Statutes and Ordinances of the University of Cambridge
pp. 114–115

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Appointment of members.

1. Members of the General Board in class (b) shall be appointed in the Michaelmas Term to serve for four years from 1 January next following. Two members shall be appointed by the Council of the School of Arts and Humanities, two by the Council of the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences, one by the Council of the School of the Biological Sciences, one by the Council of the School of Clinical Medicine, one by the Council of the School of the Physical Sciences, and one by the Council of the School of Technology.


2. If the Vice-Chancellor is unable to be present at any meeting, the Chair for that meeting shall be a member of the Board appointed by the Vice-Chancellor to act as her or his deputy, or in the absence of such deputy some other member of the Board chosen by the members present.


3. When the General Board intends to discuss a proposal put forward by any Faculty Board or other body, it shall give that body an opportunity, if in the General Board’s opinion it would assist the conduct of business, to send a representative to attend the meeting at which the proposal is to be discussed and to take part in the discussion.

4. The teaching programmes proposed by Faculty Boards and comparable authorities shall be submitted to the General Board. The Board shall either approve them or remit them for further consideration, and shall publish them to the University when approved.

Reserved business.

5. Under the provisions of Special Ordinance A (vii) 5(iii) the appointment (or nomination for appointment) of Examiners, Electors to Professorships, members of Appointments Committees, and members of Degree Committees shall be reserved business; and the provisions of Special Ordinance A (vii) 5 concerning reserved business shall apply to any member of the General Board in class (d) who is not in statu pupillari as if he or she were in statu pupillari.

Notice by the General Board

Statement of intention

In considering any proposal for enacting or amending an Ordinance in pursuance of its powers under Statute A V 1(d), the General Board will consult other University bodies as appropriate. If in the course of such consultation the Board becomes aware that the matter is likely to prove controversial, it will also consult the Regent House by initiating a Grace enabling the Regent House to express an opinion on the proposed change. The Board will give consideration to remarks made at any Discussion of such matters and to the outcome of any vote on them.