Notices

  • Thursday 6 December 2012
  • NO. 5009
  • VOL. 143

Consultative notices

Consolidation of Faculty of Law Prize and Scholarship Funds

On 5 November, Council approved the consolidation of a number of small funds, all of which endow scholarships and/or prizes for Law students, into a single fund, in order to simplify administrative arrangements, by the passing of a resolution for the purposes of sections 267–274 of the Charities Act 2011 ("the Act"). The names of the current scholarships and prizes have been recorded in the trust regulations of the single fund to ensure that they are not forgotten. 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 17 December. The full text of the resolution is set out below (see also Gazette, 25 October, p 100).

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) Chiles Award Fund

(b) John Morris Prize Fund

(c) Martin Wronker Prizes Fund

(d) Peter Birks Memorial Fund

(e) Winter Williams Prizes and Studentships Fund;

(ii) resolve for the purposes of sections 267–274 of the Charities Act 2011 that all the property of the Chiles Award Fund, John Morris Prize Fund, Peter Birks Memorial Fund, and Winter Williams Prizes and Studentships Fund, should be transferred to the Faculty of Law Prize and Scholarship 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 Law Prize and Scholarship Fund has purposes that are substantially similar to all of the purposes of each of the above funds;

(iii) resolve for the purposes of sections 267–274 of the Charities Act 2011 that half of the property of the Martin Wronker Prizes Fund should be transferred to the Faculty of Law Prize and Scholarship Fund, and half to the Medical Sciences Divisional Fund of University of Oxford Development Trust to be held for the purpose of funding an annual prize in medicine, 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 Law Prize and Scholarship Fund and the Medical Sciences Divisional Fund of University of Oxford 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 Law Prize and Scholarship Fund and the Medical Sciences Divisional Fund of University of Oxford Development Trust has purposes that are substantially similar to one or more of the purposes of the above fund;

(iv) resolve that the resolutions at (ii) and (iii) above be notified to the University 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.

Consolidation of Department of Plant Sciences Trust Funds

On 5 November, Council approved the consolidation of a number of small funds of the Department of Plant Sciences into a single fund, in order to simplify administrative arrangements and provide greater flexibility in applying income, by the passing of a resolution for the purposes of sections 267–281 of the Charities Act 2011 ("the Act"). The names of the current funds have been recorded in the trust regulations of the single fund to ensure that they are not forgotten. 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 17 December. The full text of the resolution is set out below (see also Gazette, 25 October, p 101).

Council agreed to:

(i) note that the gross income of each of the following funds in its last financial year did not exceed £1,000 or that the market value of each fund does not exceed £10,000, and that therefore section 281 of the Charities Act 2011 applies to them:

(a) Brooks Memorial Fund

(b) Gertrude Witt Fund

(c) Harley Prize of the New Phytologist Trust

(d) Jimmy Elliott Memorial Fund

(e) Mrs H B Fielding Benefaction Fund

(f) Nancy Lindsay Memorial Fund

(g) School of Forestry Jubilee Prize Fund

(h) Styles Memorial Prize Fund

(i) Villar Bequest Fund

(j) Wilson Scholarships in Forestry Fund;

(ii) resolve for the purposes of section 281 of the Charities Act 2011 that the above-mentioned funds should be freed from the restrictions with respect to expenditure of capital that apply to them, Council being satisfied that the purposes set out in the trusts to which the funds are subject could be carried out more effectively if the capital of the funds could be expended as well as income accruing to it, rather than just such income;

(iii) note that the gross income of each of the following funds in its last financial year did not exceed £10,000, that such funds do not hold any designated land and are not companies or other bodies corporate and that therefore sections 267–272 of the Charities Act 2011 apply to them:

(a) Brooks Memorial Fund

(b) Gertrude Witt Fund

(c) Harley Prize of the New Phytologist Trust

(d) Jimmy Elliott Memorial Fund

(e) Mrs H B Fielding Benefaction Fund

(f) Nancy Lindsay Memorial Fund

(g) School of Forestry Jubilee Prize Fund

(h) Styles Memorial Prize Fund

(i) Villar Bequest Fund

(j) Wilson Scholarships in Forestry Fund;

(iv) resolve for the purposes of sections 267–272 of the Charities Act 2011 that all the property of the funds listed at (iii) above should be transferred to the Department of Plant Sciences General Purposes 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 Plant Sciences General Purposes Fund has purposes that are substantially similar to the purposes (or any of the purposes) of each of the above funds;

(v) note that the gross income of each of the following funds  in its last financial year did not exceed £10,000, that such funds do not hold any designated land and are not companies or other bodies corporate, that such funds hold permanent endowment, and that therefore sections 267–274 of the Charities Act 2011 apply to them:

(a) Curator of the Fielding Herbarium Fund

(b) Forestry Professor Fund

(c) J Burtt Davy Research Scholarship Fund

(d) Samuel Wilson Fund

(e) Sherardian Campaign Fund

(f) Sibthorpian Professor of Plant Science Fund

(g) Study of Agriculture Fund;

(vi) resolve for the purposes of sections 267–274 of the Charities Act 2011 that all the property of the funds listed at (v) above should be transferred to the Department of Plant Sciences General Purposes 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 Plant Sciences General Purposes Fund has purposes that are substantially similar to all of the purposes of each of the above funds;

(vii) resolve that the resolutions at (iv) and (vi) above be notified to the University 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 resolutions take 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.

