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Oxford University Gazette, 4 May 2006: University Acts

COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY

Changes in Regulations

Council has made the following changes in regulations, to come into effect on 19 May.

(a) Regulations for Divisions

1 In Council Regulations 16 of 2002 concerning Divisions (Supplement (2) to Gazette No. 4628, 26 June 2002, p. 1405, as amended on 14 October 2004, 24 February 2005, 5 May 2005 and 13 October 2005, Gazette, Vol. 135, pp. 212, 686, 926; Vol. 136, p. 182), delete existing regulations 1–5, and substitute:

'1. The Humanities Division shall comprise the following faculties, departments, and subjects:

(1) Chinese Studies;

(2) Classics;

(3) Comparative Philology and General Linguistics;

(4) Drawing and Fine Art (Ruskin School);

(5) English Language and Literature;

(6) Medieval and Modern Languages;

(7) History;

(8) Modern Middle Eastern Studies;

(9) Music;

(10) Oriental Studies;

(11) Philosophy;

(12) Theology.

2. The Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division 1 shall comprise the following faculties and departments:

(1) Chemistry;

(2) Computer Science;

(3) Earth Sciences;

(4) Engineering Science;

(5) Materials;

(6) Mathematics;

(7) Physics;

(8) Plant Sciences;

(9) Statistics;

(10) Zoology.

3. The Medical Sciences Division shall comprise the following faculties and sub-faculty:

(1) Biochemistry;

(2) Clinical Medicine;

(3) Physiological Sciences;

(4) Psychology.

4. The Social Sciences Division shall comprise the following faculties, sub-faculties, departments, and subjects:

(1) Anthropology

(2) Archaeology 2

(3) Area Studies;

(4) Development Studies;

(5) Economics;

(6) Educational Studies;

(7) Internet Institute;

(8) Law;

(9) Management;

(10) Oxford University Centre for the Environment;

(11) Politics and International Relations;

(12) Social Policy and Social Work;

(13) Sociology.'

2 Ibid., renumber existing regulations 6–10 as 5–9 respectively.

[These changes alter the composition of the divisions following the disbandment of the Life and Environmental Sciences Division. The name of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division is retained for the time being. Once the new name of that division is finalised and approved by Congregation, the individual regulations will be changed automatically. These changes delete the existing regulations assigning units to the five divisions, and reassign the departments formerly within the Life and Environmental Sciences Division to their new divisions as follows: Plant Sciences and Zoology to the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division; Biochemistry to the Medical Sciences Division; and Anthropology, Archaeology, and the Oxford University Centre for the Environment (formerly the School of Geography and the Environment, which by this regulation is also so renamed, as formally agreed by the Department and the Life and Environmental Sciences Division, and with the approval of the Social Sciences Division), to the Social Sciences Division.]

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(b) Regulations for Divisional Boards

1 In Council Regulations 17 of 2002 concerning Divisional Boards (Supplement (2) to Gazette No. 4628, 26 June 2002, p. 1409, as amended on 5 May 2005, 14 July 2005 and 13 October 2005, Gazette Vol. 135, p. 926, 1270; Vol. 136, p. 182), delete existing regulations 8–13, concerning the membership of the Life and Environmental Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, and Social Sciences Boards.

2 Ibid., renumber regulations 14 and 15, concerning the Humanities Board, as 8 and 9 respectively.

3 Ibid., insert new regulations 10–11, as follows:

'10. The Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board 1 shall consist of:

(1) the Head of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences 1 Division who shall be chairman;

(2)–(11) the Heads of the Departments of Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Engineering Science, Materials, Mathematics, Physics, Plant Sciences, Statistics and Zoology;

(12), (13) two persons elected by and from among the members of the Faculty of Chemistry;

(14), (15) two persons elected by and from among the members of the Faculty of Engineering Science;

(16), (17) two persons elected by and from among the members of the Faculty of Physics;

(18), (19) two persons elected by and from among the members of the Faculty of Mathematics;

(20) a person elected by and from among the members of the Faculty of Computer Science;

(21) a person elected by and from among the members of the Faculty of Earth Sciences;

(22) a person elected by and from among the members of the Faculty of Materials;

(23) a person elected by and from among the members of the Faculty of Plant Sciences;

(24) a person elected by and from among the members of the Faculty of Statistics;

(25) a person elected by and from among the members of the Faculty of Zoology;

(26) a person elected by the Conference of Colleges normally from among the members of the faculties in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division. 1

11. The board may co-opt up to four additional members, on condition that the board shall always ensure by the use of its power of co-optation that the overall range of activities and concerns in the division is as fully represented within the total membership of the board as is reasonably practicable.'

