Statutes

THE SECOND SCHEDULE

STATUTES OF THE MANCHESTER ACADEMY AND HARRIS COLLEGE

Interpretation
In these Statutes, unless the context otherwise requires, words used shall have the same meanings as in the Charter granted to the College in 1995 (as amended from time to time) and words in the masculine gender shall import the feminine gender and vice versa and the singular number shall include the plural and vice versa.

STATUTE I: THE GOVERNMENT OF THE COLLEGE

Governing Body

Constitution
1. (1) The Governing Body of the College shall consist of the Principal, Official Fellows and Professorial Fellows of the College, and the Tutor in Ministerial Training, together with such of the Research Fellows of the College as the Governing Body may from time to time elect to membership.

(2) Except as otherwise provided by these Statutes, the Governing Body shall determine by Byelaw the procedure for the notice and conduct of meetings.

(3) A quorum at meetings of the Governing Body for the purpose of making Byelaws shall be 60 per cent of the number of members and its voting shall be by simple majority of the members present and voting.

Byelaws and Regulations
2. Subject to the provisions of the Statutes, the Governing

desired meeting. If the Principal refuses such a request or fails to convene a meeting within three weeks of the receipt of such a request, any three or more members may summon it.

(2) There shall be at least two meetings of the Governing
Body in every term on such days as the Governing Body shall appoint. Any meeting may be adjourned by resolution of the meeting to a day to be specified in the resolution.

(3) It shall be competent for the Principal in his or her sole discretion to stay the execution of any order made or any decision taken at any meeting of the Governing Body until the next succeeding meeting of the Governing Body, but no longer.
Chairmanship of meetings

4. Except for meetings called under the provisions of Clause 3 of Statute III, and except as is otherwise provided in these Statutes, the Principal shall be entitled to preside at all meetings of the Governing Body, and shall have the right to preside at all Meetings of all Committees appointed by the Governing Body. Whenever he or she presides over a Meeting of the Governing Body, or a Committee appointed by the Governing Body he or she shall have, in case of there being an equality of votes, a casting vote in addition to his or her ordinary vote. If the Principal shall be absent from a Meeting of the Governing Body, or a Committee of the Governing Body on which he or she presides the chairman shall be the Vice-Principal or, in the absence of a Vice-Principal, the

Common Seal
6. The Common Seal of the College shall be in the custody of the Principal. Every document required to be sealed by the Common Seal shall be sealed in the presence of the Principal and either the Bursar or the Senior Tutor or failing this in the presence of one of them and of one of the members of the Governing Body, and every such use of the Seal shall be recorded in a book kept for the purpose.

STATUTE II: THE VISITOR

1. When a vacancy occurs in the Visitorship, the Principal shall call a meeting of the Governing Body for the purpose of electing a new Visitor; which meeting shall be held within two calendar months of the vacancy, provided that the months of July and August shall not count in calculating that period.

2. Notwithstanding the provisions of Clause I of this Statute, when the Visitorship is about to become vacant at a known date, an election may be made not more than twelve calendar months before the date of the vacancy by the same procedure as if the Visitorship had already become vacant. Such election shall take effect from such date being not earlier than the date of the vacancy, as shall be determined at the time of the election, and not later than two calendar months following the date of the vacancy.

3. The Principal shall give each member of the Governing Body at least four weeks’ notice in writing of the meeting to elect the Visitor.

4. At the meeting for the election the quorum shall be 60 per cent
Body may make, alter or rescind Byelaws and Senior Fellow present, and in the case of equality of votes such of the number of members and the votes shall be given in
Regulations for the College. chairman shall have a casting vote in addition to his or her writing to the Principal, and the Visitor shall be elected by a
ordinary vote. two-thirds majority of the members of the Governing Body
present and voting.

Meetings
3. (1) The Principal may summon a meeting of the Governing Body at any time, and shall do so either at such times as may be decided upon at a meeting of the Governing Body or upon written request addressed to the Principal by three or more members. Such a request shall specify the object of the

Minutes
5. Minutes shall be kept of the meetings of the Governing Body and the Minutes shall be accessible to all members of the Governing Body at all reasonable times.

5. The Governing Body shall provide by Byelaw the procedures to be adopted for the obtaining of the requisite majority if such shall fail to emerge on the first voting.

6. The Visitor shall vacate office on the 30th September next following his or her 70th birthday.

7. If at any time the Visitor shall in the opinion of the Principal and a majority of members of the Governing Body be incapable of discharging the duties imposed upon him or her by these Statutes, the Principal may report this opinion to the Chancellor of the University, and the latter may, if he or she thinks fit, declare the office of Visitor to be vacant. On the receipt of such declaration from the Chancellor of the University the Governing Body shall proceed to the election of a new Visitor.

8. It shall be lawful for the Visitor, if and whenever he or she shall deem it expedient for enforcing the due observance of the Statutes of the College, to visit the College and to exercise at any such visitation all powers lawfully belonging to his or her office.
Power to interpret Statutes
9. As often as any question shall arise on which the Governing Body shall be unable to agree, depending wholly or in part on the construction of any Statute or Byelaw, the Visitor may, subject to Clause 11 of this Statute, and at the request of the Principal or of any three members of the Governing Body, determine the true construction of the Statute or Byelaw with reference to the case submitted to the Visitor.
Annulment of Byelaws and decisions
10. Following consultation with the Governing Body, the Visitor may, subject to Clause 11 of this Statute, and either of his or her own motion or on the complaint of the Principal or any member of the Governing Body, annul any Byelaw, regulation or decision of the College which in his or her judgement is repugnant to these Statutes.

11. Nothing in these Statutes shall enable or require the Visitor-

(a) to hear any appeal or to determine any dispute relating to a member of staff to whom Statute V applies, which concerns the member’s appointment or employment or the termination of that appointment or employment; or

(b) to disallow or annul any Byelaw made under or having effect for the purposes of Statute V.

Powers concerning provisions affecting the University
12. If it appears to the Hebdomadal Council of the University that any provision of these Statutes is not being observed and that thereby the University is liable to be prejudicially affected, the Hebdomadal Council, having first communicated the matter of the proposed representation to the Principal, may submit a representation to the Visitor who shall inquire into the matter and, after considering any representations made by the College, make such order as he or she shall think just for enforcing the observance of the said provision.

Decisions of Visitor
13. Save as provided in Clause 12 of this Statute, all decisions of the Visitor given under these Statutes shall be binding upon every person affected by these Statutes.

STATUTE III: THE PRINCIPAL

Procedure for election
1. Without prejudice to the generality of Clause 2 of Statute I, the Governing Body shall make a Byelaw to define the procedures for the election of a Principal.

2. As soon as practicable after either the office of Principal becomes vacant, or the Principal gives notice of resignation, or at the earliest practicable opportunity within two years of the due date for the retirement of the Principal in accordance with these Statutes, the senior member of the Governing Body in residence shall together with two other members of the Governing Body, call a meeting of the Governing Body which shall forthwith institute the procedures as defined in the Byelaw.

Method of appointment
3. The Principal shall be the person most fit, in the opinion of the Governing Body, to preside over the College and to uphold and maintain its objects. The Principal shall be elected by the Governing Body by at least a two- thirds majority vote of members present and voting. At such a meeting a quorum shall consist of three-quarters of the total membership of the Governing Body.

