Statutes and Ordinances of the University of Cambridge
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Chapter X


Commencement and transitional provisions

1. Repeal of a Statute does not invalidate any order, election or appointment made or thing done under a Statute repealed, nor revive nor restore any Statute, order, or trust, or any power or provision repealed or abrogated by a repealed Statute.


2. In any Statute, Special Ordinance or Ordinance,

  1. (a)the term ‘Ordinance’ means a Special Ordinance made under Statute A III 3 or an Ordinance;
  2. (b)the term ‘in statu pupillari shall mean a member of the University (in which term shall be included a member of a College, or of an Approved Society, resident in the University with a view to matriculation) who has not been admitted to an office in the University (or to a post in the University Press specially designated under Statute J 7 or to an appointment approved by the University for the purpose of Statute A III 11(e)), or to a Fellowship or office of a College, or to a degree which qualifies the holder for membership of the Senate under Statute A I 7(c), and is of less than three and a half years’ standing from admission to his or her first degree (if any);
  3. (c)the term ‘registered student’ shall mean any person who has matriculated as a student and is currently pursuing a course of study in the University, or any person pursuing a course of study leading to the award of a degree, certificate, or diploma of the University;
  4. (d)words of the masculine gender import the feminine unless this interpretation is excluded expressly or by necessary implication;
  5. (e)the term ‘degree’ means degree of the University unless in any Statute or Ordinance that meaning is expressly or by necessary implication excluded; a complete degree is a degree other than a title of degree;
  6. (f)whenever it is required that any matter be published, an announcement in the Cambridge University Reporter shall be sufficient publication;
  7. (g)the term ‘Grace’ shall mean an act, vote or decree of the Regent House or the Senate, the procedure for which shall be prescribed by Ordinance.

3. Subject to the provisions of the amendments of Statutes made by Grace 1 of 26 January 1994, a reference to the Council of the Senate in any Act of Parliament, Order in Council, Statute, Ordinance, or other instrument binding on the University shall be construed as a reference to the Council, and a reference to the Financial Board shall be construed as a reference to the Finance Committee of the Council.

Signature of Reports

4. A Report of the Council, or of any other body that has the right of reporting to the University, shall be signed by those members of the reporting body who agree with the Report; provided that no person shall sign a Report if he or she has been excluded, under the provisions of any Statute or Ordinance for reserved business, from any part of the discussion of the Report.

Casting vote in elections

5. If in an election for which votes have been taken by poll there is an equality of votes between two or more candidates, the Vice-Chancellor or other returning officer, whether or not he or she has previously voted or been entitled to vote, may, unless it is otherwise expressly provided by Ordinance, give a casting vote.


6. Sermons shall be preached in the University Church during Full Term on such days as may be appointed by the Chancellor or by the University. No one shall be allowed in any sermon before the University to impugn the doctrine or discipline of the Church of England as established by law. A Commemoration of Benefactors shall be held every year in the University Church, at such time and in such manner as the University prescribes.

Provision for certain former offices

7. When in any Statute, Ordinance, contract, document, instrument of any description or any statement reference is made to the Treasurer or to the Secretary General of the Faculties after 14 December 2005 such reference shall be construed as a reference to the Registrary, or a duly appointed deputy, unless different provision is made by Statute or Ordinance.

Special Ordinances required

8. Provision may be made by Special Ordinance for:

  1. (a)filling casual vacancies on University bodies;
  2. (b)termination of membership of University bodies on account of failure to attend meetings;
  3. (c)the majority necessary for a decision of a University body, and, if necessary, for the quorum necessary for business to be transacted; and for comparable matters;
  4. (d)the appointment of committees by University bodies, and delegation of decision to such committees or to a University officer; provided such delegation does not relieve the delegating body of responsibility for the matter delegated;
  5. (e)exclusion of registered students from the proceedings of a University body or bodies about particular classes of business.

Ordinances required

9.Provision shall be made by Ordinance for the academical year, the dates of the Michaelmas, Lent, and Easter Terms in each academical year, for the dates of Full Term in each term, for residence, and for the Precincts of the University.