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COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY

Changes in Regulations

Council has made the following changes in regulations, to come into effect on 29 November.

(a) University's Trusts Regulations

1 In Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts (Statutes, 2000, p. 579, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461), insert Part 1 as follows and retitle existing Sect. I as Part 2:

`Part 1: General

1.1.(1) The provisions of Statute XVI apply to the trusts set out in these regulations, and accordingly any proposal for amending, repealing, or adding to the provisions which govern the main objects of any of the trusts shall be treated as a legislative proposal under the provisions of Statute IV and the associated regulations and shall come into effect only if and when it has been approved both by Congregation and subsequently by Her Majesty in Council under the provisions of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923.

(2) The other provisions which govern each of the trusts may be amended, repealed, or added to by Council or by such other body or person as may be specified in these regulations in each case.

1.2.(1) Any person who has been allowed by Council to offer himself or herself as a candidate for honours in a Final Honour School under the provisions of the relevant regulations shall, for the purpose of reckoning his or her standing and age in entering his or her name for a university fellowship, studentship, scholarship, exhibition, or prize, be permitted to exclude such additional time as he or she has been granted by Council for the purpose of taking the Final Honour School.

(2) The provisions of this regulation shall not apply to the following university fellowships, scholarships, or prizes (where the University is precluded by the terms of the relevant trust deed from modifying the conditions of age and standing):

(a) Matthew Arnold Memorial Prize;

(b) Boden Scholarship;

(c) Dean Ireland's Scholarships;

(d) Newdigate Prize.

1.3.Notwithstanding the provisions of any statute or regulation governing the award of prizes or scholarships, whenever the examiners or judges for any such award are unable to distinguish between the merits of the best candidates, the body responsible for the award may authorise its division, and any consequential adjustment of the emoluments which that body thinks fit.'

2 Ibid., delete Sectt. II and III (p. 757).

[These changes introduce a general provision to the University's Trusts Regulations cross-referring to Statute XVI, under section 19 of which any alteration in the main object of any trust fund requires the approval both of Congregation and subsequently of Her Majesty in Council. At the same time opportunity is taken to transfer the existing general provisions governing the adjustment of standing for and the division of prizes from the end of the regulations to the beginning.]

(b) Establishment of Wildlife Conservation and Research Fund

1 In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts (Statutes, 2000, p. 746, as renumbered by Decree (2) of 31 January 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 698, and by the change in regulations at (a) above, and redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, p. 1461), insert § 373 as follows and renumber existing §§ 373--85 (pp. 747--57, as renumbered by the same decree and by Decree (2) of 19 April 2001, Vol. 131, p. 832) as §§ 374-- 86:

`§ 373. Wildlife Conservation and Research Fund

1. The benefaction from the Trustees of the Tubney Charitable Trust which comprises the Tubney House Estate, Oxfordshire (`the Estate') and a sum of money for the repair and conversion of Tubney House (`the Refurbishment Payment'), together with the proceeds of sale should the Estate be sold (`the Estate Proceeds'), and any further assets transferred to the University on the trusts of these regulations, shall be known as the Wildlife Conservation and Research Fund (`the Fund').

2. (1) The University shall apply the Fund towards seeking solutions to conservation problems by undertaking original research on aspects of fundamental biology relevant to wildlife conservation and environmental management (`the Objects').

(2) The University shall hold the Estate or, if it is sold, the Estate Proceeds, as permanent endowment, the capital of which is to be retained and the income applied to the Objects.

(3) The balance of the Fund shall not be regarded as permanent endowment.

(4) In the case of the Refurbishment Payment, both capital and income shall be applied to the repair and conversion of Tubney House.

(5) The University shall have a discretion over whether or not to have recourse to other capital moneys in the Fund, provided that these are applied to the Objects.

3. The administration of the Fund, and the application of its capital and income, shall be the responsibility of the Life and Environmental Sciences Board.

4. Regulation 2 above may be amended by Congregation under the provisions of Statute IV, subject to the approval of Her Majesty in Council, in accordance with the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923; regulations 1 and 3 may be amended by Council, so long as the Objects are always kept in view.'

2 These regulations shall not be effective unless and until planning consent is granted by The Vale of White Horse District Council for a change in the use of Tubney House from residential to institutional.

[These regulations establish the Wildlife Conservation and Research Fund with a munificent benefaction from the Trustees of the Tubney Charitable Trust.]

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PERSONNEL COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL

Changes in Regulations

The Personnel Committee of Council has made the following changes in regulations, to come into effect on 29 November.

Visiting Professors

In Sect. I of Council Regulations 24 of 2002, concerning professorships (Statutes, 2000, p. 385, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461), delete § 11 and substitute: [new wording is indicated by underlining]

`§ 11. Visiting Professors

1. Divisional boards may confer the title of Visiting Professor without stipend on:

(1) a member of the staff of a government research establishment or comparable industrial or other institution outside the University; or

(2) an individual not on the establishment of another academic institution who is deemed suitably qualified;

or

(3) an individual who is on the establishment of another academic institution and who is to make a long-term, sustained commitment to the department or faculty in question;

who (in any of the above categories) regularly participates in lecturing or any other form of teaching in the University and/or in the research activities of a department or faculty in the division concerned.

2. The title shall be conferred for a period not exceeding three years in the first instance, but may subsequently be renewed by the divisional board for a further period or periods not exceeding five years at a time.'

[This change permits divisional boards to confer the title of Visiting Professor on a member of the staff of another academic institution in recognition of his or her sustained, long-term contribution to teaching and/or research at this University. Opportunity is taken also to substitute references to the new governance structure for those to the old.]

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HUMANITIES BOARD

Change in Regulations

The Humanities Board has made the following change in regulations, to come into effect on 29 November.

Electoral Board for the Rupert Murdoch Professorship of Language and Communication

In regulation 3 of Sect. III, § 171 of Council Regulations 24 of 2002, concerning academic and other posts (Statutes, 2000, p. 448, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, p. 1461), delete paragraphs (6)--(8) and substitute: `(6) a person appointed by the Humanities Board;

(7)--(9) three persons appointed by the Board of the Faculty of English Language and Literature.'

[This change brings the composition of the electoral board into line with current practice.]

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CONGREGATION 8 November

Conferment of Honorary Degrees

The Degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, approved by Resolution of Congregation on 5 February 2002, were conferred upon the following to mark the 400th anniversary of the foundation of the Bodleian Library:

(1) JAMES HADLEY BILLINGTON, D.PHIL. (BA Princeton), Balliol, The Librarian of Congress of The United States of America

(2) LYNNE JANIE BRINDLEY (BA Reading; MA London), Chief Executive, The British Library

(3) SIR BRIAN FOLLETT, DL (B.SC., PH.D. Bristol; D.SC. Wales), FRS, Chairman of the Arts and Humanities Research Board

(4) PAUL LECLERC (BS College of the Holy Cross; MA, PH.D. Columbia), President and Chief Executive Officer, The New York Public Library

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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:

Adeney, K.S., Balliol

Berks, B.C., D.Phil., Wadham

Cecil, J.B., University Offices

Greene, M.I., Lincoln

Leffler, M.P., Queen's

Senici, E., MA status, St Hugh's

Shakespeare, B., Computing Services

Shapiro, B.A., Balliol

Soteriou, M., Magdalen

Tsomocos, D., St Edmund Hall

Walmsley, I.A., St Hugh's

Weitz, N., Faculty of English Language and Literature

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