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COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY

Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 26 October.

Decree (1): Composition of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council

Explanatory note

The following decree, made by Council on the recommendation of its Educational Policy and Standards Committee, permits that committee (with Council's approval on each occasion) to co-opt a third person to membership in order to provide better representation of the five academic divisions.

Text of Decree (1)

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

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Decree (2): Terms of reference of the Animal Care Committee

Explanatory note

The following decree, made by Council on the recommendation of the Committee on Animal Care, removes the obligation on that committee to have a Biomedical Services Committee as one of its subcommittees, since such a subcommittee no longer seems necessary in view of the other reporting and consultative arrangements now in place.

Text of Decree (2)

1 In Ch. II, Sect. I, § 5, cl. 4 (Statutes, 2000, p. 223), delete `include: (a) an Ethics Panel' and substitute `include an Ethics Panel'.

2 Ibid., delete `; (b) a Biomedical Services Committee ... report termly to the Committee on Animal Care'.

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Decree (3): Monetary penalties under Title XIII

Explanatory note

Under Tit. XIII, cl. 9 (c) and (d) (Statutes, 2000, p. 100), the maximum monetary penalties which may be imposed on Junior Members by the Proctors are fixed by Council by decree every three years, and any increase must not exceed the increase over the preceding three years in the Retail Price Index. These penalties were last fixed in 1999, and the maxima are currently £65 for a `minor university offence' and £1,090 for any other offence (see ibid., p. 578). Council has reviewed these levels and has noted that the increase in the RPI over the last three years has been 6.3 per cent. It has accordingly made the following decree to increase the maxima by that amount (rounded down to the nearest pound).

Text of Decree (3)

The amount of the maximum financial penalty excluding damages which the Proctors may impose in the case of a `minor university offence' under Title XIII shall be £69 with effect from 1 October 2001 until 30 September 2004, and the amount of the maximum financial penalty excluding damages which they may impose in any other case shall be £1,158 for the same period.

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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 October.

Decree (4): Changes in the committee structure for Area Studies

Explanatory note

The following decree, made by Council's General Purposes Committee on the recommendation of the Area and Development Studies Committee and with the concurrence of the Social Sciences Board, abolishes the Inter-faculty Committees for African Studies, Japanese Studies, Latin American Studies, Queen Elizabeth House, and Slavonic and East European Studies. These inter-faculty committees have been replaced by Management Committees for African Studies, the Latin American Centre, the Nissan Institute and Benefaction, Queen Elizabeth House, and Russian and East European Studies. The opportunity has been taken also to amend the terms of reference of the Management Committee for the Centre for Brazilian Studies to reflect the new organisational arrangements. From October 2001, the six management committees come under the aegis of the Area and Development Studies Committee. In addition, the decree corrects the cross-referencing to other committees within the entry for the Centre for Brazilian Studies.

Text of Decree (4)

1 In Ch. III (Statutes, 2000, p. 253), delete Sect. II., concerning the Inter-faculty Committee for African Studies.

2 Ibid., Sect. XV, cll. 4 and 5, concerning the Centre for Brazilian Studies (p. 279), in each case delete `Inter-faculty Committee for Latin American Studies' and substitute `Area and Development Studies Committee'.

3 Ibid., cl. 5, delete items (4)--(9) and substitute:

`(4)--(6) three persons appointed by the Area and Development Studies Committee;

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

(8), (9) two persons appointed by Council.'

4 Ibid., cl. 8, delete `General Board' and substitute `Area and Development Studies Committee'.

5 Ibid., delete cl. 10 (p. 280) and substitute:

`10. The centre shall have a management committee with the following membership:

(1) the Director of the Centre for Brazilian Studies, who shall be chairman of the management committee;

(2) the Director of the Centre for Latin American Studies;

(3) a person nominated by the Head of the Social Sciences Division on the advice of the Area and Development Studies Committee;

(4) a person nominated by the Director of the Centre for Brazilian Studies to represent Brazilian research in divisions other than Social Sciences;

(5)--(8) up to four other persons nominated by the Director of the Centre for Brazilian Studies.

The management committee shall supervise the academic activities of the centre, including the selection of its visitors.'

