Council and Main Committees

  • Thursday 2 July 2015
  • NO. 5103
  • VOL. 145

Council of the University

Changes in Regulations

Council has made the following changes in regulations, to come into effect on 17 July.

(a) Income grants from the College Contributions Fund: 2015 application round

Explanatory Note

This regulation authorises the income grants which Council has decided to make from the Oxford College Contributions Fund, on the recommendations of the College Contributions Committee following that committee's consideration of new applications submitted in 2015.

Text of Regulations

The following amounts shall be paid as income grants to the college named, in each case under the provisions of section 5 of Statute XV, for application in the financial year shown:

College Purpose 2015–16  2016–17  2017–18  2018–19  2019–20 
Green Templeton Maintenance and refurbishment 0 130,000 130,000 130,000 0
Kellogg  Development 50,000 50,000 50,000 0 0
Linacre Maintenance and refurbishment 25,603 200,000 0 0 0
Mansfield (a) Library expenditure 100,000  0 0 0 0
(b) Maintenance and refurbishment 90,000 0 0 0 0
(c) Housing allowances 10,000 10,000 10,000 0 0
St Anne's Maintenance and refurbishment 45,000  0 0 0 0
St Cross Accommodation ratio 32,000  96,042 94,364 92,615 64,863
St Edmund Hall IT expenditure  25,000 25,000 0 0 0
 St Hugh's Maintenance and refurbishment 109,402  0 0 0 0
St Peter's Maintenance and refurbishment 153,000 0 0 0 0
Totals  640,005 511,042 284,364 222,615 64,863

The sums listed are maxima. The payment of each grant, and the precise sum payable, in each subsequent year shall be dependent on the success with which each college meets certain conditions laid down by Council on the recommendation of the College Contributions Committee.

(b) Income grants from the College Contributions Fund: further consideration of an application submitted in 2012

Explanatory Note

This regulation authorises the income grants which Council has decided to make from the Oxford College Contributions Fund, on the recommendations of the College Contributions Committee following reconsideration of an application submitted in 2012.

Text of Regulations

A sum of £360,000 shall be paid in the 2015–16 financial year as an income grant to Worcester College under the provisions of section 5 of Statute XV. The grant is provided for the following purposes:

(i) for maintenance and refurbishment expenditure, a sum of £320,000 (of which £20,000 is to be used as a contribution to the cost of employing an Assistant Bursar); and

(ii) for development office expenditure, a sum of £40,000.

The sums listed are maxima. The payment of this grant shall be dependent on the success with which the college meets certain conditions laid down by Council on the recommendation of the College Contributions Committee.

(c) Introduction of the title of Professor of Practice

Explanatory Note

The following changes, made on the recommendation of Personnel Committee following consultation with each of the academic divisions, introduce the title of Professor of Practice for use in limited circumstances in the Social Sciences Division. In the first instance, Personnel Committee will restrict the use of this title to the Saïd Business School.

It is considered that the introduction of the title of Professor of Practice will enable the school to attract outstanding candidates from practice backgrounds who will bring skills, experience and perspectives that are not often developed via more traditional academic careers, and whose published outputs are world-leading in the context of practice. This will also enable the school to operate on a more level playing field with its major competitors. Both of these are an academic priority for the division.

The conferment of the title will be subject to policy and practice as determined from time to time by the Personnel Committee as provided by regulation 5 of Council Regulations 3 of 2004. The criteria for award of the title will be that a Professor of Practice will have an international standing and reputation in their field that will enhance the division's reputation for excellence in teaching, public engagement and/or research: they will have a significant and influential track record of senior professional experience beyond the higher education sector; a range of published outputs recognised as world-leading in the context of professional practice; a demonstrable commitment to education; and the ability to deliver effective teaching. The form of title will include reference to the area of expertise.

It is anticipated that the number of conferrals will be small, with 2–5 in the next 3–5 years, to be used for high-calibre practitioners who combine intellectual distinction with practitioner experience. Eligibility will be restricted to staff in the grades of RSIV and associate professor, with grading and recruitment in line with the normal University procedures. The award of the new title will bring no entitlement under the merit pay scheme for academic staff.

Text of Regulations

In Council Regulations 3 of 2004, concerning the employment of University staff, insert new regulations 9 and 10 and renumber existing regulations 9 to 30 as regulations 11 to 32 (new text underlined):

'9. The following persons shall be eligible to apply for the title of professor of practice:

(1) all those in the grade of RSIV in the Social Sciences Division; and

(2) all those in the grade of associate professor in the Social Sciences Division.

