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No 6403

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Vol cxlvi No 8

pp. 115–157



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

28 November, Saturday. Congregation of the Regent House at 2 p.m.

29 November, Sunday. End of third quarter of Michaelmas Term.

4 December, Friday. Full Term ends.

Discussions (at 2 p.m.)


24 November

28 November, Saturday at 2 p.m.

8 December

Notice of a Discussion on Tuesday, 24 November 2015

The Vice-Chancellor invites those qualified under the regulations for Discussions (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 107) to attend a Discussion in the Senate-House on Tuesday, 24 November 2015, at 2 p.m. for the discussion of:

1. Report of the General Board, dated 4 November 2015, on the establishment of certain Professorships (see p. 124).

2. Report of the General Board, dated 4 November 2015, on the introduction of a Joint Tripos in History and Politics, and a Joint Tripos in History and Modern Languages (see p. 126).

Notice of benefactions

9 November 2015

The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that he has accepted with gratitude a benefaction of £660,000 from the Standard Bank of South Africa Ltd, of which both the capital and the income may be used, which is payable over five years. The benefaction will be transferred to Magdalene College to support studentships offered over the same period to graduate students who are candidates for any one-year taught Master’s Degree programme (with the exception of the M.B.A. and M.Fin. Degrees) and will remain ordinarily resident in one of certain specified African countries. The studentships will be called the Standard Bank Africa Derek Cooper Scholarships and will form part of Magdalene College’s Mandela Magdalene Scholarships programme.

The Vice-Chancellor has also accepted with gratitude:

(a)a benefaction of £2,500,000 from Cambridge in America, payable over three years, following a donation from Mr Charles Nicholas Corfield, to promote the study of mathematics by women by establishing an endowed University teaching office in the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, whose duties will include such promotion and encouragement;

(b)a benefaction of £1,650,000 from the Walters Kundert Charitable Trust to establish the Walters Kundert Next Generation Chemistry Fellowships Fund with an endowment of £1,250,000 and the Walters Kundert Outreach in Chemistry Fund with an endowment of £400,000;

(c)a benefaction of £1,200,000 from the Kirby Laing Foundation to establish the Kirby Laing Graduate Studentship Fund.

The Council is submitting Graces for the approval of regulations to govern the funds under (a)–(c) (Graces 1–4, p. 137).

Dates of Discussions for 2016–17

9 November 2015

The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that Discussions will be held on the following days in the academical year 2016–17:

Michaelmas Term 2016

Lent Term 2017

Easter Term 2017

Long Vacation 2017

11 October

24 January

2 May

11 July

25 October

7 February

16 May

8 November

21 February

30 May

22 November

7 March

13 June

6 December

21 March

University salaries and stipends

9 November 2015

The Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) has proposed a pay settlement effective from 1 August 2015. The settlement provides for a 1% increase in the salaries of non-clinical academic and academic-related staff and assistant staff except for spine points 9 to 20, where the increases are proposed as follows:

Points 9 to 13:

2.65% increase

Point 14:

2.4% increase

Point 15:

2.2% increase

Point 16:

2.0% increase

Point 17:

1.8% increase

Point 18:

1.6% increase

Point 19:

1.4% increase

Point 20:

1.2% increase

It should be noted that one of the five New Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education Staff (New JNCHES) trade unions remains in dispute over the offer. However, UCEA has confirmed that the formal dispute resolution procedure set out in the New JNCHES agreement has been exhausted and has therefore advised that implementation of the pay settlement may proceed.

Pending the outcome of further discussions at national level, 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 2015.

The stipends and salaries of certain University staff require the approval of the Regent House. The Council is accordingly submitting a Grace (Grace 5, p. 139) to the Regent House for the approval of an increase of 1% to 2.65% (as specified above) in these stipends and salaries. 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 December 2015 payroll.

University of Cambridge: Single Salary Spine as at 1 August 2015

Notes: University of Cambridge Single Salary Spine

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.

Note 11:

On 1 January 2015 the first contribution points of grades 1, 5, and 6 became service points.

Single salary spine as at 1 August 2015

Publication of the Higher Education Green Paper

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) published its Green Paper on higher education, Fulfilling our Potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice, on 6 November 2015. The consultation document outlines the Department’s vision for the future of higher education in England, inviting views on proposed next steps by 15 January 2016.

Members of the University can read a brief summary of the Paper’s key recommendations, and access the Paper itself at Views and comments on the Paper can be emailed to by 25 November 2015 and will inform the response to BIS that will be considered by the Council on 14 December 2015.

Buildings Committee

9 November 2015

With effect from 1 January 2016

Following discussion at meetings of the Buildings Committee and the Planning and Resources Committee in June 2015, the Council and the General Board have approved changes to the membership of the Buildings Committee as follows:

(i)Members in class (c) will be appointed by the General Board to be representative of user interests; membership will not be limited to Heads of School;

(ii)Class (d), the Professor of Architecture, and class (e), a member of the Regent House appointed by the Council, will be replaced by a single class (d), two members of the Regent House with relevant expertise, appointed by the Council;

(iii)Class (f), three persons with relevant expertise who are not members of the Regent House, appointed by the Council, will become class (e), two persons with relevant expertise who are not members of the Regent House, appointed by the Council. Appointments in class (e) are in addition to the Chair appointed in class (a), i.e. there will be three external members of the Committee.

All Heads of School will continue to receive papers for the Committee and will continue to have the right of attendance, subject to the agreement of the Chair, for specific items affecting their School. All Heads of School are members of the Planning and Resources Committee, which seeks the advice of the Buildings Committee in setting the budget for each capital project, and gives funding approval for each project. The membership continues to provide for cross-representation with the Estates Strategy Committee.

Christmas and New Year closing: University offices

9 November 2015

The Council has authorized the closure of the University Offices from 5 p.m. on Thursday, 24 December 2015, until 8.30 a.m. on Monday, 4 January 2016. The University Messenger Service will not operate during the period of closure.