Council and Main Committees

  • Thursday 24 February 2011
  • No. 4945
  • Vol 141

Council of the University

Changes in Regulations

Council has made the following changes in regulations, to come into effect on 11 March.

(a) Health and Safety Management Committee

Explanatory Note

The Review of the Leadership of Health and Safety (as published in the Gazette on 23 September 2010 (Supplement (2) to no. 4927)) recommended that an elected member of Council be appointed as an additional member of the Health and Safety Management Committee, in addition to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor already serving on the Committee as an appointee of Council. Council has agreed that the Committee should be strengthened by the appointment of a second member of Council but has left it open to Council to appoint from among its members, after taking into account the overall balance of the committee's membership. Council has also added a membership slot for one of the Proctors and the Assessor to provide an independent perspective. The opportunity is also taken to permit each Head of Division to nominate a representative to attend in his or her stead.

Text of Regulations

In Council Regulations 15 of 2002, concerning committees reporting directly to Council (Supplement (2) to Gazette No. 4628, 26 June 2002, as amended), delete existing regulation 3.61, concerning the membership of the Health and Safety Management Committee, and substitute (new text underlined, deleted text scored through):

'3.61. The Health and Safety Management Committee shall consist of:

(1) a member of Congregation appointed by the Vice-Chancellor as chairman of the committee;

(2) one of the Proctors and the Assessor as may be agreed between them;

(23) the Pro-Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for Academic Services and University Collections;

(34)–(67) the heads of each of the divisions or his or her nominee;

(78), (9) one two persons appointed by Council, taking into account the overall balance of the committee's membership.'

(b) Recognized Independent Centres

Explanatory Note

These changes amend the membership and terms of reference of the Joint Committee for the Co-ordination of the Recognized Independent Centres (JCRIC). It is proposed that: (i) the number of members appointed to JCRIC by the General Purposes Committee be increased from one to three; (ii) the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Development and External Affairs) be an ex officio member of the JCRIC; (iii) the three members appointed by the General Purposes Committee to the JCRIC, together with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Development and External Affairs) and the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) review compliance with the terms of the agreement between the University and each Recognized Independent Centre; and (iv) the Directors of the Recognized Independent Centres become members of the committee.

Text of Regulations

In Council Regulations 2 of 2004 concerning other University bodies (Supplement (2) to Gazette No. 4702, 30 June 2004, p. 1237), delete existing Part 12 and substitute:

'Part 12: Joint Committee for the Recognized Independent Centres

12.1. The Joint Committee for the Recognized Independent Centres shall consist of:

(1)–(3) three members appointed by the General Purposes Committee, none of whom shall have any prior interest in or involvement with the Centres, of whom at least two shall be members of Council, and one of whom shall be appointed to act as chairman by the General Purposes Committee;

(4) the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Development and External Affairs);

(5) the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education);

(6) one of the Proctors or the Assessor as may be agreed between them;

(7)–(11) the Directors of each of the Recognized Independent Centres; and

(12)–(23) those University members serving on the Governing Body of each of the Recognized Independent Centres;

12.2. Members appointed under regulation 12.1.(1)–(3) shall be appointed for a period of three years, and shall be eligible for reappointment.

12.3. Members appointed under regulation 12.1.(12)–(23) shall be appointed for a period of two years, renewable for one further and final term of two years.

12.4. The committee shall have powers to co-opt up to two additional members for periods of two years, renewable for one further and final period of two years.

12.5. The committee shall act to ensure consistency in the relationships with, and the application of University policies towards, the Recognized Independent Centres.

12.6. The committee shall conduct regular reviews of the activities of each Centre in so far as they relate to the University and report upon them to Council. Each Centre shall be reviewed at least once in every five years.

12.7. A sub-group of the committee, consisting of members appointed under regulation 12.1.(1)–(5), shall:

(1) meet separately from the full committee, and review the Centres' compliance with the terms of the Agreement between the University and each Recognized Independent Centre;

(2) keep under review the University's relationships with the Centres under the principles and protocol agreed by Council from time to time;

(3) report to Council accordingly.'

(c) Newton Abraham Visiting Professorship

Explanatory Note

These changes, made on the recommendation of the Board of Electors to the Newton Abraham Visiting Professorship with the agreement of the Trustees of the E.P. Abraham Research Fund, enable the electors to apply any surplus income to uses apart from expenses connected with annual visiting professorships for the furtherance of research in the medical, biological, and chemical sciences, with the prior agreement of the Trustees of the E.P. Abraham Research Fund. The opportunity has also been taken to amend outdated references.

