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Oxford University Gazette, 14 July 2005: University Acts

COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY

Changes in Regulations

Council has made the following changes in regulations, to come into effect on 29 July.

(a) Membership of Committees Reporting Directly to Council

1 In Council Regulations 15 of 2002, concerning committees reporting directly to Council (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4634, 16 October 2002, p. 226), delete existing regulations 2.9. (1), (2) and substitute:

'2.9. The Personnel Committee shall consist of:

(1) the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Personnel and Equal Opportunities), who shall chair the committee;

(2) one member of Council appointed by Council;'.

2 Ibid., delete existing regulation 2.14. and substitute:

'2.14. The Planning and Resource Allocation Committee shall consist of:

(1) the Vice-Chancellor;

(2) the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources), who shall be vice-chairman of the committee;

(3)–(5) the Proctors and the Assessor;

(6) the Chairman of the Conference of Colleges;

(7) the Chairman of the Finance and General Purposes Committee of the Conference of Colleges;

(8)–(12) the heads of each of the divisions;

(13)–(17) five persons appointed by Council from among the members of Council specified in section 4 (14)–(16) and (19)–(25) of Statute VI;

(18) a person appointed by Council from among the members of Council specified in section 4 (7), (8) of Statute VI;

(19) the Chairman of the Buildings and Estates Subcommittee of the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee.'

3 Ibid., delete existing regulation 3.11. (1) and substitute:

'3.11. The Buildings and Estates Subcommittee of the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee shall consist of:

(1) a Chairman, who shall be appointed by Council, who shall also serve on the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee of Council;'.

4 These regulations shall be effective from 1 October 2005.

[These changes amend the membership of the Personnel Committee, the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee and the Buildings and Estates Subcommittee of the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee. The Personnel Committee will be chaired by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Personnel and Equal Opportunities). Membership of the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee is amended to remove reference to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Services and University Collections) as this post will no longer exist, and to include the Chairman of the Conference of Colleges and the Chairman of the Buildings and Estates Subcommittee ex officio. The Chairman of the Buildings and Estates Subcommittee of the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee will be appointed by Council. ]

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(b) Regulations for the Investigation by the Proctors of Complaints under Section 22 of Statute IX

1 In Council Regulations 6 of 2003, concerning procedures for handling complaints submitted to the Proctors (Gazette No. 4674, 30 October 2003, p. 234), in Part B delete existing section 44 and substitute:

'44. Complaints must be submitted to the Proctors as soon as possible and not later than three months after the notification of the results of the examination concerned. (The time- limit is necessary because after three months relevant records may cease to be available.)'

2 Ibid., delete existing section 53 and substitute:

'53. Complaints must be submitted to the Proctors as soon as possible and not later than three months after the notification of the results of the examination concerned. (The time- limit is necessary because after three months relevant records may cease to be available.)'

3 These regulations shall be effective from 1 October 2005.

[These changes in regulations, made on the recommendation of the General Purposes Committee of Council, reduce the time limit during which examination candidates can submit complaints to the Proctors (currently six months in the case of taught-course students and twelve months in the case of research students) to three months in both cases. ]

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(c) Membership of Social Sciences Divisional Board

1 In Council Regulations 17 of 2002, concerning Divisional Boards (Supplement (2) to Gazette No. 4628, 26 June 2002, p. 1409) delete existing regulation 16 and substitute:

'16. The Social Sciences Board shall consist of:

(1) the Head of the Social Sciences Division, who shall be chairman;

(2)–(4) three persons elected by and from the members of the Faculty of Law;

(5), (6) two persons elected by and from the members of the Faculty of Management;

(7), (8) two persons elected by and from the members of the academic staff holding established posts in the Department of Economics;

(9), (10) two persons elected by and from the members of the academic staff holding established posts in the Department of Educational Studies;

(11), (12) two persons elected by and from the members of the academic staff holding established posts in the Department of Politics and International Relations;

(13) a person elected by and from among the members of academic staff holding established posts in the Department of Sociology;

