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CONGREGATION 14 November 11.30 a.m.

Conferment of Degree by Diploma

The Degree of Doctor of Civil Law by Diploma, approved by Special Resolution of Congregation on 29 June 1999, will be conferred upon HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT CARDOSO OF BRAZIL.

¶ Admission to this ceremony will be by invitation only.

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CONGREGATION 19 November

Notice

The meeting of Congregation is cancelled. The sole business comprises a matter on which no wish to speak or ask a question has been notified and in respect of which no request for an adjournment has been received, and Mr Vice-Chancellor will accordingly declare the Vice-Chancellor's Oration 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).

Presentation of Vice-Chancellor's Oration

The Oration delivered by Mr Vice-Chancellor on 8 October will be presented.

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CONGREGATION 3 December 2 p.m.

¶ The Legislative Proposal at item 1 below is the first to be submitted to Congregation under the new Statutes. The relevant procedure is set out in Part 2 of Congregation Regulations 2 of 2002 (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002, p. 161). Members of Congregation are reminded that written notice of any intention to vote against or to propose an amendment to the proposal at item 1, the statute at item 2, or the resolution at item 3, signed in each case by at least two members of Congregation, must be given to the Registrar by noon on Monday, 25 November (see that Supplement and the note on the conduct of business in Congregation at the end of `University Agenda').

1 Voting on Legislative Proposal: J. P. Morgan Prize

Explanatory note

The following legislative proposal submitted by Council under Part 2 of Congregation Regulations 2 of 2002 (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2001, p. 161), which is promoted on the recommendation of the Social Sciences Board, changes the title of the J.P. Morgan Prizes in Finance to J.P. Morgan MBA Prizes and provides for the award of more than the present two prizes a year, in order to recognise performance in a wider range of the papers and projects for the MBA examination. These changes are proposed with the full support of the benefactor company, J.P. Morgan.

The income of the fund is currently adequate to permit a prize of £750 for the best group entry in the new business development project, with three prizes of £250 each for the runners-up, and a prize of £500 for the best performance in the core finance paper.

WHEREAS it is expedient to extend the subject area and increase the number of the J.P. Morgan Prizes, NOW THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, in exercise of the powers in that behalf conferred upon it by the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923, and of all other powers enabling it, ENACTS, subject to the approval of Her Majesty in Council, AS FOLLOWS.

In Sect. I of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts (Statutes, 2000, p. 685, as renumbered by Decree (4) of 25 July 2002, and previously redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, pp. 1461, 1544), delete § 235 and substitute:

`§ 235. Morgan MBA Prizes

1. The net income of the fund established by the gift of £30,000 from J.P. Morgan, and any further sums which may be donated for the same purpose, shall be used to provide prizes, to be known as the J.P. Morgan MBA Prizes, for award to postgraduate student members of the University in Management Studies.

2. The fund shall be administered by the Executive Committee of the Saïd Business School, which shall determine both the value of the prizes and the papers and projects for the MBA examination on which the prizes shall be awarded.

3. The Board of Examiners for the MBA shall make the detailed arrangements for the award of the prizes, including the appointment of judges.

4. The prizes shall be offered annually for award to student members of the University who at the time of entry for the prizes are registered for the Degree of Master of Business Administration and who will have been so registered for a period of less than twelve months at the date by which essays for the prizes are required to be submitted.

5. If there are candidates of sufficient merit in each case, the prizes shall be awarded annually for the best performances in the papers and projects specified under regulation 2 above.

6. Regulations 2--5 above may be amended by Council.'


2 Voting on Statute: Power to suspend Regulations

Explanatory note

The following statute, promoted by Council on the recommendation of the Committee on the University Statutes and Regulations, establishes a procedure under which Council, or one of its main committees (Educational Policy and Standards, General Purposes, Personnel, and Planning and Resource Allocation), may, by a resolution carried by not less than two-thirds of the members present and voting, suspend the operation of a regulation to cover some specific case. This would replace the procedure followed under the old Statutes for the making of `notwithstanding' decrees to suspend the operation of a decree (for example, to permit the appointment of a member of an electoral board over the maximum age limit, or the waiver of a composition fee in exceptional circumstances).

WHEREAS it is expedient to make provision for the suspension of the operation of a regulation to cover some specific case, NOW THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, in exercise of the powers in that behalf conferred upon it by the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923, and of all other powers enabling it, ENACTS, subject to the approval of Her Majesty in Council, AS FOLLOWS.

In Statute VI (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002, p. 103), delete section 18 and substitute: [new wording is indicated by underlining]

`18.(1) Regulations and amendments to regulations made under this statute shall bind all members of the University.

(2) Council, or, in a case falling within the delegated authority of any of the main standing committees of council referred to in section 20 below, that committee, may however, by a resolution carried by not less than two-thirds of the members present and voting, suspend the operation of any regulation, other than a regulation made by the Rules Committee under Statute XI, to cover some specific case.'


3 Voting on Resolution authorising expenditure from the Higher Studies Fund

That the University be authorised to expend from the part of the Higher Studies Fund earmarked for Social Studies the sum of up to £125K towards the cost of adapting existing accommodation to provide space for the University's new Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society (COMPAS).

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