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No 6735

Wednesday 20 March 2024

Vol cliv No 25

pp. 447–464



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

23 March, Saturday. Congregation of the Regent House at 10 a.m. (see p. 462).

24 March, Sunday. Lent Term ends.

31 March, Sunday. Easter Day. Scarlet Day.

6 April, Saturday. Congregation of the Regent House at 10 a.m. (see p. 463).

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

23 April, Tuesday. Full Term begins. Mere’s Commemoration Sermon in St Benedict’s Church at 11.45 a.m. Preacher, Dr Ruth Jackson Ravenscroft, Bye-Fellow, Tutor and Director of Studies of Sidney Sussex College, Bye-Fellow and Director of Studies of Lucy Cavendish College, member and Director of Studies of Corpus Christi College, Foundation Year Teaching Associate and Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity.

Congregation for the conferment of Honorary Degrees: Wednesday, 19 June 2024

18 March 2024

The Vice-Chancellor reminds members of the University that a Congregation will be held on Wednesday, 19 June 2024, at which the Chancellor expects to confer Honorary Degrees (see Graces 1–8, p. 462). Admission will be by ticket only and details of the arrangements and application for tickets are expected to be published in the Reporter on Wednesday, 24 April 2024.

Sermons before the University in 2024–25

The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that the following dates have been appointed in the manner prescribed by Ordinance for Sermons to be delivered during the next academic year:

Michaelmas Term 2024

20 October (Select Preacher)

3 November (Lady Margaret’s Preacher at Commemoration of Benefactors)

Lent Term 2025

26 January (Select Preacher)

23 February (Hulsean Preacher)

Easter Term 2025

8 June (Ramsden Preacher)

These Sermons will be delivered in Great St Mary’s, the University Church, at 11.30 a.m. on the Sundays stated. Members of the University are reminded that they should please wear academic dress when attending University Sermons. All are welcome and those present will be invited to take refreshments with the Preacher afterwards.

Sir Robert Rede’s Lecture

The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that the 2024 Rede Lecture will be given by Professor Dame Mary Beard, DBE, FSA, FBA, Fellow of Newnham College and Professor of Classics Emerita. The lecture will be given on Friday, 3 May 2024 at 5.30 p.m. in West Road Concert Hall. Tickets will be issued and booking arrangements as well as the title of the lecture will be confirmed in due course.

Notice of a benefaction

The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that she has accepted with gratitude a benefaction from Cambridge in America of the value of 1,750,011 shares of Class A common stock of Dolby Laboratories, with the aim of transferring stock valued at US$87,500,537, payable over up to 15 years, following a donation from the Ray Dolby Legacy Fund. The benefaction will support (i) an annual symposium to enhance public understanding of and broad academic engagement with physics, and teaching and research in physics, and (ii) six new research teams in the Department of Physics. Just over three quarters of the benefaction will be divided between four endowment funds to support Dolby Family Professorships (US$31,850,196), post-doctoral research fellowships (US$19,862,622), postgraduate studentships (US$15,925,098), and an annual symposium and teaching and research (US$3,937,523). A further US$15,925,098 will provide start-up funding for the six research teams led by the holders of the Dolby Family Professorships. The Council is submitting a Grace (Grace 1, p. 456) to establish regulations for the Dolby Family Funds for Excellence in Physics.

Change to the monetary threshold for the automatic referral of benefactions to the Committee on Benefactions and External and Legal Affairs

19 March 2024

The terms of reference for the University’s Committee on Benefactions and External and Legal Affairs (CBELA) require that it advises the Vice-Chancellor in respect of the reputational risk of accepting all prospective donations to the University over £1m. This threshold is drawn from the Council’s Notice providing Ethical guidelines on the acceptance of benefactions (reproduced in Statutes and Ordinances, p. 1049). Due to economic factors such as inflation, and a substantial ramp-up in fundraising operations over the last two decades, donations of over £1m are now much more common, and attract significantly less media attention, than when the £1m threshold was initially set in 2001. The Council, on the recommendation of CBELA, has therefore approved increasing this threshold to £4m with respect to benefactions which carry a low level of reputational risk for the University.

