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No 6361

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Vol cxlv No 5

pp. 56–84



25 October, Saturday. Congregation of the Regent House at 11 a.m. (see p. 68).

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

1 November, Saturday. All Saint’s Day. Scarlet Day.

2 November, Sunday. Commemoration of Benefactors. Scarlet Day. Preacher before the University at 11.15 a.m., The Reverend Canon Dr J. D. Maltby, N and W, Reader in Church History in the University of Oxford (Lady Margaret’s Preacher).

9 November, Sunday. Remembrance Sunday. Michaelmas Term divides.

Discussions at 2 p.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, 28 October 2014

The Vice-Chancellor invites those qualified under the regulations for Discussions (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 111) and those authorized by the Vice-Chancellor in the Notice of 15 October 2014 (Reporter, 6360, 2014–15, p.50) to attend a Discussion in the Senate-House, on Tuesday, 28 October 2014, at 2 p.m. for the discussion of:

1. First-stage Report of the Council, dated 7 October 2014, on the construction of education space and gallery refurbishment at Kettle’s Yard (Reporter, 6359, 2014–15, p. 41).

2. Topic of concern to the University: The future of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (Reporter, 6360, 2014–15, p. 50).

The Report in this issue (see p. 65) will be discussed on Tuesday, 11 November 2014.

Report of the Council on the process for the nomination and election of the Chancellor: Notice

20 October 2014

Further to the Vice-Chancellor’s Notices dated 25 July 2014 withdrawing Graces submitted for the approval of the recommendations of the above Report (Reporter, 6356, 2013–14, p. 761), the Council has given further thought to the way in which to submit proposals concerning amendments to the process for the nomination and election of the Chancellor.

The Report proposes amendments to the Ordinance setting out the details of the process for the nomination and election of the Chancellor, which require the approval of the Senate; it also proposes amendments to Statute A I to remove references to voting in person from the Statute, so that the voting method is governed by the Ordinance (Reporter, 6347, 2013–14, p. 536). The Council has agreed not to resubmit a Grace to the Senate concerning amendments to the Ordinance at the present time, but instead to revisit the matter when there is an election by the Senate in prospect on the advent of a vacancy in the office of the Chancellor or High Steward. This approach enables the Council to decide whether to bring forward a new Report at that time and, should the Council or members of the Senate decide to call for a ballot of the Senate to be taken on the changes proposed in that Report, that ballot would be run concurrently with an election carried out under the existing procedures laid down in Ordinance, without significant extra expense.

However, the Council believes that the amendment to the Statute to remove the voting method from its ambit can be submitted at the present time for the approval of the Regent House (and, if approved, of Her Majesty in Council) without prejudice to the current process, as the Ordinance already stipulates that voting shall be in person (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 109). The Council is therefore submitting a Grace for the approval of the Regent House (Grace 1, p. 67), the form of which has been revised in accordance with Regulation 15 of the regulations for Graces and Congregations of the Regent House (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 111).

University Stipends and Salaries: Amendment to scale

20 October 2014

In October 2012 the University and Assistants Joint Board (UAJB) agreed to appoint a Special Joint Negotiating Committee (SJNC) to review how the loyalty and skills of Assistant staff are rewarded.

The SJNC held a series of discussions during the Lent and Easter Terms 2013. The University representatives offered to increase the service points of Grades 1, 5, and 6 by converting the lowest contribution point of those Grades to a service point from 1 January 2015, reflecting the fact that the University salary scales are wider at the higher Grades. The union representatives formally accepted this offer in November 2013. It was recognized that the lowest contribution point of Grades 2, 3, and 4 had been converted to a service point in January 2010. An updated Cambridge general stipend and salary scale is appended to this Notice.

An Equality Assurance Assessment was undertaken in August 2013 on the proposed changes to Grades 1, 5, and 6 and found a number of positive impacts on women, younger members of staff, and Black & Minority Ethnic / White Other staff groups.

The Council and the General Board accordingly recommend that the general stipend and salary scale in Schedule 1 to the regulations for Stipends (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 690) be amended with effect from 1 January 2015 by converting the following contribution points to service points:

Grade 1: point 18

Grade 5: point 39

Grade 6: point 43

The Council is submitting a Grace (Grace 2, p. 67) for the approval of this amendment.

Notes to the Single Salary Spine:

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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 Technicial Division appointments.

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

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 Single Salary Spine as at 1 January 2015