• Thursday 15 May 2014
  • NO. 5060
  • VOL. 144

Consultative Notices

Committee on Statutes before the Privy Council

Christ Church: Revised Statutes

The Committee on Statutes before the Privy Council, acting under authority delegated to it by Council, is minded to give consent on behalf of the University to the revised statutes of Christ Church, approved by the Governing Body on 17 October 2012 and 12 March 2014, in so far as such consent is required by section 7 (2) of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923. The consent of the committee to the amendments to the statutes will be effective eleven days after publication of this notice unless written notice of a resolution, signed by at least twenty members of Congregation, calling upon Council to withhold that consent, has been given to the Registrar by noon on Monday, 26 May.

The effects of the amendments are to (i) enable the person appointed to the Lady Margaret Professorship of Divinity to hold either a Residentiary Canonry or a Lay Canonry (the professorship is currently annexed to a Residentiary Canonry); (ii) delete provisions concerning the age limits for the tenure of the Dean, Students, Officers of the House and Lecturers which were rendered non-compliant by changes in employment legislation (Christ Church has introduced an Employer Justified Retirement Age for the Dean, Students and Lecturers which are set out in Christ Church's by-laws and its associated procedures); (iii) clarify that Christ Church's by-laws bind Lecturers, Research Fellows and Senior Scholars; (iv) transfer the provisions for the Glass-Williams Bursary Fund from the by-laws to the statutes in order to simplify the legislation and reduce duplication; and (v) remove a redundant clause relating to the membership of Congregation which is provided for under University legislation.

Consultation on possible revisions to Statute XII

On 27 February 2014 the Personnel Committee launched a consultation of individuals and bodies within the collegiate University on the desirability of possible revisions to Statute XII, which governs the employment of academic and academic-related staff. The consultation paper is available on the Statute XII consultation website at

A set of Questions and Answers, addressing the questions that have been asked most frequently in the course of the consultation so far, has now been added to this website.

The Personnel Committee welcomes responses from all members of the University until the close of the consultation period on 4 June 2014. Responses should be sent to and should state whether the respondent wishes to remain anonymous.

Socially Responsible Investment Review Committee

Statement on the fossil fuel divestment campaign

The Socially Responsible Investment Review Committee (SRIRC) is considering a representation from Oxford University Student Union (OUSU) for divestment from all fossil fuel investments held by Oxford University Endowment Management (OUem) on behalf of Oxford University. For the text of the SRIRC’s full notice and OUSU’s resolution, see or Gazette No 5057, 24 April 2014.

The SRIRC is responsible for forming an opinion on the question of socially responsible investment that the divestment resolution raises and for advising Council accordingly. At its meeting on 6 March 2014, the SRIRC began detailed discussions on this subject and invites interested parties to submit evidence or views:

  • that might inform the committee's consideration of the question of possible divestment from companies 'that participate in exploration for and/or extraction of fossil fuel reserves'; and/or
  • on whether there are alternative ways in which the University should engage in the debate about climate change.

The SRIRC will review submissions at its next meeting on 2 July 2014, and will publish a summary of the views received on its website, ensuring that such views are given proper consideration in the eventual recommendation that is made to Council.

Interested parties should send their submissions to The deadline for submissions is 23 June. 

General Notices

Guidelines for leave for academic staff

Academic staff are reminded of the guidelines for applying for and taking leave, which were published in full in the Gazette of 14 November 2013 and are published on Personnel Services website:

LearningAtWorkLearning at Work Week

Learning at Work Week, a national annual awareness campaign to promote and support workplace learning, is taking place 19–25 May. Training providers across the University will offer 30 classes, with topics ranging from IT to health and safety. Most classes are free to attend, although some carry a small charge. For more information and to book a class, see:

Visiting Professorships

Social Sciences

Professor Allan Fels, BA Western Australia, PhD Duke; Visiting Professor in the School of Geography and the Environment. From 1 March 2014 to 28 February 2017.

Graduate Awards and Prizes

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Electoral Boards

Composition of an Electoral Board

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

Merton Professorship of English Literature

  Appointed by
The President of Wolfson Mr Vice-Chancellor1
The Warden of Merton ex officio
Sir Noel Malcolm Humanities Division
Professor V Kahn Faculty of English
Dr S Perry Faculty of English
Professor D Womersley Faculty of English
Dr F Macintosh Faculty of Classics
Professor G Campbell Council
Dr E Smith Council
Dr J Thacker Merton
1Appointed by Mr Vice-Chancellor under the provisions of Statute IX, Sect 10 and 11.

Musical and other Events

Oxford Latvian Society

A concert will be held at 7pm on 17 May at the Holywell Music Room, featuring Latvian musicians playing classic and contemporary Latvian compositions. Tickets: £4.75 online and £6 on the door. See for information and to buy tickets.