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CHANGES IN REGULATIONS

Council of the University

For Council Regulations 26--30 of 2002, concerning the Oxford University Student Union, Retirement Dates for University Employees, College Contributions and their Distribution, College Accounts, and Departments, see Supplement (1) to No. 4629, 10 July 2002, p. 1449.

The following further changes in Regulations of Council, which have been approved on Council's behalf by its General Purposes Committee, will come into effect on 26 July.

(a) Residence in the University

With effect from 1 October 2002

1 In Council Regulations 3 of 2002 (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4621, 8 May 2002, p. 1142), insert new regulation 16 as follows and renumber existing regulation 16 as regulation 17:

`16. If a student member is suspended from access to the premises and facilities of the University, the period of suspension shall not count towards the fulfilment of that student's statutory residence requirements.'

2 In § 6 of the Regulations for Composition Fees payable by Members of the University (Examination Decrees, 2001, p. 1059, ll. 38–40, as redesignated by Decree (2) of 9 May 2002, Gazette, p. 1154, as Examination Regulations), delete regulation 14 (e).

[This change transfers from the Fees Regulations to the new Residence Regulations a provision which seems more appropriately included in the latter.]

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(b) Committees reporting directly to Council or one of its Main Committees

With effect from 1 October 2002

1 In Council Regulations 15 of 2002, concerning the Curators of the University Libraries (Supplement (2) to Gazette No. 4628, 26 June 2002, p. 1400), delete regulation 3.50 and substitute:

`3.50. The curators under regulation 3.48 (3)–(16) above shall hold office for four years and shall be re-eligible, and the curators under (17) and (18) shall hold office for one year and shall be re-eligible; save that in every case the tenure of office of appointed and elected curators shall be subject to their retaining the qualifications by virtue of which they were appointed or elected.'

2 Ibid. (p. 1401), delete regulations 3.53–3.58 and footnote and substitute: `3.53. In fulfilment of their responsibilities, under Council, for the safe keeping, preservation, orderly administration, finance, and general policy of the collections, libraries, and other units within the Oxford University Library Services in accordance with Section 4 of Statute VIII, the Curators shall be responsible, under Council:

(1) for ensuring that provision is made for the University's library and information requirements for teaching and research;

(2) for advising Council on any other proposals involving the use of resources in the University for library and information provision for teaching and research;

(3) For ensuring that the University's major research libraries, including the Bodleian Library, the Sackler Library, and the library of the Taylor Institution, are maintained as a national and international scholarly resource;

(4) For advising Council as necessary on the University's trusteeship of the collections held in its libraries, including, where appropriate, advising on the need for specialist legal or financial advice;

(5) For advising Council, as appropriate, on the application of any aspect of library and information service policy to university libraries and information services not within the Oxford University Library Services;

(6) for making, amending, and publishing regulations, subject to approval by Council, for the control, management, and security of the use of the facilities of the Oxford University Library Services;

(7) for such other responsibilties as may be determined by Council from time to time.

3.54. In fulfilment of their responsibilties under Section 4 of Statute VIII, the Curators shall also have authority, under Council:

(1) To make financial provision, from funds made available to them by Council or from other sources, for such libraries and services as are determined by council to be part of the Oxford University Library Services;

(2) To determine the opening and operating hours of the libraries and services within the Oxford University Library services;

(3) To determine policy relating to the admission of readers to the libraries and services within the Oxford University Library Services;

(4) To make arrangements for the acquisition, development, management, and disposition of collections in the libraries and services within the Oxford University Library Services;

(5) To make arrangements for, or in other ways to facilitate, the preservation of materials in the University's library collections;

(6) To make arrangements for the provision of electronic information resources for the University.

3.55. The curators shall approve arrangements for the delegation of appointments within the Oxford University Library Services, on condition that the appointment of senior library staff at grade 6 shall be subject to the approval of the curators on the recommendation of the Director of University Library Services and Bodley's Librarian.

3.56. The curators shall have authority, under Council, to make such other arrangements as are necessary to fulfil their responsibilities and shall have such other powers as may be laid down by statute or regulation.'

3 Ibid. (pp. 1401–5), renumber existing regulations 3.59–3.100 as regulations 3.57–3.98.

[These changes, made on the recommendation of the curators, re-order and expand the existing legislation governing their responsibilities.]

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CHANGES IN REGULATIONS

With the approval of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council, and, where applicable, of the Humanities Board, the following changes in regulations made by divisional and faculty boards will come into effect on 26 July.

