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CONGREGATION 19 March

Degree by Resolution

No notice to the contrary having been received, the following resolution is deemed to have been approved at noon on 19 March.

Text of Resolution

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

GUGLIELMO VERDIRAME, Merton College

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CONGREGATION 20 March

1 Declaration of approval of unopposed Statute promulgated on 6 March

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor declared the Statute concerning the removal of students from the Clinical Students' Register approved.

2 Declaration of approval of Resolutions approving the conferment of Honorary Degrees

(1) That the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Civil Law, honoris causa, upon WILLIAM GORDON BOWEN (AB Denison; PH.D. Princeton), President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York, be approved.

(2) That the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Civil Law, honoris causa, upon GRO HARLEM BRUNDTLAND (MD Oslo; MPH Harvard), Director-General of the World Health Organization, be approved.

(3) That the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, upon PROFESSOR ERIC JOHN ERNEST HOBSBAWM, CH (BA, PH.D. Cambridge), FBA, Emeritus Professor of Economic and Social History, University of London, be approved.

(4) That the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, upon PROFESSOR TIM BERNERS-LEE, OBE, MA, Honorary Fellow of Queen's College, 3Com Founders Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, be approved.

(5) That the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, upon PROFESSOR WALTER KOHN (BA, MA Toronto; PH.D. Harvard), FRS, Professor Emeritus and Research Professor of Physics, University of California at Santa Barbara, be approved.

(6) That the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, upon PROFESSOR SIR GUSTAV NOSSAL, AC, CBE (B.SC.(MED.), MB, BS Sydney; PH.D. Melbourne), FAA, FRACGP, FRACOG (HON.), FRACP, FRCP, FRCPA, F.R.C.PATH., FRS, FRSE, FTSE, Professor Emeritus of the University of Melbourne, be approved.

(7) That the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Music, honoris causa, upon DAME FELICITY LOTT, DBE (BA London), FRAM, soprano, be approved.

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COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY

Decree

Council has made the following decree, to come into effect on 6 April.

Decree (1): Establishment of Rothermere American Institute

Explanatory note

The following decree provides formally for the establishment of the Rothermere American Institute and for the various endowments associated with it. Apart from the endowments, the University has received very generous benefactions towards the capital cost of the building, including £2.5m from the Rhodes Trustees, some £1.7m from Rhodes Scholars, £1.5m from the Rothermere Foundation, £1.5m from the Daily Mail and General Trust, and some £500K from Associated Newspapers.

Text of Decree (1)

1 In Ch. III (Statutes, 2000, p. 253), insert Sect. III:

`Section III. Rothermere American Institute

1. There shall be within the University a Rothermere American Institute.

2. The aims of the institute shall be to provide a focus for the study of the United States and the colonial territories that preceded it, and to promote an interdisciplinary and comparative understanding of the nature of the society of that country and the relationship between the United States and other countries.

3. The University accepts with gratitude the following sums which (together with any further sums contributed for the same purpose) shall be used to establish funds with the names shown, the income from which shall be used for the specific elements shown of the costs of the institute:

(a) from the Rhodes Trustees, the sum of £2m, the net income of which shall be put towards the general costs of the institute;

(b) from an anonymous benefactor the sum of £1.5m, the net income from which shall be used to finance a distinguished visitors' programme for the institute;

(c) from Mr Esmond Harmsworth the sum of $400,000, the net income from which shall be used to fund a visiting professorship in American Arts and Letters; (d) from Mrs Cynthia McLachlan the sum of $533,333, from Mr Edward Burkhart the sum of $533,333, from the Directors of Wisconsin Central the sum of $275,208, and from Mr Thomas W. Rissman the sum of $40,938, the net income from which shall contribute to the costs of the Vere Harmsworth Library of the institute;

(e) from Nigel and Helen Lovett the sum of $100,000 to establish a fund to be known as the Vere Harmsworth Library Acquisitions Endowment Fund, the net income from which shall be used for the acquisition of library materials in that library.

4. Income from the funds specified in clause 3 above not spent in any year shall be carried forward for expenditure in subsequent years.

5. (a) Income from funds established for library purposes shall be administered by the Curators of the University Libraries. The curators shall have power to delegate expenditure to the Director of University Library Services and Bodley's Librarian, such delegation to be reviewed on an annual basis when the director shall report to the curators all exercises of his or her delegated authority.

(b) Income from funds established for purposes other than support of the library shall be administered by the Humanities Division (in consultation with the Social Sciences Division) under such arrangements as Council may from time to time decide for the governance of the institute.'

2 In Ch. IX, Sect. I, § 27, concerning the Bodleian Library (p. 601), delete the separate decree concerning the Vere Harmsworth Library Acquisitions Fund.

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LIFE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 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 6 April.

Decree (2): Establishment of M.Sc. in Medical Anthropology

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Life and Environmental Sciences Board, with the approval of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council, establishes a new one-year taught M.Sc. in Medical Anthropology. The course is intended to build on the very substantial expertise in these areas which is now available in the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology and that in Biological Anthropology, and it is an academic priority already identified in the recent General Board review and in the outline plans drawn up by the new Divisional Board. A sound preparation in relevant fields will be required, and candidates will be required to sit four written papers and to submit a dissertation, the requirements for which will be along the lines of those already in place for the existing M.Sc. course in Social Anthropology. Opportunity is taken also to delete obsolete references to a faculty board and a committee within the Life and Environmental Sciences Division.

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

Text of Decree (2)

1 In Examination Decrees, 2000, p. 753, l. 9, delete `Committee for Archaeology' and substitute `Life and Environmental Sciences'.

2 Ibid., ll. 21, 23, 35, and 37 and p. 754, ll. 1 and 13, in each case delete `Anthropology and Geography' and substitute `Life and Environmental Sciences'.

3 Ibid., p. 754, after l. 6 insert: `Medical Anthropology Life and Environmental Sciences'.

4 Ibid., p. 1052, l. 37, after `Ethnology and Museum Ethnography' insert `, Medical Anthropology,'.

5 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 2001.

Key to Decree (2)

Cll. 1 and 2 substitute references to the Divisional Board for existing references to the Committee for Archaeology and the Anthropology and Geography Board.

Cl. 3 adds the course in Medical Anthropology to the list of M.Sc. courses.

Cl. 4 provides for the period of office of examiners for the new course.

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COMMITTEE ON STATUTES BEFORE THE PRIVY COUNCIL

Decree

The Committee on Statutes before the Privy Council has made the following decree, to come into effect on 6 April.

Decree (3): Amendment to the Statutes of Oriel College

Explanatory note

The following decree, made by the Committee on Statutes before the Privy Council, records the consent of the University to an amendment to the Statutes of Oriel College as required under the provisions of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923.

The effect of the amendment is to empower the college to appoint an Investment Manager.

Text of Decree (3)

The consent of the University is given to the amendment to Statute XV of Oriel College approved by the Governing Body on 7 February 2001, in so far as such consent is required by Section 7 (2) of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923.

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DIVISIONAL BOARDS AND BOARDS OF FACULTIES

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

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