Council and Main Committees

  • Thursday 25 October 2012
  • NO. 5003
  • VOL. 143

Council of the University

Changes in Regulations

Council has made the following changes in regulations, to come into effect on 9 November.

(a) Board of Visitors of the University Museums and the Oxford University Museums Board

Explanatory Note

Following the approval by Congregation of the amendments to Statute VIII concerning the Board of Visitors of the University Museums and the Oxford University Museums Board on 9 October (see the Gazette of 11 October 2012, p 81), these changes establish an Oxford University Museums Board as a committee of Council and delete the legislation relating to the present Committee for the Museums and Scientific Collections on 1 October 2012. For the text of the regulations, see the Gazette of 19 July 2012, p 641.

(b) Changes to Congregation Regulations 3 of 2002: entry of names for degree ceremonies

Explanatory Note

Following the approval by Congregation of the changes to Congregation Regulations 3 of 2002 concerning entry of names for degree ceremonies (see the Gazette of 11 October 2012, p 81), these changes, from 1 October 2012, introduce new arrangements under which students will receive an invitation to a degree ceremony, conditional on the candidates satisfying examiners. For the text of the regulations, see the Gazette of 19 July 2012, p 643.

(c) Changes to Congregation Regulations 3 of 2002: degree ceremony attendance

Explanatory Note

Following the approval by Congregation of the changes to Congregation Regulations 3 of 2002 concerning degree ceremony attendance (see the Gazette of 11 October 2012, p 81), these changes, from 1 October 2012, provide for occasions when a candidate is admitted to a degree in absentia and makes a case to attend a subsequent degree ceremony in person. For the text of the regulations, see the Gazette of 19 July 2012, p 644.

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 9 November.

(a) Establishment of Faculty of Law Prize and Scholarship Funds

Explanatory Note

These regulations establish the 'Faculty of Law Prize and Scholarship Fund' for the advancement of education and learning at, or in connection with, the Faculty of Law, primarily through the award of prizes and scholarships.

It is intended that by resolution of Council, as trustee under the Charities Act 2011, the Chiles Award Fund, John Morris Prize Fund, Peter Birks Memorial Fund, and Winter Williams Prizes and Studentships Fund shall be transferred and administered as part of this new fund. It is also intended that half of the Martin Wronker Prizes Fund shall be administered as part of this new fund, with the other half being administered by the Medical Sciences Division.

Approval of regulation 2 is conditional on Council resolving to transfer the said funds into the Faculty of Law Prize and Scholarship Fund and the Charity Commission not registering any objections to this transfer.

Text of Regulations

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts, insert new § 202 as follows, and renumber existing §§ 202–396 as §§ 203–3971:

'§ 202. Faculty of Law Prize and Scholarship 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 Faculty of Law Prize and Scholarship Fund ("the Fund"), which shall be held on the trusts declared in this regulation.

2. The Fund includes transfers from the Chiles Award Fund, John Morris Prize Fund, Martin Wronker Prizes Fund, Peter Birks Memorial Fund, and Winter Williams Prizes and Studentships Fund.

3. 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").

4. The University shall (a) apply the income of the Permanent Endowment; and (b) apply the income and, in its discretion, the capital of the remainder of the Fund (if any), towards the advancement of education and learning at, or in connection with, the Faculty of Law, primarily through the award of prizes and scholarships.

5. The administration of the Fund, and the application of its income, shall be the responsibility of the Board of the Faculty of Law, which may make and amend Standing Orders consistent with these Regulations governing the administration of the Fund and the application of its income.

6. The University may in its absolute discretion in the period ending 21 years from the date of this regulation, instead of applying the income of the Fund in any year, accumulate all or any part of such income by investing it, and holding it as part of the capital of the Fund. The University may apply the whole or any part of such accumulated income in any subsequent year as if it were income of the Fund arising in the then current year.

7. 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.

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

9. Subject to regulation 10, 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.

10. Any amendment to regulation 4 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 Plant Sciences Trust Funds

Explanatory Note

These regulations establish the 'Department of Plant Sciences General Purposes Fund' for the advancement of education, learning, teaching, scholarship and research at, or in connection with, the Department of Plant Sciences.

It is intended that by resolution of Council, as trustee under the Charities Act 2011, the Curator of the Fielding Herbarium Fund, Forestry Professor Fund, J Burtt Davy Research Scholarship Fund, Samuel Wilson Fund, Sherardian Campaign Fund, Sibthorpian Professor of Plant Science Fund, Study of Agriculture Fund, Brooks Memorial Fund, Gertrude Witt Fund, Harley Prize of the New Phytologist Trust, Jimmy Elliott Memorial Fund, Mrs H B Fielding Benefaction Fund, Nancy Lindsay Memorial Fund, School of Forestry Jubilee Prize Fund, Styles Memorial Prize Fund, Villar Bequest Fund and Wilson Scholarships in Forestry Fund shall be transferred and administered as part of this new Fund.

Approval of regulation 2 is conditional on Council resolving to transfer the said funds into the Department of Plant Sciences General Purposes Fund and the Charity Commission not registering any objections to this transfer.

Text of Regulations

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts, insert new § 285 as follows, and renumber existing §§ 285–396 as §§ 286–3972:

'§ 285. Department of Plant Sciences General Purposes 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 Plant Sciences General Purposes Fund ("the Fund"), which shall be held on the trusts declared in this regulation.

2. The Fund includes transfers from the Curator of the Fielding Herbarium Fund, Forestry Professor Fund, J Burtt Davy Research Scholarship Fund, Samuel Wilson Fund, Sherardian Campaign Fund, Sibthorpian Professor of Plant Science Fund, Study of Agriculture Fund, Brooks Memorial Fund, Gertrude Witt Fund, Harley Prize of the New Phytologist Trust, Jimmy Elliott Memorial Fund, Mrs H B Fielding Benefaction Fund, Nancy Lindsay Memorial Fund, School of Forestry Jubilee Prize Fund, Styles Memorial Prize Fund, Villar Bequest Fund and Wilson Scholarships in Forestry Fund.

3. 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").

4. The University shall (a) apply the income of the Permanent Endowment; and (b) apply the income and, in its discretion, the capital of the remainder of the Fund, towards the advancement of education, learning, teaching, scholarship and research at, or in connection with, the Department of Plant Sciences.

5. The administration of the Fund, and the application of its income, shall be the responsibility of a Board of Management comprising:

(1) the Head of Department of Plant Sciences (who shall be chairman);

(2) the Sibthorpian Professor of Plant Sciences (or his or her nominee); and

(3) the Sherardian Professor of Botany (or his or her nominee).

The Board may make and amend Standing Orders consistent with these Regulations governing the administration of the Fund and the application of its income.

6. 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.

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

8. Subject to regulation 9, 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.

9. Any amendment to regulation 4 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) Harmsworth Professor of American History Fund

Explanatory Note

These regulations record the terms of the Harmsworth Professor of American History Fund, established in 1920, the income of which is applied towards the salary and expenses of the holder of the Harmsworth Professorship of American History. They incorporate and replace the existing regulations for the Harmsworth Professor of American History and bring the provisions regarding the election of the Professor in line with the Equality Act 2010.

Text of Regulations

In Section III of Council Regulations 24 of 2002, concerning academic and other posts, delete existing § 126 and substitute as follows:

'§126. The Harmsworth Professor of American History Fund

1. The University receives with gratitude a benefaction to be held as permanent endowment on the trusts declared in this regulation. Further money or property may be paid or transferred to the University to be held on the same trusts. The assets so held will be known as the Harmsworth Professor of American History Fund ("the Fund").

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 (a) apply the income of the Permanent Endowment; and (b) apply the income and, in its discretion, the capital of the remainder of the Fund (if any), towards the salary and expenses of the holder of the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Professor of American History and associated overheads. The Professor shall lecture and give instruction in the History of the United States of America.

4. The administration of the Fund, and the application of its income, shall be the responsibility of the Humanities Divisional Board.

5. The Professor shall be elected by an electoral board consisting of:

(1) the Chancellor of the University of Oxford (provided always that the Chancellor may appoint the Vice-Chancellor to act for him or her);

(2) the Ambassador from the United States of America to the Court of St James at the time of election, or a deputy appointed by the Ambassador to act from time to time;

(3) a person appointed by Council;

(4) Viscount Rothermere for his life, and thereafter each successive holder of the Viscountcy or an elector appointed by him as his representative at the election; but if the Viscountcy should have become extinct or the holder thereof be a minor or otherwise disqualified from acting as an elector or appointing a representative, then the Lord Chief Justice of England shall be the fourth elector;

(5), (6) two persons appointed by the governing body of the college to which the professorship shall be for the time being allocated by Council under any regulation in that behalf; and

(7), (8) two persons appointed by the Board of the Faculty of History.

