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Changes in Regulations

Council has made the following changes in regulations, to come into effect on 11 June 2004.

Intellectual Property

1 In Council Regulations 7 of 2002 (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4625, 5 June 2002, Vol.132, pp. 1285--7), delete regulation 2 and substitute: `2. (1) In the event of a dispute between the researcher and the University concerning the ownership of the intellectual property, the matter shall be referred to an independent expert to be agreed between the researcher and the University.

(2) If agreement on the identity of the expert is not reached within thirty days, the expert shall be a barrister specialising in intellectual property law, who shall be nominated for the purpose by the then Chairman of the General Council of the Bar.

(3) The expert's fee shall be paid by the University, but shall constitute a first charge on any profits which may accrue, whether to the researcher or to Isis or the University, whichever party or parties is or are held by the expert to be the owner of the intellectual property.

2 Ibid., delete regulation 7 (1) and substitute:

`7. (1)In this regulation the expression "net revenue" means gross revenue less professional fees and expenses and other outgoings in managing and protecting the intellectual property (including 30% as a contribution towards the costs of Isis); procuring any necessary clearances, rights and approvals; and making arrangements for exploitation.'

3 Ibid., delete regulation 7 (3) and substitute: `7. (3) Where there is a receipt which is in the nature of a University milestone payment, no part of the net revenue shall be distributed to the researcher: the net revenue shall be distributed as to 40 per cent to the General Revenue Account and as to 60 per cent to the department(s).

4 Ibid., delete regulation 7 (4), 7(5) and 7 (6) and substitute:

`7. (4) Net revenue received by the University shall be distributed as follows, unless otherwise specified in arrangements for commissioned works:

Total net revenue    Researcher(s) General Revenue       Departments

Up to £50K             87.2%*        12.8%                 0%

Band from £50K and
up to £500K            45%           30%                   25%

Over £500K             22.5%         40%                   37.5%

(5) The percentage asterisked above is intended to put the University in funds to pay the employer's National Insurance Contribution(s), but otherwise to leave the General Revenue Account out of the allocation of the band in question: the percentage shall be adjusted to match this intention, as and when the rates of National Insurance Contribution vary.

(6) Where intellectual property benefits from a grant by either the University of Oxford University Challenge Seed Fund or the Isis University Innovation Fund ("the Fund") the distribution of net revenue shall follow the table in paragraph (4) of this regulation, save that the shares payable to the General Revenue Account (or an appropriate proportion of those shares, where the grant by the Fund represents only a part of the funding for the development of the intellectual property) shall be passed instead to the Fund once the University has discharged its obligation to pay the employer's National Insurance Contribution(s).

(7) Whenever the intellectual property in question consists in courseware, or in commissioned works for incorporation in or conversion into courseware, the percentages in paragraph (4) above, in all but the lowest band, shall be adjusted so that the aggregate of the percentages allocated to the General Revenue Account and to departments shall be divided as to one-third to the General Revenue Account, one-third to departments, and one- third to the e-learning Development Fund.'

[These changes, made on the recommendation of the Intellectual Property Advisory Group of the University, reinstate the intellectual property dispute resolution procedure which was in place from 1995 to 2002, the procedure instituted in 2002 having been found too complex and expensive; clarify and update exploitation management fees, the distribution of revenues to sponsors, and royalty-sharing tables, preserving where appropriate the previous entitlements of researchers and departments to receipts; and incorporate changes consequent on the establishment of the Isis University Innovation Fund.]

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On Thursday, 27 May 2004, the following were duly elected to hold office from the first day of Michaelmas Term 2004 for the periods stated:


Member of Congregation from members of the faculties in the Humanities and Social Sciences Divisions

For four years

D.J. WOMERSLEY, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of St Catherine's

For two years

R.J. JUDSON, MA, D.PHIL., Student of Christ Church

Member of Congregation, not necessarily being a member of any division and not in any case nominated in a divisional capacity

For four years

P.A. SLACK, MA, D.PHIL., Principal of Linacre

For one year

T.P. SOFTLEY, MA (PH.D. Southampton), Fellow of Merton

There having been no nominations for the vacancy for one member of Council to be filled by a member of Congregation from members of the faculties in the Life and Environmental Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Medical Sciences Divisions, the following has been nominated by the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors.

For four years

K. BURNETT, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of St John's

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Curators of the University Libraries

For four years

D. ZANCANI, MA (LAUR. Milan, DOTT. Bocconi), Fellow of Balliol

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Visitatorial Board Panel

For four years

N. GOOPTU, MA (MA Calcutta, PH.D. Cambridge), Fellow of St Antony's

S.J. GOSS, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Wadham

For three years

A.M. BOWIE, MA, D.PHIL. (MA, PH.D. Cambridge), Fellow of Queen's

Until MT 2006

T.P. SOFTLEY, MA (PH.D. Southampton), Fellow of Merton

Until MT 2008

G. WALFORD, MA, M.PHIL. (B.SC., PH.D. Kent, MA London, M.SC., MBA Open), Fellow of Green College

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Committee for the Nomination of Select Preachers

For four years

J.A. SHAW, MA (M.DIV. Harvard, PH.D. Berkeley)

R. WALLER, MA (BD, PH.D. London, M.TH. Nottingham), Principal of Harris Manchester

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Declaration of approval of Resolution approving the conferment of an Honorary Degree

That the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Music, honoris causa, upon SIR PETER MAXWELL DAVIES, KT, CBE, composer and conductor, be approved.

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Register of Congregation

Mr Vice-Chancellor reports that the following names have been added to the Register of Congregation: Coussios, C.C., Magdalen

de la Ossa, X., Oriel

Higbee, N.C., University Safety Office

Lauritzen, S.L., Jesus

McKenzie-McHarg, K.N., National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit

Morris, J., Faculty of Clinical Medicine

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