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No 6313

Wednesday 19 June 2013

Vol cxliii No 36

pp. 646–656



25 June, Tuesday. Easter Term ends.

27 June, Thursday. Congregation of the Regent House at 9.30 a.m. (General Admission). Scarlet Day.

28 June, Friday. Congregation of the Regent House at 9.30 a.m. (General Admission). Scarlet Day.

29 June, Saturday. Congregation of the Regent House at 9.30 a.m. (General Admission). Scarlet Day.

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

20 July, Saturday. Congregation of the Regent House at 10 a.m.

The ordinary issues of the Reporter for the remainder of the 2012–13 academical year will be published on: 3 July, 17 July, and 31 July 2013.

Notice of a Discussion on Tuesday, 9 July 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, 9 July 2013, at 2 p.m., for the discussion of:

1. First-stage Report of the Council, dated 4 June 2013, on the project to fit out additional laboratory space at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute building (Reporter, 6311, 2012–13, p. 616).

2. Report of the General Board, dated 12 June 2013, on Senior Academic Promotions (p. 648).

Notice of a benefaction

17 June 2013

The Vice Chancellor gives notice that he has accepted with gratitude a benefaction of £2,000,000 from the A. G. Leventis Foundation, of which both the capital and income may be used to support the construction of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative’s Campus Library.

Report of the Council on the Technical Review of the Statutes: Notice in response to remarks made in Discussion

17 June 2013

The Council has received the remarks made at the Discussion on 11 June 2013 (see p. 654) concerning the above Report (Reporter, 6309, 2012–13, p. 580). It takes this opportunity to thank Professor A. D. Yates and the other members of the Advisory Group for their work on the technical review of the Statutes.

The Council agrees with Professor G. R. Evans that this has been a useful exercise, which has enabled provisions to be reorganized in a more coherent order, without substantive alteration to their content. However, it does not share Professor Evans’s concern that the creation of the Special Ordinance will lead to the erosion of the powers of the Regent House; any changes to provisions contained in Special Ordinance will still require the approval of the Regent House. Indeed, there will be no difference in the University’s internal procedures between seeking approval from the Regent House for a change in a Special Ordinance and what is required in order to change a Statute, save that in the case of the former it will not be susceptible to any external pressure or control. Far from being a negative aspect of these proposals the creation of Special Ordinances leaves greater areas of the University’s legislation in the hands and sole control of the Regent House.

The Council thanks Professor A. W. F. Edwards for his comments on the inclusion of Deum timeto: regem honorato: virtutem colito: disciplinis bonis operam dato formally as part of the Statutes. Advice will be sought from the Privy Council Office on this matter before submission of the final draft to Her Majesty in Council and, if its insertion is requested, then approval of the Grace will be deemed to cover the inclusion of this wording.

The Council is publishing a Grace (Grace 1, p. 652) for the approval of this Report.

Use of electronic counting devices in rooms used for teaching: Notice

17 June 2013

This Notice is being published by Estate Management to provide information about the use of equipment in reviewing the occupancy of teaching space in the University.

Information about the use made of lecture rooms, seminar rooms, and other teaching space is valuable in helping to ensure effective space management and in assessing the need for such space in redevelopments. Occasional manual surveys of occupancy are undertaken, but these are expensive and coverage is restricted. The information, while useful, is not comprehensive.

Automatic counting systems now offer an alternative to manual surveys. An evaluation of devices has identified a system that provides the most accurate count of occupants and of periods of occupancy. The devices use video recognition to count individuals but do not stream or record video. Individuals cannot be personally identified. Nothing that would be classed as personal data is collected, retained, or used, and there are therefore no data protection implications.

Notices will be displayed where the equipment is in use.