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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 26 July.

Decree (1): Changes in the composition of the Area and Development Studies Committee

Explanatory note

The following decree, made by the General Purposes Committee of Council, on the recommendation of the Social Sciences Board, changes the composition of the Area and Development Studies Committee. The Area and Development Studies Committee was established in March 2001. At the time, it was agreed that `the committee shall have power to co-opt up to three additional members, who shall reflect, in particular, the interests of St Antony's College, the Life and Environmental Sciences Division, and the Humanities Division'. The committee now wishes to have the option to co-opt up to three further members, while still retaining the representation of interests as detailed above, since it has proved difficult to reflect the full range of interests within the current membership. At the same time, opportunity is taken to correct the titles of two of the constituent units.

Text of Decree (1)

1 In Ch. III, Sect. VI, cl. 2 (Statutes, 2000, p. 261, as inserted by Decree (1) of 8 March 2001 and subsequently renumbered by Decree (4) of 11 October 2001, Gazette, Vol. 131, p. 716; Vol. 132, p. 188), delete `Latin American Studies' and substitute `Latin American Centre'.

2 Ibid., delete `Slavonic and East European Studies' and substitute `Russian and East European Studies'.

3 Ibid., delete `up to three additional members' and substitute `up to six additional members'.

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Decree (2): Abolition of the Committee for Educational Studies

Explanatory note

The following decree, made by the General Purposes Committee of Council, on the recommendation of the Social Sciences Board, abolishes the Committee for Educational Studies. The committee has been replaced by an Academic Committee of the Department of Educational Studies. The provisions governing the Professorship of Educational Studies are transferred to Ch. VII, Sect. III, where the corresponding provisions governing most other chairs are to be found.

Text of Decree (2)

1 In Ch. III (Statutes, 2000, p. 291), delete Sect. XXXIII and renumber existing Sectt. XXXIV–XXXVI (pp. 293–6) as Sectt. XXXIII–XXXV.

2 In Ch. VII, Sect. III (Statutes, 2000, p. 415), insert new § 65 as follows and renumber existing §§ 65–78 (pp. 415–22) as §§ 66–79:

`§ 65. Professor of Educational Studies

1. The Professor of Educational Studies shall lecture and give instruction in Educational Studies.

2. The professor shall be elected by an electoral board consisting of:

(1) the Vice-Chancellor, or, if the Warden of Green College is Vice-Chancellor, a person appointed by Council;

(2) the Warden of Green College, or, if the Warden is unable or unwilling to act, a person appointed by the Governing Body of Green College;

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

(4) a person appointed by Council;

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

(6)–(8) three persons appointed by the Academic Committee of the Department of Educational Studies, of whom two shall hold an established university post in Educational Studies;

(9) the chairman of the professional committee or a head teacher proposed by the Oxfordshire Secondary School Head Teachers' Association.

3. 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 (3): Changes in the arrangements for the Saïd Business School

Explanatory note

The following decree, made by the General Purposes Committee of Council, on the recommendation of the Social Sciences Board and with the consent of the Trustees of the Saïd Business School Foundation, places with the Executive Committee of the Saïd Business School the responsibility for the appointment of Directors of the school. It also recognises that specific provision no longer needs to be made to require the school to contribute to the cost of central services. This is now achieved for the school, as for all other academic units, through the infrastructure charge in the Resource Allocation Method.

Text of Decree (3)

1 In Ch. III, Sect. LII, § 1 (Statutes, 2000, p. 311, as renumbered by Decree (4) of 11 October 2001, Gazette, p. 188), delete cl. 14 and renumber existing cll.15–18 (pp. 311–12) as cll. 14–17.

2 Ibid., cl. 15 (as renumbered by clause 1 above), delete `clause 15' and substitute `clause 14'.

3 Ibid., cl. 17 (as renumbered by clause 1 above), delete items (a) and (b) and substitute: `(a) in the case of clauses 1–13 and 15–17 by a fourth-fifths majority; and (b) in the case of clause 14 by a simple majority.'

4 Ibid., § 2 (p. 312, as amended by Decree (1) of 26 July 2001, Gazette, Vol. 131, p. 1354), delete cl. 4.

Key to Decree (3)

Cll. 1–3 remove the references to the special arrangements for the Saïd Business School's contribution to the cost of central facilities.

C1. 4 removes the requirement for Directors of the Business School to be appointed by the Social Sciences Board.

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Decree (4): Beit and Herbert Memorial Prizes

Explanatory note

The following decree, made by the General Purposes Committee of Council, on the recommendation of the Board of Management for the Beit Fund, revises the criteria for eligibility for the Beit and Robert Herbert Memorial Prizes in Imperial and Commonwealth History so that only current students, or those who satisfied the requirements for their decree not more than twelve months before the entry date, may become candidates. Amendment is required only to the decree governing the Beit Prize, because the decree governing the Herbert Memorial Prize provides that it shall be open to the same persons as are eligible for the Beit Prize.

Text of Decree (4)

In Ch. IX, Sect. I, § 19, cl. 1 (Statutes, 2000, p. 593), delete `It shall be open ... from their matriculation' and substitute `It shall be open to members of the University who, on the closing date for entries for the prize, are either student members or have been ordinary or Convocation members for not more than twelve months before that date'.

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COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY

Decree

Council has made the following decree, to come into effect on 26 July.

Decree (5): Repeal of obsolete Decrees and redesignation of certain other Decrees as Regulations under the new University Statutes

Explanatory note

The new University Statutes will come into effect on 1 October 2002. Under those statutes Council will no longer make decrees to enact secondary legislation, and all such legislation will take the form of regulations. Council has already enacted new regulations to replace certain Examination Decrees (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4621, 8 May 2002, p. 1139), the decree concerning Intellectual Property Policy (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4625, 5 June 2002, p. 1285), and the statutes and decrees concerning Convocation, the Societies and Permanent Private Halls, Council, the Divisions, Faculties, the University Press, University Officers, etc. (Supplement (2) to Gazette No. 4628, 26 June 2002, p. 1385). Council has now made further regulations to replace the existing legislation concerning the Student Union, retirement dates for university employees, the College Contributions Scheme and College Accounts, and departments. These are published as Council Regulations 26–30 of 2002 in Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4629, 10 July 2002, p. 1449.

Clause 1 of the following decree repeals the existing decree concerning the Bodleian Library, which will be superseded by new Regulations for the Oxford University Library Services to be published in two weeks' time. Clause 2 takes the opportunity formally to repeal an obsolete decree which has been previously overlooked, following the discharge of the Committee on the History of the University.

Because it has not been possible in the time available to complete the review of all existing university legislation before the new Statutes come into effect, it is necessary to redesignate as regulations from 1 October 2002 those decrees which have still to be considered. Council has already made a decree so redesignating certain parts of the Examination Decrees (Decree (2) of 9 May 2002, Gazette, p. 1154), and clauses 3 and 4 of the following decree correspondingly redesignate further legislation of this kind (primarily Ch. III of the existing decrees, concerning `other university bodies', Ch. VII, concerning academic and other posts, and Ch. IX, concerning trust funds).

Text of Decree (5)

1 In Ch. III (Statutes, 2000, p. 269), delete Sect. XIII, concerning the Bodleian Library.

2 Ibid. (p. 305), delete Sect. XLVI, concerning the Committee on the History of the University. 3 The following decrees shall constitute the corresponding regulations governing the matters concerned with effect from 1 October 2002 unless and until they are replaced, amended, or repealed by new regulation made by Council (or by another body or a person authorised by Council):

Council Regulations 23 of 2002 (Other University Bodies)

