University Acts

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COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY

Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 8 June.

Decree (1): Abolition of the Curators of the Examination Schools

Explanatory note

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor will declare carried, without holding the meeting of Congregation on 29 May, the Statute abolishing the Curators of the Examination Schools, which was promulgated on 15 May (see `University Agenda' below). Council has accordingly made the following decree, which gives effect to consequential changes.

Text of Decree (1)

1 In Ch. II (Statutes, 2000, p. 297), delete Sect. XXXVII.

2 This decree shall be effective from 1 May 2001.

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Decree (2): Private practice arrangements for clinical academic staff

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Medical Sciences Board, brings the arrangements for the undertaking of private practice by clinical academic staff into line with those for consultancies and other outside activities undertaken by university staff (see Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 5. A, cll. 10--11, Statutes, 2000, p. 370), namely that these be done on a personal basis up to an annual limit of thirty days of such activity and subject to approval by the appropriate academic body.

Text of Decree (2)

1 In Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 5. B, concerning Schedule C professors (Statutes, 2000, p. 376), delete cl. 3 (e) and substitute:

`(e) He or she shall be permitted to engage in private practice in the hospitals in Oxford on such terms as the Medical Sciences Board may from time to time determine, provided that such private practice

(i) shall be undertaken only in the name of the individual clinician concerned;

(ii) shall be subject to the same general arrangements as govern the holding of consultancies and outside appointments by university employees.'

2 Ibid., Sect. V, § 1, concerning academic posts in clinical departments (p. 523), delete cl. 3 and substitute:

`3. A person holding an appointment under the provisions of this section and holding an honorary consultant appointment in the National Health Service shall be permitted to engage in private practice in the hospitals in Oxford on such terms as the Medical Sciences Board may from time to time determine, provided that such private practice

(i) shall be undertaken only in the name of the individual clinician concerned;

(ii) shall be subject to the same general arrangements as govern the holding of consultancies and outside appointments by university employees.'

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Decree (3): Procedures for the administration of the University's Intellectual Property Policy

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Intellectual Property Advisory Group, enables the University to comply with a condition of the scheme under which the University's Challenge Seed Fund was established. At the same time opportunity is taken to remove an illustrative phrase which might have been taken to imply that assignments of intellectual property could not be taken directly in favour of the University; and to improve the definition of `net revenue' as it applies to income generated from the exploitation of intellectual property.

Text of Decree (3)

1 In Ch. VIII, Sect. XI, cl. 5 (Statutes, 2000, p. 551), delete `promptly assigning his or her rights to Isis and/or to a third party specified by the University,'.

2 Ibid., cl. 7, delete `other costs incurred in protecting the intellectual property and negotiating the arrangements for exploitation' and substitute `other outgoings in protecting the intellectual property, obtaining approvals, and making arrangements for exploitation'.

3 Ibid. (p. 552), insert para. (f):

`(f) Where intellectual property benefits from a grant by the University of Oxford University Challenge Seed Fund (`the Challenge Fund') the distribution of net revenue shall follow the table in paragraph (c) of this clause, save that the shares payable to the General Revenue Account (or an appropriate proportion of those shares, where the grant by the Challenge Fund represents only a part of the funding for the development of the intellectual property) shall be passed instead to the Challenge Fund once the University has discharged its obligation to pay the employer's National Insurance Contribution(s).'

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Decree (4): Electoral Board for the Professorship of Indian History and Culture

Explanatory note

The following decree enlarges the membership of the Electoral Board for the Professorship of Indian History and Culture in order to ensure that all interests are adequately represented.

Text of Decree (4)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Decree (1) of 15 February 2001 (Gazette, p. 644), Council may appoint a third member of the Electoral Board for the Professorship of Indian History and Culture, so increasing the board to ten members in all.

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Decree (5): Supplication for MA by graduates admitted to an Honour School after receiving a Foundation Certificate

Explanatory note

Under the arrangements for the award by the Continuing Education Board (and formerly the Committee on Continuing Education) of Foundation Certificates in English Language and Literature and in Modern History (and formerly in Social and Political Science), which are open to non-members of the University, holders of these certificates who are subsequently admitted to membership of the University as undergraduates may read immediately for the relevant Honour School without having previously passed a First Public Examination. Under the current legislation governing the degree of MA, this has the unintended effect of preventing them from supplicating for that degree as soon as their contemporaries, who have normally been matriculated three terms earlier.

The following decree, made by Council on the recommendation of its Educational Policy and Standards Committee, removes this anomaly for those who have already graduated in the relevant Honour Schools. It is intended, for the future, to grant the status of Senior Student to undergraduates holding a Foundation Certificate in the relevant subject. This will permit their matriculation to be backdated by three terms.

Text of Decree (5)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VI, Sect. III, cl. 1 (Examination Decrees, 2000, p. 563, ll. 6--8), a Bachelor of Arts whose qualification for admission to a Final Honour School was the successful completion of a Foundation Course at the Department for Continuing Education may, with the approval of his or her society, supplicate for the Degree of Master of Arts in or after the eighteenth term from his or her matriculation.

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PLANNING AND RESOURCE ALLOCATION COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL

Decrees

The General Purposes Committee of Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 8 June.

Decree (6): Establishment of Professorship of Internet Studies

Explanatory note

The following decree, made by the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee of Council on the recommendation of the Social Sciences Board, accepts a munificent benefaction from The Shirley Foundation for the establishment of the Oxford Internet Institute, including the funding of a Professorship of Internet Studies. The institute will consider the societal and public policy implications of the impact of technology on the spread of information as exemplified by the development of the Internet. The professor will teach and undertake advanced study or research in the broad area of Internet Studies and will act as the first Director of the new Oxford Internet Institute for an initial period of five years.

