Notices

  • Thursday 30 April 2015
  • NO. 5094
  • VOL. 145

Consultative Notices

Proposals for Honorary Degrees to be conferred at the Encaenia in 2016, and for Degrees by Diploma

Members of Congregation are encouraged to suggest the names of people on whom such degrees might be conferred. Encaenia honorary degrees are conferred at the University's annual ceremonial event and degrees by diploma are conferred on heads of state and royalty. When considering possible honorands, the Honorary Degrees Committee will focus on individuals in the following categories:

1 those of high academic distinction in the fields of research and scholarship of specific interest to the University of Oxford

2 those distinguished in the visual, literary, musical and performing arts

3 those distinguished in business and industry

4 those who have played a distinguished role in public life, for example in contributing to progress and change in society

5 those who have made a significant contribution to the activities of the University of Oxford – such individuals would normally also fall into one of the categories above.

Within those categories the Honorary Degrees Committee will aim to produce a balanced list, which takes account of the global dimension that characterises this University's activities. The Honorary Degrees Committee has adopted a target that half of the final list of names proposed to Congregation for the conferment of honorary degrees be women and/or minorities. Members of Congregation are therefore encouraged to nominate individuals of conspicuous distinction with particular reference to diversity.

Honorary degrees will not be conferred on anyone who holds, or who has retired from, a resident teaching, research or administrative post within the University or in any college or other society, except in exceptional circumstances such as distinguished service outside the terms of his or her paid service. In these circumstances, a proposal for an honorary MA may be put forward. Further information is available from the Secretary to the Honorary Degrees Committee (contact details are given below).

Nominations for honorary degrees at the Encaenia in 2016 and for degrees by diploma should be submitted on the approved application form. The form can be downloaded  from www1.admin.ox.ac.uk/councilsec/governance/committees/hondegs (single sign-on required). Alternatively, copies may be obtained from the Secretary to the Honorary Degrees Committee (tel: (2)80199, email: felicity.burchett@admin.ox.ac.uk). The completed form should be sent to the Secretary to the Honorary Degrees Committee, University Offices, Wellington Square, or by email to felicity.burchett@admin.ox.ac.uk by 8 May, under 'Strictly Confidential' cover.

While informal soundings within the University will often be desirable, every effort should be made to ensure that publicity is not at any stage given to any specific proposal for the conferral of an honorary degree. All nominations will be considered in strict confidence by the Honorary Degrees Committee, which submits its report to Council at the beginning of Michaelmas term. After discussion, Council will report back to the Honorary Degrees Committee, which will arrive at a list of honorands to put to Congregation.

The names of people on whom degrees by diploma and honorary degrees have recently been conferred may be found in the 2014–15 University Calendar, pp539–543.

This year's honorands are:

Professor Wallace Broecker
Professor Dame Ann Dowling
Professor Sir Richard Evans
Dame Hilary Mantel
Jessye Norman
Professor Ruth Simmons
Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub

General Notices

Gender equality targets

Further to the University's equality objective to increase the proportion of women in senior roles, which was set out in the Strategic Plan 2013–18, Council has approved a range of targets.

Council has agreed that, by 2020, women should comprise 20% of Statutory Professors and 35% of Associate Professors. In addition, women should comprise a minimum of 30% of the membership of Council and its main committees; selection committees should aim for a representation of at least one-third women; and at least half the list of names presented to Congregation for the conferment of honorary degrees should be women and/or members of minority groups.

For details about the University's three high-level equality objectives in relation to staff and students, visit www.admin.ox.ac.uk/eop/equalityreporting/oxfordsequalityobjectives.

Appointments

Humanities

With the approval of the Humanities Board, the following appointments and reappointments have been made.

Appointments

Departmental Lecturer

English Language and Literature: Natasha Simonova, MPhil Camb, MA PhD Edin. In English Literature (1660–1830). From 1 January 2015 to 22 April 2015.

Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics: Mary Baltazani, BA MA PhD UCLA. In Phonetics. From 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015.

Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics: Joanna Barbara Przedlacka, MA PhD Warsaw. In Phonetics. From 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015.

Theology and Religion: Philip James McCosker, MA Oxf, PhD Camb. In Modern Theology. From 2 February 2015 to 1 February 2018.

Lector

Classics: Robin Meyer, BA MPhil Oxf. In Latin and Ancient Greek. From 2 January 2015 to 30 September 2016.

