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CONVOCATION 25 June

Admission and Installation of the Chancellor of the University

A Convocation will be held in the Sheldonian Theatre on Wednesday, 25 June, at 11.30 a.m., for the purpose of admitting THE RT. HON. CHRISTOPHER FRANCIS PATTEN, CH, PC, MA, Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, to office as the Chancellor of the University, and conferring upon him the Degree of Doctor of Civil Law by Diploma. The Encaenia ceremony will follow immediately upon the conclusion of the installation.

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CONGREGATION 25 June

1 Encaenia

Mr Vice-Chancellor invites Pro-Vice-Chancellors, Heads of Houses, holders of the Oxford Degrees of Doctor of Divinity, Civil Law, Medicine, Letters, Science, and Music, the Proctors, the Assessor, the Public Orator, the Professor of Poetry, the Registrar, the outgoing President of the Oxford University Student Union, and the Presidents of the Junior and Middle common rooms of Lincoln College, Keble College, and Kellogg College (as being the colleges of the Proctors and the Assessor) to partake of Lord Crewe's Benefaction to the University, meeting him in the Hall of Brasenose College at 10.45 a.m. on Wednesday, 25 June. Thence they will go in procession to the Sheldonian Theatre, where will be spoken the Oration in Commemoration of the Benefactors of the University according to the intention of the Right Honourable Nathaniel, Lord Crewe, Bishop of Durham.


2 Honorary Degrees

Doctor of Civil Law

THE RT. HON. BARONESS O'NEILL OF BENGARVE, CBE, MA (MA Cambridge; PH.D. Harvard), FBA, F.MED.SCI., Honorary Fellow of Nuffield and Somerville Colleges, Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge


Doctor of Letters

PROFESSOR MARY DOUGLAS, CBE, B.SC., MA, D.PHIL., FBA, Honorary Fellow of St Anne's College, Emeritus Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities, Northwestern University


Doctor of Science

PROFESSOR DAME JULIA HIGGINS, DBE, MA, D.PHIL., FRS, F.R.ENG., Honorary Fellow of Somerville College, Professor of Polymer Science and Director of the Graduate School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London

SIR PAUL NURSE (B.SC. Birmingham; PH.D. East Anglia), FRS, Honorary Fellow of Linacre College, Chief Executive, Cancer Research UK, and President-elect of Rockefeller University, New York

PROFESSOR JEAN-PIERRE SERRE, Honorary Professor at the Collège de France


Doctor of Music

PLACIDO DOMINGO, KBE, FRCM, opera singer, conductor, and administrator

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CONGREGATION 1 July 2 p.m.

Voting on Resolution approving the deprivation of a candidate of a degree

Explanatory note

The Disciplinary Court has found that a former member of the University intentionally breached the Proctors' Disciplinary Regulations for Candidates in Examinations by very blatantly and very extensively plagiarising a dissertation submitted for the M.St. in Trinity Term 2000. The Court has ordered the examiners to declare that the candidate had failed the examination, has recommended that the candidate be deprived of the degree, and has expelled the candidate from membership of the University. Under Part 3 of Council Regulations 22 of 2002 (Supplement (2) to Gazette No. 4628, 26 June 2002, p. 1424) only Congregation may deprive a graduate of the University of his or her degree or degrees, and Council accordingly submits to Congregation the following resolution to effect the de-gradation in this case. Under those regulations the procedure to be followed in each case shall be determined by Council, and the procedure so determined is set out at item 3 in the resolution.

Text of Resolution

That this House:

1 (a) take note of the finding of the Disciplinary Court that a candidate for the Degree of Master of Studies in Trinity Term 2000 intentionally committed a breach of the Proctors' Disciplinary Regulations for Candidates in Examinations;

(b) accept the Court's conclusion that one of the appropriate penalties in this case is deprivation of the degree;

2 therefore agree to deprive the candidate concerned of the Degree of Master of Studies; and

3 take note of Council's determination that the procedure to be followed in this case should be for a notice to be published in the University Gazette, which should consist of this resolution, and for a copy of this resolution to be posted in the Examination Schools.

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CONGREGATION 3 July 11 a.m.

Conferment of Honorary Degrees

The Degree of Doctor of Civil Law, honoris causa, approved by Resolution of Congregation on 25 February (Gazette, p. 860), will be conferred upon:

JOHN BRADEMAS, D.PHIL. (BA Harvard), Honorary Fellow of Brasenose College, President Emeritus of New York University, former member of the Congress of the United States

THE HON. ROBERT HAWKE, AC, B.LITT. (BA (Econ.), LL.B. University of Western Australia), Honorary Fellow of University College, former Prime Minister of Australia

PROFESSOR THE HON. REX NETTLEFORD, OM, M.PHIL. (BA UWI), FIJ, Honorary Fellow of Oriel College, Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies

DAVID RANDLE WOODS, D.PHIL. (B.SC. (Hons) Rhodes University), F.A.S.S.AF., F.R.S.S.AF., University College, Vice-Chancellor of Rhodes University, South Africa

¶ Admission to this ceremony, which will be part of the Rhodes Trust centenary celebrations, will be by ticket only. Members of Congregation wishing to have tickets are asked to apply to the Centenary Planning Office, The Rhodes Trust, Rhodes House, Oxford.

