University Gazette, 20 November 2008: University
CONGREGATION 16 December 2.30 p.m.
¶ Members of Congregation are reminded that written notice of any intention to vote against, or any proposed amendment to, the legislative proposal below, or any intention to vote against any of the resolutions below, signed in each case by at least two members of Congregation, must be given to the Registrar by noon on Monday, 8 December (see the note on the conduct of business in Congregation at the end of 'University Agenda').
1 Voting on Legislative Proposal: Statute VI: Council
Changes in regulations made by Council on 10 July 2008 (Vol. 138, p. 1348) established a new Research Committee as a main standing committee of Council. The following revision makes a consequential change to Statute VI to include the Research Committee in the list of main standing committees of Council included in that statute.
WHEREAS it is expedient to amend Statute VI concerning Council to list the Research Committee as a main standing committee of Council, THE UNIVERSITY ENACTS AS FOLLOWS.
In section 20 (1) of Statute VI (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002, amended on 27 May 2008, Gazette, Vol. 138, p. 991, 1 May 2008), insert new sub-paragraph (e):
'(e) Research Committee.'
2 Voting on Resolutions approving the conferment of Honorary Degrees
(1) That the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, upon SUSAN REECE be approved.
Susan Reece (formerly Froud) joined Oxford University Press in 1979, having taken degrees in History/English at Trent University and Education at the University of Toronto. She rose through a variety of sales and marketing positions to become President of OUP Canada in 1993 and became Managing Director of the Press's International Division in 1999. The period since her appointment as head of that division has been one of remarkable expansion of the Press's activities in international markets to the great benefit of the University as a whole. Mrs Reece oversaw the establishment of the Press's first company in mainland China and the growth of the Press's presence in India. Under Mrs Reece's leadership, the Press has made a shift in its operations to become a local publisher in international markets; she has allowed local managers substantial autonomy whilst maintaining high standards of performance and professionalism. Over thirty years of service, she has demonstrated great entrepreneurial spirit combined with a deep-seated understanding of the Press's values and ethos.
¶ If the resolution is approved, the honorary degree will be conferred at a ceremony on 23 May.
(2) That the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, upon ROGER BONING be approved.
After reading Greats at Pembroke College (of which he has been a professorial fellow since 1996), Roger Boning worked in accountancy before joining the Press in 1979. He spent sixteen years in the International Division; as its Managing Director from 1985 to 1995, he oversaw the Press's operations across four continents. In 1996 he was appointed Group Finance Director and, over the next decade, he played a central role in turning the Press into an organisation capable of generating the funds that underpinned the transfers totalling £300m that have been made to the University. He was responsible for a number of key reforms resulting in tighter financial controls and a substantial reduction in the level of UK service overheads. He also turned around a major IT project and had the vision to see the opportunities for the Press and the University presented by the old paper mill site at Wolvercote. His commitment to the Press's traditions has been whole-hearted; he has been a great servant of both the Press and the University.
¶ If the resolution is approved, the honorary degree will be conferred at a ceremony on 9 May.
3 Voting on Resolution authorising use of space in Eagle House
The allocation of part of the space in Eagle House, a new building on the former Lucy's Ironworks site in Jericho that has been leased by the University, is proposed as a base for the Oxford–Man Institute of Quantitative Finance. The Institute currently leases space in Blue Boar Court. It has outgrown this space and the space in Eagle House will allow for the Institute's recent expansion, which cannot be contained in Blue Boar Court, and its expected future growth.
Text of Resolution
That approximately 1,300 sq.m. of space on the ground, second and part of the third floor in Eagle House on Walton Well Road be allocated to the Oxford–Man Institute of Quantitative Finance.