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Report of the General Board on the establishment of a Nycomed Amersham Professorship of Clinical Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Notice

11 December 2000

The Council have considered the remarks made at the Discussion of this Report on 5 December 2000 (p. 329). Dr Evans raises several points that are specific to this Report and several other general matters. On the specific matters, the Council note that the General Board are fully satisfied that the funding for the Professorship will continue on a firm enough basis to permit the establishment of the Chair. As Dr Evans herself observes, if Nycomed Amersham do not continue their funding the Addenbrooke's NHS Trust have agreed to do so. Both the Board and the Council are satisfied that the undertakings obtained can be relied on and are at the limit of what could reasonably be expected to be provided.

The agreement with Nycomed Amersham contains no provision for preferential access to the intellectual property arising from the research conducted by the Professor when appointed.

Dr Evans queried whether the Council were 'going to nod through' a proposal to put someone from Nycomed Amersham on the Board of Electors for the Professorship. No such proposal has been put forward. The Council repeat their assurance to the Regent House that, for any Professorship, the composition of the membership of the Board of Electors is given careful consideration by the General Board and the Council, in consultation with the appropriate Faculty Board, with regard to achieving a balance of internal and external members, breadth of subject expertise, gender, and departmental representation.

On the general matters raised by Dr Evans, the Council do not recognize her description of the revised arrangements they have agreed for their consideration of straightforward Reports from the General Board (and from other bodies). Those arrangements follow the same procedure as has been in place and has worked very effectively for several years for the approval for publication of Graces (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 113). The other matters are not relevant to the Report and the Council do not comment on them at this time.

The Council have agreed to submit a Grace to the Regent House for the approval of the recommendations of the Report (Grace 13, p. 318).


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Cambridge University Reporter, 13 December 2000
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