Notices

  • Thursday 26 April 2012
  • NO. 4986
  • 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.

Consolidation of small trust funds

Department of Physics

On 23 April, Council approved the consolidation of seven existing trust funds into other trust funds by the passing of a resolution for the purposes of section 268 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 7 May. The full text of the resolution is set out below (see also 'Council and Main Committees' section above, pp 466–7).

Council agreed to:

(i) note that the gross income of each of the following funds ("the Funds") in its last financial year did not exceed £10,000, that the Funds do not hold any designated land and are not companies or other bodies corporate, that the Funds hold permanent endowment, and that therefore the Funds comply with the requirements of the Charities Act 2011:

(a) Arthur William Scott Fund

(b) David Ryan Memorial Fund

(c) Johnson Memorial Prizes Fund

(d) John Thresher Memorial Prize Fund

(e) Simon Cherwell Memorial Lecturer Fund

(f) Halley Lecturer on Astronomy and Terrestrial Magnetism Fund

(g) Clarendon Condensed Matter Fund;

(ii)  resolve for the purposes of the Charities Act 2011 that all the property of the Arthur William Scott Fund, David Ryan Memorial Fund, Johnson Memorial Prizes Fund and John Thresher Memorial Prize Fund should be transferred to the Department of Physics Prize Fund, Council being satisfied that:

a) it is expedient in the interests of furthering the purposes of each of the above funds for its property to be transferred as set out above; and

b) the Department of Physics Prize Fund has purposes that are substantially similar to all of the purposes of each of the above funds;

(iii) resolve for the purposes of the Charities Act 2011 that all the property of the Simon Cherwell Memorial Lecturer Fund and Halley Lecturer on Astronomy and Terrestrial Magnetism Fund should be transferred to the Department of Physics Special Lecture Fund, Council being satisfied that:

a) it is expedient in the interests of furthering the purposes of each of the above funds for its property to be transferred as set out above; and

b) the Department of Physics Special Lecture Fund has purposes that are substantially similar to all of the purposes of each of the above funds;

(iv) resolve for the purposes of the Charities Act that all the property of the Clarendon Condensed Matter Fund should be transferred to the Kurti Fund, Council being satisfied that:

a) it is expedient in the interests of furthering the purposes of the above fund for its property to be transferred as set out above; and

b) the Kurti Fund has purposes that are substantially similar to all of the purposes of the above fund;

(v) resolve that the resolutions at (ii)–(iv) above be notified to the University of Oxford Gazette and, provided that no notice of a resolution calling upon Council to annul or amend the proposals is received by the Registrar by noon on the eleventh day after the day on which the proposals are published, resolve that copies be sent to the Charity Commission together with a statement of the University’s reasons for passing them. If the Charity Commission requires further steps to be taken the Registrar is authorised to take such steps as are necessary. Once the above resolution takes effect the Trusts Administrator is authorised to take such steps as are necessary to transfer the property of the Funds in accordance with the above resolutions and any guidance given by the Commission for the purposes of the Charities Act 2011.

Faculty of English Language and Literature

On 23 April, Council approved the consolidation of eight existing trust funds into other trust funds by the passing of a resolution for the purposes of section 268 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 7 May. The full text of the resolution is set out below (see also 'Council and Main Committees' section above, pp 467–8).

Council agreed to:

(i) note that the gross income of each of the following funds (the "Funds") in its last financial year did not exceed £10,000, that the Funds do not hold any designated land and are not companies or other bodies corporate, that the Funds hold permanent endowment, and that therefore the Funds comply with the requirements of the Charities Act 2011:

(a) Oldham Shakespeare Prize Fund

(b) English Poem on a Sacred Subject Fund

(c) Lord Alfred Douglas Memorial Prize Fund

(d) Matthew Arnold Memorial Prize Fund

(e) Passmore Edwards Prize Fund

(f) Shelley Mills Prize Fund

(g) Beddington Prizes Fund

(h) Newdigate Prize Fund;

(ii) resolve for the purposes of the Charities Act 2011 that all the property of 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 should be transferred to the Faculty of English Language and Literature Prize Fund, Council being satisfied that:

a) it is expedient in the interests of furthering the purposes of each of the above funds for its property to be transferred as set out above; and

b) the Faculty of English Language and Literature Prize Fund has purposes that are substantially similar to all of the purposes of each of the above funds;

(iii) resolve for the purposes of the Charities Act 2011 that half of the property of the Beddington Prizes Fund should be transferred to the Faculty of English Language and Literature Prize Fund and half to the Humanities Divisional Fund of Oxford University Development Trust to be held for the purpose of funding an annual undergraduate prize in Modern Languages, Council being satisfied that:

a) it is expedient in the interests of furthering the purposes of the above fund for its property to be transferred as set out above; and

b) the Faculty of English Language and Literature Prize Fund and the Humanities Divisional Fund of Oxford University Development Trust, taken together, have purposes that are substantially similar to all of the purposes of the above fund; and

c) that each of the Faculty of English Language and Literature Prize Fund and the Humanities Divisional Fund of Oxford University Development Trust has purposes that are substantially similar to one or more of the purposes of the above fund;

(iv) resolve for the purposes of the Charities Act 2011 that half of the property of the Newdigate Prize Fund should be transferred to the Faculty of English Language and Literature Prize Fund and half to the University College Fund within the Oxford University Development Trust to be held for the purpose of maintaining the lodgings of the Master of University College, Council being satisfied that:

a) it is expedient in the interests of furthering the purposes of the above fund for its property to be transferred as set out above; and

b) the Faculty of English Language and Literature Prize Fund and the University College Fund within the Oxford University Development Trust, taken together, have purposes that are substantially similar to all of the purposes of the above fund; and

c) that each of the Faculty of English Language and Literature Prize Fund and the University College Fund within the Oxford University Development Trust has purposes that are substantially similar to one or more of the purposes of the above fund;

(v) resolve that the resolutions at (ii)–(iv) above be notified to the University of Oxford Gazette and, provided that no notice of a resolution calling upon Council to annul or amend the proposals is received by the Registrar by noon on the eleventh day after the day on which the proposals are published, resolve that copies be sent to the Charity Commission together with a statement of the University’s reasons for passing them. If the Charity Commission requires further steps to be taken the Registrar is authorised to take such steps as are necessary. Once the above resolution takes effect the Trusts Administrator is authorised to take such steps as are necessary to transfer the property of the Funds in accordance with the above resolutions and any guidance given by the Commission for the purposes of the Charities Act 2011.

Review of Regent's Park College by Permanent Private Halls Supervisory Committee

The Permanent Private Halls (PPH) Supervisory Committee, which is a sub-committee of the Education Committee, has regulatory, monitoring and reporting functions in relation to the Permanent Private Halls. As part of an ongoing process in which each hall is to be reviewed in turn over a period of six years, the committee is to conduct a review of Regent's Park during Trinity term 2012. The review will focus on issues coming within the PPH Supervisory Committee's terms of reference. These were recently revised and published, together with Regulations for the PPHs, in the Gazette of 12 January 2012, p 223.

The PPH Supervisory Committee would welcome for its review written comments on any matters falling within its terms of reference. Written comments should be sent to the Secretary to the Supervisory Committee, Dr Michael Redley, Education Policy Support Section, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (email: michael.redley@admin.ox.ac.uk) by 16 May.

Consultation on proposed changes to the University of Oxford Staff Pension Scheme

Members of the University of Oxford Staff Pension Scheme (OSPS), and members of support staff who are not members but who are eligible to join, are being consulted on proposed changes to the OSPS pension scheme.

The proposals under consideration have been put forward by the OSPS Review Group established by Council and follow extensive consultation with the OSPS Trustees, the staff representatives of the major trades unions representing OSPS members (Unison and Unite) and the Joint Committee with University Support Staff.

