Notices

  • Thursday 2 June 2016
  • NO. 5135
  • VOL. 146

Consultative Notices

Social Sciences Board/Education Committee

Review of the Faculty of Law

The Social Sciences Board and the Education Committee will jointly conduct a review of the Faculty of Law, as part of Council's programme of rolling reviews of faculties and departments. This review will take place on 27 and 28 February 2017.

The review committee's terms of reference are:

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

  • international standards of excellence
  • action taken since the last review of the school
  • planning statements at school and divisional level, and in the context of the University's mission statement and Strategic Plan.

In particular:

(a) the quality of the research of the school, 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 (including research degrees and research training and provision for part-time study)
  • relationships with colleges
  • quality assurance mechanisms;

(c) the organisation of the school, its management structures and the relationship between the school and the division, including such matters as:

  • strategic planning (including relationship to the divisional five-year plans and the University's Strategic Plan)
  • academic and non-academic staff planning and recruitment
  • student number planning
  • terms of appointment for academic staff, including career development and equal opportunities issues
  • accommodation and future space needs
  • fundraising;

(d) the relationship (structural and operational) between units within the school, and between the school and cognate subject areas and colleges to which it is linked in teaching and research.

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

The Review Committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference, given above. These should be sent to the joint secretary to the Review Committee, Stephen Conway (email: stephen.conway@socsci.ox.ac.uk) by 16 January 2017.

Social Sciences Board/Education Committee

Review of the Department of Education

The Social Sciences Board and the Education Committee will jointly conduct a review of the Department of Education, as part of Council's programme of rolling reviews of faculties and departments. This review will take place on 21 and 22 November 2016.

The review committee's terms of reference 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 level, and in the context of the University's mission statement and 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 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 (including research degrees and research training and provision for part-time study)
  • relationships with colleges
  • quality assurance mechanisms;

(c) the organisation of the department, its management structures and the relationship between the department and the division, including such matters as:

  • strategic planning (including relationship to the divisional five-year plans and the University's Strategic Plan)
  • academic and non-academic staff planning and recruitment
  • student number planning
  • terms of appointment for academic staff, including career development and equal opportunities issues
  • accommodation and future space needs
  • fundraising;

(d) the relationship (structural and operational) between units within the department, and between the department and cognate subject areas and colleges to which it is 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.

The Review Committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference, given above. These should be sent to the joint secretary to the Review Committee, Dr Tanya Baldwin  (email: tanya.baldwin@socsci.ox.ac.uk) by 21 October 2016.

Brasenose College

Revised statutes (corrigendum)

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 Brasenose College, approved by the Governing Body on 9 March 2016, 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 12 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 Monday, 6 June.

The revised statutes update the existing statutes of Brasenose College following substantive review by the governing body over the last two years. The principal amendments aim to: (i) increase the governing body's power to delegate to committees; (ii) remove the link between all types of fellow and automatic membership of the governing body; (iii) reflect changes in the law and future-proof the Statutes by (a) removing explicit references to personnel issues; and (b) changing the role of the Visitor as arbiter; and (iv) introduce an explicit permission for the college to borrow through both secured and unsecured loans.

Visiting Professorships

Humanities

The Humanities Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor of Music on Professor Jeremy Llewellyn, MA Camb, Dr phil Basle, until 30 September 2018.

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Newton Abraham Visiting Professorship in the Medical, Biological and Chemical Sciences

Jacobus J (Koos) Boomsma, MSc PhD Free University, Amsterdam, Professor, Department of Biology, and Director, Centre for Social Evolution, Copenhagen, has been appointed to the Newton Abraham Visiting Professorship in the Medical, Biological and Chemical Sciences at the Department of  Zoology for a fixed-term period of six months from 1 June 2016 until 30 November 2016. Professor Boomsma will be a fellow of Lincoln.