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No 6543

Wednesday 17 April 2019

Vol cxlix No 25

pp. 454–482



17 April, Wednesday. Easter Term begins. First ordinary issue of the Reporter in the Easter Term.

21 April, Sunday. Easter day. Scarlet day.

23 April, Tuesday. Full Term begins. Mere’s Commemoration. Sermon in St Benedict's Church at 11.45 a.m. Preacher, Professor Janet Soskice, Emerita Fellow of Jesus College and Emerita Professor of Philosophical Theology.

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

Discussions (Tuesdays at 2 p.m.)


14 May

27 April, Saturday at 11 a.m.

28 May

18 May, Saturday at 10 a.m.

11 June

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

  9 July

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

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

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

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

19 July, Friday at 10 a.m.

20 July, Saturday at 10 a.m.

Discussion on 30 April 2019: Cancellation

The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that the Discussion announced for Tuesday, 30 April 2019 has been cancelled as there are no Reports ready for discussion. The next Discussion is scheduled to take place on 14 May 2019.

Grace for submission to the Regent House under Special Ordinance A (i) 5 (report on the advantages and disadvantages of a policy of divestment)

22 March 2019

The Council has received the following Grace, which has been initiated under Special Ordinance A (i) 5 by 324 members of the Regent House.

Grace 1 of 11 January 2017 called for the University to divest its Endowment from companies whose business is wholly or substantially concerned with the extraction of fossil fuels. The Regent House notes that in its response to the Grace, the Council announced its intention to commission a report specifically into the advantages and disadvantages of the policy of divestment which the Grace supports.

  The Regent House has not received such a report because the terms of reference of the Divestment Working Group (DWG) did not refer to advantages or disadvantages of divestment but asked for a broader consideration of the issues. The Council’s response, published on the 20 June 2018 similarly did not weigh the advantages and disadvantages but rather stated the Council’s opposition to a policy of divestment, and passed on to other matters.

  The Regent House therefore directs the Council to produce a report to the University that will

1.set out fully the advantages and disadvantages, including the social and political ones, of a policy of divestment from fossil fuels,

2.assess the moral acceptability of a University committed to educating future generations, and whose core values include sustainability, benefitting from investments in fossil fuels that threaten that future,

3.provide costed estimates of the effects, positive and negative, on the performance of the University’s investments of such a policy,

4.provide a full assessment of the reputational effects, positive and negative, of a policy of divestment,

5.provide, as requested by the Grace of 11 January 2017, costed details of possible strategies for how the University might divest from fossil fuels.

Such a report should be compiled with appropriate Regent House and student input. It should be completed within 6 months, or failing that an interim report with a detailed timeline to completion should be produced.

A list of the signatories is set out in Annex A.

The Council will consider the Grace at a forthcoming meeting.1


  • 1The Council considered the Grace at its meeting on 15 April and will publish its response in due course.


