• Thursday 24 November 2011
  • NO. 4971
  • VOL. 142

Consultative notice

Review of the Medical Sciences Division

On behalf of Council and its committees, the Vice-Chancellor will chair a review of the Medical Sciences Division in March 2012.  The terms of reference for the review are set out below. The review committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference. These should be sent to Ms Judith Finch, University Offices, Wellington Square (email:, by 10 February 2012.

Membership of the Review Panel

Chair: The Vice-Chancellor


Pro-Vice-Chancellors for:

Education: Dr Sally Mapstone

Personnel and Equality: Dr Stephen Goss

Planning and Resources: Professor William James

Research, Academic Services and University Collections: Professor Ian Walmsley

Dr Gareth Goodier, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Roger Goodman, Social Sciences Division

Lord Krebs, Jesus

Dr Richard Levin, McGill

Professor Joe Martin, Harvard

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, Manchester

Professor Sir John Tooke, UCL

Professor Ngaire Woods, Department of Politics

Terms of Reference

1. To review divisional strategies in the light of the current internal and external climate, and the forecast for the medium and longer term.

2. To review progress made in response to the division's strategic plans: five-year plan, recent operating statements and any other divisional strategy documents as follows:

review the division's mechanisms for promoting the excellence of academic activities in the faculties and departments which constitute the division, with particular reference to international standards of excellence, and in the context of the university's Strategic Plan and other strategic/policy documents. More specifically, the division's mechanisms for ensuring:

(a) the quality and direction of the research of the division as a whole, including its promotion of interdepartmental, interdivisional and interdisciplinary activities, its research profile and strategy, and future challenges and opportunities

(b) the overall quality and direction of undergraduate and graduate programmes offered within the division and the division's policy for the development, monitoring and quality assurance of those programmes, taking account of university policies in relation to:

•    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 (including research degrees research training and provision for part-time study)

•    relationships with colleges

•    student number planning

•    quality assurance mechanisms

(c) the division's work in relation to 'third-leg' activities.

3. Personnel

To review the division's approach to human resources issues, including:

•    academic employment issues

•    recruitment and retention

•    balance of teaching and learning in academic contracts

•    major support staff issues

•    career development

•    equal opportunities.

4. Space and capital expenditure

Current and future plans, including:

•    new build/refurbishment

•    laboratory and teaching space

•    research equipment

•    services including links with ASUC.

5. Finance

To consider the current and long-term financial position of, and funding arrangements for, the division and its financial strategy.

6. Organisation and administration

To review the organisation of the division, its management structures and the relationship between the faculties/departments and the division, and between the division and other university bodies and committees, including such matters as:

•    strategic planning

•    leadership and management

•    administration

•    devolution of responsibilities between units within the division, and between the division and its units

•    fundraising

•    relationship (structural and operational) with:

(a) cognate subject areas

(b) colleges

(c) National Health Service bodies

(d) national and international bodies, including research councils and funding bodies to which it is linked in teaching and research.

General notices

Gazette publication arrangements

The final Gazettes of Michaelmas term will be published on 1 and 8 December. Publication for Hilary term will begin on 12 January. The usual deadline arrangements will apply.

Oxford Teaching Awards

The winners of the sixth annual Oxford Teaching Awards were announced on 10 November. The awards acknowledge and reward excellence in teaching and in the support of teaching and learning. Winners include academic staff, technicians, administrative staff, IT staff and librarians. The full list of awards and winners can be seen online at:


Directorship of the Oxford University Museum Of Natural History

Paul Smith, BSc Leic, PhD Nott, Professor of Palaeobiology; Head, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences and Director, Lapworth Museum of Geology, Birmingham, has been appointed to the Directorship of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History with the title of Professor of Natural History with effect from 1 February 2012.

Professor Smith will be a fellow of Kellogg College.