Congregation

  • Thursday 23 September 2010
  • No. 4927
  • Vol 141

Congregation1 June

1 June

Corrections to be made under the slip rule

Regulation 1.17 of Congregation Regulations 2 of 2002 (Regulations of Congregation for the Conduct of Business in Congregation) gives the Vice-Chancellor the power, after consultation with the Registrar and the Proctors, to correct any clerical error, slip or omission in the text of a legislative proposal which has been made.

After consultation, the Vice-Chancellor has agreed to the amendment of the legislative proposal concerning the Michael Davys Professor of Neuroscience (Gazette, Vol. 140, approved by Congregation on 1 June, p. 1123, text of proposal on pp. 946–7, 6 May 2010), to delete references to regulations that should have been removed. This amendment shall be effective from the date of approval by Her Majesty in Council.

In the Schedule to the Statutes (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002, pp. 133–59), after Part 70, insert the following new Part 71 (new text underlined, deleted text scored through):

'Part 71: Michael Davys Professor of Neuroscience

71.1. The benefaction of £1,997,000 from the Davys Family Trust for Neuroscience Fund, together with any further donations for this purpose, shall be used to establish and maintain the Michael Davys Professorship of Neuroscience.

71.2. The University shall retain all of the benefaction as permanent endowment and shall apply the net income towards the salary and expenses of the holder of the professorship, and associated overheads. If the salary of the professor is wholly or partly covered from other sources, there shall be discretion to apply the net income directly to support the professor's research.

71.3. The administration of the benefaction, and the application of its income, shall be the responsibility of the Medical Sciences Board.

71.4. The Michael Davys Professor of Neuroscience shall undertake research in neuroscience with a special interest in mental illnesses and shall lecture and give instruction in this subject. In the event there is sufficient income, this shall be applied to an annual Michael Davys Lecture in Neuroscience on a topic of relevance to mental illness.

71.5. The professor shall be elected by an electoral board consisting of:

(1) the Vice-Chancellor, or, if the head of the college specified in paragraph (2) below is Vice-Chancellor, a person appointed by Council on the occurrence of a vacancy to act as an elector on this occasion;

(2) the head of the college to which the professorship shall be for the time being allocated by Council under any regulation in that behalf, or, if the head is unable or unwilling to act, a person appointed by the governing body of the college on the occurrence of a vacancy to act as an elector on that occasion;

(3) a person appointed by the governing body of the college specified in paragraph (2) above;

(4), (5) two persons appointed by Council;

(6)–(9) four persons appointed by the Medical Sciences Board.

6. The professor shall be subject to the General Provisions of the regulations concerning the duties of professors and to those Particular Provisions of the same regulations which are applicable to this chair.

7. Regulations 1–2 shall be deemed as Trust Regulations under the provisions of Part D of Statute XVI.

71.68. RegulationsSections 71.3–71.56 may be amended by Council.'

Congregation5 October

5 October 12 noon

1 Oration by the Vice-Chancellor

 Mr Vice-Chancellor will address the House.

2 Admission of Pro-Vice-Chancellors

The following persons will be nominated by the Vice-Chancellor to be his deputies for the year 2010–11 and will be admitted to office:

Professor E.G. McKendrick, LLB Edin, BCL MA Oxf, Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall

Dr Sally L. Mapstone, MA DPhil Oxf, Fellow of St Hilda's

Professor A. Monaco, AB Princeton, MD PhD Harvard, Fellow of Merton

Professor J.N.P. Rawlins, MA DPhil Oxf, Fellow of Wolfson

Professor I.A. Walmsley, BSc Lond, PhD Rochester, Fellow of St Hugh's

Professor R.W. Ainsworth, MA DPhil Oxf, Master of St Catherine's

F. Cairncross, CBE, MA Brown, MA Oxf, Rector of Exeter

A. Dilnot, CBE, MA Oxf, Principal of St Hugh's

The Very Revd C.A. Lewis, MA DPhil Oxf, PhD Camb, Dean of Christ Church

Sir Michael Scholar, KCB, MA PhD Camb, MA DPhil Oxf, President of St John's

R.G. Smethurst, MA Oxf, Provost of Worcester

Dr D.M. Walford, CBE, BSc MB ChB MD Liv, MSc Lond, MA Oxf, Principal of Mansfield

The Revd R. Waller, BD PhD Lond, MTh Nott, MA Oxf, Principal of Harris Manchester

3 Admission of Clerks of the Market

J. Hackney, BCL MA Oxf, Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund Hall and Wadham, nominated by the Chancellor, and R.C.S. Walker, BA McGill, MA DPhil Oxf, Fellow of Magdalen, nominated by the Vice-Chancellor, will be admitted to office as Clerks of the Market for the year 2010–11.