10. The title of professor of practice shall be conferred in accordance with regulation 5 above.'

(d) External Membership of Divisional Boards

Explanatory Note

These regulations enable, but do not require, Divisional Boards to co-opt external members. At present their powers of co-optation are limited to internal members. A consequential change is made to the regulations of the Medical Sciences Divisional Board to enable the member appointed by the Strategic Health Authority also to be an external.

Text of Regulations

1 In Council Regulations 17 of 2002, delete existing regulation 9 concerning co-optation to the Humanities Divisional Board and substitute (new text underlined):

'9. The board may co-opt up to four additional members, who may be internal or external, on condition that the board shall always ensure by the use of its power of co-optation that the overall range of activities and concerns in the division is as fully represented within the total membership of the board as is reasonably practicable.'

2 Ibid, delete existing regulation 11, concerning co-optation to the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisional Board, and substitute (new text underlined):

'11. The board may co-opt up to four additional members, who may be internal or external, on condition that the board shall always ensure by the use of its power of co-optation that the overall range of activities and concerns in the division is as fully represented within the total membership of the board as is reasonably practicable.'

3 Ibid, delete existing regulations 12–13 concerning the membership of the Medical Sciences Divisional Board and substitute (new text underlined, deleted text struck through):

'12. The Medical Sciences Board shall consist of:

(1) the Head of the Medical Sciences Division, who shall be chairman;

(2) the Regius Professor of Medicine;

(3) a person an individual appointed by the South Central Strategic Health Authority or any successor body;

(4)–(9) six persons from among the members of the Faculty of Biochemistry, the Faculty of Clinical Medicine, the Faculty of Physiological Sciences and the Faculty of Psychological Studies elected jointly by the members of the Faculty of Biochemistry, the Faculty of Clinical Medicine, the Faculty of Physiological Sciences and the Faculty of Psychological Studies of whom there shall be no more than one from each of the following six groups of departments: the Department of Biochemistry and the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine; the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, the Department of Experimental Psychology, the Department of Pharmacology and the Department of Psychiatry; the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the Department of Oncology and the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences; the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences and the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology; the Department of Paediatrics, the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and the Nuffield Department of Population Health; the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics and the Radcliffe Department of Medicine;

(10), (11) two of the Associate Heads of Division nominated, for a three-year term, by the Head of Division;

(12) one person from among the externally-funded research staff who are members of the Faculty of Biochemistry, the Faculty of Clinical Medicine, the Faculty of Physiological Sciences and the Faculty of Psychological Studies, elected jointly by the members of the Faculty of Biochemistry, the Faculty of Clinical Medicine, the Faculty of Physiological Sciences and the Faculty of Psychological Studies;

(13) one person from among the members of staff who are not Heads of Department or statutory professors who are members of the Faculty of Biochemistry, the Faculty of Clinical Medicine, the Faculty of Physiological Sciences and the Faculty of Psychological Studies, elected jointly by the members of the Faculty of Biochemistry, the Faculty of Clinical Medicine, the Faculty of Physiological Sciences and the Faculty of Psychological Studies;

(14) one external person nominated, for a three-year term, by the Head of Division and approved by the Board;

(15) one member of the faculties in the Division of Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences, nominated, for a three-year term, by the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board and approved by the Medical Sciences Board;

(16)–(17) two persons appointed, for a three-year term, under the procedures of the Conference of Colleges. They should not hold a salaried teaching or research post within the division.

13. The board may co-opt up to four additional members, who may be internal or external, on condition that the board shall always ensure by the use of its power of co-optation that the overall range of activities and concerns in the division is as fully represented within the total membership of the board as is reasonably practicable.'

4 Ibid, delete existing regulation 9, concerning co-optation to the Social Sciences Divisional Board, and substitute (new text underlined):

'16. The board may co-opt up to three additional members, who may be internal or external, on condition that the board shall always ensure by the use of its power of co-optation that the overall range of activities and concerns in the division is as fully represented within the total membership of the board as is reasonably practicable.'

Congregation30 June

Declaration of Approval of the Appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor

No notice of opposition having been given, the Vice-Chancellor declared approved the proposal that Louise Richardson, BA Dub, MA UCLA, MA PhD Harvard, currently Principal and Vice-Chancellor and Professor of International Relations, University of St Andrews, be appointed Vice-Chancellor from 1 January 2016 for the remainder of the 2015/16 academic year and for a further seven years.

Council of the University

Register of Congregation

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

Cappellaro, C, St John's

Christian, G B, Wolfson

John, M J J, Jesus

Kahraman, C B, Kellogg

Najman, H, Oriel

Riley, N P, Estates Services

Tudge, J S, Keble

Zimba, M, Equality and Diversity Unit

Divisional and Faculty Boards

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