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No 6298

Wednesday 20 February 2013

Vol cxliii No 21

pp. 367–378



3 March, Sunday. Preacher before the University at 11.15 a.m., The Reverend D. A. S. Fergusson, Professor of Divinity and Principal of New College in the University of Edinburgh (Hulsean Preacher).

5 March, Tuesday. End of third quarter of Lent Term. Discussion at 2 p.m. in the Senate-House (see below).

15 March, Friday. Full Term ends.

Discussions at 2 p.m.


5 March

23 March, Saturday at 10 a.m.

19 March

Notice of a Discussion on Tuesday, 5 March 2013

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, 5 March 2013, at 2 p.m. for the discussion of:

1. Report of the General Board, dated 6 February 2013, on the establishment or re-establishment of two Professorships in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences (Reporter, 6297, 2012–13, p. 362).

2. Report of the General Board, dated 6 February 2013, on the establishment of an MRC Research Professorship of Epidemiology (see p. 370).

Amending Statutes for Clare College: Notice

18 February 2013

The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that he has received from the Governing Body of Clare College, in accordance with the provisions of Section 7(2) of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act 1923, the text of a proposed Statute to amend the Statutes of the College. The proposal is to amend Statute 8(6) so as to read:

   The Master shall vacate office on the last day of the academical year in which he or she has held office for ten years (or nine years if the effective date of election is in October); provided that a shorter term of office shall apply if, before the election, a majority of the electors present so resolve at a meeting held in accordance with Statute 9.

The current Statute 8(6) reads:

   The Master shall not continue in office after the end of the academical year in which he or she attains the age of 70. If however one whom the College proposes to elect to the Mastership has on or before the date of the election attained the age of 63 but not the age of 66, they may be elected for a period terminating at any date after the end of the academical year in which they attain the age of 70 not later than the 30th of September following the expiry of seven years from the date of assuming office.

The current Statutes of the College are available on the College’s website: Paper copies may be inspected at the University Offices until 10 a.m. on 8 March 2013.

Annual Reports of the Council and the General Board, 2011–12: Notice in response to Discussion remarks

The Council has considered the remarks made at the Discussion on 22 January 2013 (Reporter, 6295, 2012–13, p. 343) about its own Annual Report and the General Board’s Annual Report to the Council for 2011–12. It has consulted the General Board on the remarks made about their Annual Report.

Professor G. R. Evans commented on the reporting of the outcome of the Review of the Unified Adminstrative Service (UAS). Several projects are underway that are expected to address the points raised in that review. The Annual Report mentions the review of IT and infrastructure, the proposals of which were put out to consultation in Michaelmas Term 2012; it is anticipated that a Report on the final recommendations will be published later this term. New developments in internal communications were discussed in November 2012 at the Communications Forum organized by the Office of External Affairs and Communications and will be taken forward over the next two terms. These and other initiatives will enable the administration to work more cohesively in supporting the University’s operations.

The Council has nothing to add to its previous response to remarks made by Professor Evans on the Technical Review of the Statutes (Reporter, 6283, 2012–13, p. 85).

Professor Evans drew attention to the review of the University’s governance arrangements, which is to take place by the end of the 2013–14 academical year and asked that a Notice be published about the review. The Council will consider the manner in which the review will be conducted next term and will publish a Notice about the arrangements for the review in Michaelmas Term 2013.

The Council and the General Board agree with Professor Evans that the Concordat to support Research Integrity is an important document that has provided a framework which this University and others will continue to develop and strengthen.

The Open Access working group established by the Research Policy Committee has a broad brief to consider in the round issues arising from the Open Access proposals including the resource issues to which Professor Evans draws attention and which are of serious concern.

Finally, Professor Evans commented that the Council Handbook could be published in a more usable format. It is already published on the Council’s website as a PDF. It will in future also be published as a web page.

The Council is submitting a Grace for the approval of its Annual Report (which includes the General Board’s Report) (Grace 1, p. 373).