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No 6585

Wednesday 17 June 2020

Vol cl No 27

pp. 451–469


Graces submitted to the Regent House on 17 June 2020

The Council submits the following Graces to the Regent House. These Graces, unless they are withdrawn or a ballot is requested in accordance with the regulations for Graces of the Regent House (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 105), will be deemed to have been approved at 4 p.m. on Friday, 26 June 2020. Exceptionally and given the closure of the Old Schools, any request by members of the Regent House for a ballot or the amendment of any of these Graces should be made to the Vice-Chancellor by email to Emails should be sent from a personal University account and ideally include the CRSid of the signatory.

1. That the University by Order approves and declares valid as from the time they occurred the actions and decisions taken as set out in the Council’s Notice dated 17 June 2020 (p. 454), notwithstanding that there may be, in the case of any such action or decision, inconsistency or conflict with Ordinances and General Board Regulations, whether as described in the Notice or otherwise.

2. That for the avoidance of doubt, the University by Order confirms that each degree conferred on 27 March, 25 April and 16 May 2020 as described in the Council’s Notice dated 17 June 2020 (p. 454) is to be treated as having been a degree validly conferred by the University on those dates and at all times henceforth.

3. That the following changes to the first sentences of Regulations 3 and 7 of the Ordinance on Supplicats (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 174) be approved, to take effect from the date of approval of this Grace until 31 December 2020 (new text shown underlined):1

[3.] Notwithstanding that the provisions of Regulation 2 have not been satisfied, a degree may be conferred either (a) in absence on a date and at a time determined by the Registrary, or (b) at any Congregation; provided in either case that the necessary documents have been received by the Registrary in time for proper consideration, and provided that a fine of £1 shall be paid in addition to the degree fee, if any.

[7.] One hour and a half before the time determined for conferment of a degree or degrees in absence by the Registrary or appointed for each Congregation at which any degree is to be conferred (other than a degree for whose conferment a Grace has been approved by, or will at that Congregation be submitted to, the Regent House) the Registrary shall cause to be posted on a board in the Schools Arcade or on the University website1 a list of names of persons whose Supplicats have been received and who are certified by the Registrary to have done all that is required of them by the Statutes and Ordinances and to be qualified to proceed on that day to the degrees for which they have applied.

1 The lists will be posted to the Reporter website and will be accessible to those with a Raven password.

4. That Regulation 5 of the regulations for the Press Syndicate (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 126) be rescinded and the remaining regulations renumbered.2


  • 1See the Council’s Notice dated 17 June 2020.

  • 2Regulation 5 currently confirms that the financial year of the University Press ends on 30 April. The Council, on the recommendation of its Finance Committee and the Press Syndicate, and with the support of the Press and Assessment Board, propose that the Press’s financial period should end on 31 July from 2020–21, to bring it into line with the financial year end of the academic University and Cambridge Assessment.

E. M. C. RAMPTON, Registrary