Notices

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

Consultative Notices

External Membership of Council

Invitation to Congregation to submit nominations for consideration

Procedure for election of external members of Council

There will be a vacant place on Council for an external member from Michaelmas term 2014. An external member is defined in Statute I as 'a person who is not the resident holder of a teaching, research or administrative post in the University or in any college, society or Permanent Private Hall'.

Members of Congregation are invited to submit nominations for consideration by the Nominations Committee for the place on Council, taking account of the criteria set out below, on a form available on www.admin.ox.ac.uk/councilsec/nomination or from the Registrar's office (01865 280415). The Nominations Committee expects that nominations will be made without any communication by the nominator with the nominee. Nominators should indicate on the nominations form if any informal communication has taken place.

The closing date for nominations is Monday, 10 February 2014.

The Nominations Committee will act in accordance with Council Regulation 15 of 2002, available on the website at www.admin.ox.ac.uk/statutes/regulations/520-122q.shtml. Current Council members are listed at www.admin.ox.ac.uk/councilsec/governance/council/membershipofcouncil. The Committee is being assisted by Saxton Bampfylde search consultants.

The Committee will consider all nominations and applications received by the closing date as well as any candidates proposed by its own members and by the search consultants; it will select from them having due regard to the principles of equality and diversity and the published selection criteria, and it will then make recommendations to Council. Council will consider all recommendations received from the Nominations Committee and will either propose a candidate for approval by Congregation or will ask the Committee to submit further names for its consideration. If a candidate is rejected by Congregation the Committee will propose a further candidate or candidates to be put to Council in accordance with the above procedures until the vacancy is filled.

The appointment will be for four years, extendable for a further four years.

Responsibilities of members of Council

Whilst Congregation is the University's sovereign body, Council is the University's executive governing body. It is responsible for the advancement of the University's objects, for its administration, and for the management of its finances and property. Council is therefore responsible for the academic policy and strategic direction of the University, subject to the powers of Congregation. Legally, the members of Council are charity trustees and are bound by fiduciary duties. Each must comply with the duties of a charity trustee, and when doing so must exercise the proper standard of care.

Criteria for external members of Council

All members of Council will have a strong personal commitment to higher education and to the values, aims and objectives of Oxford as a collegiate University (ie the University and its colleges).

In considering nominations for external membership of Council, personal qualities will be the primary consideration, but successful candidates will need to be able to demonstrate significant levels of relevant experience. The Nominations Committee will consider demonstrable evidence of the following:

  • significant experience in a position or positions requiring the exercise of high levels of responsibility;
  • substantial experience in the governance of large complex organisations in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors;
  • the ability to engage with issues such as educational policy, strategic planning, risk management, IT and information systems, property, investment, financial management, and legal issues, in order to ensure a balance of skills and experience on Council;
  • a willingness to represent the values, aims and objectives of the University to those who are not part of the institution and to bring a better understanding of issues outside the institution to the members of the collegiate University;
  • the capacity to act fairly and impartially in the interests of the University as a whole, using independent judgement and maintaining confidentiality as appropriate, and avoiding conflicts of interest;
  • the willingness to listen, engage, understand and interact with members of the collegiate University at all levels; and
  • the willingness to play a role in liaising between key stakeholders and the University and in fundraising.

The role also requires the willingness and ability to devote a significant amount of time on a voluntary basis. External members of Council are expected to spend one to two days per month in Oxford. It is expected that the people appointed to these roles will become involved in the life of the University, and may be asked to become members of other committees.

All members have a responsibility for ensuring that Council conducts itself in accordance with accepted standards of behaviour in public life, embracing selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. They must also play an appropriate part in ensuring that the business of Council is carried out effectively, efficiently and in a manner appropriate for the proper conduct of public business.

Biographical information about the current external members of Council

Alice Perkins, CB, graduated in Modern History (St Anne's, 1971) and went straight into the Civil Service fast-stream. Her career spanned policy and operations in the Departments of Health and Social Security, public spending in HM Treasury and Civil Service reform in the Cabinet Office. In her last job, she reported to the Cabinet Secretary and was responsible for Civil Service-wide policies on human resource management, training and development, and reform. She left the Civil Service in 2005 and has since had a number of part-time roles, including non-executive director roles on the boards of Littlewoods, BAA and TaylorNelsonSofres. She is currently non-executive chair of Post Office Limited. She is also a part-time executive coach at the JCA Group. Ms Perkins has been a member of Council since Michaelmas term 2006; her second term expires in Michaelmas term 2014. She has been a member of the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee, the Task Force on Academic Employment, the Saïd Business School's Business Advisory Council and the Chair of the Nominations Committee and is currently a member of the Finance Committee.

