Wednesday 10 June 2015
Vol cxlv No 34
12 June, Friday. Full Term ends.
17 June, Wednesday. Congregation of the Regent House at 2.45 p.m. (Honorary Degrees). Scarlet Day.
18 June, Thursday. Easter Term ends.
Discussions at 2 p.m.
17 June, Wednesday at 2.45 p.m. (Honorary Degrees)
24 June, Wednesday at 10 a.m. (General Admission)
25 June, Thursday at 10 a.m. (General Admission)
26 June, Friday at 10 a.m. (General Admission)
27 June, Saturday at 10 a.m. (General Admission)
18 July, Saturday at 10 a.m.
The Vice-Chancellor invites those qualified under the regulations for Discussions (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 111) to attend a Discussion in the Senate-House, on Tuesday, 7 July 2015, at 2 p.m. for the discussion of:
1. Joint Report of the Council and the General Board, dated 5 June 2015, on procedures for dealing with questions of fitness to study (p. 619).
2. Report of the General Board, dated 3 June 2015, on the establishment of certain Professorships (p. 623).
3. Report of the General Board, dated 8 June 2015, on Senior Academic Promotions (p. 625).
The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that he has accepted with gratitude a benefaction of £1.5m from the LEGO Foundation, payable over three years, of which both the capital and the income may be used to support a Research Centre on Play in Education, Development, and Learning within the Faculty of Education over the same period. The LEGO Foundation is also proposing to fund a LEGO Professorship of Play in Education, Development, and Learning with a benefaction of £2.5m, which is the subject of a Report (see p. 623).
The Council and the General Board have received the remarks made at the Discussion on 12 May 2015 (Reporter, 6387, 2014–15, p. 581) on the above Report (Reporter, 6383, 2014–15, p. 492). They note the support for the proposals to amend the structures governing the management of animal facilities, including endorsement from those conducting research using animals for the placement of biomedical services within a new Division in the UAS, under the oversight of a committee structure within which users of the facilities would be represented. The Council is submitting a Grace for the approval of the recommendations of this Report (Grace 1, p. 629).
The Council and the General Board have received the remarks made at the Discussion on 12 May 2015 (Reporter, 6387, 2014–15, p. 581) on the above Report (Reporter, 6383, 2014–15, p. 493). They have agreed to ask the Human Resources Committee to consider Professor Evans’s remarks concerning the possible need for review of the appeal procedure for unestablished academic and academic-related staff. As Professor Evans notes, the Report acknowledges that, where advice is potentially material to a decision of the Septemviri, the substance of that advice will be disclosed to all parties before a decision is made and the opportunity given to make representations on that advice. The Council and the General Board are content that this is sufficiently comprehensive to cover any pertinent matter. The Council is submitting a Grace for the approval of the recommendations of this Report (Grace 2, p. 630).
The Council has received the remarks made at the Discussion on 12 May 2015 (Reporter, 6387, 2014–15, p. 581) on the above Report (Reporter, 6383, 2014–15, p. 496). They note the speakers' broad agreement with the premise of the Report that it is necessary to be able to recruit and retain excellent people to work in the Investment Office. The Council endorses Professor White’s view that the measures proposed, principally the establishment of a separate employment and remuneration committee to which a member of the Council would be appointed, would ensure that the remuneration of staff of the Investment Office is appropriately determined, and that the revised structure would maintain the Investment Office’s position within the University whilst providing greater flexibility in the recruitment and reward of its staff. The proposals recognize that the position of the Investment Office is similar to that of Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press, which already exist outside the University’s pay structures. Under the revised arrangements, the total remuneration of Investment Office staff would continue to be disclosed in the £10k bands in the remuneration note published in the Financial Statements, as is currently the case for all employees of the University and its subsidiary undertakings. The Council is submitting a Grace for the approval of the recommendations of this Report (Grace 3, p. 630).
The Joint Report of the Council and the General Board on a retirement policy for University staff (Reporter, 6249, 2011–12, p. 347) stated that the continued application of a retirement age for University officers should be subject to review and its impact and other relevant factors be monitored. The Council and the General Board have agreed that the Human Resources Committee should appoint a group to review the operation of the current Employer Justified Retirement Age to determine whether it has been successful in meeting its aims, and review the terms of the University’s current Retirement Policy to establish whether they remain fit for purpose.
The membership of the Retirement Policy Review Group is as follows:
Professor Jeremy Sanders, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Institutional Affairs (Chair)
Professor Eilís Ferran, Pro-Vice-Chancellor elect, Faculty of Law
Professor Martin Millett, Head of the School of Arts and Humanities
Professor Patrick Maxwell, Head of the School of Clinical Medicine
Professor Lindsay Greer,1 Head-elect of the School of the Physical Sciences
Professor Simon Deakin, Professor of Law and Director of Centre for Business Research, Faculty of Law
Mr Graham Allen, Academic Secretary, Academic Division
Ms Sheila Gupta, Director of Human Resources, Human Resources Division
Dr Kirsty Allen, Head of the Registrary’s Office
Mr David Parsons, Solicitor, Deputy Head of Legal Services, Legal Services Office
Ms Andrea Hudson, HR Business Manager for the School of the Physical Sciences, will act as Secretary to the review group.
The review group will consult with Heads of institutions during the course of the review. In the event that the review group proposes any recommendations to change the current arrangements for University officers, there will be further consultation.
1With effect from Michaelmas Term 2015.
Further to the Council’s Notice of 18 May 2015 (Reporter, 6387, 2014–15, p. 540), the Chair of the Investment Board has nominated Investment Board member Ms Tilly Franklin to serve on the working group established to consider whether any changes to the current Statement of Investment Responsibility should be recommended. Dr David Chambers, of the Newton Centre for Endowment Asset Management, Judge Business School, has also confirmed that he is willing to serve on the working group.