Notices

  • Thursday 21 June 2012
  • NO. 4994
  • VOL. 142

Consultative notices

Task Force on Academic Employment

The task force has completed its work and has been discharged. Its final report on academic duties and other issues was published as a supplement to the Gazette on 25 January. Council has endorsed the recommendations in this report, which will now be taken forward through the permanent committee structures of the collegiate University. The Personnel Committee has issued a consultative paper (published at www.ox.ac.uk/gazette/academic_employment) on the matters covered by the task force's final report, and individual academics are invited to respond to this by emailing jeremy.whiteley@admin.ox.ac.uk by 2 July.

Full details of the work of the task force, and a link to its previous proposals on merit pay and titles which were adopted by Congregation in 2010, may be found at www.admin.ox.ac.uk/personnel/staffinfo/academic/taskforceonacademicemployment.

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division and Education Committee

Review of the Department of Statistics

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisional Board is undertaking a review of the Department of Statistics with the Education Committee, as part of Council's programme of rolling reviews of departments. The review will be chaired by the Head of Division, Professor Alex Halliday, and will take place on 4 and 5 February 2013.

The Review Committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference given below. These should be sent to the MPLS Divisional Secretary and joint secretary to the Review Committee, Dr Saira Shaikh (email: saira.shaikh@mpls.ox.ac.uk) by 22 October.

The terms of reference of the review are:

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

• international standards of excellence;
• action taken since the last review of the department;
• 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 department, 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 department, the management structures, and the relationship between the department 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 department, and between the department 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 department, and its financial strategy.

Laudian manuscripts

On 18 June, Council approved modifications to the above Charity by the passing of a resolution for the purposes of section 275 of the Charities Act 2011 ("the Act"). The approval of Council and the resolution passed for the purposes of the Act shall be effective 15 days after the date of publication of this notice unless written notice of a resolution, signed by at least 20 members of Congregation and calling upon Council to withhold such approval and such resolution, has been given to the Registrar by noon on 2 July. The full text of the resolution is set out below.

Council agreed to:

(i) note that the gross income of the trust over the Laudian manuscripts (the "Charity") in its last financial year did not exceed £10,000, that the Charity does not hold any designated land and is not a company or other body corporate, and that therefore s275 of the Charities Act 2011 applies to the Charity;

(ii) resolve for the purposes of s275 of the Charities Act 2011 that the trusts of the Charity should be modified as described in the paragraph headed "Modifications" below, Council being satisfied that:

(a) it is expedient in the interests of the Charity for the purposes in question to be replaced; and

(b) so far as is reasonably practicable, the new purposes consist of or include purposes that are similar in character to those that are to be replaced;

(iii) resolve that the modifications be notified to the University Gazette and provided that no objections are received from Congregation by noon on the 11th day following the publication of such notice in the Gazette, resolve that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Charity Commission on or after the 15th day following the publication of such notice in the Gazette together with a statement of the University's reasons for passing it. If the Charity Commission requires further steps to be taken the Registrar is authorised to take such steps as are necessary.

Modifications

The following condition of the trusts of the Charity, underlined in the text below:

'Hos Libros Amoris mei testes, uestrae fidei committo in Bibliotheca reponendos, hac conditione, ut nunquam inde extrahantur, uel mutuo cuipiam dentur sub quocunque praetextu, nisi solum ut typis mandentur, et sic publici et juris et utilitatis fiant...'

['I commit these books, witnesses of my love, to your trust to be placed in the Library, on this condition, that they may never be extracted from there or given in exchange to anyone under any pretext whatsoever, except only to be committed to type and thus to be made public both of right and utility...']

shall be modified by the addition of a new exception as follows:

'except to be lent or relocated for the purposes of public exhibition, any such loan or relocation and its terms having been approved by the Curators of the University Libraries at the University of Oxford, and thus to be made available for the benefit of the public'.

