• Thursday 8 November 2012
  • NO. 5005
  • VOL. 143

Congregation12 November

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Congregation13 November

2 pm

The libraries and their future: topic for discussion

Members of Congregation may be aware from the Congregation webpages that a resolution concerning the libraries was received by the Registrar on 6 July 2012 (the text of the resolution can be found at

As indicated in the most recent Council briefing note from the Vice-Chancellor (, it had been planned to put the resolution on the agenda of the Congregation meeting on 16 October (week 2). However, following discussion with representatives acting on behalf of the signatories and subsequently at Council, it has been agreed that the proposed debate should be replaced by a Congregation Discussion on the topic of 'The libraries and their future'. This Discussion will take place at the Congregation meeting on 13 November (week 6).

As a consequence of this agreement, the resolution received on 6 July 2012 shall lapse, in accordance with regulation 3.21 of Congregation Regulations 2 of 2002 (

Arrangements for the meeting

Attendance at the meeting is open to members of Congregation and to nominated representatives of the Oxford University Student Union (OUSU) as agreed in advance by the Vice-Chancellor. Admittance to the Theatre will be on the production of a valid University card and will be on a first-come, first-served basis (places will be reserved for scheduled speakers). The doors of the Sheldonian Theatre will open at 1.45 pm.

The Vice-Chancellor has decided that the wearing of gowns shall be optional on this occasion.

Advance notice by speakers

Those wishing to speak at the meeting will be expected to limit their contributions to five minutes. As the meeting is expected to close by 4.30 pm, it may not be possible to call all those who wish to speak. If you wish to speak at the meeting, you are asked to indicate this intention in advance by emailing It would be helpful if members of Congregation intending to speak would explain briefly (in no more than 25 words) what issues they wish to cover. Names of those who have indicated a wish to speak, together with the issues they wish to raise, will be published on the Congregation website ( This sharing of information may be of use both to other speakers and to those considering attending; it will also be used to provide structure to the order in which speakers are called. Speakers are asked to provide their information as soon as possible, and by 10 am on Monday, 12 November, at the latest, if they wish to be scheduled to speak. If time permits, those who have not indicated in advance an intention to speak will still be free to do so. The Vice-Chancellor will also invite two nominated representatives of OUSU to speak.


It is intended that a transcript1 of the meeting will be published in the Gazette on 22 November and, before then, on the University website ( It is also intended to make a downloadable recording1 available on the same site. As a result of time constraints, it will not be possible to check the report of the proceedings with individual speakers before publication. Speakers are therefore asked to provide their written texts, if available, to Mr P Burns (Council Secretariat) on the day of the meeting, or to email them to by 5 pm on Wednesday, 14 November.

1The transcript and recording may be edited for legal reasons.

Congregation27 November

2 pm

Presentation of Vice-Chancellor's Oration

The Oration delivered by the Vice-Chancellor on 2 October will be presented and may be discussed.

¶ The Oration has been published as Supplement (1) to Gazette No 5000.

Note on procedures in Congregation

¶ Business in Congregation is conducted in accordance with Congregation Regulations 2 of 2002 ( 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 Mr P Burns at the University Offices, Wellington Square (telephone: (2)70193; email:; questions relating to elections should be directed to the Elections Officer, Ms S L S Mulvihill (telephone: (2)80463; email: