• Thursday 14 February 2013
  • NO. 5015
  • VOL. 143

Congregation18 February

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Congregation19 February


The draft University Strategic Plan: topic for discussion

A Discussion on the topic of The University's Draft Strategic Plan (2013/14–2017/18) will take place at the Congregation meeting on 19 February (week 6) at 2pm.

The University’s current Strategic Plan runs from 2008/9 to 2012/13. Council therefore established a steering group in Hilary term 2012, chaired by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, charged with the development of the Plan for the period 2013/14–2017/18. The group includes members from the Council, the divisions and the colleges, and was supported by separate groups considering in more depth the areas of research, education and widening engagement.

On 5 November 2012, Council approved the draft of the University Strategic Plan, published in the supplement to the Gazette of 29 November 2012 (, as a document for wide consultation across the University during Hilary term 2013. In the same issue of the Gazette, submissions on the draft plan from all bodies within the collegiate University as well as from individuals were also invited (

Following the Discussion at Congregation, and the wider consultation, the draft Strategic Plan will be amended in the light of comments received, and presented to Council and Congregation for approval by the end of Trinity term 2013.

Arrangements for the meeting

The meeting will be held in the Sheldonian Theatre. Attendance at the meeting is open to members of Congregation, and to nominated representatives of the Oxford University Student Union (OUSU) as agreed in advance by the Vice-Chancellor. Admittance to the theatre will be on the production of a valid University card and will be on a first-come, first-served basis (places will be reserved for scheduled speakers). The doors of the theatre will open at 1.45pm.

The Vice-Chancellor has decided that the wearing of gowns shall be optional on this occasion.

Advance notice by speakers

Those wishing to speak at the meeting will be expected to limit their contributions to five minutes. As the meeting is expected to close by 4.30pm, it may not be possible to call all those who wish to speak. If you wish to speak at the meeting, you are asked to indicate this intention in advance by emailing It would be helpful if members of Congregation intending to speak would explain briefly (in no more than 25 words) what issues they wish to cover. Names of those who have indicated a wish to speak, together with the issues they wish to raise, will be published on the Congregation website ( This sharing of information may be of use both to other speakers and to those considering attending; it will also be used to provide structure to the order in which speakers are called. Speakers are asked to provide their information as soon as possible, and by 5pm on 15 February at the latest, if they wish to be scheduled to speak. If time permits, those who have not indicated in advance an intention to speak will still be free to do so. The Vice-Chancellor will also invite two nominated representatives of OUSU to speak.


It is intended that a transcript1 of the meeting will be published in the Gazette on 28 February and, before then, on the University website ( It is also intended to make a downloadable recording available on the same site1. As a result of time constraints, it will not be possible to check the report of the proceedings with individual speakers before publication.

1The transcript and recording may be edited for legal reasons.

Congregation5 March


¶ Members of Congregation are reminded that any two members may, not later than noon on 25 February, give notice in writing to the Registrar that they intend to oppose or amend any of the resolutions below or wish to discuss the Annual Review of the University (see the note on the conduct of business in Congregation below). If no such notice has been given, and unless Council has declared otherwise or the meeting has been adjourned, each resolution shall be carried and the Annual Review declared presented and the meeting may be cancelled.

(1) Voting on Resolutions approving the conferment of Honorary Degrees

(i) That the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Civil Law, honoris causa, upon the Honourable Andrew Li Kwok Nang, GBM, CBE, MA LLM Camb, former Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal of Hong Kong, Honorary Professor of Law of the University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, be approved.

(ii) That the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Civil Law, honoris causa, upon Dame Anne Owers, DBE, CBE, BA Camb, Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, formerly Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons, be approved.

(iii) That the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, upon Professor Anthony Grafton, AB PhD Chicago, Henry Putnam University Professor, Princeton University, former President of the American Historical Association, Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, be approved.

(iv) That the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, upon Sir Tom Stoppard, OM, CBE, playwright, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, be approved.

(v) That the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, upon Professor Ingrid Daubechies, BS PhD Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Professor of Mathematics, Duke University, President of the International Mathematical Union, Chair of the Fields Medal Committee, member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, be approved.

(vi) That the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, upon Baroness (Tanni) Grey-Thompson, DBE, DL, BA Lough, Paralympian, be approved.

(vii) That the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, upon Mr Colin Smith, CBE, BSc S'ton, Director of Engineering and Technology, Rolls-Royce plc, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, be approved.

(viii) That the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Music, honoris causa, upon Mr Murray Perahia, KBE, BMus Mannes College, pianist, Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Music, Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, be approved.

¶ If the resolutions are approved, the honorary degrees will be conferred at the Encaenia on 19 June.

(2) Voting on Resolution authorising expenditure from the Higher Studies Fund

Text of Resolution

That the University be authorised to expend, from the element of the Higher Studies Fund earmarked for Social Studies, transition funding in the amount of £20,000 per year for three years to support the incoming Nuffield Professor of Economics, Professor Michael P Keane, with immediate effect.

(3) Presentation of the Annual Review of the University

The Annual Review of the University for 2011–12 (Supplement *1 to Gazette, Vol 143, January 2013) will be presented and may be discussed.

Congregation7 March


Uncontested election

Medical Sciences Divisional Board

Details are in the 'Elections' section below.

Note on procedures in Congregation

¶ Business in Congregation is conducted in accordance with Congregation Regulations 2 of 2002 ( A printout of these regulations, or of any statute or other regulations, is available from the Council Secretariat on request. A member of Congregation seeking advice on questions relating to its procedures, other than elections, should contact Mr P Burns at the University Offices, Wellington Square (telephone: (2)70193; email:; questions relating to elections should be directed to the Elections Officer, Ms S L S Mulvihill (telephone: (2)80463; email: