Congregation

  • Thursday 5 March 2015
  • NO. 5089
  • VOL. 145

Congregation 10 February10 February

Voting on Resolution

Since more than 50 members of Congregation have requisitioned a postal vote on the resolution relating to Castle Mill, the rejection of the resolution in Congregation on 10 February (see Gazette no 5086, 12 February 2015, p345) is not confirmed, and a postal vote will now take place.

Signatories to requisition:

Jack Beatson, Merton
Mette Berg, Anthropology
W J Blair, Queen's
Timothy Bradshaw, Regent’s Park
Julia Bray, St John's
W R C Briant, St Cross
Anna Brown, Nuffield Department of Population Health
Christopher Brown, Worcester
Theresa Burt de Perera, St John’s
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
Stephanie Dalley, Somerville
Jill M Dawson, Nuffield Department of Population Health
Jan-Georg Deutsch, St Cross
Robert J W Evans, Oriel
Keith N Frayn, Green Templeton
Judith Freedman, Worcester
Robert Gildea, Worcester
Susan Gillingham, Worcester
Stephen Goddard, St Catherine’s
C Gosden, Keble
A S Goudie, St Cross
R B P Harrison, Saïd Business School
Paul Harvey, Jesus
M Hawcroft, Keble
Martin Henig, Wolfson
William Herrington, Nuffield Department of Population Health
Daniel Isaacson, Wolfson
Jane Kaye, St Cross
Basil Kouvaritakis, St Edmund Hall
John R Krebs, Jesus
Diarmaid MacCulloch, St Cross
Peter Mackridge, St Cross
Judith Maltby, Corpus Christi
Timothy Morris, Green Templeton
Piers Charles Gillespie Nye, Balliol
Avner Offer, All Souls
Sarah Phibbs, Museum of Natural History
Fernanda Pirie, St Cross
Oliver Pooley, Oriel
Hilary Priestley, St Anne's
C W G Redman, LMH
Jane Roberts, Nuffield
S G Roberts, St Edmund Hall
Antony Gervase Rosser, St Catherine’s
Michael Sharpe, St Cross
Wendy Shepherd, Museum of Natural History
Janet Stott, Museum of Natural History
Kate Tunstall, Worcester
N Van Hear, St Cross
Robin Ward, St Stephen’s House
Simon Richard Whalley, Keble
Andrew Wilkinson, All Souls
R W Zetter, Green Templeton

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.

(For a full list of the proposers of the Resolution and Council's response, see Gazette No 5083, 22 January 2015, p254.)

Voting

At the Congregation meeting on 10 February the resolution was rejected (for: 210; against: 536). Following the requisition of a postal vote by more than 50 members of Congregation, the resolution will be submitted to a postal vote for confirmation or rejection in accordance with Part 4 of Congregation Regulations 2 of 2002.

Voting papers were dispatched to members of Congregation on 19 February.

Completed voting papers must be returned to the Registrar’s Office (University Offices) not later than noon on Thursday, 5 March. Voting papers received after this time will not be counted.

Every member of Congregation may vote in the postal vote regardless of whether he or she voted at the meeting on 10 February. Please note that votes cast in the Congregation meeting will not be included in the postal vote.

Any queries should be addressed to congregation.meeting@admin.ox.ac.uk.

The transcript of the debate on the resolution was published as Supplement (2) to Gazette No 5086 and on the Congregation website.

The Congregation website is at www.admin.ox.ac.uk/councilsec/governance/congregation.

Congregation: 10 March10 March

The meeting of Congregation is cancelled. The sole business comprises questions to which no opposition has been notified and in respect of which no request for adjournment has been received, and Mr Vice-Chancellor will accordingly declare the resolutions carried, and the Annual Review presented, without a meeting under the provisions of Sect 7 (1) of Statute IV.

(1) Voting on Resolutions approving the conferment of Honorary Degrees

(For explanatory note and text of resolutions see Gazette No 5087, 19 February 2015, p377.)

(2) Presentation of the Annual Review of the University

The Annual Review of the University for 2013–14 (Supplement *1 to Gazette, Vol 145, January 2015) will be declared presented.

Congregation18 March

Admission of Proctors and Assessor

A Congregation will be held on 18 March in the Sheldonian Theatre for the purpose of admitting to office George Garnett, MA PhD Camb, MA Oxf, Fellow of St Hugh's, and Lisa Bendall, BA UCL, MPhil PhD Camb, MA Oxf, Fellow of Keble, as Proctors for the ensuing year, and Patricia Daley, BSc Middx, MA Lond, MA DPhil Oxf, PGCE, Fellow of Jesus, as Assessor for the ensuing year.

Congregation24 March

¶ Members of Congregation are reminded that any two members may, not later than noon on 16 March, give notice in writing to the Registrar that they intend to oppose or amend the legislative proposal at 1 or either of the resolutions at 2–3 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 legislative proposal shall be declared carried, and the meeting may be cancelled.

(1) Voting on Legislative Proposal: Transport Studies Fund and Reader in Transport Studies

Explanatory Note

The following proposal renames the Readership in Transport Studies as the Associate Professorship in Transport Studies. The change is necessary on the retirement of the present incumbent in September 2015 as the use of the title of readership is no longer in use for new conferrals. The opportunity has also been taken to rationalise the three current provisions relating to Transport Studies into one comprehensive provision and to remove superfluous material.