Ch. III, Sect. II, concerning the Rothermere American Institute (Statutes, 2000, p. 253, as inserted by Decree (1) of 22 March 2001 and subsequently renumbered by Decree (4) of 11 October 2001, Gazette, Vol. 131, p. 782; Vol. 132, p. 188), Sect. III, from § 1 to § 4, cl. 3 and § 5, concerning the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnology (pp. 254–7, as renumbered), Sect. IV, concerning the Sub-faculty of Archaeology (p. 257, as amended by Decree (2) of 25 October 2001, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 249), Sect. V, concerning the Committee for the Archives (p. 260, as renumbered), Sect. VI, concerning the Area and Development Studies Committee (p. 261, as inserted by Decree (1) of 8 March 2001, Gazette, Vol. 131, p. 716, subsequently renumbered, and amended by Decree (1) above), Sect. XI, §§ 2–7, concerning the Ashmolean Museum (pp. 263–6), Sect. XII, concerning the Benefices Delegacy (p. 268), Sect. XIV, cl. 7, concerning the Sherardian Bequest (p. 278), Sect. XV, concerning the Centre for Brazilian Studies (p. 279), Sect. XVI, concerning the Committee for Byzantine Studies (p. 280), Sect. XXI, concerning the Committee for the Careers Service (p. 281), Sect. XXII, concerning the Department of Chemistry (p. 282), Sect. XXIII, concerning the Institute for Chinese Studies (p. 284). Sect. XXIV, concerning the Clubs Committee (p. 285, as renumbered by Decree (1) of 16 May 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1190), Sect. XXV, concerning the Committee for Comparative Philology and General Linguistics (p. 287, as renumbered), Sect. XXVI, concerning the Committee on Computing in the Arts (p. 288, as renumbered), Sect. XXVII, concerning the Computing Laboratory (p. 288, as renumbered), Sect. XXVIII, concerning the Computing Services (p. 289, as renumbered), Sect. XXXII, concerning the Department of Economics (p. 290), Sect. XXXIII, concerning the Edward Gray Institute of Field Ornithology (p. 293, as renumbered by Decree (2) above), Sect. XXXIV, concerning the Environmental Change Institute (p. 295, as renumbered), Sect. XXXV, concerning the Institute for European Studies (p. 296, as renumbered), Sect. XLI, concerning the Forestry Institute and the Advisory Committee for Forestry (p. 298), Sect. XLII, concerning the Consultative Committee for Health and Safety (p. 299), Sect. XLIII, concerning the Committee for and Sub-faculty of the History of Art (p. 300), Sect. XLIV, concerning the Unit for the History of Medicine (p. 302), Sect. XLV, §§ 3–4, concerning the Keeper and Assistant Keepers of the Museum of the History of Science (pp. 304–5), Sect. LI, concerning the Committee of Management for the Language Centre (p. 306), Sect. LII, concerning Management Studies (p. 308, as renumbered by Decree (4) of 11 October 2001, Gazette, p. 188, and renumbered by Decree (3) above), Sect. LIII, concerning the Mathematical Institute (p. 313, as renumbered), Sect. LIV, concerning the Delegates for Military Instruction (p. 314), Sect. LV, concerning the Committee for Modern Middle Eastern Studies (p. 315, as renumbered), Sect. LVII, concerning the Premises allocated to the Faculty of Music (p. 316), Sect. LXI, concerning the Oriental Institute (p. 317), Sect. LXII, concerning the Joint Standing Committee for Palaeography and related Manuscript and Textual Studies (p. 318), Sect. LXIII, concerning the Department of Physics (p. 318), Sect. LXIV, concerning the Department of Politics and International Relations (p. 321), Sect. LXV, concerning the Committee for the Proctors' Office (p. 322), Sect. LXVI, concerning Committees for the Representation of Academic Staff (p. 322), Sect. LXVII, concerning Queen Elizabeth House (p. 323), Sect. LXVIII, concerning the Committee for the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art (p. 326), Sect. LXIX, concerning the St Cross Building Management Committee (p. 327), Sect. LXXI, cll. 4–5, concerning the Director of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (p. 329), Sect. LXXII, concerning the Sheldonian Theatre (p. 330), Sect. LXXIII, concerning the Department of Social Policy and Social Work (p. 331, as renumbered by Decree (4) of 11 October 2001, Gazette, p. 188), Sect. LXXIV, concerning the Department of Sociology (p. 332, as renumbered), Sect. LXXV, concerning the Inter-faculty Committee for South Asian Studies (p. 333), Sect. LXXXI, concerning the Taylor Institution (p. 337), Sect. LXXXII, concerning the University Club (p. 338), and Sect. LXXXIII, concerning the Curators of the University Parks.

Ch. X, Sect. I, concerning the Department for Continuing Education (p. 759).

Ch. XI, Sect. III, concerning the Maison Française (p. 778).

Council Regulations 24 of 2002 (Academic and other Posts)

Ch. VII, concerning Academic and other Posts (pp. 361–532), subject to the amendment of Sect. VII, § 1, SCHEDULE, item (a), concerning persons whose offices entitle them to hold fellowships (p. 530), by the deletion of `Full-time professors' and the substitution of `Professors', and to the amendment of ibid., § 2, SCHEDULE B, concerning persons whose offices entitle them to hold professorial fellowships (p. 531), by the deletion of `A full-time or titular professorship' and the substitution of `A professorship or titular professorship'.[1]

[1] [Note:] It is no longer permissible to treat the holders of part-time posts less favourably than the holders of full-time posts.

Council Regulations 25 of 2002 (Trusts)

Ch. IX, concerning Scholarships, Prizes, Special Funds, Collections, Libraries, and Grants (pp. 579–757).

Any cross-reference to any such decree in the decrees and regulations which are in effect on 30 September 2002, and which have not been replaced by that date by new regulations to take effect from 1 October 2002, shall be deemed with effect from 1 October 2002 to be a cross-reference to the corresponding regulation as enacted by Council (or by another body or a person authorised by Council) or by clause 3 above.

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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 26 July.

Decree (6): Amendments to the Statutes of Wadham College

Explanatory note

The following decree records the consent of the University to amendments to the Statutes of Wadham College pursuant to the provisions of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923. The effect of the amendment is to empower the college to appoint an Acting Warden.

