Congregation

  • Thursday 29 May 2014
  • NO. 5062
  • VOL. 144

Congregation12 June

Contested elections

Council

Visitors of the Ashmolean Museu

Details are in 'Elections' section below.

Congregation17 June

2pm

¶ Members of Congregation are reminded that any two members may, not later than noon on Monday, 9 June, give notice in writing to the Registrar that they intend to oppose or amend the resolutions at 1–4 below (see the note on the conduct of business in Congregation below). If no such notice has been given, and unless Council has declared otherwise or the meeting has been adjourned, the resolutions shall be carried and the meeting may be cancelled.

(1) Voting approving the deprivation of a graduate of a degree

Explanatory Note

The Special Disciplinary Panel has found that a member of the University, Dr George Osei (Mansfield College), breached the Proctors' Disciplinary Regulations Concerning Conduct at Examinations by committing plagiarism in a thesis submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Michaelmas term 2001. The Panel has decided to recommend that the degree of DPhil be removed from Dr Osei.

Under Part 3 of Council Regulations 22 of 2002 only Congregation may deprive a graduate of the University of his or her degree or degrees, and Council accordingly submits to Congregation the following resolution to effect the de-gradation in this case. Under those regulations the procedure to be followed in each case shall be determined by Council, and the procedure so determined is set out at item 3 in the resolution.

Text of Resolution

That this House:

1

(a) take note of the finding of the Special Disciplinary Panel that a member of the University, Dr George Osei (Mansfield College), breached the Proctors' Disciplinary Regulations Concerning Conduct at Examinations by committing plagiarism in a thesis submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Michaelmas term 2001; and

(b) accept the Special Disciplinary Panel's conclusion that one of the appropriate penalties in this case is deprivation of the degree; and

2 therefore agree to deprive Dr Osei of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy; and

3 take note of Council's determination that the procedure to be followed in this case should be for a notice to be published in the University Gazette, which should consist of this resolution.

(2) Voting on Resolutions authorising the use of space at the Old Road Campus

Explanatory Note

The original Old Road Campus was acquired by the University from the NHS in 1996. The site has developed as a location for University medical research and, in 2013, was extended through the acquisition of the Park Hospital site. The location of the site adjacent or close to Oxford's main hospitals has seen the strengthening of links between cutting-edge research and clinical treatment.

Two new buildings are now proposed for construction on the Old Road Campus: the Big Data Institute and an amenities building.

The Big Data Institute (BDI) forms Phase II of the Li Ka Shing Centre for Technology and Health Informatics, Phase I being the Target Discovery Institute.  The BDI sets out to be an international centre of excellence for the analysis of very large and complex biomedical data sets.  The Institute will combine world-class academic leadership with a core infrastructure of cutting-edge technology and high-calibre scientists. Built upon Oxford's internationally leading expertise in epidemiology, genomics, imaging, computer science, and infectious disease surveillance, the BDI will be a national resource for the development of new analytical methods to facilitate the generation, storage, analysis and sharing of data in very large clinical studies.

The amenities building is an essential enabling project for the site. The building will incorporate central catering space to replace those currently provided in the Rosemary Rue Building, teaching space and other facilities (such as a shop, a gym, central goods inwards and storage). The site will also house the City Deal Bioescalator facility, designed to provide high-quality affordable bioincubator space to the region, and 459 car parking spaces.

Text of Resolution

(i) That Plot B5 of the Old Road Campus be allocated to the Medical Sciences Division as the site of a building currently estimated at 7,760 sqm gross internal area1 for the Big Data Institute. This allocation is to be effective from 25 June 2014 for 30 years.

(ii) That 15,400 sqm gross internal area on Plot B4 of the Old Road Campus be allocated to University Administration and Services for the construction of an amenities building. This allocation is to be effective from 25 June 2014.

(3) Voting on a Resolution authorising the temporary use of space in Beaver House (Hythe Bridge Street)

Explanatory Note

The School of Geography and the Environment requires temporary accommodation while refurbishment works are carried out in the Dyson Perrins building. Space on the second floor of Beaver House has been identified as suitable for this purpose.

Text of Resolution

That approximately 810 sqm net usable area on the second floor of Beaver House be allocated to the School of Geography and the Environment as temporary decant space from 17 June 2014 until 3 October 2014.

