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No 6558

Wednesday 28 August 2019

Vol cxlix No 40

pp. 881–888


Grace 4 of 24 July 2019 (governance of postgraduate and graduate student matters): Notice of amendment

2 August 2019

The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that he has received proposals for the amendment of Grace 4 of 24 July 2019 (Reporter, 6557, 2018–19, p. 863), signed by 44 members of the Regent House as noted in the Annex below.

The Grace at present reads as follows:

That the recommendations in paragraph 13 of the Joint Report of the Council and the General Board, dated 17 June and 5 June 2019, on the governance of matters for postgraduate and graduate students (Reporter, 6553, 2018–19, p. 726), as amended by the Council’s Notice dated 22 July 2019 (Reporter, 6557, 2018–19, p. 841) be approved.

The amendments proposed are as follows:

The undersigned members of the Regent House request the following amendments to Grace 4 of 24 July 2019:

(1)In Recommendations III and IV of the Report, that the text 'with effect from 1 October 2019' be replaced by 'with effect from 1 October 2020'.

This amendment has the effect of delaying the dissolution of the Board of Graduate Studies and the transfer of its duties to the new Postgraduate Committee by one year, until Michaelmas 2020.

(2)In the proposed changes to Ordinances in Annex C, that the words 'graduate student', 'graduate registered student' or 'matriculated graduate registered student' be inserted in place of 'postgraduate student', 'postgraduate registered student' or 'matriculated postgraduate registered student', as appropriate, including the setting aside of the changes proposed in paragraphs 13, 21 and 36.

This amendment will mean Statutes and Ordinances remain consistent with established usage in Cambridge and amongst our main competitors for research student recruitment, and remove the need for extensive rewrites of Departmental and College literature and websites.

The Council will consider the proposed amendments at its meeting on 24 September 2019.


A. Al-Tabbaa

A. J. Flewitt

R. R. Kerswell*

N. Bampos

C. F. Forsyth

J. Lasenby

P. D. Barker

H. L. Fox*

D. Liang

C. Y. Barlow

A. Gannon

J. R. Lister*

J. D. Barrow*

R. García-Mayoral

J. J. Maguire

I. Brilakis

G. F. Gilmore

W. P. Nolan

W. J. Byrne

W. R. Graham

R. Padman

S. J. Cowley*

S. D. Guest

A. Philpott

S. B. Dalziel*

E. A. H. Hall

J. E. Quinn

M. S. Davies Wykes

C. A. Haniff

S. A. T. Redfern

A. C. Davis*

T. Hasan

S. Russell

M. J. Dixon

M. M. Hines

S. J. Savory

S. J. Eglen*

S. Hochgreb

E. Shwageraus

J. M. Evans*

S. Hofmann

B. D. Sloan

R. A. Fenner

Neil G. Jones

* Names marked with an asterisk requested proposed amendment (1) only (change of effective date to 1 October 2020).

Grace 5 of 24 July 2019 (organisational structure of student representation on Faculty Boards and other bodies): Request for a ballot

2 August 2019

The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that he has received a request for a vote on Grace 5 of 24 July 2019 (Reporter, 6557, 2018–19, p. 863), signed by 36 members of the Regent House as noted in the Annex below.

The Grace reads as follows:

That the organisational structure of student representation on Faculty Boards and other bodies be amended as outlined in the General Board's Notice dated 22 July 2019 (Reporter, 6557, 2018–19, p. 846).

Notice of the ballot and timetable will be published in the Reporter on 25 September 2019.


B. C. Allanach

R. D. Hayward

A. I. Pesci

S. J. Cowley

H. P. J. M. Hendriks

G. Rangwala

A. J. Crisp

S. B. Holden

O. Rath Spivack

D. E. A. Curtis

S. J. Jackson

S. E. Satchell

S. B. Dalziel

M. C. Jones

S. J. Savory

N. Dorey

M. P. Juniper

H. Shepherd

J. M. Evans

R. R. Kerswell

P. J. Sloman

A. W. Freer

M. H. Kramer

F. M. Stajano

V. Gibson

S. Kusukawa

D. Tong

R. E. Goldstein

M. D. S. Lazarus

M. T. J. Webber

P. A. Haas

J. R. Lister

Sir Gregory Winter

S. K. Haigh

A. D. Ming

A. Zsák

University salaries and stipends

26 August 2019

The Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) has proposed a pay settlement from 1 August 2019. The settlement provides for a 1.8% increase to the stipends and salaries of non-clinical staff on all spine points, except spine points 11 to 28 where the increases will be as follows:

Points 11 to 15

3.65% increase

Point 16

3.56% increase

Point 17

3.55% increase

Point 18

3.53% increase

Point 19

3.45% increase

Point 20

3.33% increase

Point 21

2.86% increase

Point 22

2.38% increase

Point 23

2.14% increase

Point 24

2.03% increase

Point 25

1.97% increase

Point 26

1.92% increase

Point 27

1.87% increase

Point 28

1.82% increase

Point 29 and above

1.80% increase

It should be noted that the New Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education Staff (New JNCHES) trade unions remain in dispute over the offer. However, UCEA has confirmed that the formal dispute resolution procedure set out in the New JNCHES agreement has been exhausted and has therefore advised that implementation of the pay settlement should proceed.

Ballots for industrial action by UCU run from 9 September until 30 October, meaning it seems unlikely there will be a resolution of the dispute in the near future. On this basis, and pending the outcome of further discussions at national level, the Council and the General Board have agreed that increases on the basis set out above should be made in all relevant stipends and salaries with effect from 1 August 2019, to ensure University staff receive the increase without further delay.

The stipends and salaries of certain University staff require the approval of the Regent House. The Council is accordingly submitting a Grace (Grace 1, p. 888) to the Regent House for the approval of an increase of 1.8% to 3.65% (as specified above) in these stipends and salaries. An updated Cambridge general stipend and salary scale, showing the proposed new stipends and salaries for each grade, is included in this Notice. This indicates the 50 points of the national single spine as well as those points, above and below, which are extensions to the spine in Cambridge. Changes will also be applied to associated payments directly linked to a single spine stipend/salary point.

Subject to the approval of this Grace, the corresponding increases will be implemented in the stipends of those offices which do not require the approval of the University as well as in the salaries of analogous unestablished staff.

It is expected that, if the Grace is approved, the increases will be paid to staff in the September 2019 payroll.


University of Cambridge: Single Salary Spine as at 1 August 2019

Notes to the University of Cambridge Single Salary Spine

Note 1:

An asterisk (*) denotes a contribution point and progress through these is awarded on merit.

Note 2:

Grade T is for staff who are studying for an approved qualification or undergoing ‘in-service’ training. Points 1–10 of Grade T are no longer in use.

Note 3:

On 1 January 2010 the first contribution points of Grades 2, 3 and 4 became service points and on 1 January 2015 the first contribution points of Grades 1, 5 and 6 became service points.

Note 4:

University Lecturers (ULs) and University Senior Lecturers (USLs) will be appointed to Grades 9 and 10 respectively.

ULs may progress through service points 1–9 of Grade 9.

USLs may progress through service points 1–3 and contribution points 4–5 of Grade 10.

Readers will only be appointed to point 2 in Grade 11 (point 63).

Senior Research Associates will be appointed to Grade 9.

Research Associates will be appointed to Grade 7 spine point 40 from 6 April 2017 and to spine point 41 from 1 October 2017.

Research Assistants will be appointed to Grade 5.

The contribution points in Grades 9 and 11 do not apply to ULs and Readers. They apply to academic-related staff.

The professorial minimum will be point 68 in band 1 of Grade 12.

Note 5:

For academic staff (other than Professors and USLs) contribution will be recognised through the promotions procedure as now and not by use of contribution points.

USLs will also have access to the Senior Academic Promotions procedure under which they may also be awarded contribution points 4–5 in Grade 10.

Note 6:

Academic-related professorial-equivalent staff will be appointed on the contribution bands of Grade 12 according to the HERA points boundaries for each level.

Note 7:

Specific arrangements will apply to progression in service-related points on some grades in compliance with the Memorandum of Understanding.

Note 8:

Incremental progression through the service-related points occurs on the incremental date which will normally be on the anniversary of appointment or 1 April, 1 July or 1 October respectively for staff engaged on terms and conditions for Manual, Clerical/Secretarial, and Technical Division appointments.

Note 9:

Direct employees of the University appointed to Grade 1 will not be paid below spine point 18, with effect from 1 November 2017.

Note 10:

Points 32 and 50 were aligned to the National Single Pay Spine for Higher Education Academic and Support Staff, as negotiated by the Universities and Colleges Employers Association on behalf of UK higher education employers, with effect from 1 January 2014.

Note 11:

Spine point 13 was removed from the National Spine and the University’s Grade 1 with effect from 1 August 2016.

Note 12:

Staff on spine points 18–21 are eligible for the Cambridge Living Wage (CLW) supplement.

Single Salary Spine as a 1 August 2019

University Composition Fees

26 August 2019

In the following Notice the Council proposes amendments to the fees for certain categories of students as set out in the table of fees attached to the regulations for University Composition Fees.

