Notices

  • Thursday 13 March 2014
  • NO. 5054
  • VOL. 144

General Notices

Gazette publication arrangements

The final full Gazette of Hilary term will be published on 20 March. A further issue will be published on 27 March, but this will be limited to Council and Congregation business and changes to Examination Regulations. Publication for Trinity term will begin on 24 April.

The deadline for receipt of items for publication in the Gazette of 24 April, which includes the Trinity term lecture supplement, will be brought forward because of the Easter office closure: the deadline for receipt of such items is noon on 9 April.

University Committees: Vacancies for appointment by Council and/or its General Purposes Committee

Council's General Purposes Committee (GPC) invites members of the University (subject to eligibility) to submit expressions of interest in relation to the following vacancies to which it or Council appoints.

Expressions of interest must be received by the Council Secretariat (shirley.mulvihill@admin.ox.ac.uk, tel: (2)80463) by 4pm on 31 March.

Any eligible person who wishes to have his or her name put forward for consideration is encouraged to speak with his or her head of division or head of house, and/or with the relevant committee members or officers to obtain more information about the role, prior to submitting an expression of interest. Expressions received from individuals will be collated by the Council Secretariat with those names received through other routes (such as via heads of division, heads of house or committee officers directly). All names will then be reviewed by the Registrar and Vice-Chancellor prior to being forwarded to GPC and/or Council for consideration as the appointing bodies for these committees.

The purpose of this invitation is to broaden the pool of potential candidates brought to the attention of the appointing body. The names put to the appointing body are only suggestions. It should be noted that the appointing body remains free to take its own decision, irrespective of any names received through this route. In particular, to support the commitments made by the University under its equality scheme, the appointing body will take into consideration the overall balance of membership on the body concerned, with reference to the appropriate representation of ethnicity, disability, age and gender.

Central University Research Ethics Committee (CUREC)

Three members appointed to ensure appropriate representation of areas of research involving human participants or personal data: two (vice Professor O J Braddick and Dr H Ertl) to serve with immediate effect until MT 2015 and one (vice Professor M Rees) to serve from MT 2014 until MT 2018

Further information:

Remit: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/statutes/regulations/520-122e.shtml
Current Membership: https://www1.admin.ox.ac.uk/councilsec/governance/committees/committeemembership/centraluniversityresearchethicscommitteemembership
Contact: lindsay.freeman@admin.ox.ac.uk

Conflict of Interest Committee

Two members: one member of Congregation from the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division (vice Professor J A Noble) to serve with immediate effect until MT 2016 and one member of Congregation from the Social Sciences Division (vice Professor G S Goodwin-Gill) to serve from MT 2014 until MT 2017

Further information:

Remit: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/statutes/regulations/520-122ff.shtml
Current Membership: https://www1.admin.ox.ac.uk/councilsec/governance/committees/committeemembership/conflictofinterestcommitteemembership
Contact: sarah.cowburn@admin.ox.ac.uk

Health and Safety Management Subcommittee of GPC

One member taking into account the overall balance of the committee's membership (vice Professor S C Cooper) to serve from MT 2014 until MT 2017

Further information:

Remit: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/statutes/regulations/520-122k.shtml
Current Membership: https://www1.admin.ox.ac.uk/councilsec/governance/committees/committeemembership/healthandsafetymanagementcommitteemembership
Contact: julie.black@safety.ox.ac.uk

Honorary Degrees Committee

Two members of Congregation who are not members of Council (vice Professor A M Etheridge and Professor Sir David J Watson) to serve from HT 2015 until HT 2016

Further information:

Remit: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/statutes/regulations/520-122l.shtml
Current Membership: https://www1.admin.ox.ac.uk/councilsec/governance/committees/committeemembership/honorarydegreescommitteemembership
Contact: felicity.burchett@admin.ox.ac.uk

Rules Committee

One member of Congregation (vice Dr K D Grevling) to serve from MT 2014 until MT 2017

Further information:

Remit: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/statutes/regulations/244-062.shtml
Current Membership: available upon request to the Secretary
Contact: james.bufford@proctors.ox.ac.uk

Oxford University Society Board

One member (vice Professor J F Stein) to serve from MT 2014 until MT 2018

Further information:

Remit: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/statutes/regulations/181-084.shtml#_Toc86825840
Current Membership: www.alumni.ox.ac.uk/page.aspx?pid=564
Contact: christine.fairchild@alumni.ox.ac.uk

Student Disciplinary Panel

Three members (vice Dr E J Frazer, Dr H O'Donoghue and Dr H A Viles) to serve from MT 2014 until MT 2017

Further information:

Remit: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/statutes/352-051a.shtml#_Toc28142345
Current Membership: available upon request to the Secretary
Contact: sian.griffiths@admin.ox.ac.uk or louise.gullifer@hmc.ox.ac.uk (Chair)

University Club Management Committee

Three members: two (vice Dr B W Byrne and Ms M J Parrott) to serve from MT 2014 until MT 2017 and one (vice Mr J Silk) to serve with immediate effect until MT 2015

Further information:

Remit: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/statutes/regulations/181-084.shtml#_Toc86825838
Current Membership: available upon request to the Secretary
Contact: jon.roycroft@sport.ox.ac.uk

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:

  • 80,000 Hours, a free advisory service for young people interested in ethical careers
  • 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–£15,000, either given as a one-off award, 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, which is £50,000 for the current financial year.

The most recent invitation to bid, in November 2013, attracted ten applications and resulted in awards for four of those.

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. Alternatively, an application form is available from the secretary. 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 25 April 2014.

Further information may be obtained from Mrs Lingard (tel: (6)11627, email: adrienne.lingard@admin.ox.ac.uk or at the University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD). The next invitation to bid will be in Michaelmas term 2014.

1For the 2012–13 financial year, GPC approved a limit on total external funding of £50,000; the cap for 2013–14 has not yet been agreed but is likely to be similar.

Appointments

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Headship of the Department of Engineering Science

Corrigendum:
The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board has conferred the Headship of the Department of Engineering Science upon Lionel Tarassenko, MA DPhil Oxf, CEng, FIET, FMedSci, FREng, Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and fellow of St John's, for a period of 5 years from 1 September 2014.

Graduate Awards and Prizes

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