(4) Voting on Resolutions authorising expenditure from the Higher Studies Fund

Text of Resolutions

(i) That the University be authorised to expend, from the element of the Higher Studies Fund earmarked for Social Studies, funding in the amount of £200,000 over the three-year period 2014/15 to 2016/17, to support new professors coming into the Social Sciences Division.

(ii) That the University be authorised to expend, from the element of the Higher Studies Fund earmarked for Social Studies, funding in the amount of £100,000 over the three-year period 2014/15 to 2016/17, to support new professors coming into the Humanities Division.

(iii) That the University be authorised to expend, from the unearmarked element of the Higher Studies Fund, funding in the amount of £100,000 over the three-year period 2014/15 to 2016/17, to support new professors coming into the Humanities Division.

(iv) That the University be authorised to expend, from the unearmarked element of the Higher Studies Fund, £100,000 over the three-year period 2014/15 to 2016/17, to support new professors coming into the Medical Sciences Division.

(v) That the University be authorised to expend, from the unearmarked element of the Higher Studies Fund, £100,000 over the three-year period 2014/15 to 2016/17, to support new professors coming into the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division.


1Exceptionally, GIA, rather than NUA, is used for these site allocations as each project is at too early a stage for net usable area to be defined.

Congregation 25 June

(1) Encaenia

Mr Vice-Chancellor invites Pro-Vice-Chancellors, Heads of House, Heads of Division, holders of the Oxford Degrees of Doctor of Divinity, Civil Law, Medicine, Letters, Science, and Music, the Proctors, the Assessor, the Public Orator, the Registrar, the outgoing President of the Oxford University Student Union, and the Presidents of the Junior and Middle Common Rooms of Merton, Linacre and Wadham (as being the colleges of the Proctors and the Assessor) to partake of Lord Crewe's Benefaction to the University, meeting him in the Fellows' Garden of Exeter College at 10.30am on Wednesday, 25 June. Thence they will go in procession to the Sheldonian Theatre, where will be spoken the Oration in Commemoration of the Benefactors of the University according to the intention of the Right Honourable Nathaniel, Lord Crewe, Bishop of Durham.

Note. Pro-Vice-Chancellors, Heads of House, Heads of Division, and Doctors who propose to accept Mr Vice-Chancellor's invitation, and to be present in the Sheldonian Theatre, are requested to inform the Events Office at the University Offices, Wellington Square by email (events.office@admin.ox.ac.uk) or telephone (Oxford 280524) no later than Wednesday, 11 June. They are reminded that, while academic dress of other universities may (if desired) be worn at the Encaenia Garden Party, the appropriate Oxford academic dress should always be worn at the partaking of Lord Crewe's Benefaction and at the Encaenia ceremony.

(2) Honorary Degrees

Doctor of Divinity

The Most Reverend Dr Katharine Jefferts Schori, PhD, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America and sixteen other nations

Doctor of Letters

Sir Anish Kapoor, CBE, RA, artist and sculptor, Turner Prizewinner, Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects

Mr Robert Silvers, BA Chicago, editor and co-founder of the New York Review of Books, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Honorary Fellow of the British Academy

Doctor of Science

Professor Wallace Broecker, PhD, Newberry Professor of Geology, Columbia University, Crafoord Prizewinner, Balzan Prizewinner, Member of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, Foreign Member of the Royal Society

Professor Jean-Marie Lehn, PhD, Honorary Professor of Chemistry, Collège de France, Emeritus Professor, University of Strasbourg, Nobel Prizewinner in Chemistry, Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, member of the Académie des Sciences, Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA

Doctor of Music

Sir Harrison Birtwistle, CH, RAM (Hon FRAM), composer, Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music

Note on procedures in Congregation

¶ Business in Congregation is conducted in accordance with Congregation Regulations 2 of 2002 (www.admin.ox.ac.uk/statutes/regulations/529-122.shtml). A printout of these regulations, or of any statute or other regulations, is available from the Council Secretariat on request. A member of Congregation seeking advice on questions relating to its procedures, other than elections, should contact Mrs F Burchett at the University Offices, Wellington Square (telephone: (2)80199; email: felicity.burchett@admin.ox.ac.uk); questions relating to elections should be directed to the Elections Officer, Ms S L S Mulvihill (telephone: (2)80463; email: elections.office@admin.ox.ac.uk).