• Thursday 6 November 2014
  • NO. 5076
  • VOL. 145

Congregation10 November

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Congregation 18 November


Possible changes to Statute XII: topic for discussion

A Discussion on the topic of 'Possible changes to Statute XII' will take place at the Congregation meeting on 18 November (week 6) at 2pm.

In Hilary term 2014, members of Congregation and all University staff were invited to respond to a consultation about possible changes to Statute XII, the statute that governs matters such as discipline, dismissal and grievance procedures for all University staff of grade 6 and above. The consultation identified a number of shortcomings of the present statute and sought views on various amendments that could be made to the statute in order to address them. In the light of the responses received, Personnel Committee has identified a number of possible changes for discussion, and these are set out in the supplement published with Gazette No 5074, 23 October 2014. The Discussion in Congregation will provide an opportunity for views to be expressed before detailed proposals are developed for a second round of consultation.

Following the Discussion at Congregation and the publication of its proceedings in the Gazette, there will be an opportunity for University staff to send in by email further comment arising from the Discussion.

Arrangements for the meeting

The meeting will be held in the Sheldonian Theatre. Given the coverage of the statute and the role of the Discussion in the consultation process, employees of the University who are not members of Congregation will be welcome to attend and to speak (on the basis set out below). The meeting will also be open to the 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 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, and priority will be given to members of Congregation. If you wish to speak at the meeting, you are asked to indicate this intention in advance by emailing It would be helpful if those intending to speak would explain briefly (in no more than 25 words) what issues they wish to cover. 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 ( This sharing of information may be of use both to other speakers and to those considering attending; it will also be used to provide structure to the order in which speakers are called. Speakers are asked to provide their information as soon as possible, and by noon on Friday 14 November at the latest, if they wish to be scheduled to speak. If time permits, those who have not indicated in advance an intention to speak will still be free to do so. The Vice-Chancellor will also invite two nominated representatives of OUSU to speak.


It is intended that a transcript1 of the meeting will be published in the Gazette of 27 November and, before then, on the University website ( As a result of time constraints, it will not be possible to check the report of the proceedings with individual speakers before publication.

1The transcript may be edited for legal reasons.

Congregation27 November


Divisional Boards

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board

Social Sciences Board

Faculty Boards

Board of the Faculty of Classics

Details are in 'Elections' section below.

Congregation4 December


Divisional Boards

Humanities Board

Faculty Boards

Board of the Faculty of History

Board of the Faculty of Theology and Religion

Details are in 'Elections' section below.

Note on procedures in Congregation

¶ Business in Congregation is conducted in accordance with Congregation Regulations 2 of 2002 ( 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:; questions relating to elections should be directed to the Elections Officer, Ms S L S Mulvihill (telephone: (2)80463; email: