Wednesday 13 January 2010
Vol cxl No 15
19 January, Tuesday. Discussion at 2 p.m. in the Senate-House (see below).
23 January, Saturday. Congregation at 2 p.m. in the Senate-House.
24 January, Sunday. End of first quarter of Lent Term.
2 February, Tuesday. Discussion at 2 p.m. in the Senate-House.
7 February, Sunday. Preacher before the University at 11.15 a.m., The Most Reverend Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia.
13 February, Saturday. Lent Term divides.
The Vice-Chancellor invites those qualified under the regulations for Discussions (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 107) to attend a Discussion in the Senate-House, on Tuesday, 19 January, at 2 p.m., for the discussion of:
1. The Annual Report of the Council for the academical year 2008–09, dated 27 November 2009 (Reporter, p. 295).
2. The Annual Report of the General Board to the Council for the academical year 2008–09, dated 19 November 2009 (Reporter, p. 301).
3. Reports and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2009 (Reporter, p. 305).
The Reports published in this issue of the Reporter (pp. 477–481) will be discussed on Tuesday, 2 February 2010.
The Registrary gives notice that, on 18 December 2009, under the authority of Statutes D, IV, 1 and A, I, 5, the Common Seal of the University was affixed to the instrument of election to the office of High Steward of Lord Watson of Richmond, CBE, M.A., Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, in the following form:1
OMNIBUS CHRISTI FIDELIBUS ad quos hoc praesens scriptum peruenerit, Princeps Celsissimus, PHILIPPUS, DUX EDINBURGENSIS, Nobilissimi Ordinis Periscelidis Eques, Antiquissimi et Nobilissimi Ordinis Cardui Eques, Ordini Insigniter Meritorum adscriptus, Excellentissimi Ordinis Imperi Britannici Magnae Crucis Eques, Doctor in Iure honoris causa creatus, Summus Academiae Cantabrigiensis Cancellarius, et Magistri et Scholares eiusdem salutem in Domino sempiternam.
Sciatis nos praefatos Cancellarium Magistros Scholares dedisse et concessisse uiro admodum honorabili, ALAN JOHN, Baroni WATSON de Richmond, Excellentissimi Ordinis Imperi Britannici Commendatori, Magistro in Artibus, officium Summi Seneschalli Vniuersitatis nostrae praedictae habendum tenendum fruendum percipiendum secundum praescripta statutorum nostrorum.
Cuius in testimonium rei sigillum commune praedictae Vniuersitatis apponendum curauimus die duodeuicesimo mensis Decembris, anno regni Serenissimae Reginae et Dominae Nostrae ELIZABETHAE, Dei gratia Britanniarum Reginae, Fidei Defensoris, duodesexagesimo, annoque Salutis bis millesimo nono.
1 See p. 482.
The Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) and the national trades unions have agreed a pay settlement from 1 August 2009 which provides for a 0.5 percentage increase in the salaries of non-clinical academic and academic-related staff and assistant staff.
The Council and the General Board have agreed that an increase on the basis set out above should be made in all relevant stipends, associated payments, and salaries with effect from 1 August 2009.
The stipends and salaries of certain University staff require the approval of the Regent House. The Council is accordingly submitting a Grace (Grace 1, p. 481) to the Regent House for the approval of an increase of 0.5% in these stipends and salaries. An updated Cambridge general stipend and salary scale showing the proposed new stipends and salaries for each grade is attached to this Notice. This indicates those points which are the 51 points of the national single spine and those points, above and below, which are extensions to the spine in Cambridge.
Subject to the approval of this Grace, the corresponding increases will be implemented in the stipends of those offices which do not require the approval of the University as well as in the salaries of analogous unestablished staff. In the case of contract research staff and other staff supported on non-central funds, payment of the increase will be conditional on funds being available to meet the cost of the increase from the relevant funding source.
It is expected that, if the Grace is approved, the increases will be paid to all staff in the February payroll together with the arrears from 1 August 2009.
For points 1–12 and 64–92 numbers are rounded to zero decimal places at each point and the calculation for the subsequent pay rise based on the rounded number. Other numbers are as per the UCEA published national spine.
The Council has considered the remarks made at the Discussion of this Report on 8 December 2009 (Reporter, p. 441). It has consulted the General Board who have commented as follows:
Professor Evans commented on statements made, and assurances given, in connection with the introduction of the Vet.M.D. and the Eng.D. Degrees. In response to the remarks made at the Discussion of the latter, the Council stated that ‘changes in graduate education since that time [when the Vet.M.D. Degree was introduced in 1999] are such that the Council accept that such a commitment [regarding the introduction of other Doctoral degrees] is no longer appropriate. Proposals must necessarily arise from particular sets of circumstances to which it is incumbent on the University to respond appropriately. Some national developments may be suitable for Cambridge whilst others may not.’ (Reporter, 2004–05, p. 616). For reasons given in the Report, it is appropriate for Cambridge to engage with national developments in providing an Ed.D. Degree. Such provision is consistent with the Faculty of Education’s standing as a research-led School of Education. The central bodies consider that the Faculty will also, through the introduction of this new degree, enhance its contribution to the development of the teaching profession and further its longstanding engagement with schools.
