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No 6213

Wednesday 9 February 2011

Vol cxli No 17

pp. 477–508



13 February, Sunday. Lent Term divides.

19 February, Saturday. Congregation of the Regent House at 2 p.m.

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

5 March, Saturday. End of third quarter of Lent Term.

6 March, Sunday. Preacher before the University at 11.15 a.m., Dr C. J. Pickstock, of Emmanuel College.

8 March, Tuesday. Discussion at 2 p.m. in the Senate-House.

Discussions at 2 p.m.

22 February

8 March

22 March


19 February, Saturday at 2 p.m.

26 March, Saturday at 11 a.m.

Notice of a Discussion on Tuesday, 22 February 2011

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, 22 February 2011, at 2 p.m., for the discussion of the Second Report of the General Board, dated 2 February 2011, on the establishment of a Professorship of Management Studies (Reporter, 2010–11, p. 489).

University salaries and stipends: Notice

7 February 2011

The Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) have proposed a pay settlement from 1 August 2010 which provides for a 0.4 percentage increase in the salaries of non-clinical academic and academic-related staff, and assistant staff. It should be noted that whilst all three support staff unions have accepted the 0.4% pay offer, the UCU (University and College Union) and EIS (Educational Institute of Scotland) have not accepted this settlement. However the representatives of the employers involved in the negotiations have indicated that they do not wish for any further negotiations to delay payments to staff, who have waited some months for this pay increase.

The Council and the General Board have agreed that an increase on the basis set out above should be made in all relevant stipends, associated payments, and salaries with effect from 1 August 2010.

The stipends and salaries of certain University staff require the approval of the Regent House. The Council is accordingly submitting a Grace (Grace 3, p. 490) to the Regent House for the approval of an increase of 0.4% in these stipends and salaries. An updated Cambridge general stipend and salary scale showing the proposed new stipends and salaries for each grade is attached to this Notice. This indicates those points which are the 51 points of the national single spine and those points, above and below, which are extensions to the spine in Cambridge.

Subject to the approval of this Grace, the corresponding increases will be implemented in the stipends of those offices which do not require the approval of the University as well as in the salaries of analogous unestablished staff. In the case of contract research staff and other staff supported on non-central funds, payment of the increase will be conditional on funds being available to meet the cost of the increase from the relevant funding source.

It is expected that, if the Grace is approved, the increases will be paid to staff in the March payroll, together with the arrears from 1 August 2010.

Notes to the table

Note 1:

An asterisk (*) denotes a contribution point and progress through these is awarded on merit.

Note 2:

Grade T is for staff who are studying for an approved qualification or undergoing ‘in-service’ training.

Note 3:

Training grade steps 1 to 5 not in use with effect from 01 January 2006.

Note 4:

University Lecturers (ULs) and University Senior Lecturers (USLs) will be appointed to grades 9 and 10 respectively.

ULs may progress through service points 1–9 of grade 9.

USLs may progress through service points 1–3 of grade 10.

Readers will only be appointed to point 2 in grade 11 (point 63).

Research Associates and Senior Research Associates will be appointed to grades 7 and 9 respectively.

Research Assistants are appointed to Grade 5.

The contribution points in grades 9, 10, and 11 do not apply to ULs, USLs and Readers; they apply to academic-related staff.

The professorial minimum will be point 68 in grade 12.

Note 5:

For academic staff other than Professors, contribution will be recognized through the promotions procedure as now and not by use of contribution points.

Note 6:

Academic-related professorial-equivalent staff will be appointed on the contribution bands on grade 12 according to the HERA points boundaries for each level.

Note 7:

Specific arrangements will apply to progression in service-related points on some grades in compliance with the Memorandum of Understanding.

Note 8:

Incremental progression through the service related points occurs on the incremental date which will normally be on the anniversary of appointment or 1 April, 1 July, or 1 October respectively for staff engaged on terms and conditions for Manual, Clerical/Secretarial, and Technical Division appointments.