Sir Crispin Davis graduated in Modern History (Oriel, 1970). He then worked for Procter & Gamble from 1970–90, holding a series of senior positions in the UK and Germany before becoming President of the company's North American food business. Between 1990 and 1993 he was Group Managing Director for Guinness Group, and then became Chief Executive Officer for Aegis Group plc, a leading global media service company, between 1994 and 1999. Between 2000 and 2009 he was Chief Executive Officer of Reed Elsevier Plc. He was knighted in 2004 for services to publishing and information. He has been Chairman of Starbev BV. Sir Crispin is a non-executive director of GlaxoSmithKline, a member of the Global Advisory Board for Citigroup, and a member of the Council and the Board of Trustees for the National Trust. He has in the past served on the Development Board of the Tate (2002–7) and the Oxford University Press Finance Committee (1994–9). He has been a member of Council since Hilary term 2009 and is a member of the Finance Committee and of the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee, and Chair of the Committee to Review the Salaries of Senior University Officers.

Jayne Almond graduated in PPE (St Hilda's, 1975–8). She then worked for Shell from 1978 to 1984 in a number of roles before moving to LEK Consulting, a leading strategy consulting firm, where she became a senior partner and Head of LEK's Financial Service practice. In 1999 she joined Lloyds TSB where she had a number of roles including Managing Director of European Internet Banking, Director of Retail Banking Strategy and Group Marketing Director. She left Lloyds TSB to join Barclays in 2003 where she became Managing Director of Barclays Home Finance division, which included Barclays/Woolwich mortgage business. She left Barclays to set up Stonehaven, a specialist mortgage business, which was launched in August 2006 and where she is currently Executive Chairman. Ms Almond is a member of the Competition Commission and has been a non-executive director of Ascot plc and Deputy Chairman of CDC (the UK government's development finance institution). She has been a member of Council and chair of the Audit and Scrutiny Committee since Hilary term 2012.

The Right Honourable Lord Drayson (Paul Drayson) graduated in Production Engineering (Aston University, 1982) and has a PhD in Robotics (Aston University, 1985). His early career was with BL Technology and Trebor Group as a Development Engineer. He then began his career as a science entrepreneur, founding Lambourn Food Company in 1987, leading its management buyout in 1989 and founding Genisys Development in 1991. In 1993 he co-founded and was Chairman and CEO of PowderJect, an Oxford University spin-out company that he led over ten years until the sale of the company in 2003. He was appointed to the House of Lords in 2004, was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence Equipment and Support and Minister of State for Business and Regulatory Reform from 2005–7 and was Minister of State for Science and Innovation from 2008–10. He has been a member of the Privy Council since 2008. In 2007 he co-founded Drayson Racing Technologies LLP, a motorsport research and development business based near Oxford airport, and he is currently Managing Partner. He has considerable motor racing experience including racing twice in the Le Mans 24-Hours. Lord Drayson was Science Entrepreneur in Residence at the Saïd Business School from 2003–5. He has been a member of the Advisory Board at Isis Innovation, Chairman of Oxford Children's Hospital Appeal and since 2010 has been President of the Motorsports Industry Association. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He will become a member of Council in Hilary term 2014.

Review of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

The Joint Committee for the Recognised Independent Centres has responsibility for overseeing the operation of agreements the University has with each Recognised Independent Centre. As part of an ongoing process in which each centre is to be reviewed in turn over a period of years, the committee is to conduct a review of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies during Hilary term 2014. The review will focus on issues covered by the agreement. The standard form of the agreement is available on request from the Secretary to the Joint Committee, Ms S Cowburn, Council Secretariat, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (email: sarah.cowburn@admin.ox.ac.uk).

The Joint Committee would welcome for its review written comments on any matters falling within the terms of the agreement. Written comments should be sent to the Secretary to the Joint Committee, Ms S Cowburn, by no later than 8 January.

General Notices

Gazette publication arrangements

This is the final Gazette of Michaelmas term. Publication for Hilary term will begin on 16 January. The usual deadline arrangements will apply.

