Notices

  • Thursday 22 May 2014
  • NO. 5061
  • VOL. 144

Consultative Notices

Consolidation of Medical School Prize and Scholarship Funds

On 19 May, Council approved the consolidation of various existing trust funds into other trust funds by the passing of a resolution for the purposes of section 268 of the Charities Act 2011. The approval of Council and the resolution passed for the purposes of the Act shall be effective 15 days after the date of publication of this notice unless written notice of a resolution, signed by at least 20 members of Congregation and calling upon Council to withhold such approval and such resolution, has been given to the Registrar by noon on 6 June. The full text of the resolution is set out below (see also 'Council and Main Committees' section above, p490).

Council agreed to:

(i) note that the gross income of each of the following funds ("the Funds") in its last financial year did not exceed £10,000, that the Funds do not hold any designated land and are not companies or other bodies corporate, that the Funds hold permanent endowment, and that therefore the Funds comply with the requirements of the Charities Act 2011:

(a) Martin Wronker Prizes Fund for Medicine
(b) Medical Scholarships Fund
(c) George Herbert Hunt Travelling Scholarship Fund
(d) John Pearce Prizes in Surgery Fund
(e) Meakins McClaran Medal Fund
(f) Sidney Truelove Prize in Gastroenterology Fund
(g) Sir Roger Bannister Neurology Prize Fund
(h) Geoffrey Spray Prize in Clinical Biochemistry Fund
(i) Tizard Prize in Paediatrics Fund
(j) Duthie Prize in Orthopaedic Surgery Fund
(k) Mallam Memorial Prize in Clinical Medicine Fund
(l) Eoin Hodgson Memorial Fund
(m) John Potter Essay Prize Fund
(n) Brian Ingram Johnson Prize in Pathology Fund
(o) John Stallworthy Prizes in Obstetrics Fund
(p) Witts Prize in Haematology or Gastroenterology Fund
(q) Lovel Prize Fund
(r) Renwick Vickers Dermatology Prize Fund
(s) John Freind Prize in Medical History Fund;

(ii) resolve for the purposes of sections 267–274 of the Charities Act 2011 that all the property of the aforementioned Funds should be transferred to the Medical School Prize and Scholarship Fund, Council being satisfied that:

(a) it is expedient in the interests of furthering the purposes of each of the Funds for its property to be transferred as set out above; and
(b) the Medical School Prize and Scholarship Fund has purposes that are substantially similar to all of the purposes of each of the Funds;

(iii) note that the gross income of the following fund ("the Fund") in its last financial year did not exceed £10,000, that the Fund does not hold any designated land and is not a company or other body corporate, and that therefore the Fund complies with the requirements of the Charities Act 2011:

(a) Pre-Clinical Adviser's Medical Scholarships Fund;

(iv) resolve for the purposes of sections 267–272 of the Charities Act 2011 that all the property of the aforementioned Fund should be transferred to the Medical School Prize and Scholarship Fund, Council being satisfied that:

(a) it is expedient in the interests of furthering the purposes of the Fund for its property to be transferred as set out above; and
(b) the Medical School Prize and Scholarship Fund has purposes that are substantially similar to the purposes of the Fund;

(v) resolve that the resolutions at (ii) and (iv) above be notified to the University Gazette and, provided that no notice of a resolution calling upon Council to annul or amend the proposals is received by the Registrar by noon on the eleventh day after the day on which the proposals are published, resolve that copies be sent to the Charity Commission together with a statement of the University's reasons for passing them. If the Charity Commission requires further steps to be taken the Trusts Administrator is authorised to take such steps as are necessary. Once the above resolutions take effect the Trusts Administrator is authorised to take such steps as are necessary to transfer the property of the Funds in accordance with the above resolutions and any guidance given by the Commission for the purposes of the Charities Act 2011.

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 www.ox.ac.uk/statuteXII.

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 sarah.thonemann@admin.ox.ac.uk 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 www.admin.ox.ac.uk/councilsec/governance/committees/srirc/srircstatementonthefossilfueldivestmentcampaign 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 fossilfuelsconsultation@admin.ox.ac.uk. The deadline for submissions is 23 June. 

General Notices

Encaenia

Sheldonian Theatre

At the Encaenia to be held in the Sheldonian Theatre on 25 June, the Curators of the Theatre propose to allot seats as follows, and subject to availability, to those who apply for tickets:

(a) one visitor's ticket each to Heads of Houses, Canons of Christ Church, members of Council, and certain other persons holding official positions in the University;

(b) one visitor's ticket to each Professor;

(c) one ticket to each member of Convocation (ie any matriculated member of the University on whom any degree of the University has been conferred, or any member of Congregation who does not hold such a degree).

Applications for tickets in the above categories, stating the name and standing of each person for whom a ticket is requested, should be made no later than 11 June to the University Card Office, Examination Schools (email: university.card@ox.ac.uk). For security reasons, all requests for tickets must state the names of the persons for whom the tickets are intended.

Tickets for all other members of the University (ie those who have not been admitted to any degree of the University) will be distributed through college authorities. All applications for tickets in this category should be made to the college authorities and not to the University Card Office.

The gates and entrances to the theatre will be opened at 10.45am and the proceedings will begin at 11.30am. Holders of tickets are requested to be in their places inside the theatre by 11.15am.

All current members of the University are required to wear subfusc and full Oxford academic dress. Doctors will wear their robes and other graduates their hoods.

Graduate Awards and Prizes

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Musical and other Events

Botanic Garden

Healthy Gardens

28 May, 11am–1pm: preparing for Healthy Eating Week. See what we're growing and have a go at planting seeds to take home and grow. Drop-in session; free with entry to the Botanic Garden.

Exhibitions

Pitt Rivers Museum

Admission free. For information: prm@prm.ox.ac.uk.

After Hours

6–8.30pm, 18 Jun: Money Pitt with Friends of the Pitt Rivers

7–9pm, 12 Jul: Rhythm and Poetry with BG Records and Young Woman’s Music Project

Saturday Spotlights

2.30pm, 21 Jun: Conserving curiosities – investigating the Cook-voyage collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum