Council and Main Committees

  • Thursday 12 February 2015
  • NO. 5086
  • VOL. 145

General Purposes Committee of Council

Changes in Regulations

The General Purposes Committee of Council has made the following changes in regulations, to come into effect on 27 February.

(a) Ilchester Endowment

Explanatory Note

These changes replace the out-of-date reference to the Curators of the Taylor Institution in regulation 3, regarding the managerial responsibility for the trust fund relating to the Ilchester Endowment, with reference instead to the Board of the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, in consultation with its sub-faculty of Russian and Other Slavonic Languages and with the Board of the Faculty of History.  

Text of Regulations

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts, amend existing §176 relating to the Ilchester Endowment as follows (new text underlined, deleted text scored through):

'1. The bequest of the Right Honourable William Thomas Horner, Earl of Ilchester, together with any further donations for this purpose, shall be known as the Ilchester Endowment ("the Fund").

2. The University shall retain all of the Fund as permanent endowment and shall apply the net income of the Fund towards the encouragement of the study of the Slavonic Languages, Literature, and History ("the Objects").

3. The administration of the fund, and the application of its income, shall be the responsibility of the Curators of the Taylor InstitutionBoard of the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, in consultation with its sub-faculty of Russian and Other Slavonic Languages, and with the Board of the Faculty of History.

4. Regulation 3 above may be amended by Council.'

(b) Oppenheimer Fund

Explanatory Note

These regulations record the governing terms of the Oppenheimer Fund. Following recent clarification, the Oppenheimer Fund's committee will be treated as a sub-committee of the Board of Management for the Oxford Graduate Scholarship Fund (OGSF) instead of the now-defunct International Committee. The opportunity is also taken to amend outdated references.

Text of Regulations

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 24 of 2002, concerning academic and other posts, amend existing §266 relating to the Oppenheimer Fund as follows (new text underlined, deleted text scored through):

'§266. Oppenheimer Fund

1. The University accepts with deep gratitude the sum of £400,000 from Mr H F Oppenheimer which shall be used, together with any further donations for this purpose, to form a fund, to be known as the Oppenheimer Fund. The net income from the fund shall be applied from time to time to either or both of the following purposes:

(a) the assistance of the academic exchange of senior and junior members between the University of Oxford on the one hand and universities and similar institutions of higher education in the Republic of South Africa on the other;

(b) the support of studies within the University of Oxford related to sub-Saharan Africa including, but not limited to, (i) work on environmental or development problems and (ii) research, with particular emphasis on research relevant to mining, in the Earth Sciences or in Engineering Science.

2. The fund shall be administered by the International CommitteeBoard of Management of the Oxford Graduate Scholarship Matched Fund, which shall have power to delegate responsibility for the administration of the fund to a subcommittee (not all the members of which need be members of the International CommitteeBoard of Management of the Oxford Graduate Scholarship Matched Fund).

3. Surplus income arising in any year shall be carried forward for expenditure in subsequent years in accordance with the provisions of regulationclause 1 above.

4. Council shall have power to amend this regulationdecree from time to time, provided that the purposes of the fund as defined in regulationclause 1 above shall always be kept in view.'

(c) Establishment of the Samuel Pisar Travelling Fellowship in Human Rights Fund

Explanatory Note

These regulations establish the Samuel Pisar Travelling Fellowship in Human Rights Fund for the purpose of awarding travelling fellowships for graduate students studying law at the University with a focus on human rights.

Text of Regulations

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts, insert new §321 as follows, and renumber existing §321 onwards by plus one:

'§321. Samuel Pisar Travelling Fellowship in Human Rights Fund

1. The University receives with gratitude the sum of £100,000 from the Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin Trust to be held as permanent endowment on the trusts declared in this regulation. Further money or property may be paid or transferred to the University as either expendable or permanent endowment to be held on the same trusts. The assets so held will be known as the Samuel Pisar Travelling Fellowship in Human Rights Fund ("the Fund").

2. The University shall retain as permanent endowment those of the assets in the Fund which are contributed on the express understanding that they are to be treated as permanent endowment ("the Permanent Endowment").

3. The University shall (a) apply the income of the Permanent Endowment; and (b) apply the income and, in its discretion, the capital of the remainder of the Fund (if any), towards the award of Samuel Pisar Travelling Fellowships in Human Rights, a  travelling fellowship for graduate students studying law at the University with a focus on human rights.

4. The administration of the Fund, and the application of its income, shall be the responsibility of the Board of the Faculty of Law.

5. The University may in its absolute discretion in the period ending 21 years from the date of this regulation, instead of applying the income of the Fund in any year, accumulate all or any part of such income by investing it, and holding it as part of the capital of the Fund. The University may apply the whole or any part of such accumulated income in any subsequent year as if it were income of the Fund arising in the then current year.

