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Oxford University Gazette, 25 October 2007: Notices


Committee on Statutes Before the Privy Council

Consent to amendments to the Statutes of Pembroke College

The Committee on Statutes before the Privy Council, acting under authority delegated to it by Council, is minded to give consent on behalf of the University to the revision of Statutes I, II, III, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, and XIII of Pembroke College as approved by the Governing Body on 17 May 2006, 7 March 2007 and 13 June 2007 in so far as such consent is required by Section 7 (2) of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923. This consent will be effective unless written notice of a resolution, signed by at least twenty members of Congregation, calling upon Council to withhold that consent, has been given to the Registrar by noon on Monday, 5 November.

The effect of the amendments is to update the statutes generally and provide for the appointment of an investment manager.

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Registrar's Review of the Academic Division of the Central Administration: Final Report and Initial Response

As part of the Registrar's programme of regular administrative reviews, the Academic Division of the Central Administration was reviewed during the first half of this year by a panel chaired by Dr Ralph Walker, Magdalen College. This part of the Central Administration is responsible for most aspects of academic administration and includes the Planning and Resource Allocation Section, the Educational Policy and Standards Committee team, all aspects of student administration (including graduate and undergraduate admissions, student systems, student funding and access, and the Examination Schools), as well as the four divisional offices (Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences, Medical Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities) and the Committee for Continuing Education. It works closely with colleges and departments.

The Review Panel included departmental and college representatives, as well as two external members. Its terms of reference were as follows:

To review and report to the Registrar on:

(a) the appropriate remit, priorities and direction of the Academic Division of the Central Administration within the context of the University's Corporate Plan, with particular reference to the effectiveness and efficiency of its role in relation to the Collegiate University as a whole;

(b) the costs of the activities undertaken and the resources required by the Academic Division.

The Review Panel conducted a series of interviews and explored in depth areas about which questions were raised, and is very grateful to those who provided information. The conclusions it came to were unanimous.

Council agreed to publish the Report of the Review Panel in full. The Report, together with an introductory comment by its Chairman, and an Initial Response and Summary of Actions document by Michael Sibly, Academic Registrar and Secretary of Faculties, is available at

A description of the Academic Division and its activities, written by the Academic Registrar and Secretary of Faculties, was published in the Oxford Magazine, Fourth Week, Hilary Term, and those reading the report may wish to cross-refer to that.

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Musical Events

Jesus College

Visiting Artist Series, in association with Oxford Lieder

MALCOLM MARTINEAU, piano (Visiting Artist), will accompany AMANDA ROOCROFT, soprano, in a performance of songs by Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Strauss and Barber, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, 10 November, in the Holywell Music Room. Further details may be found at

Tickets, costing £18 (concessions £15), may be obtained from (telephone: Oxford 305305).

The next concert in this series will be given by Christopher Maltman, on Thursday, 10 January.

The concerts are supported by the Kohn Foundation.

New College

Choral services in New College Chapel

Choral Evensong is held on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday at 6.15 p.m. (Choral Evensong with sermon at 6 p.m. on Sundays). Sung Eucharist takes place on Thursdays, at 6.15 p.m.

Further information may be found at

Thur., 25 Oct.: Byrd, four-part mass

Fri., 26 Oct.: Spicer, New College Service; Hailstork, Song of Deborah

Sat., 27 Oct.: Byrd, Second Service; Monteverdi, Gloria

Sun., 28 Oct.: Stanford in C, and How beauteous are their feet

Mon., 29 Oct. (men's voices): Tomkins, Fauxbourdon Service, and O how amiable

Tue., 30 Oct.: Wood in C minor; Haydn, Sing the Lord, ye voices all

Somerville College

Fiftieth anniversary of the death of Dorothy L. Sayers

A CONCERT OF MUSIC AND READINGS, to mark the fiftieth anniversary on 17 December of the death of Dorothy L. Sayers, will be held at 4.45 p.m. on Thursday, 15 November, in the chapel, Somerville College. The music and readings will reflect Dorothy L. Sayers' time at Somerville (1912–15).

Enquiries should be directed to Salome Hughes (e-mail:

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