Notices

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

General notices

Gazette publication arrangements

The final Gazettes of Hilary term will be published on 3, 10 and 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
  • deadine for receipt of items for issue of 5 May: noon on Wednesday, 20 April

Statute approved by Her Majesty in Council

Mr Vice-Chancellor has received a communication from the Clerk of Her Majesty's Privy Council, stating that on 9 February 2011 Her Majesty was pleased to approve the Statute concerning the Michael Davys Professorship of Neuroscience, amending the Schedule to the Statutes, approved by Congregation on 1 June 2010 (Gazette, Vol. 140, p. 1123; Vol. 141, p. 4, 23 September 2010).


Safe cycling seminar

12.45–1.45 p.m., 1 March, Sheldonian Theatre. Presented by Oxford cyclists and road traffic experts. Learn how to efficiently negotiate traffic, manage the pedestrian/tourist threat, work around other cyclists and get where you want faster. The first 250 attendees presenting their University or college photo ID card at the end of the seminar will receive the Institute of Advanced Motorists essential guide How to be a better cyclist.

Chat to a lorry driver

Chat to a lorry driver and sit in a cab, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., 1 March, Radcliffe Square. Cyclists are invited to enter the cab of an LGV, see what visibility is like from the inside and learn about potential hazards.


Changes to employer National Insurance contribution rates from 6 April 2011 affecting inventors of/contributors to University intellectual property

In the June 2010 emergency budget, the Treasury confirmed that the rate at which  Employee's and Employer's National Insurance contributions are calculated will go up by one per cent over the current year, subject to the relevant thresholds1. Table 12  summarises the changes.

Table 1


Employee
(Class 1
primary)
Employer
(Class 1
secondary)
Earnings per week April
2010–11
April
2011–12
April
2010–11
April
2011–12
Below primary threshold/
secondary threshold
Nil Nil Nil Nil
Above primary threshold/
secondary threshold
11% 12% 
12.8% 13.8%
Above upper earnings limit 1% 2% 12.8% 13.8%

While these changes will affect the majority of us as employees, a further indirect consequence of the increase in Employer's NIC rate is that the distribution of Intellectual Property (IP) income to individuals involved in its creation will slightly change. Table 2  below illustrates the current policy on the allocation of income from IP received by the University, as established by Council Regulations 7 of 2002 (Regulations for the Administration of the University's Intellectual Property Policy) and subsequent amendments. Also quoted is the reason behind the need for a General Revenue share up to £50,000.

Table 2


Total net revenue Researcher(s) General Revenue Account Department(s)
Up to £50,000 87.2% 12.8%* 0%
Band from £50,000
and up to £500,000
45% 30% 25%
Over £500,000 22.5%
40% 37.5%

The percentage asterisked above is intended to put the University in funds to pay the employer's National Insurance Contribution(s), but otherwise to leave the General Revenue Account out of the allocation of the band in question: the percentage shall be adjusted to match this intention, as and when the rates of National Insurance Contribution vary.

The increase by one per cent of the share of income transferable to the General Revenue account will have the effect of reducing the overall percentage of income available for distribution to researchers by one per cent.

This notice is intended to give advance warning on the impact of these changes to those of you who are involved in the creation of IP at the University.

Further information on royalties and their distribution can be found on the tax pages of the Finance Division website or by contacting royalties@admin.ox.ac.uk.

1'These measures are part of a wider package which, relative to previous plans, reduces the burden of taxation on labour in a way which benefits low earners. The package achieves this by increasing thresholds rather than cancelling the planned rate rises' (from www.hmrc.gov.uk/budget-updates/nic-bill.htm).

2From http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/d/junebudget_press_notice2.pdf.


Recognition of Distinction Committee 2011

The membership of the committee for 2011 is as follows:

Mr Vice-Chancellor (Chairman)
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Personnel and Equality)
Professor F.M. Ashcroft
Professor P.P. Craig
Professor R.L. Davies
Professor Sir David Hendry
Professor P.W.H. Holland
Professor F.C. Kirwan
Professor L.M. McDowell
Professor E.R. Moxon
Professor R. O'Hanlon
Baroness Onora O'Neill
Professor C.B.R. Pelling
Professor R.E. Phillips


Magdalen College

Sermon

The Revd Dr Michael Piret preaches a sermon based on poems by George Herbert, ' "The Crosse" and "The Agonie": Human Suffering, Christ's Passion', at the Sung Eucharist, Magdalen College Chapel, Sunday, 6 March, 11 a.m.

