• Thursday 8 March 2012
  • NO. 4982
  • VOL. 142

Consultative notices

Proposals for Honorary Degrees to be conferred at the Encaenia in 2013, and for Degrees by Diploma

Members of Congregation are encouraged to suggest the names of people on whom such degrees might be conferred. Degrees by diploma are conferred on heads of state and royalty, and Encaenia honorary degrees are conferred at the University's annual ceremonial event. When considering possible honorands, the Honorary Degrees Committee will focus on individuals in the following categories:

1. those of high academic distinction in the fields of research and scholarship of specific interest to the University of Oxford;

2. those distinguished in the visual, literary, musical and performing arts;

3. those distinguished in business and industry;

4. those who have played a distinguished role in public life, for example in contributing to progress and change in society;

5. those who have made a significant contribution to the activities of the University of Oxford – such individuals would normally also fall into one of the categories above.

Within those categories, the committee will aim to produce a balanced list, which takes account of the international dimension that characterises this University's activities. The committee therefore encourages the nomination of individuals of conspicuous distinction who represent the diversity of human achievement, with particular reference to gender, ethnicity and discipline.

Honorary degrees will not be conferred on anyone who holds, or who has retired from, a resident teaching, research or administrative post within the University or in any college or other society, except in exceptional circumstances such as distinguished service outside the terms of his or her paid service.

Nominations should be sent on the approved application form, which is available from Mrs C Benton (telephone: (2)80107, email: or can be downloaded by staff accessing the University website from the Oxford University Network ( The completed form should be sent to Mrs C Benton, University Offices, Wellington Square, by 27 April under 'Strictly Confidential' cover.

While informal soundings within the University will often be desirable, every effort should be made to ensure that publicity is not at any stage given to any specific proposal for the conferral of an honorary degree. All nominations will be considered in strict confidence by the Honorary Degrees Committee, which submits its report to Council at the beginning of Michaelmas term. After discussion, Council will report back to the Honorary Degrees Committee, which will arrive at a list of honorands to put to Congregation.

The names of people on whom degrees by diploma and honorary degrees have recently been conferred may be found in the University Calendar, 2011–12, pp. 545–9.

This year's honorands are:

Baroness (Elizabeth Lydia) Manningham-Buller

Mr David John Moore Cornwell (John le Carré)

Professor Drew Gilpin Faust

Sir Howard Stringer

Professor Charles Margrave Taylor

Dr Henry Joseph Macaulay Barnett

Professor William Daniel Phillips

Social Sciences Board/Education Committee

Review of the Saïd Business School

The Social Sciences Board and the Education Committee will jointly conduct a review of the Saïd Business School, as part of Council's programme of rolling reviews of faculties and departments. This review will take place on 14 and 15 May 2012.

The review committee’s terms of reference 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 department and divisional level, and in the context of the University's mission statement and 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 (including research degrees and research training and provision for part-time study)

•    relationships with colleges

•    quality assurance mechanisms;

(c) the organisation of the department, its management structures and the relationship between the department and the division, including such matters as:

•    strategic planning (including relationship to the divisional five-year plans and the University’s Corporate Plan)

•    academic and non-academic staff planning 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 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.

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, Rachel Meyrick (email: by 13 April.

General notices

Gazette publication arrangements

The final full Gazette of Hilary term will be published on 15 March. A further issue will be published on 22 March, but this will be limited to Council and Congregation business and changes to Examination Regulations. Publication for Trinity term will begin on 19 April. The usual deadline arrangements will apply.

Environmental Sustainability Report 2010/11

The Environmental Sustainability Report describes the progress being made by the University in minimising the environmental impact of its activities. The 2010/11 report, compiled by the sustainability team, is the first standalone environmental report produced by the University, and the intention is to report on an annual basis from now on. As well as covering the University's performance in areas such as carbon emissions and waste management, the report highlights the range of sustainability initiatives in progress across the University's estate and looks ahead to new initiatives planned for 2012 onwards. The report is available on the Environmental Sustainability website:


University Administration and Services

Chief Information Officer

Professor Anne E Trefethen, BSc Cov, PhD Cran, Fellow of St Cross, has been appointed as Chief Information Officer with effect from 1 March 2012.

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Professorship of Electrical Engineering

Jong Min Kim, BSc Hong-ik, MSc PhD New Jersey Institute of Technology, Samsung Fellow, Senior Vice President and Director, Frontier Research Lab, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, Samsung Electronics, South Korea, has been appointed to the Professorship of Electrical Engineering in the Department of Engineering Science with effect from 5 March 2012.

Dr Kim will be a fellow of St Hugh’s.

Social Sciences


Dr S Dadson, BA Oxf, MSc British Columbia, PhD Camb, Student of Christ Church. From 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2016.

Dr A E Oancea, BA MSc PhD Bucharest, DPhil Oxf, Fellow of Kellogg. University Lecturer in the Philosophy of Education. From 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2016.


Dr J Friedrichs, Dr phil Munich, Fellow of St Cross. University Lecturer in Politics. From 1 September 2012 to the retiring age.

Dr R Murphy, BA Murdoch, MA Oxf, PhD Camb, Fellow of St Antony’s. University Lecturer in the Sociology of China. From 1 September 2012 to the retiring age.

Dr F Reed-Tsochas, MA PhD Camb, MBA Oxf, Fellow of Green Templeton. James Martin University Lecturer in Complex Systems. From 1 September 2012 to the retiring age.

Dr D Wójcik, MEcon University of Economics Cracow, MGeog Jagiellonian, MSc Stockholm, DPhil Oxf, Fellow of St Peter’s. University Lecturer in Human Geography. From 1 July 2012 to the retiring age.

Electoral Boards

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:

Chichele Professorship of Public International Law

  Appointed by
Dr S Mapstone (Pro-Vice-Chancellor) Mr Vice-Chancellor1
The Warden of All Souls ex officio
Professor C Chinkin Council
Professor A Briggs Council
Professor R Goodman Social Sciences Division
Professor A Boyle
Faculty of Law
Professor T Endicott Faculty of Law
Mr D Akande Faculty of Law
Professor G Goodwin-Gill All Souls
1Appointed by Mr Vice-Chancellor under the provisions of Statute IX, Sect. 10 and 11 (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002, p. 108).