Reappointments

Associate Professor

English Language and Literature: Kathryn Jean Murphy, MA Glas, MSt DPhil Oxf, Fellow of Oriel. In English Literature. From 1 October 2015 to retirement.

Medieval and Modern Languages: Maria del Pilar Blanco, BA William and Mary, MA PhD New York, Fellow of Trinity. In Spanish American Literature. From 1 October 2015 to retirement.

Medieval and Modern Languages: Oliver James Noble Wood, MSt DPhil Oxf, Fellow of Hertford. In Golden-Age Spanish Literature. From 1 October 2015 to retirement.

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Dr Stephen Fletcher, PhD Alberta, has been appointed to an Associate Professorship of Organic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry, in association with a Tutorial Fellowship at Keble. From 1 September 2015 until 31 August 2020.

Dr Garratt Morris, DPhil Oxf, has been appointed to an Associate Professorship of Systems Approaches to Biomedicine in the Department of Statistics, in association with a non-tutorial Fellowship at Green Templeton. From 3 August 2015 until 2 August 2020.  

Dr Shimon Whiteson, PhD Texas,  has been appointed to an Associate Professorship of Computer Science (Machine Learning) in the Department of Computer Science, in association with a Tutorial Fellowship at St Catherine’s. From 1 October 2015 until 30 September 2020. 

Visiting Professorships

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisional Board has reconferred the title of Visiting Professor in Zoology upon Christopher Dye, BA York, DPhil Oxf, currently Director of Strategy, Office of the Director General, World Health Organization, for a period of 3 years from 1 June 2015.

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisional Board has reconferred the title of Visiting Professor in Engineering Science upon Roderick A Smith, MA PhD ScD Camb, MA Oxf, President, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, for a period of 3 years from 1 May 2015.

Medical Sciences

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor of Public Health on S Galadari, BSc, PhD, DIC, FRSPH, for a period of 3 years from 15 April 2015.

Electoral Boards

Composition of an Electoral Board

The composition of the electoral board to the post below, proceedings to fill which are currently in progress, is as follows:

Spalding Professorship of Eastern Religions and Ethics

  Appointed by
The Principal of Somerville Mr Vice-Chancellor1
The Warden of All Souls ex officio
Professor N Purcell  Humanities Division
Professor B Frellesvig Oriental Studies
Professor A Michaels Oriental Studies2
Professor S Hausner Faculty of Theology and Religion
Professor P Granoff Council 
Professor C Minkowski Council 
Professor D Gellner All Souls

1Appointed by Mr Vice-Chancellor under the provisions of Statute IX, Sect 10 and 11.

2in consultation with the Spalding Educational Trustees

Musical and other Events

Maison Française

Concert

8pm, 28 May: Alexandre Cerveux, tenor, Jan Dušek, piano, Yhuen Khor, viola, Felix Liebrich, cello, Julia-Sophia Bellingrath and Jacqueline Murphy, violin: Beethoven, Fauré, Duparc, Ravel

Book Fair

There will be a sale of books 10am–5pm on Saturday, 13 June. Literature, history, general interest, poetry, art, geography, philosophy, law, sport and children’s literature. More information: library@mfo.ac.uk.

St Stephen's House

SJE Arts

All events held at St John the Evangelist church, 109A Iffley Road. More information and tickets: www.sje-oxford.org/events.html.

7.30pm, 1 May: Tom Poster, piano: Beethoven, Ravel

1.30pm, 3pm and 8pm, 2 May: Oxford May Music Festival: Stephen Johnson, Brian Cox, Trio Dali and Paul Dean

8pm, 8 May: Kairos 4tet

9 May–17 May (Mon–Fri noon–5pm, Sat noon–6pm, Sun 2–6pm): East Oxford Artweeks exhibition in the SJE Cloister Gallery: Marc Thompson, Alan Mynall, Grant Waters, Morna Rhys, Caroline Maas, Rose Wallace, Ken Organ and Lucy Stopford. Entry free.

7.30pm, 15 May: Adderbury Ensemble with Viv McLean, piano: Mozart, Schubert

7pm, 17 May: Stile Antico – music for compline

7.30pm, 21 May: Wayne Marshall, piano – Bach to Gershwin

7pm, 23 May: Wessex Male Choir and Rutgers University Choir