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Oxford University Gazette, 22 January 2009: University Agenda

CONGREGATION 10 February 2 p.m.

Presentation of the Annual Review of the University

The Annual Review of the University for 2007–8 (Supplement *1 to Gazette, Vol. 139, January) will be presented and may be discussed.

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Election of Professor of Poetry

A meeting of Convocation will be held on Saturday, 16 May, in order to elect a Professor of Poetry, to hold office for five years from the first day of Michaelmas Term.

Duties and stipend of the Professor

The duties of the Professor are to give one public lecture each term; to give the Creweian Oration at Encaenia every other year (since 1972 in English); each year to be one of the judges for the Newdigate Prize, the Lord Alfred Douglas Prize and the Chancellor's English Essay Prize; every third year to help judge the Prize for the English Poem on a Sacred Subject, and generally to encourage the art of poetry in the University.

The Professor receives a stipend of £6,901 per annum (pay award pending) which is increased in line with the annual cost-of-living increases for academic and related staff, plus £40 for each Creweian Oration.

Further particulars of the professorship, including the names of past professors, are available on the Council Secretariat Web site (

Election procedures

Nominations by twelve members of Convocation other than the candidate (who need not be a member of Convocation) will be received by the Elections Office at the University Offices, Wellington Square, up to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 29 April. Nominations must be accompanied by a statement signed by the person nominated, consenting to the nomination. Faxed nomination forms or signatures will not be accepted.

Copies of the nomination form may be downloaded from the Council Secretariat Web site ( or obtained from the Elections Office, University Offices, Wellington Square (e-mail: Nominations should show for each signatory the name, college (or department) and year of matriculation in block capitals. Any names which are not so shown may not be published.

The names of nominees and their nominators will be published on-line and in the Gazette.

Ten or more members of Congregation may arrange to have a flysheet circulated with the Gazette in regard to this election (see 'Notices' below). If the election is not contested the result will be announced in the Gazette following the close of nominations.

Voting arrangements

In the event of a contested election, voting will be held in the Examination Schools on Saturday, 16 May, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Voters must attend in person and must bring some form of identification, preferably including a photograph such as a University Card, Bodleian Reader's Card, new-style driving licence or passport, to ensure that all voters are Convocation members. The wearing of gowns by voters is optional

Results of a contested election

The result of a contested election will be announced by the Proctors in the Convocation House as soon as possible after the close of voting. The result will subsequently be reported on the University's Web site and published in the Gazette.

Further information about election procedures may be found in Council Regulations 8 of 2002 (

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