4 Ibid., delete existing regulations 16 and 17, and substitute:

'14. The Social Sciences Board shall consist of:

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

(2)–(14) the head of department/chair of faculty for each of the 13 constituent units of the division ex officio;

(15)–(17) three persons elected on a rotational basis by and from academic members of the following units of the division, with each person serving a two-year period:

the Department of Economics

the Department of Educational Studies

the Faculty of Law

the Department of Politics and International Relations

the Oxford University Centre for the Environment

the Saïd Business School;

(18), (19) two persons elected on a rotational basis by and from academic members of the following units of the division, with each person serving a two-year period of office:

(i) the Department for International Development

(ii) the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies

(iii) the Department of Sociology

(iv) the Oxford Internet Institute

(v) the Department of Social Policy and Social Work

(vi) the School of Anthropology

(vii) the Institute of Archaeology and Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art;

(20) 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;

(21) any member of University Council elected by and from among the members of the faculties and sub-faculties in the Social Sciences Division. 15. The board may co-opt up to two additional members, on condition that the board shall always ensure by the use of its power of co-optation that the overall range of activities and concerns in the division is as fully represented within the total membership of the board as is reasonably practicable.'

5 Ibid., renumber existing regulations 18–40 as 16–38 respectively.

[These changes delete the regulations providing for the membership of the Life and Environmental Sciences Divisional Board, and alter the composition of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences Boards. The Medical Sciences Board will propose changes in due course—its additional department will initially have a co-opted member on the board.]

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(c) Regulations for Other University Bodies

1 In Council Regulations 2 of 2004 (Supplement (2) to Gazette No. 4702, 30 June 2004, p. 1237, as amended on 21 October 2004, 28 April 2005, 17 November 2005 and 12 January 2006, Gazette Vol.135, p. 244, p. 882; Vol. 136 p. 342, p. 481), in Part 3, regulation 3.1, concerning the composition of the Committee for the Careers Service, delete existing items (8)–(12) and substitute:

'(8)–(11) the head (or the nominee of the head) of each of the four divisions;'

2 Ibid., renumber existing items (13)–(70) as (12)–(69) respectively.

3 Ibid., in regulation 3.6 (1) (c)–(i), delete '(13)–(51)' and substitute '(12)–(50)'.

4 Ibid., in Part 6, regulation 6.1, concerning the composition of the Committee for the Language Centre, delete existing items (2)–(4) and substitute:

'(2), (3) one person appointed by each of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences, 1 and Medical Sciences Boards;'.

5 Ibid., renumber items (5)–(13) as (4)–(12) respectively.

6 Ibid., delete 6.2, and substitute:

'6.2 The period of office for the members under regulations 6.1 (2)–(9) above shall be four years, and that for the members under regulation 6.1 (11) and (12) shall be one year.'

7 Ibid., in regulation 6.3, concerning the co-opted members of the Committee for the Language Centre, delete 'four' and substitute 'five'.

8 Ibid., in Part 8, in regulation 8.1, concerning the composition of the Delegacy for Military Instruction, delete items (14)–(20) and substitute:

'(14)–(19) six members of Convocation elected as provided in regulation 8.3 below;'.

9 Ibid., renumber items (21)–(22) as (20)–(21) respectively.

10 Ibid., delete existing regulation 8.3 (1) and substitute:

'8.3. (1) Of the six elected members of Convocation one shall be elected by Congregation, one by Council and one each by the Boards of the Humanities, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, 1 Medical Sciences, and Social Sciences Divisions.'

11 Ibid., in regulation 8.3 (3), delete '(21) and (22)' and substitute '(20) and (21)'.

[These changes remove the Life and Environmental Sciences representative from the Committee for the Careers Service and remove the Life and Environmental Sciences representative from the Committee for the Language Centre, and provide for an additional co-opted member of that committee to enable the full range of interests to continue to be covered. They also remove the Life and Environmental Sciences representative from the Delegacy for Military Instruction.]

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(d) Regulations for Committees Reporting Directly to Council or One of its Main Committees

1 In Council Regulations 15 of 2002 concerning committees reporting directly to Council (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4634, 16 October 2002, p. 226) in Part 3, concerning Other Committees, in regulation 3.1, concerning the composition of the Committee on Animal Care and Ethical Review, delete existing (5)–(7) and substitute:

'(5) one representative from departmental ethical review committees nominated by the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board; 1

(6), (7) two representatives from departmental ethical review committees nominated by the Medical Sciences Board, at least one of whom shall be based at the hospital sites in Headington.'

2 Ibid., in regulation 3.75, concerning the composition of the Committee for the Museums and Scientific Collections, delete existing (14)–(18) and substitute:

'(14)–(17) one person appointed by each of the divisional boards;'.

3 Ibid., renumber existing (19)–(24) as (18)–(23) respectively.

4 Ibid., in regulation 3.113, concerning the composition of the Value for Money Committee, delete existing (8) and substitute:

'(8) the Head of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences 1 Division (or his or her nominee), or the Head of the Medical Sciences Division (or his or her nominee), as may be agreed between them from time to time;'

[These changes restructure representation on the Committee on Animal Care and Ethical Review and remove the Life and Environmental Sciences representatives from the Committee for the Museums and Scientific Collections, and the Value for Money Committee.]

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(e) Regulations for the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

In Council Regulations 45 of 2002 concerning the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology (Gazette, Vol. 133, p. 512, as amended on 22 January 2004 and 17 November 2005, Gazette, Vol. 134, p. 520;Vol. 136, p. 342), in regulation 2. (1), concerning the composition of the Visitors of the Ashmolean Museum, delete existing (f) and substitute:

'(f) the Chairman of the School of Archaeology;'.

[These changes delete the Life and Environmental Sciences representative from the Visitors of the Ashmolean Museum, and replace with the Chairman of the School of Archaeology to reflect the close involvement of the School with the Ashmolean.]

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(f) Regulations for the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

1 In Council Regulations 48 of 2002 concerning the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Gazette, Vol. 133, p. 513, as amended on 13 October 2005 and 17 November 2005, Gazette, Vol. 136, p. 182, 342) in regulation 11, concerning the board of electors for the Director of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, delete existing (5) and (6) and substitute:

'(5), (6) two persons appointed by the Mathematical and Physical Sciences 1 Board;'.

2 Ibid., delete existing regulations 13 and 14, concerning Curators, and substitute:

'13. The Curatorships of the Zoological and of the Entomological Collections shall be held jointly with academic appointments in the Department of Zoology, and the Curatorships of the Geological and of the Mineralogical Collections shall be held jointly with academic appointments in the Department of Earth Sciences, under such arrangements as may be agreed between the Mathematical and Physical Sciences 1 Board and the Visitors.

3 Ibid., renumber existing regulation 15 as 14.

[These changes replace the Life and Environmental Sciences representative on the Board of Electors for the Director of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History with a second representative of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board, now that both departments most involved in the Museum, Earth Sciences and Zoology, are in that division. They also transfer from the Life and Environmental Sciences Board to the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board the responsibility for agreeing, with the Visitors of the University Museum, arrangements for the appointments of Curatorships of the Entomological and Zoological Collections in that Museum held jointly with academic appointments in the Department of Zoology, in the same way as the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Committee does already for the Curatorships of the Geological and Mineralogical Collections held jointly with academic appointments in the Department of Earth Sciences.]

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(g) Regulations for the Pitt Rivers Museum

1 In Council Regulations 49 of 2002 concerning the Pitt Rivers Museum (Gazette, Vol. 133, p. 514, as amended on 17 November 2005, Gazette, Vol. 136, p. 342) in regulation 3, concerning the Visitors of the Pitt Rivers Museum, delete existing (6), and substitute:

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

2 Ibid., in regulation 11, concerning the teaching of the Director of the Pitt Rivers Museum, delete 'Life and Environmental Sciences Board' and substitute 'Social Sciences Board'.

3 Ibid., in regulation 12, concerning the board of electors for the Director, delete existing (5)–(7), and substitute:

'(5)–(7) three persons appointed by the Social Sciences Board, to include at least one member from each of the Schools of Anthropology and of Archaeology;'.

[These changes replace the Life and Environmental Sciences Board's representative on the Visitors of the Pitt Rivers Museum with a representative of the Social Sciences Board. They also replace the Life and Environmental Sciences Board with the Social Sciences Board as the body the Visitors of the Pitt Rivers Museum consults concerning the Director's teaching and replace the Life and Environmental Sciences Board's three representatives on the board of electors for the Director of the Pitt Rivers Museum with three representatives of the Social Sciences Board, to include at least one member from each of the Schools of Anthropology and of Archaeology.]


Footnotes

1 The final form of the name of this division has yet to be agreed. When the new name is approved by Congregation, the individual references in the Statutes and Regulations will be changed automatically.

2 Holders of posts in Archaeology who are on the establishment of faculties or sub-faculties under the auspices of the Humanities Division remain on those establishments.

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(h) Regulations concerning investigation by the Proctors of complaints under section 22 of Statute IX

1 In Council Regulations 6 of 2003, concerning the investigation by the Proctors of complaints under section 22 of Statute IX (Gazette, Vol. 134, p. 234, 30 October 2003, as amended on 14 July 2005, Gazette, Vol. 135, p. 1270) delete existing regulations 7-14 and substitute:

'7. If an individual is dissatisfied with the progress of an investigation by the Proctors, he or she may request the Proctors to give, within twenty-eight days of the date of the request, a written report on the progress they have made. The report shall include an indication of the likely timescale for the completion of the investigation.

8. The Proctors shall prepare an annual report to Council setting out the number and type of complaints considered by the Proctors, the time taken to investigate and adjudicate each complaint, and, in general terms, the outcome.'

2 Ibid., in the Procedures for Handling Complaints (including academic appeals) submitted to the Proctors delete section 12 and renumber existing sections 13–56 as 12–55.

3 These regulations shall be effective from 1 October 2006.

[These changes abolish provision for appeals to the High Steward for students wishing to appeal against decisions made by the Proctors in dealing with complaints. Due to the introduction of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator, this additional appeal layer is no longer required.]

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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 19 May.

(a) Amalgamation of the Lee-Placito and Placito Medical Funds

1 In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts (Statutes, 2000, p. 669, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461), delete existing § 204 and substitute:

'§ 204. Lee-Placito Medical Fund

1. The benefaction from Peter John Placito, Anthony Rudolph Placito and Dorothy Grace Placito which comprises the sum of £35,000, together with any further donations for this purpose, shall be known as the Lee-Placito Medical Fund, in memory of the late Anthony Placito and the late Emanoel Lee.

2. The University shall apply the fund for the general advancement of the science and practice of medicine and surgery by research within the University and the dissemination of the results of this endeavour for the public benefit.

3. The medical research supported by the fund shall have special reference to the fields of gastroenterology (which shall be regarded as including the physiology, histopathology, biochemistry, endoscopy, radiology, and cancers and other diseases of the digestive system) and of oncology, particularly the spread of cancer in the human body (which shall be regarded as including the molecular biology of metastasis and the cell genetics of metastasis).

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

(1) Peter John Placito during his lifetime;

(2) Anthony Rudolph Placito during his lifetime;

(3), (4) two persons appointed by the Medical Sciences Board to serve such period in each case as shall be determined from time to time by the board;

(5)–(8) four persons appointed by Council of whom one shall be Dr D.P. Jewell for as long as he is willing and able to act (but not beyond seventy-five years of age), and at least two shall not be members of the Faculty of Clinical Medicine. The board of management shall have power to co-opt not more than two persons, who shall serve for five years and be re-eligible.