Academic Services and University Collections

Review of the Botanic Garden

As part of the standard pattern of departmental reviews, the Academic Services and University Collections (ASUC) will be holding a review of the Botanic Garden on 18 and 19 April 2013. The terms of reference of the review are:

  • to review the governance, management, finances and staffing of the Botanic Garden in the context of:
    • its strategic plan;
    • its relationship with other bodies (including those in the academic divisions and in ASUC, and Magdalen College);
    • its roles in conservation, teaching and research; and
    • its obligations to its local, national and international public, including outreach, and the balance between these functions;
  • and to make recommendations, bearing in mind where there are financial implications the level of resources likely to be available within the University and possible alternative ways of raising funds to implement them.

The review committee will be chaired by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research, Academic Services and University Collections), Professor Ian Walmsley, and will comprise in addition Professor Judith Armitage, Department of Biochemistry, Professor Stephen Blackmore, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Professor Peter Gregory, University of Reading and East Malling Research, Professor Nicholas Harberd, Department of Plant Sciences, and Professor Paul Smith, Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Comments to the review committee are welcome, whether from organisational units or from individual members of the collegiate University. These should be sent to Charles Shaw (charles.shaw@admin.ox.ac.uk) at the University Offices by 15 March 2013.

General notices

Gazette publication arrangements

This is the final Gazette of Michaelmas term. Publication for Hilary term will begin on 10 January. The usual deadline arrangements will apply.

MSc in Neuroscience

Hilary term 2013

Approval deadlines

Essay topics must be approved by the appropriate module organiser before the deadlines given below:

Module B1 – Motor Systems: Friday, 1 March

Module B2 – Computational Neuroscience: NO APPROVAL DEADLINE

Module A2 – Learning and Memory: Monday, 11 March

Module C1 – CNS Development and Plasticity: Friday, 15 March

Module A1 – Cognitive Neuroscience: Monday, 18 March

Submission deadlines

Essays must be submitted online via WebLearn (unless otherwise noted) by noon (UK time) on the deadlines given below:

Module B2 – Computational Neuroscience: Friday, 8 March (submitted as hard copy to Examination Schools)

Module B1 – Motor Systems: Wednesday, 13 March

Module A2 – Learning and Memory: Friday, 22 March

Module C1 – CNS Development and Plasticity: Wednesday, 27 March

Module A1 – Cognitive Neuroscience: Wednesday, 3 April

University of Oxford Staff Pension Scheme

Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2012

The Report and Accounts of the Scheme for the year ended 31 March 2012 have now been published. Copies may be obtained on application to Jan Killick, the Secretary to the Trustees of the University of Oxford Staff Pension Scheme, University of Oxford, 23–38 Hythe Bridge Street, Oxford OX1 2ET (tel Oxford 616164).

Appointments

Social Sciences

Chichele Professorship of Public International Law

Catherine Jean Redgwell, LLB British Columbia, BA Winnipeg, MSc Lond, Professor of International Law, Faculty of Laws, UCL, has been appointed to the Chichele Professorship of Public International Law in the Faculty of Law with effect from 1 September 2013.

Professor Redgwell will be a fellow of All Souls.

Electoral Boards

Composition of Electoral Boards

The composition of the electoral boards to the posts below, proceedings to fill which are currently in progress, are as follows:

Professorship of the Study of the Abrahamic Religions

  Appointed by
The Principal of Harris Manchester Mr Vice-Chancellor1
The Principal of Lady Margaret Hall ex officio
Professor M Goodman Council
Professor M Siddiqui  Council
Professor E Herzig Humanities Division
Professor P Alexander Faculty of Theology and Religion
Professor S Foot  Faculty of Theology and Religion
Professor S Hausner  Faculty of Theology and Religion
Professor C Shields Lady Margaret Hall 

Professorship of Microbiology 

  Appointed by
Professor W James (Pro-Vice-Chancellor) Mr Vice-Chancellor1
The Warden of Wadham ex officio
Professor D Smith Council
Professor J Mellor Council
Professor D W Holden Medical Sciences Board
Professor M Freeman  Medical Sciences Board
Professor C Tang Medical Sciences Board
Professor D J Sherratt Medical Sciences Board
Professor P Beer Wadham 
1Appointed by Mr Vice-Chancellor under the provisions of Statute IX, Sect 10 and 11.

Musical Events

St Stephen's House

The Sixteen Christmas Concert

The Sixteen is recognised as one of the world's greatest ensembles and will give a concert at 7.30 pm on 20 December at the Church of S John the Evangelist, 109A Iffley Road, playing music by Josquin, Byrd and many others plus traditional songs. More information: www.sje-oxford.org; tickets: £25, £18, £10 (concessions £20, £13, £5); available from www.ticketsoxford.co.uk or on the door.

Title: 'The truth from above'

Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Christmas Opera Concert

A Christmas Opera Concert will be given at 8 pm on 14 December in the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building (St Hilda's), featuring Julia Weatherley, Kara Florish (sopranos) and Panaretos Kyriatzidis, who will perform  familiar arias and well-known Christmas carols. Tickets £7.50, available from Sonja Fenton Pryor (Nursery Manager, Jack Straw's Lane University Nursery) at jackstraws.manager@kidsunlimited.co.uk or 0845 365 2920. Refreshments will be on offer during the interval.