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No 6357

Wednesday 24 September 2014

Vol cxlv No 1

pp. 1–22



1 October, Wednesday. Michaelmas Term begins. 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.

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

19 October, Sunday. Preacher before the University at 11.15 a.m., The Right Reverend A. Bellenger, JE, formerly Abbot of Downside.

Discussions at 2 p.m.


14 October

1 October, Wednesday at 9.30 a.m.

28 October

25 October, Saturday at 11 a.m.

11 November

29 November, Saturday at 2 p.m.

25 November

9 December

Notice of a Discussion on Tuesday, 14 October 2014

The Vice-Chancellor invites those qualified under the regulations for Discussions (Statutes and Ordinances, 2013, 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 (Reporter, 6355, 2013–14, 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) (Reporter, 6355, 2013–14, 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 (Reporter, 6355, 2013–14, p. 747).

4. Report of the General Board, dated 2 July 2014, on the re-establishment of a Professorship of Surgical Oncology (Reporter, 6355, 2013–14, p. 748).

5. Report of the General Board, dated 2 July 2014, on certain University offices in the School of Clinical Medicine (Reporter, 6355, 2013–14, p. 748).

6. Report of the Council, dated 22 September 2014, seeking authority to extend Phase 1 of the North West Cambridge development (p. 11).

7. Nineteenth Report of the Board of Scrutiny, dated 9 July 2014 (p. 13).

Amending Statutes for Hughes Hall

14 August 2014

The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that he has received from the Governing Body of Hughes Hall, in accordance with the provisions of Section 7(2) of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act 1923, the text of a proposed Statute to amend the Statutes of the College.

The current Statutes of the College and the proposed amendments are available on the College’s website: and Paper copies may be inspected at the University Offices until 10 a.m. on 10 October 2014.

Dates of Discussions for 2014–15

18 August 2014

The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that Discussions will be held on the following days in the academical year 2014–15:

Discussions (on Tuesdays at 2 p.m.)

Michaelmas Term 2014

Lent Term 2015

Easter Term 2015

Long Vacation 2015

14 October

20 January

28 April

7 July

28 October

3 February

12 May

11 November

17 February

26 May

25 November

3 March

9 June

9 December

17 March

Honorary Degree Committee

24 September 2014

The Vice-Chancellor invites nominations for honorary degrees. Full details of how to make a nomination (including eligibility requirements), and how to complete and submit the requisite nomination form, are published online at, where a list of Honorary Degrees conferred since 1977 may also be found.

Nominations should be made in confidence, and will be treated confidentially by the University Council’s Honorary Degree Committee. Before making proposals, nominators are asked to bear in mind the high standard indicated by previous recipients. Nominators should be able to name at least one member of the senior academic or administrative staff of the University of Cambridge or of a College who is likely to be able to produce an informed and authoritative opinion for the Honorary Degree Committee if approached.

Nominations may be made at any time, but those received by 31 October 2014 will be considered initially at the Michaelmas 2014 meeting of the Honorary Degree Committee.

While nominations must be made using the form, informal advice may be sought by email from the Secretary of the Committee, Dr James Knapton (

Discussion of a topic of concern to the University: The future of the Universities Superannuation Scheme

22 September 2014

The Council has agreed that there should be an opportunity for the discussion of a topic of concern on the proposals for scheme funding from the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) and on the future funding and benefits of USS from Universities UK. These proposals, which include options for benefit reform, are being considered in anticipation of the triennial valuation of the scheme as at 31 March 2014; initial outcomes of that valuation will be available from late September 2014 and are expected to confirm a substantially increased deficit. Discussions of the proposals are expected to conclude in November 2014. If it is determined that reforms are required to that timescale, a statutory consultation undertaken by the University on behalf of USS with affected scheme employees will follow early in 2015. Further information is available online at:

The Council has agreed that this topic will be included among the matters for consideration at the Discussion on 28 October 2014. The Vice-Chancellor will chair the Discussion and authorizes all members of the University who are members of the USS to attend the Discussion and to speak on this topic, time permitting.

Publication of Reporter issues in July 2014: Notice by the Editor

It is regretted that, owing to the large number of items submitted, the issues of the Reporter dated Wednesday, 16 and 30 July 2014, were in fact published a day later than anticipated, on Thursday, 17 and 31 July 2014 respectively. Although the Graces in those issues were in consequence submitted a day later than previously notified, the dates of the Graces will stand; the dates of approval are unaffected.