AT THE COURT AT WINDSOR CASTLE
The First Day of April, 1953
THE QUEEN'S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY IN COUNCIL
Whereas there was this day read at the Board a Report of a Committee of the Lords of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, dated the 24th day of March, 1953, in the words following viz:
'Your MAJESTY having been pleased, by Your Order of the 4th day of September, 1952, to refer unto this Committee the humble Petition of the Warden of St Antony's College, Oxford, and the Chairman of the St Antony Foundation Limited, praying for the grant of a Charter of Incorporation to St Antony's College, Oxford, under the style and title of "The Warden and Fellows of St Antony's College in the University of Oxford".'
'THE LORDS OF THE COMMITTEE, in obedience to your Majesty's said Order of Reference, having taken the said Petition into consideration, and do this day agree humbly to report, as their opinion, to your Majesty, that a Charter may be granted by Your Majesty in terms of the Draft hereunto annexed.'
HER MAJESTY having taken into consideration the said Report, and the Draft Charter accompanying it, was pleased, by and with the advice of Her Privy Council, to approve thereof, and to order, as it is hereby ordered, that the Right Honourable Sir David Maxwell Fyfe, one of Her Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, do cause a Warrant to be prepared for Her Majesty's Royal Signature, for passing under the Great Seal a Charter in conformity with the said Draft, which is hereunto annexed.
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ELIZABETH THE SECOND by the grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas Queen, Defender of the Faith.
To all to whom these Present shall come, Greeting.
WHEREAS a Petition has been presented to Us by Our trusty and well beloved Frederick William Dampier Deakin, Esquire, Warden of St Antony's College, Oxford, and Our right trusty and well beloved Counsellor Sir David Patrick Maxwell Fyfe, Knight, one of Our Counsel learned in the Law and one of Our Principal Secretaries of State, Chairman of the St Antony Foundation Limited, praying Us to grant a Charter of Incorporation for the purpose of constituting them and their successors and such other persons as to Us might seem fitting a Corporation to be called 'St Antony's College in the University of Oxford' with the object among others of acquiring and taking over the property and liabilities of the Association known as the St Antony Foundation Limited and of carrying on and developing its work under such regulations and with such powers as to Us might appear meet and expedient.
AND WHEREAS We have taken the said Petition into Our Royal consideration and are minded to accede thereto:
NOW THEREFORE KNOW YE that We, by virtue of Our Royal Prerogative in that behalf and of all other powers enabling Us so to do of Our special Grace, certain knowledge and mere motion have granted willed directed and ordained and by these Presents do for Us, Our Heirs and Successors grant will direct and ordain as follows:
(1) All such persons as are now or may hereafter become Members of the Body Corporate hereby constituted pursuant to the provisions of these Presents and the powers hereby granted, shall for ever hereafter be one Body Politic and Corporate by the name and style of 'The Warden and Fellows of St Antony's College in the University of Oxford', (hereinafter referred to as the College), and by the same name shall have perpetual succession and a Common Seal, with power to break, alter and make anew the said Seal from time to time at their will and pleasure, and by the same name shall and may sue and be sued in all Courts and before all Justices of Us, Our Heirs and Successors.
(2) By the same name they shall have full power and capacity to present candidates for
matriculation by the University and to accept, acquire and hold any personal property whatsoever, and shall also, without any further authority, by virtue of this Our Charter, have full power and capacity to accept, acquire and hold any lands and hereditaments situated in Our United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or elsewhere, and they shall have full power to dispose of either by way of sale or lease, and to exchange, mortgage, charge, improve, manage, develop, turn to account or otherwise deal with all or any part of such property, real or personal, belonging to the College, upon such terms and in such manner as they shall see fit, and likewise to borrow, lend, give and accept guarantees and to accept mortgages, and also to do all other matters incidental or appertaining to a Body Corporate. They shall also have the power to apply the money of the College to the above purposes with power to invest as prescribed in the Statutes annexed to this Our Charter. Provided always that nothing in this Article shall be deemed to empower the College to dispose of, or deal, with its property in the manner above mentioned without first obtaining such consent as would otherwise be required by law.
(3) The College is hereby incorporated and shall be conducted with the following objects: 4
(a) To provide men and women who are members of the University of Oxford with a College wherein they may work for higher degrees in the University of Oxford or engage in academic research especially in the disciplines of the social sciences and the humanities and a range of other subject areas as approved by the Governing Body.
(b) To do all other such things as are incidental or conducive to advancing education and academic research in Oxford or elsewhere.
Provided always that the College shall not be deemed to be a body formed for the purpose of carrying on a business which has for its object the acquisition of gain either by itself or by the individual members thereof.
(4) The government of the College shall be vested entirely in the Governing Body of the College as defined in the Statutes annexed to this Our Charter who shall, subject to the provisions of this Our Charter, have full power to make and when made to alter the Statutes of the College, such alteration to be passed at a General Meeting of the Governing Body specially summoned for the purpose by the votes of not less than two-thirds of the number of persons present and voting; provided that no alteration of the Statutes shall have any force or effect it be repugnant to the provisions of this Our Charter or to the provisions of such Statutes of the University as may from time to time be made to govern the relation of the Colleges to the University, nor until it shall have been approved by Us, Our Heirs or Successors in Council under the provisions of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923 or as amended from time to time.
(5) The first Statutes shall be those contained in the Schedule annexed hereto, and it is hereby declared that the same are valid and within the powers conferred by the fourth Article hereof and shall remain in force unless and until they shall be altered in manner herein before prescribed.
(6) The Governing Body of the College may from time to time repeal, amend or add to the provisions of this Our Charter and any Supplemental Charter by a Special Statute in that behalf, and such repeal, amendment or addition shall, when allowed by us, Our Heirs or Successors in Council, become effectual so that this Our Charter and any Supplemental Charter shall thenceforward continue and operate as though they had been originally granted and made as so repealed, amended or added to. This article shall apply to this Our Charter as repealed, amended or added to in manner aforesaid. A Special Statute is one passed at a Stated General Meeting held pursuant to the Statutes for the time being of the College and confirmed at a Meeting of the Governing Body specially summoned for the purpose not less than three or more than eight weeks later provided that on each occasion not less than two-thirds of the members present vote in favour of it.
(7) There shall be a Visitor of the College who shall be appointed in the manner prescribed by the Statutes for the time being of the College.
AND LASTLY We do by these Presents for Us and Our Successors grant and declare that these Our Letters shall be in all things valid and effectual in law according to the true intent and meaning thereof and shall be taken, construed and adjudged in the most favourable and beneficial sense for the best advantage of the College as well in Our Courts of Record as 5
elsewhere by all Judges, Justices, Officers, Ministers and other subjects whatsoever of Us and Our Successors any non-recital, mis-recital or other omission defect or thing to the contrary notwithstanding.
IN WITNESS whereof We have caused these Our Letter to be made Patent.
WITNESS Ourself at Westminster the eighteenth day of May in the second year of Our Reign.
BY WARRANT under the Queen's Sign Manual