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No 6355

Wednesday 16 July 2014

Vol cxliv No 38

pp. 703–758



19 July, Saturday. Congregation of the Regent House at 10 a.m (see p. 753).

1 October, Wednesday. Congregation of the Regent House at 9.30 a.m. (Vice-Chancellor’s address, and election and admission of the Proctors).

7 October, Tuesday. Full Term begins.

The last ordinary issue of the Reporter for the 2013–14 academical year will be published on 30 July 2014. The first issue of the 2014–15 academical year will be published on 24 September 2014.

Notice of a Discussion on Tuesday, 14 October 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, 14 October 2014, at 2 p.m. for the discussion of:

1. Report of the Council, dated 15 July 2014, on the implementation of electronic voting in ballots of the Regent House (p. 744).

2. Report of the General Board, dated 2 July 2014, on the establishment of the University offices of Lecturer (teaching) and Senior Lecturer (teaching) (p. 745).

3. Report of the General Board, dated 2 July 2014, on the establishment or re-establishment of two Professorships in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences (p. 747).

4. Report of the General Board, dated 2 July 2014, on the re-establishment of a Professorship of Surgical Oncology (p. 748).

5. Report of the General Board, dated 2 July 2014, on certain University offices in the School of Clinical Medicine (p. 748).

Amending Statutes for Wolfson College

7 July 2014

The Vice-Chancellor begs leave to refer to his Notice of 27 May 2014 (Reporter, 6349, 2013–14, p. 594), concerning proposed amending Statutes for Wolfson College. He hereby gives notice that in the opinion of the Council the proposed Statutes make no alteration of any Statute which affects the University, and do not require the consent of the University; that the interests of the University are not prejudiced by them, and that the Council has resolved to take no action upon them, provided that the Council will wish to reconsider the proposed Statutes if they have not been submitted to the Privy Council by 16 July 2015.

Hulsean Preacher in 2015

Further to the Notice published on 29 January 2014 (Reporter, 6335, 2013–14, p. 321), the Vice-Chancellor gives notice that the person appointed to preach the Hulsean Sermon on Sunday, 1 March 2015, The Reverend Professor Mark McIntosh, has withdrawn after accepting an appointment overseas. The Reverend Professor Alister McGrath, formerly Naden Research Student in Divinity, St John’s College, Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion and Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, University of Oxford, has now been appointed to preach this Sermon.

Preacher at Mere’s Commemoration in 2015

The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that he has appointed The Reverend Canon Mark Pryce, formerly Fellow and Dean of Chapel, Corpus Christi College, Bishop’s Adviser for Clergy Continuing Ministerial Education in the Diocese of Birmingham, as Preacher at the Commemoration of John Mere to be held in St Benedict’s Church, at 11.45 a.m., on Tuesday, 21 April 2015.

Report of the Council on the governance and management arrangements for sport within the University: Notice of a ballot

3 July 2014

The Vice-Chancellor has received a written request signed by 27 members of the Regent House for a vote to be taken on Grace 1 of 25 June 2014 by ballot. The names of the signatories are listed below.

The vote will be conducted by postal ballot under the Single Transferable Vote regulations (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 115). In connection with this ballot the Registrary will arrange for the printing and circulation of any fly-sheet signed by ten or more members of the Regent House which reaches him by 1 p.m. on Friday, 7 November 2014. The sheets must bear, in addition to the signatures, the names and initials (in block capitals) of the signatories (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 108). Documents which are submitted by fax to 01223 (3)32332 or scanned documents containing a signature sent to the Registrary at will also be accepted. Voting papers and fly-sheets will be distributed not later than Monday, 17 November 2014. The last date for the return of voting papers will be 5 p.m. on Thursday, 27 November 2014.