4. If the Governing Body fails to elect a Principal within
12 months of the office falling vacant, the Vice-Principal shall inform the Visitor that such is the case and the
Visitor shall appoint a Principal forthwith.

Presentation
5. The Principal shall, as soon as reasonably practicable after taking up office, make the following declaration in the presence of the Governing Body:

“I, A B, elected Principal of the Manchester Academy and Harris College, do solemnly declare that I will observe and uphold its Charter, Statutes, and Byelaws, and that I will endeavour to fulfil the purposes of the College and to promote its aims and objects, so far as in me lies.”.

Vice Principal
6. The Governing Body shall appoint one of the members of the
Governing Body to be Vice-Principal.

Duties
7. The Principal shall be the Head of the College and shall take precedence over all other members thereof. He or she shall use his or her best endeavours to further the interests of the College as a centre of learning, education and research. He or she shall, in accordance with the policies laid down by the Governing Body, superintend the management of the property and domestic arrangements of the College and the admission, discipline and supervision of its members.

Emoluments
8. (1) Subject to the provisions of the Statute, there shall be attached to the Principalship such annual stipend and allowances as the Governing Body may from time to time allocate to the Principal.

(2) The Principal shall be entitled to the use of his or her lodgings free of rent, charges and property taxes, and otherwise subject to such terms and conditions as the Governing Body shall determine. The Governing Body shall be responsible for structural repairs, decoration and furnishings of the Principal’s lodgings.

(3) Subject to the needs and financial resources of the College, the Governing Body shall have power to grant leave of absence to the Principal on such terms as to period and emoluments as it may determine.
Residence
9. The Principal shall reside in the accommodation designated as the Principal’s lodgings, for at least six months in each calendar year, including not less than six weeks in each term. In the case of illness, or other sufficient cause, the Governing Body may dispense the Principal from his or her obligations to reside, for as long as it may judge to be required by the necessity of the case.
External activities
10. The Principal shall not hold any office or appointment which, in the opinion of the Governing Body, is inconsistent with the proper performance of his or her duties, save that he or she may be dispensed by the Governing Body in part or in full from the performance of those duties for a specified purpose and subject to such diminution of his or her stipend as the Governing Body shall think fit.
Tenure
11. The Principal shall, subject to Part VII of Statute V and the other provisions of these Statutes, hold office from the day on which his or her election is completed (or, if later, the date on which the resignation or retirement of the retiring Principal takes effect), until either the date on which his or her
resignation takes effect, or until the 30th day of September
next following the 70th anniversary of his or her birth, or if such anniversary of his or her birth falls on the 30th day of
September then until that anniversary. The Principal shall give not less than 12 months’ notice of an intention to resign, or such shorter period as the Governing Body may agree.
Temporary incapacity
12. If at any time it shall appear that the Principal has become incapable of discharging the duties of his or her office, the Vice-Principal shall, with the consent of any three or more members of the Governing Body, convene a meeting of the Governing Body at which the quorum shall be 60 per cent of the number of members to inquire into the circumstances, and if satisfied that the Principal is so incapable, and on a majority of not less than two-thirds of members present, the Governing Body shall so declare and request the Vice Principal to act in accordance with Statute IV:14.

STATUTE IV: FELLOWS, OFFICERS AND LECTURERS

Class of Fellowships
1. The Fellowships in the College shall be of the following classes:

(1) Official Fellowships, tenable by the Tutors and such other Officers of the College and such holders of University teaching posts as the Governing Body shall from time to time determine.

(2) Professional Fellowships, tenable by University Professors, University Readers, and holders of other University offices which are declared by any University Statute or Decree to qualify the holder for a Professional Fellowship.

(3) Research Fellowships, tenable by persons who, in
the opinion of the Governing Body, have conducted, or are likely to conduct, valuable advanced study or research and who undertake to pursue advanced study or research in the College or in the University Research Fellows may in addition undertake teaching in the College or University, if approved by the Governing Body.

(4) Supernumerary Fellowship, tenable by persons
whose services as Fellows would, in the opinion of the Governing Body, be of advantage to the College.

(5) Emeritus Fellowships, tenable by persons who have vacated Official, Professorial or Research Fellowships in the College, or such other offices in the College as shall, in the opinion of the Governing Body, render them eligible. Emeritus Fellows shall normally have held a Fellowship or College Office for 15 years prior to election.

(6) Honorary Fellowships, tenable by distinguished persons.

(7) Foundation Fellowships, tenable by benefactors of the College.

Official Fellowships
2 (1) The election or re-election of all Official Fellows of the College shall, subject to the provisions of these
Statutes, be made by the Governing Body, and in the case of an initial election where the duties of the Fellowship include teaching, after consultation with the Board or Boards of the appropriate Faculty or Faculties of the University.

(2) Subject to the provisions of Clause 3 of Statute XII, and where not otherwise provided in these Statutes, Official Fellows of the College shall be appointed for such periods not exceeding seven years as the Governing Body may from time to time determine, at the expiration of which they shall be eligible for re-election, but no Official Fellow
may hold his or her Fellowship after the 30th day of
September immediately preceding the attainment of the age of 66 years, provided that for any such Fellow who holds a stipendiary post in the University, and who is permitted by the University to hold that post until at least the age of 67 years, the date at which the Fellowship shall be vacated shall be the 30th day of September immediately preceding the attainment of the age of 68 years.

(3) Official Fellows of the College shall reside within 25 miles of Carfax during Full Term, but the Governing Body may in case of sickness or for any other sufficient reason, dispense with the residential requirement of a Fellow of the College for such period as it thinks proper.

(4) Subject to the needs and financial resources of the College, the Governing Body shall have the power to grant leave of absence to an Official Fellow on such terms as to period and emolument as it may determine. Provision of leave of absence under this Clause shall not normally exceed that granted to University teaching officers.

(5) Subject to the provisions of these Statutes, the Governing Body shall from time to time determine the reasonable stipends and emoluments of the Official Fellows.

Professional Fellowships
3 (1) The holder of any Professorship or Readership allocated to the College by the Hebdomadal Council of the University shall thereby by a Professorial Fellow of the College, provided always that the College had the right to be represented on the Board which elected him or her to the Professorship or Readership.

2) The election of the holder of any other Professorship or
Readership or qualifying office to a Professorial Fellowship shall be made by the Governing Body on such terms as it thinks fit.

(3) A Professorial Fellow shall vacate his or her Fellowship and any office which he or she holds in the College on resigning or otherwise vacating his or her Professorship or Readership or other qualifying office.

(4) If a Professorial Fellow be deprived of his or her Professorship or Readership or other qualifying office, he or she shall ipso facto vacate his or her Fellowship.

(5) A Professorial Fellow as such shall have no stipend from the College, but may be granted such other allowances, privileges and facilities as the Governing Body may from time to time determine.

(6) In the event of an existing Fellow of the College who has been appointed by the University to an ad hominem Professorship or Readership being elected to a Professorial Fellowship, no determination made under sub-clause (5) of this Clause shall deprive him or her of privileges and facilities which, in the opinion of the Governing Body, he or she may appropriately be permitted to retain.

(7) Subject to the terms of his or her appointment a Pro- fessorial Fellow may be invited by the Governing Body to undertake the supervision of students or other academic duties.

Research Fellowships
4. (1) The Governing Body may from time to time appoint as
a Research Fellow any person duly qualified as in Clause
1 (3) of this Statute on such terms as it thinks fit, subject to sub-clauses (2) and (3) of this Clause. It may designate such a Fellowship ‘Senior’ or ‘Junior’ or give it such other designation as the circumstances warrant.

(2) Every Research Fellow designated Senior shall be appointed for a period not exceeding five years in the first instance and may be re-appointed for such further period or periods as the Governing Body may determine, but no such re-appointment may be for a longer period than seven years at a time.

(3) Every Research Fellow designated Junior shall be

appointed for a period not exceeding three years in the first instance and may be re-elected for such period or periods as shall, when added to the period of his or her first appointment, not exceed six years in all.

(4) The Governing Body shall have power to determine the reasonable stipends and emoluments, if any, of Research Fellows and shall have the power to admit them to any or all of the privileges of Clause 25 of this Statute.

(5) Research Fellows shall exercise such functions (if any) as the Governing Body may determine.

Supernumerary Fellows
5. (1) The Governing Body may from time to time appoint as a Supernumerary Fellow for a stated period not exceeding five years in the first instance, any person duly qualified as in Clause 1(4) of this Statute.

(2) The Governing Body may renew the appointment for a subsequent or further period or periods but no such re-appointment may be for a longer period than five years at a time and provided also that there shall be no expectation of such re-appointment.

(3) A Supernumerary Fellow shall have no stipend as such from the College. He or she shall exercise such functions (if any) as the Governing Body may determine and may be admitted to any or all of the privileges of Clause 25 of this Statute.

Emeritus Fellowships
6. (1) The Governing Body may from time to time appoint as an Emeritus Fellow any person duly qualified as in Clause 1(5) of this Statute, save that no former Fellow is eligible for election unless he or she has been a Fellow of the College for at least 15 years.

(2) An Emeritus Fellow shall have no stipend as such from the College, shall exercise such functions (if any) as the Governing Body may determine, and may be admitted to any or all of the privileges of Clause 25 of this Statute.

Honorary Fellowship

7. (1) The Governing Body may from time to time appoint as
an Honorary Fellow any person duly qualified as in Clause
1(6) of this Statute.

(2) An Honorary Fellow shall not be entitled to receive any pecuniary emolument or to exercise any functions by virtue of his or her office, but may enjoy such privileges and advantages and exercise such functions as the Governing Body shall from time to time determine.

Foundation Fellowship
8. (1) The Governing Body may from time to time appoint as a Foundation Fellow any person duly qualified as in
Clause 1(7) of this Statute.

(2) A Foundation Fellow shall not be entitled to receive any pecuniary emolument or to exercise any functions by virtue of his or her office, but may enjoy such privileges and advantages and exercise such functions as the Governing Body shall from time to time determine.

Declaration on appointment
9. Every Fellow of the College shall on his or her appointment be admitted to his or her Fellowship by the Principal at a meeting of the Governing Body and shall make before the Principal and other members of the Governing Body present at the meeting the following declaration:

“I, A B, shall be true and faithful to the College, and shall observe its Charter, Statutes, and Byelaws, and promote its objects, interests and studies, so far as in me lies.”.

Precedence
10. The Fellows of the College shall take seniority according to
the date of their appointment, provided that Fellows of the College re-appointed under Clause 2(1) of this Statute shall retain the seniority which they had previously attained. In the event of two or more Official Fellows being elected on the same day the Governing Body shall determine their seniority.

Vacation of Fellowship or Office
11. (1) The holder of any Fellowship or office of the College
shall, subject to the provisions of these Statutes, vacate his or her Fellowship or office in the College on any of the following occurrences, that is to say:-

(i) On the acceptance of the Headship of the College
or any other College or Permanent Private Hall, or of a Fellowship in any College, or Permanent Private Hall within the University, whether stipendiary or non-stipendiary (other than an Honorary or Emeritus Fellowship).

(ii) On the giving up of a University teaching post if
the holding of such a post shall have been made by the Governing Body a condition of his or her tenure of Fellowship.

(2) If any Official Fellow or other Officer of the College
to whom the provisions of Statute V do not apply shall through sickness have been incapable of duly performing the duties of his or her office during the whole of three successive terms, he or she may be required by the Governing Body to vacate his or her office.

(3) If any Fellow or other Officer of the College to whom
the provisions of Statute V do not apply is guilty of misconduct, or of any action which brings the College into disrepute, or of neglect or inefficiency in the discharge of his or her duties, or of contumacious disobedience to any provisions of the Charter, Statutes, or Byelaws of the College, he or she may be deprived of his or her Fellowship or office by the Governing Body after due inquiry held, at which he or she shall be entitled to be heard in his or her own defence. The procedure to be followed in respect of the preparation, hearing, determination of and appeal against such inquiry shall be prescribed by Byelaws made under this Clause, such Byelaws having regard so far as may be appropriate to similar procedures contained in Statute V.
External appointments
12. The holder of any Fellowship or office of the College who shall have the intention of accepting any salaried appointment or office not connected with the College shall give written notice of his or her intention to the Principal, who shall place it before the Governing Body and if the Governing Body shall be of the opinion that the duties of such appointment or office would be incompatible with the due performance of his or her duties as Fellow or Officer of the College, he or she shall be warned by them that he or she will be required to relinquish his or her Fellowship and office or offices in the College, if he or she were to accept such appointment or office.

Offices of the College
13. The Officers of the College shall be the Vice-Principal, the Senior Tutor, the Bursar, the Dean, the Dean of Degrees, the Fellow Librarian, the Academic Administrator, the Domestic Bursar, the Tutor in Ministerial Training, and such other Officers as the Governing Body may from time to time deem necessary for the administration of the College and the instruction and discipline of its members. Officers of the College shall be appointed by the Governing Body on such terms and conditions and for such period or periods as it may determine. The stipends and duties of all Officers shall, subject to the provisions of these Statutes, be determined by the Governing Body. More than one office may be held by the same person. When any of the said offices are vacant or when the Officer is absent or incapacitated, the Principal, with the approval of the Governing Body, shall arrange for the exercise of the functions and for the discharge of the responsibilities of the office.
Vice-Principal
14. In the absence or incapacity of the Principal, the Vice- Principal appointed under Clause 6 of Statute III, having the consent of the Governing Body, shall be charged with all the powers and duties of the Principal, except the giving assent to any Byelaw or resolution which affects any right, power or privilege of the Principal, and for which by these Statutes the consent of the Principal is necessary.
Senior Tutor
15. The Senior Tutor shall be responsible for ensuring that provision is made for the teaching and instruction of all members in statu pupillari during each Full Term.
Bursar
16. The Bursar shall be generally responsible, under the Principal and the Governing Body, for the financial affairs of the College, and shall have in particular such functions and responsibilities as the Governing Body may by Regulation determine. When the office of Bursar is vacant, or when the Bursar is absent or incapacitated, the Principal shall arrange for the exercise of the functions and for the discharge of the responsibilities of the Bursar.

