Notices

  • Thursday 25 November 2010
  • No. 4936
  • Vol 141

General notices

Gazette publication arrangements

The final Gazettes of Michaelmas term will be published on 2 and 9 December. Publication for Hilary term will begin on 13 January. The usual deadline arrangements will apply.


 

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 21 July 2010 Her Majesty was pleased to approve the Statute concerning the publication of regulations, amending Statute VI, printed in Gazette, 10 December 2009, p. 357, and approved by Congregation on 19 January 2010, p. 444. This Statute shall be effective from 2 December 2010.

 


 

Notice of new arrangements: publication of changes to Examination Regulations in the Gazette

The Education Committee has approved new arrangements for the above, to take effect from the Gazette of 2 December 2010.

The print and online versions of the Gazette itself will in future include only the programme/subject title and a brief note of the nature of the change to regulations. A link will be provided to the full text of each change to regulations, which will be published separately online as a pdf document, at http://www.ox.ac.uk/gazette/examinationregulations/.

Divisional and other colleagues responsible for regulatory amendments should submit their changes for publication, as Word documents, to the editor of the Gazette, at gazette@admin.ox.ac.uk. It should be noted that these documents will now be published in full to the web audience of the Gazette. Staff involved in drafting amendment notices are asked to consult the Guidance Note and template available at http://www.ox.ac.uk/gazette/examinationregulations/ which have also been separately circulated to interested parties.

Please address any queries to sally.powell@admin.ox.ac.uk, Education Policy Support, or to the editor of the Gazette as above.

 


 

Review of the Oxford University Museums

There is to be a joint review during Hilary term 2011 of the University's four principal museums: the Ashmolean Museum, the Museum of the History of Science, the Museum of Natural History, and the Pitt Rivers Museum. The terms of reference and the membership of the review committee are as follows:

Organisation and administration

i. To explore the scope for greater collaboration and support between the museums, including the extent to which resources could be more widely shared and/or a stronger presence could be developed for the Oxford University Museums and Collections as an organisational unit.

Governance

ii. To review the governance arrangements for the museums, individually and collectively, with particular reference to their fitness for purpose in delivering the vision (see v. below).

Funding

iii. To review current funding arrangements and identify possible alternative options by which financial sustainability can be achieved.

Fundraising and commercial operations

iv. To review current fundraising and commercial strategies across the museums with a view to optimising best practice and effectiveness.

Vision

v. To assist in articulating an agreed vision for the Oxford University Museums and Collections, incorporating both their role as departments of the University (including teaching and research) and their contribution to the world of museums and to the broader cultural landscape at local, national and international levels (including outreach activity).

Membership

Professor Ewan McKendrick (in the chair)

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Services and University Collections)

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resource Allocation)

A senior member of the University with museum experience (Warden of Wadham)

Two members of the academic divisions:

Professor Alex Halliday (Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences)

Professor Alan Bowman (Humanities)

Three external members:

Sir Robert Crawford (former Director of the Imperial War Museum)

Sir Mark Jones (Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum)

Professor Deborah Swallow (Director of the Courtauld Institute)

Submissions to the review committee are invited to be sent to the secretary to the review, Charles Shaw, at the University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD or by email to charles.shaw@admin.ox.ac.uk. These should arrive no later than Friday, 4 February 2011, though any submissions that are able to be submitted before then would be much appreciated.

 


 

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division/Education Committee

Review of the departments of Plant Sciences and Zoology

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisional Board is undertaking a review of the departments of Plant Sciences and Zoology jointly with the Education Committee, as part of Council's programme of rolling reviews of departments. Given their common undergraduate programme (BA in Biological Sciences), it was agreed that the two departments be reviewed jointly. The review will be chaired by the Head of Division, Professor Alex Halliday, and will take place on 7, 8, and 9 March 2011.

The Review Committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference given below. These should be sent to the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisional Secretary and joint secretary to the Review Committee, Ms Mary Ann Robertson (email: maryann.robertson@mpls.ox.ac.uk) by Friday, 7 January 2011.

The Review Committee's membership is:

  • Professor Alex Halliday, FRS, Head of Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division (Chair);
  • Professor George Coupland, FRS, Director, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research;
  • Professor Loren Rieseberg, FRS, Department of Botany, University of British Columbia;
  • Professor Robin Weiss, FRS, School of Life and Medical Sciences, UCL;
  • Professor Peter Hudson, FRS, Director, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, Pennsylvania State University;
  • Professor Dianne Edwards, CBE, FRS, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University;
  • Professor George Ratcliffe,appointed by the Department of Plant Sciences;
  • Professor Charles Godfray, FRS, appointed by the Department of Zoology;
  • Professor Judith Armitage, Department of Biochemistry, appointed by the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division;
  • Professor Paul Madden, FRS, Provost of Queen's College, appointed by the Education Committee.

The terms of reference of the review are:

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

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

In particular:

a) the quality of the research of the departments, including their participation in interdepartmental, interdivisional, and interdisciplinary activities, their 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;
  • relationships with colleges;
  • quality assurance mechanisms;

c) the organisation of the departments, their management structures, and the relationship between the departments and the Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences Division, including such matters as:

  • strategic planning (including relationship to the divisional five-year plan and the University’s strategic/corporate plan);
  • academic and non-academic staffing and recruitment;
  • student number planning;
  • terms of appointment for academic staff, including career development and equal opportunities issue;
  • fundraising;

d) the relationship (structural and operational) between units within the departments, and between the departments 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 departments, and their financial strategy.

Electoral Boards

Composition of Electoral Boards

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

Rhodes Professorship of the Laws of the British Commonwealth and the United States

   Appointed by
The President of St John's Mr Vice-Chancellor1
The Master of Pembroke ex officio
Professor J. Jowell, QC Council
Professor E. McKendrick Council
Professor R. Goodman Social Sciences Divisional Board
Professor T. Endicott
Faculty of Law
Professor V. Lowe, QC
Faculty of Law
Professor S. Worthington Faculty of Law
Dr R. Williams Pembroke

 

Jeremy Griffiths Professorship of Medieval English Palaeography

   Appointed by
The Principal of Harris Manchester
Mr Vice-Chancellor1
The Principal of St Hilda's
ex officio
Professor Jane Roberts Council
Professor John Thompson
Council
Dr Tony Hunt Humanities Divisional Board
Professor Richard Beadle Faculty of English
Professor Vincent Gillespie Faculty of English
Professor Anne Hudson Faculty of English
Dr Sally Mapstone St Hilda'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

New College Chapel

New Organ Recital: Steven Grahl, Assistant Organist in New College, will play Messiaen, La Nativité, Thursday, 2 December, at 8 p.m. in New College Chapel. Entry free. More details from: chapel.administrator@new.ox.ac.uk or Oxford (2)79108.