A vote has been requested by the following members of the Regent House:

M. J. Bickle

E. J. Hinch

J. R. Lister

M. V. St P. M. Blackman

S. B. Holden

J. A. Little

M. G. Chinca

M. B. Holness

N. D. Mathur

S. J. Cowley

D. E. Khmelnitskii

A. C. Norman

I. M. Le M. Du Quesnay

N. G. Kingsbury

M. J. Perry

S. R. Elliott

R. B. Landman

T. W. Ridgman

J. R. J. Gatti

A. N. Lasenby

I. Slack

Z. Hadzibabic

J. Lasenby

H. E. Watson

A. J. B. Hilton

I. B. Leader

P. Wingfield

Report of the Council on the process for the nomination and election of the Chancellor: Notice in response to remarks made in Discussion

The Council has received the remarks made at the Discussion on 27 May 2014 (Reporter, 6350, 2013–14, p. 614) concerning the above Report (Reporter, 6347, 2013–14, p. 536).

Dr Cowley raises a point of principle about the method for selection of members of the Council who will serve on the Nomination Board. Previously all members of the Council served on the Nomination Board. The Report proposes that members from each class of member serving on the Council will be appointed by the Council; that is, such members will be recommended for appointment by the Advisory Committee on Committee Membership and External Nominations for approval by the Council. The Council believes that this selection process ensures that members of the Council elected by the Regent House are included in the membership and enables any member of the Council to raise a concern about a particular appointment.

Professor Edwards argues that the establishment of a Nomination Board in 1953 was a mistake, that the Report does not consider the possibility of its abolition, and that the lack of at least one candidate is not of real concern. As noted in paragraph 7 (ii) of the Report, the working group which brought forward the proposals considered that the Nomination Board had an important role in ensuring that at least one nomination was published on its own authority, but was also mindful of not wishing to set up an establishment candidate. Thus, under the proposals, members of the Senate are invited to put forward their own nominations or to make suggestions to the Nomination Board of candidates for nomination under the Board’s authority by the same deadline, and the Nomination Board is only obliged to make a nomination if no nominations are received. The Council is aware of the shortcomings of the Single Transferable Vote system, to which Professor Edwards refers, but notes its widespread use in ballots of the Regent House and does not wish to consider a review of the voting system at the present time.

Finally, Professor Edwards notes that the Council should have recommended Recommendation II of the Report to the Senate for approval, which oversight the Council is happy to correct. The Council therefore submits two Graces, one to the Regent House (Grace 1, p. 751) and one to the Senate (Grace 1, p. 754), for the approval of the recommendations of this Report, as amended by this Notice.

14 July 2014

L. K. Borysiewicz, Vice-Chancellor

Richard Jones

Shirley Pearce

N. Bampos

Fiona Karet

John Shakeshaft

Jeremy Caddick

F. P. Kelly

Jean Thomas

Stephen J. Cowley

Mark Lewisohn

Evianne Van Gijn

I. M. Le M. Du Quesnay

Rebecca Lingwood

I. H. White

David Good

Mavis McDonald

A. D. Yates

Helen Hoogewerf-McComb

Susan Oosthuizen

Andy Hopper

Rachael Padman

University salaries and stipends

7 July 2014

The Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) has agreed with the trade unions the terms of the pay settlement effective from 1 August 2014. The settlement provides for a 2% increase in the salaries of non-clinical academic and academic-related staff, and assistant staff. It also proposed an additional £60 on point 1 on the national single spine, which is shown as point 13 on the University’s single salary spine.

The Council and the General Board have agreed that an increase on the basis set out above should be made in all relevant stipends and salaries with effect from 1 August 2014.

The stipends and salaries of certain University staff require the approval of the Regent House. The Council is accordingly submitting a Grace (Grace 6, p. 752) to the Regent House for the approval of an increase of 2% in these stipends and salaries and an additional £60 on point 13 of the University’s single salary spine. An updated Cambridge general stipend and salary scale showing the proposed new stipends and salaries for each grade is included in this Notice. This indicates those points which are the 51 points of the national single spine and those points, above and below, which are extensions to the spine in Cambridge. Changes will also be applied to those associated payments directly linked to a single spine stipend/salary point.

Subject to the approval of this Grace, the corresponding increases will be implemented in the stipends of those offices which do not require the approval of the University as well as in the salaries of analogous unestablished staff. In the case of contract research staff and other staff supported on non-central funds, payment of the increase will be conditional on funds being available to meet the cost of the increase from the relevant funding source.