University of Cambridge: Single Salary Spine as at 1 August 2010

Undergraduate fees and bursaries from 2012: Notice

The Council will be considering at its next meeting on Monday, 14 February the support that the University will want to propose to the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) by 31 March in order to enable the University to charge an undergraduate fee from 2012 higher than the new ‘basic amount’ of £6,000 established in legislation. The Council will be considering a report from a Working Group of the Planning and Resources Committee that was established to consider Fees, Bursaries, and Widening Participation. That Working Group last met on 27 January and made recommendations about fee waivers, maintenance bursaries, and outreach provision based on an assumption that the University would charge a fee of £9,000 to all UK/EU undergraduate students with effect from 1 September 2012, regardless of their course or College. The report has been made available on the University of Cambridge Discussion Forum ( which is available to all persons with a Raven account. All members and staff of the University and Colleges are invited to comment on these proposals to inform the Council’s consideration of these important matters. The Council will publish a Notice in due course providing details of its conclusions for consideration by the Regent House.

Report of the General Board on the establishment of a Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics: Notice

7 February 2011

The Council has received the remarks made at the Discussion of this Report on 25 January 2011 (Reporter, 2010–11, p. 473) and has referred them to the General Board, who have responded as follows:

The Board are grateful for the speakers’ contributions and note that, while Professor Hawkins expressed some reservations, he looks forward to the creation of the new Department. The Board also note the recognition by the Head of the School of Arts and Humanities, and Chairman of the Faculty Board of Modern and Medieval Languages, of both the academic benefits of, and short-term challenges posed by, the merger of the Department of Linguistics and the Research Centre for English and Applied Linguistics. The Board are satisfied that the reservations expressed by Professor Hawkins have been thoroughly addressed by the Council of the School and will continue to be borne in mind during the transition.

The Council has agreed to submit a Grace (Grace 5, p. 490) to the Regent House for the approval of the Report’s recommendations.

Report of the Council on external financing for the development of its land holdings in North West Cambridge and other building projects: Notice

7 February 2011

The Council has received the remarks made at the Discussion of this Report on 25 January 2011 (Reporter, 2010–11, p. 474).

It has noted the comments made in support of the recommendations in the Report by the Board of Scrutiny, and it notes the remarks made by Mr Maclaren. It confirms that a proposal to proceed with the North West Cambridge development would be subject to Regent House approval, and will require detailed financial appraisal and analysis of the financial and other risks of the development before any proposal is brought forward.

The Council is submitting a Grace (Grace 4, p. 490) to the Regent House for the approval of the recommendations in the Report.

Royal Wedding Bank Holiday arrangements: Notice

7 February 2011

The Council gives notice of the following arrangements for the additional Bank Holiday announced for 29 April 2011, the wedding day of HRH Prince William of Wales.

As is the usual arrangement for Bank Holidays that fall within Term, lectures and examinations will be held as usual and the University Library will remain open. The Fitzwilliam Museum will be closed. The University Offices (except for the Board of Examinations and associated functions) will be closed and there will be no University Messenger Service on that day.

All staff will be entitled to an additional day of leave to be taken on the same basis as the other public holidays that fall within Term.

Review of the strategy, plans, and budget of the Unified Administrative Service (UAS): Notice

In its Notice of 5 July 2010 (Reporter, 2009–10, p. 1031) the Council announced that the Planning and Resources Committee was establishing three working groups (Services and Administration, Pay and Restructuring, and Academic Activities). The Council received the report of the working groups at its meeting on 6 December. One of the recommendations was that there should be a review of the UAS.1

The Council has agreed to this review of the UAS, reporting to the Registrary, to consider the strategy, plans, and budget for the development of the UAS and to advise the Registrary on their appropriateness in ensuring effectiveness, economy, and efficiency for the University.

