Elections

  • Thursday 21 November 2013
  • NO. 5042
  • VOL. 144

Contested elections28 November

The nomination period for these elections closed at 4pm on Thursday, 31 October. All valid nominations received are available online at www.admin.ox.ac.uk/elections and were published in Gazette No 5040, 7 November 2013.

The following elections will be contested.

Nominating Committee for the Vice-Chancellorship

All members of Congregation are entitled to vote in this election.

One person, not also being a member of Council, elected by Congregation

Current/Retiring Member To hold office until
Dr J M Landers, Hertford MT 2015

The following nominations have been received:

Calum A Miller, BA MPhil, Blavatnik School of Government

Nominated by:

Sir Jonathan Phillips, Warden of Keble

Sir Ivor Crewe, Master of University College, Faculty of Social Studies

T P Stern, University College, Faculty of English Language and Literature

N T Woods, University College, Faculty of Social Studies

Candidate statement:

It would be an honour to serve as a member of this Committee. I am seeking election as I believe that I have relevant experience and insights to bring to the work of the Committee.

As the senior administrator in a department, I interact on a daily basis with the central university. As someone working to help establish a new department, I am heavily engaged in supporting teaching and research, in fundraising and in planning strategy in the changing current context of higher education. I believe I therefore have a good insight into the challenges and tasks facing any new Vice-Chancellor.

I have been both an undergraduate and graduate student of the University. On graduating, I served as a Trustee of University College's Old Member Trust and chaired for seven years the Trust's Student Support and Access Committee. I am well apprised of the access and student funding issues that confront the Vice-Chancellor. I also appreciate the importance of the Vice-Chancellor working closely with Colleges to agree the best approach for the collegiate University.

Before joining the Blavatnik School of Government, I served as a senior civil servant and, in my two previous roles, advised the Deputy Prime Minister and Cabinet Secretary. I have a clear understanding of the political context in which the Vice-Chancellor will need to be an effective champion of the University's interests. In my former roles, I was also closely involved in the selection and appointment processes for many senior public offices.


Julian Savulescu, MB BS BMedSci MA PhD Monash, MA Oxf, Fellow of St Cross, Faculty of Philosophy

Nominated by:

Lord Krebs of Wytham, Principal of Jesus, Faculty of Zoology

Sir Mark Jones, Master of St Cross

R S Crisp, St Anne's, Faculty of Philosophy

P G Ferreira, Oriel, Faculty of Physics

M R C Hewstone, New College, Faculty of Psychological Studies

A R McLean, All Souls, Faculty of Zoology

A C de O Nobre, New College, Faculty of Psychological Studies

A J Pollard, St Cross, Faculty of Clinical Medicine

I M C Tracey, Pembroke, Faculty of Psychological Studies, Faculty of Clinical Medicine

S Vogenauer, Brasenose, Faculty of Law

Candidate statement:

My reason for standing is that I would like to contribute to a process which elects the best person to this key post who will take the University into the future at a time when academic life, teaching and research are becoming increasingly difficult. I have held the Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics at the University since 2002, and served on committees including at University level (Committee to Review Donations, the Socially Responsible Investment Review Committee, the Central University Research Ethics Committee, the University of Oxford Registrar's Advisory Group on Research Ethics), at departmental and divisional levels (Faculty Board, Faculty of Philosophy, Medical Humanities Advisory Group), and at college level (Governing Body, St Cross College, Development Working Group, St Cross College).


Medical Sciences Board

Voting in this election is restricted to members of the following faculties: the Faculty of Biochemistry, the Faculty of Clinical Medicine, the Faculty of Physiological Sciences and the Faculty of Psychological Studies.

