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COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY

Decree

Council has made the following decree, to come into effect on 7 July.

Decree (1): Composition of the governing bodies of the museums and scientific collections

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Committee for the Museums and Scientific Collections and with the concurrence of the Committee for the Pitt Rivers Museum, the Committee for the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, and the Visitors of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, makes the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Services and University Collections) an ex officio member of these governing bodies of the museums. This is to provide for enhanced liaison between the governing bodies and the Pro-Vice-Chancellor in the new governance structure. Council is promoting a statute to make corresponding provision for the Visitors of the Ashmolean Museum (see `University Agenda' below).

Text of Decree (1)

1 In Ch. III, Sect. IV, § 4, cl. 4, concerning the Committee for the Pitt Rivers Museum (Statutes, 2000, p. 256), insert new item (2) as follows and renumber existing items (2)--(16) as items (3)--(17):

`(2) the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Services and University Collections);'.

2 Ibid., Sect. XLV, § 1, cl. 1, concerning the Committee for the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology (p. 303), insert new item (2) as follows and renumber existing items (2)--(12) as items (3)--(13):

`(2) the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Services and University Collections);'.

3 Ibid., Sect. LXXI, cl. 1, concerning the Visitors of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (p. 328), insert new item (2) as follows and renumber existing items (2)--(10) as items (3)--(11):

`(2) the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Services and University Collections);'.

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MATHEMATICAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES BOARD

Decree

The Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board, with the approval of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council, has made the following decree, to come into effect on 7 July.

Decree (2): Preliminary Examination in Earth Sciences and Materials

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, provides that from October 2001, candidates in Earth Sciences and Materials shall be required to take four papers in the Preliminary Examination, rather than five as now (and as will continue to be the case in Chemistry and Physics). The content and weighting of the relevant papers in Earth Sciences and Materials are being revised accordingly.

This change follows a decision last year largely to abandon the sharing of preliminary examination papers between the departments concerned. The legislation will be revised more thoroughly at a future date in the light of the outcome of reviews of the Chemistry and Physics undergraduate degree courses which are currently under way.

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

Text of Decree (2)

1 In Examination Decrees, 2000, p. 98, l. 10, delete `each Preliminary Examination' and substitute `the Preliminary Examination in Chemistry and Physics'.

2 Ibid., after l. 13 insert:

`3. Candidates in the Preliminary Examination in Earth Sciences and Materials must offer four subjects at one examination, provided that a candidate who has failed in one or two subjects may offer that number of subjects at a subsequent examination.'

3 Ibid., ll. 14--28, renumber existing cll. 3--5 as cll. 4--6.

4 Ibid., l. 15, delete `five different subjects' and substitute `all of the subjects required, as specified under clause 2 or clause 3 above, as appropriate'.

5 Ibid., l. 17, after `clause 2' insert `or clause 3 above, as appropriate'.

6 Ibid., l. 20, delete `all five subjects' and substitute `all of the subjects required under clause 2 or clause 3 above, as appropriate'.

7 Ibid., l. 23, delete `five subjects' and substitute `all of the subjects required under clause 2 or clause 3 above, as appropriate'.

8 Ibid., l. 25, after `clause 2' insert `or clause 3 above, as appropriate'.

9 Ibid., l. 29, delete `all five subjects' and substitute `all of the subjects required under clause 2 or clause 3 above, as appropriate'.

10 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 2001.

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CONTINUING EDUCATION AND MATHEMATICAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES BOARDS

Decree

The Continuing Education and Mathematical and Physical Sciences Boards, with the approval of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council, have made the following decree, to come into effect on 7 July.

Decree (3): Establishment of M.Sc. in Mathematical Finance

Explanatory note

The following decree, made by the Continuing Education and Mathematical and Physical Sciences Boards, with the approval of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council, provides for the establishment of an M.Sc. in Mathematical Finance.

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

Text of Decre (3)

1 In Examination Decrees, 2000, p. 754, after l. 2 insert:
`Mathematical Finance     Mathematical and Physical Sciences/Continuing Education'.

2 Ibid., p. 1052, after l. 10 insert:

`in Mathematical Finance for three examinations;'.

