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No 6336

Wednesday 5 February 2014

Vol cxliv No 19

pp. 354–362



9 February, Sunday. Preacher before the University at 11.15 a.m., The Reverend Professor D. A. Wilkinson, F, Principal of St John’s College in the University of Durham.

10 February, Monday. Sir Robert Rede’s Lecturer at 5.30 p.m., The Right Honourable Lord Judge, M, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales 2008–13.

13 February, Thursday. Lent Term divides.

18 February, Tuesday. Discussion at 2 p.m. in the Senate-House.

22 February, Saturday. Congregation of the Regent House at 2 p.m. (see the notices below and on p. 361).

Congregation for the conferment of Honorary Degrees

3 February 2014

The Vice-Chancellor reminds members of the University that a Congregation will be held on Wednesday, 18 June 2014, at which the Chancellor will confer Honorary Degrees (see Graces 1–8, p. 361).

Admission will be by ticket only and details of the arrangements, including application for tickets, are expected to be published in the Reporter on 23 April 2014.

Electronic voting in ballots of the Regent House

3 February 2014

In March 2013, the Regent House approved the introduction of electronic voting in ballots of the Regent House, to take effect from 6 November 2013 (see Reporter, 2012–13, 6295, p. 339 and 6302, p. 434). It had been hoped that the vote on Grace 1 of 22 January 2014 (Report of the General Board on the establishment of a Stephen W. Hawking Professorship of Cosmology, Reporter, 6334, 2013–14, p. 293) would be the first ballot to use the online voting system, but further testing is required before the system can be considered sufficiently robust for use in a ballot. As was noted in the Report on electronic voting, the Regent House must have full confidence in the voting system used. Rather than risk a loss of confidence in the voting system, the Vice-Chancellor has taken the decision, with the support of the Council, that the vote on Grace 1 of 22 January 2014 should be conducted by postal ballot. The timetable for the ballot is unchanged (Reporter, 6334, 2013–14, p. 293).

A Notice will be published on the plan for the implementation of an electronic voting system in Easter Term 2014; in the meantime, ballots of the Regent House shall be conducted by postal ballot.