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No 6424

Thursday 5 May 2016

Vol cxlvi No 29

pp. 498–511



5 May, Thursday. Ascension Day. Scarlet Day.

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

14 May, Saturday. Easter Term divides. Congregation of the Regent House at 10 a.m.

15 May, Sunday. Whitsunday. Scarlet Day.

22 May, Sunday. Trinity Sunday. Scarlet Day. Preacher before the University at 11.15 a.m., The Rt Revd Dr Bill Musk, formerly Area Bishop for North Africa and Rector of St George’s, Tunis (Ramsden Preacher).

Discussions at 2 p.m.


10 May

14 May, Saturday at 10 a.m.

24 May

15 June, Wednesday at 2.45 p.m. (Honorary Degrees)

7 June

22 June, Wednesday at 10 a.m. (General Admission)

5 July

23 June, Thursday at 10 a.m. (General Admission)

24 June, Friday at 10 a.m. (General Admission)

25 June, Saturday at 10 a.m. (General Admission)

15 July, Friday at 10 a.m.

16 July, Saturday at 10 a.m.

Notice of a Discussion on Tuesday, 10 May 2016

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, 10 May 2016, at 2 p.m. for the discussion of:

1. First-stage Report of the Council, dated 19 April 2016, on the construction of a new Heart and Lung Research Institute on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (Reporter, 6422, 2015–16, p. 474).

The Vice-Chancellor further invites all students in the University and all employees of the University and Colleges not otherwise qualified under the regulations for Discussions to attend for the discussion of the following topic of concern:

2. That the Regent House, as the governing body of the University, consider the impact of existing measures taken in view of the PREVENT regulations, as well as anticipated and possible other measures; their likely effectiveness; their compatibility with academic freedom and human rights; and the appropriate governance of these measures (see Reporter, 6423, 2015–16, p. 479).

The Reports published in this issue (p. 504 and p. 505) will be discussed on 24 May 2016.

Notice of benefactions

2 May 2016

The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that he has accepted with gratitude the following benefactions, of which both the capital and the income may be used:

(i)a philanthropic grant of up to £1,250,000 from the Wolfson Foundation, payable over two years, towards the cost of providing equipment for the Containment Level 3 Facility in the Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease;

(ii)a further benefaction of up to £249,000 from the Wolfson Foundation to continue its support of the Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities, by providing funds for three Ph.D. students over three years at the level of £27,666 per year per student; the University has agreed that it will contribute to this gift by providing support for a fourth Wolfson Scholar over the same period;

(iii)a further benefaction of US$220,000 from Microsoft Corporation to support the work of the Microsoft Cloud Computing Research Centre, which is a collaboration between the University’s Computer Laboratory and the Cloud Legal Project at Queen Mary University of London;

(iv)a benefaction of £150,000 from Dr G. R. Ferris to support the work of Dr Robert Mullins, Computer Laboratory, on developing open-source software;

(v)a benefaction of £150,000 from Lycamobile to create a Lycamobile Language Fund to be administered by the Language Centre to provide resources to students studying the languages and culture of Sri Lanka (£50,000) and to support a pre-pilot phase of a study on cardio-metabolic health in Sri Lanka in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care (£100,000);

(vi)a benefaction of £106,210 from the Dawes Trust to support two further Ph.D. students at the Institute of Criminology, by covering the cost of maintenance grants and contributing towards tuition fees and travel and research costs for three years.

Dates of Congregations, 2016–17 and 2017–18

2 May 2016

The Vice-Chancellor gives notice, in accordance with Special Ordinance A (i) 2, and the regulations for General Admission to Degrees, that Congregations will be held on the following days in the academical years 2016–17 and 2017–18.


(on Saturdays unless otherwise stated)


Michaelmas Term 2016

Lent Term 2017

Easter Term 2017

Long Vacation 2017

Full Term: 4 October – 2 December

Full Term: 17 January – 17 March

Full Term: 25 April – 16 June

1 October, 9.30 a.m.1

28 January, 2 p.m.

29 April, 11 a.m.

21 July (Friday), 10 a.m.3

22 October, 11 a.m.

25 February, 2 p.m.

20 May, 10 a.m.

22 July, 10 a.m.

26 November, 2 p.m.

25 March, 11 a.m.

21 June (Wednesday), 2.45 p.m. (Honorary Degrees)

1 April, 11 a.m.

28 June (Wednesday), 10 a.m.2

29 June (Thursday), 10 a.m.2

30 June (Friday), 10 a.m.2

1 July, 10 a.m.2


Michaelmas Term 2017

Lent Term 2018

Easter Term 2018

Long Vacation 2018

Full Term: 3 October – 1 December

Full Term: 16 January – 16 March

Full Term: 24 April – 15 June

2 October (Monday), 9.30 a.m.4

27 January, 2 p.m.

28 April, 11 a.m.

20 July (Friday), 10 a.m.

21 October, 11 a.m.

24 February, 2 p.m.

19 May, 10 a.m.

21 July, 10 a.m.

25 November, 2 p.m.

24 March,11 a.m.

20 June (Wednesday), 2.45 p.m.(Honorary Degrees)

7 April, 11 a.m.

27 June (Wednesday), 10 a.m.5

28 June (Thursday), 10 a.m.5

29 June (Friday), 10 a.m.5

30 June, 10 a.m.5


  • 1Vice-Chancellor’s Address followed by the Congregation for the election and admission of the Proctors.

  • 2General Admission (LL.M., M.C.L., M.Eng., M.Math., M.Sci., Vet.M.B., B.A., and B.Th. Degrees only).

  • 3Additional Congregation in July.

  • 4Congregations for the admission of the Vice-Chancellor and for the election and admission of the Proctors.

  • 5General Admission (M.Eng., M.Math., M.Sci., Vet.M.B., B.A., and B.Th. Degrees only).

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