Notices

  • Thursday 25 September 2014
  • NO. 5070
  • VOL. 145

Consultative Notices

Consolidation of Faculty of Classics Trust Funds

On 30 June, GPC on behalf of Council approved the consolidation of various existing trust funds into other trust funds by the passing of a resolution for the purposes of section 268 of the Charities Act 2011 ("the Act"). The approval of Council (GPC) and the resolution passed for the purposes of the Act shall be effective 15 days after the date of publication of this notice unless written notice of a resolution, signed by at least 20 members of Congregation and calling upon Council (GPC) to withhold such approval and such resolution, has been given to the Registrar by noon on 6 October. The full text of the resolution is set out below (see also 'Congregation' section above, p4–6).

GPC, on behalf of Council, agreed to:

(i) note that the gross income of each of the following funds ("the Funds") in its last financial year did not exceed £10,000, that the Funds do not hold any designated land and are not companies or other bodies corporate, that the Funds hold permanent endowment, and that therefore the Funds comply with the requirements of the Charities Act 2011:

(a) Dean Ireland's Scholarship Fund

(b) Charles Oldham Scholarships Fund in Classical Studies

(c) Nellie Wallace Bequest

(d) Conington Prize Fund

(e) Henry Francis Pelham Studentship Fund

(f) De Paravicini Prizes Fund

(g) Hertford Prize Fund

(h) Harold Lister Sunderland Fund

(ii) resolve for the purposes of sections 267–274 of the Charities Act 2011 that all the property of the Dean Ireland's Scholarship Fund, Charles Oldham Scholarships Fund in Classical Studies, Nellie Wallace Bequest, Conington Prize Fund, Henry Francis Pelham Studentship Fund, De Paravicini Prizes Fund and Hertford Prize Fund should be transferred to the Craven Fund, GPC being satisfied that:

(a) it is expedient in the interests of furthering the purposes of each of the Funds for its property to be transferred as set out above; and

(b) the Craven Fund has purposes that are substantially similar to all of the purposes of each of the Funds.

(iii) resolve for the purposes of the Charities Act 2011 that half of the property of the Harold Lister Sunderland Fund should be transferred to the Craven Fund, and half to the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages General Purposes Fund, GPC being satisfied that:

(a) it is expedient in the interests of furthering the purposes of the Harold Lister Sunderland Fund for its property to be transferred as set out above; and

(b) the Craven Fund and the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages General Purposes Fund, taken together, have purposes that are substantially similar to all of the purposes of the Harold Lister Sunderland Fund; and

(c) that each of the Craven Fund and the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages General Purposes Fund has purposes that are substantially similar to one or more of the purposes of the Harold Lister Sunderland Fund.

(iv) resolve that the resolutions at (ii) and (iii) above be notified to the University Gazette and, provided that no notice of a resolution calling upon Council to annul or amend the proposals is received by the Registrar by noon on the eleventh day after the day on which the proposals are published, resolve that copies be sent to the Charity Commission together with a statement of the University's reasons for passing them. If the Charity Commission requires further steps to be taken the Trusts Administrator is authorised to take such steps as are necessary. Once the above resolutions take effect the Trusts Administrator is authorised to take such steps as are necessary to transfer the property of the Funds in accordance with the above resolutions and any guidance given by the Commission for the purposes of the Charities Act 2011.

General Notices

Employer Justified Retirement Age

The University has operated an Employer Justified Retirement Age (EJRA) of 30 September before the 68th birthday, for all academic and academic-related staff, since October 2011. This was established, with the agreement of Congregation, following changes in national legislation.

It was agreed that the EJRA would operate for an initial period of ten years. The application and outcomes of the EJRA and its procedures are audited annually by the Personnel Committee and will be subject to an interim review after five years.

The EJRA policy has a clear process to enable individuals to apply to extend their employment beyond the EJRA, and applications are considered by the EJRA Panel. If the Panel declines a request, the individual can appeal to the University Appeal Court under Part H of Statute XII. The University’s Appeal Court has recently heard such an appeal and has raised some issues regarding the EJRA policy and procedure.

As it would in relation to any judgment of the University Appeal Court, the University will consider the comments made by the Appeal Court and may bring forward the date of the five-year interim review. Personnel Committee will consider this issue during Michaelmas term and will ensure that employees are informed of developments and duly consulted. The current policy remains in effect until such time as it may be changed.