6. The University shall have power to pay out of the capital or the income of the Fund all costs of and incidental to the creation of the Fund, and the management and administration of the Fund and the Fellowships.

7. The University may exercise any of its corporate powers in the management and administration of the Fund in so far as those powers are not inconsistent with these regulations.

8. Regulations 1–10 shall be deemed to be Trust Regulations under the provisions of Part D of Statute XVI.

9. Subject to regulation 10, Council may amend, repeal or add to these regulations in accordance with Part D of Statute XVI, but no amendment is valid if it would cause the Fund to:

(1) cease to be exclusively charitable according to the law of England and Wales; or

(2) be outside the objects of the University.

10. Any amendment to regulation 3 is an amendment to the main objects of the Fund for the purposes of Part D of Statute XVI and must be approved both by Congregation of the University and subsequently by Her Majesty in Council.'

(d) Higher Studies Fund

Explanatory Note

This amendment reflects the transfer of trusteeship of the Higher Studies Fund from individual trustees to the University. The Higher Studies Fund was established following a fundraising appeal in 1937 for the various purposes described in the regulation.

Text of Regulations

1 In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts, amend existing §164 relating to the Higher Studies Fund as follows (new text underlined, deleted text scored through):

'§164. Higher Studies Fund

The Curators of the University Chest shall accept donations for the purpose of establishing a fund for the promotion of higher studies, including the purposes mentioned in the draft Declaration of Trust sent to Convocation for sealing on 16 February 1937.

1. The University as sole trustee holds The Higher Studies Fund created by a Declaration of Trust dated 16 February 1937, as amended ("the Declaration of Trust") as permanent and expendable endowment on the trusts declared by the Declaration of Trust. Further money or property may be paid or transferred to the University to be held on the same trusts. The assets so held will be known as The Higher Studies Fund ("the Fund").

2. The University shall apply the income and, in its discretion, the capital of the Fund, for the purposes set out in the Declaration of Trust. The relevant conditions are clause 31 and clause 62.

3. The administration of the Fund, and the application of its income, shall be the responsibility of a Board of Management comprising:

(1) the Vice-Chancellor or his or her nominee;

(2)–(3) two members appointed by the Chancellor;

(4)(5) two members appointed by Council; and

(6) one member appointed by the board of the Oxford University Society.

Each appointed trustee shall hold office for seven years from the date of his appointment and shall be eligible for reappointment for one further period of seven years.

4. The University may exercise any of its corporate powers in the management and administration of the Fund in so far as those powers are not inconsistent with these Regulations and the Declaration of Trust.

5. Regulations 17 shall be deemed to be Trust Regulations under the provisions of Part D of Statute XVI.

6. Subject to regulation 7, Council may amend, repeal or add to these regulations in accordance with Part D of Statute XVI, but no amendment is valid if it would cause the Fund to:

(1) cease to be exclusively charitable according to the law of England and Wales; or

(2) be outside the objects of the University.

7. Any amendment to regulation 2 is an amendment to the main objects of the Fund for the purposes of Part D of Statute XVI and must be approved both by Congregation of the University and subsequently by Her Majesty in Council.'

2 These regulations shall be effective from 1 April 2015.


1Clause 3  

The income and if and so far as thought fit in manner hereinafter determined the capital of the Trust Fund shall be applicable and be applied for the following charitable object or objects (namely) the promotion of Higher Studies in or in connexion with the University of Oxford and this object shall be deemed to include (but not to be limited to) all or any of the following purposes (namely):

A. The extension of the Bodleian Library;

B. The extension of the Ashmolean Museum;

C. The making of grants for all or any of the following:

1) The better organization and extension of research in the Arts subjects and the provision of research posts;

2) The development of research in Social Studies and allied subjects;

D.    

1) The erection, reconstruction, enlargement and equipment of Science laboratories and other Science buildings;

2) The provision of better research facilities in the Scientific departments;

Provided that the foregoing list of purposes included in the Trust shall not be deemed to indicate any order of preference.

2Clause 6

The Trust Fund and its income shall be specifically applied or appropriated to the extent and in the manner following (namely):

A. In each […] year […] the income of the Fund up to a total not exceeding the sum of seven thousand pounds in any one year shall be applied in or towards discharging the liability of the University for the maintenance of the Bodleian Library for that year in accordance with the undertaking given by the University to the Rockefeller Foundation by decree of 25 April 1933. This shall be the first charge upon the said income.

