Edward Orsborn Professorship of US Politics and Political History Fund

Made by the General Purposes Committee of Council on 5 May 2017 (Gazette Vol. 147 p385, 20 April 2017) and amended on 20 March 2023 with effect from 5 May 2023 (Gazette, Vol. 153, p. 293, 20 April 2023)

1. The University receives with gratitude the sum of £1,000,000 from the Rothermere Foundation and other significant sums from an anonymous donor to be held as expendable endowment 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 Edward Orsborn Chair in US Politics and Political History Fund ("the Fund").

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

3. The University shall (a) apply the income of the Permanent Endowment (if any); and (b) apply the income and, in its discretion, the capital of the remainder of the Fund, towards the salary and expenses of the Edward Orsborn Professor in US Politics and Political History ("the Professor") and associated overheads. The Professor shall undertake research, lecture and give instruction in US Politics and Political History. 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 income and/or capital of the Fund to support the Professor's research.

4. The Professor shall also act as Director of the Rothermere American Institute, and will be a Fellow of University College.

5. The administration of the Fund, and the application of its income, shall be the responsibility of the Executive Committee of the Rothermere American Institute.

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

(1) the Vice-Chancellor, or their nominee;

(2) the Head of the Humanities Division, or their nominee;

(3) the Master of University College;

(4) a person appointed by the Governing Body of the College;

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

(7) one person appointed by the Humanities Division, normally the Rhodes Professor of American History;

(8) one person appointed by the Social Sciences Division, normally the Andrew Mellon Professor of American Government;

(9), (10) two persons appointed by the Executive Committee of the Rothermere American Institute.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. Regulations 1–5 and 8–13 shall be deemed to be Trust Regulations under the provisions of Part D of Statute XVI.

12. Subject to regulation 13, 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.

13. Any amendment to regulation 3 is an amendment to the main objects of the Fund for the purposes of Part D of Statute XVI and must be approved both by Congregation of the University and subsequently by His Majesty in Council.

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