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COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY

Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 23 November.

Decree (1): Number of co-opted members of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council, increases the maximum number of persons who may be co-opted to the committee from two to three.

Text of Decree (1)

In Ch. II, Sect. I, § 1, cl. 1 (Statutes, 2000, p. 217), delete `the committee may co-opt up to two' and substitute `the committee may co-opt up to three'.

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Decree (2): Audit Committee

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Audit Committee, expands that committee's terms of reference so as to comply with the requirements of the current HEFCE Audit Code of Practice. For the same reason, it also spells out more clearly that members of the Audit Committee must not serve on the Finance Committee or on any main-line executive committee of the University, and imposes a quorum.

Text of Decree (2)

1 In Ch. II, Sect. I, § 7, cl. 1 (2)--(4) (Statutes, 2000, p. 224), delete `who shall not be members of Council or of any other committee' and substitute `who shall not serve on the Finance Committee or on any committee'.

2 Ibid., insert new final paragraph:

`The quorum for the committee shall be not less than two members of the committee.'

3 Ibid., cl. 2, insert new items (g)--(j) as follows and reletter existing items (g)--(j) as items (k)--(n):

`(g) receive reports from other organisations relevant to its responsibilities;

( h) monitor the implementation of agreed audit recommendations;

(i) satisfy itself that there are adequate arrangements in place to promote value for money within the University;

(j) oversee the fraud policy of the University and ensure that significant losses are properly investigated and reported;'.

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Decree (3): Appointment of two fixed-term University Lecturers in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Explanatory note

Council has agreed, on the recommendation of its Personnel Committee, to approve the appointment of two fixed-term University Lecturers in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, in order to enable the Institute for the Advancement of University Learning to provide a research-based educational and staff development service to the University. The following decree provides accordingly.

Text of Decree (3)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VII, Sect. IV, § 3, cl. 3 (ii) (Statutes, 2000, p. 518), two University Lecturers in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education may be appointed for a period not exceeding five years in each case.

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GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL

Decrees

The General Purposes Committee of Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 23 November.

Decree (4): Changes in the constitution and remit of the Clubs Committee, and discharge of the Clubs Subcommittee

Explanatory note

The General Purposes Committee of Council has approved proposals by the Clubs Committee for changes designed to improve the effectiveness of the committee arrangements for the provision of support for and advice about student clubs and societies operating on a university-wide basis. The following decree provides accordingly.

Text of Decree (4)

1 In Ch. III, Sect. XXV (Statutes, 2000, p. 285), delete `§ 1. Clubs Committee'.

2 Ibid., delete cl. 1 and substitute:

`1. There shall be a Clubs Committee which shall comprise:

(1) the Assessor, who shall be chairman;

(2) the Assessor-elect;

(3) a member of Congregation, being a Senior Treasurer of Amalgamated Clubs, appointed by the Conference of Colleges;

(4) a member of Congregation, being a Senior Treasurer or Senior Member of a sports club registered with the Proctors, appointed by the Sports Strategy Committee;

(5) a resident Junior Member appointed by the Graduate Committee of the Oxford University Student Union;

(6) a resident Junior Member appointed by the Executive Committee of the Oxford University Student Union;

(7) a resident Junior Member, being the secretary of a non-sports club or publication registered with the Proctors, appointed by the Clubs Committee;

(8) a resident Junior Member nominated by clubs and societies currently renting rooms or storage facilities at the Clubs Committee premises at 13 Bevington Road.

The members appointed under (3)–(4) above shall hold office for three years commencing 1 October, and the members appointed under (5)–(8) shall hold office for one year commencing 1 October; all shall be eligible for reappointment. Casual vacancies shall be filled for the remainder of the period of office of the person being replaced.

The committee may co-opt not more than one other person, who shall hold office for a period to be determined by the committee and who shall be eligible for reappointment.'

3 Ibid., cl. 2 (d) (p. 286), delete `except that it may delegate to the subcommittee provided for in § 2, cl. 1 below the power to decide applications for grants for non-recurrent expenditure from clubs, societies, and publications'.

4 Ibid., cl. 3, delete `The Curators of the University Chest' and substitute `The Director of Finance and Secretary of the Chest'.

5 Ibid., cl. 4, delete `which shall be audited by the University Auditor' and substitute `which shall be subject to audit under arrangements similar to those applicable to all university departments'.

6 Ibid., cl. 5 (p. 287), delete `a report of its proceedings every year to Congregation, which shall be published in the Gazette' and substitute `a brief annual report to the General Purposes Committee of Council, for subsequent publication in the University Gazette for the information of members of Congregation'.

7 Ibid., delete § 2, concerning the Subcommittee of the Clubs Committee.

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Decree (5): Establishment of Brettschneider Fund

Explanatory note

The following decree, made by the General Purposes Committee of Council, accepts a generous donation from Mr Michael Borkan to be used for the benefit of students from Cornell University studying at this University. The awards will normally be tenable at Pembroke College or Templeton College.