Under these new arrangements, items that fall under the £4m threshold but are likely to give rise to significant public interest, posing a higher level of reputational risk to the University, will continue to be referred to CBELA, and will continue to receive the same level of scrutiny as they do at present. The Ethical guidelines will continue to apply to the acceptance of all other benefactions falling below the £4m threshold. The Ethical guidelines will be updated to refer to the new threshold for all benefactions of £4m and over in paragraph 1 and to benefactions worth less than £4m in paragraph 2.

Annual Reports

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

Cambridge University Botanic Garden Annual Report and Accounts, 2021–22:

Cambridge University Endowment Fund Annual Review 2023:

Cambridge University Endowment Fund Trustee Body Annual Report 2023 (University account required):

Cambridge University Libraries Annual Review, 2022–23:

Cambridge University Press & Assessment Annual Report, 2022–23:

Change and Programme Management Board Annual Report, 2022–23: annual reports/2022-23 CPMB Annual Report.pdf

Fitzwilliam Museum and Hamilton Kerr Institute Annual Report, 2021–22:

Institute of Continuing Education Annual Report, 2022–23:

Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences Annual Report, 2021–22:

Kettle’s Yard Annual Report, 2021–22 and 2022–23:

Language Centre Annual Report, 2022–23 (University account required):

Property Board Annual Report, 2022 (University account required):

University and Staff Joint Board

The University and Staff Joint Board (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 128) was established following the approval of the recommendations in the Joint Report of the Council and the General Board, dated 28 June 2022, on the establishment of the Board by Grace 1 of 28 September 2022 (Reporter: 6664, 2021–22, p. 575; 6669, 2022–23, p. 14).

The USJB provides a forum for meaningful consultation between the staff trade unions (Unite the Union, Unison and the University and College Union) and the University of matters regarding the employment of all University Staff. The USJB replaced the University and Assistants Joint Board with effect from the Michaelmas Term 2023 and held its first meeting on 15 November 2023. In accordance with Regulation 2 for the Board, information on its current membership is provided for the information of the University, as follows:

Membership of the University and Staff Joint Board

Class (a) – The Vice-Chancellor (or a duly appointed deputy) as Chair:

Kamal Munir, Pro‑Vice-Chancellor for University Community and Engagement

Class (b)(i) – Eight members of the Senate, at least four of whom shall be either Heads of institutions or other persons concerned with the administration of staff:

(1) Four persons, at least one of whom shall be a member of the Council, appointed by the Council
Zoe Adams, member of the Council
Kirsty Allen
Karl Wilson
[one vacancy]

(2) Four persons appointed by the General Board
Marie Butcher
Sarah Smith
Marita Walsh
[one vacancy]

Class (b)(ii) – The Registrary, the Director of Finance, the Academic Secretary and the Director of Human Resources (or their deputies), as ex officio members:

Emma Rampton, Registrary
David Hughes, Director of Finance, or Daniel Benham, as deputy
Michael Glover, Academic Secretary
Andrea Hudson, Director of Human Resources

Class (b)(iii) – Members of the HR Division nominated by the Director of HR:

Thuy Niven, Deputy Director of Human Resources
Sarah Fecondi, Assistant Director of Human Resources

Class (c) – Such number of representatives for each bargaining unit as agreed with those trade unions to which the Council has granted negotiating rights:

Unite representatives
Simon Dowe
Emily Purdue
Larissa Richardson
Paul Stokes

Unison representatives
Jayne Green
Rad Kerrigan
Ivan Williams
Cathy Yearsley

University and College Union representatives
Michael Abberton
Anne Alexander
Emily Sandford
Paul Taylor

Joint Secretaries of the Board – one University officer appointed by the Council, one member in class (c) appointed by the members in class (c):

Thuy Niven, Deputy Director of Human Resources
Paul Taylor, University and College Union