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Oxford University Gazette, 21 September 2006: University Agenda

CONGREGATION 3 October 12 noon

1 Oration by the Vice-Chancellor

Mr Vice-Chancellor will address the House.


2 Admission of Pro-Vice-Chancellors

The following persons will be nominated by the Vice-Chancellor to be his deputies for the year 2006–7 and will be admitted to office:

DAME FIONA CALDICOTT, DBE, BM, B.CH., MA, Principal of Somerville College (Personnel and Equal Opportunities)

J. DELLANDREA (M.ED., ED.D. Toronto) (Development and External Affairs)

PROFESSOR E.A. FALLAIZE, MA (MA, PH.D. Exeter), Fellow of St John's College (Education)

PROFESSOR E.G. MCKENDRICK, MA (LL.B. Edinburgh), Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall (Research, Academic Services and University Collections)

D.A. HAY, MA, M.PHIL. (MA Cambridge), Emeritus Fellow of Jesus College (Planning and Resources)

PROFESSOR R.W. AINSWORTH, MA, D.PHIL., Master of St Catherine's College

SIR ALAN BUDD, MA, D.PHIL. (B.SC. London, PH.D. Cambridge), Provost of Queen's College

PROFESSOR DAME AVERIL CAMERON, DBE, MA (PH.D. London), Warden of Keble College

A.W. DILNOT, CBE, MA, Principal of St Hugh's College

PROFESSOR DAME JESSICA RAWSON, DBE, MA, D.LITT. (MA, LITT.D. Cambridge), Warden of Merton College

SIR MICHAEL SCHOLAR, MA, D.PHIL. (MA, PH.D. Cambridge), KCB, President of St John's College

PROFESSOR P.A. SLACK, MA, D.PHIL., Principal of Linacre College

R.G. SMETHURST, MA, Provost of Worcester College


3 Admission of Clerks of the Market

W. HAYES, MA, D.PHIL. (M.SC., PH.D. Dublin), Honorary Fellow of St John's College, nominated by the Chancellor, and R.C.S. WALKER, MA, D.PHIL. (BA McGill), Fellow of Magdalen, nominated by the Vice-Chancellor, will be admitted to office as Clerks of the Market for the year 2006–7.

¶ The Oration by the Vice-Chancellor and the admission of the Pro-Vice-Chancellors and Clerks of the Market will take place in Convocation House.

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CONGREGATION 10 October 2 p.m.

Members of Congregation are reminded that written notice of any intention to vote against, or any proposed amendment to, the legislative proposals and the resolution below, signed by at least two members of Congregation, must be given to the Registrar by noon on Monday, 2 October (see the note on the conduct of business in Congregation at the end of 'University Agenda').

1 Voting on Legislative Proposals

(1) John Wilfred Jenkinson Memorial Lecturership

Explanatory Note

In Hilary Term 2006 Congregation approved in principle the disbandment of the Life and Environmental Sciences Division and the transfer of its departments to other divisions. Changes to the Schedule to the Statutes were approved in principle on 25 April, but at that stage the new name for the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division had yet to be agreed. This legislative proposal gives formal effect to a change already agreed in principle.

WHEREAS it is expedient to make amendments to the Schedule to the Statutes of the University in order to remove reference to the Life and Environmental Sciences Division, NOW THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, in exercise of the powers in that behalf conferred upon it by the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923, and of all other powers enabling it, ENACTS, subject to the approval of Her Majesty in Council, AS FOLLOWS.

In the Schedule to the Statutes (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002), in section 32.5(7) of Part 32, concerning the John Wilfred Jenkinson Memorial Lecturership (p.147), delete 'Life and Environmental Sciences' and substitute 'Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences'.


(2) Statute IX: Officers of the University

Explanatory Note

The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 (EEAR 2006), which come into force on 1 October 2006, establish a general framework for equal treatment in employment and vocational training, irrespective of age. These regulations state that it is unlawful to treat an employee less favourably on the grounds of age, though both direct and indirect discrimination on grounds of age may be justified if the employer/HEI is able to show that the discriminatory practice or conduct is a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim. It is considered that the age limits which apply in respect of the Proctors and Assessor may not be justified but that the requirement in respect of Congregation membership may be justified and extended, on grounds that candidates for these offices should have a relevant degree of experience of the University's activities when they take up office, particularly because of the need for familiarity with the Oxford teaching system. This requirement is strengthened because of the short duration of office, which brings with it the need to perform the duties effectively immediately upon taking office. The amendments set out below therefore delete all reference to age limits (including those for the Pro-Proctors) and extend the length of time needed for membership of Congregation by the Proctors and Assessor to five years.

WHEREAS it is expedient to change the existing provisions concerning age limits for the Proctors and Assessor, THE UNIVERSITY ENACTS AS FOLLOWS.

1 In Statute IX concerning University Officers (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002) delete existing section 17 and substitute:

'17. (1) There shall be two Proctors who shall be members of Congregation who have not previously held the office of Proctor or Assessor and who, on the day on which they take up office will have been members of Congregation for at least five years.

(2) The Proctors shall be elected annually under a procedure laid down by Council by regulation.'

2 Ibid., delete existing section 24 and substitute:

'24. Each Proctor shall, at the time of admission to office, appoint two Pro-Proctors, being members of Congregation, each of whom shall act as deputy for the Proctor appointing him or her on such occasions as that Proctor shall determine.'

3 Ibid., delete existing section 26 and substitute:

'26. (1) There shall be an Assessor who shall be a member of Congregation who has not previously held the office of Proctor or Assessor and who, on the day on which he or she takes up office will have been a member of Congregation for at least five years.

(2) The Assessor shall be elected annually under a procedure laid down by Council by regulation.'


2 Voting on Resolution authorising expenditure from the Higher Studies Fund

That the University be authorised to expend from that part of the Higher Studies Fund earmarked for Social Studies the sum of £60k to be paid over two years from 1 October 2006 to provide research support for the Professor-elect of European Archaeology.

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