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Report of the General Board on the establishment of an N.M. Rothschild & Sons Professorship of Mathematical Sciences: Notice

11 May 1998

The Council have considered the remarks made at the Discussion of this Report on 28 April 1998 (Reporter, p. 599). They have referred the remarks to the General Board, who have commented as follows:

The proposed Rothschild Professorship is not a single-tenure Professorship; the Board have recommended that it should be permanently established. The arrangements proposed are unusual in that the tenure of the Professorship is to be limited to periods of five years at a time; this makes it subject to Statute D, XV, 1(c), which prescribes that the electing body for such a Professorship is the General Board. In making elections to Professorships in this category, the Board regularly act on the advice of an Advisory Committee constituted on the same lines as a Board of Electors, thus ensuring that the criteria applied are similar to those applied in cases where the election is made by a Board of Electors.

The annual promotions round, leading to the establishment of single-tenure Professorships for named persons, is an exercise of an entirely different kind. The Board are of the opinion that the procedures employed in that exercise must necessarily be different from those employed in elections to permanently established Professorships.

The Council have considered the General Board's comments. They have complete confidence in the procedures employed by the General Board under the Statutes, and in the integrity of members of committees appointed by the Board under those procedures. They are submitting a Grace to the Regent House (Grace 5, p. 625) for the approval of the recommendations of the General Board's Report.

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Cambridge University Reporter, 13 May 1998
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