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No 6538

Wednesday 20 February 2019

Vol cxlix No 20

pp. 413–422



23 February, Saturday. Congregation of the Regent House at 2 p.m. (see p. 421).

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 (see below).

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.

Discussion on Tuesday, 5 March 2019

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, 5 March 2019 at 2 p.m., for the discussion of:

1.Report of the General Board, dated 15 February 2019, on the establishment of certain Professorships (p. 418).

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

Notice of a benefaction

The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that he has accepted with gratitude a benefaction of £100m from the David and Claudia Harding Foundation towards the Student Support Initiative launched by the Vice-Chancellor on 1 October 2018 (Reporter, 6520, 2018–19, p. 33). The benefaction comprises £79m as endowment to support outstanding Ph.D. students in any discipline, to be called the Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholars Programme, £54m of which will be applied by the University, with the balance of £25m to be transferred to St Catharine's College to be applied to support students at the College as part of the Programme. Of the remaining £21m, of which the capital and income may be used, £20m will be applied to form the Harding Collegiate Cambridge Challenge Fund, to match gifts made to the Cambridge Colleges to support undergraduate students at the University, and £1m will be applied at the discretion of the Vice-Chancellor for the purpose of improving access to the University for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The Council is submitting a Grace (Grace 2, p. 419) for the approval of regulations to govern the proposed endowment fund, to be called the Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholars Programme Fund, the funding for which will be matched with a £25m contribution from the University.

Amending Statutes for St Catharine's College

15 February 2019

The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that he has received from the Governing Body of St Catharine's 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. The current Statutes of the College and the amendments, including a side by side comparison, are available on the College's website:

Paper copies of the amendments may be inspected at the University Offices until 10 a.m. on 8 March 2019.

Amending Statutes for Downing College

18 February 2019

The Vice-Chancellor begs leave to refer to his Notice of 18 January 2019 (Reporter, 6534, 2018–19, p. 322), concerning proposed amending Statutes for Downing College. He hereby gives notice that in the opinion of the Council the proposed Statutes make no alteration of any Statute which affects the University, and do not require the consent of the University; that the interests of the University are not prejudiced by them, and that the Council has resolved to take no action upon them, provided that the Council will wish to reconsider the proposed Statutes if they have not been submitted to the Privy Council by 18 February 2020.

Nomination of Proctor and Deputy Proctors

18 February 2019

At the University Offices on Friday, 15 February 2019, the Master of Trinity Hall presented to a Deputy for the Vice‑Chancellor and in the presence of a Deputy for the Registrary, Timothy Nicholas Milner, of Darwin College, being the person nominated by Trinity Hall in accordance with Statute C IV 4 (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 19), to serve as Proctor until 1 October 2019 following the decision of Dr John Xuereb to step down as Proctor. The election will take place at the Congregation on Saturday, 23 February 2019.

In accordance with the provisions of Special Ordinance C III (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 74), Mr Milner has nominated Gordon Chesterman, of St Edmund's College, and Cristiano Andrea Ristuccia, of Trinity Hall, for election as Deputy Proctors. A Grace for Mr Chesterman's appointment as an additional Pro-Proctor has been sanctioned by the Council for submission at the Congregation on 23 February (see p. 419).

Equal Pay Review 2018

The University is committed to the principles of equal pay for work of equal value, freedom from discrimination, and recognition and reward of the University's staff as its greatest asset. As part of this commitment the University analyses

equal pay data annually and publishes an Equal Pay Review biennially. This is the University's seventh Equal Pay Review.

The first Equal Pay Review was commissioned by the University to take place in 2008 as part of the proposals in the Second Joint Report of the Council and the General Board on new pay and grading arrangements for non-clinical staff (Reporter, 6002, 2004–05, p. 745).

It should be noted that the methodology for the Equal Pay Review differs from the mandatory gender pay gap report (GPGR)1 as it was introduced prior to the mandatory requirements:

The Equal Pay Review only covers employees who are employed in roles on the single salary spine (GPGR covers all employees, including those in the subsidiaries).

The Equal Pay Review data is as at 31 July (GPGR data is as at 31 March).

The Review Group's first three reports were published on an annual cycle, on 18 February 2009 (Reporter, 6141, 2008–09, p. 510), 21 April 2010 (Reporter, 6185, 2009–10, p. 688), and 15 December 2010 (Reporter, 6208, 2010–11, p. 318). Subsequently, the University agreed to publish an Equal Pay Review on a biennial cycle, but continue to collect and analyse data annually. Biennial reviews were published on the 26 November 2012 (Reporter, 6287, 2012–13, p. 151), 17 December 2014 (Reporter, 6370, 2014–15, p. 300) and 23 November 2016 (Reporter, 6445, 2016–17, p. 128). All Equal Pay Reviews and can be found on the HR Division website at:; the 2018 Equal Pay Review is also available at

The Equal Pay Review 2018 brings together the following pay data as at 31 July 2018:

gender representation and average salaries2 (basic pay and total pay by grade, staff category, and working hours);

salaries paid to new employees;

additional pensionable and non-pensionable payments for the 12 months ending 31 July 2018.

The appendices include median3 and inter-quartile ranges4 where appropriate, in order to provide further insight into potential gender pay issues and for benchmarking purposes. The commentary primarily refers to the mean pay gap, but additional median pay gap information is also provided.

This report examines the impact of the above by gender and highlights differences and pay gaps including market comparisons. It also comments on progress made on matters of concern raised in previous equal pay reviews including the equal pay Key Performance Indicators which highlight key themes in equal pay at the University of Cambridge.

Equal Pay Review 2018


  • 1See

  • 2Average (mean) salary is the sum of each single salary spine point value (or total pay if appropriate) divided by the number of instances.

  • 3The median salary is the middle value of all single salary spine point values (or total pay if appropriate) when placed in lowest to highest order.

  • 4The inter-quartile range is the difference between the upper quartile (i.e. the value of all payments three quarters of the way from lowest to highest) and the lower quartile (i.e. the value of all payments one quarter of the way from lowest to highest).

USS update: Contributions to rise from 1 April 2019

Members of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) are advised that their pension contributions will rise from 8% to 8.8% of salary from 1 April 2019. In addition, the 1% employer ‘match' for those making additional voluntary contributions will be discontinued. All other benefits remain unchanged.

These changes are part of the 'cost-sharing' measures, provided for by the scheme rules, which have been implemented to complete the disputed 2017 valuation of USS. Further cost-sharing increases are currently scheduled to come into effect in October 2019 and April 2020. However, these may not be implemented, as the 2017 valuation will be superseded by a new, 2018 valuation currently in progress. The 2018 valuation could lead to lower contribution increases.

Further information about the cost-sharing increases, the 2018 valuation, and future developments for USS is available at This page also includes a link to the recording of a recent staff open meeting at which these issues were discussed.

Accounts of the Colleges

The Registrary has received the accounts of the Colleges for the year ended 30 June 2018. The accounts are available to view on the individual College websites as follows:

Christ's College

Churchill College

Clare College

Clare Hall

Corpus Christi College

Darwin College

Downing College

Emmanuel College

Fitzwilliam College

Girton College

Gonville and Caius College

Homerton College

Hughes Hall

Jesus College

King's College

Lucy Cavendish College

Magdalene College

Murray Edwards College

Newnham College

Pembroke College


Queens' College

Robinson College

St Catharine's College

St Edmund's College

St John's College

Selwyn College

Sidney Sussex College

Trinity College

Trinity Hall

Wolfson College