Iris Murdoch Appeal Fund

On 18 June, Council approved modifications to the above Fund by the passing of a resolution for the purposes of sections 275 and 281 of the Charities Act 2011 ("the Act"). The approval of Council and the resolution passed for the purposes of the Act shall be effective 15 days after the date of publication of this notice unless written notice of a resolution, signed by at least 20 members of Congregation and calling upon Council to withhold such approval and such resolution, has been given to the Registrar by noon on 2 July. The full text of the resolution is set out below.

Council agreed to:

(i) note that the gross income of the trust over the Iris Murdoch Appeal Fund ("the Fund") in its last financial year did not exceed £10,000, that the Fund does not hold any designated land and is not a company or other body corporate, and that therefore s275 of the Charities Act 2011 applies to the Fund;

(ii) resolve for the purposes of s275 of the Charities Act 2011 that the trusts of the Fund should be modified as described in the paragraph headed "Modifications" below, Council being satisfied that:

(a) it is expedient in the interests of the Fund for the purposes in question to be replaced; and

(b) so far as is reasonably practicable, the new purposes consist of or include purposes that are similar in character to those that are to be replaced; 

(iii) resolve that the modifications be notified to the University Gazette and provided that no objections are received from Congregation by noon on the 11th day following the publication of such notice in the Gazette, resolve that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Charity Commission on or after the 15th day following the publication of such notice in the Gazette together with a statement of the University's reasons for passing it. If the Charity Commission requires further steps to be taken the Registrar is authorised to take such steps as are necessary;

(iv) note that the gross income of the trust over the Fund in its last financial year did not exceed £1,000, that the Fund is not a company or other body corporate, and that therefore s281 of the Charities Act 2011 applies to the Fund;

(v) resolve for the purposes of s281 of the Charities Act 2011 that the whole Fund ought to be freed from the restrictions with respect to expenditure of capital that apply to it, Council being satisfied that the purposes set out in the trusts to which the Fund is subject could be carried out more effectively if the capital of the Fund could be expended as well as the income accruing to it, rather than just such income.

Modifications

The trusts of the Fund shall be modified by replacing all or any part of the purposes of the Fund with the following purpose:

"to support research in old age psychiatry".

General notices

Gazette publication arrangements

The final Gazettes of Trinity term will be published on 28 June and 5 and 19 July.

The first Gazette of Michaelmas term will be published on 20 September, but will be limited to Council and Congregation business and changes to Examination Regulations. The first full Gazette of next term will be published on 27 September.

Appointments

Humanities

Shaw Professorship of Chinese

Barend J Ter Haar, PhD Leiden, Professor of Chinese History, Department of Chinese Studies, Leiden University, has been appointed to the Shaw Professorship of Chinese in the Faculty of Oriental Studies with effect from 13 January 2013.

Professor ter Haar will be a fellow of University College.

Recognition of Distinction

The following titles have been conferred on behalf of the Recognition of Distinction Committee:

Medical Sciences

Snowling, M, BSc Brist, PhD Lond, President-elect of St John's, Professor of Psychology with effect from 1 September 2012

Social Sciences

Suzuki, T, BSc MSc Lond, MA DPhil Oxf, University Lecturer in Accounting and Fellow of Hertford, Professor of Accounting with effect from 24 May 2012.

Musical and other Events

Botanic Garden

Free family picnic events (paid entry to the Garden required: adults £4, children free must be accompanied by a paying family member). Bring own picnic. For more information, see: www.botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk or tel Oxford 286690.

1–4 pm, Sat, 23 Jun: Brilliant Bugs Family Picnic

An afternoon of family activities and entertainment to celebrate National Insect Week: learn how to help bees and bugs in your garden and see how many you can spot in ours. Live music and stories, a drumming workshop and family art activities. No need to book.

14 pm, Sat, 7 Jul: Alice's Day Family Picnic

An afternoon of family activities and entertainment to celebrate Alice's Day: live music and stories, circus skills workshop and family art activities.