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Oxford University Gazette, 18 May 2006: University Agenda

CONGREGATION 20 May 2.30 p.m.

Conferment of Honorary Degree

The Degree of Master of Arts, honoris causa, approved by Resolution of Congregation on 25 April 2006, will be conferred upon MR NEIL BUTTERFIELD (BA, MA Birmingham).

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CONGREGATION 13 June 2 p.m.

Voting on Changes in Congregation Regulations: Religious Services and Sermons

Explanatory note

The following changes to Part 6 of Congregation Regulations 3 of 2002 (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4612, 13 February 2002, Vol. 132, p. 776, as amended on 11 February 2003, 11 March 2003, 2 November 2004 and 11 October 2005, Gazette Vol. 133, p.780, p. 948; Vol. 135, p. 297; Vol. 136, p. 184) change the timing of the Commemoration Day Sermon from the Sunday before Encaenia to the first Sunday of Michaelmas Term.

1 In Part 6 of Congregation Regulations 3 of 2002, delete existing regulation 6.12 (5) and substitute:

'6.12 (5) on the first Sunday of Michaelmas Term, the Commemoration Day sermon.'

2 Ibid., delete existing regulation 6.19 and substitute:

'6.19 The preacher, in a prayer before the first University sermon after the beginning of term and in the sermon on the morning of the first Sunday of Michaelmas Term, shall make a grateful commemoration of the benefactors of the University, recalling by name those whom Council has decreed shall be commemorated in this way. The list of names shall be divided into three sections, one of which shall be read out in turn at each successive commemoration. The list shall be held by the Committee for the Nomination of Select Preachers and shall be presented to the committee at its meeting in each Michaelmas Term.'

3 These regulations shall be effective from 1 January 2008.

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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 Wadham College, St Hilda's College, and Christ Church (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, 21 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:, not later than Wednesday, 14 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

MR DAVID HOLMES, MA, Honorary Fellow of Merton College, former Registrar of the University (1998–2006)

Doctor of Letters

PROFESSOR PETER BROWN, MA, FBA, F.R.HIST.S., Honorary Fellow of New College, Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History, Princeton University

PROFESSOR ALISON LURIE (AB Radcliffe College), Writer and Frederic J. Whiton Professor of American Literature Emerita, Cornell University

MR DEREK WALCOTT, OBE (BA West Indies), FRSL, Poet and Playwright

PROFESSOR MARINA WARNER, MA, FBA, FRSL, Honorary Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Writer and Critic, Professor of Literature, University of Essex

Doctor of Science

PROFESSOR RAANAN GILLON (BA (Philosophy), MB, BS London), FRCP, HON.RCM, Emeritus Professor of Medical Ethics, Imperial College London

SIR JOHN HOUGHTON, CBE, MA, D.PHIL., FRS, Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Chairman of the John Ray Initiative connecting Environment, Science and Christianity

PROFESSOR DAME NANCY ROTHWELL (B.SC., PH.D., D.SC. London), FRS, F.MED.SCI., F.I.BIOL., FRSA, MRC Professor of Physiology, University of Manchester

¶ Arrangements for admission to the Sheldonian Theatre, which will be by ticket only, appear in Notices in this Gazette.

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