Congregation

  • Thursday 4 June 2015
  • NO. 5099
  • VOL. 145

Congregation8 June

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Congregation11 June

Elections

Contested Elections

Council

Curators of the University Libraries

Visitors of the Botanic Garden  

Delegacy for Military Instruction

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Congregation16 June

¶ Members of Congregation are reminded that any two members may, not later than noon on 8 June, give notice in writing to the Registrar that they intend to oppose or amend the resolutions at 1–2, the changes to Congregation Regulations at 3, the suspension of Congregation Regulations at 4 or the legislative proposals at 5 and 6 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, each resolution, the changes to Congregation Regulations, the suspension of Congregation Regulations and each legislative proposal shall be declared carried, and the meeting may be cancelled.

(1) Voting on a Resolution authorising the use of space in the Robert Hooke building

Explanatory Note

Over the last three years, the Department of Computer Science has been allocated a number of spaces in the Robert Hooke building. The purpose of the initial allocation, made in June 2012, was to alleviate pressure on the department's existing space, this being a high priority for the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division, and consistent with the division's strategic aim to expand Computer Science research in Oxford.

The department has continued to attract significant external investment in research and doctoral training and subsequent allocations have been made both to accommodate that growth and in anticipation of continued expansion as new academics develop their research programmes. The allocation of further space is now recommended. As these allocations, in aggregate, exceed the threshold of 600 sq m net usable area, Congregation's approval is now sought.

Text of Resolution

That approximately 1,095 sq m net usable area in the Robert Hooke building (building number 160) be allocated to the Department of Computer Science from 17 June 2015 until 16 June 2020.

(2) Voting on a Resolution authorising the use of space in the Oxford Molecular Pathology Institute

Explanatory Note

The Sleep and Circadian Neurosciences Institute (SCNi) is the first institute in the world dedicated to the neuroscience of sleep and to advancing our understanding of how sleep and circadian rhythm disruption impacts upon health. The SCNi is currently a virtual institute, but has secured grant funding to enable it to establish a physical base.

While Congregation has previously approved the allocation of space in the Tinsley Building on Mansfield Road for this purpose, following further examination neither the SCNi nor the Medical Sciences Division wish to pursue this allocation. Consideration has therefore been given to alternative locations for the SCNi.

It is anticipated that the long-term solution for the SCNi will be found through the development of the Hans Krebs site. In the short term, it is proposed that the SCNi be established on the ground floor of the Oxford Molecular Pathology Institute. This space is currently allocated to the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology. The school has agreed to release the space on a temporary basis.

Text of Resolution

That 688 sq m net usable area on the ground floor of the Oxford Molecular Pathology Institute be allocated to the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences for the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute. This is a temporary allocation from 1 July 2015 to 31 October 2017 following which the space will revert to the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology.

(3) Voting on Changes to Congregation Regulations 3 of 2002: Religious Services and Sermons

Explanatory Note

The following changes to Part 6 of Congregation Regulations 3 of 2002, made on the recommendation of the Committee for the Nomination of Select Preachers, amend the regulations relating to Religious Services and Sermons: (i) to reflect current practice in relation to the number of sermons held at St Mary's Church in Michaelmas and Trinity terms, and to fix the date of the first such sermon (the Commemoration Day Sermon) in the University calendar to enable better publicity; and (ii) to reflect Magdalen College's wish that, for practical considerations, the sermon known as the St John the Baptist Day Sermon, which is held in its chapel in Trinity term, be held on a fixed date in the University calendar.  

Text of Regulations

In Congregation Regulations 3 of 2002, concerning the conduct of ceremonies in Congregation and certain other ceremonies, in Part 6 delete existing Regulations 6.12–6.18 and substitute (new text underlined, deleted text struck through):

'Sermons to be preached in Full Term in St Mary's Church

6.12 Sermons shall be preached before the University in St Mary's Church on certain days, namely:

(1) on two Sundays during Michaelmas Full Term:

(a) one to be on the second Sunday, the Commemoration Day sermon; and

(b) one to be determined by the Committee for the Nomination of Select Preachers;


on two Sundays during Michaelmas Full Term, to be determined by the Committee for the Nomination of Select Preachers;

(2) on two Sundays during Hilary Full Term, excepting the first day of Hilary Full Term, to be determined by the Committee for the Nomination of Select Preachers;

(3) on the first day of Hilary Full Term, the Latin Sermon (to be preached in accordance with Regulations 6.13 and 6.14 below); and

(4) on one no more than two Sundays during Trinity Full Term, to be determined by the Committee for the Nomination of Select Preachers; and

(5) on the first Sunday of Michaelmas Term, the Commemoration Day sermon.

Latin Sermon

6.13 On the first day of Hilary Full Term a Latin Sermon (to be preceded by the Litany read by one of the Proctors or by another member of Convocation appointed by them) shall be preached in the Church of St Mary the Virgin by persons nominated in turn by the heads of the colleges and societies, in the customary order of seniority.

6.14 If the head of a college or society to whose turn it falls to nominate the preacher should fail to do so, or if the preacher nominated should be prevented by sudden illness or other urgent cause from preaching, the Vice-Chancellor shall appoint some other qualified person to replace that preacher.

Sermons on the Grace of Humility and the Sin of Pride

6.15 The Sermons on the Grace of Humility and on the Sin of Pride, for which a benefaction was given to the University in 1684 by the Revd William Master, Vicar of Preston, near Cirencester, shall be preached on Quinquagesima Sunday and the last Sunday before Advent respectively, on one of a selection of texts specified by the benefactor.

The Ramsden Sermon

6.16 The Ramsden Sermon, for which a benefaction (now known as the Ramsden Benefaction) was given to the University by Mr J H Markland in 1847, shall be preached upon "Church Extension within the British Commonwealth".

Sermons to be preached elsewhere than in St Mary's Church

6.17 Sermons shall be preached before the University in certain colleges, on certain days, namely:

(1) in the Cathedral Church of Christ on the first Sunday in Advent and on Whitsunday;

(2) in Magdalen College, on the Sunday in Full Term nearest St Mark's Day, and on the ninth Sunday of Trinity Term Sunday nearest St John Baptists' Day, unless that is the Sunday before Encaenia, when the sermon shall be preached on the following Sunday;

(3) in Oriel College, on the eighth Sunday of Hilary Full Term;

(4) in Hertford College, the Macbride Sermon (preached in accordance with Part 40 of the Schedule to the Statutes) on the second Sunday in Hilary Term;

(5) in the Cathedral Church of Christ, when a Court Sermon is required;

(6) in Queen's College, on Trinity Sunday;

(7) in rotation, in one of those colleges and societies which have so agreed with the Committee for the Nomination of Select Preachers, the Ramsden Sermon (preached in accordance with Regulation 6.16 above), on the fourth Sunday of Michaelmas Full Term;

(8) in rotation, in one of those colleges and societies which have so agreed with the Committee for the Nomination of Select Preachers, the Sermon on the Sin of Pride (preached in accordance with Regulation 6.15 above), on the last Sunday before Advent;

(9) in rotation, in one of those colleges and societies which have so agreed with the Committee for the Nomination of Select Preachers, the Sermon on the Grace of Humility (preached in accordance with Regulation 6.15 above), on Quinquagesima Sunday.

6.18 In each instance, except those detailed in 6.17(4), 6.17(5), 6.17(7), 6.17(8) and 6.17(9) above, the preacher shall be appointed by the college.

Commemoration of Benefactors

6.19 The preacher, in a prayer before the first University sermon specified in Regulation 6.12(1)(a) above after the beginning of term and in the sermon on the morning of the first Sunday of Michaelmas Term, shall make a grateful commemoration of the benefactors of the University, recalling by name those whom Council has decreed shall be commemorated in this way. The list of names shall be divided into three sections, one of which shall be read out in turn at each successive commemoration. The list shall be held by the Committee for the Nomination of Select Preachers and shall be presented to the committee at its meeting in each Michaelmas Term.'

(4) Voting on the Suspension of Congregation Regulations 3 of 2002: Religious Services and Sermons

Explanatory Note

The following part-suspensions of paragraphs within Part 6 of Congregation Regulations 3 of 2002, made on the recommendation of the Committee for the Nomination of Select Preachers, suspend the regulations to remove the requirement that the Sermon on the Grace of Humility be preached on Quinquagesima Sunday1. The Sermon on the Grace of Humility will be preached on another Sunday within Hilary term 2016. Such suspensions are to be effective only in relation to Hilary term 2016. The regulation changes proposed at (3) above do not affect the regulations proposed to be suspended. For the avoidance of doubt, the text below shows the current form of the regulations and does not incorporate the changes proposed at (3) above.

Text of Regulations

In Congregation Regulations 3 of 2002, concerning the conduct of ceremonies in Congregation and certain other ceremonies, in Part 6 suspend part of Regulation 6.15 and Regulation 6.17(9) in respect of the Sermon of the Grace of Humility in relation to Hilary term 2016 only, in the manner indicated below (with the suspended wording struck through):

'Sermons on the Grace of Humility and the Sin of Pride

6.15 The Sermons on the Grace of Humility and on the Sin of Pride, for which a benefaction was given to the University in 1684 by The Revd William Master, Vicar of Preston, near Cirencester, shall be preached on Quinquagesima Sunday and the last Sunday before Advent respectively, on one of a selection of texts specified by the benefactor.