Reports issued by the Internal Auditors

The following reports issued by the Internal Auditors were accepted by the Audit and Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on 13 November 2013:

  • Self Assurance Process: financial questionnaire
  • Donations
  • OUem
  • Value for Money

The executive summaries of these reports have now been posted on the intranet at https://www1.admin.ox.ac.uk/councilsec/assurance/auditandscrutinycommittee/auditrep. The full reports may be consulted by members of Congregation at the University Offices by arrangement with the Senior Assistant Registrar (Assurance), Sally Vine (email: sally.vine@admin.ox.ac.uk, tel: (2)80179).

Appointments

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Head of the Department of Computer Science

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board has conferred the Headship of the Department of Computer Science upon Michael John Wooldridge, BSc CNAA, PhD UMIST, Professorial Research Fellow in Computer Science and Senior Research Fellow of Hertford, for a period of 5 years from 1 October 2014.

Visiting Professorships

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Physics upon John Michael Foster, BA Oxf, DPhil York, Distinguished Specialist, Plasma Physics Department, AWE Aldermarston, for a period of 3 years from 1 December 2013.

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisional Board has reconferred the title of Visiting Professor in Computational Biology upon Nicholas Smith, BE PhD Auckland, Head of Biomedical Engineering, KCL, for a period of 2 years from 1 October 2013.

Medical Sciences

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor of Lysosomal Pathophysiology on A Ballabio, MD, for a period of 3 years from 10 December 2013.

Recognition of Distinction

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

The following revision of professorial title has been conferred on behalf of the Recognition of Distinction Committee:

Burrows, P N, MA DPhil Oxf, Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Physics and Fellow of Jesus, Professor of Physics with effect from 1 July 2013.

The following titles have been conferred on behalf of the Recognition of Distinction Committee:

Snaith, H J, MSc Brist, PhD Camb, University Lecturer in the Department of Physics, Professor of Physics with effect from 1 October 2013.

Torr, P H S, BSc S’ton, DPhil Oxf, Professorial Research Fellow in the Department of Engineering Science and Fellow of St Catherine’s, Professor of Engineering Science with effect from 1 October 2013.

Graduate Awards and Prizes

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Electoral Boards

Composition of Electoral Boards

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

Directorship of the Ashmolean Museum

  Appointed by
The Vice-Chancellor  ex officio
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Services and University Collections) ex officio
The Provost of Worcester Conference of Colleges
The Master of St Cross  Conference of Colleges
Professor S West Humanities Divisional Board
Lady Roberts  Visitors to the Ashmolean Museum 
Lord Sainsbury Visitors to the Ashmolean Museum 
Mr B Taylor  Visitors to the Ashmolean Museum 

Bodley's Librarian

  Appointed by
The Vice-Chancellor ex officio
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Services and University Collections) ex officio
The Principal of Somerville Conference of Colleges 
Ms A Saville  Committee of College Librarians 
Dr B Ward-Perkins Curators of the University Libraries 
Professor A Trefethen  Curators of the University Libraries 
Mrs A Ptak-Danchak  Curators of the University Libraries 
Mrs A Jarvis  Curators of the University Libraries 
Professor Dr S Gradmann  Curators of the University Libraries 
Dr S Perry Curators of the University Libraries
Ms J Sykes  Curators of the University Libraries 
Professor S West  Humanities Divisional Board
Professor A Halliday  Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisional Board 
Professor A Carr  Medical Sciences Divisional Board 
Professor R Goodman  Social Sciences Board 

Dean Ireland's Professorship of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture

  Appointed by
The Very Revd Dean of Christ Church Mr Vice-Chancellor1
The Warden of Keble ex officio
Professor S West Head of the Humanities Division
Professor S Foot Faculty of Theology and Religion 
Professor M Mitchell Faculty of Theology and Religion 
Dr J Zachhuber  Faculty of Theology and Religion 
Professor J Barclay  Council
Professor J Barton Council
Professor T Irwin Keble 

Lady Margaret Professorship of Divinity

  Appointed by
The Principal of Harris Manchester  Mr Vice-Chancellor1
The Very Revd Dean of Christ Church ex officio
Professor C Wickham Humanities Division
Professor S Foot Faculty of Theology and Religion 
Professor G Clark Faculty of Theology and Religion 
Dr J Rasmussen Faculty of Theology and Religion 
Professor D MacCulloch Council
Professor F Young Council
Professor G Ward Christ Church
1Appointed by Mr Vice-Chancellor under the provisions of Statute IX, Sect 10 and 11.