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COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY

Changes in Regulations

Council has made the following changes in regulations, to come into effect on 12 July.

(a) Composition of the Committee for the Museums and Scientific Collections

1 In Council Regulations 15 of 2002 (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4634, 16 October 2002, as amended by the changes published on 31 October 2002, 13 March 2003, and 1 May 2003, Gazette, pp. 352, 948, 1150), delete regulation 3.69 and substitute:

`3.69. The Committee for the Museums and Scientific Collections shall consist of:

(1) the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Services and University Collections), who shall be chairman;

(2) the Director of the Ashmolean Museum;

(3 the Chairman, or, at his or her discretion, the Vice-Chairman, of the Visitors of the Ashmolean Museum;

(4) the Director of the Pitt Rivers Museum;

(5) the Chairman of the Visitors of the Pitt Rivers Museum;

(6) the Director of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History;

(7) the Chairman of the Visitors of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History;

(8) the Director of the Museum of the History of Science;

(9) the Chairman of the [Committee for] Visitors of the Museum of the History of Science[, Medicine, and Technology]; [1]

(10) the Director of the Botanic Garden;

(11) the Chairman of the [Curators] Visitors[2] of the Botanic Garden;

(12) the Curator of the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments;

(13)--(17) one person appointed by each of the divisional boards;

(18) a person elected by the Conference of Colleges;

(19) a person, not being the resident holder of a teaching, research, or administrative post in the University or in any college, society, or Permanent Private Hall, appointed by Council;

(20) one of the Proctors and Assessor as may be agreed between them;

(21)--(23) three persons appointed by the committee from among the members of the staff of the museums and scientific collections, who shall have expertise respectively in IT, conservation, and education.'

2 This regulation shall be effective from 1 October 2003.

[This change, made on the recommendation of the Committee for the Museums and Scientific Collections, makes the chairmen of the five individual governing bodies of the University's museums and scientific collections ex officio members of the committee in place of the corresponding administrators, who will be transferred to the committee's General Purposes Committee.]

[1] The deletion of the words in square brackets and the substitution of the words in italics are subject to the approval by Congregation in Michaelmas Term of the proposed change in the name of the body concerned (see `University Agenda').

[2] The deletion of the word in square brackets and the substitution of the word in italics are subject to the approval by Her Majesty in Council of the change in the name of the body concerned, as approved by Congregation on 25 March 2003 (Gazette, pp. 985, 1012).

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(b) Disciplinary Investigations by the Proctors under Statute IX

In regulation 8 of Council Regulations 32 of 2002 (Supplement (2) to Gazette No. 4630, 24 July 2002, p. 1514), after `may be accompanied by' delete `another person' and substitute `a member of Congregation'.

[This change, made on the recommendation of the Proctors and the Committee on the University Statutes and Regulations, restricts the right of a student member to be accompanied at a disciplinary interview by the Proctors so as to apply only to accompaniment by a member of Congregation, as was the case before the new regulations were introduced.]

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(c) Court of Summary Jurisdiction

1 In Council Regulations 34 of 2002 (Supplement (2) to Gazette No. 4630, 24 July 2002, p. 1516), insert new regulation 3.5 as follows and renumber existing regulations 3.5–3.30 (pp. 1516–18) as regulations 3.6–3.31): `3.5. At least three clear days before the date set for the hearing, the student charged shall forward to the Proctors copies of the evidence (including, if appropriate, witness statements) on which he or she intends to rely at the hearing.'

2 Ibid., regulation 3.21 (1) (p. 1517, as renumbered), delete `question any witness' and substitute `question any person (including a party) who gives evidence'.

3 Ibid., regulation 3.21 (3) (b) (as renumbered), delete `regulation 3.10 (1) (b)' and substitute `regulation 3.11 (1) (b)'.

[These changes, made on the recommendation of the Proctors and the Committee on the University Statutes and Regulations, first, introduce the requirement for a student charged before the Court of Summary Jurisdiction to disclose in advance of the hearing any material on which he or she intends to rely; and, secondly, make clear that any party to the proceedings may cross-examine any other party.]

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(d) Disciplinary Court

1 In regulation 3.3 of Council Regulations 35 of 2002 (Supplement (2) to Gazette No. 4630, 24 July 2002, p. 1520), delete `at least seven clear days' notice' and substitute `at least ten clear days' notice'.

2 Ibid., insert new regulation 3.5 as follows and renumber existing regulations 3.5–3.30 (pp. 1520–2) as regulations 3.6–3.31:

`3.5. At least five clear days before the date set for the hearing, the student charged shall forward to the Proctors copies of the evidence (including, if appropriate, witness statements) on which he or she intends to rely at the hearing.'