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EDUCATIONAL POLICY AND STANDARDS COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL

Decree

The Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council has made the following decree, to come into effect on 7 July.

Decree (4): Amendments to the procedures governing examinations for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

Explanatory note

The following decree, made by the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council, following consultation with the Divisional Boards, amends the existing procedures for the examination of a candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy to give all candidates for the degree, on first examination, where examiners are not able to recommend the award of the degree, the opportunity to revise and resubmit their thesis for re-examination for the doctorate.

Although all candidates will be able to take advantage of this provision, and examiners would normally be required to provide a statement setting out the respects in which a thesis falls below the standard required for the D.Phil., and what changes are necessary for it to reach that standard, examiners will be permitted, exceptionally, to indicate that they can see no means by which, in the time allowed for revision and resubmission, the thesis could be revised to doctoral standard.

Text of Decree (4)

1 In Examination Decrees, 2000, p. 869, delete ll. 33--4 and substitute:

`6. Having completed the examination of a candidate for the first time, the examiners may make any one of recommendations (i), (ii), or (iv) below only. Having completed the examination of a candidate who has revised and resubmitted his or her thesis, the examiners may make any one of recommendations (i)–(vi). The recommendations are:'.

2 Ibid., p. 872, delete ll. 6--15 and substitute:

`7. If the examiners recommend reference back of the student's application under clause 6 (ii), (iii), or (iv) above, they shall annex to their report to the board a statement (for transmission to the candidate) setting out the respects in which the thesis falls below the standard required for the degree in question, and what changes are necessary for it to reach that standard, save that examiners of a thesis submitted for the first time may, in exceptional circumstances, and notwithstanding a recommendation under clause 6 (ii) or (iv) above, certify that they are unable to indicate how the thesis might be changed, within the time allowed, in order to reach the required standard for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy.'

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CONGREGATION 15 June

Conferment of Honorary Degree

The Degree of Master of Arts, honoris causa, approved by Resolution of Congregation on 24 April 2001, was conferred upon KIM SCOTT WALWYN, MA (MA Cambridge), Lady Margaret Hall, formerly Publishing Director, Oxford University Press.

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CONGREGATION 20 June

1 Conferment of Honorary Degrees

The following degrees, honoris causa, approved by Resolution of Congregation, were conferred:

Doctor of Civil Law

HIS EXCELLENCY KOFI ATTA ANNAN (BA Macalaster College; M.SC. Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Secretary-General of the United Nations

WILLIAM GORDON BOWEN (AB Denison; PH.D. Princeton), President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York

GRO HARLEM BRUNDTLAND (MD Oslo; MPH Harvard), Director-General of the World Health Organization


Doctor of Letters

PROFESSOR ERIC JOHN ERNEST HOBSBAWM, CH (BA, PH.D. Cambridge), FBA, Emeritus Professor of Economic and Social History, University of London


Doctor of Science

PROFESSOR TIM BERNERS-LEE, OBE, MA, FRS, Honorary Fellow of Queen's College, 3Com Founders Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

PROFESSOR WALTER KOHN (BA, MA Toronto; PH.D. Harvard), FRS, Professor Emeritus and Research Professor of Physics, University of California at Santa Barbara

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


Doctor of Music

DAME FELICITY LOTT, DBE (BA London), FRAM, soprano

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2 Encaenia

THE PUBLIC ORATOR delivered an introduction, after which THE PROFESSOR OF POETRY delivered the Oration `in Commemoration of the Benefactors of the University according to the intention of the Right Honourable Nathaniel, Lord Crewe, Bishop of Durham'.

¶ The texts of the speeches made by the Public Orator in presenting the recipients of Honorary Degrees and in introducing the Creweian Oration, and of the Oration, are published as Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4591.

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COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY

Register of Congregation

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

Blandford-Baker, M.R., Magdalen
Busch, A.C., Faculty of Social Studied
Harrison, M., D.Phil., Corpus Christi

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DIVISIONAL AND FACULTY BOARDS AND CONTINUING EDUCATION BOARD

For changes in regulations in examinations, to come into effect on 7 July, see `Examinations and Boards' below.

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