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Oxford University Gazette, 24 September 2009: University Agenda

CONGREGATION 6 October 12 noon

¶ The meeting will be held in the Sheldonian Theatre. For security purposes, all those attending are asked to bring their University Card.

1 Retiring Vice-Chancellor's Oration

Mr Vice-Chancellor will address the House.

2 Admission of Vice-Chancellor for 2009–16

ANDREW D. HAMILTON, B.SC Exe, M.SC British Columbia, MA Oxf, PH.D Camb, FRS, will be admitted to office as Vice-Chancellor, for seven years from October 2009.

3 Admission of Pro-Vice-Chancellors

The following persons will be nominated by the Vice-Chancellor to be his deputies for the year 2009–10 and will be admitted to office:

PROFESSOR M.J. EARL, BA Newc, MA Oxf, M.SC Warw, Honorary Fellow of Green Templeton College and former Dean of Templeton College

PROFESSOR E.G. MCKENDRICK, BCL MA Oxf, LL.B Edin, Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall

PROFESSOR A. MONACO, AB Princeton, MD PH.D Harvard, Fellow of Merton College

PROFESSOR I.A. WALMSLEY, B.SC Lond, PH.D Rochester, Fellow of St Hugh's College

PROFESSOR R.W. AINSWORTH, MA D.PHIL OXF, Master of St Catherine's College

DAME FIONA CALDICOTT, DBE, BM B.CH MA Oxf, Principal of Somerville College

PROFESSOR DAME AVERIL CAMERON, DBE, MA Oxf, PH.D Lond, Warden of Keble College

A. DILNOT, CBE, MA Oxf, Principal of St Hugh's College

PROFESSOR DAME JESSICA RAWSON, DBE, MA LITT.D Camb, MA D.LITT Oxf, Warden of Merton College

SIR MICHAEL SCHOLAR, KCB, MA PH.D Camb, MA D.PHIL Oxf, President of St John's College

PROFESSOR P.A. SLACK, MA D.PHIL Oxf, Principal of Linacre College

R.G. SMETHURST, MA Oxf, Provost of Worcester College

4 Admission of Clerks of the Market

R.C.S. WALKER, BA McGill, MA D.PHIL Oxf, Fellow of Magdalen College, nominated by the Vice- Chancellor, will be admitted to office as a Clerk of the Market for the year 2009–10.

¶ It is expected that PROFESSOR S.D. IVERSEN, MA PH.D Camb, MA D.PHIL Oxf, Fellow of Magdalen College, nominated by the Chancellor, will be admitted to office as a Clerk of the Market for the year 2009'10 at a private ceremony in Michaelmas Term 2009.

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CONGREGATION 13 October 2 p.m.

¶ Members of Congregation are reminded that any two members may, not later than noon on Monday, 5 October, give notice in writing to the Registrar that they intend to oppose or amend any of the legislative proposals at 1, 2 and 3 below, or any of the resolutions at 4, 5 and 6 below (see the note on the conduct of business in Congregation below). If such notice has not been given, and unless Council has declared otherwise or the meeting has been adjourned, each legislative proposal and resolution shall be carried and the meeting may be cancelled.

1 Voting on Legislative Proposal: associate faculty membership

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), which is promoted on the recommendation of the Academic Registrar, establishes a new category of associate faculty membership that confers all rights and benefits of full faculty membership with the exception of voting rights and membership of Congregation.

WHEREAS it is expedient to establish a new category of associate faculty membership, THE UNIVERSITY ENACTS AS FOLLOWS.

In Statute VII concerning Divisions, Faculties, Sub- faculties, Departments, and the Department for Continuing Education (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002), as amended with effect from 1 October 2005 (Vol. 136, p. 246, 27 October 2005), 11 October 2005 (Vol. 136, p. 184, 13 October 2005), 30 May 2006 (Vol. 136, p. 1163, 1 June 2006), 13 June 2006 (Vol. 136, p. 1240, 15 June 2006), 10 June 2008 (Vol. 138 p. 1237, 12 June 2008) and 19 May 2009 (Vol. 139, p. 1081, 14 May 2009), attach the following footnote to 'The members of the faculty' in section 7 and renumber existing footnote 1 as footnote 2:

'1 Persons who do not receive faculty membership under section 7 may at the discretion of the relevant faculty board receive 'associate' faculty membership, but such 'associate members' shall not be qualified for membership of Congregation under the provisions of Statute IV, nor to vote in faculty board elections or serve on faculty boards under the provisions of Council Regulations 19 of 2002.'

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2 Voting on Legislative Proposal: Green Moral Philosophy Prize

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), which is promoted on the recommendation of the Board of the Faculty of Philosophy with the support of the Humanities Divisional Board, makes changes to the existing legislation governing the Green Moral Philosophy Prize Fund to make better use of the income from the fund. The present arrangements, under which prizes are awarded to graduate students for dissertations in a subject relating to Moral Philosophy, no longer represent the most effective use of the available income. The Prize attracts very few (if any) entries when advertised, and the rules about eligibility allow it to be awarded to someone with no active affiliation to the Faculty. Support for academic excellence in the Faculty could be better promoted by the offer of graduate scholarships in Moral Philosophy.

WHEREAS it is expedient to amend the use of the Green Moral Philosophy Prize Fund to provide scholarships, 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:

'Part 69: The T.H. Green Moral Philosophy Scholarships

69.1. The income from the trust shall be used to provide scholarships for the support of students who have been accepted by the University for a graduate degree in Philosophy, in some subject relating to Moral Philosophy.

69.2. The scholarships shall be known as the T.H. Green Moral Philosophy Scholarships.

69.3. The Board of the Faculty of Philosophy shall be the board of management for the fund.

69.4. The scholarship shall be awarded by the Philosophy Graduate Studies Committee on the recommendation of:

(1) the Director of Graduate Studies in Philosophy;

(2) the Director of Graduate Admissions in Philosophy;

(3) a representative of the college where the scholarship shall be held appointed by the college's Governing Body; and

(4) the White's Professor of Moral Philosophy.

69.5. If on any occasion a scholarship is not offered, the income not expended shall at the discretion of the board either (i) be carried forward for expenditure in subsequent years; or (ii) be invested in augmentation of the capital of the fund; or (iii) be used for some other purpose relevant to the study of moral philosophy.

69.6. Sections 69.2–5 may be amended by Council.'

Regulations to be made by Council if the Statute is approved

1 In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts (Statutes, 2000, p. 644, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461), delete § 133 and renumber existing §§ 134–68 as §§ 133–67.

2 This regulation shall be effective from the date on which the Statute approved by Congregation on [13 October 2009] is approved by Her Majesty in Council.

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3 Voting on Legislative Proposal: John Gilbert Winant Visiting Professorship of American Government

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), which is promoted on the recommendation of the Social Science and Humanities Divisional Boards, makes changes to the existing legislation governing the John Gilbert Winant Visiting Professorship of American Government, to locate the professorship in the Rothermere American Institute, transferring it from the Department of Politics and International Relations. The changes also strengthen the constitution of the electoral board to reflect the interdisciplinary nature and focus of the post. Management responsibility for use of the Visiting Professorship funds is transferred to the RAI also.

WHEREAS it is expedient to amend the provisions governing the John Gilbert Winant Visiting Professorship of American Government, 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

'Part 69: John Gilbert Winant Visiting Professorship of American Government

69.1. The University accepts with gratitude the moneys offered by Mr R. Winant in memory of his late father, John Gilbert Winant, and any further sums which may be contributed for the same purpose, for the provision of a John Gilbert Winant Visiting Professorship of American Government.

69.2. The professor shall lecture and give instruction in American Government, as broadly defined.

69.3. The professor shall hold the appointment in the Rothermere American Institute and shall be elected by an electoral board consisting of:

(1) the Vice-Chancellor;

(2) the Master of Balliol College, or, if the Master is unable or unwilling to act, a person appointed by the Government Body of Balliol College on the occurrence of a vacancy to act as an elector on that occasion;

(3) a person appointed by the Governing Body of Balliol College;

(4), (5) two persons appointed by Council;

(6) a person appointed by the Humanities Divisional Board;

(7) the Director of the Rothermere American Institute;

(8), (9) two persons appointed by the Social Sciences Divisional Board, one of whom shall be appointed from among the members of the Department of Politics and International Relations.

69.4. The professor shall hold office for a period not exceeding one year as the electors may determine.

69.5. 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.

69.6. Any surplus in the annual net income from the endowment after the salary and related costs of the professorship have been met shall be used, at the discretion of the director of the Rothermere American Institute, to meet the costs incurred by the professor in the furtherance of research and teaching in American Government as broadly defined. Any income not expended in any year shall be carried forward for expenditure for the same purpose in subsequent years.

69.7 Sections 69.3–6 may be amended by Council.'

Regulations to be made by Council if the Statute is approved

1 In Sect III of Council Regulations 24 of 2002, concerning academic and other posts (Statutes, 2000, p. 432, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461) delete § 113 and renumber existing §§ 114–55 as §§ 113–54.

2 This regulation shall be effective from the date on which the Statute approved by Congregation on [13 October 2009] is approved by Her Majesty in Council.

Note

1 If both legislative proposals at 2 and 3 are approved, this Part will be numbered 70.
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4 Voting on 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, Fellow of Jesus College, former Secretary to the Delegates and Chief Executive of Oxford University Press, be approved.

¶ After a first degree at the University of Bristol, Dr Henry Reece obtained a D.Phil in Modern History at Oxford, and then worked for two major international publishers, Prentice-Hall and Pearson, before returning to Oxford as Secretary to the Delegates and Chief Executive of Oxford University Press in 1998. During Dr Reece's time as head of the Press, he has been responsible for encouraging the growth of local publishing outside Oxford; for overseeing the advancement of decision-making at divisional and branch level; and for the establishment of a strong culture of budgetary control. The Press now has an established reputation as the world's pre-eminent scholarly publisher. Notable landmarks during Dr Reece's tenure include the launch of the Oxford English Dictionary Online in 2000; the creation of Oxford Scholarship Online in 2003; the publication of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography in 2004; and the sustained growth of the Press as a schools, ELT, and Higher Education publisher. One of the consequences of this success has been the ability to transfer £478m to the rest of the University over the last eleven years. His achievements are testament to his commitment to the University's mission to further excellence in research, scholarship and education.

If the resolution is approved, the honorary degree will be conferred at a ceremony on 12 June at 2.30 p.m.

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5 Voting on 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.

Explanatory Note

The expenditure proposed in resolution (iv) below will 'spend up' the part of the fund earmarked for Theology. This is permitted under the Trust Deed governing the Higher Studies Fund (HSF) and there are precedents for this: most recently the part of the HSF earmarked for Geology was fully spent in the late 1970s. The Trust Deed requires the Trustees to hold only two sums of capital as permanent endowment, both in support of the Bodleian Library. The Trustees are otherwise empowered to deploy both capital and income in the making of grants to further the research activities of the University.

In the absence of a part of the HSF earmarked for Theology, successful bids from that faculty could be funded from the unearmarked fund.

Text of Resolution

(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.

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6 Voting on Resolution authorising use of space in the Oxford Molecular Pathology Institute and related temporary provision of decant space

Explanatory Note

Work has started on a new building to replace the Dunn School's outdated accommodation in the Sir Leslie Martin Building. This project is the highest priority in the capital plan for the Medical Sciences Division. Resolution (i) seeks approval for the Dunn School's occupancy of part of the new building on the site of the Sir Leslie Martin Building, to be called the Oxford Molecular Pathology Institute (OMPI). Some of the School's staff have been moved into temporary accommodation in the Rex Richards Building until completion of the OMPI. Resolution (ii) seeks approval for the temporary occupancy of the Donald Woods Building, to house the remainder of the staff displaced by the commencement of work on the OMPI.

Consideration has been given to the potential conflict within the Medical Sciences Division between this use of the Donald Woods Building as decant space for the OMPI project and the need for its demolition to enable the development of the Hans Krebs site project. It is not currently envisaged that the latter project would proceed before 1 April 2011. However, in line with Divisional priorities, it is accepted that if the project were to be ready to proceed at an earlier date, the demolition work would take priority and the Dunn School's staff would decant elsewhere.

Text of Resolutions

(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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