Mathematical Prizes Fund

Amended by the General Purposes Committee of Council on 31 January 2020 (Gazette, Vol. 150, pp. 204-205, 16 January 2020), 22 July 2022 (Gazette, Vol. 152, p.483-484, 7 July 2022) and 20 March 2023 with effect from 5 May 2023 (Gazette, Vol. 153, p. 293, 20 April 2023)

1. The University receives with gratitude gifts to be held as permanent 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 Mathematical Prizes 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. 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 provision of Mathematical Prizes for students studying Mathematics at the University.

4. There shall be a number of Mathematical Prizes offered each year:

(1) Senior Mathematical Prizes for postgraduate research students;

(2) Mathematical Prizes for postgraduate taught students; and

(3) Junior Mathematical Prizes for undergraduate students.

The board of management shall have discretion to set conditions for the award of these prizes, including on matters concerning the number and value of prizes and adjudication, in so far as those conditions are not inconsistent with these regulations.

5. The administration of the Fund, and the application of its income, shall be the responsibility of a Board of Management, comprising:

(1) The Head of the Mathematical Institute, who shall be Chair;

(2) The Associate Head of Department (Research) of the Mathematical Institute;

(3) The Director of Graduate Studies (Research) of the Mathematical Institute;

(4) Two members of the Mathematical Institute appointed by its Departmental Committee for a term of three years.

The presence of three members shall be necessary to constitute a board.

6. The Board of Management shall have the power to make presents of money, instruments, or books to meritorious, though unsuccessful candidates, for the prize, and to apply any surplus income in such other ways as they may think appropriate to promote the study of Mathematics at the University. This may include support for student bursaries or fees at the recommendation of the Director of Graduate Studies (Research) of the Mathematical Institute.

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.

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. These regulations 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 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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