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CONGREGATION 11 March

Notice

The meeting of Congregation is cancelled. The sole business comprises questions to which no opposition has been notified and in respect of which no request for an adjournment has been received, and Mr Vice-Chancellor will accordingly declare the Legislative Proposal and the change in Congregation Regulations approved, and the Annual Review of the University presented, without a meeting under the provisions of Sect. 7 (1) of Statute IV (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002, p. 100).

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CONGREGATION 19 March 12 noon

Admission of Proctors and Assessor

A Congregation will be held on Wednesday, 19 March, in Convocation House for the purpose of admitting to office professor DAVID ANTHONY HILLS, MA, D.SC. (PH.D. CNAA), Fellow of Lincoln College, and IAN WALLACE ARCHER, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Keble College, as Proctors for the ensuing year, and THOMAS CLARIDGE BUCHANAN, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Kellogg College, as Assessor for the ensuing year.

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CONGREGATION 25 March 2 p.m.

¶ Members of Congregation are reminded that written notice of any intention to vote against, or any proposed amendment to, the statute at item 1 below, the Legislative Proposal at item below, or the resolution at item 3 below, signed in each case by at least two members of Congregation, must be given to the Registrar by noon on Monday, 17 March (see the Guide to Procedures in Congregation cited in the note at the end of `University Agenda').

1 Voting on Statute: Functions of the Appeal Court

Explanatory note

The following statute adds to the functions of the Appeal Court the determination of appeals which are not specified in the University's Statutes but are designated in regulations made by Council. This change will make the necessary formal provision for an independent hearing of and decision on appeals from procedures laid down by regulations (such as the fitness-to-practise procedure for clinical medical students).

WHEREAS it is expedient to add to the functions of the Appeal Court, THE UNIVERSITY ENACTS AS FOLLOWS.

1 In section 27 (1) (d) of Statute XI (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002, p. 115), delete `.' and substitute `;'.

2 Ibid., insert paragraph (e):

`(e) other appeals which are designated to be made to the Appeal Court in regulations made by Council.'

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3 Voting on Resolution concerning University Funding and Fees

That Congregation welcome the government's recognition that Universities require higher levels of funding if they are to maintain and improve standards in research and teaching, but oppose the introduction of Top-up fees.

1. Access

Congregation:

(a) believes that the increase in student debt arising from £3,000 per annum Top-up fees will prove to be a significant deterrent for potential students from poorer backgrounds to enter higher education or to apply to institutions that charge higher Top-up fees;

(b) is concerned that students who attend institutions that charge higher levels of Top-up fees will be dissuaded by the higher levels of personal debt they will incur from seeking employment in relatively poorly paid sectors such as teaching, research, and the public sector;

(c) is concerned that, once established as the principal source of additional funding, Top-up fees will increase substantially in real terms in future years;

(d) believes that, although welcome in principle, the government's proposals to reintroduce means-tested grants are insufficient to significantly ameliorate this deterrent;

(e) applauds the efforts of all sections of the University to widen access, particularly its Junior Members through the Target Schools campaign. Congregation is concerned that the government's proposal to establish a direct link via the Access Regulator between a University's effectiveness in widening access and its ability to charge higher Top-up fees will significantly diminish Junior Members' motivation to continue their excellent work in this area.

2. Future Funding

Congregation believes that the benefits derived from higher education are, in large measure, a `public good', and that graduates' subsequent incomes can be regarded as a fair approximation of the extent to which they are a `private good' in any particular case. Congregation therefore resolves that in its response to the Government's White Paper, the University will advocate the introduction a system of funding that:

(a) allows current standards of teaching and research to be maintained and improved;

(b) facilitates the planned expansion of higher education without compromising standards; and

(c) meets the cost from the public purse, having close regard to contributors' ability to pay.

Proposed by:

C. Webster, All Souls

M.H. Conway, Balliol

P.C.G. Nye, Balliol

C.W.P. Palmer, Balliol

M.E. Woodin, Balliol

D. Zancani, Balliol

N.H. Griffin, Christ Church

A.J. Glyn, Corpus Christi

D.G. Rundle, Corpus Christi

D.J. Roaf, Exeter

M.L. McLaughlin, Magdalen

I.R.M.N. Gartner, New College

C.W.C. Williams, New College

M.H. Beaumont, Pembroke

D.A. Allport, St Anne's

L. Lazarus, St Anne's

M.G.L. Leigh, St Anne's

P.R.A. McGuinness, St Anne's

V.C. Martin, St Anne's

M.O.R. Reynolds, St Anne's

P.H. Strohm, St Anne's

K. Sutherland, St Anne's

P.A. Mackridge, St Cross

S.H. Goddard, St Edmund Hall

B. Kouvaritakis, St Edmund Hall

T.M. Kuhn, St Hugh's

T.F. Hoad, St Peter's

G.P. Williams, St Peter's

H. Ockendon, Somerville

B. Harriss-White, Wolfson

S. Miles, Bodleian Library

I.D. Voiculescu, Computing Laboratory

D.A. Popplewell, Department of Experimental Psychology

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