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No 6514

Wednesday 11 July 2018

Vol cxlviii No 38

pp. 797–813

Notices by the General Board

Sabbatical leave

The General Board, on the recommendation of the Council, has agreed to amend paragraph 8 of the General Board’s Notice on sabbatical leave (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 681) to allow Council members to continue to attend Council meetings during a period of sabbatical leave, if they wish to do so. This change acknowledges the fact that Council members, as the charity trustees of the University, are not relieved of their responsibilities during a period of sabbatical or other leave. Council membership has therefore been accepted as an exception to the general rule that attendance at committee meetings is one of the administrative tasks that should be set aside during sabbatical leave. Attendance at the meetings of other bodies is still subject to that general rule, so a Council member who is also a member of the General Board or any another committee will be expected to resign from those bodies or secure exemption from attendance at their meetings.

Paragraph 8 has accordingly been revised to read as follows:

8. Subject to the exceptions noted under sub-paragraphs (a) and (b) below, the General Board regards attendance at meetings of Boards, Syndicates, Committees, or other similar bodies of whatever name, as falling under the head of administrative duties for the purposes of these rules, and the undertaking referred to in paragraph 6(b) above therefore requires the officer either to resign from any such body or to secure exemption from attendance at its meetings during the period of leave of absence under Special Ordinance C (i) 1.

(a)In addition to the options noted above, members of the Council may continue to attend meetings of the Council during a period of leave.

(b)The General Board has decided that, to secure the proper working of Appointments Committees, it is necessary to require that an officer who is a member of an Appointments Committee and who has been granted leave of absence for a term or more shall tender her or his resignation as a member of the Appointments Committee.