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No 6421

Wednesday 13 April 2016

Vol cxlvi No 26

pp. 441–462



19 April, Tuesday. Full Term begins. Mere’s Commemoration. Sermon in St Bene’t’s Church at 11.45 a.m. Preacher, The Very Reverend Professor Iain Torrance, TD, FRSE, Dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland and of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Pro-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen.

23 April, Saturday. Congregation of the Regent House at 11 a.m.

26 April, Tuesday. Discussion at 2 p.m. in the Senate-House.

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

Discussions at 2 p.m.


26 April

23 April, Saturday at 11 a.m.

10 May

14 May, Saturday at 10 a.m.

24 May

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

7 June

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

5 July

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

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

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

15 July, Friday at 10 a.m.

16 July, Saturday at 10 a.m.

Amending Statute for Peterhouse

28 March 2016

The Vice-Chancellor begs leave to refer to his Notice of 2 March 2016 (Reporter, 6417, 2015–16, p. 409), concerning a proposed amending Statute for Peterhouse. He hereby gives notice that in the opinion of the Council the proposed Statute makes no alteration of any Statute which affects the University, and does not require the consent of the University; that the interests of the University are not prejudiced by it, and that the Council has resolved to take no action upon it, provided that the Council will wish to reconsider the proposed Statute if it has not been submitted to the Privy Council by 30 March 2017.

Amending Statutes for Queens’ College

6 April 2016

The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that he has received from the Governing Body of Queens’ College, in accordance with the provisions of Section 7(2) of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act 1923, the text of proposed Statutes to amend the Statutes of the College. Details of the proposed amendments are available on the College’s website:

Paper copies of the current Statutes of the College and the proposed amendments may be inspected at the University Offices until 10 a.m. on 29 April 2016.

Sir Robert Rede’s Lecture 2016: Change of date

6 April 2016

The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that the 2016 Lecture by The Rt Hon. Lord Adonis announced in an earlier Notice as for Wednesday, 20 April 2016 at 5.30 p.m. is postponed and will now be given next Michaelmas Term on a date to be published later.

North West Cambridge development

11 April 2016

The Council wishes to report to the Regent House that, at its meeting on 14 March 2016, it:

(a)approved the recommendations of the second report of the North West Cambridge Audit Group. A copy of the second report can be accessed by current raven account holders at:;

(b)approved an increase in the borrowing limit for Phase 1 of the North West Cambridge development from £320m to £396m. This approval was given by the Council in the light of advice from its Finance Committee, which had considered and adopted a re-baselined financial appraisal, as required by the first report of the North West Cambridge Audit Group (see Reporter, 6400, 2015–16, p. 53);

(c)approved, on the recommendation of its Finance Committee, the release of the Chest loan of up to £4m, as previously approved but suspended at its meeting on 13 July 2015, to enable an options appraisal and subsequently (if the Council so authorizes) a business case for Phase 2 of the project to be prepared. If the Council decides to recommend that a second phase is taken forward, it will publish a Report, for consideration at a Discussion and approval by Grace.

Faculty of Law building: Naming approved

11 April 2016

The Council has approved the naming of the Faculty of Law building on the Sidgwick site as the David Williams Building, in honour of Professor Sir David Williams QC, M.A., LL.B., LL.D.(Hon), the first full-time holder of the office of Vice-Chancellor, 1989–96, Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of English Law and Emeritus Professor of Law (1996), President of Wolfson College, 1980–92, Life Fellow and Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College, and Honorary Fellow of Pembroke and Wolfson Colleges, who died in 2009.

Examinations, 2016

11 April 2016

Because of the potential risk of industrial action that might result in a delay in the publication of lists of candidates who have satisfied the Examiners in particular examinations, the Council is submitting Graces to the Regent House to limit the extent of any such delay and to deal with associated matters (Graces 1–3, p. 455). The Council hopes that it will not be necessary to use the emergency powers conferred by these Graces, but it thinks it a reasonable precaution to ensure that such powers are available. Similar Graces have been approved in the past when it was thought that University officers and other Examiners and Assessors might follow a policy of non-cooperation over examinations.