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Oxford University Gazette, 16 March 2006: University Agenda



The meeting of Congregation is cancelled. The sole business comprises questions to which no opposition has been notified and in respect of which no request for an adjournment has been received, and Mr Vice-Chancellor will accordingly declare the resolutions carried without a meeting under the provisions of Sect. 7 (1) of Statute IV (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002, Vol. 133, p. 100).

Declaration of approval of Resolutions authorising expenditure from the Higher Studies Fund

(i) That the University be authorised to expend from that part of the Higher Studies Fund earmarked for Social Studies the sum of £75k to provide research support to the newly appointed Professor of Social Policy over a period of two years.

(ii) That the University be authorised to expend from that part of the Higher Studies Fund earmarked for Social Studies the sum of £3k to cover the cost of travel for research purposes for the newly appointed Barnett Professor of Social Policy.

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Vacancy Retiring member Period from MT 2006
Visitatorial Board Panel One (member of Congregation) Professor Dame Louise Johnson, Corpus Christi 1 year

Nominations in writing for the election on 15 June, by four members of Congregation other than the candidate will be received by the Elections Office, Room 254, at the University Offices, Wellington Square, up to 4 p.m. on Thursday, 18 May.

Council has decided that nominations should show for each signatory the name and college or department in block capitals. Any names which are not so shown may not be published. At least one nomination in respect of each candidate must be made on an official nomination form. Copies of the form are obtainable from the Elections Office (e-mail:, or from Miss S. Cowburn (

In the event of a contested election, a brief biographical note on each candidate will be published in the Gazette dated 1 June 2006, and voters may wish to wait until they have read these notes before returning their ballot papers (which will be sent out to members of Congregation as soon as possible after the closing date for nominations, and which, after completion, must be received by the Elections Office not later than 4 p.m. on 15 June 2006).

Notes on the body concerned

The Visitatorial Board is responsible for making recommendations to the Vice-Chancellor (or other appropriate officer) on serious disciplinary cases involving members of the academic or academic-related staff. (It does not have responsibility for dealing with incapacity on medical grounds or complaints against the Vice-Chancellor himself of herself.) Four members of the board, as from time to time constituted to consider an individual case, are selected by lot from a panel of twelve persons selected by Congregation. The board is chaired by a person with professional legal experience who is appointed by the High Steward of the University. Under the provisions of Council Regulations 36 of 2002, as amended on 27 June 2003 (Gazette Supplement (1) to No. 4630, 24 June 2002; Vol. 133, p.1465, 27 June 2003) candidates for election to the Visitatorial Board Panel may be nominated by Council as well as by members of Congregation.

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