WHEREAS it is expedient to change the existing provisions governing the Transport Studies Fund and the Reader in Transport Studies, 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 59 and substitute (new text underlined, deleted text struck through):

'Part 59: Reader Associate Professor in Transport Studies

59.1. The sums contributed between 1958 and 1968 by the Chartered Institute of Transport acting on behalf of the contributors shall be applied to the establishment and maintenance of an Reader Associate Professor in Transport Studies ("the Associate Professorship") and the promotion of transport studies in the University under the arrangements set out in sections 59.2 and 59.3 below.

59.2.

(1) The first charge on the net income of the endowment shall first be applied towards the cost salary and expenses of the holder of the readership Associate Professorship and associated overheads.

(2) Such part of the income of the endowment in any year that remains following the discharge of the costs referred to at Part 59.2(1) as exceeds the cost of the readership shall be carried to a separate fund which shall be known as the Transport Studies Fund and which shall be applied under such conditions as may be laid down by Council by regulation for the may be applied to support of the work of the reader Associate Professor and for the encouragement and advancement of Transport Studies in the University as the board of management shall see fit.

(3) During any vacancy in the readership Associate Professorship the whole of the income of the endowment shall be paid into the fund may be applied in accordance with Part 59.2(2).

59.3. The duties of the reader, which shall always be consistent with the primary purpose of the endowment to promote the study of transport in the University, and the manner of the reader's election shall be laid down by Council by regulation. The Associate Professor shall engage in advanced study and research in the field of Transport Studies, and shall lecture and give instruction in Transport Studies under the direction of the Head of the School of Geography and the Environment. The Associate Professor shall be required to be the director (without emoluments) of the Transport Studies Unit if appointed as such by the Head of the School of Geography and the Environment.

59.4. The administration of the endowment, and the application of its income, shall be the responsibility of the board of the School of Geography and the Environment.

59.5. Subject to Part 59.6, Council may amend, repeal or add to this Part 59 in accordance with Part D of Statute XVI, but no amendment is valid if it would cause the endowment to:

(1) cease to be exclusively charitable according to the law of England and Wales; or

(2) be outside the objects of the University.

59.6 Any amendment to Part 59.2 is an amendment to the main objects of the endowment 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.'

Regulations to be made by Council if the Statute is approved by Her Majesty in Council

1 In Sect III of Council Regulations 25 of 2002, concerning Trusts, delete §357 (Transport Studies Fund) and renumber the subsequent regulations accordingly.

2 In SCHEDULE A of Council Regulations 3 of 2004, concerning statutory professorships, delete 'Readership in Transport Studies'.

3 In Sect III of Council Regulations 24 of 2002, concerning Academic and Other Posts, delete §325 (Reader in Transport Studies) and renumber the subsequent regulations accordingly.

4 These regulations shall be effective from the date on which the Statute approved by Congregation on 24 March is approved by Her Majesty in Council.

(2) Voting on a Resolution authorising the use of space at the Begbroke Science Park

Explanatory Note

The University established the Begbroke Science Park in order to provide capacity for space-intensive research and support small and medium-sized science businesses to take their projects to market. Begbroke Science Park is home to research activities from across the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division and provides co-location of academic and industrial interests within an integrated campus, helping to promote interaction, synergies, the translation of knowledge and technology, and innovation.

The Begbroke Innovation Accelerator is one of four innovation centres funded through the Oxford and Oxfordshire City Deal. This new development will build upon the existing work at the Begbroke Science Park, providing further and much-needed capacity for research and business to be co-located in a single facility.

Text of Resolution

That a site immediately adjacent to the Centre for Innovation and Excellence on the Begbroke Science Park be allocated for the construction of the Begbroke Innovation Accelerator (Phase 1) building. The building is expected to have a gross internal area1 of 1,900 sqm.


1Exceptionally, gross internal area, rather than net usable area (NUA), is used for this site allocation as the project is at too early as stage for NUA to be defined.

(3) Voting on a Resolution authorising the use of the Old Power Station building, Arthur Street

Explanatory Note

The Old Power Station building on Arthur Street was acquired by the University in 1971 in order to provide space for the Department of Engineering Science and for museum storage purposes. While the Department of Engineering Science moved out in 2010, the museum storage usage remains. However, the functional suitability of this space is poor and the premises are in need of significant capital investment if this is to change.

The capital investment priorities of the University, covering building, equipment, IT infrastructure and provision for matching emerging opportunities, are set out in the Capital Masterplan approved by Council. Two of the capital priorities have bearing on the future of the Old Power Station building.

The first is a need for a Joint Museums' Collections Study Centre – a facility that would bring together those parts of the museums' collections which are not on display, or otherwise located, within their main premises (including artefacts currently located in the Old Power Station), in a state-of-the-art facility.

The second is a need for better and more centrally located facilities for the Executive Education programme offered by the Saïd Business School. That facility would provide space for teaching and social interaction, together with accommodation. The Old Power Station has been identified as an ideal location for this facility, being in close proximity to both the school and the railway station.

As each individual project within the Capital Masterplan remains subject to the usual approval processes within the University, Congregation's authority for this future use of space at the Old Power Station is now sought. Project approval, through Council and its Planning and Resource Allocation Committee, will be sought in due course.

Text of Resolution

That the Old Power Station building (building number 189), approximately 4,020 sqm net usable area, be allocated to the Saïd Business School for a period of thirty years, the allocation being effective upon the building becoming vacant and subject to Council giving approval for the project to convert the building into a new Executive Education facility to proceed to completion.

Convocation19 June

Elections

Professor of Poetry

Details are in 'Elections' section below.

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).