Oxford University Gazette, 10 June 2004: Notices


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The Committee on Distinction Awards for Non-Clinical Professors and Readers has now completed the exercise to consider the making of new or enhanced awards payable from 1 October 2003.

Taking account of previous awards made, and of enhancements of existing awards, the current position is that one staff member holds an award of £43,167 per annum, ten hold awards of £26,929, seventeen hold awards of £21,584, forty-two hold awards of £16,188, forty-four hold awards of £10,791, forty hold awards of £7,198, and thirty-four hold awards of £2,628. All those who applied in the 2003 exercise have been notified direct of the outcome of their application. In addition, fifteen university lecturers and two keepers are in receipt of super-scale payments under the arrangements approved by Congregation in 2001.

A further exercise is envisaged in 2005 to consider the making of new or enhanced awards to non-clinical professors and readers payable from 1 October 2005.

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Academic Computing Development Team: Call for Proposals

The Academic Computing Development Team is a centrally funded group which collaborates with individuals and departments to develop high-quality technology-based resources. Its approach is to enhance traditional teaching at the University through using IT, mixing the best of old and new methods.

In keeping with the University Teaching and Learning Strategy which strongly encourages staff to use IT in their teaching and learning `where it adds real value', the ACDT runs a biannual application process for staff and departments to propose their own ideas for development. Projects may range in size from provision of advice on planning an IT project to the design and development of a whole system, and they may involve more than one partner including academic, library, museum, and support staff. For this call the ACDT encourages applicants who wish to begin projects with a start date of October 2004 or January 2005.

Applications are invited for projects in the following areas:

Collaboration in Teaching and Learning: projects in this category are related to teaching and/or the support of teaching, and will address the needs of more than one academic department or division. They may be based in a cross-disciplinary academic area or involve transferable skills development. Alternatively, they may be about the creation or further development of a generic tool (including improvements to the VLE, WebLearn).

Local Teaching Innovation: individual staff and departments are encouraged to submit their ideas for teaching- and learning-related projects. These can be grounded in specific subject areas, or may have a more general focus.

Research and Outreach: projects to publish or facilitate research online are encouraged in this category. Projects with an outreach element such as museum and schools liaison work are also welcomed.

Successful applicants will receive full support from the team to enable the development of the proposed initiative or resource. Depending on the nature of the project, this support may include: programming/technical development of a digital resource; research and feasibility studies; graphic and interface design, investigation of appropriate technical solutions; evaluation, assistance with legal and infrastructure issues (e.g. copyright, accessibility, choice of server platforms), advice on e-learning pedagogy; and project management.

Full details of the Call and how to apply are available on the ACDT Web site, www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/acdt/. The closing date for proposals is 14 July.

Completed forms and general enquiries regarding the proposal process should be directed to Sophie Clarke, ACDT Project Manager, Academic Computing Development Team, OUCS, 13 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN (telephone: Oxford (2)83428, e-mail: acdt@oucs.ox.ac.uk).

Any member of the University for whom the closing date may present difficulties, but who would still like to submit a proposal, should contact the ACDT to discuss the matter.

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Rules made by Council

1. Ten or more members of Congregation may arrange to have a flysheet circulated with the University Gazette on matters before Congregation, or Convocation in regard to the election of the Professor of Poetry, or relating to matters of general interest to the University, subject to the following general conditions:

(1) no flysheet will be circulated which in the opinion of the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors might be defamatory or otherwise illegal;

(2) the right is reserved on behalf of the University and its employees, without prior consultation with the signatories, to publish an apology in respect of any statement in a flysheet which is complained of as defamatory or otherwise illegal (whether or not the statement can be shown to be true);

(3) the signatories shall jointly and individually indemnify the University and its employees against any costs or damages payable in respect of their flysheet and, unless a Queen's Counsel (to be mutually agreed on by the signatories and the University) advises within four months of the making of any claim in respect of a flysheet that any proceedings could be contested with the probability of success, such damages shall include any sum paid by the University in settlement of any claim arising out of the flysheet;

(4) the flysheet shall consist of one leaf only (though text may appear on both sides of the leaf), and the text shall include the name and college (or society, Permanent Private Hall, or other designated institution), faculty, or department of each of the signatories;

(5) a copy of the text of the flysheet shall be delivered to the Registrar before 10 a.m. on the Monday of the week in which circulation is desired; it shall be accompanied by an indemnity in accordance with condition (3) above drawn up on a form obtainable from the Registrar and signed by each of the signatories of the flysheet; the Registrar shall be informed at the same time which of the signatories is to be notified as to whether the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors have authorised circulation;

(6) the Registrar shall arrange for the production of copies of a flysheet the circulation of which has been duly authorised.

