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No 6346

Thursday 8 May 2014

Vol cxliv No 29

pp. 509–524



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

17 May, Saturday. Congregation of the Regent House at 10 a.m.

21 May, Wednesday. Easter Term divides.

25 May, Sunday. Preacher before the University at 11.15 a.m., Dr C. M. Amos, G, Programme Executive for Inter-religious Dialogue and Co-operation at the World Council of Churches (Ramsden Preacher).

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).

The Report published in this issue (p. 514) will be discussed on Tuesday, 27 May 2014.

Notice of benefactions

5 May 2014

The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that he has accepted with gratitude the following benefactions, of which both the capital and the income may be used:

(i)a benefaction of US$600,000 from the Simons Foundation, payable over four years, to fund up to 35 Simons Fellowships per year at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences for the duration of the funding, with the aim of encouraging key participants to stay longer at the Institute by offering an enhanced support package;

(ii)benefactions of £110,000 from the Foundation for Polish Science and £50,000 from the M. B. Grabowski Fund, both payable over four years, which together with contributions of £120,000 from Trinity College’s Zdanowich Fund and up to £100,000 from the School of Arts and Humanities over the same period, will support a Lectureship in Polish Studies in the Department of Slavonic Studies for four years;

(iii)benefactions, each of £355,000, from the Hatton Trust and the WYNG Foundation respectively, payable over five years, to support the Hatton-WYNG Medical Law, Ethics, and Policy Programme in the Faculty of Law, comprising funding for a lectureship for five years, a post-doctoral fellowship at Trinity Hall for three years, and two Ph.D. studentships;

(iv)a benefaction of US$250,000 from Google to support the research of Professor Zoubin Ghahramani in the Department of Engineering, bringing to a total of US$500,000 the support of Google for Professor Ghahramani’s research;

The Vice-Chancellor has also accepted with gratitude an anonymous benefaction of £1,000,000 pledged under the Gift Aid Scheme, half of which will be applied to the Vice-Chancellor’s Endowment Fund (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 976) and the other half to the Keynes Fund for Applied Economics (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 857).

Appointment of members of the University Council in class (e) (external)

7 May 2014

1. Under the regulations for the appointment of members of the Council in class (e) (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 112), the Council, on the recommendation of the Proctors and the Deputy Proctors, has appointed Dame Shirley Pearce, a serving member of the Council in class (e), to chair the Nominating Committee for the current period.

2. The other members of the Nominating Committee are:

The Vice-Chancellor

Professor Dame Ann Dowling, SID

Dr N. J. Holmes, T

Professor D. J. Ibbetson, CLH

Professor F. P. Kelly, CHR

Dr R. J. Lingwood, HO

Dr S. E. Lintott, DOW

The Registrary and the Head of the Registrary’s Office support the Nominating Committee.

3. All members of the Council are Trustees of the University as a charity.

4. There are four members of the Council in class (e). External members are appointed for terms of four years. Professor Dame Shirley Pearce, Mr Mark Lewisohn, and Mr John Shakeshaft are continuing members, the last two having recently been reappointed by Graces 1 and 2 of 24 April 2014. Dame Mavis McDonald was appointed to serve a second four-year term from 1 January 2013 but has since indicated that she wishes to stand down on 31 December 2014. She has provided distinguished and generous service to the Council and the University. There will therefore be one vacancy for an external member, to serve for two1 years from 1 January 2015.

5. One of the four external members in office from 1 January 2015 will be appointed as Deputy Chair of the Council. The Deputy Chair chairs the Council if it is not appropriate for the Vice-Chancellor to do so (for example, when the Council is discussing the Vice-Chancellor’s annual accountability report and forward plan). She or he will also chair the Remuneration Committee, and may be asked to chair, or serve on, other groups.

6. Mr Shakeshaft will continue to serve as Chair of the Council’s Audit Committee until 31 December 2016.

7. Reasonable travel expenses are paid to external members, but the role is not remunerated.

8. The Council meets eleven times a year, in Cambridge, and there are two additional strategic meetings, in September and in the spring. Occasional special meetings are also held. The basic time commitment is therefore of the order of 15–20 days per year.

9. Expressions of interest, and suggestions by members of the University, should be sent by 12 noon on Friday, 23 May 2014, to the Registrary, marked ‘private and confidential’. Those making suggestions are asked to state why they believe that the person suggested would be particularly suitable for this role. Those submitting information about themselves are asked to include a curriculum vitae, and a letter setting out the contribution they believe they could make to the work of the Council.

10. The Nominating Committee has engaged Perrett Laver as search advisers. If preferred, appointment details can be downloaded from their website at, quoting reference 1592.

11. Any enquiries may be made to the Registrary ( or to the Head of the Registrary’s Office (


  • 1 This Notice was amended on 9 May 2014. The remaining term of service to which the vacancy relates is two years (not three years as originally stated).

Fitzwilliam Museum: refurbishment of the metal railings along Trumpington Street

5 May 2014

The following Notice is published to advise the University of works which are not considered to be a ‘substantial alteration’ within the meaning of Statute F II 3 and therefore do not require a Report but are nevertheless of interest or consequence to members of the Regent House (Reporter, 6259, 2011–12, p. 498).

The Fitzwilliam Museum is a Grade I listed building occupying a prominent position in the heart of Cambridge City’s central conservation area. The original Founders Building was designed by George Basevi (1795–1845), and completed after his death by C. R. Cockerell (1788–1863) and opened to the public in 1848. The decorative ironwork railings to the main entrance gate and the Portland stone balustrade with barbed bar (chevaux-de-frise) in front of the Founders Building date back to 1841–2 and are Grade I listed in their own right. They are believed to have been designed by C. R. Cockerell and are currently painted with gloss black paint.

The gates and metal railings along the entire length of the Trumpington Street boundary of the Fitzwilliam Museum are in need of repair and decoration. As part of the application for listed building consent Estate Management undertook architectural paint research and sampling. The report on the findings of that research identified the paint stratigraphy for each boundary element (railings, gates, and barbed bars) and the colours used in their decoration, which have included a bronze/brown and two shades of green as well as the current black finish. The report also identified ornamental areas of metalwork which were gilded.

Estate Management and the Museum have been in discussions with English Heritage and the Local Authority Conservation Officer and the consensus of opinion is that the railings should be painted one of the historical shades of green. Repair works have already commenced and the decoration work is expected to be completed in June 2014.

New annexe building, Department of Engineering, Scroope Terrace

5 May 2014

The Council has approved the naming of the Department of Engineering’s new annexe building (on which the recommendations of the Second-stage Council Report were approved by Grace 3 of 29 January 2014; Reporter, 6337, 2013–14, p. 368) as the ‘James Dyson Building, Department of Engineering’, to commemorate the generous support of over £2 million provided by the James Dyson Foundation and Dyson Technology Limited over the last three years and the agreement of the Foundation to provide a further £8 million towards the construction and fit-out of the annexe building and a new Engineering Design Centre within the Department.

Bye-election of a student member of the Council: correction

6 May 2014

The Notice concerning a bye-election of a student member of the Council published on 24 April 2014 contained an error (Reporter, 6345, 2013–14, p. 497). The electoral process is being run by the Graduate Union (not Cambridge University Students Union) and full details of the timetable, nominations process, and eligibility criteria will be published on the Graduate Union’s website (