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Oxford University Gazette, 19 May 2005: University Acts

CONGREGATION 17 May

1 Rejection on a division of amendment to Resolution concerning Oxford's Academic Strategy

Text of proposed amendment

Delete all after 'Congregation' and substitute:

'agrees that any proposal to introduce a "mandatory system of regular, joint University–college review of individual contributions, with scope to enhance financial rewards.. . ", as suggested in the Oxford Academic Strategy, a Green Paper (Strategy IV (c)), should not only be measured against this principle, but should be considered through careful continuing consultation via the usual channels, and that any such proposal be subject to an eventual vote by Congregation.'

[For: 183; against: 358]


2 Approval on a division of unamended Resolution concerning Oxford's Academic Strategy

Text of Resolution

In order to ensure the paramount principle of academic freedom, Congregation rejects any 'mandatory system of regular, joint University–College review of individual contributions, with scope to enhance financial rewards, re-balance academic duties, and address under-performance' as expressed in Oxford's Academic Strategy, a Green Paper, Strategy IV(c).

[For: 351; against: 153]


3 Approval without a division of Resolution concerning the reorganisation of Oxford University libraries

Text of Resolution

Whereas Congregation recognises the need for reorganisation of Oxford University libraries, Congregation resolves that the Curators of the University Libraries present to Congregation a full report on their plans for reorganisation of the University's libraries in the short, medium and long-term.


4 Approval without a division of Resolution concerning Oxford's Governance Strategy

Text of Resolution

In view of the importance and complexity of the issues raised by the Green Paper Oxford's Governance Strategy, Congregation resolves to postpone the discussion of the Green Paper and revisions to it, scheduled for the meeting of Congregation on 28 June, until the meeting of Congregation on 1 November.

Note: Council has now withdrawn its opposition to a deferral. Since Council decided to hold a discussion on 28 June, the scope of the next paper from the working party has become more apparent. As a result, more time is needed both to prepare a thorough and considered document, in the light of the wide range of concerns and constructive comments being received on the Green Paper, and for it to be fully digested by members of Congregation prior to a discussion. Such a document will deal in particular with the legal issues on which the working party has continued to consult since the Green Paper was published. Council has therefore agreed that 1 November would be an appropriate date for such a fully informed discussion. On this basis, Mr Vice-Chancellor declared the resolution carried.

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COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY

1 Dates of Full Term 2005–11

The dates for reckoning Full Term 2006–7 have been fixed, and the dates for reckoning Full Term 2010–11 have been fixed provisionally. The dates and provisional dates for Full Term 2005–11 are set out below.

MICHAELMAS TERM 2005

Sunday, 9 October                       Saturday, 3 December

HILARY TERM 2006

Sunday, 15 January                      Saturday, 11 March

TRINITY TERM 2006

Sunday, 23 April                        Saturday, 17 June

MICHAELMAS TERM 2006

Sunday, 8 October                       Saturday, 2 December

HILARY TERM 2007

Sunday, 14 January                      Saturday, 10 March

TRINITY TERM 2007

Sunday, 22 April                        Saturday, 16 June


Provisional dates


MICHAELMAS TERM 2007

Sunday, 7 October                       Saturday, 1 December

HILARY TERM 2008

Sunday, 13 January                      Saturday, 8 March

TRINITY TERM 2008

Sunday, 20 April                        Saturday, 14 June

MICHAELMAS TERM 2008

Sunday, 12 October                      Saturday, 6 December

HILARY TERM 2009

Sunday, 18 January                      Saturday, 14 March

TRINITY TERM 2009

Sunday, 26 April                        Saturday, 20 June

MICHAELMAS TERM 2009

Sunday, 11 October                      Saturday, 5 December

HILARY TERM 2010

Sunday, 17 January                      Saturday, 13 March

TRINITY TERM 2010

Sunday, 25 April                        Saturday, 19 June

MICHAELMAS TERM 2010

Sunday, 10 October                      Saturday, 4 December 

HILARY TERM 2011

Sunday, 16 January                      Saturday, 12 March

TRINITY TERM 2011                       

Sunday, 24 April [Easter Sunday]

Sunday, 1 May*                          Saturday 25 June


*Note. As Easter falls on 24 April in 2011, Council will need to approve a seven week vacation if the above Provisional Dates are approved.


2 Dates of Extended Terms 2005–7

The dates of extended terms for 2005–7, for Part I candidates in Materials, Economics, and Management, in Engineering (or Materials), Economics, and Management, for Part II candidates in Chemistry, in Materials Science, and in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, and for MBA candidates are set out below.

