Thursday 26 May 2011
Vol cxli No 30
The Council submits the following Graces to the Regent House. Graces 1–5, unless they are withdrawn or a ballot is requested in accordance with the regulations for Graces of the Regent House (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 107), will be deemed to have been approved at 4 p.m. on Friday, 3 June 2011. Graces 6–13 will be subject to approval by ballot according to the timetable set out in the Council’s Notice (p. 817).
1. That the Schedule to the College Accounts (the form of the Recommended Cambridge College Accounts, Statutes and Ordinances, p. 1004) be amended as set out in the Council’s Notice dated 23 May 2011 (Reporter, p. 818).
2. That a Professor Sir David Williams Fund be established in the University to be governed by the following regulations:1
1. The sum subscribed in memory of Sir David Williams, Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of English Law, Vice-Chancellor, 1989–96, and President of Wolfson College, 1980–92, shall form a fund to be known as the Professor Sir David Williams Fund.
2. The Managers of the Fund shall be the Faculty Board of Law, who may delegate any or all of their functions under these regulations to a committee consisting of not less than three persons, at least one of whom shall be a member of the Faculty Board.
3. The Managers may apply the income and capital of the Fund for the following purposes:
(a)to support the teaching and research of Public Law in the University of Cambridge;
(b)to support travel costs and other exceptional academic expenses by graduate students in the Faculty of Law;
(c)to purchase books or other materials for the Squire Law Library;
(d)to make grants or payments related to any other educational or academic purpose of the Faculty of Law, and to attach to the award of any such grant or payment such conditions as they may think fit.
3. That, in respect of any examination held in the Easter Term 2011,2
(a) the Registrary may, notwithstanding the regulations for the publication of lists of successful candidates in examinations (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 238),
(i)accept and publish a list later than the latest day or time prescribed by Ordinance;
(ii)accept and publish a list that has been signed by a majority but not by all of the Examiners;
(iii)accept and publish any amended list;
(b) the Examiners may, notwithstanding those regulations and the regulations for the examination concerned, include the names of some or all of the candidates under any of the following headings:
(i)Declared to have deserved honours: to be classified later.
(ii)Candidates successful in the examination: to be classified later.
(iii)Candidates on whom no decision has yet been reached because of insufficient evidence.
(iv)Candidates to whose names a distinctive mark may be attached in an amended list.
4. That, in respect of the Congregations for General Admission to Degrees to be held in June/July 2011, the Vice-Chancellor may, notwithstanding Regulation 7 of the regulations for admission to degrees (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 183), allow a person’s name to remain in the list for the conferment of a degree unless he is satisfied by information given in the notice of intention to non placet that there are prima facie reasons requiring further consideration before the degree is conferred.2
5. That, in respect of any M.Phil. examination held in the Easter Term 2011, notwithstanding Regulation 10(b) of the general regulations for the degree of Master of Philosophy (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 498) and Regulation 5 of the regulations for Degree Committees (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 585), (i) a Degree Committee may appoint additional Examiners or Assessors for the examinations for the degree; and (ii) a resolution that a person be recommended for the award of the M.Phil. Degree shall be valid if passed with the concurrence of the votes of the majority of members of the Degree Committee present at the meeting.2
That, subject to an access agreement being agreed between the University and the Director of Fair Access to Higher Education, the total expenditure per annum on maintenance bursaries, fee waivers and Widening Participation activity be set at a minimum of £14m, instead of the “approximately £10m” figure proposed in the Notice of 23 February 2011.
That, in the event that Grace  is not approved, subject to an access agreement being agreed between the University and the Director of Fair Access to Higher Education, the total expenditure per annum on maintenance bursaries, fee waivers and Widening Participation activity be set at a minimum of £12m, instead of the “approximately £10m” figure proposed in the Notice of 23 February 2011.
