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No 6550

Wednesday 5 June 2019

Vol cxlix No 32

pp. 647–665



8 June, Saturday. End of third quarter of Easter Term.

9 June, Sunday. Whitsunday. Scarlet day. Preacher before the University at 11.15 a.m., His Eminence A. Angaelos, OBE, Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of the Diocese of London (Ramsden Preacher).

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

14 June, Friday. Full Term ends.

16 June, Sunday. Trinity Sunday. Scarlet Day.

Discussions (Tuesdays at 2 p.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 Tuesday, 11 June 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, 11 June 2019 at 2 p.m., for the discussion of:

1. First-stage Report of the Council, dated 30 May 2019, on the refurbishment of the Royal Cambridge Hotel (Reporter, 6549, 2018–19, p. 629).

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

Amending Statutes for Downing College

3 June 2019

The Vice-Chancellor begs leave to refer to his Notice of 30 April 2019 (Reporter, 6546, 2018–19, p. 527), 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 3 June 2020.

Election to the Council

5 June 2019

The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that a bye-election is to be held to fill a casual vacancy on the Council in class (a) (Heads of Colleges) under Statute A IV 2, following Professor Proctor's decision to step down with effect from 1 August 2019. The person elected will serve for the remainder of Professor Proctor's term from 2 August 2019 until 31 December 2020.

The Council is the principal executive and policy-making body of the University. It has general responsibility for the administration of the University, for defining its mission, for the planning of its work, and for the management of its resources. The Council deals with relations between the University and the Colleges, and conducts negotiations with outside bodies on many matters (other than those relating directly to the educational and research programmes of the University, which are dealt with on its behalf by the General Board of the Faculties). It is responsible for the appointment or nomination of certain members of internal and external bodies, and for many student matters (excluding undergraduate admissions, which is a College concern). Further information about the Council is available to members of the University on the Council website ( Questions about its work can be addressed to the Registrary by emailing

The University is committed to equality, which includes supporting and encouraging all under-represented groups, promoting an inclusive culture, and valuing diversity. Nominations from groups that are under-represented on the Council are welcomed.

Reasons for serving on the Council

The Council of the University of Cambridge is one of the few principal bodies in the higher education sector with a majority of members elected from internal constituencies; most equivalent bodies are made up predominantly of external members. The Council draws its strength from the expertise, engagement and scrutiny of its members. It is key to the continuing success of the University that elections to the Council attract strong candidates who are willing to share their knowledge and commit their time for the benefit of the University as a whole.

Duties and responsibilities of Council members

The University is both an exempt charity,1 and a corporation established by common law. Council members are therefore both charity trustees of the University and, effectively, its corporate directors. They have associated legal responsibilities and duties, including the promotion of the interests of the University and acting with integrity, care and prudence. Under regulatory guidance, Council members must be 'fit and proper persons'.2 It is important for candidates to recognise and accept the obligations that Council membership would confer upon them.

The Handbook for Members of the Council sets out the Council's primary responsibilities and provides advice and guidance to members of Council on their legal and other responsibilities. Members of the Council are expected to attend all meetings of the Council. Following an amendment to procedures in 2017–18, members will not normally be able to take more than one term of leave during their period on the Council and may instead carry forward their leave entitlement. Potential nominees might wish to familiarise themselves with the key aspects of the University's Statutes and Ordinances (, the most recent Budget Report (Reporter, 6508, 2017–18, p. 632), and the Annual Reports and Financial Statements (Reporter, 6530, 2018–19, p. 180).

Further useful information is provided by the Office for Students (, and the Charity Commission ( This information includes details of the extent of a charity trustee's personal liability. Instances of personal liability are rare and unlikely to occur, providing trustees act honestly, prudently, in good faith, in the best interests of the University and in compliance with legislation and the University's governing documents.

Nomination procedure and election timetable

In order to be eligible, candidates for election are asked to send their nominations to the Vice-Chancellor, to be received not later than 12 noon on Friday, 21 June 2019. The Vice-Chancellor asks candidates to address their nominations to the Registrary in the Old Schools; they can be sent by email including electronic signatures to The nomination should include (a) a statement signed by two members of the Regent House, nominating the candidate for election and specifying the class in which the candidate is nominated, and (b) a statement signed by the candidate confirming consent to be nominated. The candidate is also required to provide a personal statement by the same date (see below). No one may be nominated for election in more than one class. Two periods of four years should normally be regarded as the maximum length of continuous service for elected members of the Council.

In accordance with the regulations governing the election (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 112), those standing for election should send to the Registrary, by 12 noon on Friday, 21 June 2019, a statement in support of their nomination, which will be provided to voters. Each statement should be no more than 500 words in length and should cover the following points:

the candidate's present position in the University;

previous posts held, whether in Cambridge or in other universities or outside the university system, with dates;

the candidate's reasons for standing for election, and the experience and skills they would bring to the role;

a note of the candidate's particular interests within the field of University business.

Nominations will be published on the Senate-House Noticeboard as they are received; the complete list of nominations will be published in the Reporter on Wednesday, 26 June 2019.

If the election is contested, it will be conducted by ballot under the Single Transferable Vote regulations. Online voting will open at 10 a.m. on Monday, 1 July 2019 and close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 10 July 2019. Hardcopy voting papers and supporting materials will be distributed not later than Monday, 1 July 2019 to those who opted in November 2018 to vote on paper; the last date for the return of voting papers is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 10 July 2019.


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