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Oxford University Gazette, 6 May 2010: University Agenda

CONGREGATION 1 June 2 p.m.

¶ Members of Congregation are reminded that any two members may, not later than noon on Monday, 24 May, give notice in writing to the Registrar that they intend to oppose or amend the legislative proposal below (see the note on the conduct of business in Congregation below). If no such notice has been given, and unless Council has declared otherwise, the legislative proposal shall be carried, and the meeting may be cancelled.

Voting on Legislative Proposal: Michael Davys Professor of Neuroscience

Explanatory Note

The following Legislative Proposal, submitted by Council under Part 2 of Congregation Regulations 2 of 2002 (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002, Vol. 133, p. 161, as amended on 12 October 2004, 7 March 2006 and 14 October 2008 (Gazette, Vol. 135, p. 214; Vol. 137, p. 669; Vol. 139, pp. 4–8), made on the recommendation of the Medical Sciences Board with the endorsement of the Davys Family Trust, provides for there to be discretion to apply the net income from the endowment to support the research of the Michael Davys Professor of Neuroscience, should the income not be required to cover the costs of the professor's salary.

WHEREAS it is expedient to amend the provisions governing the Michael Davys Professorship of Neuroscience, 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, pp. 133–59), after Part 68, insert the following new Part 69 [1] (new text underlined):

'Part 69: Michael Davys Professor of Neuroscience

1. The benefaction of £1,997,000 from the Davys Family Trust for Neuroscience Fund, together with any further donations for this purpose, shall be used to establish and maintain the Michael Davys Professorship of Neuroscience.

2. The University shall retain all of the benefaction as permanent endowment and shall apply the net income towards the salary and expenses of the holder of the professorship, and associated overheads. If the salary of the professor is wholly or partly covered from other sources, there shall be discretion to apply the net income directly to support the professor's research.

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

4. The Michael Davys Professor of Neuroscience shall undertake research in neuroscience with a special interest in mental illnesses and shall lecture and give instruction in this subject. In the event there is sufficient income, this shall be applied to an annual Michael Davys Lecture in Neuroscience on a topic of relevance to mental illness.

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 Vice- Chancellor, a person appointed by Council on the occurrence of a vacancy to act as an elector on this occasion;

(2) the head of the college to which the professorship shall be for the time being allocated by Council under any regulation in that behalf, or, if the head is unable or unwilling to act, a person appointed by the governing body of the college on the occurrence of a vacancy to act as an elector on that occasion;

(3) a person appointed by the governing body of the college specified in paragraph (2) above;

(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.

7. Regulations 1–2 shall be deemed as Trust Regulations under the provisions of Part D of Statute XVI.

8. Regulations 3–6 may be amended by Council.'


Regulations to be made by Council if the Statute is approved

1 In Part 2 of Council Regulations 24 of 2002, concerning academic and other posts (Statutes, 2000, p. 474, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461), delete § 237 and renumber existing §§ 238–325 as §§ 237–324.

2 This regulation shall be effective from the date on which the Statute approved by Congregation on 1 June is approved by Her Majesty in Council. [1] Unrelated changes to the Schedule to the Statutes are pending the approval of Her Majesty in Council. If those changes are approved, the above Part number may change.

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