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Oxford University Gazette, 19 May 2005: University Agenda


CONGREGATION 14 June 2 p.m.

¶ Members of Congregation are reminded that written notice of any intention to vote against, or any proposed amendment to, the statute below, signed in each case by at least two members of Congregation, must be given to the Registrar by noon on Monday, 6 June (see the note on the conduct of business in Congregation at the end of `University Agenda').

Voting on Legislative Proposal

Establishment of Degree of Doctor of Engineering (Eng.D.)

Explanatory note

The following statute establishes a new doctoral degree, the Doctorate of Engineering (Eng.D.). Council and its Educational Policy and Standards Committee have endorsed a general recommendation from the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board to establish the Eng.D., and also a specific proposal to enable the Department of Materials and Department of Engineering Science to register students at Oxford for an Eng.D. in Engineered Metals for High Performance Applications in Aerospace and Related Technologies (abbreviated to ENGMET).

The concept of the Engineering Doctorate is a four-year doctoral programme comprising a research project, or portfolio of a coherent set of linked research projects, in engineering or applied science, undertaken in the context of industrial or other professional practice, that is combined with taught modules. The research element is equivalent to an Oxford D.Phil. in scope, character and quality of work submitted, while the taught courses approximate to a one-year taught Master's course in extent and academic standard. The taught programme, which includes technical courses and courses on management, business and personal transferable skills, is assessed on a continuous basis and achievement of a required standard is a prerequisite for the examination for, and award of, an Eng.D. degree. Part or all of the research may be carried out in industry or another organisation outside the University. The programme is designed to provide highly trained research engineers carrying out leading-edge research, and facilitate collaboration between external organisations and universities. The degree of Eng.D. has already been established at some fifteen centres in the UK, including several universities in the Russell Group. A number of colleges have already indicated their willingness to take students for the degree, but entry will not be restricted to these.

Regulations are put forward separately to define the Eng.D. degree, and to establish the specific Eng.D. programme in the field of Engineered Metals for High Performance Applications in Aerospace and Related Technologies (ENGMET). The ENGMET Eng.D. will draw on taught courses run by the ENGMET Eng.D. Centre based at the University of Birmingham, which is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), under the terms of a collaboration agreement between the Universities of Oxford and Birmingham. It is envisaged that there may be further proposals for new Eng.D. programmes in future, which may involve other departments and for which the specific ENGMET proposal may be seen as a pilot. Each new Eng.D. programme will be the subject of a specific proposal to EPSC, within the general framework now proposed.

WHEREAS it is expedient to establish the degree of Doctor of Engineering, THE UNIVERSITY ENACTS AS FOLLOWS.

1 In section 1 of Statute X (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002, p. 110), after `Doctor of Clinical Psychology' insert: `Doctor of Engineering'.

2 This statute shall be effective from 1 October 2005.

Regulations to be made by the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board if the Statute is approved

Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board

Doctor of Engineering

With effect from 1 October 2005

1 In Examination Regulations, 2004, after p. 961, insert:

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REGULATIONS FOR THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF ENGINEERING

A

(i) General Regulations

1. Any member of the University who has been admitted to the status of student for the degree of Doctor of Engineering by the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board and who has satisfied the conditions prescribed by these regulations may supplicate for the degree of Doctor of Engineering.

2. Candidates shall follow a programme of study consisting of (a) coursework and (b) research, in engineering or applied science, in the context of industrial or other professional practice. Each candidate must pass a specified number of coursework modules during the programme of study, as detailed in the special regulations for the degree of Doctor of Engineering. Each candidate shall submit for examination a thesis, or portfolio of a coherent set of linked research projects.

3. A student for the degree of Doctor of Engineering shall normally pursue his or her course of study at Oxford for twelve terms.

