Council and Main Committees

  • Thursday 26 April 2012
  • NO. 4986
  • VOL. 142

Council of the University

Changes in Regulations

Council has made the following changes in regulations, to come into effect on 11 May.

(a) Continuing Education Board

Explanatory Note

These changes, made on the recommendation of the Continuing Education Board, amend the membership of the board to allow firstly for a member appointed by the Conference of Colleges and secondly for a student representative.

Text of Regulations

1 In Part 16 of Council Regulations 15 of 2002 concerning the Continuing Education Board (Supplement (2) to Gazette No 4628, 26 June 2002, p 1398, as amended on 23 March 2006, 7 June 2007, 29 May 2008 and 25 June 2010 and renumbered on 28 July 2011) delete existing regulation 16.1 and substitute (new text underlined, deleted text scored through):

'16.1. The Continuing Education Board shall consist of:

(1), (2) one or two members appointed by Council from among its own members (as determined from time to time by Council, bearing in mind the desirability of there being strong representation of the board on Council and its committees, particularly the Education and Planning and Resource Allocation Committees), of whom one shall be designated chairman of the board by the Vice-Chancellor after consultation with the Director of the Department for Continuing Education;

(3)–(6) four persons of whom one shall be appointed by each divisional board;

(7)–(9) the Director and Deputy Directors of the Department for Continuing Education;

(10)–(12) three other members of the Department for Continuing Education elected by and from among the members of the department.;

(13) one person appointed by the Conference of Colleges. They shall have appropriate experience and understanding of academic policy and finance and be familiar with continuing education, but should not hold a salaried teaching or research post within the Department for Continuing Education.'

2 Ibid., after existing regulation 16.2 insert new regulation 16.3 as follows and renumber existing regulation 16.3 as 16.4:

'16.3. Student members shall have the right to be represented at meetings of the Continuing Education Board in accordance with Part 1 of these regulations and under the arrangements set out below:

(1) The student body shall be represented at the board by one student member working for an award under the aegis of the board.

(2) The representative shall be nominated as agreed between the student body and the board from amongst the student representatives on the academic committees of the Department for Continuing Education.

(3) More than one representative may be nominated under the provisions of (2) above, in which case the representatives shall decide between them which one shall attend any given meeting of the board.

(4) The representative(s) shall serve for one year, and shall be eligible for re-nomination if they remain working for an award under the aegis of the board.'

3 These changes shall be effective from 1 October 2012.

(b) Finance Committee

Explanatory Note

The following amends the regulations of the Finance Committee to increase its external membership from three to four.

Text of Regulations

In Part 19 of Council Regulations 15 of 2002 (made by Council on 26 June 2002, as amended on 1 June 2006, 22 May 2008 (date of effect 1 October 2008), 18 March 2010, 22 July 2010 and 27 October 2011), delete regulation 19.1 and substitute (deleted text scored through, inserted text underlined):

'19.1. The Finance Committee shall consist of:

(1) the Vice-Chancellor;

(2)–(5) Three four external persons appointed by Council, of whom at least two shall be members of Council;

(6) a person appointed by Council from among the members of Council elected by Congregation;

(7) a Head of House appointed by the Conference of Colleges.'

General Purposes Committee of Council

Changes in Regulations

The General Purposes Committee of Council has made the following changes in regulations, to come into effect on 11 May.

(a) Establishment of Department of Physics Prize Fund

Explanatory Note

These regulations establish the 'Department of Physics Prize Fund' for the purpose of awarding prizes and/or bursaries to students studying or undertaking research at the Department of Physics. It is intended that by resolution of Council, as trustee, under the Charities Act 2011, the Arthur William Scott Fund, David Ryan Memorial Fund, Johnson Memorial Prizes Fund and John Thresher Memorial Prize Fund shall be transferred and administered as part of this new fund (see 'Notices' section below, p 471). Once the existing regulations of the aforementioned funds have been transferred to the new Department of Physics Prize Fund, the existing regulations will serve no further purpose and shall therefore be deleted.