Honour School of Natural Science: Part II candidates in Chemistry


MICHAELMAS TERM 2005

Thursday, 22 September                  Tuesday, 20 December

HILARY TERM 2006

Tuesday, 3 January                      Wednesday, 12 April

TRINITY TERM 2006

Monday, 24 April                        Saturday, 24 June

MICHAELMAS TERM 2006

Thursday, 21 September                  Tuesday, 19 December

HILARY TERM 2007

Tuesday, 2 January                      Wednesday, 4 April

TRINITY TERM 2007

Monday, 16 April                        Saturday, 23 June



Part I candidates in Materials, Economics, and Management, and Part I candidates in Engineering, Economics, and Management, in the year in which the examination is taken


HILARY TERM 2006

Sunday, 15 January                      Saturday, 18 March

HILARY TERM 2007

Sunday, 14 January                      Saturday, 17 March



Part II candidates in Materials Science


MICHAELMAS TERM 2005

Friday, 9 September                     Saturday, 10 December

HILARY TERM 2006

Friday, 6 January                       Saturday, 8 April

TRINITY TERM 2006

Friday, 21 April                        Saturday, 24 June

MICHAELMAS TERM 2006

Friday, 8 September                     Saturday, 9 December

HILARY TERM 2007

Friday, 5 January                       Saturday, 31 March

TRINITY TERM 2007

Friday, 13 April                        Saturday, 23 June



Part II candidates in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry


MICHAELMAS TERM 2005

Friday, 16 September                    Saturday, 10 December

MICHAELMAS TERM 2006

Friday, 15 September                    Saturday, 9 December



MBA candidates


MICHAELMAS TERM 2005 

Monday, 3 October                       Saturday, 17 December 

HILARY TERM 2006 

Monday, 9 January                       Saturday, 25 March 

TRINITY TERM 2006 

Monday, 17 April (Easter Monday)        Saturday, 1 July 

LONG VACATION 2006 

Monday, 4 September                     Friday, 15 September


Provisional dates for 2006–7


MICHAELMAS TERM 2006 

Monday, 2 October                       Saturday, 16 December 

TRINITY TERM 2007 

Monday, 8 January                       Saturday, 24 March  

HILARY TERM 2007 

Monday, 16 April                            Saturday, 30 June  

LONG VACATION 2007 

Monday, 3 September                     Friday, 14 September



3 Dates of Encaenia

2006: Wednesday, 21 June

2007: Wednesday, 20 June

Provisional dates

2008: Wednesday, 18 June

2009: Wednesday, 24 June

2010: Wednesday, 23 June

2011: Wednesday, 22 June

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GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL

Changes in regulations

The General Purposes Committee of Council has made the following change in regulations, to come into effect on 3 June.

MathWorks Fund

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts (Statutes, 2000, p. 678, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461), insert new § 228 as follows, and renumber existing §§ 228–59 (pp. 678–704) as §§ 229–60:

'§ 228. MathWorks Fund

1. The sum contributed by The MathWorks, together with any further donations for this purpose, shall be known as The MathWorks Fund ('the Fund').

2. The University shall apply the capital and income of the Fund for the support of graduate research students in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences in such ways as may be determined by the University on the recommendation of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board ('the Objects').

3. The studentships shall be known as The MathWorks Studentships in Mathematics and Science.

4. The administration of the Fund, and the application of its capital and income, shall be the responsibility of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board, which shall appoint a Board of Management with delegated authority to discharge this responsibility on its behalf. The board shall comprise:

(1) a member of the research group within which the studentship is to be held;

(2) the Director of Graduate Studies in the department in which the studentship is to be held;

(3) another member of academic staff to be appointed by the head of the department in which the studentship is to be held; and

(4) a person appointed by The MathWorks.

5. Each studentship may be awarded for a maximum of three years. It shall provide a maintenance payment to the student, University and college fees, and a contribution to other costs of research. The level of maintenance and contribution to other costs shall be determined by the Board of Management.

6. Regulations 1, 3, 4 and 5 above may be amended by Council.'

[This change in regulations, made on the recommendation of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board, establishes a fund using a donation from The MathWorks, to support graduate research students in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences. ]

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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:

Bamforth, S.D. Cardiovascular Medicine

Beckstein, O., Merton

Geekie, E.J., Personnel Services

Holyday, K.E. Personnel Services

James, A.D., Balliol

Jones, H.S., MA, Magdalen

Joynes, C.E., MA, M.St., D.Phil., Trinity

Kingdon, G.G., MSc., D.Phil., St Antony's

Kreager, J.P., D.Phil., Somerville

Mackay, C.E. Cardiovascular Medicine

MacKenzie, C.P., MA, Green College

Moseley, M.C.S., MA, Mansfield

Ponting, C.P., D.Phil., Wadham

Rendell, J.M., MA, St Hugh's

Schrenk, M.A., Worcester

Sibson, N.R., Faculty of Clinical Medicine

Stacey, V., MA, D.Phil., Somerville

Thorn, N.J., MA, Corpus Christi

Woodall, C.V., Balliol

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