A. Home and EU Undergraduate regulated fees in 2020–21

Cost of an undergraduate education

1. Ordinances provide that recommendations for the University Composition Fees to be charged to Home and EU undergraduate students be accompanied by an analysis of the cost of an undergraduate education agreed by the General Board and the Council following consultation with the Colleges (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 151; Grace 13 of 26 May 2011). The outcome of the agreed calculation for 2017–18 is an average cost per student of £21.1k (showing an increase over the 2016–17 calculation of £19.4k) as follows:


£k / UG FTE

University expenditure


less: College fee


net University expenditure


plus: College expenditure


Total cost


Details of the analysis are provided on the Planning and Resources website.1

Home and EU undergraduate students subject to the regulated maximum fee (Table 1 in the attached Schedule)

2. On 23 July 2019 the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation confirmed2 that for the 2020–21 academic year, the maximum tuition fee caps will be maintained at 2019–20 academic year levels. The maximum tuition fee for full-time courses will remain £9,250 in 2020–21.

3. The Council therefore proposes that Home/EU students admitted on or after 1 September 2017 will be liable for a fee of £9,250 in 2020–21. The cap and fee may be increased for those students and for new entrants in future years.

4. Although on certain conditions the cap might also have been increased for continuing students starting before 1 September 2017, no increase was applied and the Council again proposes that Home/EU New Regime students admitted before 1 September 2017 be liable for a fee of £9,000 in 2020–21 and that the fee be similarly fixed for any remaining Old Regime students.

5. Table 1 in the Schedule sets out the fees subject to the cap, including the fee for the year abroad. Although a higher rate of fee is permitted for non-Erasmus students on work placements abroad, the Council has agreed for the present that the lower figure that applies to Erasmus students be charged to students on both work and study placements.

B. ELQ and postgraduate fees (Table 2)

Fees for ELQ students and certain other postgraduate courses in 2020–21

6. ELQ students on courses in Medical and Veterinary Sciences leading to the B.A. Degree, as defined in the Regulations, to the M.B. or B.Chir. Degrees, the Vet.M.B. Degree, on courses in Architecture, or the Postgraduate Certificate in Education are exempt from the ELQ policy and pay the regulated fees set out in Table 1.

7. Fees for the courses in Table 2 in the Schedule shall be as set out in the table.

8. Fees for the M.Phil. in Architecture and Urban Design are regulated and are in line with the regulated fees as described above.

The Council is accordingly submitting a Grace to the Regent House (Grace 2, p. 888) for the approval of the fees set out in the Schedule attached to this Notice.



Home/EU undergraduate and certain other fees in 2020–21



Annual fee (£)



Students who commenced
on or after 1 September 2012
but before 1 September 2017

Students who commenced
on or after 1 September 2017

B. A. Degree:2

Courses leading to Tripos, Preliminary or Ordinary Examinations in

Group 1

Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic






Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


















History and Modern Languages



History and Politics



History of Art



Human, Social and Political Sciences



Land Economy









Modern and Medieval Languages






Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion



Group 2




Group 3










Group 4

Chemical Engineering



Computer Science






Management Studies



Manufacturing Engineering



Natural Sciences



Psychological and Behavioural Sciences



Group 5A

Medical and Veterinary Sciences
(including for this purpose the Second M.B. and the Second Vet.M.B. Examinations)



Year Abroad 4



B.Th. Degree



Medical and Veterinary Degrees:
M.B., B.Chir. Degrees, Vet.M.B. Degree



M.Eng. Degree and M.Sci. Degree



M.Math. Degree





Annual fee (£)



Postgraduate Certificate in Education (P.G.C.E.)


M.Phil. Degree in Architecture and Urban Design

Home/EU students for whom the Old Regime rate does not apply, Year 1


Home/EU students for whom the Old Regime rate does not apply, Year 2



  • 1See Table 5 for fee rates for certain students taking equivalent or lower qualifications (ELQ). The Island rate has been abolished for students admitted on and after 1 September 2013.

  • 2Students who have proceeded to the B.A. Degree but have been given leave to read for another Tripos 'not for honours' are deemed to be ELQ students for the purpose of their fee liability (see Table 5).

  • 3Fees are liable to change annually.

  • 4The Year abroad fee applies to students undertaking a full year course of study abroad or working away (see Regulation 7 for the Law Tripos, Regulation 23 for the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Tripos, Regulation 28 for the Modern and Medieval Languages Tripos, Regulation 23 for the Engineering Tripos). Home/EU undergraduate students on a year abroad under the Erasmus Scheme are liable for 15% tuition fee for students admitted in and after 2012. Overseas undergraduates will be charged 50% fee during their year abroad and Graduates will pay the full fee.