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Report of the General Board on the re-establishment of a Professorship of Ferroics

The GENERAL BOARD beg leave to report to the University as follows:

1. In their Report on certain fixed-term Professorships and Readerships (Reporter, 2000-01, p. 814), the Board proposed, inter alia, the establishment of a Symetrix Professorship of Ferroics in the Department of Earth Sciences for Professor James Floyd Scott for the period 1 October 2001 to 31 August 2004. The recommendations of the Report were approved by Grace 8 of 25 July 2001.

2. Professor Scott leads research in the Department within the major fields of Ferroelectrics and Nanotechnology. The Faculty Board of Earth Sciences and Geography have advised the General Board that they consider the re-establishment of the Professorship of Ferroics for Professor Scott as fundamental to their strategic planning for the next Research Assessment Exercise given the quality of his research, the strong interdisciplinary links he has developed with cognate Departments in the University, and his strong partnerships with industry. The Council of the School of the Physical Sciences support this proposal.

3. The General Board accordingly recommend the re-establishment of the Professorship of Ferroics in the Department of Earth Sciences for a period of five years from 1 September 2004, and Professor Scott's appointment to it. The costs of the Professorship will be met in the first instance from the remainder of the funds donated by Symetrix and thereafter from discretionary funds available to the Department. The Council of the School of the Physical Sciences have agreed to underwrite any shortfall in funds that may arise during the period for which the Professorship is re-established.

4. The General Board recommend:

That the Symetrix Professorship of Ferroics, established by Grace 8 of 25 July 2001, be re-established as the Professorship of Ferroics from 1 September 2004 for a period of five years for Professor James Floyd Scott, placed in Schedule B of the Statutes, and assigned to the Department of Earth Sciences.

14 July 2004ALISON RICHARD, Vice-ChancellorH. A. CHASED. W. B. MACDONALD
 TOM BLUNDELLM. J. DAUNTONMELVEENA MCKENDRICK
 WILLIAM BROWNPETER LANDSHOFFS. J. YOUNG
 N. O. A. BULLOCK  

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Cambridge University Reporter 21 July 2004
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