Text of Regulations

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002 concerning trusts (Statutes, 2000, p 707, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol 132, p 1461), insert new § 283 as follows, and renumber existing §§ 283–394 as §§ 284–395:

'§ 283. Department of Physics Prize Fund

1. Ten pounds and such further money or property as may be paid or transferred to be held by the University on the same trusts shall be held together as part of the Department of Physics Prize Fund ("the Fund"), which shall be held on the trusts declared in this regulation.

2. The University shall retain as permanent endowment those of the assets in the Fund which are contributed on the express understanding that they are to be treated as permanent endowment ("the Permanent Endowment").

3. The University shall (1) apply the income of the Permanent Endowment; and (2) apply the income and, in its discretion, the capital of the remainder of the Fund (if any), towards awarding prizes and/or bursaries to students studying or undertaking research at the Department of Physics.

4. The administration of the Fund, and the application of its income, shall be the responsibility of the Physics Management Committee, which may make and amend Standing Orders consistent with these regulations governing the administration of the Fund and the application of its income.

5. The University shall have power to pay out of the capital or the income of the Fund all costs of and incidental to the creation of the Fund and the management and administration of the Fund.

6. The University may exercise any of its corporate powers in the management and administration of the Fund in so far as those powers are not inconsistent with these regulations.

7. Subject to regulation 8, Council may amend, repeal or add to these regulations in accordance with Part D of Statute XVI, but no amendment is valid if it would cause the Fund to:

(1) cease to be exclusively charitable according to the law of England and Wales; or

(2) be outside the objects of the University.

8. Any amendment to regulation 3 is an amendment to the main objects of the Fund for the purposes of Part D of Statute XVI and must be approved both by Congregation of the University and subsequently by Her Majesty in Council.'

(b) Establishment of Department of Physics Special Lecture Fund

Explanatory Note

These regulations establish the 'Department of Physics Special Lecture Fund' for the purpose of advancing teaching and research at, or in connection with, the Department of Physics, with emphasis on the provision of special lectures.  It is intended that by resolution of Council, as trustee, under the Charities Act 2011, the Simon Cherwell Memorial Lecturer Fund and Halley Lecturer on Astronomy and Terrestrial Magnetism Fund will be transferred and administered as part of this new fund (see 'Notices' section below, p 471). Once the existing regulations of the aforementioned funds have been transferred to the new Department of Physics Special Lecture Fund, the existing regulations will serve no further purpose and shall therefore be deleted.

Text of Regulations

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002 concerning trusts (Statutes, 2000, p 707, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol 132, p. 1461), insert new § 284 as follows, and renumber existing §§ 284–395 as §§ 285–396:

'§ 284. Department of Physics Special Lecture Fund

1. Ten pounds and such further money or property as may be paid or transferred to be held by the University on the same trusts shall be held together as part of the Department of Physics Special Lecture Fund ("the Fund"), which shall be held on the trusts declared in this regulation.

2. The University shall retain as permanent endowment those of the assets in the Fund which are contributed on the express understanding that they are to be treated as permanent endowment ("the Permanent Endowment").

3. The University shall (1) apply the income of the Permanent Endowment; and (2) apply the income and, in its discretion, the capital of the remainder of the Fund (if any), towards the advancement of teaching and research at, or in connection with, the Department of Physics, with emphasis on the provision of special lectures.

4. The administration of the Fund, and the application of its income, shall be the responsibility of the Physics Management Committee, which may make and amend Standing Orders consistent with these regulations governing the administration of the Fund and the application of its income.

5. The University shall have power to pay out of the capital or the income of the Fund all costs of and incidental to the creation of the Fund and the management and administration of the Fund.

6. The University may exercise any of its corporate powers in the management and administration of the Fund in so far as those powers are not inconsistent with these regulations.

