Notices

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

Consultative notices

Proposals for Honorary Degrees to be conferred at the Encaenia in 2012, and for Degrees by Diploma

Members of Congregation are encouraged to suggest the names of people on whom such degrees might be conferred. Degrees by diploma are conferred on heads of state and royalty, and Encaenia honorary degrees are conferred at the University's annual ceremonial event. When considering possible honorands, the Honorary Degrees Committee will focus on individuals in the following categories:

1. those of high academic distinction in the fields of research and scholarship of specific interest to the University of Oxford;

2. those distinguished in the visual, literary, musical, and performing arts;

3. those distinguished in business and industry;

4. those who have played a distinguished role in public life, for example in contributing to progress and change in society;

5. those who have made a significant contribution to the activities of the University of Oxford—such individuals would normally also fall into one of the categories above.

Within these categories, the committee will aim to produce a balanced list which takes account of the international dimension which characterises this University's activities.

Honorary degrees will not be conferred on anyone who holds, or who has retired from, a resident teaching, research, or administrative post within the University or in any college or other society, except in exceptional circumstances such as distinguished service outside the terms of his or her paid service.

Nominations should be sent on the approved application form, which is available from Mrs C. Benton (telephone: (2)80107, email: ceri.benton@admin.ox.ac.uk) or can be downloaded by staff accessing the University website from the Oxford University Network (www.admin.ox.ac.uk/councilsec/hondegs/). The completed form should be sent to Mrs C. Benton, University Offices, Wellington Square, by Friday, 6 May, under 'Strictly Confidential' cover.

While informal soundings within the University will often be desirable, every effort should be made to ensure that publicity is not at any stage given to any specific proposal for the conferral of an honorary degree. All nominations will be considered in strict confidence by the Honorary Degrees Committee, which submits its report to Council at the beginning of Michaelmas term. After discussion, Council will report back to the Honorary Degrees Committee, which will arrive at a list of honorands to put to Congregation.

The names of people on whom degrees by diploma and honorary degrees have recently been conferred may be found in the University Calendar, 2010–11, pp. 535–40.

Resolutions proposing this year's honorands are set out on p. 483 of the Gazette of 3 March 2011.

General notices

Gazette publication arrangements

The final Gazette of Hilary term will be published on 17 March. An issue of the Gazette will also be published on 24 March, but will be limited to Council and Congregation business and examination regulations.

Publication for Trinity term will begin on 28 April. The deadline for receipt by the Gazette office of items for publication in the Gazettes of 28 April and 5 May will be brought forward because of the Easter office closure and the bank holidays on 29 April and 2 May:

  • deadline for receipt of items for issue of 28 April: noon on Wednesday, 13 April
  • deadline for receipt of items for issue of 5 May: noon on Wednesday, 20 April


Joint Division/Education Committee Review of the Faculty of Law

Terms of Reference for the Review

1. To review the quality of academic activities in the faculty, by reference to:

  • international standards of excellence;
  • action taken since the last review of the faculty;
  • planning statements at faculty and divisional level, and in the context of the University's mission statement and corporate plan.

In particular:

(a) the quality of the research of the faculty, including its participation in inter-departmental, inter-divisional and inter-disciplinary activities, its research profile and strategy, and future challenges and opportunities;

(b) the quality of undergraduate and graduate programmes and their delivery and related issues, including:

  • access and admissions;
  • curriculum design and programme structure;
  • teaching, learning and assessment;
  • the relationship between teaching and research;
  • academic and pastoral support and guidance;
  • the provision and use of learning resources (including staff resources);
  • specific arrangements for the pursuit of graduate studies (including research degrees and research training and provision for part-time study);
  • relationships with colleges;
  • quality assurance mechanisms;

(c) the organisation of the faculty, its management structures and the relationship between the faculty and the Division, including such matters as:

  • strategic planning (including relationship to the divisional five–year plans and the University's Corporate Plan);
  • academic and non-academic staff planning and recruitment;
  • student number planning;
  • terms of appointment for academic staff, including career development and equal opportunities issues;
  • accommodation and future space needs;
  • fundraising;

(d) the relationship (structural and operational) between units within the faculty, and between the faculty and cognate subject areas and colleges to which it is linked in teaching and research.

2. To consider the current and long-term financial position of, and funding arrangements for, the faculty, and its financial strategy.

The review committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference. These should be sent to the secretary of the review committee, Jane Dale (jane.dale@socsci.ox.ac.uk), Social Sciences Division, Hayes House, 75 George Street, Oxford OX1 2BQ, by Friday, 13 May.


Review of the Professorship of Poetry

Council has authorised a review of the Professorship of Poetry. The review will take place during Trinity term 2011 with a view to reporting to Council during Michaelmas term. The membership and terms of reference of the review committee are as follows:

Membership

Dr Ralph Walker (in the chair) (Magdalen)

Professor Paul Slack (former Principal of Linacre)

Dr David Bradshaw (Chair of the English Faculty Board)

Professor Sally Shuttleworth (Head of the Humanities Division)

Terms of reference

Taking into account previous elections, and in particular the report on the 2010 election, to review all aspects of the professorship, including:

  1. the electorate;
  2. the method of nomination of candidates;
  3. eligibility for the post;
  4. duties;
  5. remuneration;
  6. funding for the post;
  7. academic ownership;
  8. college association; and
  9. period of office.

Submissions to the review are invited, to be sent to the secretary to the review, Charles Shaw, at the University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD (email: charles.shaw@admin.ox.ac.uk) by Friday, 13 May.


