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Oxford University Gazette, 29 April 2010: University Acts

COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY

Changes in Regulations

Council has made the following changes in regulations, to come into effect on 14 May.

Nominations Committee

Explanatory Note

The following changes in regulations amend the procedure for managing the nomination of external members of Council to create a separate process for considering the renomination of serving external members of Council. The changes also clarify that an external member of Council serving as a member of the Nominations Committee shall not attend meeting(s) when the nomination of his/her successor to Council is being considered or have any part in the consideration of his or her successor. The opportunity has also been taken to update the text to remove the definition of 'external member', as that definition is now set out in Statute I.

Text of Regulations

1 In Council Regulations 15 of 2002 (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4634, 16 October 2002) concerning the Nominations Committee (made by Council on 15 November 2007, Gazette, Vol. 138, p. 316, as amended on 25 September 2008, Vol. 139, p. 2) delete existing regulation 3.81 (2)–(3) and substitute (new text underlined, deleted text scored through):

'(2) in the event of expiry of term of a serving external member of Council appointed under section 4 (7)–(10) of Statute VI:

(a) the General Purposes Committee shall consider the renomination and, if the serving external member is willing to be renominated, shall make a recommendation to Council at its first meeting in the term before the vacancy is due to occur;

(b) (i) Council shall consider the recommendation and shall either propose the candidate put forward under sub-paragraph (a) above for approval by Congregation or shall refer the matter to the Nominations Committee;

(ii) when referring the matter to the Nominations Committee or when considering the steps to be taken in the event that the candidate is rejected by Congregation, Council may ask the committee to identify a different candidate from among candidates considered for another external vacancy on Council, to instigate a new search for candidates in accordance with paragraph (3) below or to exercise its own discretion in making a decision between these two courses of action;

(c) in the absence of directions from Council to the contrary, if the candidate is rejected by Congregation, the Nominations Committee shall exercise its own discretion in making a decision between the two courses of action under sub-paragraph (b)(ii);

(23) in the event of a vacancy in Council under section 4 (7)–(10) of Statute VI for an external member of Council to be nominated by Council and approved by Congregation other than a renomination considered under paragraph (2) above who is not when nominated a member of Congregation or resident holder of a teaching, research, or administrative post in the University or in any college, society, or Permanent Private Hall:

(a) the committee shall by advertisement in the University Gazette invite written nominations of candidates from any member of Congregation. The notice shall be published to allow a period of at least twenty-one days in Full Term between the date of the invitation in the Gazette and the closing date by which nominations must be received;

(b) after the closing date the committee shall consider all the nominations it has received and those candidates proposed by its own members, select from them having due regard to the principles of equality and diversity and agreed selection criteria, and make recommendations to Council;

(c) Council shall consider all recommendations received from the Nominations Committee and shall either propose one candidate for each vacancy for approval by Congregation or shall ask the committee to submit further names for its consideration;

(d) if a candidate is rejected by Congregation the committee shall propose a further candidate or candidates to be put to Council in accordance with sub-paragraph (b) above, or, if necessary, by readvertising the vacancy in the University Gazette in accordance with sub- paragraph (a) above, until each vacancy is filled;

(34) advise Council on such other aspects of the membership of Council as may be requested by Council from time to time.'

2 Ibid., delete regulation 3.80 and substitute:

'3.80. (1) The term of office of the members of the committee appointed by Council shall be determined by Council in each case up to a maximum of three years and may extend beyond the term of each individual's membership of Council. Members of the committee appointed by Council shall be eligible for reappointment but shall not serve for more than six years in total. Members of the committee elected by Congregation shall serve for three years and shall be eligible for re-election.

(2) No external member of Council serving on the committee shall attend meeting(s) when the nomination of his/her successor to Council is being considered or have any part in the consideration of his or her successor.'

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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 14 May.

(a) Establishment of Adams Bursary Fund

Explanatory Note

The following regulation establishes the Adams Bursary Fund as a permanent endowment of the University, the net income of which will be used towards providing bursaries for undergraduate students of St Hilda's College and St John's College.

Text of Regulations

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts (Statutes, 2000, p. 579, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461), insert new § 2 and renumber existing §§ 2–115 as §§ 3–116:

'§ 2. Adams Bursary Fund

1. The benefaction in memory of Reginald and Frieda Adams which comprises one hundred thousand pounds sterling (£100,000), together with any further donations for this purpose, shall be known as the Adams Bursary Fund.

2. The University shall retain all of the Fund as a permanent endowment and shall apply the net income of the Fund towards providing bursaries for undergraduate students of St Hilda's College and St John's College.

3. The bursaries shall be provided to recipients of the Oxford Opportunity Bursary scheme.

4. The administration of the Fund, and the application of its income, shall be the responsibility of the Student Hardship and Childcare Funds Committee Applications Subcommittee.

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


(b) Establishment of Crawford Miller (Oxford–Australia) Visiting Fellowship Fund

Explanatory Note

The following regulations establish the Crawford Miller (Oxford–Australia) Visiting Fellowship Fund as part of the permanent endowment of St Cross College.

