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No 6479

Wednesday 11 October 2017

Vol cxlviii No 3

pp. 39–46



15 October, Sunday. Preacher before the University at 11.15 a.m., Ms Janet Morley, of Murray Edwards College and Wesley House, writer and liturgist, formerly a Director of Christian Aid and sometime Secretary for Adult Learning in the Methodist Church.

20 October, Friday. End of first quarter of Michaelmas Term.

21 October, Saturday. Congregation of the Regent House at 11 a.m.

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

Discussions (at 2 p.m.)


24 October

21 October, Saturday at 11 a.m.

7 November

25 November, Saturday at 2 p.m.

21 November

5 December

Discussion on Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The Vice-Chancellor invites those qualified under the regulations for Discussions (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 105) to attend a Discussion in the Senate-House on Tuesday, 24 October 2017, at 2 p.m., for the discussion of:

1. The twenty-second Report of the Board of Scrutiny, dated 19 September 2017 (Reporter, 6478, 2017–18, p. 24).

2. Report of the General Board, dated 4 October 2017, on revised terms of reference for Degree Committees (p. 42).

Further information on Discussions, including details on format and attendance, is provided at

Notice of a benefaction

9 October 2017

The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that he has accepted with gratitude a benefaction of PLN 15m (£3,164,438) from the University of Warsaw, using funds allocated to it by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, to be held as endowment to support the University’s Polish Studies Programme, including funding for a Lectureship in Polish Studies in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages. The Council is submitting a Grace (Grace 1, p. 44) for the approval of regulations to govern a Polish Endowment Fund for Polish Studies.

Motor vehicle licence arrangements

9 October 2017

The Council, in consultation with the Proctors, is proposing changes to the arrangements for the issue of motor vehicle licences to student members of the University. At present, the Vice-Chancellor appoints a Special Pro-Proctor for motor vehicles, who issues licences in accordance with the regulations for Motor Vehicles (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 196). If the changes are approved, the Senior Proctor, or a person appointed by the Senior Proctor under the revised regulations, shall take over the responsibilities previously undertaken by the Special Pro-Proctor. Ultimate authority for the issue of licences and the responsibility for any disciplinary decisions concerning their suspension or revocation or the imposition of a fine for breaches of the regulations would lie with the Senior Proctor or their Statutory Deputy, but a person or persons appointed from amongst the administrative staff of the University would conduct the routine issue and administration of licences. This change would return the authority for issuing licences to where it sat when motor-control was introduced in 1908 (the office of Special Pro-Proctor for motor vehicles was not created until 1925).

As the Special Pro-Proctor for motor vehicles is the only appointment to the office of Special Pro-Proctor, it is also proposed that other references to the office should be removed from Ordinances. The opportunity is also being taken to make some changes to reflect current practice.

The Council is submitting a Grace (Grace 2, p. 45) for the approval of the changes as set out in the Annex to this Notice.


(a)  In the regulations for Motor Vehicles (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 196):

(i)by amending Regulation 1 so as to read:

1. A member of the University in statu pupillari shall not keep, use, or cause to be kept for her or his use any motor vehicle other than a moped within ten miles of Great St Mary’s Church while in residence in term or in the Long Vacation period of residence, unless he or she shall have obtained, on her or his Tutor’s written recommendation, a licence for that vehicle issued by the Senior Proctor or a person appointed for the purpose by the Senior Proctor under this Ordinance (where the Senior Proctor has appointed a person to act on their behalf any reference to the Senior Proctor in this Ordinance shall be construed as referring to that person). The Senior Proctor may issue such a licence to any member of the University in statu pupillari who is a graduate of a university, or who has the status of Bachelor of Arts, or who has kept (or been allowed) nine terms by residence, or to whom the Senior Proctor decides that its issue is warranted by exceptional individual circumstances.

(ii)by inserting the words ‘or a duly appointed deputy’ after the words ‘Head of the Department’;

(iii)by replacing all references to ‘seven days’ with ‘fourteen days’ in Regulation 4;

(iv)by deleting the text ‘, from firms appearing on lists maintained by the Special Pro-Proctor’ in Regulation 7;

(v)by replacing other references in those regulations to the Special Pro-Proctor with references to the Senior Proctor.

(b)  In the regulations for Proctors and Pro-Proctors (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 692 )

(i)by replacing the reference to the Special Pro-Proctor with a reference to the Senior Proctor (or a duly appointed person) in Regulation 7;

(ii)by deleting the words ‘and one or two Constables to assist the Special Pro-Proctor for Motor Vehicles’ in Regulation 9;

(iii)by deleting Regulation 6 and renumbering the remaining regulations.

(c)  By deleting other references in Ordinances to the Special Pro-Proctor or to the Special Pro-Proctor for motor vehicles.

Divestment: Consultation meetings

The University is holding two meetings, open to current staff and students of the collegiate University, to discuss divestment. These will be taking place at the Lady Mitchell Hall, on the Sidgwick site, on the following dates:

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 at 1 p.m. (doors open: 1 p.m.; meeting: 1.15 p.m. to 3 p.m.).

Thursday, 9 November 2017 at 4 p.m. (doors open: 4 p.m.; meeting: 4.15 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

The meetings, chaired by Professor Dame Athene Donald as Chair of the Divestment Working Group, will include a panel discussion, contributions by members of the University, and time for open discussion. Attendance at the meetings is by ticket only. Further information on registration and submissions is available on the Divestment Working Group’s webpage at

Individuals who wish to submit a contribution to the meeting should send a written statement (of a maximum of 500 words) to the Divestment Working Group by email to The submission should include the individual’s name and role within the University, plus any affiliations.

The Council established the Divestment Working Group to broadly consider the question of disinvestment from businesses involved in fossil fuel extraction. Terms of reference and further details about the working group can be found at