B. There shall be set aside out of the capital of the Fund […], a sum of twenty thousand pounds which shall be invested and retained permanently as a separate part of the Trust Fund (hereinafter called "Fund B") and the income thereof shall be applied for some purpose or purposes connected with the Bodleian Library [...] but if and whenever […] the income of the rest of the General Trust Fund is not sufficient to discharge the liability up to a total not exceeding the said sum of seven thousand pounds in paragraph (A) of this clause referred to the income of Fund B for that year shall be charged with such deficiency and applied accordingly to the extent required as if the same were part of the income available to meet the said annual sum of seven thousand pounds.'


(e) Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics

Explanatory Note

The following changes amend the composition of the electoral board of the Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics to comply with the general provisions for electoral boards laid down in Council Regulations 3 of 2004. They also replace references to 'decrees' with reference to 'regulations' and remove superfluous information from the regulations in line with current practice.

Text of Regulations

In Sect III of Council Regulations 24 of 2002, concerning academic and other posts, amend existing §296 relating to the Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics as follows (new text underlined, deleted text scored through):

'§296. Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics

1. The sum of £42,000 offered by Mr and Mrs H N Spalding for the endowment of a Spalding Professorship of Eastern Religions and Ethics, and for the creation of a travelling fund for the use of the professor, is hereby accepted with deep gratitude.

2. The professor shall lecture and give instruction on the religions and ethical systems of the East under the conditions stated at the time of the establishment of the professorship,i  preferably though not necessarily with special reference to Hindu and Buddhist thought and their comparison with each other and with other religious systems.

3. The professor shall be elected by an electoral board consisting of:

(1) the Vice-Chancellor, or, if the Warden of All Souls College is Vice-Chancellor, a person appointed by Council on the occurrence of a vacancy to act as an elector on that occasion;

(2) a person appointed by the General Board in consultation with the Spalding Educational Trustees;

(3)(2) the Warden of All Souls College, or, if the Warden is unable or unwilling to act, a person appointed by the Governing Body of All Souls College on the occurrence of a vacancy to act as an elector on that occasion;

(4)(3) a person appointed by the Governing Body of All Souls College;

(5) a person appointed by Council;

(4), (5) two persons appointed by Council, one of whom shall be appointed in consultation with the Spalding Educational Trustees;

(6) a person appointed by the Board of the Faculty of Theology and the Board of the Faculty of Literae Humaniores;

(6) the Head of the Humanities Division, or his or her nominee;

(7), (8) two persons appointed by the Board of the Faculty of Oriental Studies;

(9) a person appointed by the Faculty of Theology and Religion.

4. A sum of £500 shall be set aside as a travelling fund from which as long as it lasts the professor may draw such sums as the board of electors may approve from time to time to enable him or her to travel in the East for purposes of study; and if at any time there is a vacancy in the professorship the emoluments up to a total of £500 shall be set aside to replenish the travelling fund.

54. The professor shall be subject to the General Provisions of the regulationsdecree concerning the duties of professors and to those Particular Provisions of the same regulationsdecree which are applicable to this chair.'


iThe conditions stated were as follows:

'The purpose of the Professorship shall be to build up in the University of Oxford a permanent interest in the great religions and ethical systems (alike in their individual, social, and political aspects) of the East, whether expressed in philosophic, poetic, devotional, or other literature, in art, in history, and in social life and structure, to set forth their development and spiritual meaning, and to interpret them by comparison and contrast with each other and with the religions and ethics of the West and in any other appropriate way, with the aim of bringing together the world's great religions in closer understanding, harmony, and friendship; as well as to promote co operation with other Universities, bodies, and persons in East and West which pursue the like ends, which purpose is likely to be furthered by the establishment of a Professorship which would in the natural course normally be held by persons of Asian descent.'

Congregation9 February

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Congregation10 February

Voting on Resolution

A debate on a resolution took place at the Congregation meeting on 10 February.

Text of Resolution

Congregation welcomes the conclusions of the EIA, resolves that of the three options that it offers for mitigation of the environmental damage caused by the Castle Mill Development, Option 3 is the only one that offers substantial mitigation, and therefore instructs Council to proceed with mitigation work according to the recommendations of Option 3.

(For explanatory note, a full list of the proposers of the Resolution and Council's response, see Gazette No 5083, 22 January 2015, p254.)

[For: 210; against: 536]

Council of the University

Register of Congregation

Mr Vice-Chancellor reports that the following names have been added to the Register of Congregation:

Aimola Davies, A M, Corpus Christi

Bright, J M, Oxford Internet Institute

Burgess, L C, Hertford

Curwell-Parry, H E, Trinity

Erickson, L E, St Edmund Hall

Hilton Knox, S C, Corpus Christi

Kello, L, Magdalen

Meridew, E J, St Anne's

Miles, J P, Wadham

Papi-Thornton, D, Green Templeton

Rutty, S E, Estates Services

Smith, J, Finance Division

Smith, S M, Department of Primary Care Health Sciences

Youdell, M L, St Anne's