R. H. Abbott

M. M. Abdel Rahman

G. R. Alexander

R. A. Alexander

T. Alexopoulou

B. C. Allanach

H. D. Allen

G. S. Amable

C. J. Angelopoulos

P. Antonello

B. D. Argyle

J. H. Arnold

A. Ashraf

H. Azérad

P. M. Ball

A. P. Balmford

X. Bao

A. Barford

M. I. Barrett

C. P. Bartlet

A. Barua

M. S. K. Barua

V. N. Bateman

S. J. Beard

H. G. Belfield

D. S. A. Bell

J. R. Bellis

M. P. Bennett

A. K. Bennison

M. T. Biberauer

S. S. Bill

E. G. Bithell

M. Bithell

A. F. Blackwell

T. T. Blaxter

A. M. Boies

A. W. S. Bostanci

D. L. Bowman

C. Brassett

M. A. Brazelton

R. W. H. Bricheno

D. N. Bryant

U. Büntgen

B. J. Burchell

W. Burgwinkle

C. M. Burlinson

J. P. Burnham

D. F. Buscher

A. Buskell

J. L. Caddick

A. P. Caines

M. T. Calaresu

V. Caldari

E. M. Callery

J. P. Carr

C. E. Chambers

R. L. C. Charles

S. Cherry

C. J. Clarke

N. E. Cole

R. M. Coleman

N. H. Collier

S. J. Colvin

P. J. Connell

D. A. Coomes

J. A. Crowcroft

H. A. Curry

D. E. A. Curtis

J. W. Dalley

M. R. Danish

S. F. Daruvala

U. K. Das

A. Datta

L. Davies

S. Davis

A. P. Davison

E. Demarrais

G. A. N. Denyer Willis

R. Dervan

M. S. Desai

M. I. Dhont

S. N. Diepeveen

J. M. Dixon

H. M. Doerflinger-Bouqueniaux

P. Dominiak

T. H. Donker

A. R. Donovan

K. L. Dow

A. J. Edgar

F. H. Z. El Keiy

A. L. Erickson

G. L. Evans

N. J. B. Evans

Stephen Evans

S. L. D. Falk

S. Fennell

R. C. Fitzgerald

L. T. Foot

C. L. E. Foster

S. B. Franklin

M. Frolova-Walker

N. M. Furey

C. Gagne

R. Gagné

M. J. Galante

M. Gandy

C. T. Garrett

F. J. Gilbert

E. Gilby

C. F. Gilderdale

J. A. Gillis

S. Gonzalez-Jove

G. D. Goodrick

P. Gopal

L. M. Gough

W. T. Gowers

P. M. Gray

J. Greatorex

J. B. R. Green

T. G. Griffin

O. E. Griffiths

J. A. Guarneri

A. M. Guite

N. S. M. Guyatt

C. K. Hadley

W. Hajji

W. A. Hale

A. E. Halfpenny

L. A. Hamilton

R. M. Harris

N. J. Harwood

R. Haynes

L. M. Haywood

B. G. Hedwig

A. C. Herle

M. Herzog

D. R. Hewitt

S. E. Hoare

J. G. Hocking

S. J. Hogarth

R. J. Holton

N. D. Hopwood

A. D. Hornkohl

A. Houen

M. Hrebeniak

I. R. B. M. Hussain

A. J. Hutchings

S. J. Ison

A. P. Jackson

S. C. James

K. M. Jeary

G. S. X. E. Jefferis

K. I. Jent

S. D. John

J. P. Joy

A. P. Judson

A. J. Kabla

L. T. Kassell

E. L. Kershenbaum

G. A. Khan

J. P. King

N. G. Kingsbury

A. R. Kitching

M. A. Kleppmann

P. M. Knox

P. F. Kornicki

N. Krishnaswami

M. E. D. L. Lamb

P. J. Lane

J. A. Langley

M. R. Laven

H. M. M. Lees-Jeffries

M. P. Leventhal

J. M. Line

T. D. Littlewood

S. M. Lovell

M. V. Lucas-Smith

H. K. Lyon

D. W. McBride

I. A. McFarland

R. Macfarlane

J. D. McLarty

L. C. McMahon

I. M. McNeill

N. M. Majluf Brahim

J. S. Mander

D. Margocsy

A. D. Marsham

T. Marteau

M. Martinon-Torres

N. Mattin

E. E. Mawdsley

K. I. Medien

A. S. Meghji

C. Mein

L. G. Mellor

P. Mendes Loureiro

N. A. R. Merleau-Ponty

M. Mesquita Da Costa

T. J. Miley

N. A. Miller

A. G. Milne

I. Möller

Ú. Monaghan

M. G. Moreno Figueroa

R. Morieux

H. R. Mott

C. G. A. Mouhot

S. Mukherji

F. Muschitiello

J. F. K. Nall

D. Nashchekin

M.-C. Newbould

P. R. Nigst

R. R. O’bryen

J. O’Donoghue

M. D. C. Olmedilla Herrero

C. E. Olszok

G. D. C. Oppitz-Trotman

R. G. Osborne

D. Owen

A. Palaima