The Ramsden Sermon

6.16 The Ramsden Sermon, for which a benefaction (now known as the Ramsden Benefaction) was given to the University by Mr J H Markland in 1847, shall be preached upon 'Church Extension within the British Commonwealth'.

Sermons to be preached elsewhere than in St Mary's Church

6.17 Sermons shall be preached before the University in certain colleges, on certain days, namely:

(1) in the Cathedral Church of Christ on the first Sunday in Advent and on Whitsunday;

(2) in Magdalen College, on the Sunday in Full Term nearest St Mark's Day, and on the Sunday nearest St John Baptists' Day, unless that is the Sunday before Encaenia, when the sermon shall be preached on the following Sunday;

(3) in Oriel College, on the eighth Sunday of Hilary Full Term;

(4) in Hertford College, the Macbride Sermon (preached in accordance with Part 40 of the Schedule to the Statutes) on the second Sunday in Hilary Term;

(5) in the Cathedral Church of Christ, when a Court Sermon is required;

(6) in Queen's College, on Trinity Sunday;

(7) in rotation, in one of those colleges and societies which have so agreed with the Committee for the Nomination of Select Preachers, the Ramsden Sermon (preached in accordance with Regulation 6.16 above), on the fourth Sunday of Michaelmas Full Term;

(8) in rotation, in one of those colleges and societies which have so agreed with the Committee for the Nomination of Select Preachers, the Sermon on the Sin of Pride (preached in accordance with Regulation 6.15 above), on the last Sunday before Advent;

(9) in rotation, in one of those colleges and societies which have so agreed with the Committee for the Nomination of Select Preachers, the Sermon on the Grace of Humility (preached in accordance with Regulation 6.15 above), on Quinquagesima Sunday.'

(5) Voting on Legislative Proposal: Statute VIII: Libraries, Museums and Scientific Collections, and the University Press

Explanatory Note

Further to recommendations made by the Academic Services and University Collections review of the Botanic Garden, it is proposed that the Visitors of the Botanic Garden become responsible for the fulfilment of their duties to Council via the Oxford University Museums Board. At present, the Visitors are responsible 'under Council'. This change brings the legislation governing the Visitors of the Botanic Garden into line with the legislation governing the University museums.

WHEREAS it is expedient to make the Visitors of the Botanic Garden responsible to Council through the Oxford University Museums Board, THE UNIVERSITY ENACTS AS FOLLOWS.

In Statute VIII, concerning Libraries, Museums and Scientific Collections, and the University Press, delete existing section 8 regarding the Visitors of the Botanic Garden and substitute (new text underlined, deleted text struck through):

'8. There shall be a body of Visitors of the Botanic Garden which shall be responsible, under Council to Council through the Oxford University Museums Board, in accordance with any policies and structures set by that Board, for the safe keeping, preservation, orderly administration, finance and general policy of the garden.'

Regulations to be made by Council if the Statute is approved

In Council Regulations 3 of 2003, concerning the Botanic Garden, delete existing regulation 6 and substitute (deleted text struck through, new text underlined):

'6. The Visitors shall have authority, under Council and the Oxford University Museums Board, to make such other arrangements by standing order as are necessary to fulfil their responsibilities.'

(6) Voting on Legislative Proposal: Hensley Henson Fund

Explanatory Note

Part 28 of the Schedule to the Statutes records the governing terms of the Hensley Henson Fund. In order to comply with the Equality Act (2010) references restricting the beneficiaries of the fund to certain Christian organisations will be removed. In addition, the opportunity will be taken to update the out-of-date reference to the Board of the Faculty of Theology.  

WHEREAS it is expedient to change the existing provisions governing the Hensley Henson Fund, NOW THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, in exercise of the powers in that behalf conferred upon it by the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923, and of all other powers enabling it, ENACTS, subject to the approval of Her Majesty in Council, AS FOLLOWS.

In the Schedule to the Statutes, delete Part 28 and substitute (new text underlined, deleted text struck through):

'Part 28: Hensley Henson Fund

28.1. The net income of the bequest by Bishop Herbert Hensley Henson, DD, Honorary Fellow of All Souls College, shall be used to support an annual lecturership for the delivery by an Ordained Minister of the Episcopal Church of England, the Presbyterian Church of Scotland, or the Church of Sweden appropriately qualified lecturer, of not less than four or more than six lectures in the University, under arrangements to be determined by the Board of the Faculty of Theology and Religion, on the subject of 'The Appeal to History as an integral part of Christian apologetics'.

