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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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Graduate supervision (Seminar Code: TEA/PGS)

Thursday, 18 March 2004, 2--5 p.m. (Week 9, HT)

This seminar will be led by Dr Sara Delamont from the University of Cardiff, who has substantial experience in leading such seminars and is the author of Supervising the PhD: A Guide to Success.

Anyone who wishes to apply for this seminar should contact (telephone: (2)86808) as soon as possible.

Seminars on graduate supervision for groups of six or upwards can be arranged on a departmental or divisional basis. The design of the seminars is undertaken in consultation with departments and incorporates the views of students as a preparation. Contact Monica McLean on (2)86813 or to discuss these.

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Introductory Certificate in First-line Management (Seminar Code: MAN/ILM)

Tuesdays 27 April, 4 May, 11 May, 18 May, 1 June, 8 June, 15 June, 22 June, 29 June (all 9.30 a.m.–12.45 p.m.) and 6 July (9.30 a.m.–5 p.m.) (Weeks 1--4 and 6--9, TT, and Vacation)

A number of applications have already been received for this course, and places will be allocated in the week of 1 March. Those interested in applying should do so by 27 February.

What is the Introductory Certificate? The Introductory Certificate has been introduced as part of the University's Human Resources Strategy, and first ran in 2002--3. It is intended to broaden and develop the skills of first line managers across the University. It enables staff to undertake a comprehensive and thorough examination of the management techniques they employ and to develop new skills and understandings to apply to their work. Successful completion of the course will enable participants to apply for associate membership of the Institute for Leadership and Management (ILM).

What does the Introductory Certificate involve? The course begins with an induction workshop. Ten further half-day workshops focus on the following areas: identifying self development needs, leadership, problem solving skills, using information for decision making, team development, inducting new staff, working to a budget, managing performance, managing diversity, and planning change. The number of places on each course is restricted to sixteen to ensure that all participants have an opportunity to participate fully.

The workshops are led by experienced managers drawn from within the University and by some external consultants. The course is structured to allow considerable time for discussion, group work, and consideration of case studies.

Assessment. The Introductory Certificate is assessed by the successful completion of regular learning reviews and an assignment. Tutorial and group support is provided to all participants to assist in their preparation for the assessment.

Attendance. To achieve the Introductory Certificate you will be required to attend eleven half-day workshops. These will be held on a weekly basis. There are limited opportunities for those who cannot attend the required number of workshops to supplement their study with open learning materials.

Who can apply for a place? This course is aimed at those who are working in a first line management role, and those who are aspiring to this role. It may also be beneficial to those who have some experience of management, and who are interested in seeking an introductory qualification based on their experience. It will be appropriate for:

If you are unsure about whether the course might be suitable for you, contact the course administrator, Lesley Court, on (2)86819, e-mail

Is there a higher-level course I can attend if I wish to continue my study after completing the Introductory Certificate? The Institute is currently researching options for the introduction of a higher-level course for development in the next two or three years. Higher-level courses are currently available at Oxford Brookes University, the Open University and at Oxford College of FE, amongst others. However, funding for these courses is not available from the Institute. Please contact your departmental administrator or equivalent for details of support for professional development within your department.

If you wish to register your interest in attending, contact Lesley Court by e-mail (, or by telephone on (2)86819. For further information about the course contact the course leader, Trudy Coe, by e-mail ( or by telephone on (2)86805.

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Intensive German classes for archaeologists

A week of intensive German classes for archaeologists, for beginners and intermediate learners, will be held in the Institute of Archaeology in ninth week of Hilary Term (15–19 March). Enquiries should be directed to the Receptionist, the Institute of Archaeology (telephone: (2)78240, e-mail:, from whom registration forms may also be obtained. The course tutor will be Gertrud Seidmann, Research Associate, the Institute of Archaeology.

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