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No 6198

Wednesday 13 October 2010

Vol cxli No 2

pp. 49–64



17 October, Sunday. Preacher before the University at 11.15 a.m., Professor J. D. G. Dunn, of Clare College, Emeritus Lightfoot Professor of Divinity in the University of Durham.

23 October, Saturday. Congregation of the Regent House at 2 p.m. (see p. 60).

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

1 November, Monday. All Saints Day. Scarlet Day.

7 November, Sunday. Commemoration of Benefactors. Preacher before the University at 11.15 a.m., Most Rev. Dr P. F. Carnley, of St John’s and Emmanuel Colleges, sometime Archbishop of Perth and Metropolitan of Western Australia (Lady Margaret’s Preacher). Scarlet Day.

Discussions at 2 p.m.


26 October

23 October, Saturday at 2 p.m.

9 November

27 November, Saturday at 2 p.m.

23 November

7 December

Notice of a Discussion on Tuesday, 26 October 2010

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, 26 October 2010, at 2 p.m., for the discussion of:

1. Report of the Council, dated 11 October 2010, on the Cycle for the nomination of Proctors (Reporter, 2010–11 p. 56).

2. Report of the General Board, dated 11 October 2010, on the establishment of a Sultan Qaboos Professorship of Abrahamic Faiths and Shared Values (Reporter, 2010–11 p. 57).

3. Report of the General Board, dated 6 October 2010, on the re-establishment of a Professorship of Biostatistics (Reporter, 2010–11 p. 58).

Election to the Council: Notice

1 October 2010

The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that an election is to be held of eight persons to serve as members of the Council for four years from 1 January 2011. Members are to be elected in the following classes (see Statute A, IV, 2, Statutes and Ordinances, p. 7):

(a) two from among the Heads of Colleges;

(b) two from among the Professors and Readers;

(c) four from among the other members of the Regent House.

The Council is the principal executive and policy-making body of the University. It has general responsibility for the administration of the University, for defining its mission, for the planning of its work, and for the management of its resources. The responsibilities of the Council mean that the members of the Council are the Charity trustees of the University, as defined in the Charities Act 1993. In other words, the members of the Council are the persons having the general control and management of the administration of the Charity. The Council deals with relations between the University and the Colleges, and conducts negotiations with outside bodies on many matters (other than those relating directly to the educational and research programmes of the University which are dealt with on its behalf by the General Board of the Faculties). It is responsible for the appointment or nomination of certain members of internal and external bodies, and for many student matters (excluding the selection of entrants, which is a College concern). Further information about the Council is available to members of the University on the Council website (

In order to be eligible, a candidate for election in each case must be nominated on a paper sent to the Vice-Chancellor at the Old Schools so as to be received not later than noon on Friday, 5 November 2010. The paper must contain (a) a statement signed by two members of the Regent House, nominating the candidate for election and specifying the class in which he or she is nominated, and (b) a statement signed by the candidate certifying that he or she consents to be so nominated. The candidate is also required to provide a statement of his or her curriculum vitae by the same date (see below). No one may be nominated for election in more than one class. The Council has agreed to make known its view that two periods of four years should normally be regarded as the maximum length of continuous service for elected members.

The Vice-Chancellor would be obliged if nominations could be delivered to the Registrary in the Old Schools during office hours. Nominations will be published on the Senate-House Noticeboard as they are received; the complete list of nominations will be published in the Reporter on Wednesday, 10 November.

In accordance with the regulations governing the election (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 114), each person nominated for election is required to send to the Registrary, not later than noon on Friday, 5 November, a statement of his or her curriculum vitae for distribution to members of the Regent House with the voting papers. It is suggested that such a statement should be of not more than 500 words in length, and that it should cover the following points:

the candidate’s present position in the University;

previous posts held, whether in Cambridge or in other universities or outside the university system, with dates;

a note of the candidate’s particular interests within the field of University business.

The election will be conducted by postal ballot, under the Single Transferable Vote regulations. Voting papers will be distributed, together with the statements provided by candidates, on or before Monday, 15 November 2010. The last date for the return of voting papers will be Thursday, 25 November 2010.

Leslie Stephen Lecture, 2010: Notice

The Vice-Chancellor wishes to remind members of the University that Mr Colm Tóibín will lecture in the Senate-House at 5.30 p.m., on Monday, 1 November. The title for his lecture is The dark sixteenth century.

The Lecture is open to all who are interested. Senior members of the University attending should wear gowns and as 1 November is a ‘scarlet day’, Doctors present are requested to wear their festal gowns and the academical dress of other universities may in general be worn.

Report of the General Board on the University Library and the Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies: Notice

11 October 2010

The Council has received the remarks made at the Discussion of this Report on 6 July 2010 (Reporter, 2009–10, p. 1172) and referred them to the General Board who have commented as follows:

The Board note that none of the speakers opposed the substantive recommendation of the Report, namely the incorporation of the Centre (CARET) as an institution within the University Library. The Board do not consider it necessary to comment further on the reasons for making this proposal as set out in the Report and amplified in the Discussion by the remarks of Professor Rallison, Professor White, and Professor Ford.

Mr Maclaren suggested in his remarks that there is an intention to stop Faculties and Departments developing their own innovative uses of electronic media; this is not the case, nor is it proposed, as he suggested, to transfer all such activities to the Management Information Services Division, which will operate CamTools as a service but have no involvement in innovation or development.

Mr King suggested that the Management Committee and the Librarian will have no power over CARET; the regulations state that the Director’s duties will be determined by the General Board ‘after consultation with the Library Syndicate’ and the Librarian will sit on the Management Committee. With regard to Mr King’s comment about savings in cost, the Library and CARET will come under the same cost pressures as the rest of the University. The details will be considered through the planning round. Nevertheless the Board consider that the incorporation offers the scope to reduce the indirect costs associated with running CARET as an independent organization. As in the case of the dependent libraries, the accounts of CARET will be shown separately in the University’s financial information.

The Council has submitted a Grace (Grace 1, p. 59) to the Regent House for the approval of the recommendations of the Report.

Election of a member of the Council’s Finance Committee in class (b): Notice

A vacancy will arise for a member of the Regent House, elected by the Representatives of the Colleges, to serve on the Council’s Finance Committee for three years from 1 January 2011.

The election is conducted in accordance with the Single Transferable Vote regulations. Voting is by postal ballot.

Nominations should be made in writing to the Administrative Secretary, University Offices, The Old Schools, Cambridge, CB2 1TN, and must include a statement by the person nominated that he or she is willing to serve on the Finance Committee. Nominations and statements should be made by 12 noon on Monday, 22 November 2010. Nominations should be supported by the signatures of two members of the Regent House. If a ballot is necessary, papers will be despatched by Friday, 3 December, for return by 12 noon on Wednesday, 15 December 2010.

Lecture-list, 2010–11: Correction

The following correction has been made:



Spoken Language Processing Tu. 12 (weeks 2, 4, 7, 8), Tu. 9 (weeks 1, 3, 5, 6), F. 12 (not Tu. F. 12)