Dean
17. The Dean shall be charged with responsibility for the discipline of members of the College in statu pupillari.
Dean of Degrees
18. The Dean of Degrees shall be responsible for the signing of graces and the presentation of candidates for matriculation and for degrees.
Fellow Librarian
19. The Fellow Librarian shall have the care of the College Library and such powers of discipline over members of the College in statu pupillari in relation to the use of the Library as the Governing Body may determine.
Academic Administrator
20. The Academic Administrator shall be responsible for the academic administration of the College.
Domestic Bursar
21. The Domestic Bursar shall have the care of the domestic arrangements of the College and supervise the domestic staff of the College.
Tutor in Ministerial Training
22. (1) The Tutor in Ministerial Training shall be appointed by the Governing Body for the direction of ministerial
students and shall be a minister on the roll of the General
Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches in the United Kingdom. The appointment shall be made in consultation with the said General Assembly.

(2) The Tutor shall be a member of the Governing Body.

(3) The Tutor shall not normally be eligible for appointment for more than three consecutive periods of three years.

(4) No person shall be competent to act as Tutor unless and until he or she shall have delivered to the Principal a declaration in writing in the following form, namely:

Lecturers

“I, A B, shall be true and faithful to the College, and shall observe its Charter, Statutes, and Byelaws, and promote its objects, interests and studies, so far as in me lies.”.

(c) to apply the principles of justice and fairness.

2. No provision in Part II, Part III or Part VII of this Statute shall enable any members of the academic staff to be dismissed unless the reason for the dismissal may in the

(a) conviction for an offence which may be deemed by an Academic Disciplinary Committee appointed under Part III of this Statute to be such as to render the person convicted unfit for the performance of the duties of the office or employment as a member of the academic staff; or
23. Lecturers, not being Fellows of the College, may be
appointed by the Governing Body to supervise the course of study of members of the College in statu pupillari. The conditions of their appointment shall be determined by the Governing Body.

Tutors
24. Tutors shall be designated by the Governing Body from among the Fellows and Lecturers of the College and they shall supervise the conduct and course of study and general welfare of such members of the College in statu pupillari as the Governing Body may assign to them and shall engage in the educational work of the College in such other ways as the Governing Body may require.

Common Table
25. The Governing Body may set apart and allow out of the revenues of the College a moderate sum for the provision of a Common Dinner and Common Lunch whether in the Dining Hall or in some other public room in the College, of which the Principal, and Official, Professorial, and Research Fellows shall be entitled to partake without charge. The same privileges may be extended in whole or in part to any other Fellow and to any Officer or Lecturer of the College not being a Fellow.

STATUTE V: ACADEMIC STAFF

Part I Construction, application and interpretation

1. This Statute and any Byelaw made under this Statute shall be construed in every case to give effect to the following guiding principles, that is to say:

(a) to ensure that members of the academic staff of the College have freedom within the law to question and test received wisdom, and to put forward new ideas and controversial or unpopular opinions, without placing themselves in jeopardy of losing their jobs or privileges;
(b) to enable the College to provide education, to
promote learning and to engage in research efficiently and economically; and

circumstances (including the size and administrative
resources of the College) reasonably be treated as a sufficient reason for dismissal.

3. (1) This Statute shall apply:

(a) to any person holding a full-time College office designated by the Governing Body as one to which this Statute applies;

(b) to any person employed by the College to carry out teaching or research save for those holding appointments which have been excluded by the Governing Body from the scope of this Statute on the ground that the duties in that regard are only of a limited nature; and

(c) to the Principal to the extent and in the manner set out in Part VII of this Statute.

(2) In this Statute any reference to a “member of the academic staff” is a reference to a person to whom this Statute applies.

4. In this Statute “dismiss” and “dismissal” mean dismissal of a member of the academic staff and –

(a) include remove or, as the case may be, removal from office; and

(b) in relation to employment under a contract, shall be construed in accordance with section 55 of the Employment Protection (Consolidation) Act 1978.

5. (1) For the purposes of this Statute “good cause” in relation to the dismissal or removal from office or place of a member of the academic staff, being in any case a reason which is related to conduct or to capability or qualifications for performing work of the kind which the member of the academic staff concerned was appointed or employed to do, means

(b) conduct of an immoral, scandalous or disgraceful nature incompatible with the duties of the office or employment; or

(c) conduct constituting failure or persistent refusal or neglect or inability to perform the duties or comply with the conditions of the office or employment; or

(d) physical or mental incapacity established under
Part IV of this Statute; or

(e) wilful disruption of the activities of the College; or

(f) wilful disobedience of any of the Statutes or
Byelaws in force for the time being. (2) In this Clause –
(a) “capability”, in relation to such a member, means capability assessed by reference to skill, aptitude, health or any other physical or mental quality; and

(b) “qualifications”, in relation to such a member, means any degree, diploma or other academic, technical or professional qualification relevant to the office or position held by that member.

6. For the purposes of this Statute dismissal shall be taken to be a dismissal by reason of redundancy if it is attributable wholly or mainly to:

(1) the fact that the College has ceased, or intends to cease, to carry on the activity for the purposes of which the person concerned was appointed or employed or has ceased, or intends to cease, to carry on that activity in the place in which the person concerned worked; or

(2) the fact that the requirements of that activity for members of the academic staff to carry out work of a particular kind in that place have ceased or diminished or are expected to cease or diminish.
7. (1) Nothing in any appointments made, or contract entered into, shall be construed as overriding or excluding any provision made by this Statute concerning the
dismissal of a member of the academic staff by reason of redundancy or for good cause:
Provided that this shall not invalidate any waiver made under section 142 of the Employment Protection (Consolidation) Act 1978.

(2) For the avoidance of doubt it is hereby stated that nothing in Part III of this Statute shall be construed as affecting the Statutes and Byelaws of the College concerning re-election at the expiry of a fixed term of a Fellowship.

(3) In any case where any person is designated to perform any duties or exercise any powers under this Statute, and that person is involved in the matter in question, the Governing Body may appoint an alternate to act in that other person’s place under procedures prescribed by
Byelaws made under this Statute.

(4) Nothing in any other Statute shall enable the Governing Body to delegate its power to reach a decision under Clause 10(2) of this Statute.

(5) No one shall sit as a member of any of the bodies established under this Statute, and no one shall be present at a meeting of such body when the body is considering its decision or discussing a point of procedure, except as provided by this Statute or by Byelaws made under this Statute.

(6) In this Statute references to numbered Parts, Clauses, and sub-clauses are references to Parts, Clauses, and sub-clauses so numbered in this Statute.

Part II Redundancy
8. This Part enables the Governing Body, as the appropriate body, to dismiss any member of the academic staff by reason of redundancy.

9. (1) Nothing in this Part shall prejudice, alter or affect any rights, powers or duties of the College or apply in relation to a person unless –
(a) his or her appointment is made, or his or her
contract of employment is entered into, on or after 20th November 1987; or

(b) he or she is promoted on or after that date.

(2) For the purposes of this Clause in relation to a person,
a reference to an appointment made or a contract entered into on or after 20th November 1987 or to promotion on or after that date shall be construed in accordance with subsections (3) to (6) of section 204 of the Education Reform Act 1988.

