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No 6383

Wednesday 22 April 2015

Vol cxlv No 27

pp. 481–498



25 April, Saturday. Congregation of the Regent House at 9.30 a.m. (see p. 497).

27 April, Monday. End of first quarter of Easter Term.

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

10 May, Sunday. Preacher before the University at 11.15 a.m., Rev. Canon Dr S. M. B. Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London.

12 May, Tuesday. Discussion at 2 p.m. in the Senate-House.

14 May, Thursday. Ascension Day. Scarlet Day. Easter Term divides.

Discussions at 2 p.m.


28 April

25 April, Saturday at 9.30 a.m.

12 May

16 May, Saturday at 10 a.m.

26 May

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

9 June

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

7 July

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

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

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

18 July, Saturday at 10 a.m.

Notice of a Discussion on Tuesday, 28 April 2015

The Vice-Chancellor invites those qualified under the regulations for Discussions (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 111) to attend a Discussion in the Senate-House, on Tuesday, 28 April 2015, at 2 p.m. for the discussion of:

1. Joint Report of the Council and the General Board, dated 25 March 2015 and 11 March 2015, on the rescission of the quota system for the number of Professorial Fellowships maintained by each College (Reporter, 6381, 2014–15, p. 439).

The Reports published in this issue (pp. 492, 493, and 496) will be discussed on 12 May.

Honorary Degree Congregation: Wednesday, 17 June 2015

20 April 2015

The Vice-Chancellor reminds members of the University that a Congregation of the Regent House will take place on Wednesday, 17 June 2015, at 2.45 p.m., at which the Chancellor will preside and is expecting to admit the following persons to titular degrees approved by the Regent House at a Congregation on Saturday, 21 February 2015:

Doctor of Divinity

The Baroness Neuberger

Senior Rabbi to the West London Synagogue and medical ethicist, of Newnham College, formerly Chief Executive of the King’s Fund and sometime Chancellor of the University of Ulster

Doctor of Law

Judge Hisashi Owada

Judge and diplomat, Honorary Fellow of Trinity College, sometime President of the International Court of Justice and formerly Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations

Doctor of Science

Professor Sir James Mirrlees

Economist, Fellow of Trinity College and Professor of Political Economy Emeritus, Distinguished Professor-at-Large and Master of Morningside College, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Distinguished Professor of Economics, University of Macau, Nobel Laureate

Sir Michael Rawlins

Physician and pharmacologist, Chair of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and formerly Chair of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Emeritus Professor, University of Newcastle, and Honorary Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Doctor of Letters

Mr Neil MacGregor

Art historian, Director of the British Museum, and formerly Director of the National Gallery

Dame Paula Rego

Painter and printmaker, Honorary Fellow of Murray Edwards College

Professor Judith Jarvis Thomson

Moral and metaphysical philosopher, of Newnham College, Professor of Philosophy Emerita and formerly Laurence S. Rockefeller Professor of Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Doctor of Music

Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Conductor, Honorary Fellow of King’s College and sometime Visiting Fellow of Peterhouse, Founder and Artistic Director of the Monteverdi Choir, the English Baroque Soloists, and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique


Admission to this occasion will be by ticket only.

All members and staff (including retired staff) of the University and the Colleges are eligible to apply for tickets to attend the Congregation and Reception. In order to allow the greatest possible attendance by such applicants, requests for guest tickets will not be accepted.

Applications should preferably be made online at:

Those who prefer may apply on paper or by email, stating a postal address and their qualifying University and/or College affiliation. Postal applications should be sent to: Honorary Degrees, The Vice-Chancellor’s Office, The Old Schools, Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TN, or emailed to (which can also be used for queries relating to the Congregation).

The deadline for applications is Friday, 22 May 2015. If demand for places exceeds capacity all applications received by that date will be balloted. Successful applicants should expect to receive their ticket in the week beginning 1 June and further details about the day will be included on the tickets.

Applicants who discover at any stage that they can no longer attend are asked to inform the Vice-Chancellor’s Office promptly so that their application can be deleted and the place offered to others. Tickets already sent should be destroyed as they are issued to named individuals and are not transferable.


Ticket-holders who are not processing will need to be in their places in the Senate-House not later than 2.30 p.m. The Congregation is expected to end at about 3.35 p.m.


There will be a Reception on the lawn in Senate-House Yard after the Congregation for all those attending. Refreshments will be served and there will be a marquee to provide cover.


Members of the University attending are reminded that they are required by regulations in Ordinances to wear academical dress (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 198) (although by custom others present do not).

The day of the Congregation will be a ‘scarlet day’, so Doctors are requested to wear their festal gowns. Graduates are requested to wear hoods. In accordance with the regulations and with the exception of the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, High Steward, Deputy High Steward, Commissary, Proctors, Registrary, Esquire Bedells, Orator, and the Honorary Graduands, other members of the University present who hold non-Cambridge degrees may wear the dress of those degrees on this occasion if they prefer.


Provided that the weather allows, a procession will form in the Schools Arcade at 2.25 p.m. Those specified below who wish to process are asked to state this clearly in their application. Only holders of Cambridge Professorial Chairs or Cambridge Higher Doctorates, i.e. D.D., LL.D., M.D. (if conferred before 2014) or Med.Sc.D., Sc.D., Litt.D., and Mus.D. are eligible to process as Professors or Doctors. Processional tickets will be issued up to the maximum number of seats available to seat the procession.

After consulting the Proctors in accordance with the relevant regulation, the Vice-Chancellor has prescribed the following order of processions prior to this Congregation:

The Vice-Marshal

Heads of Colleges

The Regius Professors of Divinity, Civil Law, Physic, Hebrew, Greek, History, Botany, and Engineering

Professors who are Doctors of Divinity, Law, Medicine (if conferred before 2014) or Medical Science, Science, Letters, or Music

Doctors of Divinity, Law, Medicine (if conferred before 2014) or Medical Science, Science, Letters, or Music

The Librarian

Other Professors and the Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Members of the Council

The Pro-Proctors

A second procession will form and proceed immediately after the first:

The Esquire Bedells

The Chancellor

The Chancellor’s Train-bearer

The University Marshal

The Orator

The Vice-Chancellor

The Registrary

The Proctors

(University Constables)

The High Steward

The Deputy High Steward

The Commissary

The Pro-Vice-Chancellors

The Honorary Graduands

The Deputy Proctors

The Pro-Proctor for Ceremonial

Arup Building: Naming approved

21 April 2015

The Council has approved the naming of the refurbished Arup Building on the New Museums site as the David Attenborough Building, in honour of Sir David Attenborough, CL, who is Vice-President or Patron of several of the partners in the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) housed in the building and who has been an active supporter of the CCI, launching plans for the Initiative in April 2013, and the Department and Museum of Zoology over many years.

The alteration and refurbishment works on the building, which was informally named the Arup Building after the firm involved in its design and construction, were approved by Grace 1 of 16 October 2013 and are due to be completed in August 2015.

Annual Reports

The following Annual Reports have been received by the Council or the General Board and are available on the websites indicated:

Cambridge University Library
Annual Report for the year 2013–14

Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences
Annual Report 2013–14

Equality and Diversity
Equality and Diversity Information Report 2013–14