Text of Regulations

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts (Statutes, 2000, p. 616, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461), insert new § 72 and renumber existing §§ 72–115 as §§ 73–116:

'§ 72. Crawford Miller (Oxford–Australia) Visiting Fellowship Fund

1. The benefaction from the Bethany House Community of Faith together with any further donations for this purpose shall be known as the Crawford Miller (Oxford–Australia) Visiting Fellowship Fund.

2. The Fellowship will be open to leading Australian thinkers and scholars of any discipline, interested in pursuing enquiry into human consciousness and spirituality, and to leading scholars from the University of Oxford visiting Australia to speak at a conference and/or advance research relating to human consciousness and spirituality, but preference is to be given to the former.

3. The Fund shall be part of the permanent endowment of St Cross College. For fifty years from the date of inception, the Fund shall be used to support the costs of accommodation, subsistence, travelling and overheads for Visiting Fellows so nominated by the Crawford Miller Board of Management. After a period of fifty years, St Cross College may use the income from the Fund for general endowment purposes.

4. The administration of the Fund and the application of its capital and income shall be the responsibility of the Crawford Miller Board of Management comprising:

(1) the Master of St Cross College;

(2) a Fellow of St Cross College Governing Body elected by the Governing Body;

(3) the Chairman of the Board of the Theology Faculty of the University of Oxford;

(4) The Revd Dr Margaret Yee during her lifetime.

5. Regulation 4 may be amended by Council.

6. The Crawford Miller nameplate will remain on a college self-catering room in perpetuity.'


(c) Establishment of Francis Napier Fund

Explanatory Note

The following regulation establishes the Francis Napier Fund as a permanent endowment of the University, the net income of which will be used to support disabled students through the provision of grants, services and other facilities.

Text of Regulations

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts (Statutes, 2000, p. 579, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461), insert new § 251 and renumber existing §§ 251–391 as §§ 252–392:

'§ 251. Francis Napier Fund

1. The legacy from Mr Francis Napier, which comprises £1.9 million, together with any further donations for this purpose, shall be known as the Francis Napier Fund. The object of the fund is to advance the education of students enrolled on a course of undergraduate study at the University of Oxford who are disabled (with a preference for those who are physically disabled) with a preference for those students who have not attained the age of 18 years through the provision of grants, services or other facilities.

2. The University, as trustee, shall retain all of the Fund as permanent endowment and shall apply the net income of the Fund in accordance with a Scheme of the Charity Commissioners dated 1 December 2009.

3. The administration of the Fund, and the application of its capital and income, shall be the responsibility of the Subcommittee for Student Health and Welfare.

4. The Subcommittee shall make such deductions from income as are required to meet the proper costs of administering the charity and of managing its assets.

5. Any unexpended income may be carried forward for application in future years.

6. Regulation 3 above may be amended by Council.'


(d) Davis Prize

Explanatory Note

The following changes amend the regulations concerning the Davis Prize to set out alternative uses of the Fund, in addition to the awarding of an annual prize, in accordance with the Fund's objects. The amendments also enable the chairman of the Faculty Board to receive the list of books purchased and places visited from the holder of the annual award, instead of the Secretary of Faculties. The opportunity has also been taken to update outdated references.

Text of Regulations

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts (Statutes, 2000, p. 618, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461, as amended on 5 May 2005, Gazette Vol. 135, p. 927), delete § 79 and substitute:

'§ 79. H.W.C. Davis Fund

1. The H.W.C. Davis Fund shall be used for the encouragement of the study of history among student members of the University.

2. The fund shall be managed by the Board of the Faculty of History.

3. The board shall apply the income of the fund to award a prize called the 'H.W.C. Davis Prize' either for the purchase of books or for foreign travel or for both.

4. It shall be awarded annually by the Preliminary Examiners in History for the best performance in the Preliminary Examination in that subject.

5. Candidates must not, at the time of the examination, have exceeded three terms from their matriculation and must not be Senior Students.

6. The value of the prize shall be fixed at the discretion of the Board of the Faculty of History after allowing for the expenses of management.

7. The holder of the award shall be required to send to the Board of the Faculty of History through its chairman a list of the books purchased and places visited.

8. The board may dispose of surplus income either by making grants to one or more candidates on the recommendation of the examiners for meritorious work in the examination, or by awarding additional prizes, or by providing one or more studentships for the support of students who have been accepted by the University to read for a degree in the study of history.

9. Regulations 2–8 above may be amended by Council.'

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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:

Bennett, L.S., Faculty of Clinical Medicine

Cole, P.J., Faculty of Clinical Medicine

Cross, A.R., Faculty of Theology, Regent's Park

Currie, A.T., Faculty of Clinical Medicine

Eardley, A.R., Faculty of English Language and Literature, St Edmund Hall

Henderson, S., Bodleian Communication and Publishing

Kukura, P., Faculty of Chemistry, St Hugh's

Leedham, S., Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics

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