• Thursday 29 January 2015
  • NO. 5084
  • VOL. 145

Congregation10 February


¶ Members of Congregation are reminded that any two members may, not later than noon on Monday, 2 February, give notice in writing to the Registrar that they intend to oppose or amend the resolution 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 resolution shall be carried and the meeting may be cancelled.

Voting on Resolution

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.

Proposed by:

B Anderson, COMPAS
Elizabeth Baigent, Wycliffe Hall
Nicholas Bamforth, Queen's
J Barton, CTSU
Mette Berg, Anthropology
W J Blair, Queen's
Julia Bray, St John's
W R C Briant, St Cross
Christopher Brown, Worcester
Averil Cameron, Keble
Dexter Canoy, Nuffield Department of Population Health
Jane Caplan, St Antony's
E Carmichael, St John's
Peter J Collins, St Edmund Hall
Rory Collins, St Cross
David Constantine, Queen's
Stephanie Dalley, Somerville
P L Davies, Jesus
Jill M Dawson, Nuffield Department of Population Health
Jan-Georg Deutsch, St Cross
Robert Evans, Oriel
Jonathan Flint, Merton
Keith N Frayn, Green Templeton
Charles Foster, St Cross
Susan Gillingham, Worcester
Michael Goldacre, Magdalen
Imogen Goold, St Anne's
R B P Harrison, Saïd Business School
Martin Henig, Wolfson
William Herrington, Nuffield Department of Population Health
Martin Ingram, Brasenose
Jane Kaye, St Cross
Diarmaid MacCulloch, St Cross
Peter Mackridge, St Cross
Sloan Mahone, St Cross
Judith Maltby, Corpus Christi
Timothy Morris, Green Templeton
Kalypso Nicolaïdis, St Antony's
Avner Offer, All Souls
Fernanda Pirie, St Cross
Oliver Pooley, Oriel
Hilary Priestley, St Anne's
Gesine Reinert, Keble
Jane Roberts, Nuffield
S G Roberts, St Edmund Hall
Paul Ryder, Nuffield Department of Population Health
Quentin Sattentau, Magdalen
S W Saunders, Merton
Hugh Series, Law
Andrew Shacknove, Continuing Education
Michael Sharpe, St Cross
Alison J Shaw, Nuffield Department of Population Health
Hannah Skoda, St John's
Michael Smets, Green Templeton
S A Smith, All Souls
B A Sufrin, Worcester
Andrew Topsfield, St Cross
Ruth Travis, Nuffield Department of Population Health
Kate Tunstall, Worcester
N Van Hear, St Cross
S Waters, St Anne's
Roy Westbrook, St Hugh's
Andrew Wilkinson, All Souls
R W Zetter, Green Templeton

¶ Council considers the resolution unacceptable to it. A debate will therefore be held at the Congregation meeting on 10 February.

At its meeting on 19 January, Council gave careful consideration to the resolution first published on 15 January. Council welcomes the conclusions of the Environmental Statement on the Castle Mill development that: 'with the improvements proposed in the Design Mitigation Strategy (Option 1), the advantages of the development would outweigh any residual harm'; and that: '…for economic and social reasons anything more than the minimum required to achieve a measure of environmental improvements would have a disproportionate effect and should not be pursued on these grounds'. Council proposes, subject to local authority planning processes, to proceed with mitigation work consistent with Option 1 and deems unacceptable the demand for the implementation of Option 3, which the Environmental Statement independently costs at £30 million, five times the estimate for Option 1.

Arrangements for the meeting

The meeting will be held at 2pm on Tuesday, 10 February, in the Sheldonian Theatre. Attendance at the meeting is open to members of Congregation and to nominated representatives of the Oxford University Student Union (OUSU) as agreed in advance by the Vice-Chancellor. Admittance to the Theatre will be on the production of a valid University card and will be on a first-come, first-served basis (places will be reserved for scheduled speakers). The doors of the Sheldonian Theatre will open at 1.45pm.

The Vice-Chancellor has decided that the wearing of gowns shall be optional on this occasion.

Advance notice by speakers

Those wishing to speak at the meeting will be expected to limit their contributions to five minutes. As the meeting is expected to close by 4.30pm, it may not be possible to call all those who wish to speak. If you wish to speak at the meeting, you are asked to indicate this intention in advance by emailing as soon as possible, and by noon on Friday, 6 February, at the latest. It would be helpful if members of Congregation intending to speak would explain in no more than 25 words what issues they wish to cover. This information will be used to provide the order in which speakers are called. Names of those who have indicated a wish to speak, together with the issues they wish to raise, will be published on the Congregation website shortly in advance of the meeting. If time permits, those who have not indicated in advance may have an opportunity to speak. The Vice-Chancellor will also invite two nominated representatives of OUSU to speak.


Following the speeches, a vote will be taken. The Vice-Chancellor and the Proctors have determined that voting during the meeting will take place by paper ballot. Members of Congregation will be required to identify themselves on their voting slips by name and signature and by college/department or faculty and to deposit their own voting slips in ballot boxes at the doors of the House. Slips will be sorted and counted by the Proctors, and will subsequently be kept confidentially by the Proctors for six days, after which they will be destroyed.


It is intended that a transcript1 of the meeting will be published in the Gazette of 19 February and, before then, on the Congregation website. As a result of time constraints, it will not be possible to check the report of the proceedings with individual speakers before publication. Speakers are asked to provide their written texts by email to by 9am on Wednesday, 11 February.

The Congregation website is at:

1The transcript may be edited for legal reasons.

Congregation5 March


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Note on procedures in Congregation

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