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No 6232

Wednesday 20 July 2011

Vol cxli No 36

pp. 1045–1072



23 July, Saturday. Congregation of the Regent House at 11 a.m. (see p. 1069).

6 September, Tuesday. Discussion at 2 p.m. in the Senate-House.

12 September, Monday. Library closes.

19 September, Monday. Library re-opens.

28 September, Wednesday. First ordinary number of the Reporter in the academical year 2011–12.

1 October, Saturday. Michaelmas Term begins. Congregation of the Regent House at 9.30 a.m.: Vice-Chancellor’s Address, and Election and Admission of the Proctors.

4 October, Tuesday. Full Term begins.

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

Statute approved: Notice

18 July 2011

The Registrary has received notice from the Clerk at the Privy Council Office that Her Majesty The Queen, at a Council held on 13 July 2011, was pleased to approve an amendment of Statute K which was submitted under the Common Seal of the University in accordance with Grace 13 of 16 July 2008.

The amendment of Statute K amends the title of New Hall to Murray Edwards College in the list of Colleges in section 3(a) and follows the grant of a Supplemental Charter to the College amending the name and style of the College (see Reporter, p. 946).

Arrangements for the election to the Chancellorship: Notice

18 July 2011

As required by the regulations for the election of the Chancellor (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 105), the Vice-Chancellor has appointed Friday, 14 October, and Saturday, 15 October 2011, as the two voting days (see Reporter, 2010–11, p. 946). The Vice-Chancellor has appointed the Registrary as Returning Officer under Regulation 16 (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 120).

Voting will take place in the Senate-House. As required by Statute, the electorate is the membership of the Senate, and votes must be cast in person. The Council reminds the University that the Senate comprises, without limit of age or residence, all holders of any Master’s degree of the University, any doctoral degree of the University, and the degree of Bachelor of Divinity of the University, in addition to the current membership of the Regent House.

The Council believes that interest in voting will be high, and that the hours of voting fixed by Regulation 9, which specifies that voting shall take place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., are not sufficient. The Council is accordingly submitting a Grace to the Senate (Grace 1, p. 1069) to extend the voting hours for the election from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on both days and to give the Returning Officer power to extend the hours further if necessary to allow any person present to cast her or his vote.

Notice of benefactions

18 July 2011

The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that he has received with gratitude the following benefactions:

(i)a benefaction of £90,000 from YouGov, to be paid in two annual instalments, to support a programme of public opinion research in the Department of Politics and International Studies;

(ii)benefactions of £173,206 from the Goldsmiths’ Company and £300,000 from the Ann D. Foundation to fit out the new Materials Science and Metallurgy building;

(iii)a benefaction of £250,000 over five years from the Henderson Group plc to support the general purposes of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences;

(iv)a benefaction of £250,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation to support cross-disciplinary research in the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences;

(v)a bequest of £542,594 from the estate of Mrs A. C. M. Arnold to support work in retinal research in the Department of Pathology.

University Tribunal: Notice

The University Tribunal met on 20 May 2011 to consider a charge brought by the University Advocate under Statute B, VI relating to an offence contrary to the general regulations for discipline (Statutes and Ordinances 2010, pp. 198–99) against a graduate of the University.

The Court consisted of: His Honour Judge David Pearl (Chairman), Dr Jude Browne, Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe, Mr James Matheson, Professor Richard Weber, with Dr Kirsty Allen as Clerk of the Court. The University was represented by Dr Pippa Rogerson (University Advocate); the defendant was represented by Dr Martin Dixon.

The following charge was brought against the defendant: use of unfair means, that is, plagiarism from various sources without sufficient and proper indication, in a dissertation submitted for the Ph.D. examination. The Tribunal found the defendant guilty of the offence and the following sentence was imposed: deprivation of the Ph.D. and the title of ‘Dr’, with provision of the possibility of resubmission of the dissertation after comprehensive rewriting and a new examination. The defendant was required to write letters of apology to the authors of the sources used.

Summary Court: Notice

The Summary Court met on 27 June 2011 to consider two charges brought by the University Advocate relating to offences contrary to the general regulations for discipline (Statutes and Ordinances 2010, pp. 198–99) brought against a Graduate Student of the University, following a complaint by the Junior Proctor. The Court consisted of: Professor David Yates (Chairman), Mrs Julie Dashwood, Mr Graeme Morgan, with Mrs Iris Hunter (Registrary’s Office) as Clerk of the Court. The defendant was not present during the proceedings.

