Council deemed the resolution to be acceptable to it. The resolution was formally moved and seconded in Congregation, following which there was a speech on behalf of Council and the resolution was put to Congregation.
At its meeting on 16 May, Council gave careful consideration to the resolution and, having noted the close working relationship that exists between the University and the Conference of Colleges working groups, was supportive of it and deemed it to be acceptable. However, Council wished to add the following comments:
'First, Council is concerned to ensure that the consultation on any changes to existing policies and procedures enables all interested members of the University to respond to it. A formal meeting of Congregation on 31 May at which the resolution is debated may not be the best route to achieve that goal and Council, through the Registrar, wishes to explore with the signatories to the resolution whether some other consultation process (permitting both written responses and open discussion) would be a preferable route to our shared goal. Second, the regulations applicable to the election of members of committees have the consequence that, without the suspension of regulations, it is not possible to achieve the desired goal of afforcing the membership of the Prevent Steering Group by 0th week of Michaelmas term. It therefore wishes to add members of Congregation to the Steering Group with immediate effect while consideration is given to the process whereby members of Congregation may be elected to the group prior to the completion of its work at the end of the calendar year.'