1 Life and Environmental Sciences Board

Honour School of Geography

(i) With immediate effect

In Examination Decrees, 2001, p. 225, l. 25, delete `Two Special Subjects to be chosen from the list given below' and substitute `Four Special Subjects to be chosen from a list published by the department'.

(ii) With effect from 1 October 2004 (for first examination in 2005)

1 In Examination Decrees, 2001, p. 225, l. 25, delete `four papers' and substitute `1 paper each. Submitted work will also be required in both subjects, and the combined submitted work will be treated as the equivalent of one further paper'.

2 Ibid., p. 226, l. 15, delete `four' and substitute `two'.

3 Ibid., l. 20, delete `two out of the four' and substitute `both'.

4 Ibid., ll. 29–30, delete `duplicated in the Information Booklet, prepared for the second and third years and distributed in' and substitute `published on the departmental website under "Information for Undergraduates" by'.


2 Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board

(a) Preliminary Examination in Earth Sciences

With effect from 1 October 2002 (for first examination in 2003)

In Examination Decrees, 2001, p. 72, after l. 8, and after the decree establishing the Preliminary Examination in Earth Sciences, insert:

`REGULATIONS

1. The Preliminary Examination in Earth Sciences shall consist of 4 compulsory papers taken at one examination, subject to the conditions of cl. 5 below:

(a) Earth Sciences 1: Physics and Chemistry of the Earth

(b) Earth Sciences 2: Earth Materials

(c) Earth Sciences 3: Earth Surface Processes

(d) An approved paper in Mathematics

The syllabus for these papers shall be published annually in the course handbook, not later than the beginning of Michaelmas Full Term for examination three terms thence.

2. In addition to the above four papers a candidate in Earth Sciences shall be required:

(a) to submit to the Examiners such evidence as they require of the successful completion of practical and field work normally pursued during the three terms preceding the examination, and

(b) to submit to the Examiners such evidence as they require of the successful completion of work carried out in crystallography classes normally pursued prior to the examination.

3. Candidates shall be deemed to have passed the examination if they have:

(a) satisfied the Examiners in the four papers in clause 1 either at a single examination or at two examinations in accordance with clause 5, and provided further that the same number of papers as were failed at the first sitting have been passed at the same attempt at a subsequent examination, and

(b) satisfied the additional requirements in clause 2.

4. The Examiners may award a distinction to candidates of special merit who have satisfied them in all four papers in clause 1 in one examination and in the requirements of clause 2.

5. Candidates who fail one or two papers listed in clause 1 may offer that number of papers at a subsequent examination. Candidates who fail more than two papers in clause 1 must resit all four papers at a subsequent examination.

6. Candidates who fail either (a) or (b) in clause 2 may be required to sit either a practical examination or a written examination in crystallography respectively.

7. In the case of candidates who offer all four papers of clause 1, the Examiners shall publish the names only of those who have satisfied them in two or more papers. Candidates whose names do not appear on the pass list must offer four papers at a subsequent examination. In the case of candidates who, in accordance with clause 5, offer one or two papers, the Examiners shall publish the names of only those who have satisfied them in each of the papers offered.

8. The examination conventions of each examination paper listed in clause 1 will be published annually in the course handbook.'

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(b) Preliminary Examination in Materials Science

With effect from 1 October 2002 (for first examination in 2003)

In Examination Decrees, 2001, p. 80, after l. 47, and after the decree establishing the Preliminary Examination in Materials Science, insert:

`REGULATIONS

1. The Preliminary Examination in Materials Science shall comprise 4 compulsory papers:

(a) Materials Science 1: Structure of Materials

(b) Materials Science 2: Properties of Materials

(c) Materials Science 3: Transforming Materials

(d) Mathematics for Materials and Earth Sciences

The syllabus for these papers shall be published annually in the course handbook, not later than the beginning of Michaelmas Full Term for examination three terms thence. In addition, Materials Science Coursework shall be considered by the Moderators as equivalent to a written paper.

2. Materials Science Coursework shall comprise practical work and work carried out in crystallography classes, and it shall be assessed under the following provisions:

(a) The coursework shall be considered by the Moderators as equivalent to a written paper.

(b) The Chairman of Subfaculty, or deputy, shall make available to the Moderators, by the date of the first written paper, evidence showing the extent to which each candidate has completed coursework normally pursued during the three terms preceding the examination.

(c) Candidates will not normally be required to submit their coursework. The Moderators may request coursework from some candidates. Such candidates will be named in a list posted by the day of the last written examination.

(d) If a candidate fails the coursework then the Moderators may require the candidate to present such evidence as they require that the candidate has successfully completed, before the date of the second written examination, coursework prescribed by the Moderators. The Moderators may require the candidate to undertake a practical examination or a written examination on crystallography.

