Congregation

  • Thursday 7 March 2013
  • NO. 5018
  • VOL. 143

Congregation11 March

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Congregation13 March

Admission of Proctors and Assessor

A Congregation will be held on 13 March, in the Sheldonian Theatre, for the purpose of admitting to office Jonathan Mallinson, MA PhD Camb, MA Oxf, Fellow of Trinity, and Rebecca Surender, BA Essex, MSc DPhil Oxf, Fellow of Green Templeton, as Proctors for the ensuing year, and Penelope Jean Probert Smith, MA PhD Camb, MA DPhil Oxf, Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, as Assessor for the ensuing year.

Please note that the venue for the ceremony this year has moved from Convocation House to the Sheldonian Theatre.

Congregation19 March

2pm

¶ Members of Congregation are reminded that any two members may, not later than noon on 11 March, give notice in writing to the Registrar that they intend to oppose any of the legislative proposals at 1–2 or the resolutions at 3–4 below (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, the legislative proposals and the resolutions shall be carried and the meeting may be cancelled.

(1) Voting on Legislative Proposal: Goodger Scholarships and Schorstein Research Fellowships in Medical Science

Explanatory Note

The following legislative proposal removes provisions in the Goodger Scholarships Fund and Schorstein Research Fellowships Fund in Medical Science that are in breach of the Equality Act 2010 and broadens the objects of both Funds such that they can be managed together and applied for research scholarships in medical science generally.

WHEREAS it is expedient to change the existing provisions governing the Goodger Scholarships Fund and Schorstein Research Fellowships Fund in Medical Science, NOW THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, in exercise of the powers in that behalf conferred upon it by the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923, and of all other powers enabling it, ENACTS, subject to the approval of Her Majesty in Council, AS FOLLOWS.

1 In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts, delete §§ 137 and 321, and renumber existing §§ 138–397 as §§ 137–395.

2 In the Schedule to the Statutes and Regulations, after Part 76 insert the following new Part 771:

'Part 77: Goodger and Schorstein Fund for Research Scholarships in Medical Science

1. The University holds as permanent endowment the assets known as the Goodger Scholarships Fund and the Schorstein Research Fellowships Fund in Medical Science on the trusts declared in this Part of the Schedule to the Statutes. Further money or property may be paid or transferred to the University as either expendable or permanent endowment to be held on the same trusts. The assets so held will be known collectively as the Goodger and Schorstein Fund for Research Scholarships in Medical Science ("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 research scholarships and/or fellowships in medical science.

4. The administration of the Fund, and the application of its income, shall be the responsibility of a board of management consisting of three persons appointed by the Medical Sciences Divisional Board.

5. 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.

6. 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 this Part.

7. Subject to section 8, Council may amend, repeal or add to this Part 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.

8. Any amendment to section 3 of this Part 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.'

(2) Voting on Legislative Proposal: Joyce Mertz Gilmore and Leopold Muller Funds

Explanatory Note

The following legislative proposal broadens the objects of the Joyce Mertz Gilmore Fund and Leopold Muller Fund such that they can be managed, along with the McCormack Legacy Fund, as a single fund for the support of the Refugee Studies Centre generally.

WHEREAS it is expedient to change the existing provisions governing the Joyce Mertz Gilmore Fund and Leopold Muller Fund, NOW THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, in exercise of the powers in that behalf conferred upon it by the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923, and of all other powers enabling it, ENACTS, subject to the approval of Her Majesty in Council, AS FOLLOWS.

1 In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts, delete §§ 191 and 210 and renumber existing §§ 192–397 as §§ 191–395.

2 In the Schedule to the Statutes, after Part 77 insert the following new Part 781:

'Part 78: Refugee Studies Fund

1. The University holds as permanent endowment the assets known as the Joyce Mertz Gilmore Fund, the Leopold Muller Fund and the McCormack Legacy Fund on the trusts declared in this Part of the Schedule to the Statutes. Further money or property may be paid or transferred to the University as either expendable or permanent endowment to be held on the same trusts. The assets so held will be known collectively as the Refugee Studies 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), in support of the Refugee Studies Centre.

4. The administration of the Fund, and the application of its income and capital, shall be the responsibility of the Executive Committee of the Department of International Development, which may make and amend Standing Orders consistent with these Regulations governing the administration of the Fund and the application of its income.

5. 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.

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 in so far as those powers are not inconsistent with this Part.

8. Subject to section 9, Council may amend, repeal or add to this Part 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 section 3 of this Part 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.'

(3) Voting on Resolutions authorising expenditure from the Higher Studies Fund

Text of Resolutions

(i) That the University be authorised to expend, from the unearmarked element of the Higher Studies Fund, £50,000 to support the Chair in the Analysis of Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations with immediate effect.

(ii) That the University be authorised to expend, from the element of the Higher Studies Fund known as the Bodleian 'B' Fund, funding in the amount of £47,000 to support three initiatives: the purchase of 39 iPads/tablet computers, a self-issue machine and demand-driven acquisition, with immediate effect.

(4) Voting on Resolutions authorising expenditure from the Higher Studies Fund under new procedures

Explanatory Note

New procedures have been put in place for the allocation of funds from the Higher Studies Fund (HSF). Applications from the divisions outlining their funding requirements for new professors for three years are now considered annually by PRAC and the HSF Trustees as a gathered field. Arising from this consideration the Trustees now wish to make the allocations to each division as described below.

Text of Resolutions

(i) That the University be authorised to expend, from the element of the Higher Studies Fund earmarked for Social Studies, funding in the amount of £640,000 over the three-year period 2013/14 to 2015/16, to support fifteen professors coming into the Social Sciences Division.

(ii) That the University be authorised to expend, from the element of the Higher Studies Fund earmarked for Social Studies, funding in the amount of £160,000 over the three-year period 2013/14 to 2015/16, to support three professors coming into the Humanities Division.

(iii) That the University be authorised to expend, from the unearmarked element of the Higher Studies Fund, funding in the amount of £270,000 over the three-year period 2013/14 to 2015/16, to support seven professors coming into the Humanities Division.

(iv) That the University be authorised to expend, from the unearmarked element of the Higher Studies Fund, £300,000 for three posts starting in the Medical Sciences Division in 2013/14.

(v) That the University be authorised to expend, from the unearmarked element of the Higher Studies Fund, £300,000 for three posts starting in the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division in 2013/14.


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

Congregation6 June

Elections

Council

Committees reporting to Council

Audit and Scrutiny Committee

Curators of the University Libraries

Nominations Committee

Other Committees and University Bodies

Visitatorial Board Panel

Divisional Boards

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board

Faculty Boards

Board of the Faculty of Classics

Board of the Faculty of English Language and Literature

Board of the Faculty of History

Board of the Faculty of Law

Board of the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics

Board of the Faculty of Oriental Studies

Board of the Faculty of Philosophy

Board of the Faculty of Theology and Religion

Details are in 'Elections' section below.

Note on procedures in Congregation

¶ Business in Congregation is conducted in accordance with Congregation Regulations 2 of 2002 (www.admin.ox.ac.uk/statutes/regulations/529-122.shtml). 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 Mrs F Burchett at the University Offices, Wellington Square (telephone: (2)80199; email: felicity.burchett@admin.ox.ac.uk); questions relating to elections should be directed to the Elections Officer, Ms S L S Mulvihill (telephone: (2)80463; email: elections.office@admin.ox.ac.uk).