3 Ibid., regulation 3.21 (1) (p. 1521, as renumbered), delete `question any witness' and substitute `question any person (including a party) who gives evidence.'

4 Ibid., regulation 3.21 (3) (b) (as renumbered), delete `regulation 3.10 (1) (b)' and substitute `regulation 3.11 (1) (b)'.

[These changes make the same amendments in the case of the Disciplinary Court as are made by the changes at (c) above in the case of the Court of Summary Jurisdiction, with longer periods of notice of the date set for the hearing and for disclosure of the defence evidence in view of the greater gravity of the alleged offences involved.]

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(e) Visitatorial Board

1 In regulation 2 (2) (c) of Council Regulations 36 of 2002 (Supplement (2) to Gazette No. 4630, 24 July 2002, p. 1524), after `regulations for elections made under Statute IV' insert `, save that candidates may be nominated by Council as well as by members of Congregation'.

2 Ibid., delete regulation 22 (1) (p. 1525) and substitute:[1]

`(1) At least ten clear days before the date set for the hearing, the person charged shall forward to the presenter, in a conveniently organised form with a referenced list of contents, copies of any documents on which he or she wishes to rely, a list of his or her witnesses, and copies of their statements of evidence.'

3 Ibid., regulation 28 (1), delete `question any witness' and substitute `question any person (including a party) who gives evidence'.

[These changes, made on the recommendation of the Committee on the University Statutes and Regulations, first, restore the provision, which was included in the former decree governing Visitatorial Board procedures but was inadvertently omitted from the new regulations, for Council as well as members of Congregation to nominate candidates for election by Congregation to the Visitatorial Board Panel (designed to ensure that there would always be a reasonable balance in the list of candidates); and, secondly, makes similar provisions in the case of the Board to those made by the changes at (c) and (d) above for the other two Courts (the arrangements for disclosure of the defence evidence being somewhat more rigorous in view of the different nature of the proceedings and the longer minimum period of notice, twenty-one days, to be given of the date set for a hearing).]

[1] New wording is indicated by underlining.

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(f) D.Phil. students: maximum university fee liability

The implementation of the change in Examination Regulations, 2002, p. 1040, l. 23, concerning the maximum fee liability of D.Phil. students (Gazette, p. 1226, as corrected by the notice on p. 1350), shall be deferred from affecting students who embark on a relevant course of study on or after the beginning of Michaelmas Term 2004 and shall instead be implemented with effect from such later date as Council shall subsequently determine by regulation.

[Council recently made a regulation which would extend the maximum period of university fee liability for D.Phil. students from three years to four years (Gazette, pp. 1226, 1350), Since then, however, concerns about aspects of the proposals have been expressed, and Council has now agreed that their implementation should be deferred for the time being, pending further discussion of the issues which have been raised.]

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CONGREGATION 19 June

Election of two members of the Nominating Committee for the Vice-Chancellorship

There having been no nominations, the above vacancies have lapsed to the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors.

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CONVOCATION 25 June

Admission and Installation of the Chancellor of the University

THE RT. HON. CHRISTOPHER FRANCIS PATTEN, CH, MA, Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, was admitted to office as Chancellor of the University, and the Degree of Doctor of Civil Law by Diploma was conferred upon him.

¶ The texts of the speech delivered by the Public Orator in commemoration of the previous Chancellor and in felicitation of the new Chancellor, and of the speech delivered by the Chancellor in reply, are published in Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4665.

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CONGREGATION 25 June

1 Honorary Degrees

The following degrees, honoris causa, approved by Resolution of Congregation, were conferred:

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


2 Encaenia

THE PUBLIC ORATOR delivered an introduction, after which THE PROFESSOR OF POETRY delivered the Oration `in Commemoration of the Benefactors of the University according to the intention of the Right Honourable Nathaniel, Lord Crewe, Bishop of Durham'.

¶ The texts of the speeches made by the Public Orator in presenting the recipients of Honorary Degrees and in introducing the Creweian Oration, and of the Oration, are published in Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4665.

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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:

Ackermann, U., University Laboratory of Physiology

Evans, J.L., Bodleian Secretariat

Fowle, S.R., Department of Physics

Hart, Y.M., Faculty of Clinical Medicine

Kennedy, P.J.C., Harris Manchester

McCann, L.J., MA, Somerville

Morris, L.H.C., University Offices

Pike, P.G., University Surveyor's Office

Rorsman, P., Harris Manchester

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DIVISIONAL BOARDS

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 12 July, see `Examinations and Boards' below.

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