• Thursday 21 September 2017
  • NO. 5178
  • VOL. 148

Consultative Notices


Revised Statutes

The Committee on Statutes before the Privy Council, acting under authority delegated to it by Council, is minded to give consent on behalf of the University to the revised statutes of The Queen's College, approved by the Governing Body on 9 November 2016 and 3 May 2017, in so far as such consent is required by section 7 (2) of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923. The consent of the committee to the amendments to the statutes will be effective 15 days after publication unless written notice of a resolution, signed by at least 20 members of Congregation, calling upon Council to withhold that consent, has been given to the Registrar by noon on 2 October.

The effects of the amendments are to (i) allow the recognition of several categories of Benefactor; and (ii) make certain Statutory provisions relating to the Provost either more flexible in operation or easier to amend in the light of changing legal requirements concerning retirement and age discrimination.

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division/Education Committee

Review of the Department of Materials Science

Education Committee and the Board of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division are undertaking a review of the Department of Materials Science as part of Council’s programme of rolling reviews of departments.

Teaching and learning issues will be given preliminary consideration by a 'teaching and learning' sub-panel on 12 January. This panel will be composed of internal members of the review panel, and (if available) one external, and will be chaired by the Associate Head of Division (Academic), Professor Martin Williams. The conclusions of this sub-panel will be reported as recommendations to the full review committee, which will meet on 6 and 7 March and will be chaired by the Head of Division, Professor Donal Bradley.

 The Review Committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference, given below. These should be sent to Jared Hutchings (email: Comments on detailed learning and teaching matters should be sent by 14 December in advance of the teaching and learning panel. Comments on any other matters should be sent by 2 February.

The terms of reference of the review are:

1 To review the quality of academic activities in the department, by reference to:

  • international standards of excellence;
  • action taken since the last review of the department;
  • planning statements at department and divisional levels, and in the context of the University's strategic plan.

In particular:

(a) the quality of the research of the department, including its participation in interdepartmental, interdivisional and interdisciplinary activities, its research profile and strategy, and future challenges and opportunities;

(b) the quality of undergraduate and graduate programmes, and their delivery and related issues, including:

  • access and admissions
  • curriculum design and programme structure
  • teaching, learning and assessment
  • the relationship between teaching and research
  • academic and pastoral support and guidance
  • the provision and use of learning resources (including staff resources)
  • specific arrangements for the pursuit of graduate studies
  • relationships with colleges
  • quality assurance mechanisms;

(c) the organisation of the department, its management structure, and the relationship between the department and the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division, including such matters as:

  • strategic planning (including relationship to the divisional five-year plan and the University’s strategic plan)
  • academic and non-academic staffing and recruitment
  • student number planning
  • terms of appointment for academic staff, including career development and equal opportunities issue
  • fundraising;

(d) the relationship (structural and operational) between units within the department, and between the department and cognate subject areas, and colleges to which they are linked in teaching and research.

2 To consider the current and long-term financial position of, and funding arrangements for, the department, and its financial strategy.

General Notices

Statute Approved by Her Majesty in Council

The Vice-Chancellor has received a communication from the Clerk of Her Majesty's Privy Council, stating that on 19 July 2017 Her Majesty was pleased to approve amendments to the Schedule to the Statutes, concerning the consolidation of small trust funds, printed in Gazette No 5151, 24 November 2016, p153, and approved by Congregation on 13 December 2016 (see Gazette No 5154, 12 January 2017, p221).