• Thursday 12 December 2013
  • NO. 5045
  • VOL. 144

Congregation16 December

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Congregation17 December

The meeting of Congregation is cancelled. The sole business comprises questions to which no opposition has been notified and in respect of which no request for adjournment has been received, and Mr Vice-Chancellor will accordingly declare the legislative proposal at 1 and the resolution at 2 carried without a meeting under the provisions of Sect 7 (1) of Statute IV.

(1) Voting on Legislative Proposal: Statute XIV: Employment of Academic and Support Staff by the University

(For explanatory note and text of proposal see Gazette No 5043, 28 November 2013, p160.)

(2) Voting on a Resolution authorising the use of space in the Pharmacology Building

(For explanatory note and text of resolution see Gazette No 5043, 28 November 2013, p160.)

Congregation21 January


¶ Members of Congregation are reminded that any two members may, not later than noon on 13 January, give notice in writing to the Registrar that they intend to oppose or amend the resolutions at 1–4 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 resolutions shall be carried and the meeting may be cancelled.

(1) Voting on a Resolution authorising the use of space in Dartington House

Explanatory Note

The relocation of the Mathematical Institute to its new building on the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter (the Andrew Wiles building) has led to space becoming available in a number of properties, including Dartington House. It is recommended that, in the short term, the majority of the space vacated in Dartington House should be allocated to IT Services. This allocation enables IT Services to co-locate staff who are currently split across a number of sites in a way which better reflects the structure of the department, and facilitates more efficient project delivery. The recommended allocation, which is conditional upon IT Services vacating space at five locations (Blue Boar Court, 5 Worcester Street, Hythe Bridge Street, the Malthouse and 16 Wellington Square), also enables better space efficiency, reducing the space required by IT Services by 578 sq m, and provides an opportunity for the University to consider reducing the amount of leased space within its estate, in line with the Estate Strategy.

Text of Resolution

That approximately 1,293 sq m net usable area in Dartington House be allocated to IT Services from 1 February 2014 until 31 January 2016.

(2) Voting on a Resolution authorising the use of space at 128 Bullingdon Road

Explanatory Note

The Ruskin School of Art occupies premises at 74 High Street and 128 Bullingdon Road. The latter, located just off Cowley Road, provides studio and workshop space, but the fabric of this building is at the end of its useful life. The provision of better and additional space for the school is the highest capital priority for the Humanities Division. The increase in space is required to enable the school to launch a Master in Fine Arts course. Replacement of the existing building at Bullingdon Road has now been identified as an effective way of delivering this priority. It is anticipated that the new building will provide 1,360 sq m  net usable area, an increase of approximately 520 sq m net usable area when compared to the existing building.

Text of Resolution

That approximately 1,360 sq m net usable area at 128 Bullingdon Road be allocated to the Ruskin School of Art.

(3) Voting on a Resolution authorising the use of space in the Tinsley Building   

Explanatory Note

The Tinsley Building, located on Mansfield Road, provides accommodation across four floors (including a basement). On 1 June 2010, Congregation authorised the use of the first and second floors by the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics for the establishment of a new centre.

The ground and basement floors have now been identified as the ideal location for the establishment of a physical base for the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute (SCNi) (currently a virtual institute). The SCNi is the first institute in the world dedicated to the neuroscience of sleep and to advancing our understanding of how sleep and circadian rhythm disruption (SCRD) impacts upon health.   

Text of Resolution

That approximately 700 sq m net usable area in the Tinsley Building be allocated to the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, for the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute.

(4) Voting on Resolution authorising expenditure from the Higher Studies Fund

Text of Resolution

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 £64,000 towards the cost of small building works.

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 Mrs F Burchett at the University Offices, Wellington Square (telephone: (2)80199; email:; questions relating to elections should be directed to the Elections Officer, Ms S L S Mulvihill (telephone: (2)80463; email: