Cambridge University Reporter


Report of the General Board on the establishment of a Professorship of Law

The GENERAL BOARD beg leave to report to the University as follows:

1. Labour Law has long been an area of strength of the Faculty of Law. The Faculty's teaching and research team in the field has included a number of leading international and national authorities. However, as a result of recent retirements and resignations, the Faculty needs to rebuild its presence in this major field of teaching and research.

2. Professor Simon Deakin, the Robert Monks Professor of Corporate Governance assigned to Judge Business School, is a leading academic expert on Labour Law, whose research profile and activities conform closely with those in the Faculty of Law. The General Board have been advised by the Director of Judge Business School and the Faculty Board of Law that the transfer of Professor Deakin to the Faculty of Law would be agreeable to both parties. Such a transfer would benefit the Faculty of Law by re-establishing its leading position as a centre for research and scholarship, as well as teaching, in the field of Labour Law, and by significantly bolstering its profile in that area for the Research Assessment Exercise. It would also strengthen the links between the Faculty of Law and Judge Business School in the teaching and research of corporate governance. Subject to the approval of the recommendation of this Report, Judge Business School will recruit to the consequential vacancy of the Robert Monks Professorship of Corporate Governance.

3. The Council of the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences have given approval, for their part, to a proposal from the Faculty Board of Law, in order to give effect to the transfer, for the establishment of a single tenure Professorship of Law for Professor Deakin in the Faculty of Law with effect from 1 September 2006. The cost of establishing the Professorship will be met by placing into abeyance a University Lectureship that will become vacant on the resignation of Dr Claire Kilpatrick with effect from 30 June 2006 and the balance from the recurrent allocation to the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The General Board have accepted the Faculty Board's proposal for the establishment of the Professorship on this basis. They have accordingly agreed that, if the recommendations of this Report are approved, they will hold the aforementioned University Lectureship in abeyance for the period of tenure of the Professorship. Professor Deakin has been consulted and concurs with the proposal.

4. The General Board recommend:

That a Professorship of Law be established for one tenure in the University from 1 September 2006 for Professor Simon Deakin, placed in Schedule B of the Statutes, and assigned to the Faculty of Law.