Faculty membership policy

There are four routes to membership of the Faculty of Theology and Religion which are governed by Statute VII and reflect the four types of membership provided for in section 7 of Statute VII.

Faculty postholder

Description of this category of membership

This category of membership is available to those holding permanent academic posts within the Faculty of Theology and Religion.

Application and approval process

All those appointed to permanent academic Faculty posts will be made a member of the Faculty automatically.

Nature of membership

Under this category, members of the Faculty will qualify for membership of Congregation and will have the right to vote in faculty board elections and to serve on the Faculty Board under the provisions of Council Regulation 19 of 2002.

Section 7(1) of Statute VII sets out the statutory basis and requirements for this category of membership.

Term of membership

Membership will be ongoing for the duration of the post.

 

College postholder

Description of this category of membership

This category of membership is open to the holders of college posts. The Faculty also chooses to consider applicants from the permanent private halls within this category.

Application and approval process

The head of the college / permanent private hall should write to the Chair of the Faculty Board recommending the individual for membership of the Faculty.

Nature of membership

Under this category, members of the Faculty will qualify for membership of Congregation and will have the right to vote in faculty board elections and to serve on Faculty Board under the provisions of Council Regulation 19 of 2002.

Section 7(2) of Statute VII sets out the statutory basis and requirements for this category of membership.

Term of membership

Membership will be ongoing for the duration of the post.

 

Discretionary member

Description of this category of membership

This category of membership may be offered to individuals on account of “the work being done by them in Oxford” in “areas with which the Board is concerned”. Members within this category will be actively engaged in the life of the Faculty.

Application and approval process

Applicants wishing to be considered for this category of membership should provide a CV and cover letter to general.administrator@theology.ox.ac.uk. Applicants should also arrange for a reference from a Faculty member to be sent to the same email address. Membership Committee will review the academic merit of applications and any information provided about the applicant’s engagement in the life of the Faculty and make a recommendation to the Faculty Board.

Nature of membership

Individuals who have membership of the Faculty under this category will not qualify for membership of Congregation, but will have the right to vote in faculty board elections and to serve on Faculty Board under the provisions of Council Regulation 19 of 2002.

Section 7(3) of Statute VII sets out the statutory basis and requirements for this category of membership.

Term of membership

The Board will review discretionary members each term and may query the membership of any individual within this category. The Board reserves the right to bring to an end the membership of any individual within this category if, in its academic judgement, the requirements for membership are no longer being met. If the Board wishes to bring to an end the membership of a discretionary member, that member must be notified in writing about the decision and its reasons.

 

Associate member

Description of this category of membership

This category of membership may be offered to individuals on account of “the work being done by them in Oxford” in “areas with which the Board is concerned”.

Application and approval process

Applicants wishing to be considered for this category of membership should provide a CV and cover letter to general.administrator@theology.ox.ac.uk. Applicants should also arrange for a reference from a Faculty member to be sent to the same email address. Membership Committee will review the academic merit of applications and make a recommendation to the Faculty Board.

Nature of membership

Individuals who have membership of the Faculty under this category will not qualify for membership of Congregation, and will not have the right to vote in faculty board elections or to serve on Faculty Board.

Footnote 1 to Statute VII sets out the statutory basis and requirements for this category of membership.

Term of membership

The Board will review associate members each term and may query the membership of any individual within this category. The Board reserves the right to bring to an end the membership of any individual within this category if, in its academic judgement, the requirements for membership are no longer being met. If the Board wishes to bring to an end the membership of an associate member, that member must be notified in writing about the decision and its reasons.

 

Notes

1. Applicants from Ripon College Cuddesdon will normally be made associate members.
2. Postholders in other Faculties will not normally be considered for associate membership.

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