(14) a person elected by and from among the members of academic staff holding established posts in the department of Social Policy and Social Work;

(15) a person elected by and from among the members of academic staff holding established posts in Queen Elizabeth House;

(16) a person elected by and from among the members of academic staff holding established posts in the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies;

(17) a person elected by and from among the members of academic staff holding established posts in the Oxford Internet Institute;

(18) a person elected by the Conference of Colleges normally from among the members of the faculties and sub-faculties in the Social Sciences Division and from among the other members of a faculty or sub-faculty who at the time of the election are working in the departments and subjects in that division;

(19) any member of University Council elected by and from among the members of the faculties and sub-faculties in the Social Sciences Division.'

2 These regulations shall be effective from 1 January 2006.

[These changes, made on the recommendation of the Social Sciences Board, ensure that the membership of the Board fully reflects the constituent units within the division, through removal of the reference to the defunct faculty of social studies and its replacement by constituent departments, and the inclusion of the Oxford Internet Institute. The revised membership also gives due weight to constituent units of the division in accordance with the size and scope of the provision of each constituent unit. ]

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(d) Establishment of a Professorship in Economics

1 In SCHEDULE A of Council Regulations 3 of 2004, concerning statutory professorships, after 'Professors (five) of Economics' insert:

'BP Professor of Economics'.

2 In Sect. iii of Council Regulations 24 of 2002, concerning individual professorships (Statutes, 2000, p. 414, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461), insert new § 62 and renumber existing §§ 62–86 as §§ 63–87:

'§ 62. BP Professor of Economics

1. The benefaction of £3.425m from BP Exploration Operating Company, together with any further donations for this purpose, shall be used to establish and maintain the BP Professorship of Economics.

2. The University shall retain all of the benefaction as permanent endowment and shall apply the net income towards the salary and expenses of the holder of the Professorship, and associated overheads.

3. The administration of the benefaction, and the application of its income, shall be the responsibility of the Management Committee of the Department of Economics.

4. The BP Professor of Economics shall lecture and give instruction in economics. He/she will also be the director of the Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource-Rich Economies and will provide academic leadership to the Centre for such time, as it shall be established.

5. The professor shall be elected by an electoral board consisting of:

(1) the Vice-Chancellor, or if the head of the college specified in paragraph (2) below is the Vice-Chancellor, a person appointed by Council;

(2) the head of the college to which the Chair may be allocated by Council from time to time; or if the head is unable to unwilling to act, a person appointed by the governing body of that college;

(3) a person appointed by the governing body of the college;

(4), (5) two persons appointed by Council;

(6) a person appointed by the Social Sciences Board; and

(7)–(9) three persons appointed by the Management Committee of the Department of Economics.

6. The professor shall be subject to the General Provisions of the regulations concerning the duties of professors and to those Particular Provisions of the same regulations, which are applicable to the Chair.

7. Regulations 1–2 shall be deemed as Trust Regulations under the provisions of Part D of Statute XVI.

8. Regulations 3–6 may be amended by Council.'

[These changes, made on the recommendation of the Social Sciences Board, establish a professorship in the Social Sciences Division endowed by the benefaction from BP Exploration Operating Company (a wholly owned subsidiary of BP). Responsibility for the benefaction is assigned to the Management Committee of the department of Economics. The professor will, for such time as the Centre shall be in existence, provide academic leadership for the Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource-Rich Economies, and will be on the establishment of the Department of Economics in the Social Sciences Division. ]

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(e) Committee on Animal Care and Ethical Review

In Council Regulations 15 of 2002 concerning Committees Reporting Directly to Council or One of its Main Committees (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4634, 16 October 2002), delete existing regulation 3.3 and substitute:

'3.3 The committee shall promote best practice and a culture of care for all animals held within or on behalf of the University and, to this end, shall:

(1) establish and maintain an ethical review process for the University as a whole, details of which shall be approved by Council from time to time and may not be amended otherwise than with the approval of the Secretary of State, under the terms of conditions of the Certificate of Designation;

