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

Congregation10 March

Contested Election

Curators of the Sheldonian Theatre

Vacancy: One

Current/retiring member To hold office until
Dr P. Coones, Hertford MT 2011

One member of Congregation elected by Congregation.

Nominations received

The following nominations have been received:

Chris Ballinger, MA MSc DPhil Oxf, Social Sciences Division

Nominated by:

F.A. Cairncross, Exeter

K.L. Blackmon, Merton, Faculty of Management

L.D. Cluver, Wolfson, Department of Social Policy and Social Work

N. Bowles, St Anne's, Faculty of Social Studies

Candidate statement:
I have been using the Sheldonian for its full range of activities (University ceremonies, Congregation debates, lectures, conferences, concerts, and functions), both as an attendee and an organiser, for fourteen years.  Most recently, in addition to enjoying concerts and recitals in the Sheldonian, I assist with 2–4 degree ceremonies each year.  Having used the Sheldonian in these ways for some considerable time, I am now offering myself to be involved with helping the Sheldonian itself by joining the committee of Curators.

I have gained some experience of ensuring the good working of institutions through my membership of committees, including the appointment of good staff, the support and challenge of these staff, and the inspection of tight budgets.  I have also gained a broad appreciation of many different aspects of the life of the Collegiate university, which I would bring to the role.

D.P. Hyland, BMus Royal College of Music, Medical Sciences Division

Nominated by:

E.F. Clarke, Wadham, Faculty of Music

J.S.H. Taylor, Pembroke, Faculty of Physiological Sciences

D.A. Terrar, New College, Faculty of Physiological Sciences

R.J. Wilkins, St Edmund Hall, Faculty of Physiological Sciences

Candidate statement:
I have worked in Oxford since 2000, initially at the Bodleian Library and then, after 2003, within the Humanities Division. I have served as departmental administrator for the faculties of Theology and Music, in which latter role I had charge of the Music Faculty's 1930s premises on St Aldate's (also housing the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments) and oversight of the hire and use during term-time of the 18th-century Holywell Music Room, under agreement with Wadham College. I am currently responsible for the running of the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre in the South Parks Road area, coupled with responsibility for the academic administration of all pre-clinical courses and management of the faculty offices. I have practical experience of managing a variety of buildings, and good working relationships with relevant staff in the University Estates Directorate. I would be happy to represent Congregation as a member of the Curators of the Sheldonian Theatre.

S.J. Payne, MEng DPhil Oxf, Fellow of Keble, Faculty of Engineering Science

Nominated by:

M.A. Chappell, Faculty of Engineering Science

R.A. Saunders, Faculty of History

P.H. Taylor, Keble, Faculty of Engineering Science

S.R. Whalley, Keble, Faculty of Music

Candidate statement:
What skills are required of someone wishing to become a Curator of the Sheldonian Theatre? It seems to me that what is needed is an appreciation of what the Sheldonian is used for, how it is maintained and cared for, and how its future can be secured through careful long-term management.

I came to Oxford in 1993 as an undergraduate at Trinity, graduated (twice) in 1997 (MEng) and 2001 (DPhil), and after short visits to a number of other colleges, have been a University Lecturer in Engineering Science and a Tutorial Fellow of Keble for the last five years.

Over this time I have learnt about how the building is used at matriculations and graduations (as my college's Dean of Degrees for three years) and for concerts (as a professionally qualified organist playing the Sheldonian organ). I have gained an understanding of its structure and function are interlinked and how inventive was the architecture in its day (through the work of one of my nominators, who has built a model of the roof). In addition, through sitting on numerous college committees and my Parish Church Council, I have started to understand how good governance and management underpin every successful organisation.

I hope that these skills would enable me to act in the best interests of the University through being a Curator of the Sheldonian Theatre. If you think that I am the most suitable candidate, then I would ask you to vote for me.

General notes:

The nomination period for this election closed at 4 p.m. on Thursday, 10 February 2011.

All members of Congregation are entitled to vote in this election. Ballot papers were sent out to voters during the week of 22 February. Completed ballot papers must be received by the Elections Office not later than 4 p.m. on 10 March 2011.

For further information on the Board, please contact the Secretary, Ms L. Hofen (lisa.hofen@admin.ox.ac.uk, tel. Oxford (2)70129).

For more information on this election, please contact the Elections Officer, Ms S.L. Stacey (telephone: (2)80463, email: elections.office@ox.ac.uk).