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Oxford University Gazette, 23 March 2006: University Acts

COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY

Changes in Regulations

Council has made the following changes in regulations, to come into effect on 7 April.

(a) 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 regulation 2.5, concerning the composition of Council's General Purposes Committee, delete existing (6)–(13) and substitute:

'(6)–(9) the heads of each of the divisions;

(10)–(12) three persons appointed by Council from among the members of Council specified in section 4 (15)–(25) of Statute VI.'

2 Ibid., delete existing regulation 2.6, and substitute:

'2.6.In appointing the members at regulation 2.5 (10)–(12) above, Council shall always ensure that there is within the total membership of the committee an appropriate balance across the academic activities of the various divisions, and between the divisions and the non–divisional constituency as reasonably practicable.'

3 Ibid., in regulation 2.9, concerning the composition of the Personnel Committee, delete existing (7)–(16) and substitute:

'(7)–(10) the heads of each of the divisions;

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

4 Ibid., in regulation 2.14, concerning the composition of the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee, delete existing (8)–(17) and substitute:

'(8)–(11) the heads of each of the divisions;

'(12)–(16) five persons appointed by Council from among the members of Council specified in section 4 (15)–(25) of Statute VI.'

5 Ibid., renumber existing (18) and (19) as (17) and (18) respectively.

6 Ibid., delete existing regulation 2.15, and substitute:

'2.15. In appointing the members at regulation 2.14 (12)–(16) above, Council shall always ensure that there is within the total membership of the committee an appropriate balance across the academic activities of the various divisions, and between the divisions and the non–divisional constituency as reasonably practicable.'

7 Ibid., in regulation 3.28, concerning the composition of the Continuing Education Board, delete existing (3)–(7) and substitute:

'(3)–(6) four persons, of whom one shall be appointed by each divisional board;'

8 Ibid., renumber existing (8)–(17) as (7)–(16) respectively.

9 Ibid., in regulation 3.40, concerning the composition of the Health and Safety Management Committee, delete existing (2) and substitute:

'(2) the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research, Academic Services and University Collections)'.

10 Ibid., delete existing (3)–(6) and substitute: '(3)–(6) the heads of each of the divisions.'

11 Ibid., in regulation 3.46, concerning the composition of the ICT Committee, delete existing (5)–(9) and substitute:

'(5)–(8) one person appointed by each of the divisional boards, normally from among the members of the board;'

12 Ibid., renumber existing (10)–(18) as (9)–(17) respectively.

13 Ibid., in regulation 3.66, concerning the composition of the Curators of the University Libraries, delete existing (7)–(11) and substitute:

'(7)–(10) one member from each of the four divisional boards, appointed by their respective boards;'.

14 Ibid., renumber existing (12)–(19) as (11)–(18) respectively.

15 Ibid., delete existing regulation 3.68 and substitute:

'3.68. The curators under regulation 3.66 (3)–(16) above shall hold office for four years and shall be re-eligible, and the curators under (17) and (18) shall hold office for one year and shall be re-eligible; save that in every case the tenure of office of appointed and elected curators shall be subject to their retaining the qualifications by virtue of which they were appointed or elected.'

[In Hilary Term 2006 Congregation approved in principle the disbandment of the Life and Environmental Sciences Division and the transfer of its departments to the other divisions as follows: Anthropology, Archaeology, and Geography to the Social Sciences Division; Biochemistry and the Peter Medawar Building to the Medical Sciences Division; and Plant Sciences and Zoology to the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division, which was to consider a new name to encompass its expanded role. At the same time, Congregation recognized that changes in the Statutes and Regulations were required to give full and formal effect to the proposed changes, and received a summary of amendments needed. It noted that the amendment of the Council Statute would require the approval of Her Majesty–in–Council but it was Council's view that this and other changes in legislation are of a technical nature and that the moves should take place with effect from 1 April 2006 in order to ensure that work, such as that needed to prepare for the RAE, may be pursued as effectively as possible.

These changes, made following consultation with the committees affected, are the first stage in changes in legislation needed to put the disbandment of the Life and Environmental Sciences Division into effect. Further legislation, including a Statute to change the membership of Council and the composition of the three divisions and their boards that are receiving former LES departments, will follow.

Clauses 1–2 change the membership of Council's General Purposes Committee, by removing the Head of the Life and Environmental Sciences Division, but retaining the three members appointed from the elected representatives on Council of the faculties in the divisions and the members of Congregation, while rephrasing the clause on Council ensuring an appropriate balance in the membership of the committee as a whole so as to reflect the draft change in Statute governing the membership of Council.

Clause 3 removes the Head of the Life and Environmental Sciences Division and the LES divisional representative from the Personnel Committee.

Clauses 4–6 change the membership of Council's Planning and Resource Allocation Committee, by removing the Head of the Life and Environmental Sciences Division, but retaining the five members appointed from the elected representatives on Council of the faculties in the divisions and the members of Congregation, while rephrasing the clause on Council ensuring an appropriate balance in the membership of the committee as a whole so as to reflect the draft change in Statute governing the membership of Council.

Clauses 7–8 and 11–15 remove the Life and Environmental Sciences representatives from the Continuing Education Board, the ICT Committee, and the Curators of the University Libraries.

Clause 9 makes the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research, Academic Services and University Collections) an ex officio member of the Health and Safety Management Committee, replacing a member of Council appointed by Council.

Clause 10 removes the Head of the Life and Environmental Sciences Division from the membership of the Health and Safety Management Committee and, responding to the presence of laboratories in the Social Sciences Division for the first time, makes the Heads of both the Humanities and Social Sciences Divisions members of the committee, whereas hitherto the Heads of these two Divisions shared one place on the committee.]

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(b) Regulations for University Officers

1 In Council Regulations 21 of 2002 concerning University Officers (Supplement (2) to Gazette No. 4628, 26 June 2002, Vol. 132, p. 1417, as amended on 24 February 2005, Gazette, Vol. 135, p. 686), delete existing regulation 5 (i)–(m), and substitute:

'(i)–(l) one person appointed by each of the divisional boards'.

2 Ibid., renumber existing (n)–(o) as (m)–(n) respectively.

[These changes delete reference to a person appointed by the Life and Environmental Sciences Division.]

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CONGREGATION 21 March

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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COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY

Register of Congregation

Mr Vice-Chancellor reports that the following names have been added to the Register of Congregation:

Chapple, A.B., Department of Primary Health Care Chapple, A.B., Department of Primary Health Care

Ilhan, A., Faculty of Mathematics

Reisinger, C., Wolfson

Sabokbar, A., Wolfson

Sigala, A., Department of Experimental Psychology

Thanassoulis, J.E., Christ Church

Wood, A.J.B., Wolfson

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DIVISIONAL BOARDS

For changes in regulations for examinations see 'Examinations and Boards' below.

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