4. A student for the degree of Doctor of Engineering may be permitted by the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Divisional Board to undertake their research in a well-found research environment outside the University. Such students shall be dispensed from the residence requirements, but shall be required to attend for such instruction as the Division and department concerned shall require, as specified in the Special Regulations and Course Handbook. Before admitting a candidate on this basis, the conditions set out in the Special Regulations of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division shall be met.

5. Candidates shall be admitted initially with the status of Probationer Research Student.

6. A member of the University who has held the status of Probationer Research Student and has completed the qualifying test for entry to Doctor of Engineering status prescribed in the special regulations below may be admitted to the status of student for the degree of Doctor of Engineering.

7. A candidate should normally apply for confirmation of his or her status as a student for the degree of Doctor of Engineering no later than the tenth term after that in which he or she was initially admitted to the status of Probationer Research Student. All students for the degree of Doctor of Engineering must have their status confirmed before applying for the appointment of examiners. Candidates applying for confirmation of status must have fulfilled the requirements as specified in the special regulations for the degree of Doctor of Engineering.

8. Examiners of the thesis submitted for the degree of Doctor of Engineering shall bear in mind that their judgement of the substantial significance of the work should take into account what may reasonably be expected of a capable and diligent student after four years of full-time study.

9. If a candidate is not permitted to continue with Doctor of Engineering status, he or she may be permitted to transfer instead to the status of student for the degree of MSc by Research.

10. Except as specifically provided above, and as provided in special regulations for the degree of Doctor of Engineering below, the provisions of the following regulations shall apply: Regulations for Admission as a Probationer Research Student; General Regulations for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (§1--7); General Regulations of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee governing the examination of students for the degrees of MSc by Research, MLitt, and DPhil, and concerning the maintenance of the register; Special Regulations of Divisional and Faculty Boards concerning the status of probationer research student and the degrees of MLitt, MSc by Research, and DPhil: Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division; provided that, in all cases, `Doctor of Engineering' shall be substituted for `Doctor of Philosophy'.

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(ii) Special Regulations for the degree of Doctor of Engineering in Engineered Metals for High Performance Applications in Aerospace and Related Technologies (ENGMET)

1. Candidates shall follow a programme of study in Engineering, Materials Science and related disciplines, consisting of (a) coursework and (b) research, and shall have an industrial or other external sponsor.

2. The University of Oxford shall appoint an academic supervisor for each student. The sponsor shall appoint both an external supervisor and a professional mentor for each student. The student shall meet with their academic supervisor normally at least four times per term, at least one of these meetings taking place in Oxford.

3. In order successfully to fulfil the coursework requirements, candidates are required to pass a specified number of coursework modules in each academic year, as detailed in the Course Handbook. The list of permitted courses is detailed in the Course Handbook, and will be updated annually. If a candidate fails any coursework module they are permitted to resit the module according to the details as stipulated in the Course Handbook.

4. Although students may hold the status of Probationer Research Student for a maximum of 6 terms, students shall normally apply to transfer from Probationer Research Student to the status of student for the degree of Doctor of Engineering by the fourth term after admission as a research student. In order successfully to transfer status candidates must fulfil the specific conditions as detailed in the Course Handbook. The academic supervisor and external supervisor shall each provide a report on the student's progress. A candidate whose first application for transfer to Doctor of Engineering status is not approved shall be permitted to make one further application, following the procedures laid down above, and shall be granted an extension of time for one term (beyond the six term maximum) if this is necessary for the purposes of making the application.

5. Candidates shall normally apply for confirmation of status as a student for the degree of Doctor of Engineering not later than the tenth term, and normally by the ninth term, after that in which they were initially admitted as a research student. Candidates will be required to fulfil the specific conditions, as detailed in the course Handbook, before applying for confirmation of status. A candidate whose first application for confirmation of Doctor of Engineering status is not approved shall be permitted to make one further application, following the procedures laid down above, normally within one term of the original application, and shall be granted an extension of time for one term (beyond the normal maximum of ten terms) if this is necessary for the purposes of making the application.