Text of Decree (5)

In Ch. IX, Sect. I (Statutes, 2000, p. 602, as renumbered by Decree (2) of 12 July 2001, Gazette, Vol. 131, p. 1240), insert new § 30 as follows and renumber existing §§ 30--5 (pp. 602--6, as renumbered by the same decree and by Decree (3) of 18 January 2001, ibid., p. 521) as §§ 31--6:

`§ 30. Brettschneider Bursary Fund

1. The University accepts with gratitude from Mr Michael Borkan the sum of £16,200, and any further sums which may be contributed for the same purpose, to establish a fund, to be known as the Brettschneider Fund, to strengthen links between the University and Cornell University. The net income of the fund shall be applied to provide bursaries for present or former students of Cornell University to study at Oxford. The bursaries shall normally be tenable at Pembroke College or Templeton College but may be held at other colleges if a period of five years should elapse without an award being made at either college.

2. The fund shall be administered by a board of management consisting of:

(1) a person appointed by the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council, who shall be chairman;

(2) a person appointed by the Governing Body of Pembroke College;

(3) a person appointed by the Governing Body of Templeton College;

(4) a person appointed by Cornell University.

In the event of disagreement, the Chairman shall have a second or casting vote.

The board shall have power to co-opt for any periods of time it shall specify a representative of any other colleges at which awards are held.

3. The board shall apply the net income of the fund to the maintenance of the bursaries, and shall determine the conditions of their award, and the value and tenure of each, subject to a limit of one year on the maximum period of tenure of any bursary.

4. Income not expended in any year may, at the discretion of the board, either be carried forward for expenditure in subsequent years or be added to the capital of the fund.

5. Council shall have power to alter this decree from time to time, so long as the main object of the fund, as defined in clause 1 above, is always kept in view.'

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PERSONNEL COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL

Decree

The Personnel Committee of Council has made the following decree, to come into effect on 23 November.

Decree (6): Clinical Tutors and Clinical Lecturers

Explanatory note

The Medical Sciences Board has agreed that certain clinical tutorships which were regarded as training posts and accompanied by honorary NHS contracts as Specialist Registrars should no longer be at training level. In the past, appointments to these posts were made on the same basis as regards the period of appointment as those to clinical lecturerships, namely an initial period of three years followed by reappointment after review for a further three years. The following decree, made by the Personnel Committee of Council on the recommendation of the Medical Sciences Board, provides for clinical tutors in appropriate circumstances to be appointed for a fixed term of five years accompanied by an honorary NHS consultant contract.

Text of Decree (6)

In Ch. VII, Sect. V (Statutes, 2000, p. 526), delete § 4 and substitute:

`§ 4. Clinical Tutors and Clinical Lecturers

1. Clinical tutors and clinical lecturers shall be appointed by the Medical Sciences Board.

2. The board may appoint a clinical tutor or a clinical lecturer in a subject under its supervision on such terms as to duties and tenure as the board may determine, subject to the following conditions.

(1) Such an appointment shall be made either

(a) for an initial term not exceeding three years, at the end of which the person concerned shall be eligible for reappointment for a further period or periods not exceeding three years in total; the total period of service as a clinical tutor in a training post and the total period of service as a clinical lecturer shall not exceed six years in each case, except that such a post-holder who has held for not more than three years a post which is not recognised for the purposes of higher professional training may be appointed for a period not exceeding six years to a post which is so recognised; or

(b) in the case of a clinical tutorship held in conjunction with an honorary consultant appointment in the National Health Service, for a fixed and non-renewable term of five years.

(2) The appointment or reappointment of a clinical tutor in a training grade or of a clinical lecturer shall be made on the recommendation of a committee appointed by the divisional board and consisting of not less than five persons including the head of department concerned, a medically qualified representative nominated by the appropriate hospital authority, and the Director of Clinical Studies.

(3) The appointment of a clinical tutor with an honorary NHS consultant appointment shall be made on the recommendation of a committee appointed by the divisional board and consisting of not less than five persons including the head of department concerned, a medically qualified representative nominated by the hospital authority, and the Director of Clinical Studies.

3. A clinical tutor or a clinical lecturer may either receive no personal stipend, or receive a stipend on scales as determined by Council from time to time, except that:

(1) the divisional board shall have power to assign a stipend to such a person without placing him or her on an incremental scale;

(2) the divisional board may reduce the stipend having regard to any other office, except the office of Proctor or Assessor, or to any other employment for which he or she receives remuneration.

4. Clause 3 above shall not apply to the Litchfield Lecturers, whose stipends, duties, and conditions of tenure shall be as fixed by the decree concerned.'

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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:

Branco, M.J.V., Faculty of Modern History
Brooks, P.P., Balliol
Cornish, S.L., MA, Brasenose
Duke, S.E., St Hilda's
Ferrer Escursell, F., Linacre
Gover, J.C., Worcester
Griffith, S.C., Linacre
Holmes, C.J., MA, M.St., D.Phil., University
Mason, E.J., Corpus Christi
Pormann, P.E., Merton
Theodossopoulos, D., St Peter's
Thompson, C.E., Trinity
Walworth, J.C., Merton
Yi, S.K., Linacre

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DIVISIONAL BOARDS

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 23 November, see `Examinations and Boards' below.

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