6 Ibid., delete cl. 11 (b) and substitute:

`(b) the approval by the Area and Development Studies Committee on the recommendation of a committee appointed by the Area and Development Studies Committee (of which the director shall be a member and which may include other persons not being members of the Area and Development Studies Committee), and by the Social Sciences Board, of any appointment which carries a stipend of more than the maximum prescribed in Ch. VII, Sect. IV, § 1, cl. 2 (ii), such approval to cover the person appointed, stipend payable, period of office, duties, and any other conditions.'

7 Ibid. (p. 306), delete Sect. XLVII, concerning the Inter-faculty Committee for Japanese Studies.

8 Ibid. (p. 307), delete Sect. LII, concerning the Inter-faculty Committee for Latin American Studies, and renumber existing Sectt. LIII--LVIII (pp. 308--16) as Sectt. LII--LVII.

9 Ibid., Sect. LXVII, § 2, cl. 1 (a), concerning Queen Elizabeth House (p. 323), delete `the Inter-faculty Committee for Queen Elizabeth House and `.

10 Ibid., cl. 2 (p. 324), in the final paragraph, delete `those members of the Inter-faculty Committee ... (8)--(10) below' and substitute `appropriate representatives of the members of a faculty or sub-faculty who are working in the department'.

11 Ibid., delete § 3, concerning the Inter-faculty Committee for Queen Elizabeth House, and renumber existing § 4 (p. 325) as § 3.

12 Ibid., § 3, cl. 1, concerning the Director of Queen Elizabeth House (p. 325, as renumbered by clause 11 above), delete `General Board', and substitute Social Sciences Board'.

13 Ibid., cl. 2 (p. 326), in the first sentence, delete `Inter-faculty Committee for Queen Elizabeth House' and substitute `Social Sciences Board'.

14 Ibid., in the second sentence, delete `Inter-faculty Committee for Queen Elizabeth House' and substitute `Area and Development Studies Committee'.

15 Ibid., delete `General Board', and substitute `Social Sciences Board'.

16 Ibid., cl. 3 (a), delete `Inter-faculty Committee for Queen Elizabeth House', and substitute `Area and Development Studies Committee'.

17 Ibid., delete `General Board' and substitute `Social Sciences Board'.

18 Ibid. (p. 331), delete Sect. LXXIII, concerning the Inter-faculty Committee for Slavonic and East European Studies, and renumber existing Sectt. LXXIV-- LXVIII (pp. 331--5) as Sectt. LXXIII--LXXVII.

19 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 2001.


Key to Decree (4)

Cl. 1 abolishes the Inter-faculty Committee for African Studies.

Cll. 2--6 amend the composition and terms of reference of the Management Committee for the Centre for Brazilian Studies, and correct cross-referencing to committees within the Social Sciences Division.

Cl. 7 abolishes the Inter-faculty Committee for Japanese Studies.

Cl. 8 abolishes the Inter-faculty Committee for Latin American Studies.

Cll. 9--17 abolish the Inter-faculty Committee for Queen Elizabeth House and amend the composition and terms of reference of the Advisory Council for Queen Elizabeth House.

Cl. 18 abolishes the Inter-faculty Committee for Slavonic and East European Studies.

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Decree (5): Removal of anomalies

Explanatory note

The following decree removes anomalies and makes consequential amendments to existing decrees which have been overlooked in recent legislation.

Text of Decree (5)

1 In Ch. III, Sect. XI, § 7, title, concerning the Ashmolean Library (Statutes, 2000, p. 266), before `Library' insert `Sackler'.

2 Ibid., cl. 1, before `Library' insert `Sackler'.

3 Ibid., cl. 2, delete `Ashmolean Library' and substitute `Sackler Library'.

4 Ibid., items (13), (14), delete `Committee for Archaeology' and substitute `Life and Environmental Sciences Board'.

5 In Ch. IX, Sect. I, § 7, Griffith Institute [1], cl. 2 (12), concerning the special funds of the Ashmolean Museum (p. 585), delete `Ashmolean Library' and substitute `Sackler Library'.

[Clauses 1--3 and 5 correct references to the former Ashmolean Library, which is now named the Sackler Library. Clause 4 substitutes a reference to the Life and Environmental Sciences Board for an obsolete reference to the Committee for Archaeology, which no longer exists.]

