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Report of the Council on the appointment of Pro-Vice-Chancellors

The COUNCIL beg leave to report to the University as follows:

1. The new Statute D, IV made by Grace 4 of 20 November 2002 and Grace 5 of 26 February 2003, subject to the approval of Her Majesty in Council, provides for appointments or reappointments to the office of Pro-Vice-Chancellor to be made by the Council, after consultation with the General Board, on the recommendation of a Nominating Committee constituted by Ordinance. The Statute is printed in the text of Grace 5 (Reporter, p. 629).

2. The present Report makes proposals for the constitution of the Nominating Committee, for implementation subject to the approval of the Statute by Her Majesty in Council. The proposed constitution of the Nominating Committee is set out in the recommendation of this Report and makes provision for participation by members drawn from the University Council, including a Head of a College, and from the General Board, with provision for a member appointed from the Schools of Arts and Humanities and the Humanities and Social Sciences, and a member appointed from the Schools of the Biological Sciences, the Physical Sciences, Technology, and Clinical Medicine. Provision is also made for the Vice-Chancellor elect to serve.

3. Should a vacancy occur in an existing office of Pro-Vice-Chancellor before approval of the Statute the Vice-Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor elect are minded to proceed with the advice of a Committee of the Council constituted on the lines of the proposed statutory Nominating Committee. The Council also have under discussion with the Vice-Chancellor elect the possible appointment of a number of Deputy Vice-Chancellors, who would discharge some of the roles of additional Pro-Vice-Chancellors in advance of the new statutory arrangements coming into force. Provision would be made in the forthcoming Allocations Report for a salary to be paid for the responsibility which these officers would carry. The same Council Committee would advise on these appointments.

4. The Statute provides for the number of offices of Pro-Vice-Chancellor to be determined by the Council subject to a maximum determined by Ordinance, and for a Pro-Vice-Chancellor to perform such duties as may be prescribed by Statute or Ordinance and such other duties as may be determined by the Council or the Vice-Chancellor. The Council, as already proposed, suggest that the maximum number of offices be five. The Council will if necessary report further about any provision by Ordinance as to the duties of Pro-Vice-Chancellors.

5. The Council have referred to the Personnel Committee the question of future stipend arrangements for the office of Pro-Vice-Chancellor.

6. The Council will make provision in the forthcoming Allocations Report for secretarial assistance to Pro-Vice-Chancellors, and for financial provision for an appropriate proportion of the time of a Pro-Vice-Chancellor, if necessary, to be bought-out from their College (if a full-time College officer), or their Faculty, Department, or other University institution (if a full-time University officer). The arrangements to be adopted in any individual case in these respects will necessarily vary according to the circumstances.

7. The Council recommend that regulations be approved as follows, with effect from the date of the approval of the amendment to Statute D, IV by Her Majesty in Council:


1. The maximum number of offices of Pro-Vice-Chancellor shall be five.

Nominating Committee

2. The Nominating Committee for the office of Pro-Vice-Chancellor shall consist of:

(a) The Vice-Chancellor (or a duly appointed deputy) in the Chair, and the Vice-Chancellor elect (if any);
(b) a member of the Council in class (a);
(c) two other members of the Council;
(d) two members of the General Board in class (b), one nominated by the Board from among the members appointed by the Councils of the Schools of Arts and Humanities and the Humanities and Social Sciences, and one from among the members appointed by the other Councils of the Schools.

Members in classes (b), (c), and (d) shall be appointed by the Council in the Michaelmas Term to serve for two years from 1 January following their appointment. A member in any of these classes who ceases to be a member of the Council or the Board (as the case may be) shall cease to be a member of the Nominating Committee.

3. The Registrary (or a person appointed by the Registrary) shall act as Secretary of the Nominating Committee.


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Cambridge University Reporter, 24 April 2003
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