2. Though every effort will be made to circulate on the day desired flysheets so received, it must be understood that this cannot be guaranteed.

Matters before Congregation or Convocation

3. If the flysheet deals with a matter that is a formal item of business for Congregation, or for Convocation in regard to the election of the Professor of Poetry, or the subject of a report published in the University Gazette, the production costs will be met from university funds.

Matters of general interest to the University

4. If the flysheet deals with a matter that is not a formal item of business for Congregation, or for Convocation in regard to the election of the Professor of Poetry, or the subject of a report published in the University Gazette, the Vice-Chancellor will decide whether it is of sufficient general interest to warrant circulation with the University Gazette; the production costs for such a flysheet will be the responsibility of the signatories.

Oxford University Student Union

5. The Executive and the Graduate Committee of the Oxford University Student Union may have flysheets circulated with the University Gazette under the arrangements and subject both to the conditions set out in rules 1--4 above, and to the following further conditions:

(1) number of names to be included on the flysheet under rule 1 (4) shall be not less than a majority of the total number of members of the Executive or the Graduate Committee of OUSU, as the case may be, and each of the persons named shall sign the indemnity required under rule 1 (3);

(2) the maximum number of flysheets to be circulated as of right, whether on matters before Congregation or Convocation (to be paid for by the University) or on matters of general interest to the University (to be paid for by OUSU and to be subject to the Vice-Chancellor's decision as prescribed in rule 1 above) shall be three per term for each of these bodies, but the Vice-Chancellor shall have discretion to permit further flysheets.

6. Subject to rule 5 (1) above, the Executive and the Graduate Committee of OUSU may also support flysheets signed by not fewer than ten members of Congregation.

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Rules made by the Vice-Chancellor

1. The Vice-Chancellor has, with the agreement of Council, approved the following arrangements for student members to speak in Congregation under the terms of regulation 1.15 of Congregation Regulations 2 of 2002.

2. The Chairman of Congregation will normally expect to call upon nominated representatives of the Oxford University Student Union if they wish to speak in debate, and will normally expect to call upon student members to speak only from among those who have given advance notice of their wish to be called.

3. If the Chairman considers that the number of student members who have given notice is excessive, he or she will have discretion to be selective in calling upon them.

4. (1) The Chairman will try to ensure a balanced debate in relation to the apparent spread and strength of views held by student members.

(2) If informed selection is to be possible, it is desirable that when giving notice of the wish to be called a student member should indicate:

(a) whether he or she intends to support or oppose the proposal before the House;

(b) whether he or she would speak on behalf of any club, committee, group, or association;

(c) whether he or she is supported by other student members (up to twelve of whom might sign his or her notice).

5. (1) If the number giving notice is small, they will all be admitted to the floor of the House although this does not ensure their being called.

(2) In other cases some selection may be necessary at the stage of both admission and calling of speakers.

6. (1) If there is to be time to tell applicants whether they will be admitted, notice will have to be received in good time, and student members should therefore send notice, in writing, to the Registrar to be received by him or her at the University Offices not later than 10 a.m. on the Monday preceding the debate in question.

(2) The name of any representative nominated by OUSU should also be communicated to the Registrar, in writing, through the President by that time.

7. A notice will then be posted in the University Offices and on the gate of the Clarendon Building not later than 10 a.m. on the morning of the debate, indicating whether all applicants will be admitted to the floor of the House or, if selection has had to take place, the names of those selected for admission to the floor.

8. Student members not admitted to the floor of the House will normally be permitted to listen to the debate from the gallery.

9. Student members on the floor of the House will be asked to remain in their places while a vote is being taken.

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