• Thursday 8 May 2014
  • NO. 5059
  • VOL. 144

Consultative Notices

Digital Strategy

A draft Digital Strategy has been circulated for consultation across the collegiate University. The consultation document, together with some further background material, is available at

The draft will be revised in the light of responses to the consultation and then considered by Council on 23 June. Responses to the consultation should be sent to by 27 May.

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.

Proposals for Honorary Degrees to be conferred at the Encaenia in 2015, and for Degrees by Diploma

Members of Congregation are encouraged to suggest the names of people on whom such degrees might be conferred. Encaenia honorary degrees are conferred at the University's annual ceremonial event and degrees by diploma are conferred on heads of state and royalty. When considering possible honorands, the Honorary Degrees Committee will focus on individuals in the following categories:

1 those of high academic distinction in the fields of research and scholarship of specific interest to the University of Oxford
2 those distinguished in the visual, literary, musical and performing arts
3 those distinguished in business and industry
4 those who have played a distinguished role in public life, for example in contributing to progress and change in society
5 those who have made a significant contribution to the activities of the University of Oxford – such individuals would normally also fall into one of the categories above.

Within those categories, the Honorary Degrees Committee will aim to produce a balanced list, which takes account of the global dimension that characterises this University's activities. The Honorary Degrees Committee therefore encourages the nomination of individuals of conspicuous distinction with particular reference to diversity.

Honorary degrees will not be conferred on anyone who holds, or who has retired from, a resident teaching, research or administrative post within the University or in any college or other society, except in exceptional circumstances such as distinguished service outside the terms of his or her paid service.

Nominations should be sent on the approved application form, which is available from the Secretary to the Honorary Degrees Committee (tel: (2)80199, email: or can be downloaded by staff logging into the University of Oxford Single Sign-On system ( The completed form should be sent to the Secretary to the Honorary Degrees Committee, University Offices, Wellington Square, or by email to by 9 May, under 'Strictly Confidential' cover.

While informal soundings within the University will often be desirable, every effort should be made to ensure that publicity is not at any stage given to any specific proposal for the conferral of an honorary degree. All nominations will be considered in strict confidence by the Honorary Degrees Committee, which submits its report to Council at the beginning of Michaelmas term. After discussion, Council will report back to the Honorary Degrees Committee, which will arrive at a list of honorands to put to Congregation.

The names of people on whom degrees by diploma and honorary degrees have recently been conferred may be found in the University Calendar, 2013–14, pp535–9.

This year's honorands are:

Sir Harrison Birtwistle
Professor Wallace Broecker
The Most Revd Dr Katharine Jefferts Schori
Sir Anish Kapoor
Professor Jean-Marie Lehn
Mr Robert Silvers.

General Notices

Statutes approved by Her Majesty in Council

Mr Vice-Chancellor has received a communication from the Clerk of Her Majesty's Privy Council, stating that, on 28 April 2014, Her Majesty was pleased to approve statutes concerning: (i) the Griffiths Memorial Studentship; (ii) the Scatcherd Science Scholarships; and (iii) the Scatcherd Scholarships, printed in Gazette No 5034, 26 September 2013, pp5–7, and approved by Congregation on 15 October 2013 (see Gazette No 5037, 17 October 2013, p82).


Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Mathematical Institute

James Alexander (Sandy) Green, FRS, 7 April 2014. Aged 88.

Recognition of Distinction

Composition of Divisional Recognition of Distinction Committees

The composition of the divisional recognition of distinction committees is as follows:


Professor S West (in the chair)  Professor F Arntzenius
Professor J Barton Professor H Beebee
Professor S Franklin Professor R Gildea
Professor L Marcus Professor C Minkowski
Professor A Walsham Professor A Willi
Professor E Williamson

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Professor A Halliday (in the chair)  Professor H Anderson
Professor J M Brady Professor D Edwards
Professor B Foster Professor L Gladden
Professor P Grant Professor J Haigh
Professor G Henderson Professor P Holland
Professor G Houlsby Professor S Howison
Professor F Kirwan Professor O Leyser
Professor U Martin Professor G Roberts
Professor C Robinson Professor T Softley
Professor J Yeomans

Medical Sciences

Professor Sir John Bell (in the chair) Professor Jane Armitage
Professor Judy Armitage Professor C Butler
Professor K Channon Professor A Cooke
Professor R Cornall Professor M Dallman
Professor R Foster Professor A Harris
Professor H Johansen-Berg Professor Y Jones
Professor A Markham Professor J Mellor
Professor A C Nobre Professor J Raff
Professor P Riley Professor E Robertson
Professor I Tracey Professor R Trembath
Professor K Vallis Professor M Whyte
Professor A Wilkie Professor M Wood

Social Sciences

Professor R Goodman (in the chair)  Professor A Amin
Professor M Banks Professor F Billari
Professor M Browning Professor I Diamond
Professor W Dutton Professor T Endicott
Professor E Fraser Professor Dame Hazel Genn
Professor N Gooptu Professor P Kemp
Professor E Macaro Professor I Neary
Professor M Seeleib-Kaiser Professor F Stewart
Professor P Tufano Professor S Whatmore
Professor A Wilson

Musical and other Events

Pembroke College Music Society

Lunchtime recitals

The following 30–40-minute recitals will take place at 1.15pm on Mondays in the Pichette Auditorium. Admission is free.

19 May: April Fredrick (soprano) and Amy de Sybel (piano): songs by Rachmaninov and Janáček's In the Mists

26 May: Pembroke Musicians' recital: a joint programme by current undergraduates

2 Jun: Nicola Harrison (mezzo-soprano) and Guy Newbury (piano): a programme of English song

9 Jun: James Kellas (piano): Debussy's La soirée dans Grenade, Ravel's Alborada del gracioso, Falla's Homenaje a Debussy and Albéniz's Asturias


SenegalPitt Rivers Museum

Photography Exhibition

'Points of departure: photography from Senegal' by Mamadou Gomis and Judith Quax will open in the Long Gallery on 12 May. The exhibition examines the phenomenon of migration, by placing the transatlantic slave trade and contemporary migration from West Africa in a single frame.