Council Regulations 5 of 2019

Made by Council with effect from 1 October 2019 (Gazette, Vol.149, p.532, 6 June 2019)

Amended on 29 November 2019 (Gazette, Vol. 150, p.111, 14 November 2019) and 4 March 2022 (Gazette, Vol.152, p.218, 17 February 2022)

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1. The purpose of the Museum shall be to assemble, preserve, and exhibit objects illustrating the history of science, especially early scientific instruments, together with related books and manuscripts, to contribute to relevant teaching and research within the University, and to facilitate and promote scholarly and public knowledge of the history of science and its cultural and social contexts.

2. The Visitors of the Museum shall be:

(1) a chair who shall be appointed by the Vice-Chancellor;

(2) the Head of Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM);

(3) one of the Proctors or the Assessor as may be agreed between them;

(4) the Professor of the History of Science;

(5)–(8) up to four persons appointed by Council, ensuring a balance of representation across the four academic divisions.

3. (1) Ensuring that the number of external Visitors is not greater than the number of internal Visitors, the Visitors may co-opt up to six additional members, who may be internal or external, and who need not be members of Congregation to provide specific skills not covered by existing appointments.

(2) The period of office for appointed and co-opted members shall be three years, and no appointed or co-opted member shall serve more than two consecutive full terms of office. Casual vacancies shall be filled either for the remainder of the period of office of the person being replaced or, at the discretion of the appointing body, for a full period.

(3) Notwithstanding regulation (2) above, in the case of appointed and co-opted members, the General Purposes Committee of Council may determine that one further consecutive period is permitted in an individual case.

4. The Director of the History of Science Museum shall be the secretary to the Visitors, except that the Visitors may require him or her to withdraw from any meeting.

5. In fulfilment of their responsibilities, under Council, for the safe keeping, preservation, orderly administration, and general policy of the museum and its collections, and within the approved budget reported to them, in accordance with section 9 of Statute VIII, the Visitors:

(1) shall, subject to the provisions of regulation 13 below, delegate the appointment of, all staff in the museum in accordance with procedures set out in standing orders;

(2) shall prepare annually a report on the activities of the Museum to Council via GLAM Board; and

(3) shall discuss, and actively support, the Museum’s strategic vision.

6. The Visitors shall have authority under Council to make such arrangements by standing order as are necessary to fulfil their responsibilities.

7. In carrying out their responsibilities the Visitors shall co operate with GLAM Board in facilitating co ordination between the University’s museums and scientific collections, particularly with respect to planning, allocation, and use of resources, and the development, care, and promotion of the collections as national and international resources both for teaching and research and for public access.

8. The Visitors shall co-operate with relevant faculties and departments to promote teaching and research in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology within the University.

9. The Visitors shall, in consultation with the relevant departments, be responsible for devising and monitoring a coherent policy relating to acquisition of recent scientific equipment by the Museum.

10. The Director of the History of Science Museum shall be the first officer of the museum, and shall act for and be responsible to the Visitors in the exercise of their powers.

11. The Director shall be responsible under the Visitors for all strategic aspects of the operation and well-being of the museum, including:

(1) the allocation and development of space and other resources;

(2) the distribution of support and other facilities;

(3) acquisitions policy;

(4) the conservation and study of the collections, and their display and publication; and

(5) the participation in, and fostering of, scholarly work and public education within the museum.

12. Notwithstanding any specific contractual requirements, the Director shall have the right to teach, subject to the Visitors being satisfied that this is not incompatible with the discharge of directorial responsibilities.

13. The Director shall be appointed by a board of electors consisting of:

(1) the Vice-Chancellor, or, if the head of the college specified in paragraph (2) of this regulation is Vice-Chancellor, a person appointed by Council;

(2) the head of the college with which the directorship is on that occasion associated, or, if the head is unable or unwilling to act, a person appointed by the governing body of the college;

(3) a person appointed by the governing body of the college specified in paragraph (2) of this regulation;

(4) a person appointed by Council;

(5) the Professor of the History of Science;

(6)–(9) four persons appointed by the Visitors.

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