One person from the Department of Paediatrics, the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and the Nuffield Department of Population Health who is also a member of the Faculty of Biochemistry, the Faculty of Clinical Medicine, the Faculty of Physiological Sciences or the Faculty of Psychological Studies, elected by the members of the Faculty of Biochemistry, the Faculty of Clinical Medicine, the Faculty of Physiological Sciences and the Faculty of Psychological Studies

Current/Retiring Member To hold office until
New position MT 2017

The following nominations have been received:

Rory Collins, MB BS Lond, MA MSc Oxf, Faculty of Clinical Medicine

Nominated by:

Sir John Bell, Christ Church, Faculty of Clinical Medicine

Professor Dame Valerie Beral, Green Templeton, Faculty of Clinical Medicine

M J Goldacre, Magdalen, Faculty of Clinical Medicine

A M Gray, Wolfson, Faculty of Clinical Medicine

C P Jenkinson, Harris Manchester, Faculty of Clinical Medicine

J J Kurinczuk, Faculty of Clinical Medicine

M J Parker, St Cross, Faculty of Clinical Medicine

Sir Richard Peto, Green Templeton, Faculty of Clinical Medicine

P B Sullivan, Magdalen, Faculty of Clinical Medicine

H C Watkins, Exeter, Faculty of Clinical Medicine

Candidate statement:

Professor Rory Collins was appointed to head the Nuffield Department of Population Health (NDPH) when it was established on 1 July 2013. This new Department brings together the Clinical Trial Service Unit & Epidemiological Studies Unit, the Cancer Epidemiology Unit, and the Department of Public Health. The aims of the NDPH are to deliver high quality research that has a major impact on population health, as well as to help train and develop the next generation of researchers. Previously, population health research in Oxford was fragmented and the discipline was not well represented at Division or University level (for example, the Medical Sciences Board Strategic Plan for 2011–15 listed detailed research agenda for many disciplines, but nothing on population health). Increased sharing of the complementary skills in various aspects of population health science that currently exist in the NDPH and elsewhere in Oxford (including the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, Department of Paediatrics, Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, and Radcliffe Department of Medicine) should strengthen the contributions of each of the component parts, while plans to expand expertise in certain areas (such as bio-informatics and record linkage) should enhance our ability to conduct population health research effectively. Representation on the Medical Sciences Board would help with delivering this vision of producing substantial increases in research outputs that have major impacts on health worldwide, and of raising the national and international profile of population health research being conducted in the University of Oxford.


F D Richard Hobbs, MB CHB Brist, MA Oxf, Fellow of Harris Manchester, Department of Primary Care Health Sciences

Nominated by:

P N Aveyard, Wolfson, Faculty of Clinical Medicine

A J Farmer, Exeter, Faculty of Clinical Medicine

C J Heneghan, Kellogg, Department of Primary Care Health Sciences

R J McManus, Green Templeton, Department of Primary Care Health Sciences

Candidate statement:

Despite our uncertain times, the burgeoning success of Oxford University Medical Sciences remains undiminished by international comparison. It is important to more fully represent the contributions of our applied clinical sciences to this success, complementing the historical strength of basic sciences at Oxford, and our important roles in undergraduate teaching, postgraduate training, and health policy generation. We encompass health at a personal and population level, across all ages, and with strong methodological innovation in disease prevention, epidemiology and trials.

With 36 years of NHS clinical service and 24 years as a clinical scientist and educator, my career has involved significant roles in helping shape and managing change, especially relating to strategic planning, sustainable research growth, standard setting, personnel management and development, financial planning and monitoring. These skills, of direct relevance to the Divisional Board and to the wider university, were gained via several senior university management roles:

  • 8 years as Assistant Dean, Finance and Planning & External Affairs, leading strategy for one of the UK's largest Medical Schools
  • 3 years as Head of Division, plus 3 years as Head of School of Health and Population Sciences (leading academic growth of Departments of Primary Care, Public Health, Epidemiology, and Health Services Research)
  • National experience in leading successful organisations, such as Director, NIHR School for Primary Care Research

I therefore have direct expertise in running combined departments and championing applied science, career development, and the importance of teaching. I am also committed to enhancing our collaborative links within and beyond the Division.


Notes

Candidates were invited to include with their nomination forms a written statement of no more than 250 words, setting out his or her reasons for standing and qualifications for the office being sought. These statements are now available online at www.admin.ox.ac.uk/elections and are published above.

Ballot papers have been dispatched from the University Offices, using the mailing address provided in the current Register of Congregation. If you have not yet received your ballot paper please contact the Elections Office at elections.office@admin.ox.ac.uk. Completed ballot papers must be received by the Elections Office not later than 4pm on Thursday, 28 November.

For further information, please contact the Elections Officer (shirley.mulvihill@admin.ox.ac.uk).