August.

Text of Special Resolution

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

JUDITH MARIAN PENFOLD PALMER, MA status, Keble College

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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 6 October.

List of the decrees:


Decree (1): Constitution of the Committee for Educational Studies

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Committee for Educational Studies, establishes new arrangements for the constitution of the committee under the University's new governance structures. Specifically, the proposed amendments relate to the composition of the committee, arrangements for the Directorship of the Department of Educational Studies, and the electoral board for the Professorship of Educational Studies. At the same time, opportunity is taken to remove references to Westminster College, following its merger with Oxford Brookes University and consequent changes to course validation arrangements with the University.

Text of Decree (1)

1 In Ch. III, Sect. XXXIII, cl. 1 (Statutes, 1997, p. 303), delete `, in particular on educational matters of common concern between the University and Westminster College'.

2 Ibid., delete `offered by Westminster College' and substitute `offered by Westminster Institute of Educational Studies, Oxford Brookes University, for students admitted prior to 1 April 2000 by the former Westminster College for degrees and other qualifications validated by the University'.

3 Ibid., cl. 2, delete item (1) and renumber existing items (2) and (3) as items (1) and (2).

4 Ibid., delete items (4)--(7) and substitute:

`(3), (4) two persons appointed by the Social Sciences Board from among the members of the faculties and sub-faculties in the Social Sciences Division, of whom one shall be a member of the Divisional Board and one shall be a member of the academic staff holding an established post in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work;

(5) a person appointed by the Medical Sciences Board from among the members of the Faculty of Psychological Studies;

(6) the Director of the Department for Continuing Education, or a person nominated by the Director;

(7) the Director of the Institute for the Advancement of University Learning;'.

5 Ibid., items (8)--(13), after `Proctors' insert `, of whom one shall be the Tutor for Professional Education, one shall be the Tutor for Higher Degrees, and two shall be the persons from time to time elected as members of the Social Sciences Board by and from among the members of the academic staff holding established posts in the Department of Educational Studies (unless and to the extent that any of these four persons is already a member of the committee in another capacity)'.

6 Ibid., delete `;' and substitute `.'

7 Ibid., delete items (14)--(22).

8 Ibid. (p. 304), after `Congregation' insert `, of whom one shall be co-opted after consultation with the Oxfordshire Secondary Schools Head Teachers' Association'.

9 Ibid., delete `appoint its own chairman' and substitute `elect its own chairman'.

10 Ibid., cl. 7, delete `who shall also be the Director of the Department of Educational Studies'.

11 Ibid., cl. 8, delete item (4) and renumber existing item (5) as item (4).

12 Ibid., delete item (6) and substitute:

`(5) a person appointed by the Social Sciences Board;'.

13 Ibid. (p. 305), delete items (7), (8) and substitute:

`(6)--(8) three persons appointed by the Committee for Educational Studies, of whom two shall hold an established full-time university post in Educational Studies;'.

14 Ibid., delete item (9) and substitute:

`(9) the chairman of the professional committee or a headteacher proposed by the Oxfordshire Secondary Schools Head Teachers' Association'.

15 Ibid., cl. 9, delete `Professor of Educational Studies' and substitute `Director of the Department of Educational Studies'.

16 Ibid., insert cl. 10:

`10. The Director of the Department of Educational Studies shall be appointed by Council for a specified period of five years, or such other period as Council may determine from time to time, from among those holding established academic posts in the department, normally from among those with the title of professor or reader, on the recommendation of the Social Sciences Board after consultation with the Committee for Educational Studies and the holders of established academic posts in the department.'

17 This decree shall be effective from the date of the establishment of the Social Sciences Board.

Key to Decree (1)

Cl. 1 reflects the merger of Westminster College with Oxford Brookes University, and the consequent changes to course validation arrangements.

Cll. 2--9 amend the composition of the Committee for Educational Studies to reflect the changes to the governance structures of the University and the creation of a subcommittee to deal with validation matters concerning the former Westminster College, and to streamline the committee's membership.

Cll. 10, 15, and 16 modify existing arrangements for the directorship of the Department of Educational Studies to provide for its rotation in the same way as the headship of the majority of other departments.

Cll. 11--14 amend the composition of the electoral board for the Professorship of Educational Studies in light of changes to the University's governance structures, and make provision for the involvement of local representatives of the teaching profession.

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Decree (2): Rotation of the headship of the Department of Pharmacology

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Medical Sciences Board, makes provision for the headship of the Department of Pharmacology to rotate by removing the current permanent assignment of the department to the Professor of Pharmacology.

Text of Decree (2)

1 In Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 5. B, cl. 4 (Statutes, 1997, p. 389), delete:

`Department of Pharmacology Professor of Pharmacology'.

2 Ibid., SCHEDULE B (p. 394), delete `Professor of Pharmacology'.

3 Ibid., § 7, SCHEDULE III (p. 395, as amended by Decree (2) of 16 July 1998, Gazette, Vol. 128, p. 1474), delete `Professor of Pharmacology' and substitute:

`Head of the Department of Pharmacology'.