5. Regulations 3 and 4 above may be amended by Council, provided that any amendment has the prior consent of Peter John Placito and Anthony Rudolph Placito during their lifetime.

2 In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts (Statutes, 2000, p. 708, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461), delete existing § 269.

[These changes bring together the Lee-Placito and Placito Medical Funds.]


(b) Establishment of the Oxford Business Taxation Research Centre

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts (Statutes, 2000, p. 703, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461) insert new § 258 and renumber existing §§ 258–74 (pp. 703–10) as §§ 259–75:

'§ 258. Oxford Business Taxation Research Centre

1. The funding from The Hundred Group, totalling £3,987,290, together with any further donations for this purpose, shall be used to fund the creation, management, and activities of the Oxford Business Taxation Research Centre ('the Centre') in the Saïd Business School. The main object of the Centre shall be to contribute, on an independent basis, to the examination of taxation policies and policy options that affect business in the UK.

2. The Centre shall:

(i) establish a rigorous research base to undertake multidisciplinary research into all forms, methods and types of taxation, howsoever called, that have an impact on business, whether directly or indirectly;

(ii) evaluate the effects of such taxes on the business sector, the public finances, international competitiveness and the wider economy;

(iii) consider, in its work, the international dimension to business activity, the interaction between different tax systems and the global influences on policy formulation;

(iv) produce research of the highest academic standard and relevance to the policy debate;

(v) disseminate the results of its work through a programme of publications, seminars and conferences and through other appropriate initiatives;

(vi) encourage within the University (and elsewhere as appropriate) the study of taxation as it relates to business; and

(vii) engage in these activities through the medium of its own staff and through others as appropriate.

3. Both the capital and the income of the fund shall be applied for the purpose stated in regulation 1 above.

4. The administration of the Centre, and the application of the fund, shall be the responsibility of the Executive Committee of the Saïd Business School, which shall itself make appropriate governance regulations for these purposes.

5. Regulations 2, 3 and 4 above may be amended by Council.'

[This change establishes the Oxford Business Taxation Research Centre in the Saïd Business School with funding from The Hundred Group. It assigns responsibility for the administration of the Centre and the funds to the Executive Committee of the Saïd Business School and describes aspects of the centre's programme.]

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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 19 May.

Establishment of a Professorship of Computational Aerothermal Engineering

1 In SCHEDULE A of Council Regulations 3 of 2004, concerning statutory professorships, after 'Professor of Civil Engineering' insert:

'Professor of Computational Aerothermal Engineering'.

2 In Sect III of Council Regulations 24 of 2002, concerning individual professorships (Statutes, 2000, p. 417, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461) insert new § 71 as follows and renumber existing § 71–87 as § 72–88:

'§ 71. Professor of Computational Aerothermal Engineering

1. The Professor of Computational Aerothermal Engineering shall undertake research in and shall lecture and give instruction in that subject and generally promote its study in the University. The professor shall be known as the Royal Academy of Engineering–Rolls-Royce Professor of Engineering during the first five years of the appointment.

2. 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 Vice- Chancellor, a person appointed by Council;

(2) the head of the college to which the professorship shall be for the time being allocated by Council under any regulation in that behalf, or if the head is unable or unwilling to act, a person appointed by the governing body of the college;

(3) a person appointed by the governing body of the college specified in paragraph (2) above;

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

(6)–(9) four persons appointed by the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board.

3. 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 this chair.'

[These changes, made on the recommendation of the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee of Council, establish a Professorship of Computational Aerothermal Engineering held in the in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division. The Professor will teach and undertake research in Computational Aerothermal Engineering and will be on the establishment of the Department of Engineering Science in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division.]

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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:

Engel, M., Queen's

Gillow, K., St Anne's

Griffin, P.C., University Offices

Hartley, D.E.H., Christ Church

Heath, N.B., Finance Division

Rothkamm, K.M., Radiation Oncology and Biology

Walker, R.L., Green College

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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 19 May, see 'Examinations and Boards' below.

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