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No 6537

Wednesday 13 February 2019

Vol cxlix No 19

pp. 394–412



23 February, Saturday. Congregation of the Regent House at 2 p.m.

24 February, Sunday. Preacher before the University at 11.15 a.m., The Revd Dr R. J. Steinke, SE, President of the Luther Seminary, St Paul, Minnesota (Hulsean Preacher).

  5 March, Tuesday. End of third quarter of Lent Term. Discussion at 2 p.m in the Senate-House.

Discussions (Tuesdays at 2 p.m.)

Congregations (Saturdays unless otherwise stated)

  5 March

23 February, at 2 p.m.

19 March

23 March, at 11 a.m.

30 March, at 11 a.m.

Preachers Before the University in 2019–20

The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that the following persons have been appointed in the manner prescribed by Ordinance to preach during the academic year 2019–20.

Michaelmas Term

20 October 2019

The Revd Nicky Gumbel, of Trinity College, Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton

  3 November 2019

The Revd Professor Sarah Foot, former Fellow of Gonville and Caius College and member of Newnham College, Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History and Canon Professor, Christ Church, University of Oxford (Lady Margaret’s Preacher)

Lent Term

26 January 2020

Professor Peter Ward, Professor of Practical Theology in the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Durham

23 February 2020

Professor Rae Langton, Fellow of Newnham College and Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy (Hulsean Preacher)

Easter Term

31 May 2020

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, Resident Bishop of the San Francisco Area, California-Nevada Conference of the United Methodist Church (Ramsden Preacher)

University Sermons are delivered in Great St Mary’s, the University Church, at 11.15 a.m. on the Sundays stated and members of the University are reminded that they should wear academic dress if attending. All are welcome and those present are invited to take refreshments with the Preacher at Michaelhouse after each Sermon.

Report of the Council on the age limit on membership of the Regent House and other related matters: Notice in response to Discussion remarks

11 February 2019

The Council has received the remarks made at the Discussion on 22 January 2019 (Reporter, 6535, 2018–19, p. 372) concerning the above Report (Reporter, 6531, 2018–19, p. 278).

Dr Hutchings, Professor Anderson and Dr Thomas note that, whilst the Report proposes changes that remove some objections to Grace 1 of 27 June 2018 as amended (Reporter, 6524, 2018–19, p. 94), it continues to support the main change that was approved by ballot on that Grace, namely the introduction of a three-year service requirement for Research Associates, and Computer Associates, Grades I, II, and III, to be eligible for Regent House membership, which they consider to be unlawful. Having received advice, the Council is satisfied that the provision is lawful; it does not differentiate between categories of staff and is in any event a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim, being to reserve Regent House membership to those with more than a short-term or transitory relationship with the University.

Dr Thomas also recommends that departmental secretaries should prompt Research Associates and Computer Associates to provide details of non-continuous service. This will be suggested to institutions, alongside other measures to publicise this means of confirming eligibility for membership.

Dr Kell suggests that information on the risk of a legal challenge was withheld from the Council’s Report on membership of the Regent House for Directors of Research and Principal Research Associates published in February 2018 (Reporter, 6494, 2017–18, p. 385). This risk was acknowledged in the Council’s Report of 2010, to which the February 2018 Report made reference. The Council regrets that this was not more readily apparent.

Several of the speakers make wider points of relevance to ongoing discussions on the membership of the Regent House, including Professor Edwards, Mr Milner, and Professor Evans who consider respectively the current composition of the membership of the Regent House, the case for the addition of College Chaplains to the membership, and the position of unestablished post-holders. The Council has asked that all remarks made on this Report be forwarded to its Governance Review Working Group. It agrees with Dr Kell that the recent changes to the membership should not be perceived as binding on the governance review.

The Council is submitting a Grace (Grace 1, p. 397) for the approval of the recommendations of this Report.