Text of Decree (6)

The consent of the University is given to the amendments to Statute VI of Wadham College approved by the Governing Body on 15 May 2002, 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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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 26 July.

Decree (7): Establishment of new Preliminary Examinations in Earth Sciences and Materials Science

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 for the establishment of new Preliminary Examinations in Earth Sciences and in Materials Science, with effect from 1 October 2002. Previously these two subjects, along with Chemistry and Physics, formed part of the Preliminary Examination in certain Physical Sciences, which was created to facilitate the sharing of papers between these subjects in the first year. This scheme of shared papers no longer operates in practice, and earlier this year decrees were made to create separate Preliminary Examinations in Chemistry and Physics. The present change completes the dismantling of the Preliminary Examination in certain Physical Sciences, which is hereby abolished.

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

Text of Decree (7)

1 In Examination Decrees, 2001, p. 72, after l. 8 insert:

`Preliminary Examination in Earth Sciences

1. The subject of the Preliminary Examination in Earth Sciences shall be Earth Sciences, including basic practical and mathematical techniques.

2. The number of papers and other general requirements of the examination shall be as prescribed by regulation from time to time by the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board.'

2 Ibid., p. 80, after l. 47 insert:

`Preliminary Examination in Materials Science

1. The subject of the Preliminary Examination in Materials Science shall be Materials Science, including basic practical and mathematical techniques.

2. The number of papers and other general requirements of the examination shall be as prescribed by regulation from time to time by the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board.'

3 Ibid., delete from p. 98, l. 26 to p. 99, l. 7 (as amended by Decree (7) of 25 April 2002, Gazette, p. 1046).

4 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 2002.

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MATHEMATICAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES BOARD AND HUMANITIES BOARD

Decree

The Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board and the Humanities Board, with the approval of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council, have made the following decree, to come into effect on 26 July.

Decree (8): Honour School of Natural Science (Physics), Honour School of Physics and Philosophy, Honour School of Natural Science (Chemistry)

Explanatory note

The following decree, made by the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board and the Humanities Board, with the approval of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council, corrects the date of effect of the repeal of existing legislation governing the Honour School of Natural Science (Physics), the Honour School of Physics and Philosophy, and the Honour School of Natural Science (Chemistry). Changes in decrees and regulations published in April provided for a new Honour School of Physics, and for changes in the Honour School of Physics and Philosophy, with effect from 1 October 2002, and for changes in the Honour School of Natural Science (Chemistry) with effect from 1 October 2003. Inadvertently, the existing legislation was repealed from the same dates, whereas it should be retained until those who embarked on those Honour Schools in earlier years have completed their courses; there will be a period of overlap during which these candidates complete their studies under the existing legislation and new candidates embark on the revised courses. The following decree reinstates the existing legislation for the period concerned.

Corrections to the associated regulations are set out in `Examinations and Boards' below.

Text of Decree (8)

1 Notwithstanding the provisions of clause 11 of Decree (8) and clause 3 of Decree (11) of 25 April 2002 (Gazette, pp. 1046, 1048), candidates embarking on the Honour School of Natural Science (Physics) and the Honour School of Physics and Philosophy in or before October 2001 shall be examined under the terms of the decrees as they stood at 30 September 2002 and as published as an addendum to Examination Regulations, 2002 (subject to any changes which may subsequently be made to that legislation).

2 Notwithstanding the provisions of clause 12 of Decree (9) of 25 April 2002 (p. 1047), candidates embarking on the Honour School of Natural Science (Chemistry) in or before October 2002 shall be examined under the terms of the decrees as they stood at 30 September 2002 and as published in Examination Regulations, 2002 (subject to any changes which may subsequently be made to that legislation).

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CONGREGATION 27 June

Election of a member of Council

(from among the members of the faculties in the Divisions of Humanities and Social Sciences) On Thursday, 27 June, the following was duly elected as a member of Council, to hold office for three years from the first day of Michaelmas Term 2002.

M.B. GREGORY, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of St Hilda's

[The votes recorded were: for Dr Gregory, 230; for Ms Shale, 128]

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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:

Campton, T.A., Information Management Services Unit, Clinical School
Carrivick, P.J.W., Occupational Health Service
Darby, C.R., Faculty of Clinical Medicine
Davies, R.L., Christ Church
McGladdery, K.D., Faculty of Biological Sciences
Porcelli, D.R., St Cross
Rudgewick-Brown, N., Information Management Services Unit, Clinical School
Toye, J.F.J., St Antony's
U, E., Faculty of Oriental Studies

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DIVISIONAL AND FACULTY BOARDS

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 26 July, see `Examinations and Boards' below.

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