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CONGREGATION 15 July 2 p.m.

¶ Under the provisions of regulation 1.2 of Congregation Regulations 2 of 2002 (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002, p. 160), the Vice-Chancellor has determined that an additional meeting of Congregation shall be held on Tuesday, 15 July, in order to seek approval, with the minimum of delay, for the proposal set out at item 1 below for the appointment of the next Vice-Chancellor. Opportunity will be taken also to seek Congregation's approval for the resolution at item 2 below consenting to the grant of a licence as a Permanent Private Hall to St Stephen's House. In addition, it is hoped that a proposal will be published in the Gazette of 26 June for the nomination of an `external' member of Council.

Members of Congregation are reminded that written notice of any intention to vote against the proposal at item 1 below or to vote against or to propose an amendment to the resolution at item 2, signed in each case by at least two members of Congregation, must be given to the Registrar by noon on Monday, 7 July (see the Congregation Regulations cited in the note at the end of `University Agenda').


1 Approval of appointment of Vice-Chancellor

The proposal that JOHN HOOD, M.PHIL. (BE, PH.D. Auckland), Worcester College, currently Vice-Chancellor of the University of Auckland, be appointed Vice-Chancellor for five years from 1 October 2004, duly made by Council on the recommendation of the Nominating Committee for the Vice-Chancellorship under the provisions of regulation 5 of Council Regulations 21 of 2002 (Supplement (2) to Gazette No. 4628, 26 June 2002, p. 1418), will be submitted for approval.

¶ Under the regulation cited, Council's proposal for the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor shall be deemed approved unless it is rejected with at least 125 members of Congregation voting in favour of rejection.

Further information regarding Dr Hood can be found at http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/po/030618.shtml.


2 Voting on Resolution consenting to grant of licence as Permanent Private Hall to St Stephen's House

Explanatory note

The following resolution, submitted by Council on the recommendation of the Theology Board, consents to the grant of a licence as a Permanent Private Hall to St Stephen's House. At present St Stephen's House, together with Ripon College, Cuddesdon, may present up to thirty-six candidates a year (who have to be either ministers of religion or bona fide candidates for the ministry) for matriculation to read for various degrees in Theology (both undergraduate and postgraduate) or Philosophy (postgraduate only), and up to twenty-four for the M.Th. in Applied Theology (see Examination Regulations, 2002, p. 8, ll. 3--38). St Stephen's House does not propose to increase its numbers significantly or to admit students, at least for the foreseeable future, to read any subject other than Theology and joint degrees with Theology (as at present), and it does not have collegiate ambitions. St Stephen's House has agreed to a maximum number of thirty-six home and EU students studying for the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Theology or a second Honour School, plus six full-time-equivalent students for the part-time B.Th. course

As required by regulation 1 of the Regulations for the Establishment and Maintenance of Permanent Private Halls (Council Regulations 12 of 2002, Supplement (2) to Gazette No. 4628, 26 June 2002, p. 1388), the Proctors have inspected the buildings of St Stephen's House and have certified, to the satisfaction of the Vice-Chancellor, that they are fit for the residence of students. The Director of Finance and Secretary of the University Chest has scrutinised the finances of the institution, and Council has agreed that it appears to be well managed and to have a sound balance sheet and adequate reserves.

The necessary changes in regulations to be made by Council if the resolution is approved are set out below.

If the resolution is approved, the Vice-Chancellor will grant the licence with effect from 1 October 2003.

Text of Resolution

That this House consent to the grant of a licence as a Permanent Private Hall to St Stephen's House, by which name the hall shall be known.

Changes in Regulations to be made by Council if the Resolution is approved

1 In regulation 4 (1) of Council Regulations 12 of 2002, concerning the establishment and maintenance of Permanent Private Halls (Supplement (2) to Gazette No. 4628, 26 June 2002, p. 1389), after
`St Benet's Hall    37'
insert:

`St Stephen's House    36
(plus 6 full-time-equivalent students for the part-time B.Th. course)'.

2 In Examination Regulations, 2002, p. 8, delete ll. 4--15 and substitute: [1]

`14. In each academic year up to and including 2005--6, Ripon College, Cuddesdon, shall be permitted, subject to the conditions laid down in regulations 15--17 below, to present for matriculation by the University:

(1) not more than twenty-two full-time-equivalent qualified candidates offering themselves for the qualifications listed in regulation 17 below other than the M.Th. in Applied Theology or the Diploma in Applied Theology; and

(2) not more than fourteen qualified candidates offering themselves for the M.Th. in Applied Theology or the Diploma in Applied Theology.'

4 Ibid., p. 14, l. 20, delete `St Stephen's House or'. [2]

5 These regulations shall be effective from 1 October 2003.

[1] This change removes references to St Stephen's House and reduces the maximum numbers of candidates each year from Ripon College, Cuddesdon, from thirty-six to twenty-two in paragraph (1), and from twenty-four to fourteen in paragraph (2).

[2] The regulation being changed permits ministers of religion and candidates for the ministry to migrate to Ripon College, Cuddesdon (or, hitherto, St Stephen's House), in order to study for certain theological degrees, diplomas, and certificates, subject to specified conditions.

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