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Oxford University Gazette, 25 June 2010: University Acts


Changes in Regulations

Council has made the following changes in regulations, to come into effect on 10 July.

(a) Establishment of Blavatnik School of Government
(new regulations)

In the Gazette of 17 June, Council proposed regulations to establish the Blavatnik School of Government (p. 1222). Since publication, Council has been notified of a proposed amendment to those regulations and has agreed to withdraw the original regulations and publish new regulations to replace them, with the words 'questions concerning' inserted in regulation 2 (3) and the addition of new regulation 8.

Explanatory Note

Mr Len Blavatnik and trusts associated with him have agreed to donate £75m to the University and Americans for Oxford, Inc. over the next ten years. The regulations below record the treatment of the £29m which will be paid directly to the University.

Text of Regulations

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts (Statutes, 2000, p. 598, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461), insert new § 34 and renumber existing §§ 34–117 as §§ 35–118:

'§ 34. Blavatnik School of Government

1. In addition to other donations, Len Blavatnik and a trust associated with him ('the Benefactors') have agreed to make a total direct donation of £29m to the University over the next ten years. This direct donation to the University is intended for the establishment of a School within the University which shall be named the Blavatnik School of Government (the 'School').

2. The following shall be the aims of the School.

(1) The School shall exist to serve the public good, by enhancing governance, in both the public and private sectors, through the provision of advanced education and training of the highest quality to future leaders from all quarters of the globe, and through the promotion of the study of public policy and its administration.

(2) The principal emphasis of the School shall be placed on providing such education and training to the highest academic standards, complemented by research activities of equal distinction. In working with its students, it shall give priority to practical and current tasks facing governments throughout the world.

(3) The School will include within its field of research and teaching questions concerning the principles of the free market, and of democratic and accountable government; the just liberties of the citizen; the right of citizens to work and enjoy the fruits of their labour; and the rights of sovereign states, lawfully constituted, to live at peace within their borders, and to participate freely in the global economy.

(4) The School shall strive (to the extent that this activity fulfils an educational purpose) to promote international co-operation in the understanding and solving of shared problems, including in areas such as conflict- resolution and the building of bridges between different cultures and faiths, and with special reference to transatlantic relations and the contribution of Europe to global peace and prosperity.

3. The academic direction and day-to-day management of the School shall be entirely and exclusively the responsibility of the University.

4. The School's day-to-day direction and running will be undertaken for the University by a Dean, supported by (among others) a Chief Financial Officer and a Director of Development. The Dean will have responsibility for all aspects of the School's administration, teaching, curriculum and development. The appointment of the Dean shall be made by Council, with the approval in writing of the Blavatnik School of Government Foundation (the 'Foundation'), such approval not to be unreasonably withheld.

5. The University shall comply with the obligations concerning the accommodation for the School, its manner of operation, and the use of the Benefactors' name which are set out in clauses 2.1.9 to 2.1.20 and 2.2.3 to 2.2.5 of the Gift Agreement between the Benefactors and the University.

6. The commitments by the University in these regulations are conditional upon the receipt by the University and Americans for Oxford, Inc. of the payments to be made by Len Blavatnik and trusts associated with him over the ten year period.

7. These regulations may only be amended with the prior written consent of the Foundation (for so long as it remains in existence) and, subject to any such consent, under the provisions of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923.

8. For greater certainty, and notwithstanding any other provision made in these regulations, the School shall have a duty to preserve and protect the academic freedom of its academic staff. For these purposes, 'academic freedom' has the meaning that it does in Statute XII Part A.'

(b) Continuing Education Board

Explanatory Note

These changes, made on the recommendation of the Continuing Education Board, remove references to obsolete positions on the Continuing Education Board.

Text of Regulations

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 the regulations concerning the Continuing Education Board (amended on 23 March 2006, 7 June 2007 and 29 May 2008 with effect from 1 October 2008, Gazette, Vol. 136, p. 836; Vol. 137, p. 1254; Vol. 139, p. 192, 16 October 2008), delete existing regulation 3.43 and substitute:

'3.43. The Continuing Education Board shall consist of:

(1), (2) one or two members appointed by Council from among its own members (as determined from time to time by Council, bearing in mind the desirability of there being strong representation of the board on Council and its committees, particularly the Education and Planning and Resource Allocation Committees), of whom one shall be designated chairman of the board by the Vice-Chancellor after consultation with the Director of the Department for Continuing Education;

(3)–(6) four persons of whom one shall be appointed by each divisional board;

(7)–(9) the Director and Deputy Directors of the Department for Continuing Education;

(10)–(12) three other members of the Department for Continuing Education elected by and from among the members of the department.'