Appointments

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Professorship of Scientific Visualisation

Min Chen, BSc Fudan, PhD Wales, Professor of Computer Science and Deputy Head of Department, Department of Computer Science, Swansea University, has been appointed to the Professorship of Scientific Visualisation in the Oxford e-Research Centre with effect from 1 May 2011.

Professor Chen will be a fellow of Pembroke College.

Medical Sciences

Professorship of General Practice

Frederick David Richard Hobbs, MB ChB Brist, Professor and Head of Primary Care Clinical Sciences, University of Birmingham; National Director, NIHR National School for Primary Care Research; President, Council for Cardiovascular Primary Care, European Society of Cardiology; and PMS Principal in General Practice (part-time), Bellevue Medical Centre, Edgbaston, Birmingham, has been appointed to the Professorship of General Practice in the Department of Primary Health Care with effect from 1 May 2011.

Professor Hobbs will be a fellow of Harris Manchester College.

Visiting Professorships

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Conferment of the title of Visiting Professor

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisional Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Mathematical Neuroscience upon Professor Paul Bressloff, BA Oxf, MSc Manc, PhD Lond, currently Professor of Mathematics at the University of Utah, for a period of three years from 1 February 2011.

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisional Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Physics upon Professor Gerard Milburn, BSc Griffith, Brisbane, DPhil Waikato, currently Professor of Physics and Federation Fellow at University of Queensland, for a period of three years from 1 February 2011.

Reconferment of the title of Visiting Professor

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisional Board has reconferred the title of Visiting Professor in Materials Science upon Colin English, BSc Brist, DPhil Sus, currently Senior Fellow (Materials) at Nexia Solutions, a division of BNFL, for a period of three years from 1 February 2011.

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisional Board has reconferred the title of Visiting Professor in Physics upon Professor John Miller, BSc East Ang, MSc DPhil Oxf, currently Associate Professor of Astrophysics at SISSA, Trieste, for a period of three years from 1 February 2011.

Medical Sciences

Conferment of the title of Visiting Professor

Newton Abraham Visiting Professorship in the Medical, Biological and Chemical Sciences

Anthony Richard Green, BA Camb, MB BS PhD Lond, MRCP, MRCPath, Professor of Haemato-oncology; Head, University Department of Haematology, University of Cambridge; Honorary Consultant Haematologist and Director, Myeloproliferative Disorders Clinic, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, has been appointed to the Newton Abraham Visiting Professorship in the Medical, Biological and Chemical Sciences at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology for a fixed-term period of 6 months from 1 April 2011 until 30 September 2011.

Professor Green will be a fellow of Lincoln College.

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Drug Discovery on T. Bartfai, PhD, currently Professor and Chairman, Molecular and Integrative Neurosciences Department and Director, Harold L. Dorris Neurological Research Institute, Scripps Research Institute for a period of three years from 1 March 2011.

Electoral Boards

The composition of the electoral board to the post below, proceedings to fill which are currently in progress, is as follows:

Professorship of Electrical Engineering

  Appointed by
The Master of St Catherine's Mr Vice-Chancellor1
Professor Alex Halliday MPLS Division
Professor Guy Houlsby MPLS Division
Professor Chris Grovenor MPLS Division
Professor Bill Milne, University of Cambridge MPLS Division
Professor Anne Trefethen
MPLS Division
Professor Chris Dainty, NUI Council
Professor Alwyn Seeds, UCL Council
Professor Stephen Duncan St Hugh's
Dr Christopher Stevens St Hugh's

1Appointed by Mr Vice-Chancellor under the provisions of Statute IX, Sect. 10 and 11 (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002, p. 108).

Musical Events

Kendrew concert, St John's

Imogen Cooper, piano, will perform works by Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann, Friday, 4 March, St John’s College Auditorium, 8.30 p.m.

Queen's College Chapel

The Choir of Queen's College perform Duruflé's Requiem, Saturday, 5 March, at 7.30 p.m. Tickets: £12 (adults), £9 (concessions), £5 (students) available from anne.bevan@queens.ox.ac.uk or 01865 279125.