10. (1) The Governing Body shall be the appropriate body for the purposes of this Part.

(2) This Part applies only where the Governing Body has decided that there should be a reduction in the academic staff –

(a) of the College as a whole; or

(b) of any area of academic work within the College by way of redundancy.

11. Where the Governing Body has reached a decision under Clause 10(2) of this Statute it shall select the requisite members of the academic staff for dismissal by reason of redundancy.

12. (1) Where the Governing Body has made a selection it
may authorise an Officer of the College as its delegate to dismiss any member of the academic staff so selected.

(2) Each member of the academic staff selected shall be given separate notice of the selection approved by the Governing Body.

(3) Each separate notice shall sufficiently identify the circumstances which have satisfied the Governing Body that the intended dismissal is reasonable and in particular shall include –

(a) a summary of the action taken by the Governing Body under this Part;
(b) an account of the selection processes it has used;

(c) a reference to the rights of the person notified to appeal against the notice and to the time within which any such appeal is to be lodged under Part Vof this Statute; and

(d) a statement as to when the intended dismissal is to take effect.

Part III Discipline, dismissal and removal from office

13.(1) If the conduct or performance of a member of the academic staff does not meet acceptable standards, but does not constitute sufficient cause for dismissal, an oral warning may be given by the Principal who shall keep a note of the matter. The member of the academic staff concerned shall be informed of the reason for the warning; that it constitutes the first stage of the disciplinary procedure; and that a right of appeal exists under this Clause. An oral warning shall be disregarded for disciplinary purposes after 12 months.

(2) If the offence is a serious one, or if a further offence occurs, a written warning may be given by the Principal who shall keep a copy of the warning. The member of the academic staff concerned shall be informed in writing of the reason for the warning; the improvement required and the time within which that must be achieved; that charges may be instituted under Clause 14 of this Statute if there is no satisfactory improvement; and that a right of appeal exists under this Clause. A written warning shall be disregarded for disciplinary purposes after two years.

(3) A member of the academic staff who wishes to appeal against a disciplinary warning given under this Clause shall within 14 days of receipt of the warning inform the Principal by letter of his or her decision to appeal. Such a letter should state the grounds on which the appeal is to be made. The Governing Body shall hear the appeal within 28 days of the receipt of such letter, provided that the months of July and August shall not be counted in calculating this period. The Governing Body’s decision shall be final.

14. (1) If there has been no satisfactory improvement following
a written warning given under Clause 13 (2) of this Statute or in any case where it is alleged that the conduct or performance of a member of the academic staff may constitute good cause for dismissal, a complaint seeking the institution of charges to be heard by an Academic Disciplinary Committee appointed under Clause 15 of this Statute may be made to the Principal.

(2) To enable the Principal to deal fairly with any (2) In selecting members of the panel for appointment as charge, and may be questioned concerning any relevant
complaint brought to his or her attention under sub- members of an Academic Disciplinary Committee, evidence;
clause (1) of this Clause, such enquiries (if any) shall be the Governing Body shall exclude the person
instituted as appear to the Principal to be necessary. charged, and any person who has been involved in or (4) that no new witness or documentary evidence may be
associated with the making of the complaint or any introduced by the person presenting the charge without
(3) If it appears to the Principal (whether on receipt of a part of it, or who has been involved in any the Committee’s consent, which shall not be given save for
complaint or otherwise) that there are grounds for preliminary hearing or investigation. good reason, and that if late introduction is allowed, the
believing that the conduct or performance of a member member of the academic staff shall be allowed an
of the academic staff could constitute good cause for 17. (1) When an Academic Disciplinary Committee has adjournment sufficient to allow him or her to consider and
dismissal, he or she shall write to the person concerned been appointed, the Governing Body shall instruct a respond to the new evidence; and
inviting comment in writing, and if he or she considers solicitor or other suitable person to formulate the
that the College might otherwise suffer significant charge or charges and to present, or arrange for the (5) that any charge is heard and determined as expeditiously as
harm may, at this stage or at any stage prior to the presentation of, the charges before the Academic is reasonably practicable.
conclusion of any hearing by an Academic Disciplinary Disciplinary Committee.
Committee appointed under Clause 15 of this Statute, 19. (1) The Academic Disciplinary Committee shall send its
suspend the person concerned from the performance of (2) It shall be the duty of the person formulating the decision on any charge referred to it (together with its
duties without loss of emoluments. charge or charges – findings of fact and the reasons for its decision regarding
that charge and its recommendations, if any, as to the
(4) As soon as may be following receipt of the comments (if (a) to forward in writing the charge or charges to appropriate penalty) in writing to the Principal, the person
any), or in any event not later than 28 days after they the Committee and to the member of the charged, the person presenting the charge, and any person
were invited, the Principal shall consider the matter in academic staff concerned, together with the who shall have been added as a party by the Academic
the light of all the available evidence and may dismiss other documents therein specified; and Disciplinary Committee.
the matter summarily, or issue an oral or written warning
to the person concerned, or determine that the matter be (b) to make any necessary administrative arrange- (2) The Academic Disciplinary Committee shall draw
considered by an Academic Disciplinary Committee ments for the summoning of witnesses, the attention to the period of time within which any appeal
appointed under Clause 15 of this Statute. production of documents and generally for the should be made by ensuring that a copy of Part V of this
proper presentation of the case before the Com- Statute accompanies each copy of its decision sent to a
15. If the Principal has determined that the matter is to be mittee. party to the proceedings under this Clause.
considered by an Academic Disciplinary Committee, he or
she shall request the Governing Body to appoint such a 18. The procedure to be followed in respect of the 20. (1) Where any charge is upheld and the Academic
committee to hear the charge or charges and to determine preparation, hearing and determination of any charge by Disciplinary Committee finds good cause and recommends
whether the conduct or performance of the person charged an Academic Disciplinary Committee shall be prescribed dismissal, but in no other case, the Principal shall consult
constitutes good cause for dismissal or otherwise constitutes a by Byelaws made under this Statute. Such Byelaws shall the Governing Body and shall decide whether or not to
serious complaint relating to the appointment or employment, ensure: dismiss the person concerned. If the Principal decides to
and, if so, to recommend what action should be taken. accept the Academic Disciplinary Committee’s

16 (1) An Academic Disciplinary Committee appointed by the Governing Body shall comprise

(a) a chairman;

(b) one member chosen from amongst members of the Governing Body to whom this Statute does not apply, Honorary Fellows, and Emeritus Fellows; and

(c) one member chosen from amongst members of the Governing Body.

(1) that the person charged is entitled to be represented
by another person, whether such person is legally qualified or not, in connection with and at any hearing by an Academic Disciplinary Committee.

(2) that a charge shall not be determined without an oral hearing at which the person charged and any person appointed as his or her representative are entitled to be present;

(3) that witnesses may be called, both on behalf of the person charged and by the person presenting the

recommendation he or she may forthwith dismiss that
person.