(2) in conjunction with the Certificate Holder, ensure that all those working within the University (and external research units operating under the University's Certificate of Designation) under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 are aware of their roles and responsibilities under that Act and other relevant legislation;

(3) on behalf of the Certificate Holder, establish procedures to ensure that all those working within the University (and external research units operating under the University's Certificate of Designation) under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 act upon any recommendations made by the Certificate Holder, this committee, the Named Persons and the Home Office as appropriate;

(4) ensure that all those working within the University (and external research units operating under the University's Certificate of Designation) under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 adopt a proactive approach to promoting a culture of care in animal welfare matters, and are committed to best practice in all areas, using reduction, refinement and replacement techniques wherever possible;

(5) support the Named Persons in the discharge of their responsibilities under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986;

(6) advise Council, the Certificate Holder, and other university bodies, as may be required, on the provision and development of services, facilities, and supporting staff in furtherance of the University's aims and objectives and in accordance with the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 and other relevant enactments;

(7) keep under review the general maintenance, breeding, supply, and condition of animals held within the University (and external research units operating under the University's Certificate of Designation);

(8) keep under review and advise Council and the medical and scientific departments (and external research units operating under the University's Certificate of Designation) on questions concerning the application of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, on the codes of practice, conditions, and guidance set out under that Act, and on other relevant legislation;

(9) advise Council on matters relating to the use of animals in teaching and research and on public relations aspects of animal experimentation;

(10) monitor standards of animal health and welfare in conjunction with the Supervisor of Veterinary Services and the Director of Biomedical Services, from whom it will receive termly reports, and notify the Certificate Holder of any concerns that may result.'

[These changes to the terms of reference of the Committee on Animal Care and Ethical Review clarify its supervisory role and responsibility for monitoring and promoting standards of animal welfare. ]

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(f) Renaming the University's Non-Academic Staff

1 In Council Regulations 1 of 2004, concerning Financial Regulations (Supplement (2) to Gazette No. 4691, 24 March 2004, p. 788), in regulations 32.1 (1) and 32.1 (2) delete 'non-academic' and substitute 'support'.

2 In Council Regulations 3 of 2004, concerning the Employment of University Staff (Gazette, Vol. 134, p. 1269), delete existing regulation 1. (2) and substitute:

'1. (2) departments and institutions, in respect of academic-related and support staff. (Support staff are those university employees who are not covered by the Visitatorial Board arrangements under Statute XII of the University Statutes'.)'

[These changes reflect the renaming of the University's non-academic staff as support staff. ]

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GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL

Changes in Regulations

The General Purposes Committee of Council has made the following changes in regulations, to come into effect on 29 July.

(a) Michael Comber Graduate Scholarship Fund

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts (Statutes, 2000, p. 610, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002 and renumbered by the changes published on 1 May 2003, 19 June 2003, 22 January 2004 and 20 January 2005, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461; Vol. 133, p.1151; Vol. 133, p. 1428; Vol. 134, p. 52; Vol. 135, p. 516), insert new § 55 as follows, and renumber existing §§ 55–67 (pp. 610–18) as §§ 56–68:

'§ 55. Michael Comber Graduate Scholarship Fund

1. The donations made in memory of Michael Comber, which comprise £50,000 from his estate, together with any further donations for this purpose, shall be known as the 'Michael Comber Graduate Scholarship Fund'.

2. The capital and the income of the Fund shall be used to promote graduate work in interdisciplinary studies, with particular reference to Classics. Whenever the amount within the fund permits, this should be done by advertising a scholarship for interdisciplinary work at graduate level within the Faculty of Classics.

3. The Board of the Faculty of Classics shall be the board of management for the fund, and shall determine the value of any scholarship and the terms on which it is awarded.

4. The Board of the Faculty of Classics shall establish a committee to advise it on the administration of the fund. The committee shall be chaired by the Regius Professor of Greek.