Professor Evans commented also on standards. Doctoral research can be pursued through a variety of means and on either a full- or part-time basis. There is no reason to suppose that the standards of the outputs will be different. The successful Ed.D. graduate will be expected to have demonstrated a significant original contribution in the same way as applies to other successful doctoral graduates, and the mode of examination will be the same.
The Council, with the concurrence of the General Board, is accordingly submitting a Grace (Grace 7, p. 482) to the Regent House for the approval of the recommendations in the Report.
In accordance with the Articles of Agreement between the University of Cambridge and the other participating bodies, the University has administered the Agency for the Legal Deposit Libraries on behalf of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, Cambridge University Library, the National Library of Scotland, the Library of Trinity College, Dublin, and the National Library of Wales. The arrangements for the administration of the Agency have recently been revised, with responsibility now being transferred to the National Library of Scotland. The Council therefore proposes that the regulations for the Agency for the Legal Deposit Libraries (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 148) be rescinded and that Regulation 5(c) for the Library Syndicate (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 642) be amended so as to remove the reference to the Agency; a Grace for this purpose has been submitted (Grace 2, p. 481). The Council, after consultation with the University and Assistants Joint Board, has agreed to remove class (j) (staff of the Agency for the Legal Deposit Libraries) from the Schedule of classes of persons excluded from the status of University Assistant (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 157) and that classes (k)–(n) be relettered accordingly.
Certificates of degrees and examinations and matriculation and those attesting to work carried out by a student are prepared by the Student Administration and Records Section which is now part of the Academic Division. The Section also provides transcripts of the studies undertaken by individual students. The Council has accepted a proposal by the General Board that the Board should in future be the body that determines the fee to be charged for certificates and transcripts through its Education Committee. (The current fees of £4 for a copy of a degree certificate or of a Diploma or Certificate or certificate attesting matriculation or other examination details, and £7 for copies of more detailed certificates (i.e. transcripts), have been unchanged since 1991; the Board propose that in future the fees should be reviewed annually.) The General Board also propose that the regulations should be amended to clarify what certificates and other documentation may be provided.
In Lent Term 2010 the Student Administration and Records Section intends to move from manual provision of transcripts to the provision of secure, online access for each student to her or his transcript. A one-off fee will be charged for life-time access to the online transcript; each student will continue to receive one copy of her or his transcript free of charge.
The Council is accordingly submitting a Grace (Grace 3, p. 481) to amend the regulations (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 167), and to make a similar amendment to the regulations for the disclosure of examination marks (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 237) which allow for a charge to be made for certificates to examining bodies external to the University. Subject to the approval of the Grace the General Board have accepted the recommendation of the Education Committee that the new fees be £15 for a copy of a degree certificate or of a Diploma or Certificate; £40 for a decorative degree certificate; £25 for one hard copy of a transcript prepared by the Student Administration and Records Section and £10 for each further copy within the same request; £25 for life-time online access to transcripts.
Notice is given of the election of student members of each of the Councils of the Schools of Arts and Humanities, the Biological Sciences, the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Physical Sciences, and Technology to serve as members in accordance with Ordinances Chapter VIII.
One undergraduate student member and one graduate student member shall be elected for each Council of the School by and from the student representatives of the constituent Faculty Boards, Syndicates, or other Boards or Committees of Management in each School. Members elected are to serve for one year from the date of election.
The elections will take place at a meeting of the student representatives of constituent bodies to be held on Tuesday, 26 January 2010, in the Small Examinations Hall, New Museums Site, at 5.15 p.m. The elections will be conducted under the Single Transferable Vote regulations.
A candidate must be nominated on a nomination form sent to the Returning Officer, Mrs Benton, in the Education Section, Academic Division, 9 Jesus Lane (email email@example.com), so as to arrive not later than noon on Monday, 18 January 2010. Nomination forms may be obtained from Mrs Benton or from CUSU. The forms contain (a) a statement, which must be signed by two persons eligible to take part in the election in the relevant category proposing and seconding the nomination, certifying that they nominate the candidate for election, and (b) a statement, which must be signed by the candidate, consenting to be nominated and agreeing to serve if elected. Nomination forms should be accompanied by a brief statement by the candidate for the information of voters.