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No 6345

Wednesday 30 April 2014

Vol cxliv No 28

pp. 495–508



4 May, Sunday. End of first quarter of Easter Term. Preacher before the University at 11.15 a.m., The Very Reverend Dr F. E. F. Ward, Dean of St Edmundsbury.

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

Discussions at 2 p.m.


13 May

17 May, Saturday at 10 a.m.

27 May

18 June, Wednesday at 2.45 p.m. (Honorary Degrees)

10 June

25 June, Wednesday at 10 a.m. (General Admission)

8 July

26 June, Thursday at 10 a.m. (General Admission)

27 June, Friday at 10 a.m. (General Admission)

28 June, Saturday at 10 a.m. (General Admission)

19 July, Saturday at 10 a.m.

Notice of a Discussion on Tuesday, 13 May 2014

The Vice-Chancellor invites those qualified under the regulations for Discussions (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 103) to attend a Discussion in the Senate-House, on Tuesday, 13 May 2014, at 2 p.m. for the discussion of:

1. Report of the Council, dated 14 April 2014, on the period of office of a Pro-Vice-Chancellor and the conferment of the title of Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Reporter, 6344, 2013–14, p. 465).

2. Report of the Council, dated 14 April 2014, on revised committee arrangements for estate strategy and buildings (Reporter, 6344, 2013–14, p. 467).

3. First-stage Report of the Council, dated 14 April 2014, on the replacement and rationalization of facilities covered by the University’s Home Office establishment licence (Reporter, 6344, 2013–14, p. 469).

4. First-stage Report of the Council, dated 14 April 2014, on the construction of a new building and refurbishment works for the Cambridge Judge Business School (Reporter, 6344, 2013–14, p. 470).

5. Report of the Council, dated 31 March 2014, on space reconfiguration to accommodate the Proctors’ Office in the Old Schools (Reporter, 6344, 2013–14, p. 472).

6. Report of the General Board, dated 27 March 2014, on the establishment of a Readership in Probability (Reporter, 6344, 2013–14, p. 472).

Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources)

28 April 2014

The Council wishes to make an appointment to the office of Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Resources from 1 August 2015, following the expiry of the permitted term of office of Professor Steve Young on 31 July 2015. The Council expects to make an appointment at its meeting on 14 July 2014.

Professor Young has been the designated Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor since his original appointment, with responsibilities for Planning and Resources, and the Council wishes, through this appointment, to appoint someone who will hold a similar portfolio of responsibilities to Professor Young and who will also be the senior member of the team of five Pro-Vice-Chancellors, leading and co-ordinating the activities of his or her four colleagues. A Report has been submitted by the Council to the Regent House proposing an amendment to Statute C III to permit an individual, in exceptional circumstances, to serve for longer than the normally permitted six years as a Pro-Vice-Chancellor and also proposing amendments to Ordinances to enable the title of Senior-Pro-Vice-Chancellor to be formally conferred on one of the office-holders and thereby qualify for an additional pensionable payment in recognition of the duties that accompany that status (Reporter, 6344, 2013–14, p. 465).

The offices of three of the other Pro-Vice-Chancellors will either expire on 30 September 2015 (Professor Jeremy Sanders) or 31 December 2015 (Dr Jennifer Barnes and Professor Lynn Gladden). The Council has decided that it will advertise and fill these offices during the Michaelmas Term 2014. The Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor appointed to succeed Professor Young will be fully involved in those appointments.

The role of the Pro-Vice-Chancellors is to take forward strategy and policy development and to support the Vice-Chancellor in providing institutional leadership to the University, especially in their particular areas of responsibility. The Pro-Vice-Chancellors work closely with the Heads of Schools, the Registrary, and his senior colleagues. Pro-Vice-Chancellors are normally appointed from senior academic officers respected by the University.

The Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor who will take responsibility for Planning and Resources will be appointed by the Council, after consultation with the General Board, for a period of three years from 1 August 2015 and would be eligible for re-appointment for a further period to a maximum of six years (to be extended in exceptional circumstances to eight, depending on the decision of the Regent House with regard to the Report referred to above). The Council will be advised by a Nominating Committee chaired by the Vice-Chancellor and with the following members: Professor Martin Daunton, Dr David Good, Professor Frank Kelly, Professor Robert Kennicutt, and Professor Dame Shirley Pearce.

The Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor will be appointed for 80% of full time. The stipend payable for the office of Pro-Vice-Chancellor is point 87 of the single salary scale: £115,575 (as at 1 August 2013) pro rata. Subject to the decision of the Regent House about the proposed changes to the Ordinances in the Report referred to, a proposal will be made by the Council to the Regent House for the stipend payable to the person holding the title of Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor to be at a higher point than 87.

The Nominating Committee welcomes expressions of interest by and suggestions of suitable persons who hold a senior post in the University or a College and have extensive experience in higher education and a demonstrable interest and significant experience in planning and resource matters.

Expressions of interest and suggestions should be communicated to the Vice-Chancellor, University Offices, The Old Schools, Cambridge, CB2 1TN, by Friday, 23 May 2014, from whom a fuller description of the role may also be requested. The Vice-Chancellor, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources), the Registrary, and the Director of Finance may also be consulted for further information.

Bye-election of a student member of the Council

28 April 2014

Notice is given that a bye-election of one student elected by and from among all the students in the University to serve as a member of the Council in class (d)(i) (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 111) will be held from 19 to 21 May 2014. This bye-election has been prompted by a lack of eligible candidates standing for election when an election was held in March 2014 (Reporter, 6342, 2013–14, p. 432). The elected candidate will serve from 1 July 2014 until 30 June 2015. The electoral process is being run by the Cambridge University Students’ Union and full details of the timetable, nominations process, and eligibility criteria will be published on the Union’s website (

Joint Report of the Council and the General Board on student membership of the two bodies: Notice in response to remarks made in Discussion

29 April 2014

The Council has received the remarks made at the Discussion on 18 March 2014 (Reporter, 6344, 2013–14, p. 492) concerning the above Report (Reporter, 6341, 2013–14, p. 424). It notes the comments made by Mr Weldon, CUSU Co-ordinator, supporting the recommendations of the Report. It also notes the remarks made by Dr Cowley on the importance of ensuring that members of the Council, as charity trustees, speak in their own capacity, and not as representatives of other bodies of which they are members or office-holders. The Council agrees with Dr Cowley that the constitution of the Graduate Union should explicitly confirm the President of the Graduate Union’s entitlement to speak in his or her own capacity if he or she is a member of the University’s Council (whether serving ex officio, as proposed in this Report, or not). The current President of the Graduate Union is supportive of such a provision and has agreed to put forward amendments to the Council Committee for the Supervision of the Student Unions. The same committee will be asked to consider Dr Cowley’s suggestion that there should be a review of the role of the Graduate Union and its relationship with Cambridge University Students’ Union, the PdOC Society, and the Office of Post-Doctoral Affairs.

The Council is submitting a Grace (Grace 1, p. 498) for the approval of this Report.