Oxford University Gazette, 18 November 2004: Notices


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The terms of reference and the membership of the governance review have now been approved by Congregation and are set out below. The committee hopes to be able to report to Council for its meeting on 25 April 2005. Submissions from individual members of Congregation are now invited by the end of week 8 of Michaelmas Term (4 December 2004). They should be sent to the Secretary of Faculties and Academic Registrar (Mr A.P. Weale), University Offices, Wellington Square (e-mail: secretary.faculties@admin.ox.ac.uk).

In making submissions, members of Congregation are asked to keep particularly in mind part (a) of the terms of reference. They are also asked in addition to stand back as far as possible from their own concerns and reflect broadly on the operation of the collegiate University and, for example, whether the governance machinery allows a comprehensive overview to be maintained of all major areas of business so that priorities can be established and issues can be dealt with at the appropriate level. Governance might perhaps be defined as `the organisation necessary to enable an institution both to set its policies and objectives and to achieve them, and also to monitor its progress towards them'.

The terms of reference of Council, its major committees and of divisional boards may be found at http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/councilsec/gov/ccg.shtml

Terms of reference

(a) Bearing in mind that the aims of the changes made in the University's governance arrangements in 2000 included

(i) the establishment of more effective decision-making;

(ii) the provision of an integrated approach to strategy in areas such as planning, resource allocation, educational policy and standards, and personnel, so that the University could respond swiftly, clearly and appropriately to new opportunities and new issues;

(iii) the devolution of more power and operational responsibility to subject areas, in line with the general principle of subsidiarity;

(iv) the enhancement of institutional accountability and transparency in decision-making; and

(v) the improvement of co_ordination and communications between the University and the colleges,

the committee should review the operation since 2000 of the governance machinery of the University to determine whether these aims have been achieved and to make recommendations to Council in the first instance for changes where necessary.

(b) The committee should pay particular attention

(i) to the terms of reference and constitution of Council, its major committees, the divisional boards, the Continuing Education Board and to the arrangements for Academic Services and University Collections;

(ii) to the links and relationship between these various bodies;

(iii) to the provision for college representation on university bodies and to the general arrangements for consultation between the University and the colleges and for the conduct of business where agreement between the University and the colleges is necessary.

(c) The committee should keep in mind as far as is possible broader issues which may arise (whether from internal comment or externally) about university governance, while giving priority to its work under (a) and (b) above.

(d) Bearing in mind the University's tradition of democratic accountability

(i) the committee should consult widely and in particular should offer all members of Congregation the opportunity to make submissions to it;

(ii) Council should refer the report of the committee to Congregation for debate.



Principal of Somerville

Senior Proctor (Dr J.F. Wheater)

Professor K. Burnett

Mr B. Taylor

Professor D.J. Womersley

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A Web site has been created to keep members of the University informed about the implementation of Full Economic Costs (FEC) in the University. The Transparent Approach to Costing (TRAC) is the standard method now used for costing in higher education in the UK. FEC is a development of TRAC to provide a forecast of the full economic costs of undertaking a research project. The University will be moving towards implementing FEC across all new research projects during 2005.

The Web site includes an explanation of FEC in the Frequently Asked Questions page, some background information about FEC and TRAC, a glossary of terms and useful links page, a timetable for the implementation of FEC, a downloads page containing links to key documents, including the Summary of Requirements published by the Research Councils and AHRB, contact information for the FEC project team and Working Groups at Oxford, and a News section which will be regularly updated with details about what is happening in Oxford and the HE sector.

The new FEC Web site can be found at: http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/fec.

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The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Primary Health Care on J.C.WYATT, BA, MD (MB, BS, London), currently associate director of research at the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, for a period of three years in the first instance from 1 December 2004.

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Gastroenterological Oncology on J.A.Z.JANKOWSKI (MB, CH.B. Glasgow, MD Dundee, PH.D. London), currently Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology, Leicester and Warwick University Medical Schools, for a period of three years in the first instance from 1 December 2004.

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Pharmacology on A.C.G. CUELLO, MA, D.SC., currently Professor of Pharmacology, McGill University, for a period of three years in the first instance from 1 December 2004.

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The composition of the electoral board to the post below, proceedings to fill which are currently in progress, is as follows.


                                         Appointed by

Mr Vice-Chancellor                       ex officio
The President of Brasenose               ex officio
Professor H. Ingram                      Council
Professor S. Woolgar                     Council
Mr D.A. Hay                              Social Sciences Board
Professor A.G. Hopwood                   Saïd Business School
Professor S. Rayner                      Saïd Business School
Dr E. Shove                              Saïd Business School
Ddr C. McKenna                           Brasenose College

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