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No 6582

Wednesday 18 March 2020

Vol cl No 24

pp. 414–433



18 March, Wednesday. Last issue of the Reporter in the Lent Term.

21 March, Saturday. Congregation of the Regent House at 11 a.m. (see below and p. 431).

24 March, Tuesday. Lent Term ends.

27 March, Friday. Congregation of the Regent House at 11 a.m. (see below and p. 431).

10 April, Friday. Easter Term begins.

12 April, Sunday. Easter day. Scarlet day.

Amending Statutes for Robinson College

16 March 2020

The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that he has received from the Governing Body of Robinson 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 and the proposed amendments are available on the College’s website at

Notice of a benefaction

16 March 2020

The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that he has accepted with gratitude three benefactions totalling £1,950,000 including Gift Aid as endowment to establish a Granta Design Fund for Engineering to support two Lectureships and a Prize. The benefactions comprise £773,333 each (before the addition of Gift Aid) from Professors Michael Ashby and David Cebon, payable over three years, towards the Lectureships and £16,667 from ANSYS Inc. towards the Prize. The Department of Engineering has pledged to contribute an additional £2,650,000 to the Fund on receipt of the donations in full. The Council is submitting a Grace (Grace 2, p. 430) for the approval of regulations to govern the Fund.

Congregations, Discussions and University Sermons: Coronavirus (COVID‑19) update

18 March 2020

As part of the management of the coronavirus outbreak, the government is currently advising people to avoid ‘non‑essential’ social contact. As a result, the Vice-Chancellor gives notice that after the very brief ‘Graces and supplicats business only’ Congregations on 21 and 27 March 2020 (see below), Congregations and the Mere’s Commemoration and Ramsden Sermons are postponed, and no Discussions are to take place, until further notice. The Reports included in this issue have therefore not been included on the agenda of the next scheduled Discussion on 28 April 2020. Once the advice indicates that business as usual is resuming, the dates for further Congregations and Sermons will be agreed and a Notice will be published in the Reporter giving at least the usual thirteen days’ notice of the date of the Discussion at which those Reports will be discussed.

Congregations of the Regent House on 21 and 28 March 2020

18 March 2020

The Vice‑Chancellor gives notice that the Congregation called for Saturday, 21 March 2020 at 11 a.m. will now be for the approval of Graces and supplicats for degrees only and no admission to degrees in person will take place.

Furthermore, under the provisions of Special Ordinance A (i) 2, the Congregation called for Saturday, 28 March 2020 at 11 a.m. will now take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, 27 March 2020, for the approval of supplicats for degrees and a Grace only (see Grace 1, p. 431); no admission to degrees in person will take place.

Gender Pay Gap Report, 2019

The Council and the General Board have approved the University’s Gender Pay Gap Report 2019, published in accordance with the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017. The report can be found online on the Inclusive Cambridge webpages at and the figures can also be viewed on the Government’s gender pay gap viewing service at

Annual Reports

The following Annual Reports have been received by the Council and/or the General Board and are available as indicated:

Botanic Garden, 2018–19

Board of Graduate Studies, 2018–19 [cam-only]

Cambridge Asssessment, for year ended 31 July 2019

Cambridge University Press, 2019

Institute of Continuing Education, 2018–19

Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, 2018–19

Kettle’s Yard, 2018–19 (click the relevant link on the left-hand-side)

McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, 2018–19

University Library, 2018–19

West and North-West Cambridge Estates Board, for year ended 31 July 2019

Details of further Annual Reports published will appear in the Reporter of 22 July 2020.