Council and Main Committees

  • Thursday 20 November 2014
  • NO. 5078
  • VOL. 145

Council of the University

Nomination of external member of Council

Under regulation 9.3 of Congregation Regulations 2 of 2002, the nomination below shall be deemed to be approved unless not later than 4pm on Thursday, 27 November, the Registrar has received from not fewer than 20 members of Congregation a written request for a postal ballot to be taken in respect of that nomination.

Approval of nomination of the Right Honourable Lord Drayson as an external member of Council

The nomination by Council, under the provisions of section 4 (7)–(10) of Statute VI, of the Right Honourable Lord Drayson as a member of Council for four years from Michaelmas term 2014, is submitted for approval.

Note on the nominated external member of Council

The Right Honourable Lord Drayson (Paul Drayson) graduated in Production Engineering (Aston University, 1982) and has a PhD in Robotics (Aston University, 1985). His early career was with BL Technology and Trebor Group as a Development Engineer. He then began his career as a science entrepreneur, founding Lambourn Food Company in 1987, leading its management buyout in 1989 and founding Genisys Development in 1991. In 1993 he co-founded and was Chairman and CEO of PowderJect, an Oxford University spin-out company that he led over ten years until the sale of the company in 2003. He was appointed to the House of Lords in 2004, was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence Equipment and Support and Minister of State for Business and Regulatory Reform from 2005–7 and was Minister of State for Science and Innovation from 2008–10. He has been a member of the Privy Council since 2008. In 2007 he co-founded Drayson Racing Technologies LLP, a motorsport research and development business based near Oxford airport, and he is currently Managing Partner. He has considerable motor racing experience including racing twice in the Le Mans 24-Hours. Lord Drayson was Science Entrepreneur in Residence at the Saïd Business School from 2003–5. He has been a member of the Advisory Board at Isis Innovation, Chairman of Oxford Children's Hospital Appeal and since 2010 has been President of the Motorsports Industry Association. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Lord Drayson has been a member of Council since Hilary term 2014.

Planning and Resource Allocation Committee of Council

Changes in Regulations

The Planning and Resource Allocation Committee of Council has made the following changes in regulations, to come into effect on 5 December.

(a) Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy

Explanatory Note

The following changes amend the composition of the electoral board of the Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy 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'.

Text of Regulations

In Sect III of Council Regulations 24 of 2002, concerning individual professorships, delete §269 and substitute (new text underlined, deleted text scored through):

'§ 269. Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy

1. The Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy shall lecture and give instruction in Philosophy with special regard to the Problems, Theories, and History of Metaphysics.

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

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

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

(3) a person appointed by the Governing Body of Magdalen College;

(4), (5) two persons appointed by Council;

(6) the Head of the Humanities Division, or his or her nominee; a person appointed by the Humanities Board;

(7)(9), (8) two three persons elected by the Board of the Faculty of Philosophy. Literae Humaniores;

(9) a person elected by the Sub-faculty of Philosophy, or, if there be no such sub-faculty, then by the Faculty of Literae Humaniores.

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

(b) Professorship of Mathematical Logic

Explanatory Note

The following changes, made on the recommendation of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences and Humanities Boards, update outdated references in the regulations.

Text of Regulations

In Sect III of Council Regulations 24 of 2002, concerning individual professorships, substitute (new text underlined, deleted text struck through):

'§196. Professor of Mathematical Logic

1. The Professor of Mathematical Logic shall lecture and give instruction in Mathematical Logic.

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

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

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

(3) a person appointed by the Governing Body of Merton College;

(4), (5) two persons appointed by Council;

(6), (7) two persons a person appointed by the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board General Board;

(7)(8) a person elected by the Board of the Faculty of Philosophy Literae Humaniores;

(8), (9) a person two persons elected by the Departmental Committee Board of the Mathematical Institute Faculty of Mathematical Sciences.

3. The professor shall be subject to the General Provisions of the regulations decree concerning the duties of professors and to the Particular Provisions of the same regulations decree which are applicable to this chair. the professors enumerated in Schedule A annexed thereto.'

(c) Professor of the History of Science

Explanatory Note

The following changes amend the composition of the electoral board of the Professor of the History of Science to comply with the general provisions for electoral boards laid down in Council Regulations 3 of 2004. They also replace references to 'decrees' with references to 'regulations'.

Text of Regulation

In Sect III of Council Regulations 24 of 2002, concerning individual professorships, delete §148 and substitute (new text underlined, deleted text scored through):

'§148. Professor of the History of Science

1. The Professor of the History of Science shall lecture and give instruction in the History of Science.

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

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

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

(3) a person appointed by the Governing Body of Linacre College;

(4), (5) a person two persons appointed by Council;

(5) a person appointed by the General Board;

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

(6), (7), (8) two persons appointed by the Board of the Faculty of History;

(9), (10) two persons appointed by the Board of the Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences Division.

(8) a person appointed by the Board of the Faculty of Physical Sciences;

(9) a person appointed by the Board of the Faculty of Biological Sciences.

3. The professor shall be subject to the General Provisions of the regulations decree concerning the duties of professors and to the Particular Provisions of the same regulations decree which are applicable to this chair enumerated in Schedule A annexed thereto.'

(d) Savilian Professorship of Geometry

Explanatory Note

The following changes, made on the recommendation of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board, update outdated references in the regulations.

Text of Regulations

In Sect III of Council Regulations 24 of 2002, concerning individual professorships, substitute (new text underlined, deleted text struck through):

'§112. Savilian Professor of Geometry

1. The Savilian Professor of Geometry shall lecture and give instruction in Geometry or some other branch of Pure Mathematics.

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

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

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

(3) a person appointed by the Governing Body of New College;

(4), (5) two a persons appointed by Council;

(5), (6) a two persons appointed by the General Board Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board;

(7)–(9) three persons elected by the Departmental Committee Board of the Mathematical Institute Faculty of Mathematical Sciences.

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

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Congregation 18 November

Possible changes to Statute XII: topic for discussion

A Congregation Discussion was held at 2pm on 18 November in the Sheldonian Theatre on the topic of 'Possible changes to Statute XII'.

A transcript1 of the meeting will be published in the Gazette of 27 November and, before then, on the University website (www.admin.ox.ac.uk/councilsec/governance/congregation). As a result of time constraints, it will not be possible to check the report of the proceedings with individual speakers before publication.


1The transcript may be edited for legal reasons.

Council of the University

Register of Congregation

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

Cowley, H M, Personnel Services

Duffy, J M N, Balliol

Eberle, L P, St John's

McCann, K, Faculty of English Language and Literature

Mackay, M, St Peter's

Nijman, S, Faculty of Clinical Medicine

Olabarria, L, St Cross

Prada, L, University College

Spackman, G R L, New College

Divisional and Faculty Boards

For changes in regulations for examinations see 'Examinations and Boards' below.