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No 6304

Wednesday 24 April 2013

Vol cxliii No 27

pp. 465–474



27 April, Saturday. Congregation of the Regent House at 11 a.m.

4 May, Saturday. End of first quarter of Easter Term.

5 May, Sunday. Preacher, The Most Rev. D. Martin, Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland, 11.15 a.m.

Discussions at 2 p.m.


14 May

27 April, Saturday at 11 a.m.

28 May

11 May, Saturday at 10 a.m.

11 June

Discussion on Tuesday, 30 April 2013: Cancellation

22 April 2013

The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that the Discussion announced for Tuesday, 30 April 2013, will not take place as there are no Reports ready for discussion.

The Report published in this issue (on p. 471) will be discussed on Tuesday, 14 May 2013.

Notice of a benefaction

12 April 2013

The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that he has accepted with gratitude a benefaction of £174,275 pledged under the Gift Aid Scheme from Mr Mark Adrian Binks and his wife Mrs Lisa Wood Binks. Both the income and the capital of the gift, payable over three years, will be used to support a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in the Neuroscience programme of the Autism Research Centre, to be known as The William Binks Research Fellowship in Autism Neuroscience.

Congregation of the Regent House for Honorary Degrees on Tuesday, 18 June 2013: Notice

22 April 2013

The Vice-Chancellor reminds members of the University that a Congregation will take place on Tuesday, 18 June 2013, at 2.45 p.m., at which the Chancellor will preside.


At this Congregation the Chancellor is expecting to admit the following to titular degrees, which were approved by the Regent House at a Congregation held on 16 February 2013:

Doctor of Science

Professor Daniel Kahneman

Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus, Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs Emeritus and Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, and Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences 2002

Professor Joseph Stiglitz

University Professor in Finance and Economics, Columbia University, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences 2001, and Honorary Fellow of Gonville and Caius College and of Fitzwilliam College

Dr Harold Varmus

Director of The National Cancer Institute, United States of America, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 1989, and Rede Lecturer 2011

Professor Ada Yonath

Martin S. and Helen Kimmel Professor of Structural Biology and Director of the Helen and Milton A. Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Structure and Assembly at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, and Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2009

Doctor of Letters

Sir John Elliott

Regius Professor of Modern History (now History) Emeritus, University of Oxford, Balzan Prizewinner 1999, Honorary Fellow of Trinity College, and formerly University Lecturer in History

Ms Hilary Mantel

Author and Man Booker Prizewinner 2009 and 2012

Professor Jonathan Spence

Sterling Professor of History Emeritus, Yale University, Reith Lecturer 2008, Jefferson Lecturer 2010, and Honorary Fellow of Clare College

Mr Mario Vargas Llosa

Writer, Nobel Laureate in Literature 2010, Honorary Fellow of Churchill College, and formerly Simón Bolívar Professor in Latin American Studies


Ticket-holders who are not processing will need to be in their places in the Senate-House not later than 2.30 p.m. The Congregation is expected to end at about 3.40 p.m.


There will be a Garden Party after the Congregation for all those attending. It will be held on the lawn in Senate-House Yard and refreshments will be served. There will be a marquee to provide cover.


Members of the University attending the Congregation are required by regulation to wear academical dress, although by custom others attending do not. Tuesday, 18 June 2013 will be a ‘scarlet day’, and so Doctors in the several Faculties are requested to wear their festal gowns. Graduates are requested to wear their hoods at this Congregation. In accordance with Regulation 4 for academical dress (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 190), any member of the University (other than the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, High Steward, Deputy High Steward, Commissary, Proctors, Registrary, Esquire Bedells, the Orator, and the graduands) who is a graduate of another university or degree-awarding institution, may, on this occasion, wear the academical dress appropriate to that degree if they prefer.


Admission to the Senate-House and Yard will be strictly by ticket only and entry to the Yard on this occasion will be by the South-East Gate, from King’s Parade.

All members and all staff (including retired staff) of the University and the Colleges are invited to apply for tickets to attend the Congregation and Garden Party. In order to allow for the widest possible participation, applications for guest tickets will not be accepted.

Applications for tickets must be made by letter or by email and cannot be made in person or by telephone. Applicants must give a postal address and state their University and/or College affiliation. Requests for tickets should be sent to Honorary Degrees, The Vice-Chancellor’s Office, The Old Schools, Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TN or by email (

The deadline for applications this year is Friday, 24 May 2013. If demand exceeds capacity, tickets will be allocated by ballot and any application received by the deadline will be included in the ballot. Applicants who subsequently discover that they cannot attend are asked to inform the Vice-Chancellor’s Office as soon as possible and to return any ticket issued to them. Tickets will be issued to named individuals and are non-transferable.

Successful applicants are expected to receive their tickets in the week beginning 3 June 2013 and further details of the arrangements for the day will be included on the tickets. Unsuccessful applications will not be acknowledged.


Provided that the weather allows, a procession will form up in the Schools Arcade at 2.25 p.m. Those in the classes specified below who wish to process are asked to state this clearly in their application for a ticket. Only holders of Cambridge Professorial Chairs or Cambridge Higher Doctorates (D.D., LL.D., M.D., Sc.D., Litt.D., and Mus.D.) are eligible to process as either Professors or Doctors.

Processional tickets will be issued up to the maximum number of seats available to seat the procession.

After consulting the Proctors in accordance with the relevant regulation, the Vice-Chancellor has prescribed the following order of processions prior to this Congregation:

The Vice-Marshal

Heads of Colleges

The Regius Professors of Divinity, Civil Law, Physic, Hebrew, Greek, History, Botany, and Engineering

Professors who are Doctors of Divinity, Law, Medicine, Science, Letters, or Music

Doctors of Divinity, Law, Medicine, Science, Letters, or Music

The Librarian

Other Professors and the Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Members of the Council

The Pro-Proctors

A second procession will form as follows and will proceed immediately after the first:

The Esquire Bedells

The Chancellor

The Chancellor’s Train-bearer

The University Marshal

The Orator     The Vice-Chancellor     The Registrary

The Proctors

(University Constables)

The High Steward

The Deputy High Steward

The Commissary

The Pro-Vice-Chancellors

The Honorary Graduands

The Deputy Proctors

The Pro-Proctor for Ceremonial

Joint Report of the Council and the General Board on IT infrastructure and support: Notice of a revised ballot timetable

The Council has agreed to revise the timetable for a ballot on the recommendations of the above Report. The revised timetable below (which replaces the timetable published on 20 March 2013; see Reporter, 6302, 2012–13, p. 412) will enable the Council to consider a response to remarks made at the Discussion at the Council meeting on 20 May 2013.

Wednesday, 22 May

Response to remarks made in Discussion and publication of the Grace

Friday, 31 May, 4 p.m.

Deadline for amendments to the Grace

Friday, 7 June, 1 p.m.

Deadline for flysheets

Thursday, 20 June

Ballot papers distributed

Monday, 1 July, 5 p.m.

Deadline for return of ballot papers

Wednesday, 3 July

Result of ballot announced in the Reporter

The remarks made at the Discussion of this Report on 23 April 2013 will be published in next week’s Reporter.