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Oxford University Gazette, 10 July 2008: University Acts

COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY

Changes in Regulations

Council has made the following changes in regulations, to come into effect on 25 July.

(a) Research Committee of Council

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 15 of 2002, concerning the committees reporting directly to Council (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4634, 16 October 2002), after regulation 2.18 insert:

'Research Committee

2.19. The Research Committee shall consist of:

(1) the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) who shall chair the committee;

(2) one of the Proctors or the Assessor as may be agreed between them;

(3), (4) two persons appointed by Council from among the members of Council;

(5)–(8) four persons appointed by Council, one of whom shall be external to the University and the other persons to be appointed from the divisions;

(9)–(16) two persons appointed by each Divisional Board;

(17), (18) two members of college governing bodies appointed by the Conference of Colleges.

2.20. The committee may co-opt up to two additional members for such periods as the committee shall deem appropriate.

2.21. In appointing the members at 2.19 (3)–(8) above, Council shall have regard to the need to ensure that the committee has sufficient knowledge of the operation of the research councils and the principal charities which fund research in UK universities, that it has sufficient expertise of funded research and innovation and that its membership includes members of the University's research staff.

2.22. The committee shall

(1) advise Council on policy and planning issues relating to research;

(2) advise Council on those aspects of the Strategic Plan which relate to the University's research activities (in consultation with the Academic Divisions and, where appropriate, the Education Committee and the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee) and review the progress made against the Plan;

(3) keep under review the external influences on the development of research, advise Council on the implications of these developments for the University and ensure that procedures are in place so that effective responses to external reviews and research-related consultations are made on behalf of the University;

(4) in conjunction with the divisions, facilitate the preparation for external reviews of the quality of research produced by members of the collegiate University, and co-ordinate as appropriate the use of systems to assist in gathering the required data from across Oxford;

(5) in conjunction with the Planning and Resources Committee, be responsible for the University's policies and procedures for costing and pricing of research, including full economic cost recovery;

(6) advise Council on policies which promote the responsible conduct of research and meet the relevant regulatory requirements and on the management of risk associated with these issues;

(7) receive for information divisional five year plans in so far as they relate to the research plans of the division;

(8) seek to promote and to facilitate interdivisional research activities and interaction with research activity in colleges;

(9) oversee and keep under review the University's major institutional research collaborations and membership of international research alliances; provide guidance on, and maintain a register of, international research collaboration agreements to which the University is a party;

(10) be responsible for the development of the University's institutional strategy on knowledge transfer and for the co-ordination of its third stream activities.'

[These changes establish the new Research Committee as a major committee of Council to have oversight of research activities that take place within the University. Whilst the divisional and departmental research committees will continue their important work in respect of individual research proposals, the new committee will take responsibility for advising Council on research policy and planning at an institutional level. Other important elements of the work of the committee will relate to the promotion of good practice and action in respect of research integrity and the development of the University's institutional strategy on knowledge transfer and co-ordination of its third stream activities.]


(b) College contributions

In Council Regulations 1 of 2005, concerning college contributions (Gazette, Vol. 135, p. 1110), as amended on 21 September 2006 and 14 February 2008 (Gazette, Vol. 137, p. 2; Vol. 138, p. 660), before the Schedule insert new regulation 8:

'Distribution

8. The College Contributions Committee shall make a recommendation to Council on the allocation of the income or capital of the College Contributions Fund to and between the colleges in respect of the contributions collected in 2008, with the proviso that the Committee may recommend that no allocation be made.'

[These changes, made on the recommendation of the College Contributions Committee, confirm, for the avoidance of doubt, that a distribution of income and/or capital may be made in 2008, the final year of the current College Contributions Scheme.]


(c) Professorship of Pathology, the E.P. Abraham Professorship of Chemical Pathology, and the Abraham Professorship of Cell Biology

1 In Sect. III of Council Regulations 24 of 2002 concerning individual professorships (Statutes, 2000, p. 479, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461), delete existing § 243 and substitute:

'§ 243. Professor of Pathology

1. The benefaction of £261,750, together with any further donations for this purpose, shall be used to maintain the Professorship of Pathology in the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology.

2. The University shall retain all of the benefaction as permanent endowment and shall apply the net income towards the salary and other costs of the holder of the Professorship.

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

4. The Professor of Pathology shall lecture and give instruction in Pathology.

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 the Vice- Chancellor, a person appointed by Council;

(2) the head of the college to which the professorship may be allocated by Council from time to time, or if the head is unable or unwilling to act, a person appointed by the governing body of that college;

(3) a person appointed by the governing body of the college;

(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.'

2 In Sect. III of Council Regulations 24 of 2002 concerning individual professorships (Statutes, 2000, p. 480, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461), in § 245 delete existing regulation 245.3 and substitute:

'3. 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 the Vice- Chancellor, a person appointed by Council;

(2) the head of the college to which the professorship may be allocated by Council from time to time, or if the head is unable or unwilling to act, a person appointed by the governing body of that college;

(3) a person appointed by the governing body of the college;

(4), (5) two persons appointed by Council;

(6)–(8) three persons appointed by the Medical Sciences Board;

(9) a person appointed by the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board.'

3 Ibid., delete existing regulation 245.4 and renumber 245.5–6 as 245.4–5.

4 In Sect. III of Council Regulations 24 of 2002 concerning individual professorships (Statutes, 2000, p. 401, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461), in § 27 delete existing regulation 27.2 and substitute:

'3. 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 the Vice- Chancellor, a person appointed by Council;

(2) the head of the college to which the professorship may be allocated by Council from time to time, or if the head is unable or unwilling to act, a person appointed by the governing body of that college;

(3) a person appointed by the governing body of the college;

(4), (5) two persons appointed by Council;

(6)–(9) four persons appointed by the Medical Sciences Board.'

[These changes reflect the current arrangements for appointments to professorships; in the cases of the Professorship of Pathology and the Abraham Professorship of Chemical Pathology delete a reference to non- engagement in private practice now covered by the Regulations for the Employment of University Staff; and in the case of the Professorship of Pathology make provision for the creation of a trust fund to maintain the professorship, from a waiver of royalty income to the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology.]

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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 25 July.

(a) Establishment of Heatley-Merck, Sharpe and Dohme Studentship

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002 (Statutes, 2000, p. 653, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461), insert new § 151 and renumber existing §§ 151–168 as §§ 152–169:

'§ 151. Heatley-Merck, Sharpe and Dohme Studentship

1. The benefaction from Merck Company Foundation which comprises £503,301.95, together with any further donations for this purpose, shall be known as the Heatley-Merck, Sharpe and Dohme Studentship.

2. The University shall retain all of the fund as a permanent endowment and shall apply the net income of the fund towards the studentship which will be held in the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology.

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

(1) the Head of the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology;

(2), (3) two persons from amongst the holders of academic posts in that department appointed by the Medical Sciences Board following consultation with the Head of the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology.

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

[This change establishes the Heatley-Merck, Sharpe and Dohme Studentship. The work of Dr Norman Heatley (1911–2004) in the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology was key to the development of antibiotic penicillin.]


(b) Establishment of Neurosurgery Fund

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002 (Statutes, 2000, p. 689, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461), insert new § 253 as follows and renumber existing §§ 253–86 as §§ 254–87:

'§ 253. Neurosurgery Fund

1. The donations which comprise £1,179,070, together with any further donations for this purpose, shall be known as the Neurosurgery Fund.

2. The University shall retain all of the fund as a permanent endowment and shall apply the net income of the fund in support of an academic post in Neurosurgery.

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

(1) The Nuffield Professor of Surgery;

(2) The Head of the Division of Medical Sciences;

(3) A person appointed by the Medical Sciences Board following consultation with the Nuffield Professor of Surgery.

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

[This change establishes the Neurosurgery Fund in support of an academic post in Neurosurgery.]

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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:

Cowley, M.B., Wolfson

Cox, A.J., Lincoln

Hulin, D., Lady Margaret Hall

Kinghorn, K.P., Wycliffe Hall

Knight, D.P., Zoology

McElligott, G.J., Merton

Neil, S.A., Medical Sciences Division

Passmore, S.M., Business Services and Projects

Silk, K.H., Department of Sociology

Skach, C.L., Faculty of Social Studies, Brasenose

Stanley, G.V., Faculty of Social Studies

Swafford, G.L., St Cross

Swietach, P., Oriel

Verbovsek, A., Queen's

Wallace, V.A., Balliol

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PLANNING AND RESOURCE ALLOCATION COMMITTEE, DIVISIONAL BOARDS, AND BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations on financial matters, and for examinations, to come into effect on 25 July, see Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4851.

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