The membership of the Review Committee is as follows:

Dame Mavis McDonald (chair)2

Professor Jeremy Sanders (Head of the School of the Physical Sciences)

Professor Steve Young (senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor)

Dr David Good (member of the Council)

Dr Julie Maxton (formerly Registrar of the University of Oxford – appointed Executive Director of the Royal Society)

Mr Dominic Casserley (external member of the Council) has agreed to act as adviser.3

Mr Julian Evans, Secretary of the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences, is appointed as the secretary to the Committee.

The Committee will establish its own modus operandi but it is envisaged that it will operate, in part, as a visiting committee and consider evidence and hold interviews over several consecutive days having called for, received, and considered evidence and material in advance.

It is expected that the Committee will have completed its work and delivered its report to the Registrary early in the Easter Term. The Registrary will discuss its findings with the Vice-Chancellor and bring forward recommendations to the Council, together with the Committee’s report, in the Michaelmas Term.

The Committee will not be examining the details of the budget for next year but will be looking at the future shape and balance of the overall strategy and budgets over the next few years. With this in mind, the Committee would welcome views in particular on:

(1) what works well and what works less well in your current interface with the UAS;

(2) where you see the scope for an improved service;

(3) if you have any experience of unnecessary overlap or duplication of functions.

Any member of the University with observations that will assist the Review Committee should send them to before Monday, 28 February 2011.


  • 1The Unified Administrative Service (UAS) is an institution under the supervision of the Council and includes the following Divisions:

    Academic Division

    Estate Management and Building Service

    Finance Division

    Human Resources Division

    Management Information Services Division

    Research Services Division (the Cambridge Research Office)

    The head of the UAS is the Registrary. 

  • 2Dame Mavis McDonald is one of the four external members of the Council and is its Deputy Chairman. She was formerly Permanent Secretary of the Cabinet Office, and then the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office. She has served as Deputy Chairman of the Governors of Birkbeck College, London University. She is a Trustee of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Chairman of the Catalyst Housing Group. 

  • 3Mr Dominic Casserley joined the Council on 1 January 2011. He is the managing partner of the UK and Middle East offices of McKinsey and Company, and Chairman of the Charities Aid Foundation.

Software on UCS-managed desktop systems: Call for requests for 2011–12: Notice

This University Computing Service (UCS) Notice is addressed to all those who currently use, or who are planning to use, Training Facilities or Managed Cluster (MCS) classrooms, including MCS computers in Departments and Colleges (‘PWF’ machines), to support their teaching, whether for organized courses or for other Departmental or College teaching. It is also addressed to those wishing to use applications generally on these computers. It covers applications for all three platforms (MCS Linux, Windows, and Macintoshes).

Requests for new applications or new versions of existing ones for the next academical year must reach the Services Manager, Desktop Services Group, at the UCS, by Friday, 18 March 2011. To submit a request, please fill in the form at, and include information on licensing and the date the application is required. This applies for MCS Linux, Windows, and Macintosh applications. Please also fill in the form for those teaching applications that are no longer required, so that they can be removed.

It is regretted that late requests are unlikely to be met. The list of software that the Computing Service expects to be available for the start of the Michaelmas Term will be announced at by the division of the Easter Term.

The programme of installation of new software will start immediately after the end of Full Easter Term. Those teaching during the Long Vacation period should note that the installation of new versions of software during that period may have implications for them as the version available may change.

The full set of applications for 2011–12 is intended to be available from Tuesday, 30 August, so that those whose teaching depends on these applications can check that they work correctly and update course notes. This also allows for any necessary remedial action to be taken by UCS staff before the start of the Michaelmas Term.

For some applications, the licence cost has to be borne by the institution requiring the software. The UCS can advise on costs; please enquire by email to Note also that a request for a new version from one institution may have cost implications for other institutions that also use the software. Consequently, those requesting software are asked to consider the financial implications of their requests for their institutions and for other institutions covered by the Managed Cluster Service.