(2) Where any charge is upheld, other than where the Principal has decided under sub-clause (1) of this Clause to dismiss the person concerned, the action available to the Principal, after consulting the Governing Body, (not comprising a greater penalty than that recommended by the Academic Disciplinary Committee) shall be –

(a) to discuss the issues raised with the person concerned; or
(b) to advise the person concerned about his or her future conduct; or

(c) to warn the person concerned; or

(d) to suspend the person concerned for such period as the Principal shall think fair and reasonable, not to exceed three months after the date on which the Governing Body shall have considered the Academic Disciplinary Committee’s decision, provided that no suspension without pay may be ordered unless the terms of the contract of employment of the person concerned contain provisions expressly entitling the Principal to impose such penalty; or

(e) such further or other action under the contract of employment or terms of appointment of the person concerned as appears fair and reasonable in all the circumstances of the case; or

(f) any combination of any of the above.

21. (1) The Principal shall be the appropriate Officer to exercise
the powers conferred by Clause 20 of this Statute but he or she may appoint a delegate to exercise those powers.

(2) Any action taken by the Principal or his or her delegate shall be confirmed in writing and notified to the Governing Body.

Part IV Removal for incapacity on medical grounds
22. (1) This part makes separate provisions for the assessment of incapacity on medical grounds as a good cause for dismissal and removal from office.

(2) In this Part references to medical grounds are references to capability assessed by reference to health or any other physical or mental quality.

(3) In this Part the Principal shall be the appropriate Officer to perform any duties or exercise any powers, but may appoint a delegate to act on his or her behalf.

(4) In this Part references to the member of the academic staff include, in cases where the nature of the alleged disability so requires, a responsible relative or friend or other person with authority to act on behalf of that member in addition to (or instead of) that member.

23. (1) Where it appears to the Principal that the removal of a member of the academic staff on medical grounds should be considered, the Principal –

(a) shall inform the member accordingly;

(b) may, if the member agrees or if the Principal considers that the College might otherwise suffer significant harm, suspend the member from duty without loss of pay; and

(c) shall notify the member in writing that it is proposed to make an application to the member’s medical practitioner for a medical report and shall seek the member’s consent in writing in accordance with the requirements of the Access to Medical Reports Act 1988.

(2) If the member elects to apply for early retirement on medical grounds he or she shall be allowed to do so and the College shall meet the reasonable costs of any medical opinion required.

(3) If the member does not elect to apply for early retirement on medical grounds the Principal may refer the case in confidence, with any medical and other evidence (including any such evidence submitted by the member), to a Board comprising one person nominated by the Governing Body; one person nominated by the member concerned or, in default of the latter nomination, by the Principal; and a medically qualified chairman jointly agreed by the Governing Body and the member or, in default of agreement, to be nominated by the Principal of the Royal College of Physicians.

(4) The procedure to be followed in respect of the preparation, hearing, and determination of a case by a Medical Board under this Part shall be prescribed by Byelaws made under this sub-clause. Such Byelaws shall ensure:

(a) that the member concerned is entitled to be represented by another person, whether such person is legally qualified or not, in connection with and at any hearing by the Board;
(b) that a case shall not be determined without an oral hearing at which the person charged and any

person appointed to represent him or her are entitled to be present;
(c) that witnesses may be called and may be questioned concerning any relevant evidence; and
(d) that the case is heard and determined as expeditiously as is reasonably practicable.

(5) The Board may require the member concerned to undergo medical examination at the College’s expense.

24. (1) If the Board determines that the member should be required to retire on medical grounds, the Principal shall consult the Governing Body, and may terminate the employment of the member concerned on those medical grounds.

(2) Any action taken by the Principal shall be confirmed in writing and notified to the Governing Body.

Part V Appeals
25. This Part establishes procedures for hearing and determining appeals by members of the academic staff who are dismissed or under notice of dismissal or who are otherwise disciplined.

26. (1) This Part applies –

(a) to appeals against any decision of the Governing Body to dismiss in the exercise of its powers under Part II of this Statute;

(b) to appeals arising in any proceedings, or out of any decision reached, under Part III of this Statute other than appeals against disciplinary warnings under Clause 13 of this Statute;

(c) to appeals against any dismissal otherwise than in pursuance of Part II, Part III, Part IV or Part VII of this Statute;

(d) to appeals against any disciplinary decision otherwise than in pursuance of Part III of this Statute;

(e) to appeals against any decision reached under PartIV of this Statute; and

(f) to appeals against any decision reached under Part VII of this Statute; and “appeal” and “appellant” shall be construed accordingly.
(2) No appeal shall however lie against –
(a) a decision of the Governing Body under Clause 10(2)
of this Statute;
(b) any finding of fact of an Academic Disciplinary Committee under Clause 19(1) of this Statute save on legal grounds or where, with the consent of the person or persons hearing the appeal, fresh evidence is called on behalf of the appellant at that hearing:
(c) any medical finding by a Board set up under Clause 23(3) of this Statute save on legal grounds or save where, with the consent of the person or persons appointed, fresh evidence is called on behalf of the appellant at that hearing.

(3) In this Part references to “the person appointed” are references to the person appointed by the Governing Body under Clause 29 of this Statute to hear and determine the relevant appeal.
(4) The parties to an appeal shall be the appellant and the
Principal and any other person added as a party at the direction of the person appointed.

27. A member of the academic staff shall institute an appeal by serving on the Principal, within the time allowed under Clause 28 of this Statute, notice in writing setting out the grounds of the appeal.

28. (1) A notice of appeal shall be served within 28 days of the
date on which the document recording the decision appealed from was sent to the appellant or such longer period, if any, as the person appointed may determine under sub-clause (3) of this Clause.

(2) The Principal shall bring any notice of appeal received (and the date when it was served) to the attention of the Governing Body and shall inform the appellant that he or she has done so.

(3) Where the notice of appeal is served on the Principal outside the 28 day period the person appointed under Clause 29 of this Statute shall not permit the appeal to proceed unless he or she considers that justice and fairness so require in the circumstances of the case.

29. (1) Where an appeal is instituted under this Part the
Governing Body shall appoint a person described in sub- clause (2) of this Clause to hear and determine that appeal subject to sub-clause (3) of this Clause.

(2) The persons described in this sub-clause are – (a) the person who is the Visitor; or
(b) persons not employed by the College holding, or having held, judicial office or being barristers or solicitors of at least ten year’s standing.

(3) The person appointed shall sit alone unless he or she considers that justice and fairness will best be served by sitting as an Appeal Tribunal with two other persons.

(4) The two other persons who may sit with the person appointed, and who shall be appointed by the Governing Body, shall be –

(a) one member chosen from amongst members of the Governing Body to whom this Statute does not apply, Honorary Fellows or Emeritus Fellows; and

(b) one member chosen from amongst members of the Governing Body to whom this Statute applies.

30. (1) The procedure to be followed in respect of the preparation, consolidation, hearing and determination of appeals shall be that set out in Byelaws made under this Clause.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, such Byelaws shall ensure –

(a) that an appellant is entitled to be represented by another person, whether such person is legally qualified or not, in connection with and at any hearing of his or her appeal.