J. L. Pearce

A. I. Perez

L. H. Perez Nino

J. R. B. Perry

O. Petri

R. B. Pettit

C. J. C. Pickstock

J. L. Pollard

G.-B. Popa

R. C. Powell

R. P. Pralat

M. Quie

G. Ramos

M. C. Rand

D. A. Rasheed

D. I. Redhouse

R. Z. Reich

Alice M. Reid

C. A. Rhodes

J. D. Rhodes

J. H. Richens

C. B. Rider

J. E. Robb

R. Rodd

M. A. Ruehl

L. Ruprecht

J. A. Saavedra Utman

C. G. Sandbrook

R. D. E. Saunders

M. A. Scott

J. E. Scott-Warren

J. A. Secord

S. Sehlikoglu

S.-T. Seita

R. W. Serjeantson

D. U. Shah

H. Shepherd

L. W. Sherman

N. L. Simcik Arese

S. S. Siriwardena

P. A. Sliwa

M. W. Smietana

C. W. J. Smith

E. K. M. So

K. E. Spence

R. A. W. Staley

M. A. Steane

K. A. Steemers

G. Stevenson

D. M. Storisteanu

R. A. Sugden

Z. A. M. Svendsen

J. P. Talbot

D. N. Tambakis

N. Tanna

E. V. Tanner

A. L. Tapp

S. Taraskin

Hillary Taylor

H. L. Thaventhiran

D. R. Thomas

G. Titmus

E. Toumpanaki

C. Tsouparopoulou

A. B. Turner

C. P. Turner

R. H. Turton

T. Twining

L. Van De Wiel

P. J. Van Houten

M. M. Vander Linden

D. Viejo Rose

B. Vira

J. H. F. Von Zitzewitz

F. E. Waldmann

C. Walker Gore

J. M. B. Wallace

P. S. Warde

P. J. Watson

R. I. Watson

S. Watson

Sheila Watts

H. M. Webb

T. T. Weil

D. T. Weinberg

D. H. Weiss

J. F. W. Weitzdoerfer

T. J. G. Whitmarsh

P. A. Wigge

C. L. Wilkinson

H. M. G. Willems

J. N. Williams

R. M. Wilson

M. B. Wingate

C. Wits

V. R. Woodley

R. J. Worsdale

W. Yaqoob

R. V. Yotova

J. S. Young

D. Youngson

N. Zeeman

E. P. Zychowicz-Coghill

USS Update: University’s response on the approaches and assumptions to be adopted for the 2018 USS valuation

The University’s response to USS’s statutory consultation on the assumptions and approaches to be adopted for the 2018 valuation of USS has been published and is available at

The University submitted its views, which are broadly in line with those of other university employers, to UUK, which has responded to the USS Trustee on behalf of all USS employers. The Trustee is expected to respond in early May.

In its response, the University supported UUK’s proposals for an overall contribution rate of 29.2 per cent, with 9.1 per cent to be paid by members and 20.1 per cent by employers. This is slightly higher than the overall rate of 28.3 per cent that applies from 1 April 2019 under the first phase of cost-sharing, but significantly lower than the rates that would apply if the second and third phases of cost-sharing were implemented. The University noted that the contingent contribution mechanism, and the valuation approach more generally, should be reviewed at the earliest opportunity following the second phase of the Joint Expert Panel’s review of USS and its valuation methodology. In appendices to its response, the University set out its own analysis of USS’s approach to the consultation and outlined some alternative approaches to measuring scheme self-sufficiency.

Further information on the USS 2018 valuation is available on the staff webpages at

Environmental Sustainability Report, 2018

The University has published its Environmental Sustainability Report for 2018, providing details of its successes in sustainability, the lessons learned and the plans for the forthcoming year. The report is available at