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COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY

Changes in Regulations

Council has made the following changes in regulations, to come into effect on 5 November.

1 Regulations for the Oxford University Society

In Council Regulations 2 of 2004, concerning Regulations for Other Bodies (Supplement (2) to Gazette No. 4702, 30 June 2004, p. 1237), insert the following:

`Part 14

Oxford University Society

Purpose

14.1. The Oxford University Society (`the Society') shall be an organisation within the University under Council for bringing together alumni of the University and encouraging and co-ordinating their support for the University, other than that concerned with fundraising. It serves as the focus for alumni relations and activities on behalf of the University.

Branches

14.2. The University, through the Oxford University Society, may recognise any regional group (known as a `branch') pursuing the objectives of the Society, with the agreement of and under guidelines laid down by the Society. Subject to the above, such entities will be organised by volunteer members of the Society and be autonomous in their operations.

Membership

14.3. The membership of the Society shall be open to the following categories of persons

(1) Members of the University other than undergraduate student members

(2) Those who have a close association or affinity with the University, its constituent colleges or other associated bodies.

14.4. These categories may be modified under guidelines determined by the Board with the approval of Council.

Governance

14.5. The direction and control of the Society and the expenditure of the funds under its control shall be exercised, under Council, by the Board. The Board shall submit an annual budget to Council for the operating costs of the Society.

14.6. The President of the Society shall be the Chancellor.

14.7. There shall be Vice-Presidents of the Society and an Advisory Committee to support the President and to advance the aims of the Society.

14.8. There shall be a Board of Trustees of the Society (`the Board') with the following powers, which may be altered or added to by the Society with the approval of Council:

(1) to manage the business of the Society and to exercise all the powers of the Society;

(2) to manage the Society's funds from whatever source and wherever deposited, including the funds previously managed by the separate charitable company known as The Oxford University Society and the Helmore Bequest. In this regard:

(a) bequests, gifts, and other payments to the Oxford University Society shall be added to these funds.

(b) the University may resolve that payments to the University for the purpose of alumni relations should be added to these funds.

(c) payments by the University for the operation of the Society will be separately identified, and accounted for by the Secretary of the Society (in his/her capacity of Head of Alumni Relations) to the Registrar.

(3) to offer scholarships and make grants to assist needy students;

(4) to support the preservation and enhancement of the beauties and amenities of the collegiate University;

(5) to engage in other activities from time to time in furtherance of the objectives of the Society;

(6) to make, repeal and alter Standing Orders for the management of the Society and its affairs, in consultation with the Registrar;

(7) to delegate any of its powers or the implementation of its resolutions to any committee or persons (whilst remaining responsible for the proper exercise of any such delegated powers).

14.9. The Board shall have the following Honorary Officers: a Chairman, a Vice-Chairman and a Treasurer. They shall provide direction, guidance and support to the Secretary of the Society. They shall serve not more than two consecutive four-year terms. The Vice-Chairman and Treasurer shall be elected by the Board from amongst their number (the Vice-Chairman being one of those elected by members of the Society under regulation 14.11.(2) below).

14.10. The Chairman of the Board shall

(1) be appointed by the Chancellor;

(2) make an annual report to the Registrar which he/she may put to Council;

(3) normally take the chair at meetings of the Board;

(4) have a casting vote;

(5) be an ex officio member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Oxford Today.

14.11. The membership of the Board shall be:

(1) eight members appointed by Council, four of them after consultation with the Chairman of the Conference of Colleges;

(2) eight members elected from among their own number by members of the Society present at the Annual General Meeting.

General Meetings

14.12. The Board

(1) shall convene a General Meeting of Members once in each year in accordance with the Society's Standing Orders;

(2) may convene Extraordinary General Meetings in accordance with the Society's Standing Orders if it sees fit, and shall do so on the requisition in writing of at least fifty members of the Society.

The Secretary

14.13. The Secretary to the Society shall be the Head of Alumni Relations within the University and shall be the executive officer of the Society. He or she shall report jointly to the Chairman and to the Registrar.

Modification of these Regulations

14.14. Council may modify these Regulations, in consultation with the Board.'

[These changes give effect to the merger of the Oxford University Society into the University.]

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2 Powers delegated to the Personnel Committee

In Council Regulations 14 of 2002, concerning General Regulations of Council for Committees (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4634, 16 October 2002, p. 225), delete existing regulations 2.(1)–(3) and substitute:

`2. (1) No person appointed, elected, or serving as a member of a committee while holding any academic post of the University or any other of the university or college posts specified in section 3 (6)–(9) of Statute IV shall continue to serve on that committee after having retired from that post (or, in the case of a person retiring at different dates from those university and college posts previously held by him or her, after the date of the later of those retirements), unless the General Purposes Committee of Council, by a vote carried by not less than two-thirds of the members present and voting, or, in cases falling within the Personnel Committee's delegated authority, the Chairman of the Personnel Committee, shall otherwise determine in an individual case.

