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Oxford University Gazette, 21 January 2010: University Acts


Changes in Regulations

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

(a) Governance Report: committees of Council

Explanatory Note

The report produced by the Audit and Scrutiny Committee (the 'Governance Report'), in response to eight questions posed by HEFCE, was received by Council at its meeting on 19 January 2009; a copy was sent to HEFCE on the same date. It was also published in the Gazette (Vol. 139, p. 551, 29 January 2009).

During the discussions of the Report, Council agreed that the recommendations of the Report should be divided into three categories, on which work could be progressed along different timescales. On 7 December Council approved proposals to implement 'Category One' recommendations, that is, recommendations that appeared to be both straightforward in principle and in implementation. The following changes in regulations support the proposals concerning the review of the composition and operation of committees (recommendations 2 (p. 63), 9 (p. 64) and 10 (p. 64) in Part V of the Governance Report).

Text of Regulations

1 In Council Regulations 13 of 2002 concerning Council (Supplement (2) to Gazette No. 4628, 26 June 2002, amended on 8 May 2003, Gazette, Vol. 139, p. 1244, 11 June 2009) after regulation 10 insert:


11. Council shall carry out a self-review of its operations and effectiveness at least every three years.'

2 In Part 1 of Council Regulations 15 of 2002 concerning committees reporting directly to Council or one of its main committees (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4634, 16 October 2002), after regulation 1.3 insert:

'1.4 Each main committee of Council shall carry out a self-review of its operations and effectiveness at least every three years and shall report its findings to Council with recommendations for change where appropriate.

1.5 (1) Each committee of Council shall review its composition and operation

(a) shortly after its first year in existence; and

(b) shortly after its first year with a revised remit, where the responsibilities have been substantially changed.

(2) On completion of a review under (1) above, the committee shall report its findings to Council with recommendations for change where appropriate.'

3 Ibid., in regulation 3.11 concerning the Audit and Scrutiny Committee (amended on 8 May 2003 and 1 June 2006, Gazette, Vol. 133, p. 1212; Vol. 136, pp. 1152–3) insert new paragraph (1) and renumber existing paragraphs (1)–(23) as (2)–(24):

'(1) be entitled to place on the agenda of Council for discussion any matter which the committee deems it appropriate and necessary for Council to consider. The minute of any matter discussed by Council in this way shall be promptly reported to the committee;'.

(b) College Contributions

Explanatory Note

These changes, made on the recommendation of the College Contributions Committee, confirm that the tax bands and tax rates for calculating contributions from colleges payable in 2009/10 remain the same as for the previous year; contributions will be reduced pro rata to achieve the final total sum of £3m. The Committee is in the process of reviewing the tax regime and is mindful that any proposed revisions to it would need to be of some duration, to ensure certainty for the colleges, and would therefore need to take account of the adoption of the Charity SORP and the current economic situation. The Committee plans to publish a consultation paper in Trinity Term 2010, prior to the collection of contributions due in 2010/11.

Text of Regulations

In Council Regulations 1 of 2009 concerning College Contributions (Gazette, Vol. 139, pp. 928–9, 23 April 2009), delete existing regulation 3 (4) and substitute (new text underlined and deleted text scored through):

'(4) The bands and rates for 2008/9the contributions payable in 2009/10 based on the 2008/9 accounts shall be as follows:

              On the first £30m of taxable assets  NIL 

              On the next £3m                      0.10 per cent  

              On the next £3m                      0.20 per cent  

              On the next £3m                      0.30 per cent  

              On taxable assets over £39m          0.36 per cent 

At the same time as submitting its annual financial statements under section 8, each college shall also submit a statement in the form set out in the Schedule to these regulations.'

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1 Declaration of approval of Legislative Proposal: Statute VI: changes to publication of examination regulations

No notice of opposition having been received, Mr Vice-Chancellor declared the Legislative Proposal amending Statute VI (p. 357) approved.

2 Reply to Question

For the text of the question asked, and of the reply approved by Council, see Gazette, 10 December 2009.

A report of proceedings in Congregation will be published in the Gazette of 28 January.

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Register of Congregation

Mr Vice-Chancellor reports that the following names have been added to the Register of Congregation:

Bath, J.N., Linacre Gruenewald, K., Faculty of Clinical Medicine

Martinez, J.V., Green Templeton

Van den Bruel, A.M.G., Division of Public Health and Primary Care

Winters, B.J., Christ Church

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

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