6 Ibid., Sect. XXXV, cl. 4, concerning the Environmental Change Institute (Statutes, 2000, p. 295), delete `who shall hold the title of IBM Director of the Environmental Change Institute and'.

7 In Ch. IX, Sect. I, § 346, cll. 2 (3) and 3, concerning the Trapnell Fund for Environmental Field Research in Africa (pp. 733--4), in each case before `Director of the Environmental Change Institute' delete `IBM'.

[Clauses 6 and 7 correct references to the Director, who is no longer called the `IBM Director'.]

8 In Ch. III, Sect. LXIX, cl. 1, concerning the St Cross Building Management Committee (p. 327), delete item (4) and substitute:

`(4) the Head of the Department of Economics;'.

9 Ibid., delete item (6) and substitute:

`(6) the Librarian of the Social Studies Library;'.

[Clauses 8 and 9 correct references to the former Institute of Economics and Statistics and its library, following changes in the organisation of that department.]

10 Ibid., Sect. LXXVIII, concerning the Committee on Student Health (p. 335), delete the title of the section and of § 1 and substitute:

`Section LXXVIII. Student Health and Welfare, Committee on (including University Student Counselling Service)

§ 1. Committee on Student Health and Welfare'.

11 Ibid., cl. 1, after `Student Health' insert `and Welfare'.

12 Ibid., item (5), delete `member of Council' and substitute `person'.

13 Ibid., cl. 6 (p. 336), delete `Counselling Service to assist members of the University' and substitute `Student Counselling Service'.

14 Ibid., § 2, title, after `University' insert `Student'.

15 Ibid. (pp. 336--7), in each of the two places where the words occur, before `Counselling Service' insert `Student'.

16 Ibid., in each of the six places where the words occur, after `Student Health' insert `and Welfare'.

[Clauses 10, 11, and 13--16 update references to what are now called the Committee on Student Health and Welfare and the University Student Counselling Service; clause 12 removes an obsolete requirement that the member of the committee appointed by Council should be from among Council's own members.]

17 In Ch. VII, Sect. III, § 245, concerning the Reader in Experimental Pathology (p. 481), delete cl. 5.

[This clause removes an obsolete provision relating to the college association for the readership.]

18 Ibid., Sect. IV, § 3, cl. 7, concerning University Lecturers (p. 519), delete `Tit. X, Sect. I (c)' and substitute `Tit. X, Sect. I (b)'.

[This clause corrects an obsolete cross-reference.]

19 In Ch. IX, Sect. I, § 61, cl. 2, concerning the Crowther Memorial Prize (p. 616), delete `Standing Committee for Human Sciences' and substitute `Teaching Committee for Human Sciences'.

[This clause corrects a reference to the body which is now the board of management for the prize.]

20 In Examination Decrees, 2001, p. 499, delete ll. 6--8 and substitute:

`1. A Bachelor of Arts (other than one covered by the provisions of clause 2 below) or a Bachelor of Fine Art may, with the approval of his or her society, supplicate for the Degree of Master of Arts in or after the twenty-first term from his or her matriculation.

2. 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.'

21 Ibid., renumber existing cll. 2--3 (ll. 9--14) as cll. 3--4.

[Clauses 20 and 21 incorporate into permanent legislative form the concession introduced on an interim basis by Decree (5) of 24 May 2001 (Gazette, Vol. 131, p. 1044).]

22 Ibid., p. 1054, delete ll. 30--3 and substitute:

`for Part II in Chemistry or Metallurgy and Science of Materials or Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry in the Honour School of Natural Science, or for Part II in the Honour Schools of Engineering Science or Engineering and Computing Science or Engineering, Economics, and Management or Engineering and Materials or Materials, Economics, and Management, shall be deemed for all the purposes'.

[This clause corrects and completes the list of Honour Schools in relation to liability to pay a university composition fee for a year in which the member of the University concerned is deemed to be working in Oxford whether or not his or her work is being undertaken in Oxford.]

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Decree (6): Chairmanship of the Ashmolean Visitors

Notwithstanding the provisions of Tit. VIII, Sect. IV, cl. 4 (c) (Statutes, 2000, p. 60), the Vice-Chancellor may reappoint Dr R.C. Repp, Master of St Cross College, as Chairman of the Visitors of the Ashmolean Museum for Hilary and Trinity Terms 2002.

