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Oxford University Gazette, 15 October 2009: University Acts

COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY

Changes in Regulations

Council has made the following changes in regulations, to come into effect on 30 October.

(a) Education Committee of Council

Explanatory Note

This change to the composition of the Education Committee enables the chairman of the Graduate Admissions Committee to become an ex officio member of the Education Committee.

Text of Regulations

1 In Council Regulations 15 of 2002, concerning the Education Committee (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4634, 16 October 2002, pp. 226–8) as amended on 8 May 2003, 23 March 2006, 19 October 2006, 7 February, 1 November 2007 and 29 May 2008 (Gazette, Vol. 133, p. 1335, 29 May 2003; Vol. 136, pp. 250, 836; Vol. 137, p. 788, 22 February 2007; Vol. 138, p. 260; Vol. 138, p. 1168), in regulation 2.1 insert new (13) as follows:

'(13) Chairman of the Graduate Admissions Committee;'.

2 Ibid., renumber existing (13)–(19) as (14)–(20).


(b) General Purposes Committee of Council

Explanatory Note

This change updates the terms of reference of the General Purposes Committee.

Text of Regulations

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 15 of 2002, concerning the General Purposes Committee of Council (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4634, 16 October 2002, p. 228, as amended with effect from 8 May 2003 and on 23 March 2006 and 21 September 2006, Gazette, Vol. 133, p. 1335, Vol. 136, p. 836, Vol. 137, p. 2) delete existing regulation 2.7.(7) and substitute:

'2.7.(7) monitoring the University's governance arrangements;'.

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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 30 October.

(a) Establishment of Peter Birks Memorial Fund

Explanatory Note

These changes, made on the recommendation of the Social Sciences Board, establish the Peter Birks Memorial Fund in memory of Professor Birks, Faculty of Law. The Fund shall be used to support an annual graduate studentship for a student in the Faculty.

Text of Regulations

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trust (Statutes, 2000, p. 596, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461), insert new § 29 and renumber existing §§ 29–115 as §§ 30–116:

'§ 29. Peter Birks Memorial Fund

1. The accumulated fund established to mark the outstanding contribution of the late Professor Birks to the life and work of the Law Faculty, together with any further donations for this purpose, shall be known as the Peter Birks Memorial Fund ('the Fund').

2. The University shall retain all of the Fund as permanent endowment and shall apply the net income of the Fund towards the provision of an annual scholarship of £5,000 for a graduate student in Law.

3. The administration of the Fund, and the application of its income, shall be the responsibility of the Faculty Board of the Faculty of Law.

4. Regulations 2 and 3 above may be amended by Council.'


(b) Hudson Memorial Fund

Explanatory Note

This change, made on the recommendation of the Hudson Memorial Trust board of management after consultation with the executors of the donor's estate, widens the uses to which the income of the fund may be applied, without moving away from the terms of the original bequest.

Text of Regulations

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002 (Statutes, 2000, p. 658, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette Vol. 132, p. 1461), delete existing § 165.3 and substitute (new text underlined):

'3. The Board shall apply the annual income of the bequest in such ways as it may think fit (whether by making of grants or such other ways) directly or indirectly for the further education of the Officers of the Royal Navy or Royal Marines at the University.'


(c) Jenkinson Fund

Explanatory Note

These changes, made on the recommendation of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board, remove the restriction which limits support from the Jenkinson Fund to graduates of the University of Oxford who have graduated in particular subject areas, and thereby enables any researcher working in the field of embryology in the Department of Zoology to benefit from support from the fund. This reflects the diverse training of modern scientists and the team-based nature of modern research. The changes also set up a small management committee.

Text of Regulations

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002 (Statutes, 2000, p. 663, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002 and amended on 1 May 2003, Gazette Vol. 132, p. 1461; Vol. 133, p. 1151), delete existing § 183.2–183.3 and substitute (new text underlined):

'2. Grants from the Fund shall be used to support research on normal and experimental Embryology of Animals undertaken by researchers in the Department of Zoology of the University.

3. The administration of the Fund, and the application of its income, shall be the responsibility of a management committee comprising:

(1) the Linacre Professor of Zoology;

(2), (3) two other members of the Academic Staff of the Department of Zoology working in the field of developmental biology, decided by the Linacre Professor and the Head of the Department of Zoology;

(4) a fourth member who may be co-opted if one of the above members has an application under consideration.'