7. Subject to regulation 8, Council may amend, repeal or add to these regulations in accordance with Part D of Statute XVI, but no amendment is valid if it would cause the Fund to:

(1) cease to be exclusively charitable according to the law of England and Wales; or

(2) be outside the objects of the University.

8. Any amendment to regulation 3 is an amendment to the main objects of the Fund for the purposes of Part D of Statute XVI and must be approved both by Congregation of the University and subsequently by Her Majesty in Council.’

(c) Establishment of English Language And Literature Prize Fund

Explanatory Note

These regulations establish the 'Faculty of English Language and Literature Prize Fund' for the purpose of awarding prizes to candidates who have shown academic excellence in courses offered by the Faculty of English Language and Literature.  

It is intended that by resolution of Council, as trustee, under the Charities Act 2011, the Oldham Shakespeare Prize Fund, English Poem on a Sacred Subject Fund, Lord Alfred Douglas Memorial Prize Fund, Matthew Arnold Memorial Prize Fund, Passmore Edwards Prize Fund and Shelley Mills Prize Fund shall be transferred and administered as part of this new fund (see 'Notices' section below, p 471). It is also intended that half of the Beddington Prizes Fund and the Newdigate Prize Fund shall be administered as part of this new fund, with the other half being administered by the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages and University College respectively.

Text of Regulations

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002 concerning trusts (Statutes, 2000, p 629, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002, Gazette, Vol 132, p 1461), insert new § 106 as follows, and renumber existing §§ 106–78 as §§ 107–79:

'§ 106. Faculty of English Language and Literature Prize Fund

1. Ten pounds and such further money or property as may be paid or transferred to be held by the University on the same trusts shall be held together as part of the English Language and Literature Prize Fund ("the Fund"), which shall be held on the trusts declared in this regulation.

2. The University shall retain as permanent endowment those of the assets in the Fund which are contributed on the express understanding that they are to be treated as permanent endowment ("the Permanent Endowment").

3. The University shall (1) apply the income of the Permanent Endowment; and (2) apply the income and, in its discretion, the capital of the remainder of the Fund (if any), towards awarding prizes to candidates who have shown academic excellence in courses offered by the Faculty of English Language and Literature.

4. The administration of the Fund, and the application of its income, shall be the responsibility of the Faculty of English Language and Literature Board, which may make and amend Standing Orders consistent with these regulations governing the administration of the Fund and the application of its income.

5. The University shall have power to pay out of the capital or the income of the Fund all costs of and incidental to the creation of the Fund and the management and administration of the Fund.

6. The University may exercise any of its corporate powers in the management and administration of the Fund in so far as those powers are not inconsistent with these regulations.

7. Subject to regulation 8, Council may amend, repeal or add to these regulations in accordance with Part D of Statute XVI, but no amendment is valid if it would cause the Fund to:

(1) cease to be exclusively charitable according to the law of England and Wales; or

(2) be outside the objects of the University.

8. Any amendment to regulation 3 is an amendment to the main objects of the Fund for the purposes of Part D of Statute XVI and must be approved both by Congregation of the University and subsequently by Her Majesty in Council.'

Congregation: 24 April24 April

(1) Declaration of Approval of Legislative Proposal: Griffiths Memorial Studentship

(2) Declaration of Approval of Legislative Proposal:  Jesus Professorship of Celtic Endowment Fund

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor declared the Legislative Proposals (1) concerning the Griffiths Memorial Studentship and (2) concerning the Jesus Professorship of Celtic Endowment Fund approved.

(3) Declaration of approval of resolution authorising expenditure from the Higher Studies Fund

No notice of opposition having been given, Mr Vice-Chancellor declared the resolution authorising expenditure from the Higher Studies Fund approved.

Council of the University

Register of Congregation

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

Dorney, S P, Department of Chemistry

McCormick-Power, M, Faculty of Law

Divisional and Faculty Boards

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