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No 6231

Wednesday 13 July 2011

Vol cxli No 35

pp. 977–1044



23 July, Saturday. Congregation of the Regent House at 11 a.m.

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

12 September, Monday. Library closes.

19 September, Monday. Library re-opens.

The ordinary issues for the remainder of the 2010–11 academic year will be published on 20 July, 27 July, and 3 August.

Notice of a benefaction

11 July 2011

The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that he has received with gratitude a generous benefaction of £2m from the Kirby Laing Foundation to form an endowment to support the Professorship of Engineering (Grace 6 of 1 December 1965).

The Council, on the recommendation of the General Board, is submitting a Grace to rename the Professorship as the Sir Kirby Laing Professorship of Civil Engineering (Grace 1, p. 1004) in recognition of this donation and to approve regulations to govern the proposed endowment. Professor R. J. Mair, who currently holds the Professorship, has been consulted and concurs with the change in title.

Government Higher Education White Paper: Notice

11 July 2011

The Government published its Higher Education White Paper (‘Students at the Heart of the System’) on 28 June 2011 and has invited comments on the proposals. (See The White Paper consultation period will run until 20 September 2011.

The Council, in its Notice concerning Grace 3 of the 15 June 2011, stated that it would ‘wish to ensure that, through a process of effective consultation with the Regent House, it is able to submit a considered response to the proposals in the White Paper that takes account of the full range of views of members of the Regent House and which would be published within the University’. Members and staff of the University and Colleges are invited to submit comments, which will inform the Council’s deliberations on these important matters, via the discussion link on the University Forum at Comments may also be sent to the Registrary, The Old Schools, Trinity Lane (email

This internal consultation will end on 6 September 2011 in order to allow the Council properly to consider all submissions in formulating a response by the Government’s deadline. The Council has agreed that there should be a special Discussion of the Regent House that day to conclude the consultation.

Individual responses directly to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) via the web address cited above are also encouraged.

The BIS website also gives information about other consultation documents as follows:

Consultation timetable

28 June 2011: Early Repayment consultation launches ( – deadline for comments: 20 September 2011.

30 June 2011: HEFCE Teaching Funding and Student Number Controls consultation launches ( – deadline for comments: 22 September 2011.

August 2011: Regulatory Framework consultation launches – deadline for comments: October 2011.

Ballots on Graces 6–13 of 26 May 2011 and Grace 3 of 15 June 2011: Notice

Members of the Regent House are reminded that two ballots will be conducted during July and August.

Graces 6–13 of 26 May 2011

(see Reporter, 2010–11, pp. 785 and 899)

Voting papers and fly-sheets have been distributed to all members of the Regent House and must be returned by 5 p.m. on Friday, 12 August. Ballot papers received after that time will be invalid.

Grace 3 of 15 June 2011

(see Reporter, 2010–11, p. 934)

Voting papers and fly-sheets will be distributed by Thursday, 14 July; please note the deadline for the return of ballot papers on this Grace is 5 p.m. on Monday, 25 July. Ballot papers received after that time will be invalid.