• 3 March 2011
  • No. 4946
  • Vol. 141

Consultative notices

Proposals for Honorary Degrees to be conferred at the Encaenia in 2012, and for Degrees by Diploma

Members of Congregation are encouraged to suggest the names of people on whom such degrees might be conferred. Degrees by diploma are conferred on heads of state and royalty, and Encaenia honorary degrees are conferred at the University's annual ceremonial event. When considering possible honorands, the Honorary Degrees Committee will focus on individuals in the following categories:

1. those of high academic distinction in the fields of research and scholarship of specific interest to the University of Oxford;

2. those distinguished in the visual, literary, musical, and performing arts;

3. those distinguished in business and industry;

4. those who have played a distinguished role in public life, for example in contributing to progress and change in society;

5. those who have made a significant contribution to the activities of the University of Oxford—such individuals would normally also fall into one of the categories above.

Within these categories, the committee will aim to produce a balanced list which takes account of the international dimension which characterises this University's activities.

Honorary degrees will not be conferred on anyone who holds, or who has retired from, a resident teaching, research, or administrative post within the University or in any college or other society, except in exceptional circumstances such as distinguished service outside the terms of his or her paid service.

Nominations should be sent on the approved application form, which is available from Mrs C. Benton (telephone: (2)80107, email: or can be downloaded by staff accessing the University website from the Oxford University Network ( The completed form should be sent to Mrs C. Benton, University Offices, Wellington Square, by Friday, 6 May, under 'Strictly Confidential' cover.

While informal soundings within the University will often be desirable, every effort should be made to ensure that publicity is not at any stage given to any specific proposal for the conferral of an honorary degree. All nominations will be considered in strict confidence by the Honorary Degrees Committee, which submits its report to Council at the beginning of Michaelmas term. After discussion, Council will report back to the Honorary Degrees Committee, which will arrive at a list of honorands to put to Congregation.

The names of people on whom degrees by diploma and honorary degrees have recently been conferred may be found in the University Calendar, 2010–11, pp. 535–40.

Resolutions proposing this year's honorands are set out in under the 22 March Congregation listing of this week's Gazette.

General notices

Gazette publication arrangements

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

Digitisation of Oxford DPhil theses for alumni

Theses in digital format are rapidly becoming ubiquitous, as scholars want to make their research widely available and easily find the work of others. Thanks to the generosity and vision of Dr Leonard Polonsky, the Bodleian Libraries are able to offer to digitise a number of Oxford DPhil theses. This opportunity enables us to add to the growing Oxford digital thesis collection, and should result in new citations to your work.

Because only a limited number of authors are able to take advantage of this opportunity, theses will be digitised on a first come, first served basis. Digital copies will be made available online in ORA (Oxford University Research Archive:

ORA is the university's principal online collection of research outputs produced by Oxford scholars. It offers high visibility for Oxford research. Wherever possible, the full text of research is made freely available for easy online access. You can find out more about Oxford digital theses at

If you would like the Bodleian Libraries to digitise your thesis and make it available in ORA, please contact as soon as possible, providing the information below:

  • your name (as it appears on your thesis);
  • the title of your thesis;
  • the year of your thesis;
  • if possible, the Bodleian shelfmark of your thesis on OLIS (e.g. MS.D.Phil. d.2804) (you may be able to find this at; and
  • an email (or postal) address where we can contact you. You will be informed if your thesis is included in this digitisation and the URL will be sent to this address.

 Also, please indicate your responses to the following questions:

  • Do you grant the Bodleian Libraries permission to digitise the print copy of your thesis and make the digital copy available online in ORA? YES/NO
  • To the best of my knowledge, making my thesis available on the internet will not infringe copyright or any other rights of any other person or party, nor contain defamatory material (please be particularly aware of material where copyright is held by third parties such as photographs). I AGREE / I DISAGREE

If you already have a digital copy of your thesis which you would like to deposit in ORA, please contact

Trinity College, Cambridge


The Mastership of Trinity College will become vacant not later than 30 June 2012 with the retirement of Lord Rees of Ludlow. In recent times appointees have been persons of the highest academic distinction. At present the Master must retire or seek reappointment on reaching the age of seventy. The position is open to both men and women.

The Mastership is a Crown appointment and the process by which a nomination is submitted to the Crown is in the hands of a College Committee (the Magisterial Appointment Committee), which has now begun its work to identify suitable candidates.

Electoral Board

Composition of an Electoral Board

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

Watts Professorship of Psychology

  Appointed by
Professor Ian Walmsley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Mr Vice-Chancellor1
The President of Wolfson
ex officio
Professor Stephen Monsell, Exeter Medical Sciences Division
Professor Alastair Buchan Medical Sciences Division
Professor Dorothy Bishop Medical Sciences Division
Professor Irene Tracey Medical Sciences Division
Professor Christopher Kennard Council
Professor Andrew Young, York Council
Professor Paul Harrison Wolfson College

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).