(b) that an appeal shall not be determined without an oral hearing at which the appellant and any person appointed by the appellant to represent the appellant are entitled to be present and to speak, and, with the consent of the person or persons hearing the appeal, to call witnesses;

(c) that full and sufficient provision is made for postponements, adjournments, dismissal of the

appeal for want of prosecution and for the correction of accidental errors; and

(d) that the person appointed may set appropriate time limits for each stage (including the hearing itself) to the intent that any appeal shall be heard and determined as expeditiously as is reasonably practicable.

3. The person or persons hearing the appeal may allow or dismiss an appeal in whole or in part and, without prejudice to the foregoing, may –

(a) remit an appeal from a decision under Part II of this Statute (or any issue arising in the course of such an appeal) to the Governing Body for further consideration as the person or persons hearing the appeal may direct; or

(b) remit an appeal arising under Part III of this Statute for re-hearing or reconsideration by the same or by a differently constituted Academic Disciplinary Committee to be appointed under that Part; or

(c) remit an appeal from a decision under Part IV of this Statute for further considerations as the person or persons hearing the appeal may direct; or

(d) remit an appeal by the Principal arising under Part VII of this Statute for re-hearing or reconsideration by the same or by a differently constituted Tribunal to be appointed under that Part; or

(e) substitute any lesser alternative penalty that would have been open to the Principal following the finding by the Academic Disciplinary Committee which heard and determined the original charge or charges.

31. The person appointed shall send a reasoned decision, including any decision reached in exercise of his or her powers under Clause 30(3) (a), (b), (c) or (d) of this Statute, on any appeal and a statement of any findings of fact different from those of the Governing Body under Part II of this Statute or of the Academic Disciplinary Committee under Part III of this Statute or of the Board under Part IV of this Statute or of the Tribunal appointed under Part VII of this Statute, as the case may be, to the Principal and to the parties to the appeal.
Part VI Grievance procedures
32. The aim of this Part is to settle or redress individual grievances promptly, fairly and, so far as may be, within the relevant area by methods acceptable to all parties.

33. The grievances to which this Part applies are ones by members of the academic staff concerning their appointments or employment where those grievances relate –

(a) to matters affecting themselves as individuals; or
(b) to matters affecting their personal dealings or relationships with other staff of the College,
not being matters for which express provision is made elsewhere in this Statute.

34. (1) If other remedies within the relevant areas have been exhausted the member of the academic staff may raise the matter with the Principal.

(2) If it appears to the Principal that the matter has been finally determined under Part III, IV or V of this Statute or that the grievance is trivial or invalid, he or she may dismiss it summarily, or take no action upon it. If it so appears to the Principal he or she shall inform the member and may inform the Governing Body accordingly.

(3) If the Principal is satisfied that the subject matter of the grievance could properly be considered with (or form the whole or any part of) –

(a) a complaint under Part III of this Statute; or

(b) a determination under Part IV of this Statute; or

(c) an appeal under Part V of this Statute,

he or she shall defer action upon it under this Part until the relevant complaint, determination or appeal has been heard or the time for instituting it has passed and he shall notify the member accordingly.

(4) If the Principal does not reject the complaint under sub- clause (2) of this Clause or if he or she does not defer action upon it under sub-clause (3) of this Clause, the Principal shall decide whether it would be appropriate, having regard to the interests of justice and fairness, to seek to dispose of it informally. If the Principal so decides he or she shall notify the member and proceed accordingly.

35. If the grievance has not been disposed of informally under Clause 34(4) of this Statute, the Principal shall refer the matter to a Grievance Committee for consideration.

36. A Grievance Committee shall comprise three Fellows of the College appointed by the Governing Body.

37. The procedure in connection with the consideration and determination of grievances shall be determined in Byelaws in such a way as to ensure that the aggrieved person and any person against whom the grievance lies shall have the right to be heard at a hearing and to be accompanied by a friend or representative.

38. The Committee shall inform the Governing Body whether the grievance is or is not well-found and if it is well-found the Committee shall make such proposals for
the redress of the grievance as it sees fit.

Part VII Removal of the Principal from office
39. Any five members of the Governing Body may make a complaint to the Senior Official Fellow seeking the removal of the Principal from office for good cause.

40. The Senior Official Fellow shall refer such a complaint to the Governing Body, exclusive of the Principal and the members making the complaint. If it appears to the Governing Body that the complaint is trivial or invalid or unjustified or is not supported by sufficient evidence of good cause for the removal of the Principal from office, it may determine that no further action shall be taken upon it.

41. If it appears to the Governing Body on the available material that the complaint could, if proved, constitute good cause for the removal of the Principal from office, it shall appoint a Tribunal to hear and determine the matter.

42. The Tribunal appointed by the Governing Body shall comprise:

(a) an independent chairman; and

(b) one member chosen from amongst members of the Governing Body to whom this Statute does not apply, Honorary Fellows, and Emeritus Fellows; and

(c) one member chosen from amongst members of the
Governing Body to whom this Statute applies.

43. A charge referred to the Tribunal shall be dealt with in accordance with the procedure prescribed in Clauses 17 to
19 of this Statute, provided –

(a) that the Senior Official Fellow shall perform any duty and exercise any power there assigned to the Principal; and

(d) that the only recommendation the Tribunal may make is whether or not the Principal should be removed from his or her office.

44. Where a charge or charges have been upheld and the Tribunal finds good cause and recommends dismissal, but in no other case, the Senior Official Fellow shall report the findings to the Governing Body. The Governing Body may then dismiss the Principal, but only if at least two-thirds of those present and voting support such action.

45. Where a complaint is to be referred to a Tribunal under Clause 41 of this Statute, the Senior Official Fellow may, if he or she considers that the College might otherwise suffer significant harm, suspend the Principal from his or her duties in all matters relating to the government and discipline of the College without loss of salary.

46. For the purpose of the removal of the Principal from office for incapacity on medical grounds, the provision of Part IV of this Statute shall have effect, provided that the Senior Official Fellow shall perform any duty or exercise any power there assigned to the Principal.

47. For the purpose of appeals by the Principal against removal from office, the provisions of Part V of this Statute shall have effect, provided that the Senior Official Fellow shall perform any duty or exercise any power there assigned to the Principal.

STATUTE VI: TUITION

1. Except in such cases as fall under the responsibility of a Faculty Board or other body of the University, the Governing Body shall make provision for the instruction during each Full Term of the members in statu pupillari.
STATUTE VII: MINESTERIAL TRAINING AND BURSARY
Course of instruction
1. The College shall make available a course of education and training whereby students accepted as candidates for the ministry or for lay leadership training in member churches of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches or the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland may prepare for the ministry or for lay leadership. The College shall offer studentships free of charge to suitable candidates accepted for this ministry or lay leadership. Such studentships will not normally exceed four in number at any one time. The College may also admit to the course ordinands presented by other ecclesiastical bodies.

Ministerial bursary
2. The College shall offer a bursary to serving ministers on the Roll of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches, whose application is supported by the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches, such bursary being tenable by one or more ministers in any one year, but not more than one at any one time. Tenure of the bursary shall be conditional on undertaking research and study within the College.

Tutor in Ministerial Training
3. The Tutor in Ministerial Training appointed under Clause 22 of Statute IV shall be responsible through the Ministerial Training Committee to the Governing Body for the supervision of the course of education and training to be made available under Clause 1 of this Statute.