Text of Decree (6)

1 In Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 5. B, SCHEDULE A, concerning professorships (Statutes, 2000, p. 380), after `Lester B. Pearson Professor of International Relations' insert:

`Professor of Internet Studies'.

2 Ibid., Sect. III, concerning particular professorships (p. 443), insert new § 144 as follows and renumber existing §§ 144--6 (pp. 443--4) as §§ 145--7:

`§ 144. Professor of Internet Studies

1. The University accepts with gratitude the benefaction offered by The Shirley Foundation, and any further sums which may be contributed for the same purpose, for the establishment of an Oxford Internet Institute, including the establishment of a Professorship of Internet Studies.

2. The professor shall lecture and give instruction in the societal and public policy aspects of the Internet.

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;

(6)--(9) four persons appointed by the Social Sciences Board.

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.'

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Decree (7): University composition fees for Home/EU students and certain others for 2001--2, and for overseas students for 2002--3

Explanatory note

The Department for Education and Employment has announced that the tuition fee introduced for award-holding Home/EU undergraduates should be increased from £1,050 to £1,075 for the year 2001--2, and that the maximum tuition fee to be paid through postgraduate awards will be increased from £2,740 to £2,805. The following decree, made by the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee of Council, effects these changes and related changes for the coming year. The University awaits an announcement on the review of the arrangements which will apply in 2001--2 in respect of students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Colleges will be informed of the position separately once an announcement has been received.

On fees for overseas students, Council has already made a decree setting the levels of fees for overseas students in 2001--2 (Decree (5) of 15 June 2000, Gazette, Vol. 130, p. 1331). For a number of years the levels of fees to be charged to overseas students have been set well in advance. Council has agreed that the level of fees for overseas students should be increased by 4.5 per cent in 2002--3, the same rate used to set overseas fees for 2001--2. Clauses 12--14 of the following decree therefore set out the level of overseas fees for 2002--3.

Opportunity is taken in clause 4 of this decree to set the fee for Recognised and Visiting Students, which is half the Category A rate (i.e. £3,582 in 2001--2). Clause 5 sets the fee for members of the University working on the Foreign Service Course at the Category B rate (i.e. £9,546 for 2001--2). Clause 6 makes provision for the level of the university fee to be charged in 2001--2 for the Diploma Course in European Studies (intended primarily for Japanese managers) at the Category C rate (i.e. £17,499 in 2001--2). Clauses 10 and 11 set the fee for the M.Sc. in Management Research Methodology, which is being reintroduced in 2001--2.

Text of Decree (7)

1 In Examination Decrees, 2000, p. 1117, l. 41, delete `2000--1' and substitute `2001--2'.

2 Ibid., l. 46, delete `£1,050' and substitute `£1,075'.

3 Ibid., p. 1118, l. 3, delete `£520' and substitute `£530'.

4 Ibid., l. 10, delete `£3,425' and substitute `£3,582'.

5 Ibid., l. 11, delete `£9,133' and substitute `£9,546'.

6 Ibid., l. 13, delete `£16,745' and substitute `£17,499'.

7 Ibid., l. 16, delete `2000--1' and substitute `2001--2'.

8 Ibid., l. 20, delete `£2,740' and substitute `£2,805'.

9 Ibid., l. 26, delete `£17,000' and substitute `£18,500'.

10 Ibid., after l. 30 insert:

`(c) for members of the University working for the Degree of M.Sc. in Management Research Methodology, £8,000.'

11 Ibid., ll. 31--5, reletter items (c)-- (e) as items (d)--(f).

12 Ibid., ll. 38--9 delete `[Until 1 September 2001 ... (or £3,582)]' and substitute `[Until 1 September 2002: £7,161 (or £3,582)] [From 1 September 2002: £7,482 (or £3,741)]'.

13 Ibid., p. 1119, ll. 8--9, delete `[Until 1 September 2001 ... £9,546]' and substitute `[Until 1 September 2002: £9,546][From 1 September 2002: £9,975]'.

14 Ibid., p. 1120, ll. 4--5, delete `[Until 1 September 2001 ... £17,499]' and substitute `[Until 1 September 2002: £17,499][From 1 September 2002: £18,285]'.

15 This decree shall be effective from 1 September 2001.

Key to Decree (7)

Cll. 1--3 set the 2001--2 fees for Home/EU undergraduates.

Cl. 4 sets the 2001--2 fee for Recognised and Visiting Students.

Cl. 5 sets the 2001--2 fee for the Foreign Service Course.

Cl. 6 sets the 2001--2 fee for the Diploma Course in European Studies.

Cll. 7 and 8 set the Home/EU postgraduate fee for 2001--2.

Cl. 9 sets the 2001--2 fee for the MBA.

Cll. 10 and 11 set the 2001--2 fee for the M.Sc. in Management Research Methodology.

Cll. 12--14 set the levels of overseas fees for 2002--3.

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CONGREGATION 19 May

Conferment of Honorary Degree

The Degree of Master of Arts, honoris causa, approved by Resolution of Congregation on 16 January 2001, was conferred upon PHILIP WILLIAM MOSS, MA status, formerly Head Clerk of the University.

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COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY

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

Bhattacharya, S., Faculty of Clinical Medicine
Chung, M., Faculty of Oriental Studies
Holman, S.J., Kellogg College
Hudson, A.E., Kellogg College
Leong, F.J.W.M., Green College
Orford, B.A., St Cross
Williams, J.H., D.Phil., Keble

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