Text of Regulations

1 In Section III of Council Regulations 24 of 2002 (Statutes, 2000, p. 512, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette Vol. 132, p. 1461), in § 322 delete existing regulation 2 and substitute (new text underlined):

'2. The professor shall be elected by a board of electors consisting of:

(1) the Vice-Chancellor;

(2) two persons appointed by Council, one of whom shall be external;

(3)–(6) two persons appointed each by the Medical Sciences Division and the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division;

(7), (8) two persons appointed by the Governing Body of Lincoln College.

Council shall have power to alter the composition of this electoral board by regulation, provided that no alteration in the representation of Lincoln College shall be made without the consent of that college.'

2 Ibid., delete existing regulation 6 and substitute (new text underlined):

'6. The income from the endowment remaining after the stipend of the professor and the costs of administration have been met shall be applied by the electors at their discretion towards:

(1) the research expenses of the professor, including the costs of secretarial and technical assistance, the amount required for these purposes being fixed in consultation with the head of the department in which the professor is to work;

(2) the travelling, accommodation, and other expenses of the professor;

(3) other uses agreed with the Trustees for the time being of the E.P. Abraham Research Fund for the furtherance of research in the medical, biological, and chemical sciences, if at any time the electors consider that the income from the endowment is more than sufficient to provide for (1) and (2) above.'

3 Ibid., delete regulation 9 and in regulation 8 delete 'cll.' and substitute 'regulations'.

Planning and Resource Allocation Committee of Council

Changes in Regulations

The Planning And Resource Allocation Committee of Council has made the following changes in regulations, to come into effect on 11 March.

Professor of Environmental Science

Explanatory Note

The following change amends the title of the Professorship of Environmental Science to the Professorship of Geosystem Sciences to reflect the nature of the work of the Professor to be undertaken in the School of Geography and the Environment.

Text of Regulations

1 In SCHEDULE A of Council Regulations 3 of 2004, concerning statutory professorships, delete 'Professor of Environmental Science' and after 'Savilian Professor of Geometry' insert:

'Professor of Geosystem Sciences'.

2 In Section III of Council Regulations 24 of 2002, concerning individual professorships (Statutes, 2000, p. 432, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461), delete existing § 92, insert new § 108 below (new text underlined, deleted text struck through) and renumber existing §§ 93–108 as §§ 92–107:

'§108. Professor of Geosystem Environmental Sciences

1. The Professor of Geosystem Environmental Sciences shall undertake research in Geosystem Environmental Sciences and shall lecture and give instruction in that subject. Geosystem Sciences is taken to mean those areas of geography and physical science concerned with the quantitative analysis of how the earth's surface reservoirs (the land, oceans, cryosphere and atmosphere) respond to change, together with the predictable impacts of these changes upon society.

2. 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;

(2) the head of Linacre Collegethe 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;

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

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

(6)–(9) four persons appointed by the Life and Environmental Sciences Board.

(6) a member of the Social Sciences Division appointed by the Social Sciences Board;

(7)–(9) three persons elected by the School of Geography and the Environment.

3. 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.'

Congregation22 February

1 Declaration of approval of Legislative Proposal: quorum of Council and committees of Council

2 Declaration of approval of Legislative Proposal: removal of Council members

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor declared the Legislative Proposals (1) concerning quorum of Council and committees of Council and (2) concerning the removal of Council members approved.

3 Presentation of the Annual Review of the University

The Annual Review of the University for 2009–10 (Supplement *1 to Gazette, Vol. 141, January 2011) was declared presented.

Council of the University

Register of Congregation

Mr Vice-Chancellor reports that the following names have been added to the Register of Congregation:

Dunn, W., Oxford Learning Institute

Flodgren, G.M., Department of Public Health

Freeman, D., Department of Psychiatry

Hall, J.W., Linacre

Hyde, T.K., Worcester

Nuttall, E.J.M., Saïd Business School

Seegoolam, N., University Club

Sharpe, R.J.,  Magdalen

Stokes, M.G., St John's

Styles, S.J., St Hugh's

Webber, C.P., Faculty of Physiological Sciences