In addition to the University, there are a number of colleges and other associated University bodies who are employers in the scheme. College interests have been represented in the Review Group. As required by statutory regulations, the University, colleges and other employers are each conducting separate but parallel consultations of their staff.

The consultation period is running from 20 April to 19 June 2012. After consideration of the views put forward during the consultation, the Review Group will make final, formal recommendations to the employers, Trustees and trades unions over the summer with a view to implementation on 1 January 2013.

Details of the proposals and the consultation may be found at: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/personnel/end/retirement/ospsconsult.

General notices

Reports issued by the Internal Auditors

The following reports issued by the Internal Auditors were accepted by the Audit and Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on 12 March:

Focused review:

(i) Department of Pharmacology

Health check reviews:

(ii) School of Geography and the Environment

(iii) Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment

(iv) Department of Social Policy and Intervention

(v) Department of Politics and International Relations

(vi) Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics

(vii) Tropical Medicine

(viii) Division of Structural Biology

(ix) Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine

(x) Department of Materials

(xi) Mathematical Institute

(xii) Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics

(xiii) Faculty of Philosophy

(xiv) Faculty of Theology

(xv) Rothermere American Institute

(xvi) Botanic Garden

(xvii) Sheldonian Theatre

(xviii) R12 Project

The executive summaries of these reports have now been posted on the intranet at www.admin.ox.ac.uk/councilsec/oxonly/auditrep. The full reports may be consulted by members of Congregation at the University Offices by arrangement with the Head of the Council Secretariat, Emma Rampton (email: emma.rampton@admin.ox.ac.uk, telephone: (2)70002).

Musical Events

Friends of the Bodleian

Concert

Via Anglica: Latin Church Music from Renaissance England, performed by Alamire, directed by David Skinner, 1 June 7 pm in support of the Friends of the Bodleian. Tickets: £20 (£14 for Friends of the Bodleian) from fob@bodleian.ox.ac.uk or (01865) 277234.

New College

Organ Recitals

3 May, 8 pm: Ben Bloor (Organ Scholar) – works by Bruhns, Howells, Schumann and Messiaen

10 May, 8 pm: Steven Grahl (Assistant Organist) – works by Bach, Bruhns, Mendelssohn and Schumann

Everyone welcome (free entry, retiring collection). See: www.newcollegechoir.com (events).

St Hilda’s

Lunchtime Recital Series

All concerts are held at 1.15 pm on Thursdays in the Jacqueline du Pré music building. Refreshments served, admission free and all are welcome. For details: www.st-hildas.ox.ac.uk/index.php/What-s-on/mussocrecitals.html.

26 April: Music for flute, viola and harp by Debussy and Bax, with  Rosie Harvey, Julian Smith and Ellen Davies

3 May: Music for baritone with Tomos Watkins     

10 May: Music soprano with Ellen Timothy and Rosie Miller

17 May: Louis Couperin, Mozart, Messiaen and Chopin with Manos Charalabopoulos

24 May: Music for baritone and piano with Alex Brett and Leah Broad

31 May: Music for violin and cello with Charlotte Parr and Anna Kaznowska

7 June: Music for harp by Handel, Fauré and Britten with Ellen Davies

14 June: Schubert String Quintet in C major, D956 (first two movements): violin – Charlotte Parr and Naomi Watson; viola – Sarah Godlee; cello – Evie Heyde and Anna Kaznowska

Exhibitions

Saïd Business School

Vigilia: Inversive Art by Daniel Eltinger, 3 May–2 June, Saïd Business School Gallery, Mondays–Saturdays, 10 am–5 pm. (The exhibition will occasionally be closed to the public. Please call 01865 288 800 to check.)

Poetry Reading: Painting and Poetry: Daniel Eltinger's Vigilia and Oxford Stanza 2, 22 May, 7.45 pm, Saïd Business School Gallery. Tickets  £5 and £4 (students and over 60s), includes glass of wine or soft drink. Tickets: 01865 248380 or bill_jenkinson@btinternet.com.