That, within the total resource limit set for expenditure per annum under the new (2012 intake onwards) fee regime on maintenance bursaries, fee waivers and Widening Participation activity, the final balance struck between the funding of these three elements be subject to approval by Grace.
That, notwithstanding any access agreement proposed to, or approved by, the Director of Fair Access to Higher Education, from the 2012/13 academic year onward, the University will ensure that maintenance bursaries of at least the present levels, suitably adjusted for inflation, and with analogous eligibility criteria as those used at present, continue to be provided.
That, irrespective of any benchmark set as part of an access agreement with the Director of Fair Access to Higher Education within the “achievable” 61–63% range proposed in the Council’s Notice of 23 February 2011, the University sets internally a higher figure for the proportion of UK undergraduates it aspires to be able to admit from state schools or colleges, subject to an annual Report to the Regent House upon progress towards this.
That, notwithstanding Regulation 12 for University Composition Fees (Statutes and Ordinances, 2010, p. 160) or any access agreement proposed to, or approved by, the Director of Fair Access to Higher Education, the actual rate of University Composition Fees charged to Home and EU undergraduates beginning courses in the 2012/13 academic year will be determined by Grace following a Report of the Council explaining in detail the financial case for the level of fees it believes appropriate, making clear its assumptions and providing all relevant data (including the data on which any graphs are based).
That the main body of Regulation 12 for University Composition Fees (Statutes and Ordinances 2010, p. 160) be amended to read:
With effect from 1 August 2012, the rate of University Composition Fees charged to Home and EU undergraduate students beginning courses on or after that date, shall be the amount determined by Grace following a Report from Council recommending an amount consistent with Part 3 of the Higher Education Act 2004 and giving detailed calculations demonstrating the necessity of charging at least that amount; failing which, or if the amount determined does not meet with the approval of the Director of Fair Access to Higher Education, the basic amount determined under the Act; provided that with Regulations 12(i) and 12(ii) remaining unchanged.
That, if Grace G is not approved, the wording of Regulation 12 of the Regulations on University Composition Fees (Statutes and Ordinances 2010, p. 160) be deleted and replaced by the following wording:
The University Composition Fees charged to Home and EU undergraduate students shall be subject to approval by Grace of the Regent House. These fees shall be subject to the following conditions:
(i)the recommendation for the fees to be charged shall be accompanied by an analysis of the costs of an undergraduate education agreed by the General Board and the Council following consultation with the Colleges;
(ii)the fees to be charged shall not exceed any limit prescribed by law;
(iii)for such students who are undertaking a required period abroad the rate shall be half the full amount charged under this regulation or such other amount as may be determined by the Secretary of State for this category; and
(iv)for such students beginning courses on or after 1 August 2009 which lead to a qualification (other than courses in Medical and Veterinary Sciences leading to the B.A. Degree or courses in Architecture or for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education) which is equivalent to, or at a lower level than, a qualification they possessed when they began their course (ELQ students) the rate shall be the fee determined by the University for ELQ students.
1A sum of approximately £3,000 has been raised through donations to an appeal by the Faculty of Law to establish a fund to support Law in the University in memory of Professor Sir David Williams.
2See the Council’s Notice, p. 815.
3These Graces will be subject to approval by ballot, see the Council’s notice on p. 817.
The Council submits the following Grace to the Senate. This Grace, unless it is withdrawn or a ballot is requested in accordance with the regulations for Graces of the Senate (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 111) will be deemed to have been approved at 4 p.m. on Friday, 3 June 2011.
1. That Regulation 8(b) of the regulations for nomination and election of the Chancellor (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 106) be amended by replacing the upper limit of twenty-eight days with one of thirty-five days, so as to read:1
(b)if there are two or more candidates, the Vice-Chancellor shall give public notice appointing two days of term, which need not be consecutive, for voting; provided that neither of those days shall be less than twenty-one or more than thirty-five days of term after the day on which such notice is given, and that one of them shall be a Saturday.
1See the Council’s Notice on p. 814.