Congregation

  • Thursday 10 March 2011
  • NO. 4947
  • VOL. 141

Congregation10 March

Election

Curators of the Sheldonian Theatre

Details are in 'Elections' section below.

Congregation16 March

Admission of Proctors and Assessor

A Congregation will be held on Wednesday, 16 March, in Convocation House, for the purpose of admitting to office Laurence Andrew Whitehead, MA Oxf, Fellow of Nuffield, and Brian James Rogers, BSc PhD Brist, MA Oxf, Fellow of Pembroke, as Proctors for the ensuing year, and Teresa Jean Morgan, MA PhD Camb, MA Oxf, Fellow of Oriel, as Assessor for the ensuing year.

Congregation22 March

2 p.m.

¶ Members of Congregation are reminded that any two members may, not later than noon on Monday, 14 March, give notice in writing to the Registrar that they intend to oppose or amend any of the resolutions at items 1–3 or the proposed change in Congregation Regulations at item 4 below (see the note on the conduct of business in Congregation below). If no such notice has been given, and unless Council has declared otherwise or the meeting has been adjourned, each resolution and the change in Congregation Regulations shall be carried and the meeting may be cancelled.

1 Voting on Resolutions approving the conferment of Honorary Degrees

(1) That the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Civil Law, honoris causa, upon Edwin Cameron, BA Stellenbosch, LLB South Africa, MA Oxf (Rhodes Scholar), Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple, Honorary Fellow of Keble College, be approved.

(2) That the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, upon Sir Geoffrey Ernest Richard Lloyd, MA PhD Camb, Historian of Ancient Science, Senior Scholar in Residence, Needham Research Institute, former Professor of Ancient Philosophy and Science, University of Cambridge, Honorary Foreign Member of AAAS, Member of the International Academy of the History of Science, Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Society, FBA, Honorary Fellow of Darwin College and of King's College, Cambridge, be approved.

(3) That the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, upon Marilynne Summers Robinson, BA Brown, PhD Washington, author, Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, be approved.

(4) That the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, upon Elizabeth Helen Blackburn, AC, BSc MSc Melbourne, PhD Camb, Molecular Biologist, Morris Herzstein Professor of Biology and Physiology, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco, Non-resident Fellow of the Salk Institute, FAAAS, FRS, Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences, Member of the Institute of Medicine, be approved.

(5) That the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, upon Dame Linda Partridge, BA DPhil Oxf, Geneticist, Director of the Institute of Healthy Ageing and Weldon Professor of Biometry, University College London, Director of the Max Planck Institute of the Biology of Ageing, Cologne, Member of EMBO, FRSE, FRS, FMedSci, Member of AAAS, be approved.

(6) That the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, upon Oliver Smithies, MA DPhil Oxf, Geneticist, Weatherspoon Eminent Distinguished Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Foreign Member of the Royal Society, Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, be approved.

(7) That the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Music, honoris causa, upon Sir George Martin, Guildhall School of Music, Music Producer, former Head of Parlophone Records, Founder and Chairman of the Associated Independent Recording Studios, be approved.

¶ If the resolutions are approved, the honorary degrees will be conferred at the Encaenia on 29 June.

2 Voting on Resolution approving the conferment of Degree by Diploma

That the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Civil Law by Diploma upon His Excellency Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Italian Republic, be approved.

¶ If the resolution is approved, the degree by diploma will be conferred at the Encaenia on 29 June.

3 Voting on Resolution authorising use of space in Beaver House, Hythe Bridge Street

Explanatory Note

On 14 December 2010, Congregation authorised the use of sites at the Old Road Campus for the construction of the Kennedy Institute and a new building for the Nuffield Department of Medicine. The sites were noted to be in the area where the original NHS buildings are located. For these projects to proceed, the demolition of three of those buildings (namely, the Badenoch Building, the Richards Building and the Management Building) will be required. A decant strategy for occupants of those buildings has therefore been devised.

As part of that strategy, it is proposed that the Department of Primary Care should be allocated space in Beaver House, Hythe Bridge Street. This move has the benefit of bringing the department closer to the centre of Oxford prior to its longer-term relocation to the Primary Care Trust building at the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter (approved by Congregation on 1 December 2009).

Text of Resolution

That approximately 1500 sq.m. net usable area on the second floor of Beaver House, Hythe Bridge Street, be allocated for use by the Department of Primary Care from 1 April 2011 until the Primary Care Trust building at the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter is available for occupation, or until 31 March 2013, whichever is the sooner.

4 Voting on changes to Congregation Regulations 3 of 2002

Explanatory Note

The following changes remove a reference to the amount paid as a fee for late entry of a candidate's names for degree days and instead make reference to the authority for setting the level of fee and the place in the Examination Regulations where the amount of the fee is recorded.

Text of Regulations

In regulation 3.3 of Congregation Regulations 3 of 2002 (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4612, 13 February 2002, Vol. 132, p. 776, as amended on 11 February 2003, 11 March 2003, 2 November 2004 and 11 October 2005), delete existing paragraphs (3)–(4) and substitute (inserted text underlined, deleted text scored through):

'(3) candidates who being qualified at the time have nevertheless failed to have their names so entered on the fifteenth day before the degree day shall be at liberty to have them entered in the prescribed manner not later than 5 p.m. on the day preceding the degree day on payment of a late fee, as determined from time to time by Fees Policy Group and set out in Appendix 1 of the Examination Regulations, of £17 in addition to theany degree fee;

(4) candidates who have become qualified for their degree by passing an examination on any of the fifteen days preceding the degree day may have their names entered in the prescribed manner not later than 5 p.m. on the day preceding the degree day, but such candidates shall not pay any additional late fee;'.

Note on procedures in Congregation

¶ Business in Congregation is conducted in accordance with Congregation Regulations 2 of 2002 (www.admin.ox.ac.uk/statutes/regulations/529-122.shtml). A printout of these regulations, or of any statute or other regulations, is available from the Council Secretariat on request. A member of Congregation seeking advice on questions relating to its procedures, other than elections, should contact Miss S. Cowburn at the University Offices, Wellington Square (telephone: (2)70193; email: sarah.cowburn@admin.ox.ac.uk); questions relating to elections should be directed to the Elections Officer, Ms S.L. Stacey (telephone: (2)80463, email: elections.office@ox.ac.uk).