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

Consultative notices

Proposals for Honorary Degrees to be conferred at the Encaenia in 2014, and for Degrees by Diploma

Members of Congregation are encouraged to suggest the names of people on whom such degrees might be conferred. Degrees by diploma are conferred on heads of state and royalty, and Encaenia honorary degrees are conferred at the University's annual ceremonial event. When considering possible honorands, the Honorary Degrees Committee will focus on individuals in the following categories:

1 those of high academic distinction in the fields of research and scholarship of specific interest to the University of Oxford

2 those distinguished in the visual, literary, musical and performing arts

3 those distinguished in business and industry

4 those who have played a distinguished role in public life, for example in contributing to progress and change in society

5 those who have made a significant contribution to the activities of the University of Oxford – such individuals would normally also fall into one of the categories above.

Within those categories, the committee will aim to produce a balanced list, which takes account of the international dimension that characterises this University's activities. The committee therefore encourages the nomination of individuals of conspicuous distinction who represent the diversity of human achievement, with particular reference to gender, ethnicity, and discipline.

Honorary degrees will not be conferred on anyone who holds, or who has retired from, a resident teaching, research or administrative post within the University or in any college or other society, except in exceptional circumstances such as distinguished service outside the terms of his or her paid service.

Nominations should be sent on the approved application form, which is available from Mrs F Burchett (tel: (2)80199, email: or can be downloaded by staff accessing the University website from the Oxford University Network ( The completed form should be sent to Mrs F Burchett, University Offices, Wellington Square, or by email to by 26 April, under 'Strictly Confidential' cover.

While informal soundings within the University will often be desirable, every effort should be made to ensure that publicity is not at any stage given to any specific proposal for the conferral of an honorary degree. All nominations will be considered in strict confidence by the Honorary Degrees Committee, which submits its report to Council at the beginning of Michaelmas term. After discussion, Council will report back to the Honorary Degrees Committee, which will arrive at a list of honorands to put to Congregation.

The names of people on whom degrees by diploma and honorary degrees have recently been conferred may be found in the University Calendar, 2012–13, pp551–5.

This year's honorands are:

Professor Ingrid Daubechies
Professor Anthony Grafton
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson
Former Chief Justice Andrew Li Kwok-Nang
Dame Anne Owers
Mr Murray Perahia
Mr Colin Smith
Sir Tom Stoppard

General notices

Gazette publication arrangements

The final full Gazette of Hilary term will be published on 14 March. A further issue will be published on 21 March, but this will be limited to Council and Congregation business and changes to Examination Regulations. Publication for Trinity term will begin on 18 April. The usual deadline arrangements will apply.

Mathematical Institute

Mathematics and the Foundations of Computer Science

The following courses have been approved as additional Part B, Schedule II courses for Trinity term. Each will be given as a lecture course. These are in addition to Professor Heath-Brown's reading course on Computational Number Theory.

Combinatorial Geometry: Dr David Conlon

Networks: Dr Mason Porter

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 the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee 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 Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art
  • 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 £4,000–£18,000, 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 December 2012, attracted twelve applications and resulted in awards for six of those, including support for the Ashmolean Museum and the Oxford Quantum Institute.

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; for example, 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 basis.1

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. Applications should be sent, preferably as a Word document attached to an email, to the secretary of the fund, Mrs Adrienne Lingard, by 8 April.

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

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

Musical Events

St Stephen's House

The following events will take place at S John the Evangelist, 109A Iffley Road.

Sun 10 Mar, 5pm: East Oxford Orchestra – Spring Prom Concert. Mozart's Horn Concerto, Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No 4, Telemann's Trumpet Concertos.

15 Mar, 7.45pm: Manning Camerata Launch Concert. Vaughan-Williams, Tchaikovsky and Britten. Ania Safonova, director, James Oxley, tenor, Anna Tilbrook, piano.

Sat 16 Mar, 7.30pm: Jubilate! Oxford choir performing Parry's Songs of Farewell and Rheinberger's Mass in E flat.

22 Mar, 7.30pm: Adderbury Ensemble with a programme including Dvorák's Piano Quintet. David Lepage and Catherine Leech, violin, Christopher Windass, viola, Katherine Sharman, cello, and
Viv McLean, piano.


Christ Church Picture Gallery

10 Feb–9 Jun: Prophecies, Histories, Legends and Law. Thirty-five master drawings and prints depicting stories and figures of the Hebrew Bible from some of the most outstanding works from the collection.