(c) Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources)

Explanatory Note

The following changes correct the titles of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources) and the Pro- Vice-Chancellor (Personnel and Equality) in various regulations.

Text of Regulations

1 In Council Regulations 15 of 2002 concerning the committees reporting directly to Council or one of its main committees (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4634, 16 October 2002, p. 226), in regulations 2.14 (2), 3.12 (2), 3.16 (1) and 3.123 (1) delete 'Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resource Allocation)' and substitute 'Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources)'.

2 Ibid., in regulation 2.9 (1) delete 'Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Personnel and Equal Opportunities)' and substitute 'Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Personnel and Equality)'.

Corrigendum: Investment Committee

When the regulations concerning the Investment Committee were updated on 1 March 2007, numbering was not applied to one of the regulations.

1 In Part 3 of Council Regulations 15 of 2002, delete existing regulation 3.68 concerning the Investment Committee (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4634, 16 October 2002, p. 235, as amended on 1 March 2007 and 18 March 2010, Vol. 137, p. 814; Vol. 140, p. 746) and substitute (new text underlined):

'3.68. The Investment Committee shall consist of:

(1) the Vice-Chancellor;

(2) at least five external persons appointed by Council, all of whom shall bring recent and relevant expertise of investment management to the working of the committee, and one of whom shall be appointed by Council to serve as chairman of the committee;

(3) at least two other members appointed by Council who shall have recent and relevant expertise of investment management.

3.69. All members of the committee shall serve for five years and shall be re-eligible for reappointment.'

2 Ibid., renumber existing regulations 3.69–3.134 as 3.70–3.135.

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Election of Professor of Poetry

On Friday, 18 June, the following was duly elected as Professor of Poetry, to hold office for five years from Michaelmas Term 2010:


[The votes recorded were: for Michael George Gibson, 34; for Seán Haldane, 214; for Geoffrey Hill, 1,156; for Michael Horovitz, 353; for Robert Lacey, 101; for Stephen Larkin, 138; for Roger Lewis, 167; for Christopher Mann, 183; for Stephen Moss, 81; for Vaughan Pilikian, 28]

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1 Honorary Degrees

The following degrees, honoris causa, approved by Resolution of Congregation, were conferred:

Doctor of Civil Law

STEPHEN GERALD BREYER, LL.B Harvard, BA Oxf, AB Stanford, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College

DAVID JOHN SAINSBURY, Lord Sainsbury of Turville, BA Camb, MBA Columbia, HON. FRS, former Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department of Trade and Industry (Minister for Science and Innovation), Honorary Fellow of Nuffield College

Doctor of Letters

DAME EILEEN ATKINS, DBE, Actor, Guildhall School of Music and Drama

GEOFFREY HILL, MA Camb, MA Oxf, FRSL, FAAAS, Poet and Critic, Professor-elect of Poetry, University Professor Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Literature and Religion, Boston University, Massachusetts, former Professor of English Literature, University of Leeds, Honorary Fellow of Keble College

SIR IAN KERSHAW, BA Liv, D.PHIL Oxf, FBA, FRHS, Historian, Professor Emeritus of Modern History, University of Sheffield, Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Honorary Fellow of Merton College

ARTHUR GEORGE WEIDENFELD, Lord Weidenfeld of Chelsea, Publisher, Honorary Fellow of St Anne's College and St Peter's College

Doctor of Science

BRIGITTE A. ASKONAS, B.SC M.SC McGill, PH.D Camb, FRS, Immunologist, Visiting Professor, Leukocyte Biology Section, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, former Head of Division of Immunology, National Institute for Medical Research, London, Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences

ROALD HOFFMANN, BA Columbia College, MA PH.D Harvard, FAAAS, FAPS, FNAS, Frank H.T. Rhodes Professor Emeritus of Humane Letters, Cornell University, Foreign Member of the Royal Society

2 Encaenia

THE PUBLIC ORATOR delivered the Oration 'in Commemoration of the Benefactors of the University according to the intention of the Right Honourable Nathaniel, Lord Crewe, Bishop of Durham'.

¶ The texts of the speeches made by the Public Orator in introducing the recipients of Honorary Degrees at the Encaenia, and of the Creweian Oration, are published as Supplement (2) to Gazette No. 4923.

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Register of Congregation

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

Hodson, L., Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism

Janes, D.A., Computing Services

Noton, A.J., Ashmolean Museum

Pryce, T.O., St Hugh's

Schlackow, I., Pembroke

Vakonakis, I., Department of Biochemistry

Wrightson, J.M., Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine

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For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 10 July, see 'Examinations and Boards' below.

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