Congregation

  • Thursday 19 May 2016
  • NO. 5133
  • VOL. 146

Congregation23 May

Degree by Resolution

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Congregation31 May

(1) Voting on Legislative Proposal: Statute XII (Academic Staff and the Visitatorial Board), Statute XI (University Discipline), Statute XIV (Employment of Academic and Support Staff by the University)

A Congregation meeting was held on 3 May to debate the amendments to this legislative proposal. A postal vote is being held on amendments five and six; the amended legislative proposal, taking into account the result of the postal vote, will be published as a supplement to the Gazette of 26 May and on the Congregation website (www.admin.ox.ac.uk/councilsec/ governance/congregation).

A further meeting will be held on 31 May in the Sheldonian Theatre to debate the amended legislative proposal. Arrangements for this meeting will be published in the Gazette of 26 May and on the Congregation website. A transcript1 of the meeting will be published with the 9 June Gazette and on the Congregation website.

(For explanatory note and form of legislative proposal see Supplement (2) to Gazette No 5127 published with the 24 March 2016 Gazette. For proposed amendments to this legislative proposal see Supplement (1) to Gazette No 5130 published with the 28 April 2016 Gazette.)

(2) Resolution regarding the University's implementation of the PREVENT legislation

¶ Members of Congregation are reminded that any two members may, not later than noon on 23 May, give notice in writing to the Registrar that they intend to oppose or amend the resolution 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  resolution shall be carried.

The following text has been received from the signatories to the resolution as listed below:

'Resolution regarding the University's implementation of the PREVENT Legislation

Preamble

1 Compliance with the highest standards of freedom of expression and academic freedom are central to the University's mission, recognised in the University's Strategic Plan 2013–2018 (1) and its current Donor Charter. While day-to-day governance is delegated to the administration, Congregation, the sovereign parliament of the University, has the ultimate responsibility to ensure the protection of freedoms for University staff and its broader community. Statute XII, which guarantees academic freedom, is underpinned by three principles:

(1) to ensure that academic staff have freedom within the law to question and test received wisdom, and to put forward new ideas and controversial or unpopular opinions, without placing themselves in jeopardy of losing their jobs or privileges;

(2) to enable the University to provide education, promote learning, and engage in research efficiently and economically; and

(3) to apply the principles of justice and fairness.

2 The University's PREVENT Steering Group is currently considering how the University should develop its regulations and procedures on such important matters as the use of IT, the holding of meetings and events, and staff and student welfare. This consideration is distinct from that in the Conferences of Colleges, which has discussed and developed draft policy on how individual colleges are to respond to the PREVENT legislation.

3 The development of the University's regulation, policies, and procedures in response to the PREVENT legislation raises profound challenges for academic freedom as enshrined in Statute XII, as well as the University's compliance with pre-existing legal obligations: the Education Act of 1986 and the Education Reform Act of 1988, the Human Rights Act of 1998, and the Equality Act of 2010.

4 The Conference of Colleges brought several versions of its draft on the new PREVENT legislation for due diligence to the Governing Bodies of colleges, with discussion, development, and improvements emerging. Congregation has not yet had the opportunity to provide similar and equally necessary due diligence on the draft policies and regulations emerging from the University PREVENT Steering Committee and its work within the University.

Therefore, Congregation resolves:

1 That any changes to regulations and procedures associated with PREVENT legislation be consistent with the spirit and substance of the templates as agreed by the Conference of Colleges, with the University's Statutes and Regulations, as well as consistent with UK legislation regarding the rights and freedoms of individuals, namely the Human Rights Act of 1998, the Education Acts of 1986 and 1988, and the Equalities Act of 2010;

2 That the PREVENT Steering Group present the University's proposed draft policies and procedures for the consideration of Congregation of 6th week of Trinity term 2016, and any proposed draft training by 2nd week of MT 2016;

3 That the University's PREVENT Steering Group be afforced with a minimum of five elected members of Congregation by 0th week MT 2016.'

Proposed by:

Kevin Hilliard, St Peter's
Patricia Thornton, Merton
Robert Gildea, Worcester
Armin Reichold, Balliol
Felix Parra Diaz, Worcester
Scott Peterson, Balliol
David Steinsaltz, Worcester
Sophie Marnette, Balliol
Simon Cowan, Worcester
Daniel Butt, Balliol
Richard Earl, Worcester
Nadia Hilliard, Balliol
Peta Fowler, Worcester
Rosalind Thomas, Balliol
Grant Ritchie, Worcester
S A Skinner, Balliol
Michail Peramatzis, Worcester
C Minkowski, Balliol
Alain Viala, Lady Margaret Hall
Grant Lamond, Balliol
Kate Tunstall, Worcester
Andrew Hurrell, Balliol
Caroline Warman, Jesus
Elena Lombardi, Balliol
Katrin Kohl, Jesus
Lesley Abrams, Balliol
Josephine Van Zeben, Worcester
Avner Offer, All Souls
S J Methven, Worcester
Andre Lukas, Balliol
Helen Swift, St Hilda's
Walter Armbrust, St Antony's
Sabina Lovibond, Worcester
Anne Deighton, Wolfson
Stephen Williams, Worcester
Morgan Clarke, Keble
Paul Ewart, Worcester
Emma Newcombe
Conrad Leyser, Worcester
V Kingsman
Martin McLaughlin, Magdalen
Bridget Anderson
T J Farrant, Pembroke
Ammara Maqsood, St Catherine's
G Hazbun, St Anne's
Robert Parkin, Wolfson
Ritchie Robertson, Queen's
Elizabeth Ewart, Linacre
Miles Larmer, St Antony's
Zuzanna Olszewska, St John's
Olivia Smith, Wolfson
Stanley Ulijaszek, St Cross
Charlie Louth, Queen's
Leslie Green, Balliol
Philippa Hulley, St Hilda's
Matthew Gibney, Linacre
Jennifer Oliver, St John's
Julia Bray, St John's
Mike Holland, St Hugh's
David Leopold, Mansfield
Chimene Bateman, New
Jeff Tseng, SEH
Jessica Goodman, St Catherine's
Teresa Bejan, Oriel
Zofia Stemplowska, Worcester
Benjamin Blonder, Balliol
Ben Jackson, University
David Priestland, St Edmund Hall
Nicholas Bamforth, Queen's
Karma Nabulsi, SEH
Fiona Macintosh, St Hilda's
Alexandra Alvergne, Harris Manchester
Nicholas Owen, Queen's
Franck Duvell, St Antony's
Susan Valladares, Worcester
Simon Caney, Magdalen
Bernard Sufrin, Worcester
Elizabeth Frazer, New
Donald G Fraser, Worcester
Stuart White, Jesus
Georgina Paul, St Hilda's
Afifi Al-Akiti, Worcester
Catriona Seth, All Souls
Ben Morgan, Worcester
John Parrington, Worcester
Sudhir Hazareesingh, Balliol
Adrian Kelly, Balliol


1The transcript may be edited for legal reasons.

Congregation9 June

Elections

Council

Committees reporting to Council  

Audit and Scrutiny Committee   

Curators of the University Libraries

Nominations Committee

Other Committees and University Bodies  

Visitors of the Ashmolean Museum

Committee for the Nomination of Select Preachers

Visitatorial Board Panel

Divisional Boards

Humanities Board

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board

Social Sciences Board

Faculty Boards

Board of the Faculty of Classics

Board of the Faculty of English Language and Literature

Board of the Faculty of History

Board of the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics

Board of the Faculty of Oriental Studies

Board of the Faculty of Philosophy

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 (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).