(d) Establishment of Tang Family Scholarship Fund for International Wildlife Conservation Practice

Explanatory Note

These regulations establish the Tang Family Scholarship Fund for International Wildlife Conservation Practice at the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit in the Department of Zoology.

Text of Regulations

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trust (Statutes, 2000, p. 730, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461), insert new § 344 and renumber existing §§ 344–389 as §§ 345–390:

'§ 344. Tang Family Scholarship Fund for International Wildlife Conservation Practice

1. The benefaction from Mr Lawrence Tang of £200,000, together with any further donations for this purpose, shall be known as the Tang Family Scholarship Fund ('the Fund').

2. The University shall apply the net income of the Fund, and (if the University so decides) the capital, in support of grants to graduate students from the Peoples' Republic of China or Hong Kong attending the postgraduate diploma course in International Wildlife Conservation Practice at the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit in the University's Department of Zoology.

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

(1) The Head of the Department of Zoology;

(2) The Director of Graduates in the Department of Zoology;

(3) The Director of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit.

4. Regulations 2 and 3 above may be amended by Council.'


(e) Parsons Fund

Explanatory Note

These changes, made on the recommendation of Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division at the request of the board of management for the Hester Cordelia Parsons Fund, remove a provision that set a maximum age limit on applicants seeking support from the Fund and substitute an alternative provision that continues to focus support on applicants early in their academic careers. The opportunity has also been taken to update regulation 6.

Text of Regulations

1 In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002 (Statutes, 2000, p. 705, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette Vol. 132, p. 1461), delete existing § 271.3 and substitute (new text underlined):

'3. The board of management shall invite applications on a regular basis from graduate members of the University, or of any University department engaged in biological research, who have had no more than six years of postdoctoral experience at the date of application, who are engaged in research in experimental bioscience, and who wish to develop their experimental research by the development and application of new methods.'

2 Ibid., delete existing § 271.6 and substitute:

'6. Council may amend regulations 2–6.'


(f) Williams Scholarships in Physiology, Anatomy, and Pathology

Explanatory Note

The Williams Scholarships in Physiology, Anatomy, and Pathology were established to promote study in these three areas by providing support to scholars for up to three years of research. The revised regulations remove the severe restrictions on eligibility for the scholarships, and permit the fund to be used to make larger awards to fewer students, thus more closely fulfilling the original aims of the founder to support study in these areas. The separate regulations for Human Anatomy and Physiology have been combined recognising the changes in organisation of study in this area with the merging of the departments. The governance of the fund has been updated to replace the Physiological Sciences Board with the Medical Sciences Board as the board of management.

Text of Regulations

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts (Statutes, 2000, p. 747–750, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002 and amended on 12 January 2006, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461; Vol. 136, p. 480), delete existing § 376 and substitute:

'§ 376. Williams Scholarships in Physiology, Anatomy, and Pathology

[1] Physiology and Human Anatomy

1. The income derived from the trust fund shall be applied to the establishment of the Theodore Williams Scholarships in Physiology and Human Anatomy to encourage and promote the study of Physiology and Human Anatomy in relation to Medicine.

2. The scholarships shall be awarded annually and be tenable for up to three years.

3. The scholarships shall be open to any member of the University who at the time of award shall not have exceeded fifteen terms from matriculation.

4. The Medical Sciences Board shall be the board of management and shall have power to make regulations, not inconsistent with these regulations, concerning the award of the scholarships.

5. The scholarship shall be awarded by the Head of the Department of Physiology, Anatomy, and Genetics, in consultation with that Department's Committee for Graduate Studies.

6. The scholar shall employ himself or herself for at least one year in research on a subject approved by the Head of the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics and (unless the board of management on the recommendation of the Head of Department shall in a particular case allow otherwise) shall begin such research in the term following his or her election.

7. Each scholar shall receive on election up to four payments, one at the start of each year of study, being drawn from the net annual income of the fund and any accumulated balance after payment of all expenses incidental to the trust.

8. The Head of Department or Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee shall notify the board of management of each award and of the research to be carried out by the scholar.

9. If, owing to any circumstance, the whole of the income of the fund in any year is not applied as directed in regulation 6 above, the residue may be carried forward for use in subsequent years.

10. Regulations 2–9 may be amended by Council.

[2] Pathology

1. The income derived from the trust fund shall be applied to the establishment of the Theodore Williams Scholarships in Pathology to encourage and promote the study of Pathology in relation to Medicine.

2. The scholarships shall be awarded annually and be tenable for up to three years.

3. The scholarships shall be open to any member of the University who at the time of award shall not have exceeded fifteen terms from matriculation.

