Council and Main Committees

  • Thursday 30 June 2011
  • NO. 4959
  • VOL. 141

Council of the University

Changes in Regulations

Council has made the following changes in regulations, to come into effect on 15 July.

Health and Safety Management Committee

Explanatory Note

Council considers that the regulations of the Health and Safety Management Committee should make clear that the committee has authority to take enforcement action in certain circumstances in relation to health and safety matters.  Council is also of the view that the committee should formally delegate that authority to the Director of the Safety Office.  Whilst responsibility for implementing the University's Safety Policy remains with Heads of Department and Chairs of Faculty Boards, Council recognises that provision must be made should a Head of Department be unwilling or unable to enforce health and safety policy.  The revised regulations therefore: (i) prescribe the authority of the committee; (ii) establish that the committee may delegate that authority and the associated decision-making to its chair and to the Director of the Safety Office; and (iii) provide the relevant Head of Department with a right of appeal to the committee against the exercise of that delegated authority.

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), insert new regulations 3.61–3.62 as follows and renumber existing regulations 3.61–3.140 as 3.63–3.142:

'3.61. (1) The committee shall have the authority to take whatever action it deems necessary in relation to matters of health and safety where the committee considers practices to pose imminent potential danger or there to be a significant risk of enforcement action from appropriate authorities.

(2) The committee may delegate the authority in paragraph (1) above, together with the associated decision-making, to its chair and/or to the Director of the Safety Office as it considers appropriate.

3.62. The committee shall establish, implement and keep under review a procedure by which it will consider appeals from the relevant Head of Department against the exercise of the delegated authority under regulation 3.61(2) above.'

Regulations for Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates

Explanatory Note

This amendment permits students who have taken two different courses but with the same degree title (e.g. two MScs, or two MSts) to attend more than one degree ceremony and to receive separate certificates for each course, with a conferral date that reflects the date of attendance at each ceremony.

Text of Regulations

In Council Regulations 22 of 2002 concerning Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates (Supplement (2) to Gazette No. 4628, 26 June 2002, as amended on 14 June 2005, 11 October 2005 and 14 October 2010; Vol. 135, p. 1174, 16 June 2005; Vol. 139, p. 1004, 30 April 2009; Vol. 141, p. 110, 14 October 2010) delete existing regulation 1.2 (1) and substitute (new text underlined, deleted text scored through):

'1.2. (1)    Notwithstanding the provisions of the Regulations for Examinations or any other relevant regulation, no persons may supplicate more than once for the same degree provided that each subsequent supplication relates to a different subject for which they have fulfilled the relevant examination requirements.'

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 15 July.

(a) Establishment of Professorship of Forest Science

Explanatory Note

These changes, made on the recommendation of the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee of Council, establish the Professorship of Forest Science held in the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division and make provision for the post to be called the Wood Professorship of Forest Science for the tenure of the first incumbent. The professor will teach and undertake research in Tree Physiology and Genetics and will be on the establishment of the Department of Plant Sciences in the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division.

Text of Regulations

1 In SCHEDULE A of Council Regulations 3 of 2004, concerning statutory professorships, after 'Man Professor in Quantitative Finance' insert:

'Wood Professor of Forest Science'.

2 In Sect III of Council Regulations 24 of 2002, concerning individual professorships (Statutes, 2000, p. 423, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461), insert new § 94 as follows and renumber existing § 94 as § 92:

'§ 94. Wood Professor of Forest Science

1. There shall be a Wood Professor of Forest Science, who shall undertake research in and shall lecture and give instruction in that subject and generally promote its study in the University.  

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 (2) of this regulation is Vice-Chancellor, a person appointed by Council;

(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;

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

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

(6)–(9) four persons appointed by the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board.

4. 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.'

(b) Establishment of Nuffield Professorship of Economics

Explanatory Note

These changes, made on the recommendation of the Planning and Resources Allocation Committee of Council, establish the Nuffield Professorship of Economics held in the Social Sciences Division. The Professor will teach and undertake research in Economics and will be on the establishment of the Department of Economics in the Social Sciences Division.

Text of Regulations

1 In Schedule A of Council Regulations 3 of 2004, concerning statutory professorships, after 'James Meade Professor of Economics' insert:

'Nuffield Professor of Economics'.

2 In Sect. III of Council Regulations 24 of 2002, concerning individual professorships (Statutes, 2000, p. 415, redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461) insert new § 71 as follows and renumber existing § 71–165 as § 72–166:

'§ 71. Nuffield Professor of Economics

1. There shall be a Nuffield Professor of Economics who shall undertake research in and shall lecture and give instruction in that subject and generally promote its study in the University.

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

(1)  the Vice-Chancellor, or if the Warden of Nuffield College is Vice-Chancellor, a person appointed by Council;

(2) the Warden of Nuffield College;

(3) a person appointed by the governing body of Nuffield College;

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

(6) a person appointed by the Social Sciences Board;

(7)–(9) three persons appointed by the Department of Economics.

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.'

(c) Re-naming of the Professorships of General Practice

Explanatory Note

This change, made on the recommendation of the Medical Sciences Board, re-names the Professorships of General Practice.

Text of Regulations

1 In SCHEDULE C of Council Regulations 3 of 2004, concerning statutory professorships, delete 'Professors (two) of General Practice' and substitute:
'Professors (two) of Primary Care Health Sciences'.

2 In Sect. III of Council Regulations 24 of 2002, concerning individual professorships (Statutes, 2000, p. 414, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol.132, p. 1461), in the title of § 99, delete 'Professorships (two) of General Practice' and substitute 'Professors (two) of Primary Care Health Sciences'.

3 Ibid., in regulation 1 delete 'Professors of General Practice' and substitute 'Professors of Primary Care Health Sciences'.

Council of the University

Register of Congregation

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

Ashrafian, H., St John's

Collins, P. T., Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Fairchild, C., Oxford University Society

Horn, S. W., Faculty of Oriental Studies

Olver, S. S., St John's

Osborne, D., Wadham

Russell, K. L., Faculty of Oriental Studies

Schekochihin, A., Merton

Divisional and Faculty Boards

For changes in regulations for examinations see 'Examinations and Boards' below.