28.2. Any balance of income not required for the lecturership may at the discretion of the Board of the Faculty of Theology and Religion be applied in furtherance of the study of Theology in the University.'


1The reference to the timing of the Sermon on the Sin of Pride in Regulation 6.15 is also being suspended for clarity, but given the period of the suspension the timing for the Sermon on the Sin of Pride will not be affected.

Convocation19 June

Elections

Professor of Poetry

Details are in 'Elections' section below.

Congregation24 June

(1) Encaenia

Mr Vice-Chancellor invites Pro-Vice-Chancellors, Heads of House, Heads of Division, holders of the Oxford Degrees of Doctor of Divinity, Civil Law, Medicine, Letters, Science, and Music, the Proctors, the Assessor, the Public Orator, the Professor of Poetry, the Registrar, the outgoing President of the Oxford University Student Union, and the Presidents of the Junior and Middle Common Rooms of Keble, St Hugh's and Jesus Colleges (as being the colleges of the Proctors and the Assessor) to partake of Lord Crewe's Benefaction to the University, meeting him in the Fellows' Garden of Exeter College at 10.30am on Wednesday, 24 June. Thence they will go in procession to the Sheldonian Theatre, where will be spoken the Oration in Commemoration of the Benefactors of the University according to the intention of the Right Honourable Nathaniel, Lord Crewe, Bishop of Durham.

Note. Pro-Vice-Chancellors, Heads of House, Heads of Division and Doctors who propose to accept Mr Vice-Chancellor's invitation, and to be present in the Sheldonian Theatre, are requested to inform the Events Office at the University Offices, Wellington Square by email (events.office@admin.ox.ac.uk) or telephone (Oxford 280524) no later than Wednesday, 17 June. They are reminded that, while academic dress of other universities may (if desired) be worn at the Encaenia Garden Party, the appropriate Oxford academic dress should always be worn at the partaking of Lord Crewe's Benefaction and at the Encaenia ceremony.

(2) Honorary Degrees

Doctor of Letters

Professor Sir Richard Evans, historian, Regius Professor of History emeritus and President of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, Provost of Gresham College in the City of London, Fellow of the British Academy, Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford

Dame Hilary Mantel, author, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, two-time winner of the Booker Prize, recipient of the Bodley Medal

Professor Ruth Simmons, former President and Professor of Comparative Literature and Africana Sciences of Brown University, former President of Smith College, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, winner of the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour

Doctor of Science

Professor Wallace Broecker, PhD, Newberry Professor of Geology, Columbia University, Crafoord Prizewinner, Balzan Prizewinner, Member of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, Foreign Member of the Royal Society

Professor Dame Ann Dowling, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Cambridge, President and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Royal Society, Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering and of the French Academy of Sciences

Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub, OM, Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, Founder and Director of Research at the Harefield Heart Science Centre, Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and of the Royal Society

Doctor of Music

Jessye Norman, soprano, concert and opera singer, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, winner of the Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement, member of the French Legion of Honour

Congregation30 June

2pm

¶ Members of Congregation are reminded that any two members may, not later than noon on Monday, 22 June, give notice in writing to the Registrar that they intend to oppose the proposal below (see the note on the conduct of business in Congregation below).

Approval of the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor

The proposal that Louise Richardson, BA Dub, MA UCLA, MA PhD Harvard, currently Principal and Vice-Chancellor and the 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, duly made by Council on the recommendation of the Nominating Committee for the Vice-Chancellorship under the provisions of regulation 6 of Council Regulations 21 of 2002, will be submitted for approval.

¶ Under the regulation cited, Council's proposal for the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor shall be deemed approved unless it is rejected with at least 125 members of Congregation voting in favour of rejection.

Further information on Professor Richardson can be found at www.ox.ac.uk/richardson.

Note on procedures in Congregation

¶ Business in Congregation is conducted in accordance with Congregation Regulations 2 of 2002 (www.admin.ox.ac.uk/statutes/regulations/529-122.shtml). A printout of these regulations, or of any statute or other regulations, is available from the Council Secretariat on request. A member of Congregation seeking advice on questions relating to its procedures, other than elections, should contact Mrs F Burchett at the University Offices, Wellington Square (telephone: (2)80199; email: felicity.burchett@admin.ox.ac.uk); questions relating to elections should be directed to the Elections Officer, Ms S L S Mulvihill (telephone: (2)80463; email: elections.office@admin.ox.ac.uk).