It is expected that, if the Grace is approved, the increases will be paid to staff in the August 2014 payroll.

University of Cambridge: Single Salary Spine as at 1 August 2014

Single salary spine as at 1 August 2014


Note 1:

An asterisk (*) denotes a contribution point and progress through these is awarded on merit.

A plus sign (+) denotes a spine point effective from 1 January 2014.

Note 2:

Grade T is for staff who are studying for an approved qualification or undergoing ‘in-service’ training.

Note 3:

On 1 January 2010 the first contribution points of Grades 2, 3, and 4 became service points.

Note 4:

University Lecturers (ULs) and University Senior Lecturers (USLs) will be appointed to Grades 9 and 10 respectively.

ULs may progress through service points 1–9 of Grade 9.

USLs may progress through service points 1–3 and contribution points 4–5 of Grade 10.

Readers will only be appointed to point 2 in Grade 11 (point 63).

Research Associates and Senior Research Associates will be appointed to Grades 7 and 9 respectively.

Research Assistants are appointed to Grade 5.

The contribution points in Grades 9 and 11 do not apply to ULs and Readers. They apply to academic-related staff.

The professorial minimum will be point 68 in band 1 of Grade 12.

Note 5:

For academic staff (other than Professors and USLs) contribution will be recognized through the promotions procedure as now and not by use of contribution points.

USLs will also have access to the Senior Academic Promotions procedure under which they may also be awarded contribution points 4–5 in Grade 10.

Note 6:

Academic-related professorial-equivalent staff will be appointed on the contribution bands of Grade 12 according to the HERA points boundaries for each level.

Note 7:

Specific arrangements will apply to progression in service-related points on some grades in compliance with the Memorandum of Understanding.

Note 8:

Incremental progression through the service-related points occurs on the incremental date which will normally be on the anniversary of appointment or 1 April, 1 July, or 1 October respectively for staff engaged on terms and conditions for Manual, Clerical/Secretarial, and Technical Division appointments.

Note 9:

Direct employees of the University appointed to Grade 1 will not be paid below spine point 16, with effect from 1 August 2014.

Note 10:

Points 32 and 50 were aligned to the National Single Pay Spine for Higher Education Academic and Support Staff, as negotiated by the Universities and Colleges Employers Association on behalf of UK higher education employers, with effect from 1 January 2014.

University Composition Fees

14 July 2014

In the following Notice the Council proposes amendments to the fees for certain categories of students as set out in the Table of Fees attached to the regulations for University Composition Fees.

A. Home and EU undergraduate and certain other fees in 2015–16

Cost of an undergraduate education

1. Ordinances provide that recommendations for the University Composition Fees to be charged to Home and EU undergraduate students be accompanied by an analysis of the cost of an undergraduate education agreed by the General Board and the Council following consultation with the Colleges (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 156; Grace 13 of 26 May 2011). The outcome of the agreed calculation for 2012–13 is an average cost per student of £16.6k (showing an increase over the 2011–12 calculation of £15.1k; Reporter, 6331, 2013–14, p. 239) as follows:



University expenditure


Less: College fee


Net University expenditure


Plus: College expenditure


Total cost


Details of the analysis are provided on the Planning and Resources website at:

Home and EU undergraduate students subject to the regulated maximum fee (Table 1)

2. The government has announced the maximum rates for both new and continuing Home/EU undergraduate students for 2015–16, including the rates that may be charged for a year abroad. All rates are unchanged from 2014–15.

3. Although a higher rate of fee is permitted for non-Erasmus students on work placements abroad, the Council has agreed that the lower figure that applies to Erasmus students be charged to all New Regime students on both work and study placements abroad.

Equivalent or lower qualifications (ELQ) students (Table 5A)

4. The regulated fee continues to apply to all students on ‘ELQ exempt’ courses (Architecture, P.G.C.E., Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine) and these fees are therefore unchanged from 2014–15.

5. The Council has already given notice1 that the ELQ fee will be increased to £9,300 in 2015–16 for both new and continuing non-exempt ELQ students who started their course in or after 2012. That fee will apply to M.A.St. Degree students.