The professor shall hold office for not less than one nor more than five years, as the electors may determine, but shall be re-eligible.

6. The University may in its absolute discretion in the period ending 21 years from the date of this regulation, instead of applying the income of the Fund in any year, accumulate all or any part of such income by investing it, and holding it as part of the capital of the Fund. The University may apply the whole or any part of such accumulated income in any subsequent year as if it were income of the Fund arising in the then current year.

7. 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 and the Professorship.

8. 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.

9. Regulations 1–4 and 6–11 shall be deemed to be Trust Regulations under the provisions of Part D of Statute XVI.

10. Subject to regulation 11, 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.

11. 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.'

(d) Establishment of the Moritz–Heyman Scholarship Fund

Explanatory Note

These regulations establish 'The Moritz–Heyman Scholarship Fund' for the endowment of a programme of support for UK-resident undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Text of Regulations

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts, insert new § 246 as follows, and renumber existing §§ 246–396 as §§ 247–3972:

'§ 246. The Moritz–Heyman Scholarship Fund

1. All money or property paid or transferred to the University to be held on the trusts declared in this regulation and all property representing the same from time to time ("the Fund") will be retained by the University as a permanent endowment.

2. The University shall apply the net income of the Fund exclusively toward the following objects, each of which shall be a "main object" of the Fund (collectively "the main objects"):

(a) to provide support to UK-resident undergraduate students, admitted to the University from disadvantaged backgrounds, in their studies at the University, particularly (but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing) in the fields of science, technology, mathematics and engineering;

(b) to promote an internship programme for such students (to be known as Moritz–Hayman Scholars), thereby developing further their individual capabilities, competencies and skills; and

(c) to maintain a full-time Administrative Director of the Moritz–Heyman Scholarships.

3. The University shall appoint a committee of management to implement its powers in respect of the administration of the Fund and the application of its income, consisting of

(1) the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) (in the chair);

(2) the Director of Undergraduate Admissions;

(3) the Director of Student Administration and Services; and

(4) the Chairman of the Admissions Executive

or the holders of equivalent offices from time to time.

4. The University may in its absolute discretion in the period ending 21 years from the date of this regulation, instead of applying the income of the Fund in any year, accumulate all or any part of such income by investing the same and the resulting income; provided that the University shall apply the whole of such accumulated income in any subsequent year as if the same were income of the Fund arising in the then current year.

5. The University shall have power to pay out of the income of the Fund all reasonable costs of and incidental to 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 insofar as those powers are not inconsistent with these Regulations.

7. These Regulations shall be deemed to be Trust Regulations under the provisions of Part D of Statute XVI.'

(e) The Varley–Gradwell Travelling Fellowship in Insect Ecology Fund

Explanatory Note

The following amendments to the board of management of the Fund reflect recent changes in the Department of Zoology and address outdated references in the regulations.

Text of Regulations

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts, in § 363 amend regulation 2 as follows (new text underlined, deleted text scored through):

'2. The fund shall be administered by a board of management consisting of:

(1) the Linacre Professor of Zoology or a person nominated by the professor;

(2) the Professor of ZoologyHope Professor of Zoology (Entomology) or a person nominated by the professor;

(3) the Curator of the Entomological CollectionsTasso Leventis Professor of Biodiversity or a person nominated by the professor; and

(4), (5) two persons nominated by the Board of the Faculty of Biological SciencesMathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division, who need not be members of Congregation.

Nominated members shall serve for such periods as shall be determined by the person or body nominating them as members of the board.'


1The numbering is subject to the approval of other legislative proposals and may therefore change.

2The numbering is subject to the approval of other trust regulations and may therefore change.

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Council of the University

Register of Congregation

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

Barling, J, Department of Earth Sciences

Dalton, A R H, Faculty of Clinical Medicine

Demetriou, N, Wolfson

Ditchfield, P W, Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art

Draper, S A, Faculty of History

Jbabdi, S, Department of Clinical Neurology

Legendre, M A L, Faculty of Oriental Studies

Liddle, A D, St Cross

Parks, T E, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics

Piper, J E, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences

Platteau, J-P H M, Wolfson

Schafer, R D, Faculty of Clinical Medicine

Screen, E M, Trinity

Silk, J D, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine

Slade, R A, St Catherine's

Sworn, C, St Anne's

Xiao, T, Sub-department of Inorganic Chemistry

Divisional and Faculty Boards

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