Clubs Committee: Annual Report for 2009–10

1. During the academic year 2009–10, under the chairmanship of the successive Assessors (The Revd Dr John Muddiman and Dr Eric Eve), the Clubs Committee continued to provide a variety of support for student clubs and societies registered with the Proctors under Rules Committee Regulations. This support was directed primarily towards non-sports clubs and publications, as sports clubs can look to the Sports Department for assistance.

2. Funding for the Committee's activities was provided in the usual way, mainly from two sources: an allocation from PRAS via the Committee for the Council Departments (£9.5k) and a share (£10.79k) of the proceeds of a per-capita levy paid by colleges to support both sports and non-sports clubs at university level.

3. The Committee continued to operate a Clubs Office (co-located within the Proctors' Office in Wellington Square) staffed by a part-time Clubs Officer. In addition to being available to provide secretarial services on request to student organisations, the Clubs Officer advised on and assisted with registration procedures, in particular clubs' accounts.

4. The Committee also continued its co-operation with the Sports Department over the Driver Assessment and Vehicle Hire Scheme (administered from the Sports Department but open to use by any club registered with the Proctors). This important scheme enables students to drive good-quality hired vehicles safely, insured by the University, when taking part in bona fide club activities such as travelling to sports fixtures or events outside Oxford.  Although twenty-three reportable incidents occurred during the year, these resulted in mainly minor damage to vehicles and no personal injuries were sustained. A total of 172 people were assessed to drive vehicles under the scheme, while 1,025 vehicle hire days were funded (986 for sports clubs, 39 for non-sports clubs), using minibuses (82%), people-carriers (9%), and cars (9%). The Committee has noted that increased costs were incurred as a result of changes to the University's insurance arrangements.

5. Financial support was provided direct to clubs in the form of grants and interest-free loans. During the year the Committee received some twenty-two applications, representing about 10% of non-sports clubs and publications on the Proctors' Register. Of these, thirteen applications were supported. Start-up awards (up to £200) were made to organisations as diverse as the Oxford Society of Afghan Students, the Persian Society, the Media Society, the Advertising and Marketing Society, the Private Equity Society, the Stubbs Society, and BROX (a break-dancing club). Other recipients were the long-established Oxford Gargoyles singers (who needed support for a tour in the USA), the OU Jazz Orchestra, the Biomedical Engineering Society, the Alternative Singing Society, the OU Russian Society (to support an ambitious programme of events to introduce and promote Russian culture to a wider audience), and the OU Quiz Society (to support participation in a tournament in the USA where the team achieved notable success). In the case of the OU Russian Society and the OU Quiz Society, awards were made under the Committee's recently introduced scheme to make major grants (up to £1,000) available for exceptional projects. The reports back to the Committee show that its funding, although often comparatively modest, makes a considerable difference to the viability of new clubs and to the nature of the activities of those which have been in existence longer. The Committee was nevertheless somewhat disappointed about the number and quality of applications received: steps were taken, for example through publishing new information on its website, to publicise the availability of funds and provide guidance on preparing good-quality applications.

6. As always the Committee benefited from the keen interest and lively contributions of its student members and welcomed news of the appointment by Oxford University Student Union of a Clubs and Societies Officer with effect from Hilary term 2011. The Committee believes that student clubs contribute hugely to the University's sporting, social, cultural and charitable activities and is pleased to be able to help to promote and support these.

Appointments

Medical Sciences

E.P. Abraham Professorship of Chemical Pathology

A. Neil Barclay, MA DPhil Oxf, Professor of Molecular Immunology, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford, has been appointed to the E.P. Abraham Professorship of Chemical Pathology in the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology with effect from 21 March 2011.

Professor Barclay will be a fellow of Lincoln College.

Development and External Affairs

Director of Alumni Relations

Christine Fairchild, BA Connecticut College, Executive Director of External Relations at Harvard Business School, has been appointed Director of Alumni Relations with effect from 7 March 2011.

Social Sciences

Professor T. Kariya, PhD Northwestern University, BA MA University of Tokyo. Fellow of St Antony's College. University Lecturer in the Sociology of Japanese Society. From 1 March 2011 to the retiring age.

Dr H. Hamill, MSc MA DPhil Oxf, MA St Andrews. Fellow of St Cross College. University Lecturer in Sociology. From 1 March 2011 to the retiring age.

Dr P. Montgomery, MSc DPhil Oxf, BA Keele. Fellow of Green Templeton College. University Lecturer in Evidence Based Intervention. From 1 September 2011 to the retiring age.

Dr Jane McNicholl, PGCE, MSc Oxf. Fellow of St Cross College. University Lecturership in Educational Studies (Science). From 1 September 2011 to the retiring age.

Professor G. C. Edwards III, MA PhD Wisconsin-Madison, BA Stetson. Fellow of Balliol College. Election to John G Winant Professorship of American Government for the period 1 September 2012 to 22 June 2013.

Dr I. Daniels, BA Leuven, MA Nara Women's University Japan, PhD London. Fellow of St Cross College. University Lecturer in Social Anthropology. From 1 October 2011 to the retiring age.

Dr B. Javorcik, BA Rochester, PhD Yale. Fellow of Christ Church. University Lecturer in Economics. From 1 October 2011 to the retiring age.

Visiting Professorships

Medical Sciences

Conferment of the title of Visiting Professor

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Public Health on H. Jaffe, AB, MA, MD, currently Associate Director for Science, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, USA; for a period of three years from 1 March 2011.