6. Fees for any continuing non-exempt Home/EU ELQ students who commenced a course before 2012 are increased by 2.5%. The fees are shown in Table 5A in the attached Schedule.

Continuing Island students (Table 5B)

7. Island students admitted in and after 2013 are charged fees at Overseas rates.

8. Continuing Island students admitted in 2012 are charged fees which correspond to New Regime rates and for 2015–16 the fees will be unchanged from 2014–15.

9. Fees for any continuing Island students admitted before 2012 have been increased by 2.5% provided the resulting rate does not exceed fees paid by students admitted after 2012.

B. Graduate fees

10. At present all courses for which matriculation is required incur a fee liability on the student to both the University and a College. The University fee varies between courses, whereas Colleges currently charge a single rate of College Graduate Fee (CGF) to all students.

11. The Council and the Colleges have agreed a new arrangement by which the University and College fees will be consolidated within the University Composition Fee, the income from which will be shared, the Colleges collectively receiving a proportion of each fee up to a defined maximum level. The new arrangement, under which only a single fee will be advertised, provides a restoration of income to the Colleges following a period in which increases in the value of the College Graduate Fee have been limited by the terms of Research Council funding. Research Councils no longer permit the College Graduate Fee to be met from doctoral training awards so this form of regulation has ended.

12. The scheme may be terminated by either side after a sufficient notice period.

13. The Council and the Colleges believe that the scheme fulfils a number of aims. It achieves a stable arrangement, is easy to understand and to operate, and aligns the interests of the Colleges with those of the University. It will provide the following benefits:

Greater clarity to prospective students regarding the cost of study at Cambridge, simplifying and aiding recruitment;

A unified approach to fee levels for the Collegiate University, better managed within a clear policy framework and providing a reasonable and fair outcome to the problems created by changes in Research Council policy;

For the new fundraising campaign, the shared scheme for graduate fees will facilitate greater cooperation; although individual Colleges have their own campaigns and priorities, a joint approach in which the University and Colleges are seen to work together has the potential to be significantly more effective;

Greater alignment of purpose between the University and Colleges regarding the provision of postgraduate education. The University and the Colleges are collectively responsible for the student experience. All aspects of the student experience must be adequately funded in order for the Collegiate University to remain competitive.

14. The scheme respects the independent rights of the University and Colleges each to charge a fee, and will be managed by the University to ensure that the sum of the two fees does not exceed what the market or providers are willing to pay. It provides for an equitable division of the consolidated fee income, recognizing the relative contributions of the University and the Colleges.

15. The Agreement with the Colleges is published on the Council website at [raven access only].

16. The consolidated fees for 2015–16 represent the sum of a University fee for each course and £2,960, being in both cases the fees that would have been charged individually. The change should therefore not increase costs to students or their sponsors.

17. The Overseas rate of University fee for the Ph.D. for new entrants from 2013 has been fixed at the same cash value for each of three years and the consolidated fee will be fixed from 2015; the opportunity has been taken of similarly fixing the Ph.D. fee for Home and EU new entrants for three years from 2015. The total fee paid for the duration of the course remains the same.

18. Budgetary provision has been made in Allocations for the increasing cost of the Research Council’s disallowance of the College Graduate Fee as a permissible cost. The Agreement provides for a sharing of the cost between the University and the Colleges.

19. Consolidated fees will be introduced in 2015–16 but the scheme will operate in 2014–15 with the separate fees being administered for financial purposes as if they were consolidated.

20. Non-consolidated Overseas fees have already been approved by Grace for 2015–16 but need now to be replaced with consolidated fees.

2015–16 fees

21. The University element of the consolidated fees in 2015–16 has been increased by 2% for Home/EU students. The CGF addition is £2,960, pro-rated for part-time courses, except where the Regulated undergraduate fee must be charged for the P.G.C.E. and the M.Phil. in Architecture and Urban Design.

The Council is accordingly submitting a Grace to the Regent House (Grace 7, p. 752) for the approval of the fees set out in the Schedule attached to this Notice.


Proposed Table of Fees

University Combination Room: Notice of closure

The University Combination Room will be closed from Monday, 21 July 2014 for maintenance works. The Combination Room will reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, 5 August 2014.