• Thursday 10 November 2011
  • NO. 4969
  • VOL. 142

Consultative notices

Humanities Board/Education Committee

Review of the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art

The Humanities Board and the Education Committee will jointly conduct a review of the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, as part of Council's programme of rolling reviews of faculties and departments. The review will take place on 14 and 15 February 2012.

The review committee's terms of reference are:

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

• international standards of excellence;
• action taken since the last review of the school;
• planning statements at faculty and divisional level, and in the context of the University's Mission Statement and Strategic Plan.

In particular:

(a) the quality of the research of the school, including its participation in interdepartmental, interdivisional and interdisciplinary activities; its 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 school, its management structures and the relationship between the school and the Humanities Division, including such matters as:

• strategic planning (including relationship to the divisional five-year plan and the University's Strategic Plan);
• academic and non-academic staffing and recruitment;
• student number planning;
• terms of appointment for academic staff, including career development and equal opportunities issues;
• accommodation and future space needs;
• fundraising;

(d) the relationship (structural and operational) between units within the school, and between the school 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 school, and its financial strategy.

The Review Committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference, given above. These should be sent to the joint secretary to the Review Committee, Dr Anne-Marie Drummond (email:  by 7 January.

General notices

Van Houten Fund

The Van Houten Bequest is a fund left by the late M Van Houten in the 1950s to be used 'for the benefit of the University in such ways as the Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor, and Council shall see fit'. The Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor, Council and PRAC agreed in 2005 to delegate responsibility to the Registrar to approve grants subject to a regular report to be made to Council on the decisions taken.

Bids are now being invited for grants from this fund to be used to support projects that do not form part of the normal day-to-day operations of a department and which would not easily be funded from other regular sources. Examples of recent recipients include:

  • the UAS Conference 2011;
  • the Vice-Chancellor's Civic Awards 2011;
  • purchase of a grand piano by the Holywell Music Room.

Grants to internal applicants are usually in the region of £6,000–£20,000 either given as a one-off payment or spread over one to three years. Grants are also available to organisations external to the University; in such cases, the amounts awarded are usually lower and there is a cap on the total amount of funding provided to external organisations of £30,000 in this financial year.

The guidelines by which bids are assessed are as follows:

1. Bids for grants will be assessed according to the breadth of the benefit to the University offered by the project in question, the strategic importance of the project to the University and the availability of funds. Only in exceptional circumstances will a grant be awarded in respect of a project which benefits a single department.

2. Grants will not ordinarily be awarded for purposes for which other trust fund (or similar) support exists within the University, for example, the funding of academic scholarships, regardless of whether or not the alternative fund(s) in question are in a position to fund the expenditure proposed.

3. Grants will not ordinarily be awarded in respect of costs for which a department might reasonably be expected to hold a budget.

4. Grants will not ordinarily be agreed in respect of recurrent activities except to provide:

(a) seed funding to support an activity in its first one to three years; or

(b) bridging support for one year only where a source of funding is lost and the department/faculty in question is confident that an alternative can be found for the following year.

5. Grants will not ordinarily cover the full cost of a project. Departments will be expected to make some contribution, or to use the grant secured by the Van Houten Fund to assist in securing other funding (including external funding).

6. The extent to which funds may be awarded to external organisations each financial year shall be subject to an upper limit, to be set by the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee and reviewed on an annual basis.

Bids for funding should take the form of a written submission outlining the amount requested, what the use of the grant would be, the benefit that would be conferred to the University, approximate costings, timescales, details of other funding secured and any other relevant information. The bids will be considered by the Registrar as a gathered field. Bids should be sent to the secretary of the fund, Mrs Adrienne Lingard, by 9 December 2011.

Further information may be obtained from Mrs Lingard: telephone: (2)80092, email: or at the University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD. The next invitation to bid is scheduled to be sent out in April 2012.


Medical Sciences

Watts Professorship of Psychology

Glyn William Humphreys, BSc PhD Brist, Professor of Cognitive Psychology, School of Psychology, Director of Research, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Birmingham, and Scientific Director, Birmingham University Imaging Centre, has been appointed to the Watts Professorship of Psychology in the Department of Experimental Psychology with effect from 1 October 2011.

Professor Humphreys will be a fellow of Wolfson.

Visiting Professorships


John Morton Blum, BA PhD LLD Harvard, Sterling Professor of History (Emeritus) at Yale, Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Professor of American History 1976–7, died on 17 October, aged 90.

Electoral Boards

Revised 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:

Professorship of Pathology     

  Appointed by
Mr Vice-Chancellor ex officio
The Sub-Rector of Lincoln
ex officio
Professor R Laskey Council
Professor Sir John Bell Council
Professor A Buchan Medical Sciences Divisional Board
Professor Dame Kay Davies Medical Sciences Divisional Board
Professor Sir Tim Hunt Medical Sciences Divisional Board
Dr C Norbury Medical Sciences Divisional Board
Professor N Barclay Lincoln


Bodleian Library

Proscholium Display

4 November–23 December: 'Lord of the Flies and beyond...' William Golding's manuscript of his classic novel Lord of the Flies will be on public display for the first time to mark the centenary of the author's birth. Admission free.