Council and Main Committees

  • Thursday 23 April 2015
  • NO. 5093
  • VOL. 145

Council of the University

Changes in Regulations

Council has made the following changes in regulations, to come into effect on 8 May.

Regulations for College Contributions

Explanatory Note

The following changes, made on the recommendation of the College Contributions Committee after consultation with the colleges, (i) raise the tax threshold from £35m to £45m, and (ii) increase the size of the next three tax bands from £3m to £9m, in respect of the accounts for 2014/15 and the contributions payable in March 2016. The changes are made to reflect inflation and restore the intended progressive nature of the tax calculation. While the College Contributions Committee remains obliged to review taxation annually, its current expectation is that this would be the last change proposed for the current scheme (under which the final contributions are payable in March 2018).

The opportunity is taken to correct a cross-reference which was overlooked in a previous revision.

Text of Regulations

1 In Council Regulations 1 of 2014, concerning college contributions, delete existing regulation 4(4) and substitute (deleted text struck through, new text underlined):

'(4) The bands and rates for the contributions payable in 2013/14 2015/16 based on the account for the year ending on the prior 31 July, shall be as follows:

On the first £3545 million of taxable assets NIL 
On the next £39 million 0.10 per cent
On the next £39 million 0.20 per cent
On the next £39 million 0.30 per cent
On taxable assets over £4472 million 0.36 per cent'

2 Ibid, delete regulation 4(6) and substitute (deleted text struck through, new text underlined):

'(6) In the absence of any recommendation for change under the provision of regulation 4.(5) above, the bands and rates set out in regulation 4.(4) above shall be used to calculate the contributions payable in 2014/15 2016/17 and each subsequent year up to and including 2017/18, in each case based on the account for the year ending on the prior 31 July.'

3 Ibid, delete the Schedule and substitute (deleted text struck through, new text underlined):

'The Schedule

Statement of Assets and Contribution

Year ended 31 July

  £ £
Total consolidated funds   ...
Less: tangible fixed assets (...)  
    ...
Conference and function income ...  
30% thereof ...  
Multiplied by 100/4 ...  
Total funds of any entity over which the college
exercises control or dominant influence, or
whose objects are mainly or exclusively confined
to the benefit of the college, if the financial
statements of that entity are not consolidated with
those of the college
...  
Funds included in total funds which must be
applied by the college as sole trustee for purposes
wholly outside the objects of the college
  (...)
Allowances for exceptional obligations ...  
Multiplied by 100/4   (...)
Aggregate taxable assets   ...
     
College contribution payable on aggregate taxable assets:    
On the first £3545 million on taxable wealth 0.00%  0
On the next £39 million 0.10% £...
On the next £39 million 0.20% £...
On the next £39 million 0.30% £...
On taxable wealth over £4472 million 0.36% £...
     
Total college contribution payable   £...'

4 Ibid, in regulation 3.(2), delete 'subject to regulation 8' and substitute 'subject to regulation 9'.

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 8 May.

Establishment of the Mabel Churn Scholarship Fund

Explanatory Note

These regulations establish the Mabel Churn Scholarship Fund to establish a scholarship at St Cross College for a postgraduate student to study and conduct research into retinal diseases and to disseminate the useful results of such research.

Text of Regulations

In Part 2 of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning trusts, insert new §220 as follows, and renumber existing §220 onwards by plus one:

'§220. Mabel Churn Scholarship Fund

1. The University receives with gratitude the sum of £550,000 from the Trustee of the Mabs Mardulyn Foundation 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 Mabel Churn Scholarship 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, to establish a scholarship at St Cross College for a postgraduate student to study and conduct research into retinal diseases which cause blindness amongst elderly persons and to disseminate the useful results of such research to public bodies, institutions and charities who are concerned with the cure and/or treatment of such diseases for the public benefit.

4. The administration of the Fund, and the application of its income, shall be the responsibility of the Governing Body of St Cross College.

5. The University may in its absolute discretion in the period ending 21 years from 6 March 2015, 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 any amount required to discharge expenses properly incurred by the University when acting on behalf of the Fund.

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.'

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 8 May.

(a) Establishment of the Radcliffe Professorship of Pathology

Explanatory Note

The following changes, made on the recommendation of the Medical Sciences Board, establish a new Radcliffe Professorship of Pathology in the Radcliffe Department of Medicine.

Text of Regulations

1 In SCHEDULE C of Council Regulations 3 of 2004, concerning statutory professorships, after 'Nuffield Professor of Pathology' insert:

'Radcliffe Professor of Pathology'.

2 In Sect III of Council Regulations 24 of 2002, concerning individual professorships, insert new §257 as follows and renumber existing §257 onwards by plus one.

'§257. Radcliffe Professorship of Pathology

1. The Radcliffe Professor of Pathology shall undertake research, lecture and give instruction in pathology.

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

(1) the Vice-Chancellor, or, if the head of the college specified in (2) of this clause is Vice-Chancellor, a person appointed by Council;

(2) the head of the college to which the Chair may be allocated by Council from time to time; or if the head is unable or unwilling to act, a person appointed by the governing body of that college;

(3) a person appointed by the governing body of the college specified in (2) of this clause;

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

(6)–(9) four persons appointed by the Medical Sciences Board;

(10) a person holding a clinical appointment appointed by the relevant NHS body with which the post-holder will hold an honorary contract.

At least three members of the board shall hold clinical appointments.

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

(b) Regulations for the Professorship of Social Policy

Explanatory Note

These changes, made with the approval of the Social Sciences Board, establish regulations for the Professor of Social Policy (in association with Green Templeton College).

Text of Regulations

1 In SCHEDULE A of Council Regulations 3 of 2004, concerning statutory professorships, after 'Professor of Sociology and Social Policy' insert:

'Professor of Social Policy'.

2 In Sect III of Council Regulations 24 of 2002, concerning individual professorships, insert new §311 as follows and renumber existing §311 onwards by plus one:

'§311. Professor of Social Policy

1. There shall be a Professor of Social Policy who shall undertake research, lecture and give instruction in that subject and generally promote its study in the University.  

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

(1) the Vice-Chancellor, or, if the head of the college specified in (2) below is Vice-Chancellor, a person appointed by Council;

(2) the head of the college to which the Chair may be allocated by Council from time to time, or if the head is unable or unwilling to act, a person appointed by the governing body of the college;

(3) a person appointed by the governing body of the college specified in (2) above;

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

(6) a person appointed by the Social Sciences Board;

(7)–(9) three persons appointed by the Department of Social Policy and Intervention.

4. The professor shall be subject to the General Provisions of the regulations concerning the duties of professors and to those Particular Provisions of the same regulations which are applicable to the Chair.'

Council of the University

Register of Congregation

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

Abulafia, A B S, Lady Margaret Hall

Barnard, A R, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences

Dasgupta, T, Faculty of Clinical Medicine

Franic, S, Faculty of Clinical Medicine

Gillies, R S, Faculty of Clinical Medicine

Gorick, M C W, Christ Church

Harris, J R, St Anne's

Harrison, C, Christ Church

Lintern, A, Chemistry Research Laboratory

Pearson, V A, Public Affairs Directorate

Shaw, K, Department of Politics and International Relations

Stanton, A E, Faculty of Clinical Medicine

Divisional and Faculty Boards

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