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

Consultative notices

Committee on Statutes before the Privy Council

Brasenose College: Revised Statutes

The Committee on Statutes before the Privy Council, acting under authority delegated to it by Council, is minded to give consent on behalf of the University to the revised statutes of Brasenose College, approved by the Governing Body on 10 October 2012, insofar as such consent is required by section 7 (2) of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923. The consent of the committee to the amendments to the statutes will be effective eleven days after publication of this notice unless written notice of a resolution, signed by at least 20 members of Congregation and calling upon Council to withhold that consent, has been given to the Registrar by noon on Monday, 5 November.

The revisions comprise the addition of an objects clause, amendments to the investment powers of the College and the Trust Pool and minor alterations to the description of Hebdomadal Council.

General notices

Van Houten Fund

The Van Houten Bequest is a fund left by the late M Van Houten in the 1950s to be used 'for the benefit of the University in such ways as the Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor, and Council shall see fit'. The Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor, Council and PRAC agreed in 2005 to delegate responsibility to the Registrar to approve grants subject to a regular report to be made to Council on the decisions taken.

Bids are now being invited for grants from this fund to be used to support projects that do not form part of the normal day-to-day operations of a department and which would not easily be funded from other regular sources. Recipients within the last year have included:

  • The Oxford On-Line Science Portal;
  • KEEN, a charity providing sporting and recreational activities for Oxfordshire children and young people with special needs, which is run by Oxford and Oxford Brookes students;
  • Oxford Hub, the focal point for student social action and volunteering at the University.

Grants to internal applicants are usually in the region of £8,000–£40,000, either given as a one-off payment or spread over two or three years. Grants are also available to organisations external to the University; in such cases, the amounts awarded are usually lower and there is a cap on the total amount of funding provided to external organisations of £50,000 in this financial year.

The most recent invitation to bid, in May 2012, attracted five applications and resulted in grant allocations for the Pitt Rivers Museum and the Oxford Hub.

The guidelines by which bids are assessed are as follows:

1. Bids for grants will be assessed according to the breadth of the benefit to the University offered by the project in question, the strategic importance of the project to the University and the availability of funds. Only in exceptional circumstances will a grant be awarded in respect of a project which benefits a single department.

2. Grants will not ordinarily be awarded for purposes for which other trust fund (or similar) support exists within the University, such as the funding of academic scholarships, regardless of whether or not the alternative fund(s) in question are in a position to fund the expenditure proposed.

3. Grants will not ordinarily be awarded in respect of costs for which a department might reasonably be expected to hold a budget.

4. Grants will not ordinarily be agreed in respect of recurrent activities except to provide:

(a) seed funding to support an activity in its first one to three years; or

(b) bridging support for one year only where a source of funding is lost and the department/faculty in question is confident that an alternative can be found for the following year.

5. Grants will not ordinarily cover the full cost of a project. Departments will be expected to make some contribution, or to use the grant secured by the Van Houten Fund to assist in securing other funding (including external funding).

6. The extent to which funds may be awarded to external organisations each financial year may be subject to an upper limit, to be set by the General Purposes Committee and reviewed on an annual basis1.

Bids for funding should take the form of a written submission outlining the amount requested, how the grant would be used, the benefit that would be conferred to the University, approximate costings, timescales, details of any other funding secured and any further supporting information. The bids will be considered by the Registrar as a gathered field. Bids should be sent, preferably as a Word document attached to an email, to the secretary of the fund, Mrs Adrienne Lingard, by 21 November.

Further information may be obtained from Mrs Lingard, telephone (6)11627, email or at the University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD. The next invitation to bid is scheduled to be sent out in March 2013.

1For the 2012/13 financial year, GPC has approved a limit on total external funding of £50,000.

Visiting Professorships

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisional Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Astrophysics upon Philip Allan Charles, BSc PhD UCL, MA Oxf, currently Professor and Head of Astronomy at the University of Southampton, for a period of three years from 1 October 2012.

