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Oxford University Gazette, 26 January 2006: University Acts

COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY

Changes in Regulations

Council has made the following changes in regulations, to come into effect on 10 February.

(a) Establishment of the Michael Davys Professorship of Neuroscience

1 In SCHEDULE C of Council Regulations 3 of 2004, concerning statutory professorships, after 'Action Research Professor of Clinical Neurology' insert:

'Michael Davys Professor of Neuroscience'.

2 In Sect. iii of Council Regulations 24 of 2002, concerning individual professorships

(Statutes, 2000, p. 474, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461), insert new § 228 as follows and renumber existing § 228 as § 229:

'§ 228. Michael Davys Professor of Neuroscience

1. The benefaction of £1,997,000 from the Davys Family Trust for Neuroscience Fund, together with any further donations for this purpose, shall be used to establish and maintain the Michael Davys Professorship of Neuroscience.

2. The University shall retain all of the benefaction as permanent endowment and shall apply the net income towards the salary and expenses of the holder of the Professorship, and associated overheads.

3. The administration of the benefaction, and the application of its income, shall be the responsibility of the Medical Sciences Board.

4. The Michael Davys Professor of Neuroscience shall undertake research in neuroscience with a special interest in mental illnesses and shall lecture and give instruction in this subject. In the event there is sufficient income, this shall be applied to an annual Michael Davys Lecture in Neuroscience on a topic pf relevance to mental illness.

5. 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 on the occurrence of a vacancy to act as an elector on this occasion;

(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 on the occurrence of a vacancy to act as an elector on that occasion;

(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 Medical Sciences Board.

6. 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.'

7. Regulations 1–2 shall be deemed as Trust Regulations under the provisions of Part D of Statute XVI.

8. Regulations 3–6 may be amended by Council.'

[These changes, made on the recommendation of the Medical Sciences Board, establish a professorship in the Medical Sciences Division endowed by the benefaction from the Davys Family Trust for Neuroscience Fund. Responsibility for the benefaction is assigned to the Medical Sciences Board.]


(b) Committee on Honorary Degrees

In Council Regulations 15 of 2002, concerning committees reporting directly to Council

(Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4634, 16 October 2002, p. 226), delete existing regulation 3.45 and substitute:

'3.45 The Committee on Honorary Degrees shall, after consultation with Council on proposed names, take decisions on names to be put to Congregation for the conferral of Honorary Degrees. The committee shall consist of the Vice-Chancellor, the Assessor, together with not more than six members of Council and up to three other members of Congregation not on Council, all appointed by Council, the period of appointment to be one year renewable for a maximum of four years.'

[This change clarifies responsibility in relation to honorary degrees and amends the membership of the Honorary Degrees Committee.]

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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 10 February.

(a) Nuffield Benefactions

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts (Statutes, 2000, p.696, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, and amended by the changes published on 6 November 2003, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461: Vol. 134, pp. 262–4) in § 251 delete existing 'THIRD SCHEDULE' and substitute:

THE THIRD SCHEDULE

(Qualifying Universities)

University of Adelaide, Australia

Australian National University

Flinders University, Australia

University of Melbourne, Australia

Monash University, Australia

University of Newcastle, Australia

University of New South Wales, Australia

University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

University of Sydney, Australia

University of Tasmania, Australia

University of Western Australia

University of Auckland, New Zealand

University of Otago, New Zealand

University of Cape Town, South Africa

University of Limpopo, South Africa

University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

University of the Free State, South Africa

University of Pretoria, South Africa

University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa'.

[These changes, made on the recommendation of the Medical Sciences Board, reflect the name changes of three South African universities in recent years.]


(b) Goodger Scholarships

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts (Statutes, 2000, p.641, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p.1461) delete existing § 129 and substitute:

'§ 129. Goodger Scholarships

1. There shall be two Mary Goodger Scholarships and one Henry Goodger Scholarship to assist research into the causes and prevention of disease, with special reference to the study of disease in its early stages.

2. The scholarships shall be administered by a board of management consisting of the following:

(1) the Regius Professor of Medicine or a substitute appointed by the professor;

(2) the Nuffield Professor of Clinical Medicine or a substitute appointed by the professor;

(3) a person appointed by the Board of the Division of Medical Sciences who shall hold office for three years and be re-eligible.

3. The board shall have power to make regulations for the scholarships, not inconsistent with these regulations 1

4. One scholarship shall be awarded annually, and one scholarship awarded in one year out of three shall be a Henry Goodger Scholarship.

5. The scholarships shall be open to all members of the University; provided that in the award of the Mary Goodger Scholarships preference shall be given to women.

6. The scholarships shall, subject to sufficient funding being available, each be tenable for two years, but may be extended for a further year by the board.

7. Each scholar shall be required to engage in research in accordance with the provisions of regulation 1 above.

8. Each scholar shall receive his or her emoluments termly, subject to satisfying the board, at the end of the first year of a two-year tenure and at the end of the first and second years of a three-year tenure, that he or she is satisfactorily pursuing his or her research.

9. The annual emoluments of each scholar shall be fixed by the board and shall not be less than the maximum fixed for a Research Council Studentship nor more than the bottom point of the university lecturer scale as laid down by Council from time to time. The board may, at its discretion, contribute towards any expenses incurred by a scholar in connection with his or her research, including university and college fees and dues incurred by a scholar reading for a research degree.

10. A scholarship shall be tenable with another post subject to the approval of the board.

11. Any income from the benefaction in excess of the sum required each year for paying the emoluments of the scholars may be applied by the board in one or more of the following ways:

(a) for the award of further scholarships;

(b) for some purpose consistent with the object of the fund as set out in regulation 1 above;

(c) in augmentation of the capital of the fund.

12. The board shall make an annual report to the Medical Sciences Board.

13. Council shall have power to alter these regulations from time to time, provided that:

(a) the object of the bequest as stated in regulation 1 above shall always be observed;

(b) the title of the scholarship shall be retained;

(c) not less than two of the scholarships shall be Mary Goodger Scholarships awarded by preference to women.'

[These changes, made on the recommendation of the Medical Sciences Board, reflect the need to be adaptable to varying financial circumstances and the availability of certain members of the board of management.]


(c) Establishment of the Sir Roger Bannister Neurology Prize

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts (Statutes, 2000, p.715, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461), insert new §300 as follows and renumber existing §§300–6 (pp. 716–19) as §§301–7:

'§300. Sir Roger Bannister Neurology Prize

1. The benefaction from Sir Roger Bannister which comprises £10,000, together with any further donations for this purpose, shall be known as the Sir Roger Bannister Neurology Prize.

2. The University shall retain all of the Fund as permanent endowment and shall apply the net income of the Fund towards the awarding of an annual prize for the best overall performance in the Year 5 Neurology Rotation. The prize will be awarded on the basis of a viva of those students selected for excellent performance during the neurology course assessment.

3. The administration of the Fund, and the application of its income, shall be the responsibility of a Board of Management comprising:

(1) one Neurology external examiner;

(2) one Neurology internal Examiner;

(3) the Director of Teaching in Neurology;

(4) the Head of Department in Neurology.

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

[This change, made on the recommendation of the Medical Sciences Board, establishes the Sir Roger Bannister Neurology Prize for outstanding performance in the Year 5 Neurology Rotation.]

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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:

Baker, R.E., M.Math, D.Phil., St Hugh's Bass, D.A.L., MA, Queen's Knott, K.J.S., Trinity Nasmyth, K.A.,Trinity Salisbury, H.R., MA, St Anne's

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DIVISIONAL BOARDS

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 10 February, see 'Examinations and Boards' below.

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