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Oxford University Gazette, 18 February 2010: University Acts

COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY

Changes in Regulations

Council has made the following changes in regulations, to come into effect on 5 March.

(a) Bodleian Libraries

Explanatory Note

These revisions make consequential changes to the regulations following the amendment of Statute VIII to change the name of Oxford University Library Services to 'the Bodleian Libraries', approved by Congregation on 1 December 2009 (p. 329).

Text of Regulations

1 In regulation 3.73 of Council Regulations 15 of 2002 concerning the Curators of the University Libraries (made by Council on 26 June 2002, Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4634, 16 October 2002, as amended on 22 May 2003, 17 November 2005, 23 March 2006, 22 March 2007 and 15 January 2009, Gazette Vol. 133, p. 1288; Vol. 136, pp. 342, 836; Vol. 137, p. 926; Vol. 138, p. 507), delete 'The Director of University Library Services and Bodley's Librarian' and substitute 'Bodley's Librarian'.

2 Ibid., in regulation 3.75 delete 'Oxford University Library Services' and substitute 'Bodleian Libraries' and delete 'section 4' and substitute 'section 3'.

3 Ibid., in regulation 3.75(3) delete ', including the Bodleian Library, the Sackler Library, and the Library of the Taylor Institution,'.

4 Ibid., in regulations 3.75(5)–(6), 3.76(1)–(4) and 3.77 delete 'Oxford University Library Services' and substitute 'Bodleian Libraries'.

5 Ibid., in regulation 3.77 delete 'grade 6' and substitute 'grade ALC6' and delete 'the Director of University Library Services and'.

6 In Council Regulations 44 of 2002 concerning the Oxford University Library Services (made by Council on 24 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1544, 5 July 2002, as amended on 7 June 2007, Vol. 137, p. 1254), delete 'Part 1: Oxford University Library Services' and substitute 'Part 1: The Bodleian Libraries'.

7 Ibid., in regulation 1.1 delete 'Oxford University Library Services' and substitute 'Bodleian Libraries'.

8 Ibid., delete regulation 1.2 and substitute: '1.2 The Bodleian Libraries shall comprise the organisational units allocated to it by Council as determined by the Planning and Resource Allocation Section, a list of which shall be published by the Curators.'

9 Ibid., delete 'Part 2: Director of Oxford University Library Services and Bodley's Librarian' and substitute 'Part 2: Bodley's Librarian'.

10 Ibid., in regulation 2.1 delete 'Oxford University Library Services' and substitute 'Bodleian Libraries'.

11 Ibid., in regulations 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3 delete 'Director of University Library Services and'.

12 Ibid., in regulation 2.3 delete 'curators' and substitute 'Curators of the University Libraries'.

13 In the Libraries Curators Regulations 1 of 2006 concerning regulations relating to the use of the facilities of the Oxford University Library Services (made by Council on 10 July 2006, Gazette, Vol. 136, p. 1391, as amended on 12 July 2007, Vol. 137, pp. 1359–60), delete 'Oxford University Library Services' and substitute 'the Bodleian Libraries'.

14 Ibid., in Application 1. delete 'Oxford University Library Services' and substitute 'Bodleian Libraries'.

15 In Council Regulation 25 concerning University Trust Funds (redesignated as regulations by Council on 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461), delete in all instances 'Oxford University Library Services' and substitute 'Bodleian Libraries'.

16 Ibid., delete in all instances 'Director of University Library Services and Bodley's Librarian' and substitute 'Bodley's Librarian'.

17 Ibid., delete in all instances 'Bodleian Library' and substitute 'Bodleian Libraries'.


(b) Careers Service Subcommittee of the Education Committee

Explanatory Note

These changes, made on the recommendation of the Education Committee and the General Purposes Committee, reflect the Education Committee's broader range of responsibilities in relation to student-related matters. The membership and terms of reference for the Committee for the Careers Service have been significantly amended such that it is now a subcommittee of the Education Committee, to which it will report. This also ties in with the changes to the arrangements for the provision of student services and administration in the light of the formation of the Student Administration and Services section within the Academic Administration Division.

Text of Regulations

1 In Council Regulations 2 of 2004 concerning other University bodies (Supplement (2) to Gazette No. 4702, 30 June 2004, p. 1237, as amended on 4 May 2006, Gazette Vol. 136, p. 989), delete Part 3 and renumber existing parts 4–15 as 3–14.

2 In Council Regulations 15 of 2002 concerning committees reporting directly to Council or one of its main committees (Supplement (2) to Gazette No. 4628, 26 June 2002), in Part 3 add new regulations 3.18–3.22 and renumber existing regulations 3.18–3.126 as 3.23–3.131:

'Careers Service Subcommittee of the Education Committee

3.18. The Careers Service Subcommittee of the Education Committee shall consist of:

(1) a chairman appointed by the Vice-Chancellor;

(2) one of the Proctors and the Assessor as may be agreed between them;

(3)–(5) three persons elected by the Conference of Colleges;

(6)–(9) one person appointed by each divisional board;

(10) the President of the Oxford University Student Union or his or her nominee;

(11) one person appointed by the Personnel Committee who shall have knowledge of the employment and career development needs of research staff;

(12) the Director of Student Administration and Services.

3.19. Elected or appointed members shall hold office for a period of three years and shall be eligible to serve for a total period of six years.

3.20. The subcommittee shall report to the Education Committee and shall meet not less than three times a year, normally at least once in each term.

3.21. (1) With the approval of the Education Committee on each occasion, the subcommittee may co-opt up to four additional members, who need not be members of the University and who shall be chosen so as to bring to the committee experience of as wide as possible a range of careers of interest to graduates.

(2) Co-opted members shall hold office for two years and shall be eligible to serve for a total period of four years.

3.22. The subcommittee shall be responsible to the Education Committee for the following matters:

(1) the provision of information, advice and guidance to students regarding opportunities for employment and further study following graduation;

(2) the provision of information, advice and guidance to research staff regarding opportunities for employment and further study outside the University;

(3) the provision of information, advice and guidance to alumni of the University regarding opportunities for employment and further study at any stage in their careers;

(4) the promotion of awareness of employment-related issues across the University so that students and research staff are encouraged to explore the options available to them in a timely manner.'


(c) Development Committee

Explanatory Note

These changes extend the remit of the Development Committee to cover questions of alumni relations strategy and policy.

Text of Regulations

In Council Regulations 15 of 2002 concerning the Development Committee (Gazette, Vol. 139, p. 1392, 30 July 2009), delete regulation 3.43 and substitute (new text underlined):

'3.43. The committee shall

(1) advise Council on strategy and policy relating to development and alumni relations, and the alignment of development and alumni relations priorities with the strategic objectives of the University;

(2) make recommendations to Council (in consultation with the Academic Divisions and the main committees of Council, as appropriate) on the short- and long-term priorities for fundraising and alumni relations;

(3) seek to promote and facilitate fundraising and alumni relations within the collegiate University;

(4) monitor the implementation and effectiveness of the University's policies and procedures relating to development and alumni relations.'


(d) Oxford University Society Board

Explanatory Note

This change, made on the recommendation of the Board of the Oxford University Society, modifies the regulations governing membership of the Board to enable the Board to appoint members of the Society to the Board, to ensure balance in the representation of the membership.

Text of Regulations

In Council Regulations 2 of 2004, concerning Other University Bodies (Supplement (2) to Gazette No. 4702, 30 June 2004, p. 1237), in Part 13 concerning the Oxford University Society (Gazette, Vol. 135, p. 244, as amended on 8 March 2007, 1 May 2008 and 26 June 2009; Vol. 137, p. 850; Vol. 138, p. 989; Vol. 139, p. 1301), delete existing regulation 13.11 and substitute:

'13.11. The membership of the Board shall be:

(1) eight persons appointed by Council, four of them after consultation with the Chairman of the Conference of Colleges;

(2) eight members of the Society, not fewer than four of whom shall be elected by members of the Society in accordance with the Society's Standing Orders, the remainder to be appointed by the Board after consultation with the Society's branch officers;

(3) members appointed or elected under paragraphs (1) or (2) above shall not serve more than two consecutive four-year terms.'

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CONGREGATION 19 January

Reply to Supplementary Question

At the meeting of Congregation on 19 January (Gazette, 28 January, p. 472), J.W.H. SCHNUPP asked Council the following supplementary question, to which Council's reply is published below.

Supplementary Question

Baroness Deech and I are grateful for Council's reply. We should like to ask the following supplementary question to elucidate it.

In the light of the fact that the 2009 Annual Congress of the UCU passed a motion affirming support for a campaign of boycott and sanctions against Israelis, in defiance of advice from UCU's own Leading Counsel that this would be unlawful, and given that last month the UCU held an international meeting to discuss boycott and sanctions against Israelis to which it invited speakers including Bongani Masuku from South Africa, whose remarks have been publicly condemned as hate speech by the South African Human Rights Commission, can we assume that Council will now request the Personnel Committee to consider whether such actions of the UCU are compatible with the University's policies against racism, in accordance with the penultimate paragraph of the reply to our original question?

Reply

Council has consulted its Personnel Committee, and has sought clarification from the UCU nationally and locally on this supplementary question (correspondence from the UCU is reproduced at www.admin.ox.ac.uk/council/agnd150210.shtml). Council has also considered the University's positive duty to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful racial discrimination and to promote equality of opportunity and good relations between persons of different racial groups. Council understands that the motion referred to was declared null and void by the UCU President; that no steps have been taken to implement it; that the 'international meeting' involved no discussion of or any attempt to implement an academic boycott of Israel; that Bongani Masuku was not invited to this meeting by the UCU, but rather was nominated by his own union to attend; and that his alleged remarks were not made at any UCU meeting.

Council remains unconvinced that actions that are unlawful or contrary to the University's equality and diversity or other policies have been taken by the UCU or its officers or its members at Oxford.

It does not believe that the points raised in the supplementary question justify reconsideration of the University's recognition of the Oxford UCU for the purposes of consultation and representation. Council reaffirms its policy of maintaining open communications and professional links with universities everywhere in order best to support the upholding of the principle of academic freedom; affirms its commitment to freedom of speech, as set out in the revised policy on this which took effect from 1 October 2009 ( www.admin.ox.ac.uk/councilsec/gov/fos.shtml); and in particular affirms its commitment to the range of its equality and diversity policies ( www.admin.ox.ac.uk/eop/policy/).

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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:

Anderson, J.E.A., Exeter

Arora, M., Faculty of Engineering Science

Beale, H.G., Exeter

Leneghan, F.P.V., St Peter's

Ntusi, N.A.B., St Cross

Shapiro, J.D., St Cross

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CONTINUING EDUCATION BOARD

For changes in regulations for examination, to come into effect on 5 March, see 'Examinations and Boards' below.

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