Oxford Nizami Ganjavi Centre Fund

Made by the General Purposes Committee of Council with effect from 9 November 2018 (Gazette, Vol. 149, p.98-99, 25 October 2018), amended 13 January 2023 (Gazette, Vol. 153, p.132, 1 December 2022)

1. The University receives with gratitude the sum of £3,180,394 given in honour of the British Foundation for the Study of Azerbaijan and the Caucasus 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 Oxford Nizami Ganjavi Centre 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 supporting the Oxford Nizami Ganjavi Centre for the Study of the History, Languages and Cultures of Azerbaijan, the Caucasus and Central Asia (“the Centre”), including, but not limited to: funding the running of a varied annual programme of visiting researchers, workshops and seminars; creating a dedicated research and study space for the Centre within the Oriental Institute; and providing research, travel, information technology, administrative and programmatic support to the Centre. Any surplus income remaining after funding the Centre in any given year may be applied for the same purposes as the Bodleian Nizami Ganjavi Oriental Studies Library Fund.

4. The administration of the Fund, and the application of its income, shall be the responsibility of the Board of the Faculty of Oriental Studies with the addition (if he or she is not a member of such Board) of the Director of the Centre. The Centre shall be subject to the oversight and review of the Humanities Divisional Board.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Regulations 1–10 shall be deemed to be Trust Regulations under the provisions of Part D of Statute XVI.

9. Subject to regulation 10, 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.

10. 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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