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No 6397

Wednesday 30 September 2015

Vol cxlvi No 2

pp. 18–23



1 October, Thursday. Michaelmas Term begins. Congregation of the Regent House at 9.30 a.m. (Vice-Chancellor’s address, and election and admission of the Proctors).

6 October, Tuesday. Full Term begins.

13 October, Tuesday. Discussion at 2 p.m. in the Senate-House (see below).

18 October, Sunday. Preacher before the University at 11.15 a.m., The Reverend J. S. Begbie, W, Thomas A. Langford Research Professor at Duke University.

20 October, Tuesday. End of first quarter of Michaelmas Term.

Discussions (at 2 p.m.)


13 October

1 October, Thursday at 9.30 a.m.

27 October

24 October, Saturday at 11 a.m.

10 November

28 November, Saturday at 2 p.m.

24 November

8 December

Notice of a Discussion on Tuesday, 13 October 2015

The Vice-Chancellor invites those qualified under the regulations for Discussions (Statutes and Ordinances, 2014, p. 111) to attend a Discussion in the Senate-House, on Tuesday, 13 October 2015, at 2 p.m. for the discussion of:

1. Report of the General Board, dated 8 July 2015, on the establishment of certain Professorships (Reporter, 6394, 2014–15, p. 762).

2. Report of the General Board, dated 10 July 2015, on examination arrangements for the degree of Master of Philosophy (Reporter, 6394, 2014–15, p. 762).

3. Twentieth Report of the Board of Scrutiny, dated 23 June 2015 (Reporter, 6394, 2014–15, p. 770).

Standing Appointments Committee

The Council, on the recommendation of the Standing Appointments Committee, is proposing amendments to the method of operation of the Standing Appointments Committee (see Grace 1, p. 22). Under the current regulations, the Committee interviews candidates recommended for appointment by an Appointing Committee for offices in the Unified Administrative Service (UAS) in Grades 11 and above; it also approves appointments at Grade 10 by circulation, a member of the Committee in class (b) having served on the Appointing Committee. Under the changes being recommended, a member of the Standing Appointments Committee in class (b) will serve on the Appointing Committee in all recruitments to offices at Grade 10 or above in the UAS, and the Committee may choose to endorse the recommendation of the Appointing Committee for any such appointment at a meeting or by circulation. The composition of class (b) has also been amended, with an increase in the number of members and a requirement that at least three members are drawn from the membership of the Council and three from the General Board. These changes will enable the Council, the Finance Committee, and the General Board to continue to have oversight of senior appointments in the UAS, including more direct involvement by a member of class (b) in the recruitment of offices at Grades 11 and higher; it will simplify the process where the Committee is content to consider the appointment by circulation and also, by increasing the pool of class (b) members, make it easier to constitute the Committee if a meeting is required.

Car parking on University central sites

The allocation of car park permits to Departments for 2015–16 shall continue to be issued under the current policy which relates the number of badges issued to current staff numbers and site capacities.

Details of the criteria for the issue of badges from 1 October 2015 are as follows:

(i)The allocation of badges shall not exceed the ratio of 1.8:1 when measured against the parking capacity of any site.

(ii)Allocations will be adjusted where necessary to conform to the above ratio.

(iii)Heads of Departments will be responsible for the issue of badges according to Departmental allocation. It is suggested that the following criteria should normally be applied in the order specified. It is recognized however that Heads of Departments will use their own judgement in applying the criteria as appropriate:

(a)persons with a Blue badge;

(b) persons with other medical or physical conditions which necessitate that they should park in close proximity to their place of work;

(c) family commitments – a need to attend to dependent family members during the day (e.g. taking/collecting children to/from nursery or school, visiting elderly or hospitalized family members) in areas not immediately accessible by public transport;

(d) unsocial hours of work – a requirement to work unsocial hours on a regular and frequent basis, finishing and/or starting at a time when public transport provision does not provide a viable alternative;

(e) persons having a requirement to use a car for work purposes on a regular basis during the working day as an essential part of their duties;

(f) persons who are prepared to undertake a formal car sharing arrangement;

(g) inadequate public transport – applicable to staff who reside beyond a distance where they could reasonably be expected to walk or cycle to work, in areas beyond reasonable reach of public transport.1 [Staff applying on this basis should note why they need to drive into Cambridge rather than use the Park and Ride.]

(h) staff who are willing and able to park their vehicle at the University secure park and cycle facility and cycle, walk, or take the University shuttle bus service to their place of work (only those staff working on Central Sites are eligible).

Badges should not be issued to former members of staff or for use other than in connection with current University employment. Undergraduate and postgraduate students are not eligible for a badge except by qualification under (a) or (b) above.

Able-bodied persons who already have adequate parking facilities at a central College should normally be ineligible for a badge. For this purpose the term ‘central College’ excludes those Colleges which are inside the City boundaries but not situated in the central area, i.e. Churchill, Fitzwilliam, Homerton, Hughes Hall, Lucy Cavendish, Murray Edwards, St Edmund’s, and Wolfson. Girton College, which is outside the City boundary, is also excluded.

Further information is available on the Estate Management website at:


  • 1Reasonable public transport provision is defined as follows: a total journey time not in excess of forty-five minutes each way including walking time.