(2) No person who has previously retired from any of the university or college posts specified in section 3 (6)–(9) of Statute IV, and who does not continue to hold another such post, shall be appointed or elected a member of a committee, unless the General Purposes Committee of Council, by a vote carried by not less than two-thirds of the members present and voting, or, in cases falling within the Personnel Committee's delegated authority, the Chairman of the Personnel Committee, shall otherwise determine in an individual case.

(3) No other person appointed, elected, or serving as a member of a committee while not holding such a university or college post shall continue to serve on that committee, and no such person shall be appointed or elected a member of a committee, after the 30 September immediately preceding his or her 66th birthday, unless the General Purposes Committee of Council, by a vote carried by not less than two-thirds of the members present and voting, or, in cases falling within the Personnel Committee's delegated authority, the Chairman of the Personnel Committee, shall otherwise determine in an individual case.'

[These changes, which are made on the recommendation of the Personnel Committee, enable the Chairman of the Personnel Committee to approve the appointment to or continuation of service on committees under the auspices of the Personnel Committee, in order to facilitate the approval or otherwise of such cases.]

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GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE

Changes in Regulations

The General Purposes Committee of Council has made the following changes in regulations, to come into effect on 5 November.

Establishment of the Jenkins Memorial Fund

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts, (Statutes, 2000, p. 663, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461), insert new § 182 as follows and renumber existing §§ 182--5 (pp. 663--5) as §§ 183--6:

`§ 182. The Jenkins Memorial Fund

1. The gift of £244,279 from friends and admirers of the late Lord Jenkins of Hillhead, former Chancellor of the University, together with any further donations for this purpose, shall be known as the Jenkins Memorial Fund (`the Fund').

2. The University shall apply the Fund in facilitating the exchange of students between Universities in continental Europe and the University of Oxford by providing scholarships in the humanities and in the social sciences.

3. The administration of the Fund, and the application of its capital and income, shall be the responsibility of a Board of Management comprising:

(i) the Vice-Chancellor or a person appointed by the Vice-Chancellor;

(ii) Dame Jennifer Jenkins during her lifetime;

(iii) one of the Oxford representatives for the time being on the Council of the Europaeum;

(iv) one person appointed by the Humanities Division; and

(v) one person appointed by the Social Sciences Division. The appointed members of the Board shall serve for a term of five years. The Board shall have power to co-opt a member of the family of Lord Jenkins, provided that at any one time no more than one such family member shall serve on the board.

4. The Board of Management shall determine from time to time the number and value of the scholarships, and to elect Jenkins scholars subject to admission by the University to which they apply.

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

[This change establishes a fund in memory of the former Chancellor, Lord Jenkins of Hillhead, to enable the exchange of students between universities in continental Europe and Oxford by providing scholarships in the Humanities and the Social Sciences.]

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PLANNING AND RESOURCE ALLOCATION COMMITTEE

Changes in Regulations

The Planning and Resource Allocation Committee of Council has made the following changes in regulations, to come into effect on 5 November.

Renaming the Professorship of the History of Philosophy

1 In SCHEDULE A of Table 7 of Council Regulations 3 of 2004, concerning statutory professorships, delete `Professor of the History of Philosophy' and after ` Diebold Professor of Comparative Philology' insert:

`Professor of Ancient Philosophy'.

2 In Sect. iii of Council Regulations 24 of 2002, concerning individual professorships (Statutes, 2000, p. 439, as renumbered by Decree (1) of 15 February 2001, and redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 131, p. 644; Vol. 132, p. 1461), § 130, title, delete `Professor of the History of Philosophy' and substitute `Professor of Ancient Philosophy'.

3 Ibid., delete regulation 1 and substitute: `1. The Professor of Ancient Philosophy shall lecture and give instruction in Ancient Greek and/or Roman Philosophy.'

[These changes, made on the recommendation of the Humanities Board, amend the specified field of the Professorship of the History of Philosophy to reflect the decision that the professorship should be specifically in Ancient Philosophy.]

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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:

Askew, J.B., Pembroke

Bendall, L.M., Keble

Brume, N., Faculty of Oriental Studies

Bullock, P.S., Department of Educational Studies

Cairncross, F.A., MA, Exeter

Faulkner, D.O., MA, D.Phil., Christ Church

Flores, L.M., Faculty of Oriental Studies

Gill, D., BA, Faculty of Social Studies, Trinity

Kandoura, T.H., Faculty of Oriental Studies

Middlemas, J.A., Keble

Morar, N., The Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics

Papanikolaou, D., St Cross

Reynolds, F.S., Faculty of Oriental Studies

Schmidt, B.E., Oriel

Sheppard, K.K., Keble

Simsek, S., Faculty of Oriental Studies

Smart, M.A., Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Zorin, A.L., New College

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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 5 November, see `Examinations and Boards' below.

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