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University of London Act 1994

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1Short title

This Act may be cited as the University of London Act 1994.

2Interpretation

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

  • “the 1978 Act” means the University of London Act 1978;

  • “the charter” means the charter incorporating the University granted by Her late Majesty Queen Victoria on 6th January 1863;

  • “College” means an educational, academic or research institution having for the time being the status of a College under the statutes;

  • “College governing body” means the body for the time being charged with the administration of a College;

  • Convocation” means the Convocation of the University;

  • the Council” means the Council of the University or such other body as the statutes may from time to time designate as the governing and executive body of the University;

  • the Court” means the Court of the University;

  • “Professor”,“Reader”,“Teacher” and“Student” mean respectively a person who is for the time being a Professor, Reader, Teacher or Student of the University for the purposes of the statutes;

  • the Senate” means the Senate of the University;

  • “the statutes” means the statutes for the University;

  • “the University” means the University of London.

3Power to make statutes

(1)The Council may, in accordance with the following provisions of this section, make statutes for altering, revoking or adding to the statutes for the time being.

(2)A copy of any proposed statute which the Council is minded to make shall be sent to Convocation, to the College governing bodies and to any trade union recognised by the University, together with a written request that any representations should be submitted to the Council within four months beginning with the date on which the copy is sent to the body concerned.

(3)The Council shall take such other steps as are in its opinion best adapted for facilitating the making of representations regarding the proposed statute.

(4)The Council shall consider any representations regarding the proposed statute made by Convocation, by any College governing body, by any recognised trade union or by any Professor, Reader, Teacher, member of Convocation or Student.

(5)After considering any representations referred to in subsection (4) above the Council may if it thinks fit modify the proposed statute.

(6)The Council may make a statute by means of a resolution which satisfies the requirements of subsections (7) to (10) below.

(7)The resolution shall be passed at one meeting of the Council and confirmed at a subsequent such meeting held not less than one month nor more than six months after the former meeting.

(8)Written notice of each meeting referred to in subsection (7) above and of the object of the meeting shall be given to each member of the Council not less than 15 clear days before the date fixed for the meeting.

(9)At each meeting referred to in subsection (7) above—

(a)not less than two-thirds of the members of the Council shall be present; and

(b)the resolution shall be passed or confirmed, as the case may be, by not less than two-thirds of those present and voting.

(10)At the subsequent meeting referred to in subsection (7) above the resolution shall not be confirmed unless—

(a)at least two-thirds in number of the College governing bodies have given their consent thereto; and

(b)in the case of a proposed statute which would alter the constitution or functions of Convocation, the consent of Convocation has been given to the making of that statute.

(11)No statute shall have the effect of amending the charter or other instrument of government of any College.

4Approval of statutes

(1)No statute or part of a statute made under section 3 (Power to make statutes) of this Act shall have effect until it has been approved by Her Majesty in Council.

(2)Within one month after making a statute the Council shall cause it to be submitted to Her Majesty in Council and notice of its having been so submitted and of the place where copies of it can be obtained shall be published in the London Gazette.

5Construction of instruments

Any scheme, will, deed, contract, conveyance, transfer, lease, licence or other instrument (whether made or executed before or after the passing of this Act) shall (except where the context otherwise requires) have effect as if—

(a)for any reference (however worded) describing or otherwise referring to a body as a School of the University there were substituted a reference describing or otherwise referring to that body as a College; and

(b)for any reference (however worded) to the Senate or the Court there were substituted a reference to the Council.

6Repeal of 1978 Act

The 1978 Act is repealed.

7Savings

(1)Nothing in this Act shall affect those provisions of the charter whereby the University is incorporated with perpetual succession and a common seal with power to sue and be sued and to purchase, take on lease, hold and dispose of land and other property.

(2)Notwithstanding the repeal by this Act of the 1978 Act any statutes confirmed by or made under that Act and in force immediately before the passing of this Act shall, subject to any alteration, revocation or addition made in accordance with the provisions of this Act, continue to have effect as the statutes for the time being.

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