1. The terms of reference, powers, and duties of each divisional board shall include the following, and such other powers and duties as may be assigned to it by Council by regulation or otherwise:
(1) the oversight of the organisation, development, and delivery of curricula (with an equal focus on graduate and on undergraduate studies) in collaboration with the colleges, societies, and Permanent Private Halls, and oversight and development of the general context of research, in the broad subject area covered by the division concerned, in close consultation with the units of academic administration in the division (referred to in these regulations as 'sub-units');
(2) the development and proposal, in collaboration with the colleges, societies, and Permanent Private Halls, the sub-units, and the academic services sector, of comprehensive and detailed strategic five-year plans and one-year operating statements covering academic, financial, information and communications technology, physical resource, and staffing issues, bearing in mind the particular needs of small units and interdisciplinary activities;
(3) within the context of approved plans and statements, and of overall university policies, the general oversight of and responsibility for all matters concerning budgets, space, syllabus, and staffing, across the sub-units of the division, in consultation with the colleges, societies, and Permanent Private Halls, as thought appropriate by the board; save that day-to-day operational responsibility for these matters shall be devolved to the sub-units, in the context of local plans and budgets delegated for that purpose, and that the board shall monitor the work of the sub-units against those plans and budgets;
(4) the periodic strategic review of particular sub-units;
(5) the approval of appointments and reappointments of academic staff made by the sub-units (but excluding appointments which are made by electoral boards established by statute or regulation), and of appointments of heads of department, the consideration of proposals from the sub-units on the payment of salaries within the incremental scale for university lecturers, and the keeping under review of the general terms and conditions of employment of academic staff in the broad subject area;
(6) the settling, subject to ratification by a joint university/collegiate panel under the aegis of Personnel Committee, of collegiate associations for new and vacant academic posts, on the recommendation of the sub-units following liaison with colleges, societies, and Permanent Private Halls;
(7) the maintenance of educational quality and standards in the broad subject area;
(8) the consideration of reports of examiners, including external examiners, on the advice of the relevant sub-unit or sub-units;
(9) the oversight of relationships between the sub-units, and the consideration (for detailed and balanced recommendation to Council) of any proposals to reorganise the sub-units;
(10) the division's relations with the colleges, societies, and Permanent Private Halls at the strategic and the broad subject levels, and in cases in which individual problems cannot be resolved between the colleges, societies, and halls and the University at the sub-unit level;
(11) the division's relations with the other divisions on matters of common interest;
(12) the division's relations with the Continuing Education Strategic Management Board on matters of common interest and in all cases in which planned developments relate to part-time provision, outreach, or other continuing education activities;
(13) the division's relations with the Committee for Education on matters of common interest;
(14) the division's relations with the academic services sector at the broad subject level;
(15) the division's relations with external funding agencies, subject to overall university policies and practice;
(16) the oversight of fund-raising in the broad subject area, subject to overall university policies and practice;
(17) the regular review of the scope for further delegation of authority from the centre to the divisions, and from the divisions to the sub-units.
2. Each board shall make an annual report to Council on the activities of its division in the preceding academic year, measured against the division's agreed operating statement.
3. In addition to the functions and powers of divisional boards laid down under regulation 1 above, the Medical Sciences Board shall:
(1) consider questions of medical policy affecting the relations of the University with NHS bodies within the region, and make recommendations, where appropriate, to Council and the committees of Council after such consultation as may be necessary with the NHS body concerned;
(2) promote work in the field of medical research by the allocation, through a Medical Research Fund Committee, of that part of the annual income of the Nuffield Benefaction for the Advancement of Medicine approved for that purpose by the Trustees of the Benefaction, together with any other contributions or donations for general medical research purposes.
(3) The Medical Research Fund Committee shall comprise:
(a) the Head of the Medical Sciences Division or his or her nominee, who shall chair the committee;
(b) - (g) six persons appointed by the Medical Sciences Board from among the members of the Medical Science Division;
on condition that at least three of the six persons appointed under (b) - (g) shall be members of the Faculty of Clinical Medicine.
4. (1) There shall be a standing committee of the Medical Sciences Board for the regulation of arrangements for the validation of the Oxford Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology.
(2) The committee shall consist of two representatives of the Medical Sciences Board and two representatives of the Course Directorate.
(3) The committee shall have such powers and duties in respect of the Degree of Doctor of Clinical Psychology as may from time to time be laid down by the Medical Sciences Board.
(4) The representatives of the course shall have the right to attend any meeting of the divisional board for any item concerning the course.
5. (1) The Medical Sciences Board shall be responsible for maintaining a University Medical Students' Register of students admitted to work in Oxford for the First Examination for the Degree of Bachelor of Medicine, and shall make such regulations as it shall deem necessary for the discharge of this responsibility.
(2) No person shall be admitted to the First Examination for the Degree of Bachelor of Medicine unless his or her name is on the register.
6. (1) The Medical Sciences Board shall also maintain a Clinical Students' Register of students admitted to work in Oxford for the Second Examination for the Degree of Bachelor of Medicine, other qualifying medical examinations, or the Preliminary Examination in Medicine, and shall make such regulations as it shall deem necessary for the discharge of this responsibility.
(2) No person shall be admitted to the Second Examination for the Degree of Bachelor of Medicine unless his or her name is on the register.
(3) The Medical Sciences Board is empowered to remove any name from that register (in the case of a student member or former student member of the University, after consultation with the student's college, society, or Permanent Private Hall).
(4) The grounds and procedures for removal and the associated regulations, if not previously approved by Council, and amendments to the grounds, procedures, and regulations previously so approved, shall be subject to the approval of the General Purposes Committee of Council.
7. The Secretary to the Medical Sciences Board shall, when required, sign certificates for medical examinations for students who have completed courses satisfying requirements of the General Medical Council and the examining body concerned.