3. Candidates shall be deemed to have passed the examination if they have:

(a) satisfied the Moderators in the four papers in clause 1 either at a single examination or at two examinations in accordance with clause 5, and provided further that the same number of papers as were failed at the first sitting have been passed at the same attempt at a subsequent examination, and

(b) satisfied the additional requirements in clause 2.

4. The Moderators may award a distinction to candidates of special merit who have satisfied them in all four papers in clause 1 in one examination and in the requirements of clause 2.

5. Candidates who fail one or two written papers listed in clause 1 may offer that number of written papers at a subsequent examination. Candidates who fail more than two written papers in clause 1 must resit all four written papers at a subsequent examination.

6. In the case of candidates who offer all four written papers of clause 1, the Moderators shall publish the names only of those who have satisfied them in two or more papers. Candidates whose names do not appear on the pass list must offer four papers at a subsequent examination. In the case of candidates who, in accordance with clause 5, offer one or two papers, the Moderators shall publish the names of only those who have satisfied them in each of the papers offered.

7. The use of calculators in the papers listed in clause 1 is restricted to those models published annually in the course handbook.

8. The examination conventions of each examination paper listed in clause 1 shall be published annually in the course handbook.?

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(c) Preliminary Examination in certain Physical Sciences

With effect from 1 October 2002 (for first examination in 2003)

In Examination Decrees, 2001, delete from p. 99, l. 8 to p. 109, l. 7 (as amended by Gazette, 25 April 2002, p. 1075).

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(d) Honour School of Natural Science (Metallurgy and Science of Materials)

With effect from 1 October 2003 (for first examination in Part I in 2004)

1 In Examination Decrees, 2001, p. 376, ll. 30–2, delete `, except that in the case of candidates who offer, or have offered successfully, one or more Supplementary Subjects, the practical requirement will be reduced by one term'.

2 Ibid., l. 50, as amended by Gazette, No. 4595, p. 21, after `except that candidates who have completed an approved course of instruction in a foreign language' insert `, or who offer, or have offered successfully, one or more Supplementary Subjects,'.

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(e) Pass School of Mathematical Sciences

With effect from October 2002 (for first examination in 2003)

In Examination Decrees, 2001, p. 282, delete ll. 18-20 and substitute:

`2. The use of calculators is generally not permitted but certain kinds may be allowed for certain papers. Specifications of which papers and which types of calculators are permitted for those exceptional papers will be announced by the examiners in the Hilary Term preceding the examination.'

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(f) Pass School of Mathematics

With effect from October 2002 (for first examination in 2003)

In Examination Decrees 2001, p. 290, delete ll. 32--4 and substitute:

`2. The use of calculators is generally not permitted but certain kinds may be allowed for certain papers. Specifications of which papers and which types of calculators are permitted for those exceptional papers will be announced by the examiners in the Hilary Term preceding the examination.'

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3 Mathematical and Physical Sciences and Humanities Boards

(a) Honour School of Natural Science (Physics)

(b) Honour School of Physics and Philosophy

With immediate effect

Notwithstanding the date of effect of the regulations published in the Gazette on 25 April 2002 (pp. 1067--9 and 1076--8), 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 regulations as they stood at 30 September 2002, and as published as an addendum to the Examination Regulations 2002 (subject to any changes which may be made to those regulations henceforth).

(c) Honour School of Chemistry

With immediate effect

Notwithstanding the date of effect of the regulations published in the Gazette on 25 April 2002 (pp. 1075--6), candidates embarking on the Honour School of Natural Science (Chemistry) in or before October 2002 shall be examined under the terms of the regulations as they stood at 30 September 2002 and as published in the Examination Regulations 2002 (subject to any changes which may be made to those regulations henceforth).

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4 Medical Sciences Board

Final Honour School of Natural Science (Physiological Sciences)

With effect from October 2003 (for first examination in 2004)

1 In Examination Decrees, 2001, p. 384, l. 19, after `(13).' insert: `At the start of Trinity Term in the year before that in which such candidates intend to sit the examination, they will be advised of the limits to the numbers of places available in each of the courses examined in papers (1)–(12). By no later than the sixth week of that term, places on those courses will be allocated to candidates, account having been taken of their preferences. Subsequently, candidates may migrate between courses only with the written agreement of the Director of Pre-clinical Studies in consultation with the relevant course organisers. Candidates may enter for examination papers only in courses for which they hold allocated places.'

2 Ibid., l. 19, delete `Such candidates' and substitute `Candidates whose names have been entered on the Register of Medical Students'.

3 Ibid., p. 386, l. 1, after `Candidates' insert `whose names have not been entered on the Register of Medical Students'.