4. The Medical Sciences Board shall be the board of management and shall have power to make regulations, not inconsistent with these regulations, concerning the award of the scholarships.

5. The scholarship shall be awarded by the Head of the Dunn School of Pathology, in consultation with that Department's Committee for Graduate Studies.

6. The scholar shall employ himself or herself for at least one year in research on a subject approved by the Head of the Dunn School of Pathology and (unless the board of management on the recommendation of the Head of the School shall in a particular case allow otherwise) shall begin such research in the term following his or her election.

7. Each scholar shall receive on election up to four payments, one at the start of each year of study, being drawn from the net annual income of the fund and any accumulated balance after payment of all expenses incidental to the trust.

8. The Head of the School or Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee shall notify the board of management of each award and of the research to be carried out by the scholar.

9. If, owing to any circumstance, the whole of the income of the fund in any year is not applied as directed in regulation 6 above, the residue may be carried forward for use in subsequent years.

10. Regulations 2–9 may be amended by Council.'

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CONGREGATION 13 October

1 Declaration of approval of Legislative Proposal: associate faculty membership

2 Declaration of approval of Legislative Proposal: Green Moral Philosophy Prize

3 Declaration of approval of Legislative Proposal: John Gilbert Winant Visiting Professorship of American Government

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor declared the Legislative Proposals (1) concerning associate faculty membership, (2) concerning the Green Moral Philosophy Prize, and (3) concerning the John Gilbert Winant Visiting Professorship of American Government (pp. 51–2) approved.


4 Declaration of approval of Resolution approving the conferment of Honorary Degree

That the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, upon HENRY M. REECE, BA Brist, MA D.PHIL Oxf, Emeritus Fellow of Jesus College, former Secretary to the Delegates and Chief Executive of Oxford University Press, be approved.


5 Declaration of approval of Resolutions authorising expenditure from the Higher Studies Fund

(i) That the University be authorised to expend from that part of the Higher Studies Fund earmarked for Social Studies two sums of £60k (£20k per annum over three years) to provide research support to each of Professor Crawford, Drummond Professor of Economics, and Professor Beaudry, Professor of Economics.

(ii) That the University be authorised to expend from the unearmarked part of the Higher Studies Fund the sum of £60k (£20k per annum over three years) to assist with the costs of the Run Run Shaw Scholarships.

(iii) That the University be authorised to expend from the unearmarked part of the Higher Studies Fund the total sum of £150k as a contribution towards the costs of: (a) purchasing a modern sing-crystal diffractometer for Professor Radaelli, Dr Lee's Professor of Experimental Philosophy; (b) purchasing a dedicated confocal miscroscope for Professor Dolan, Sherardian Professor of Botany; (c) updating computing infrastructure for Professor Marzari, Professor of Materials Modelling, the distribution of the sum between (a), (b) and (c) to be determined by the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division.

(iv) That the University be authorised to expend a sum of £105k (£35k per annum over three years) to provide research support to Professor Stroumsa, Professor in the Study of Abrahamic Religions, the cost being met by the part of the Higher Studies Fund earmarked for Theology until that fund (approximately £32k) is exhausted and thereafter by the unearmarked part.


6 Declaration of approval of Resolutions authorising use of space in the Oxford Molecular Pathology Institute and related temporary provision of decant space

(i) That the ground, first, second, and third floors of the Oxford Molecular Pathology Institute (OMPI) (approximately 3,820 sq.m. net usable area) be allocated to the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology.

(ii) That the Donald Woods Building (816 sq.m. net usable area) be temporarily allocated to the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology until 1 April 2011 or until such time as the demolition of the building is required to enable the development of the Hans Krebs site, whichever is the earlier.

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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:

Andrews, T.L., University

Bullivant, J.L., Worcester

Burnell, F.J., All Souls

David, J., Faculty of Oriental Studies

Devji, F.F., St Antony's

Dornan, P.J., Department of International Development

Heller, B.J., Worcester

Jeffrey, C.J., St John's

Kaiser, C., Faculty of Oriental Studies

Kapadia, A., St Antony's

Kavanagh, K., Structural Genomics Consortium

Keene, E.G.W., Christ Church

Kirkley, L.A., Queen's

Levis Sullam, S., Faculty of Oriental Studies

Ma, T., Faculty of History

Marchand, F.V., St Anne's

Thomas, O.R.H., Christ Church

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CONTINUING EDUCATION BOARD AND BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 30 October, see 'Examinations and Boards' below.

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