5. Regulations 2 and 3 above may be amended by Council.'

[These changes, made on the recommendation of the Humanities Board, establish a scholarship fund to encourage interdisciplinary studies involving Classics. ]

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(b) De Paravicini Prizes

1 In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts (Statutes, 2000, p. 620, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002 and renumbered by Decree (4) of 26 October 2000, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461; Vol. 131, p. 209) in § 75 delete existing regulations 1 and 2 and substitute:

'1. There shall be four De Paravicini Prizes each of which shall consist of one-quarter of one year's income of the endowment.

2. Two of the prizes shall be awarded, provided that suitable candidates present themselves, by the Moderators for Honour Moderations in Classics, for performance in such Latin papers in those examinations as shall be prescribed from time to time by the Board of the Faculty of Classics.

3. Two of the prizes shall be awarded, provided that suitable candidates present themselves, by the examiners for the Final Honour School of Literae Humaniores, for performance in such Latin papers in those examinations as shall be prescribed from time to time by the Board of the Faculty of Classics.'

2 Ibid., renumber existing regulations 3–5 as 4–6.

[These changes, made on the recommendation of the Humanities Board, amend the regulations for the De Paravicini Prizes to allow the prizes to be awarded for performance in Latin papers in the Final Honours School of Literae Humaniores in addition to the prizes already offered for performance in Latin papers in Honour Moderations in Classics. ]

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(c) Hertford Prize

1 In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts (Statutes, 2000, p. 654, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002 and renumbered by Decree (1) of 7 December 2000, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461; Vol. 131, p. 402) in § 152 delete existing regulation 1 and substitute:

'1. Two Hertford Prizes to encourage the study of Latin Literature shall be awarded, provided that suitable candidates present themselves.

2. One Prize shall be awarded by the Moderators for Honour Moderations in Classics, for performances in such Latin papers in those examinations as shall be prescribed from time to time by the Board of the Faculty of Classics, provided that these shall include papers both in Latin composition and in the interpretation of Latin authors.

3. One Prize shall be awarded by the examiners for the Final Honour School of Literae Humaniores, for performances in such Latin papers in those examinations as shall be prescribed from time to time by the Board of the Faculty of Classics.'

2 Ibid., renumber existing regulation 2 as 3.

[These changes, made on the recommendation of the Humanities Board, amend the regulations for the Hertford Prize to allow a prize to be awarded for performance in Latin papers in the Final Honours School of Literae Humaniores in addition to the prize already offered for performance in Latin papers in Honour Moderations in Classics. ]

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(d) Koshland Graduate Travel Fund

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts (Statutes, 2000, p. 668, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461), insert new § 197 as follows and renumber existing §§ 197–8 (p. 668) as §§ 198–9:

'§ 197. Koshland Graduate Travel Fund

1. The benefaction received from Daniel Koshland, together with any further donations for this purpose, shall be known as the Koshland Graduate Travel Fund ('the Fund').

2. The University shall retain all of the fund as permanent endowment and shall apply the net income of the Fund towards the support of travel grants for graduate students in Biochemistry ('the Object').

3. The administration of the Fund, and the application of its income, shall be the responsibility of the Head of Department of Biochemistry:

4. Regulation 3 above may be amended by Council.'

[This change, made on the recommendation of the Life and Environmental Sciences Board, establishes a travel fund to support graduate students whose primary funding does not include provision for costs such as conference attendance. ]

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(e) Butt Coulson Bequest

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts (Statutes, 2000, p. 606 as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461), insert new § 39 as follows and renumber existing § 39 as § 40:

'§ 39. Butt Colson Bequest

1. The bequests of Mr and Dr Butt Colson of certain books, manuscripts and artefacts for the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology and the Pitt Rivers Museum ("the Collection"), and the benefaction made by Mr and Dr Butt Colson in support of South American Amerindian Studies, together with any further donations for this purpose ("the Fund") shall be known as the Butt Colson Amerindian Studies Bequest ("the Bequest").

2. The University shall retain all of the Fund as permanent endowment and shall apply the net income of the Fund towards the support of South American (i.e. South of the Panama Canal) Amerindian Studies ("the Object").