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PERSONNEL COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL

Decrees

The Personnel Committee of Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 26 October.

Decree (7): Director of Clinical Studies

Explanatory note

The following decree, made by the Personnel Committee of Council on the recommendation of the Medical Sciences Board, reduces the period of appointment for the Director of Clinical Studies to a maximum of three years and, in accordance with the current governance arrangements, makes the Director of Clinical Studies responsible to the Head of the Medical Sciences Division. Opportunity is taken also to delete the provision for a Deputy Director of Clinical Studies, to provide instead for Associate Directors of Clinical Studies, and to delete the provision for a Deanship of Clinical Medicine which is no longer required.

Text of Decree (7)

1 In Ch. IV, Sect. VII (Statutes, 2000, p. 348), delete cl. 1 and substitute:

`1. The Director of Clinical Studies shall be appointed by the Medical Sciences Board on such conditions as to duties and tenure as the board may determine, provided that:

(a) the director shall normally be appointed for a period of three years;

(b) the appointment or reappointment of the director shall be subject to the approval of the board.'

2 Ibid., delete cl. 2 (a) and substitute:

`(a) to act as an officer of the Medical School under the Head of the Medical Sciences Division and perform such duties as the Medical Sciences Board may from time to time determine;'.

3 Ibid., delete cl. 3 and substitute:

`3. Associate Directors of Clinical Studies may be appointed, and may be reappointed, by the Medical Sciences Board on such conditions as to duties and tenure as the board may determine in consultation with the Director of Clinical Studies.'

4 Ibid., delete cl. 4 and substitute:

`4. The directorship shall normally be non-stipendiary, provided that if the director holds a full-time appointment with the National Health Service, the Medical Sciences Board shall determine in consultation with the NHS Trust concerned the amount to be paid to the trust in compensation for the time taken by the director in pursuance of his or her duties. Associate directors may receive an honorarium determined by the Medical Sciences Board, provided that if an associate director holds a full-time appointment with the National Health Service, the Medical Sciences Board shall determine in consultation with the NHS Trust concerned the amount to be paid to the trust in compensation for the time taken by the associate director in pursuance of his or her duties.'

5 Ibid., delete Sect. VIII and renumber existing Sectt. IX–XII (pp. 349--51) as Sectt. VIII–XI.

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Decree (8): Headships of clinical departments

Explanatory note

The following decree, made by the Personnel Committee of Council on the recommendation of the Medical Sciences Board, provides for every professor or reader in a clinical department within the Medical Sciences Division, unless individually exempted, to be required to accept the headship of the department in which his or her post is held if requested to do so by the board. This will not apply to certain current heads of department who were appointed to non-rotatable headships.

Text of Decree (8)

1 In Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 5. B, cl. 5 (Statutes, 2000, p. 377), after `professors enumerated in Schedule B' insert `, or, in the case of a university clinical department, the responsibilities set out in clause 3 of those provisions applicable to professors enumerated in Schedule C,'.

2 Ibid. (p. 378), delete cl. 10.

3 This decree shall have immediate effect, provided that the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine shall continue to be assigned to Professor J.I. Bell for so long as he holds the Nuffield Professorship of Clinical Medicine, and that the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology shall continue to be assigned to Professor D.H. Barlow for so long as he holds the Nuffield Professorship of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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CONGREGATION 9 October

1 Promulgation of Statutes

Form of Statutes were promulgated. No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice- Chancellor declared the preambles carried of the proposed Statutes (1) dividing the Faculty of Literae Humaniores into separate Faculties of Classics and of Philosophy, (2) concerning the Visitors of the Ashmolean Museum, and (3) concerning the abolition of the Committee for Archaeology.

2 Declaration of approval of Resolution suspending statutory procedures

That, under the provisions of Tit. II, Sect. VI (Statutes, 2000, p. 13), the provisions of ibid., Sect. IV, cll. 2--4 (p. 8) be suspended for the submission to Congregation of the proposed new Statutes to replace the existing Statutes, and that these new Statutes be submitted directly to Congregation for approval without previous promulgation, subject to the procedure for the submission of any proposed amendments laid down in Sect. IV, cll. 4--12 (pp. 8--9).

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DIVISIONAL BOARDS

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

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