4 Ibid., l. 2, after `course of study,' insert `and candidates whose names have been entered on the Register of Medical Students shall submit signed notebooks providing evidence of attendance at at least one practical class during their course of study,'.

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5 Social Sciences Board

(a) M.Phil. in Economics

With effect from 1 October 2002 (for first examination in 2004)

In Examination Decrees, 2001, p. 535, ll. 24–6, after `thesis.*' delete the sentence `Candidates ... Economics Graduate Studies Committee.'

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(b) M.Sc. in Educational Research Methodology

With effect from 1 October 2002 (for first examination in 2004)

In Examination Decrees, 2001, p. 713, l. 49, after `three terms' insert `(or six terms part-time)'.

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6 Board of the Faculty of Music

(a) Honour School of Music

With effect from 1 October 2003 (for first examination in 2004)

1 In Examination Decrees, 2001, p. 359, l. 17, delete `be chosen from each of Lists B and C' and substitute `but not more than three be chosen from List B'.

2 Ibid., p. 360, l. 8, delete `and C' and substitute `, C and D'.

3 Ibid., l. 9, delete `Portfolio submissions; practical tests' and substitute `Portfolio and performance options'.

4 Ibid., p. 361, l. 48, delete `(written papers; further practical tests)' and substitute

`(three-hour paper options) and List D (practical options)'.

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(b) Pass School of Music

With effect from 1 October 2003 (for first examination in 2004)

In Examination Decrees, 2001, p. 363, l. 29, delete `and C' and substitute `, C and D'.

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7 Board of the Faculty of Oriental Studies

M.St. in Jewish Studies

With effect from 1 October 2002 (for first examination in 2003)

1 In Examination Decrees, 2001, p. 618, after l. 20 insert:

`Jewish Studies Oriental Studies'.

2 Ibid., p. 652, after l. 31 insert:

`Jewish Studies

1. Every candidate must follow for at least three terms a course of instruction in Jewish Studies. Candidates will, when they enter for the examination, be required to produce from their society a certificate that they are doing so. \p 2. Syllabus I. Three modules in either Biblical Hebrew, or Modern Hebrew, or Yiddish (each candidate must take one language module per term).

II. Six modules from the following list below, three to be taken in Michaelmas Term, three in Hilary Term.

Each module is to be offered for examination in Noughth Week of the term following that in which the module was taken. Each module may be examined, at the candidate's choice, either by a written examination in Noughth Week of the term following that in which the module is taken or by the submission before 12 noon on the Friday of Noughth Week of the term following that in which the module is taken of a piece of written work of not more than 4,000 words on a subject set by the examiners. Candidates will be notified of the essay topic(s) at 12 noon of the Friday of Eighth Week of the term in which the module is taken.

1. Introduction to Hebrew Bibliography

2. Introduction to Jewish Religion and Culture

3. Introduction to Judaism

4. Jewish and Christian Bible Translation and Interpretation, 100–600 ce

5. Jewish History 200 BCE–70 CE

6. Modern Jewish History

7. Sociology of Yiddish

8. Introduction to Maimonides

9. Modern Hebrew Literature

10. Dead Sea Scrolls

11. American Yiddish Culture

12. Modern Jewish Thought

13. Introduction to Talmud

14. Israeli Government and Politics

15. Judaism and Islam: An Encounter of Religions in the Middle East

16. The Holocaust: The Destruction of the Jews in Europe

17. Such other modules as may be approved by the Oriental Studies Board

III. Each candidate shall be required to present a dissertation of not more than 10,000 words, on a subject approved by the Committee for Graduate Studies of the Oriental Studies Board, to the Director of Studies by 12 noon on Friday of the sixth week of Trinity Full Term in the year in which he or she completes the course.

3. Candidates may be called for a viva voce examination.

4. The examiners may award a distinction to candidates for the M.St.'

3 Ibid., p. 948, after l. 26 delete the entire section entitled `DIPLOMA IN JEWISH STUDIES', from p. 948, l. 26, to p. 950, l. 41.

4 Ibid., p. 1053, delete ll. 31–2.

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8 Boards of the Faculties of Philosophy and Medieval and Modern Languages

Honour School of Philosophy and Modern Languages

With effect from 1 October 2002 (for first examination in 2003)

In Examination Decrees, 2001, p. 428, l. 22, delete `Any candidate may be examined viva voce.' and substitute:

`No candidate will be examined viva voce unless the examiners elect to do so and have been given leave by the Proctors to take into account illness or other urgent and reasonable cause that may have affected the candidate's peformance in any part of the examination.'

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