Medical Sciences

Conferments of title

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor of Cardiovascular Epidemiology on Professor E Ingelsson, PhD, MD, FAHA, for a period of three years from 12 October 2012.

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor of Infectious Diseases on Professor A Lalvani, MB BS, MA, DM, FRCP, FSB, FMedSci, for a period of three years from 12 October 2012.  

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor of Stroke Research on Dr Z Redzic, MSc, PhD, MD, for a period of three years from 12 October 2012.

Reconferments of title

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor of Paediatrics on Professor M Gardiner, BA, MA, MB BChir, DCH, MD, FRCP, FRCPCH, FMedSci, MRCP(UK), DHMSA, for a further period of five years from 1 January 2013.  

Social Sciences

Professor Joseph Nye, BA Oxf, AB Princeton, PhD Harvard. From 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2014.

Professor Kathryn Sikkink, BA Minnesota, MA PhD Columbia. From 1 January 2013 until 30 December 2013.

Graduate Awards and Prizes

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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:

Barnett Professorship of Social Policy 

  Appointed by
The Rector of Exeter Mr Vice-Chancellor1
The Master of St Cross ex officio
Professor P Taylor-Gooby Council
Professor I Lunt Council
Professor R Goodman Social Sciences Division
Professor J Clasen Department of Social Policy and Intervention
Professor M Daly Department of Social Policy and Intervention
Professor R Walker Department of Social Policy and Intervention
Professor C Bonell St Cross 
1Appointed by Mr Vice-Chancellor under the provisions of Statute IX, Sect 10 and 11.

Musical Events

Harris Manchester

Thursday Lunch-time Recital Series

The following 30-minute recitals will take place at 1.30 pm on Thursdays. Free admission. Please contact for further information.

25 Oct: Wind Quintet

1 Nov: Klanglust (string orchestra)

8 Nov: Terence Crolley (organ)

15 Nov: Nicholas Stefano Prozzillo (organ)

22 Nov: Pupils from Poole Grammar School

29 Nov: Rachel Carruthers, Emma Gough (piano, soprano)

St Anne's

The following will take place in the Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre. Free admission; refreshments served following the recitals.

Music recital

Simon Desbruslais (trumpet) and Georgia Gibson-Smith (piano) will perform at 6 pm on 2 November. Programme to include Nyman, Turrin and Arutiunian.

Piano recital

Mami Shikimori will perform at 5.45 pm on 23 November. Programme to include Brahms, Debussy and Albeniz.

St John's

Celebrity Organist Recital Series

Guy Bovet, world-renowned Swiss organist, will give a programme of Iberian and Latin American music in St John's Chapel on Saturday, 3 November, at 5.30 pm. Free entry with a retiring collection for St John's College Choir. Tickets available at St John's Lodge and a limited number available on the door.

Kendrew Chamber Music Recitals

The following events take place in St John's Auditorium and Chapel, as noted; free admission and tickets/programmes available from main Lodge ten days before each performance.

7 Nov, 8.30 pm, Chapel: The Marian Consort: The Paths to Heav'n Above - sacred chamber music by Henry Purcell and contemporaries

25 Nov, 3 pm, Auditorium: New Zealand String Quartet with Colin Carr, cello: Beethoven's Quartet in A minor (op 132) and Schubert's Quintet in C major


Christ Church Picture Gallery

Opening hours: Mon/Wed–Sat, 10.30 am–1 pm and 2–4.30 pm; Sun 2–4.30 pm. Admission: £3/£2 via Oriel Square. For information, tel Oxford 276172 or see

28 Oct–3 Dec: Prints by Gayna Wiles, from the sketchbook 'Objects, views and places'

27 Oct–11 Feb: 'Pathos, invention and speed: Luca Cambiaso (1527–85) and his time'

St John's

Paintings by John Wonnacott, 'A 50-year Retrospective of Self-Portraits', 3 Nov–1 Dec in the Kendrew Quad Barn, St John's, Mon–Sat, 2–6 pm. Entry free. Enquiries: