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Oxford University Gazette, 13 October 2005: University Acts

COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY

Changes in Regulations

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor declared approved the Statute establishing additional faculties within the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division (see under Congregation 11 October, below). Council has now made the following consequential changes in regulations, to come into effect on 28 October .

(a) Reconfiguration of Faculties in Mathematical and Physical Sciences

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 and 24 February 2005, Gazette, Vol. 135, pp. 212, 686), delete existing regulation 2 and substitute:

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

(1) Chemistry;

(2) Computer Science;

(3) Earth Sciences;

(4) Engineering Science;

(5) Materials;

(6) Mathematics;

(7) Physics;

(8) Statistics.'

[These changes reflect the decision to replace the Faculties of Mathematical Sciences and Physical Sciences and their constituent sub-faculties with eight separate faculties, corresponding to the eight departments in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division. ]


(b) Membership of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Divisional Board

In Council Regulations 17 of 2002, concerning Divisional Boards (Supplement (2) to Gazette No. 4628, 26 June 2002, p. 1409), delete existing regulations 10 and 11 and substitute:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(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 Statistics;

(22) a person elected by the Conference of Colleges normally from among the members of the faculties in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division. 11. The board may co-opt up to four additional members, on condition that the board shall always ensure by the use of its powers 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.'

[These changes reflect the decision that heads of department should be ex officio members of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board, that the Department of Statistics should have the same number of representatives on the Board as those departments of similar size in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division, that is, two, and that up to four additional members may be co-opted. ]

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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 28 October.

(a) Transport Studies Fund

1 In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts (Statutes, 2000, p. 732, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, and renumbered by Decree (4) of 14 March 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461; Vol. 132, p. 882), delete existing § 346 and substitute:

'§ 346. Transport Studies Fund

1. The Transport Studies Fund, established by Part 59 of the Schedule to the Statutes, shall be administered in accordance with the provisions in these regulations.

2. With the exception of such sums as Council may from time to time determine under the provisions of regulation 7 below, the entire income of the Transport Studies Fund shall be placed at the disposal of the School of Geography and the Environment and shall be applied to the maintenance of the Transport Studies Unit.

3. The Head of the School of Geography and the Environment shall appoint the director of the Unit for such period as the Head shall determine. If so appointed, the Reader in Transport Studies shall be required to be director of the Unit (without emoluments).

4. The School of Geography and the Environment shall exercise general supervision over the Unit.

5. Council may from time to time, after consultation with the School of Geography and the Environment, make available such sums from the income of the Transport Studies Fund as it shall think fit to be applied by the School in making grants for the encouragement and advancement of Transport Studies in the University (including the work of the Reader in Transport Studies) provided that:

(a) no grants shall be made to those employed in the Unit;

(b) no grants exceeding £500 in value shall be made except by regulations.

6. The School of Geography and the Environment may appoint an advisory committee, with representatives of transport services or persons knowledgeable about transport problems and issues. This committee may review and advise on the research programme of the Transport Studies Unit, and report to the School as necessary.'

2 These regulations shall be effective from 1 January 2006.

[These changes update the regulations governing the Transport Studies Fund in line with the changes in departmental organisation that have taken place since the post was last filled. Both the Readership and the Transport Studies Unit are now within the School of Geography and the Environment, and the regulations are amended to give legislative effect to this prior to the imminent advertisement of the post. The opportunity has also been taken to bring other obsolete clauses up to date, while preserving the main object of the Fund. As provided by Part 59 of the Schedule to the Statutes
( http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/statutes/354-051e.shtml#_Toc28142601) the first call on the net income of the underlying benefaction remains the cost of the readership itself, with the Transport Studies Fund receiving the surplus income.
]

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(b) The Friends Education Endowment Fund

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts (Statutes, 2000, p. 637, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461), insert new § 111 as follows and renumber existing § 111 (p. 637) as § 112:

'§ 111. The Friends Education Endowment Fund

1. The benefaction from The Friends of Oxford Botanic Garden, together with any further donations for this purpose, shall be known as the Friends Education Endowment Fund.

2. The University shall retain all of the Friends Education Endowment Fund as permanent endowment and shall apply the net income of the Friends Education Endowment Fund to support the work of the Schools Education Programme at the Botanic Garden.

3. The administration of the Fund, and the application of its income, shall be the responsibility of the Visitors of the Botanic Garden.

4. The income from the Fund will be used to

(a) support the salary of the Schools Education Officer;

(b) and any surplus to be spent at the discretion of the Visitors of the Botanic Garden.

5. Regulation 3 above may be amended by Council.'

[This change, made on the recommendation of Academic Services and University Collections, establishes a fund to support the work of the Schools Education Programme at the Botanic Garden. ]

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(c) Wronker Prizes

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts (Statutes, 2000, p. 754, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461) in § 384 delete existing regulations 3, 7 (a), 7 (b), 8, 9 and 11 and substitute:

'3. The Martin Wronker Prize in Medicine shall be awarded by the examiners in the Final Honour School of Medical Sciences in consultation, if appropriate, with the Chairman of Examiners for the Honour School of Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology. The prize shall be awarded to the candidate on the Register of University Medical Students kept by the Medical Sciences Board in consultation in accordance with regulation 5 (1) of Council Regulations 17 of 2002, whose performance in either the Final Honour School of Medical Sciences, or (provided that the subjects offered have included Physiology) the Final Honour School of Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology is generally most outstanding, provided that satisfactory evidence shall have been received from his or her college or other society as to his or her character. Grants may be awarded by the examiners to other candidates who distinguish themselves in the examinations, under arrangements to be approved from time to time by the Medical Sciences Board.'

'7. In addition to the annual prize in Medicine and grants to unsuccessful candidates for this prize, the Medical Sciences Board may, at its discretion, award annually to members of the University on the Register of University Medical Students the following prizes of a value to be determined by the divisional board from time to time, provided that no person shall be awarded on any single occasion more than one prize or grant from the Medicine Prize Fund:

(a) a Wronker Prize in Pharmacology for meritorious performance in a research project on a pharmacological topic in either the Final Honour School of Medical Sciences or the Final Honour School of Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology. Not to be awarded to the winner of British Pharmacological Society Prize, if any.'

(b) a prize for meritorious performance in the research project on either a special topic in the Final Honour School of Medical Sciences, or a physiological subject in the Final Honour School of Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology.'

'8. In addition to the annual prize in Medicine and other prizes awarded from the fund, the Medical Sciences Board may, at its discretion, award from any surplus balance in the fund a Martin Wronker Prize Research Studentship in Medicine as a reward for excellence in the study of Medicine.

9. The Medical Sciences Board shall be the board of management for the studentship and shall have the power to make regulations, not inconsistent with these regulations, concerning the award of the studentship.'

'11. The studentship shall be open to any candidate on the Register of University Medical Students who has passed the First Examination for the Degree of Bachelor of Medicine and has been awarded a first-class honours degree in the Final Honour School of Physiological Sciences or the Final Honour School of Medical Sciences.'

[These changes, made on the recommendation of the Medical Sciences Board, make clear that students who are in the Final Honour School of Medical Sciences as well as students in the Final Honour School of Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology, are eligible to be awarded the Martin Wronker Prize in Medicine. ]

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(d) Yamanouchi Cell Biology Prize

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts (Statutes, 2000, p. 756, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461) in § 386 delete existing regulation 3, and substitute:

'3. The prize shall be awarded annually, provided there is a candidate of sufficient merit, for performance in the Final Honour School of Medical Sciences or Final Honour School of Physiological Sciences on such terms as the board of management shall from time to time determine.'

[These changes, made on the recommendation of the Medical Sciences Board, make clear that students who are in the Final Honour School of Medical Sciences as well as students in the Final Honour School Physiological Sciences, are eligible to be awarded the Yamanouchi Cell Biology Prize. ]

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(e) Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts (Statutes, 2000, p.727, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, and renumbered by the changes published on 14 November 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461; Vol. 133, p 404), insert new § 331 as follows and renumber existing §§ 331–9 (pp. 727–30) as §§ 332–40:

'§ 331. Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

1. The schedule of funding from the Skoll Foundation, through Americans for Oxford Inc, totalling £4,444,196 shall be used to fund the creation, management, and activities of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship ('the Centre') in the Saïd Business School. The schedule of funding comprises six payments to be made over the period 22nd December 2003 to 1st December 2007, with those payments from 2005 onwards triggered by receipt of reports from the Centre.

2. The annual income of the fund shall be applied for the purpose stated in regulation 1 above.

3. The administration of the Centre, and the application of the fund, shall be the responsibility of the Executive Committee of the Saïd Business School.

4. The school shall appoint a University Lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship to be funded by the fund, to be known as the Skoll University Lecturership in Social Entrepreneurship.

5. The Centre shall offer five scholarships annually to MBA students under the title of Skoll Scholarships.

6. Regulation 3 above may be amended by Council.'

[This change establishes the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship in the Saïd Business School with funding from the Skoll Foundation. 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 OF COUNCIL

Professorship of Geochemistry

Corrigendum

When the regulations renaming this professorship were published on 19 February 2004 (Gazette, Vol. 134, p. 624), Council Regulations 48 of 2002, concerning Regulations for the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, should have been amended accordingly. Regulation 2.(12) should therefore read:

'2. (12) the Professor of Geochemistry or his or her nominee;'.

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CONGREGATION 11 October

1 Declaration of approval of amended Resolution

That this House approve the draft Corporate Plan for 2005–6 to 2009–10 published as supplement *1 to Gazette Vol. 136 (also available on the Web site at www.ox.ac.uk/gazette/2005-6/supps/corporate.pdf), with the clarification that the intent of paragraph 2 is understood to be further explained by paragraphs 4–6. Congregation agrees with the broad strategy and encourages Council to continue work on establishing priorities for dealing with the various issues raised in the Plan.


2 Declaration of approval of Resolutions

(i) That a site currently occupied by buildings 663 and 666 on the Old Road Campus be allocated to the Medical Sciences Division and the Department of Engineering Science for a building of approximately 9,000 sq.m. to house medically related research in the specialities of Cancer, Structural Genetics, and Bio-medical Engineering.

(ii) That approximately 600 sq.m. in the Dyson Perrins Building be allocated to the Archaeology Research Laboratory.


3 Declaration of approval of Legislative Proposals

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor declared the Legislative Proposals (1) concerning the Craven Scholarships and Dean Ireland's Scholarship, (2) establishing the Degrees of Master of Computer Science, Master of Mathematics and Computer Science, Master of Mathematics and Philosophy, and Master of Physics and Philosophy, and (3) concerning the structure of the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (pp. 2–4) approved.


4 Declaration of approval of changes in Congregation Regulations

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor declared the changes in Congregation Regulations: Religious Services and Sermons (pp. 4–5) approved.


5 Presentation of the Annual Review of the University

The Annual Review of the University for 2003–4 (Supplement *4 to Gazette, Vol. 135, July 2005) was presented.

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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:

Carruthers, M.J., Balliol

Curtis, M.E., MA, Oriel

Edelman, J.J., D.Phil., Keble

Harcourt, E.R.F., B.Phil., MA, D.Phil., Keble

He, Y., Merton

Kotilaine, J.B., Faculty of Law

Lunn-Rockliffe, K.S., MA, M.St., D.Phil., Hertford

Maciejewski, W.B., Faculty of Physical Sciences

Malhas, A.N., Lincoln

Martin, J.B., St Hugh's

Palfrey, S.D., D.Phil., Brasenose

Perkin, S.J., M.Chem., Merton

Stephenson, E.W., Oriel

Stern, T.P., MA, University

Szendroi, B., St Peter's

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DIVISIONAL BOARDS

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 28 October, see 'Examinations and Boards' below.

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