3. The administration of the Bequest, and the application of the income of the Fund, shall be the responsibility of a board of managers consisting of:

(a) the Vice-Chancellor;

(b) the Head of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology;

(c) the Director of the Pitt Rivers Museum;

(d) one person appointed by the Life and Environmental Sciences Board;

(e) one person appointed by the Visitorial Board of the Pitt Rivers Museum;

(f), (g) two persons appointed by the Council, one of whom shall be appointed in consultation with Mr and/or Dr Butt Colson during their lifetime and thereafter, for a period of up to twenty years, in consultation with Dr Butt Colson's literary executor.

4. Members of the board of managers in classes (d)–(g) shall serve for a term of five years, renewable for one further term of five years.

5. The board of managers shall ensure that the Collection shall be clearly identified as forming part of the Butt Colson Bequest, and in so far as is possible shall be housed in clearly identifiable space.

6. The board of managers shall ensure that the Collection is made available for reference by scholars of Amerindian Studies and by scholars of Amerindian origin, subject to the general terms under which the School of Anthropology and the Pitt Rivers Museum operate.

7. The board of managers will apply the income of the fund in support of the Object, provided that:

(a) the first call on such income shall be the support of the Collection;

(b) the second call on such income shall be to support a post in South American Amerindian Studies in the School of Anthropology, the level of the post and the duration of appointments to be determined by the board of managers from time to time; the Fund to provide the salary costs of the person appointed and such travel and research and other support expenses as the board of managers may from time to time determine. The principal field of study of candidates shall be directly related to the Amerindians of South America;

(c) any surplus income remaining shall be applied in support of a programme to enable students of South American Amerindian origin to study in the University of Oxford.'

[This change, made on the recommendation of the Life and Environmental Sciences Board, establishes a fund to support South American Amerindian Studies.]

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PLANNING AND RESOURCE ALLOCATION COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL

Changes in Regulations

The Planning and Resource Allocation Committee of Council has made the following changes in regulations, to come into effect on 29 July.

Ruskin Master of Drawing

1 In Sect. III of Council Regulations 24 of 2002, concerning individual professorships (Statutes, 2000, p. 413, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002 and amended by Decree (1) of 14 December 2000, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461; Vol. 131, p. 438), in § 59 delete existing regulations 1 and 2.

2 Ibid., delete existing regulation 3 and substitute:

'1. The Ruskin Master of Drawing (who shall be regarded as a professor for the purposes of any statute or regulation) shall lecture and give instruction in drawing and other aspects of Fine Art on such conditions and with such other duties as Council shall from time to time determine. Subject to the supervision of the Committee for the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, he or she shall be responsible for the teaching and other necessary arrangements for the degrees in Fine Art, and for the general instruction in Fine Art of members of the University.'

3 Ibid., renumber existing regulations 4–5 as 2–3.

4 These regulations shall be effective from 1 October 2005.

[These changes, made on the recommendation of the Humanities Board, remove the provision for the Ruskin Master to be Head of Department and clarify the new role of the Ruskin Master. ]

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CONGREGATION 8 July

Conferment of Honorary Degree

The Degree of Doctor of Civil Law, honoris causa, approved by Resolution of Congregation on 8 March 2005, was conferred upon DR MANMOHAN SINGH, D.PHIL., Prime Minister of India.

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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:

Barton, T., Public Relations Office

Bihoreau, M.-T.O.C., Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics

Cruickshank, R.L., M.St., D.Phil., Queen's

Fopma, J.M., Sub-department of Particle Physics

Hadden, A.M., MA, St Hilda's

Hawes, B.M., Sub-department of Particle Physics

Holt, D., Worcester

Knight, J.M., Queen Elizabeth House

Rahman, N.M., BM, B.Ch., MA, Nuffield Department of Medicine

Topp-Jorgensen, S., M.Sc., St Cross

Viehhauser, G.H.A., St John's

Volpi, E.V., Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics

Wastie, R.L., Sub-department of Particle Physics

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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 29 July, see 'Examinations and Boards' below.

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