6. If, after considering a candidate's second application for transfer of status, or a candidate's second application for confirmation of status, the responsible body considers that the student's progress does not warrant this, the responsible body may approve his or her transfer to the status of student for the Degree of Master of Science by Research.

7. In order to supplicate for the degree of Doctor of Engineering, candidates will be required to pass a specified number of coursework modules, as detailed in the Course Handbook. They will also submit for examination a thesis, or portfolio of a coherent set of linked research projects.

8. The coursework modules shall be provided under arrangements approved by the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division and the Educational Policy and Standards Committee, as set out in the Course Handbook. Coursework modules offered by another institution shall be provided under arrangements approved by the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division and the Educational Policy and Standards Committee and set out in a collaboration agreement with that institution. Variation of arrangements for the provision of modules will require the approval of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division and the Educational Policy and Standards Committee.'

2 Ibid., renumber Chapters 13 to 22 as Chapters 14 to 23.

3 Ibid., p. 1096 , l. 16 , delete `.' and substitute `;'.

4 Ibid., after l. 16 , insert as follows and renumber (c) as (d):

`(c) the number of composition fees payable by candidates for the Doctor of Engineering shall not exceed twelve;'.

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CONGREGATION 22 June

1 Encaenia

Mr Vice-Chancellor invites Pro-Vice-Chancellors, Heads of Houses, Heads of Division, holders of the Oxford Degrees of Doctor of Divinity, Civil Law, Medicine, Letters, Science, and Music, the Proctors, the Assessor, the Public Orator, the Professor of Poetry, the Registrar, the outgoing President of the Oxford University Student Union, and the Presidents of the Junior and Middle common rooms of St John's College, Brasenose College, and St Cross College (as being the colleges of the Proctors and the Assessor) to partake of Lord Crewe's Benefaction to the University, meeting him in the Hall of Brasenose College at 10.45 a.m. on Wednesday, 22 June. Thence they will go in procession to the Sheldonian Theatre, where will be spoken the Oration in Commemoration of the Benefactors of the University according to the intention of the Right Honourable Nathaniel, Lord Crewe, Bishop of Durham.

Note. Pro-Vice-Chancellors, Heads of Houses, Heads of Division, and Doctors who propose to accept Mr Vice-Chancellor's invitation, and to be present in the Sheldonian Theatre, are requested to inform his Secretary at the University Offices, Wellington Square (telephone: (2)80693; e-mail: alison.miles@admin.ox.ac.uk), not later than Wednesday, 15 June . They are reminded that, while academic dress of other universities may (if desired) be worn at the Encaenia Garden Party, the appropriate Oxford academic dress should always be worn at the partaking of Lord Crewe's Benefaction and at the Encaenia Ceremony.

2 Honorary Degrees

Doctor of Civil Law

SIR WILLIAM CASTELL, KT, LVO, FCA, Vice-Chairman of the General Electric Company and President and CEO of GE Healthcare

DR OLIVER SACKS, BM, B.CH., Writer and Clinical Professor of Neurology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York

Doctor of Letters

DAME GILLIAN BEER, DBE, FBA, King Edward VII Professor of English Literature Emerita, Former President of Clare Hall, Cambridge

MS TONI MORRISON, MA, Writer

MS PAULA REGO, Artist

Doctor of Science

SIR ANTHONY J. LEGGETT, KBE, PH.D., FRS, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair and Center for Advanced Study Professor of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

CHRISTIANE NÜSSLEIN-VOLHARD, PH.D., FRS, Director of Department of Genetics, Max Planck Institute for Development Biology

SIR MICHAEL RUTTER, KT, CBE, MD, FRCP, F.R.C.PSYCH., F.MED.SCI., FRS, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, King's College London, Institute of Psychiatry

¶ Arrangements for admission to the Sheldonian Theatre, which will be by ticket only, are published in 'Notices' below.

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