The defendant was charged with offences contrary to Regulations 8 and 9 of the general regulations on discipline, that is, failing to comply with an instruction given by a University Officer and failing to provide name and College when requested to do so. The defendant pleaded guilty to the charges and did not dispute the amount of the fines proposed by the Advocate.

The Court agreed to impose fines of £100 for each of the charges and noted that the decision on the amounts had been reached after consideration of the specific background and circumstances and should not be deemed to constitute a tariff in future cases.

University Composition Fees: Correction

In the Council Notice of 20 June 2011 (Reporter, p. 947) the M.Phil. courses in Economics and Economic Research were incorrectly listed in the group of courses which were to be increased by £500 from 1 September 2012. These subjects were correctly listed in the group for which increases were £1,000 for Home/EU students.

Botanic Garden: Notice

The Botanic Garden Syndicate have revised the Rules of Admission to the Garden (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 626), with effect from 1 October 2011, as set out below.

Admission to the University Botanic Garden

Cambridge University Botanic Garden is private property. Visitors are welcome in accordance with the following rules made by the Botanic Garden Syndicate.

Rules of Admission

1. The Garden is open every day throughout the year except for the Christmas holiday period. There are two entrances, one in Bateman Street and one in Hills Road.

Times of opening and closing:

January, November, and December

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

February, March, and October

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Glasshouses and Cafe close half an hour before Garden closing time. The Botanic Garden Shop closes fifteen minutes before the Garden closing time. From time to time, parts of the Garden, including the Glasshouses, may be closed to the public for maintenance. The latest admission time is half an hour before the Garden closing time.

2. Admission Charges

A charge is made for admission. The charge for admission is determined by the Syndicate from time to time.

Language schools wishing to visit the Botanic Garden must book as a group visit at least a week in advance, through the Administration Office, and must complete the necessary documentation. They will be guided to suitable resources for use during their visit, for which a charge also will be made.

Waiving of admission charge

(i)General visits – No admission charge is made for the following categories of visitor:

companions of disabled persons without whose assistance the disabled visitor would be unable to gain access to the Garden;

all undergraduate and current graduate students of the University of Cambridge upon production of a valid University Card;

children sixteen years and under visiting with family or friends (i.e. in a non-educational capacity) providing they are accompanied at all times by an adult;

Friends and Corporate Friends of the Botanic Garden upon production of a valid Friends membership card

visits by groups approved by the Botanic Garden as being ‘therapeutic’.

(ii)Educational visits – Please note that charges are made for all Assisted Educational Visits and for Unassisted Educational Visits making use of Botanic Garden Educational Resources.

No admission charge is made for the following groups providing the visit is pre-booked well in advance through the Education Office and the necessary documentation completed:

groups from nurseries, home-schools, and colleges following the UK Department for Education’s National Strategies or pursuing a UK curriculum qualification (e.g. GCSE, Baccalaureate, A Level);

groups from further and higher educational institutions, horticulture colleges, and from organizations providing services for special needs persons, provided that the visit is approved as ‘educational’ by the Botanic Garden’s Education Department.

All persons working in the Department of Plant Sciences and the Botanic Garden may apply to the Director for a card permitting free admission. An admission card is not transferable.

Bona fide researchers wishing to use the Garden or its facilities in connection with their work must contact the Director for permission to do so.

3. Cycles, including children’s bicycles, tricycles, and scooters, must be left in the parking spaces provided for them near the entrances.

4. Children aged sixteen years and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Children are allowed on the Limestone Rock Garden or on the Ecological Mound only under the close supervision of an adult.

5. No games, sports training, or jogging are allowed.

6. No radios or sound reproduction equipment, or musical instruments, may be played in the Garden by visitors.

7. A permit is required for photography using a tripod or stand, or for any commercial photography. Application should be made to the Administrator. A charge will normally be made for commercial photography.

8. Refreshments brought into the Garden by visitors may not be consumed in the cafe area.

9. Dogs are not admitted except guide dogs for the blind, hearing dogs for the deaf or assistance dogs.

10. Smoking is not allowed in any of the Garden’s buildings.

11. Visitors may not handle or gather plant material unless permission has been obtained from the Director.

12. All groups intending to visit the Garden must book their visit at least a week in advance.

13. The Director, Curator or staff authorized by them shall exclude from the Garden any person who is considered to be guilty of misconduct.

14. The Director, Curator or staff authorized by them reserve the right to refuse admission.