Professor of Biophysics Fund

Made by the General Purposes Committee of Council, 22 November 2019, (Gazette, Vol.150, p.96, 7 November 2019), amended 13 January 2023 (Gazette, Vol. 153, p.132, 1 December 2022), and 1 December 2023 (Gazette, Vol. 154, p. 132, 16 November 2023).

1. The University receives with gratitude the sum of £6,000,000 from The Alexander Mosley Charitable Trust, £5,000,000 of which to be held as permanent endowment and £1,000,000 of which to be held as expendable endowment and in each case on the trusts declared in this regulation. Further money or property may be paid or transferred to the University as either expendable or permanent endowment to be held on the same trusts. The assets so held will be known as the Alexander Mosley Professor of Biophysics Fund (the “Fund”).

2. The University shall retain as permanent endowment those of the assets in the Fund which are contributed on the express understanding that they are to be treated as permanent endowment (the “Permanent Endowment”).

3. (1) The University shall (a) apply the income of the Permanent Endowment; and (b) apply the income and, in its discretion, the capital of the remainder of the Fund, towards the salary and expenses of the Professor of Biophysics (the “Professor”) and associated overheads. The Professor shall undertake research, lecture and teach in biophysics and generally promote its study in the University.

(2) If the salary, expenses and overheads of the Professor are wholly or partly covered from other sources or there are further funds available, there shall be discretion to apply the Fund to support the Professor’s research. The Fund shall be used to fund any and all research costs associated with the Professor’s research, including without limitation salaries and costs of posts for research staff, support for graduate students supervised by the Professor, equipment, consumables, laboratory refurbishment and other research expenses.

4. The administration of the Fund, and the application of its income, shall be the responsibility of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board.

5. The Professor shall be elected by an electoral board consisting of:

(1) the Vice-Chancellor;

(2) the Master of St Peter’s College, or, if the Master is unable or unwilling to act, a person appointed by the Governing Body of St Peter’s College on the occurrence of a vacancy to act as an elector on that occasion;

(3) a person appointed by the governing body of St Peter’s college;

(4), (5) two persons appointed by Council;

(6) a person appointed by the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board;

(7)–(9) three persons appointed by the Physics Management Committee

6. The Professor shall be subject to the General Provisions of the regulations concerning the duties of professors and to those Particular Provisions of the same regulations, which are applicable to the Chair.

7. The University may in its absolute discretion in the period ending 21 years from the date of this regulation, instead of applying the income of the Fund in any year, accumulate all or any part of such income by investing it, and holding it as part of the capital of the Fund. The University may apply the whole or any part of such accumulated income in any subsequent year as if it were income of the Fund arising in the then current year.

8. The University shall have power to pay out of the capital or the income of the Fund all costs of and incidental to the creation of the Fund and the management and administration of the Fund and the Professorship.

9. The University may exercise any of its corporate powers in the management and administration of the Fund in so far as those powers are not inconsistent with these regulations.

10. Regulations 1-4 and 7-12 shall be deemed to be Trust Regulations under the provisions of Part D of Statute XVI.

11. Subject to regulation 12, Council may amend, repeal or add to these regulations in accordance with Part D of Statute XVI, but no amendment is valid if it would cause the Fund to:

(1) cease to be exclusively charitable according to the law of England and Wales; or

(2) be outside the objects of the University.

12. Any amendment to the main object of the Fund, as set out in regulation 3, must be approved both by Congregation of the University and subsequently by His Majesty in Council.

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