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Decree (3): Establishment of Andbell AS Fund

Explanatory note

Council has learned with gratitude of the offer of a most generous donation of £96,000 from Andbell AS, to be used for the furtherance of legal teaching within the University. The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Law Board, provides for the formal acceptance of this donation and the establishment of a fund for this purpose.

Text of Decree (3)

In Ch. IX, Sect. I (Statutes, 1997, p. 588), insert new § 3 as follows and renumber existing §§ 3--8 (pp. 558--94, as renumbered by Decree (5) of 3 August 2000, Gazette, Vol. 130, p. 1544) as §§ 4--9:

`§ 3. Andbell AS Fund

1. The University accepts with gratitude from Andbell AS the sum of £96,000, which shall be used, together with any further sums accepted for this purpose, to establish a fund, to be called the Andbell AS Fund, for the furtherance of legal teaching within the University.

2. The fund shall be administered by the Board of the Faculty of Law, which shall apply the income of the fund for the support of a part-time senior teaching fellowship, and/or for such other purposes as shall, in the board's opinion, promote the study of European Law within the University, under such conditions as the board shall from time to time determine.

3. Income not spent in any year shall be carried forward for expenditure in subsequent years.

4. 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, is always kept in view.'

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Decree (4): Viva voce examinations in Final Honour Schools

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Undergraduate Studies Committee and with the concurrence of the General Board, simplifies the legislation on viva voce examinations and allows bodies responsible for Final Honour Schools to remove the requirement for viva voce examinations in regulations without requiring amendments to the relevant decree in each case.

Text of Decree (4)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1999, p. 126, delete ll. 34--42 and substitute:

`3. Every candidate shall be examined in writing: and any candidate who seeks Honours may be examined viva voce where regulations made by the Divisional Board, Board of a Faculty, or other body responsible for an examination (or jointly by the relevant bodies where an examination is a joint responsibility) expressly make such provision.'

2 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 2000.

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Decree (5): Revision of second- and third-year courses in the Final Honour School of Natural Science (Geology and Earth Sciences)

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Physical Sciences Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, is consequent on a redistribution of the times at which papers are taken in the three-year course in Geology. As a result, the Second Public Examination in Geology will no longer be divided into Part A and Part B; it will, however, constitute Part A of the Second Public Examination for the four-year course in Earth Sciences.

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

Text of Decree (5)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1999, p. 418, delete ll. 19--32 and substitute:

`5. (a) Save as provided in cl. 5 (c) below, the name of a candidate offering Earth Sciences in the four-year course shall not be published in a Class List until he or she has completed Parts A and B of the examination.

(b) A student who has been admitted to the status of Senior Student may be admitted to either the final examination for the three-year course or Part A of the examination for the four-year course in the term in which he or she has completed not fewer than five terms of residence.

(c) In such cases as shall be approved by the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board a Senior Student may be deemed to have satisfied the examiners in Part A of the examination for the four-year course in Earth Sciences and may be admitted to Part B of the examination in the term in which the student has completed at least six terms of residence.'

2 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 2000.

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Decree (6): Abolition of the Foundation Certificate in Social and Political Science

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Committee on Continuing Education and with the concurrence of the General Board, provides for the abolition of the part-time Foundation Certificate in Social and Political Science. This course has not been offered for the past two years, pending consideration of alternative provision at this level in this subject area. The Committee on Continuing Education has now approved the introduction of a new level-1 part-time Certificate in Social and Political Science which it considers will meet the needs of a wider range of potential mature students, and the Foundation Certificate is accordingly abolished.

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

Text of Decree (6)

In Examination Decrees, 1999, delete from p. 1010, l. 38 to p. 1011, l. 20.

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Decree (7): Electoral Board for the Chichele Professorship of the History of War

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VII, Sect. III, § 131, cl. 2 (Statutes, 1997, p. 450), the electoral board for the Chichele Professorship of the History of War appointed to fill the currently impending vacancy vice Professor R.J. O'Neill shall contain two additional members, of whom one shall be appointed by the General Board and one shall be the Head of the Humanities Division (Dr R.C.S. Walker) ex officio.

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Decree (8): Conferment of the title of Visiting Professor (Professor P.R. Koninckx)

The title of Visiting Professor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology is reconferred on Professor P.R. Koninckx, Head of the Division of Endoscopic Surgery at the University Hospitals, Leuven, Belgium, for five years with effect from 1 July 2000.

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2 Status of Master of Arts

Mr Vice-Chancellor reports that the status of Master of Arts under the provisions of Ch. V, Sect. v, cl. 1 (Statutes, 1997, p. 367) has been accorded to the following persons who are qualified for membership of Congregation:

DECLAN ANTHONY DOYLE, Department of Biochemistry

MARTIN FARRELL, Keble College

TERESA MARY FITZHERBERT, Wolfson College

JOHN BARNABY NICHOLAS MARSH, D.PHIL., New College

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3 Register of Congregation

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

Broome, J.R., MA, Corpus Christi
Doll, P.M., MA, D.Phil., Worcester
Doyle, D.A. MA status, Department of Biochemistry
Farrell, M., MA status, Keble
Fitzherbert, T.M., MA status, Wolfson
Gardener, T.S., MA, D.Phil., Merton
Marsh, J.B.N., MA status, D.Phil., New College

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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 6 October, see `Examinations and Boards' below.