Ministerial Training Committee
4. There shall be a Ministerial Training Committee, which shall meet at least twice a year. The Ministerial Training Committee shall comprise:

(a) the Principal;

(b) two members of the Governing Body;

(c) two members nominated by the General Assembly of
Unitarian and Free Christian Churches; (d) the Tutor in Ministerial Training.
5. The Committee, which shall regulate its own procedure, shall advise the Governing Body in matters connected

with any course of education for ministerial training provided pursuant to this Statute. All acts and proceedings of the Committee shall be reported to the next meeting of the Governing Body.

STATUTE VIII: FINANCE

1. The Governing Body may provide for the expenditure of the capital and income of the College on any purposes in pursuit of the objects of the College, including the provision of new or additional buildings for the College, the provision of buildings (including houses) to be used in connection with the College, and the repair and improvement of the College’s buildings.

2. Subject to the provisions of any relevant trust instrument, and to Clause 3 of this Statute, assets of the College which require investment may be invested by the Governing Body upon or in such securities, stocks, shares, funds or other investments (including land) in any part of the world, and whether involving liability or not, as the Governing Body shall in its absolute and uncontrolled discretion think fit, so that the Governing Body shall be empowered to invest and transpose the investment of such assets in the same unrestricted manner as if it were the beneficial owner thereof.

3. The Governing Body shall formulate an investment policy, which shall be reviewed at least once in every calendar year, and shall make provision in the Byelaws of the College for adequate experienced advice to be available in the formulation and review of such investment policy. No investment outside the terms of the policy shall be made without the prior approval of the Governing Body. The Governing Body shall have power to provide, in accordance with their instructions, for the management of the assets of the College by an appropriately qualified person.

4. The application of the revenue of the College under the provisions and for the purposes of these Statutes shall be subject to any Statute or Statutes made for the University under the powers of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923 for enabling or requiring the College to make contributions out of its revenue for University purposes and for the payment of charges imposed thereby.

5. The Governing Body shall cause proper records of account to be kept, which give a true and fair view of the financial affairs of the College and explain its transactions.

6. The accounts of the College shall be audited annually by a person who is eligible for appointment as a company auditor under the Companies Act currently in force.

7. The Governing Body shall in every year cause to be prepared and delivered to the Registrar of the University for publication such information relating to the accounts of the College as may be prescribed by any Statute of the University in force for the time being.

8. The Governing Body may make reasonable donations out of College funds for any charitable purpose, including educational objects relating to the College or the University.

STATUTE IX: PENSIONS

1. The Governing Body shall ensure that the Principal and each Fellow and Officer of the College in receipt of a stipend is given the opportunity to become a member and subject to the provisions of the Universities Superannuation Scheme, and shall deduct from his or her stipend such sums, and in addition provide from corporate revenue such further sums, as are required by and under that Scheme.

2. Clause 1 of this Statute shall not apply to those who, being members of the Federated Superannuation System for Universities, do not elect to transfer to the Universities Superannuation Scheme but remain members of the System. In relation to such members the Governing Body shall continue to discharge the duties and exercise the rights of a member institution under the System, subject to such amendments or modifications as may be introduced therein.

3. The Governing Body shall have the power to make such provisions for pensions as are desirable for those Fellows, Officers, Lecturers and employees of the College not otherwise provided for in this Statute.

4. The Governing Body shall make such provisions as may be necessary to secure the observation and implementation of, and may enter into such agreements and undertakings as may be desirable in relation to, the pension arrangements of the College.
5. If it appears to the Governing Body that the benefits arising by virtue of the preceding Clauses of this Statute are unsatisfactory in the case of any person to whom they relate, it may make such additional provision for his or her benefit as it shall determine.

STATUTE X: MEMBERS IN STATU PUPILLARI

Scholarships and Exhibitions
1. Candidates for membership of the College and members in statu pupillari may be elected by the Governing Body to a Scholarship or Exhibition. Scholarships awarded to such persons who are, or at the date of taking up their Scholarship will be, reading for a higher degree of the University shall be designated Senior Scholarships.

Financial assistance
2. The Governing Body may make a grant to any member of the College in statu pupillari:

(a) who is, in the opinion of the Governing Body, likely to suffer hardship while at the University if not awarded a grant; or

(b) who seeks assistance in respect of any special course of study or in respect of any other activity which is academically beneficial.

The Governing Body may by Byelaw delegate its powers under this Clause to the Principal or any Officer or Fellow of the College from time to time.

Membership of the College
3. Students shall be admitted to the College only pursuant to a resolution of the Governing Body unless Byelaws otherwise provide.

4. The College may accept into membership in statu pupillari men and women who shall be at least 25 years of age, but the College may exceptionally accept those who are at least 21 years of age where their circumstances so warrant.

Removal from the College
5. (1) The Governing Body may expel from the College any member of the College in statu pupillari if after due enquiry held (and in the case of graduate students,

subject to the requirements of the University thereto) it is satisfied that:

(a) he or she has failed to reach an appropriate level of academic attainment; or

(b) he or she has been guilty of misconduct, or conduct likely to bring the College into disrepute; or

(c) he or she has failed to pay such fees and charges as the College shall have lawfully required of him or her.

(2) The Governing Body if it is so satisfied may in the alternative impose on the member such sanctions short of expulsion from the College as it thinks fit.

(3) Without prejudice to the generality of Clause 2 of Statute I, the Governing Body shall make a Byelaw which shall include provision for:

(a) the procedures by means of which the purposes
of this Clause shall be carried out, which shall included an enquiry into the circumstances of any case: and
(b) representation before the enquiry and before the
Governing Body.
Definition
6. The term “in statu pupillari” in these Statutes means the undergraduate members of the College and any graduate members of the College who are receiving instruction within the University.
STATUTE XI: THE CHAPEL

The Manchester College Chapel Society shall be permitted to hold a service in the College Chapel every Sunday morning and shall have the use of the Chapel and other College facilities with the agreement of the Governing Body, provided that

(a) the Chapel Society continues to operate under its constitution as at 30th September 1994, or that any change in the constitution is approved by the Governing Body of the College, in consultation with

the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian
Churches;

(b) the Chapel Society does not in the opinion of the Principal of the College (with the concurrence of the Visitor) or the Vice-Chancellor of the University respectively, bring either the College or the University into disrepute;

(c) the appointment of the minister to the Chapel Society shall be subject to the approval of the Governing Body of the College, in consultation with the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches.

STATUTE XII: SPECIAL PROVISIONS
Notice of change of Charter
1. Every proposal for a change in the Charter of the College in force for the time being shall be communicated to the Hebdomadal Council of the University of Oxford before it is submitted for the approval of Her Majesty in Council and the Governing Body, in forwarding the Special Statute or Statutes, shall state expressly that it has been so communicated.
Alteration of Statutes
2. Subject to the provisions of Article 5 of the Charter of the College, these Statutes shall be subject to alteration in the manner provided in the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923. No Statute of the College affecting the University shall be altered without the consent of the University.
Existing interests
3. These Statutes shall operate without prejudice to any interest of the Principal, Fellows, members in statu pupillari, or staff of Manchester College, Oxford existing at the date on which they came into force.