• Thursday 7 May 2015
  • NO. 5095
  • 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 (single sign-on required). Alternatively, copies may be obtained from the Secretary to the Honorary Degrees Committee (tel: (2)80199, email: The completed form should be sent to the Secretary to the Honorary Degrees Committee, University Offices, Wellington Square, or by email to 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

Living Wage employer accreditation

The University has been officially accredited as a Living Wage employer. Becoming a Living Wage employer means making a commitment to pay the Living Wage with immediate effect to all University employees, and phased accreditation over the next two years to the staff of contractors and sub-contractors who work regularly on University premises. The Living Wage is currently £7.85 per hour, compared to £6.50 for the National Minimum Wage.



Interim Head of Division

Christopher John Wickham, BA DPhil Oxf, Chichele Professor of Medieval History and Fellow of All Souls, has been appointed as interim Head of Division from 1 September 2015 to 30 September 2016 or until a new Head of Division takes up post if that is earlier. Professor Wickham will remain Chichele Professor of Medieval History and a Fellow of All Souls.

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences 

Kevin Foster, MA Camb, PhD Sheff, Fellow of Magdalen. In Evolutionary Biology, Department of Zoology. From 1 January 2016 to retirement.

Visiting Professorships

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board has reconferred the title of Visiting Professor in Zoology upon Jonathan Baillie, BA Queen's Canada, MES Yale, PhD Imp, currently Conservation Programmes Director, Zoological Society of London, for a period of 3 years from 1 July 2015.

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board has reconferred the title of Visiting Professor in Materials Modelling upon Ralf Drautz, Dr rer nat, Dipl Phys, Director, ICAMS, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, for a period of 3 years from 1 May 2015.

Graduate Awards and Prizes

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Electoral Boards

Composition of Electoral Boards

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

Blavatnik Professorship of Government and Public Policy

  Appointed by
Professor N Rawlins Mr Vice-Chancellor1
Professor D Snidal The Warden of Nuffield
Professor G Bevan Social Sciences Division
Professor R Goodman Social Sciences Division  
Professor P Kemp  Social Sciences Division  
Professor N Woods  Social Sciences Division  
The Master of University College  Council 
Professor T Carothers Council 
Professor D King Nuffield

Nuffield Professorship of Population Health                      

  Appointed by
Professor N Rawlins Mr Vice-Chancellor1
The President of St John's ex officio
Professor Sir John Bell Medical Sciences Division
Professor C Baigent Medical Sciences Division  
Professor J Danesh  Medical Sciences Division  
Professor S Shepperd Medical Sciences Division  
Dr T Berendt NHS Trust
Professor Dame Valerie Beral  Council 
Professor Sir Michael Rawlins Council 
Professor D Kwiatkowski St John's

Blavatnik Professorship of Public Policy                         

  Appointed by
The Master of St Catherine's Mr Vice-Chancellor1
The President of Wolfson ex officio
Professor M Anderson Social Sciences Division
Professor R Goodman Social Sciences Division 
Professor P Kemp Social Sciences Division 
Professor N Woods Social Sciences Division  
Professor A Buchan Council 
Professor N Keohane Council 
Professor P Aveyard Wolfson

Rhodes Professorship of Race Relations                          

  Appointed by
Professor R Surender, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Mr Vice-Chancellor1
The Warden of St Antony's ex officio
Professor R Goodman Social Sciences Division
Professor R Murphy School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies  
Professor N Cheeseman  School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies  
Professor M Vaughan  School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies  
Professor D Pratten  Council 
Professor K Barber  Council 
Professor M Larmer St Antony's  
1Appointed by Mr Vice-Chancellor under the provisions of Statute IX, Sect 10 and 11.

Musical and other Events

Benyounes QuartetAll Souls

Neill Concert

The Benyounes Quartet will give the 2015 Neill Concert at 8.30pm on 29 May in the Codrington Library, All Souls. Admission free but advance booking essential: email Sue Drakes ( by 20 May.

Zara Benyounes, violin, Emily Holland, violin, Tetsuumi Nagata, viola, and Kim Vaughan, cello, will play Haydn's String Quartet op 50 no5 'The Dream'; Webern's Langsamer Satz and Six Bagatelles; Stravinsky's Three Pieces for String Quartet; and Debussy's String Quartet in G minor.


Musical Society concerts

The following concerts will take place at 8.30pm on Sundays in the Hall, Balliol, unless otherwise noted. More information: Admission free; all welcome.

10 May: Andras Schiff, piano. Programme tbc

17 May: Kotaro Fukuma, piano. Mozart, Debussy, Scriabin, Chopin

31 May: Thomas Carroll, cello, and Anthony Hewitt, piano. Beethoven, Brahms, Martinu, Rachmaninoff

Christ Church

Andrew Chamblin Memorial Concert 2015

Lorenzo Ghielmi will give the 9th annual Andrew Chamblin Memorial Concert at 8pm on 11 June in Christ Church Cathedral. Baroque organ works by Scarlatti, Pasquini, Zipoli, Bruhns and Bach. All welcome. Free; no tickets required, no reserved seating. More information:



David Briggs will play his own transcription of Mahler's Resurrection Symphony (No 2) at 8pm on 16 May on the new Dobson organ in Merton chapel. Also performing: Rachel Bowden, soprano; Grace Durham, mezzo-soprano; Merton Choir; the Kodály Choir and the Oxford Bach Choir. Conductor: Benjamin Nicholas.Tickets: £20 (students £8).


Pembroke College Music Society: Lunchtime recital series

The following recitals take place at 1.15pm in the Pichette Auditorium, Pembroke. Free; all welcome.

12 May: Manos Charalabopoulos, piano. Chopin, Messiaen

18 May: Emma Brown, oboe and cor anglais. Loeillet, Peter Hope, Bozza

25 May: Timothy Coleman, tenor, and Tomos Watkins, piano. Songs by Dilys Elwyn-Edwards, James MacMillan, Judith Weir

1 Jun: Pembroke Musicians’ Recital

8 Jun: Henry Chandler, violin, and Guy Newbury, piano. Beethoven, Tartini, Szymanowski

St Hilda's

Lunchtime Recital Series

The following events will take place at 1.30pm on Thursdays at the JdP. Free admission; refreshments served. Coordinator: Dr Jonathan Williams

7 May: St Hilda's musicians in concert – Phoebe Potter, clarinet; Alycia Jewes, violin; Finn Shields and Lewis Coenen-Rowe, piano. Debussy's Petite Piece and Première Rhapsodie; Barber's Violin Concerto, first movement

14 May: Piano recital with Carson Becke. Haydn's Variations in F minor; Nick Morrish-Rarity's To Sing in Symphoniae; Scriabin's Sonata no 3 in F sharp minor, op 23

21 May: Amy Yuan, violin and erhu, and Mina Beldimanescu, piano. Elgar's Violin Sonata in E minor and traditional Chinese music for the erhu

28 May: Piano recital with An-Ting Chang, RAM. Prokofiev's Selection from Romeo and Juliet op 75; Granados's 'Los Requiebros' from Goyescas; Bach's 'Italian' concerto BWV 971, Mv 2 and 3; Chopin's Brilliante Polonaise Grande op 22

6 Jun: Maki Sekiya. Chopin's 12 Etudes, op 10

13 Jun: Vocal recital with Elizabeth Makharinsky. English and French song and Grieg's Six Songs, op 48

20 Jun: Finn Shields. Chopin's Polonaise in C sharp minor, Preludes in C minor and D flat major, Etudes in C sharp minor and A minor, and Nocturne in E flat major