¶ The Oration by the Vice-Chancellor and the admission of the Pro-Vice-Chancellors and Clerks of the Market will take place in Convocation House.

Congregation12 October

12 October 2 p.m.

¶ Members of Congregation are reminded that any two members may, not later than noon on Monday, 4 October, give notice in writing to the Registrar that they intend to oppose the legislative proposals at 1 and 2, or the space resolution at 3, 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, the legislative proposals and resolution shall be carried, and the meeting may be cancelled.


1 Voting on Legislative Proposal: establishment of degree of Master of Computer Science and Philosophy

Explanatory Note

The following Legislative Proposal establishes the new degree of Master of Computer Science and Philosophy. This degree is on the model of existing four-year courses that lead to master's awards, such as the Master of Computer Science (MCompSci), and the Master of Mathematics and Philosophy (MMathPhil). A consequential change is also being made to the Congregation Regulations concerning the conduct of ceremonies and the opportunity is being taken to add to these regulations forms of presentation and admission for other degrees.

WHEREAS it is expedient to establish the degree of Master of Computer Science and Philosophy, THE UNIVERSITY ENACTS AS FOLLOWS.

1 In section 1 of Statute X (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002, Vol. 133, p. 110, amended with effect from 14 June 2005, 11 October 2005 and 2 June 2009, Vol. 135, p. 1174, 16 June 2005; Vol.136, p.184, 13 October 2005; Vol. 139, p. 1164), after 'Master of Computer Science', insert 'Master of Computer Science and Philosophy'.

2 In regulation 4.2 of Congregation Regulations 3 of 2002 concerning the conduct of ceremonies in Congregation, and certain other ceremonies (made by Congregation on 5 March 2002, Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4612, 13 February 2002, p. 771, as amended on 11 February 2003, 11 March 2003, 2 November 2004, 11 October 2005 and 13 June 2006, Vol. 133, p. 781, 13 February 2003, p. 948, 13 March 2003; Vol. 135, p. 297, 4 November 2004; Vol. 136, p. 184, 13 October 1005, p. 1241, 15 June 2006) delete existing paragraph (21) and substitute (new text underlined, deleted text scored through):

'(21) Master of Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Mathematics and Philosophy, Physics and Philosophy, and Computer Science and Philosophy

Insignissime, etc., praesento vobis hos meos scholares in facultate Artium, ut admittantur ad gradum Magistri in Biochimia, vel Chimia, vel Scientia Computatoria, vel Scientiis Terrenis, vel Ingeniaria, vel Mathematicisa, vel Physica, vel Mathematica et Scientia Computatoria, vel Mathematica et Philosophia, vel Physica et Philosophia, vel Scientia Computatoria et Philosophia prout in schedula a Registrario scriptum est.'

3 Ibid., in regulation 4.2 insert new paragraph (25) below:

'(25) Doctor of Engineering

Insignissime, etc., praesento vobis hunc meum scholarem in Ingeniaria (or hunc Baccalaureum or Magistrum) ut admittatur ad gradum Doctoris in Ingeniaria.'

4 Ibid., in regulation 4.3 delete paragraph (16) and substitute:

'(16) Master of Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Mathematics and Philosophy, Physics and Philosophy, and Computer Science and Philosophy

Domini, ego admitto vos ad gradum Magistri in Biochimia, vel Chimia, vel Scientia Computatoria, vel Scientiis Terrenis, vel Ingeniaria, vel Mathematicisa, vel Physica, vel Mathematica et Scientia Computatoria, vel Mathematica et Philosophia, vel Physica et Philosophia, vel Scientia Computatoria et Philosophia prout in schedula a Registrario scriptum est; insuper auctoritate mea et totius Universitatis, do vobis potestatem legendi, et reliqua omnia faciendi quae ad eundem gradum spectant.'

5 Ibid., in regulation 4.3 insert new paragraph (20) below and renumber existing paragraph (20) as (21):

'(20) Doctor of Engineering

Domine or Magister (or Domini or Magistri), ego admitto te (or vos) ad gradum Doctoris in Ingeniaria.'

Regulations to be made by Council if the Statute is approved

1 In regulation 2.1 of Council Regulations 22 of 2002 concerning academic precedence and standing (Supplement (2) to Gazette No. 4628, 26 June 2002, as amended on 14 June 2005 and 11 October 2005, Vol. 135, p. 1174, 16 June 2005; Vol. 139, p. 1004, 30 April 2009), after 'Master of Arts, or Master of Biochemistry or Chemistry or Computer Science' insert 'or Computer Science and Philosophy'.

2 Ibid., after 'Bachelor of Arts, or Master of Biochemistry or Chemistry or Computer Science' insert 'or Computer Science and Philosophy'.

2 Voting on Legislative Proposal: Statute V concerning Greyfriars

Explanatory Note

The following Legislative Proposal, submitted by Council under Part 2 of Congregation Regulations 2 of 2002 (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002, Vol. 133, p. 161, as amended on 12 October 2004, 7 March 2006 and 14 October 2008 (Gazette, Vol. 135, p. 214; Vol. 137, p. 669; Vol. 139, pp. 4–8), removes a reference to Greyfriars in a list of Permanent Private Halls licensed by the University.

WHEREAS it is expedient to remove a reference to Greyfriars in Statute V, THE UNIVERSITY ENACTS AS FOLLOWS.

In section 11 of Statute V, concerning the Permanent Private Halls licensed by the University (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002, as amended on 17 July 2003, Vol. 133, p. 1536), delete 'Greyfriars'.

Regulations to be made by Council if the Statute is approved

In regulation 4 (1) of Council Regulations 12 of 2002, concerning the establishment and maintenance of Permanent Private Halls (Supplement (2) to Gazette No. 4628, 26 June 2002, as amended on 17 July 2003, Vol. 133, p. 1536), delete 'Greyfriars 30'.

3 Voting on resolution authorising use of space in the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter

Explanatory Note

Principles and process for space allocations in the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter

The Radcliffe Observatory Quarter (ROQ) was acquired by the University in 2003 with the intention of developing an integrated campus, capable of phased development, which offers expansion space for the collegiate University over the next twenty years. The overall principles for the development of the site are set out in the ROQ Masterplan developed over a three-year period and endorsed by Council in December 2008.

In the case of the ROQ development, all space allocations are considered in the first instance by the ROQ Project Board, a committee established in 2005 by the Planning and Resources Allocation Committee (PRAC) to provide further oversight for the project. Its members are the Proctors and Assessor, the Pro-Vice-Chancellors for Planning and Resources, Education and Research, the Heads of Division (except Medical Sciences), the Chief Executive of Oxford University Press, Bodley's Librarian, the Chair of the Buildings and Estates Subcommittee (BESC), and the heads of Estates, Development and Planning. Allocations recommended by the ROQ Project Board are then considered through the normal space approvals process: consideration by BESC, which may authorise an allocation of up to 300 sq.m. Any allocation above that size is referred onwards to PRAC and, if the proposed site exceeds 1000 sq.m. or a building is over 600 sq.m., PRAC asks Council to recommend it to Congregation.

The Blavatnik School of Government

The establishment of the Blavatnik School of Government promises to be an important milestone in the University’s centuries-long tradition of varied contribution to government and public policy around the world. A major philanthropic donation provides an opportunity to bring together the knowledge borne of this rich tradition, and new and exciting strands of thinking. The emerging vision for the School is one characterised by the following key objectives. The Blavatnik School of Government will:

(a) train future leaders through a pioneering multi-disciplinary approach which prepares them to innovate, to think globally, and to deliver public goods that aim to ensure growth, opportunity, security and social harmony;

(b) forge partnerships and collaboration between the world’s best thinkers and practitioners;

(c) inject cutting-edge academic research into policy-making;

(d) create a global network of public policy-makers who can continue to learn from one another for the future.

The School has been the prime capital project for the Social Sciences Division for some time and the conclusion of negotiations with the donor now enables this project to become a reality. It is the first major capital development project since the building of the Centre for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences in 2004 (the Manor Road building) that now houses the departments of Economics, Sociology and Politics and International Relations as well as two research centres of the Faculty of Law.

The location of the School on the ROQ site provides an important opportunity to produce a high-quality landmark building fit for the purpose of establishing the School as the first of its kind outside North America. It is a founding aim for the School to have a strong and well-grounded multi-disciplinary approach spanning all divisions of the University. The School’s presence on the ROQ site will bring it into close proximity with the Humanities Division, which will be centring its activities on the site, enabling the development of strong links with the division through the School.

The new building will house the School’s academic and support staff, provide purpose-built facilities for academic and practitioner visitors, provide teaching accommodation for a new graduate cohort to be established (120 students at maturity), as well as space and facilities for individual research centres coming under the School’s remit and for the provision of outreach/third-leg activities associated with the School’s academic aims.

Text of resolution authorising the use of space in the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter

That approximately 6,300 sq.m. in the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter be allocated as the site of the new Blavatnik School of Government.

Congregation25 November

25 November

Election: Audit and Scrutiny Committee

Details are in 'Elections' section below.

 

 

Note on procedures in Congregation

¶ Business in Congregation is conducted in accordance with Congregation Regulations 2 of 2002 (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002, Vol. 133, p. 160, as amended on 12 October 2004, Gazette, Vol. 135, p. 214; 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).