2. Subject to regulation 4 below, the Vice-Chancellor shall hold office for seven years, save that, when a Vice-Chancellor vacates the office before the expiry of his or her full term of office and at a time other than the end of the academic year, his or her successor's period shall consist of the remainder of that academic year and seven further years.
3. Any individual shall be eligible for appointment as Vice-Chancellor.
4. The Vice-Chancellor is subject to the provisions concerning retirement age as set out in section 15 of Statute XIV.
5. No individual shall be appointed Vice-Chancellor a second time, save that, if a Vice-Chancellor vacates his or her office before the expiry of a full term of office, an individual who has previously been Vice-Chancellor may be appointed Vice-Chancellor again for one year (or, if the retiring Vice-Chancellor vacates his or her office at a time other than the end of an academic year, for the remainder of that academic year and one further year), and the age-limit in regulation 4 above shall not apply to such a second appointment.
6. The Vice-Chancellor shall be appointed in accordance with the following procedure:
(1) Not less than one year before the period of office of a Vice-Chancellor is due to come to an end by lapse of time, a committee consisting of:
(a) the Chancellor, or, if the Chancellor is unable or unwilling to act, one of the members of Council nominated under the provisions of section 4 (7) - (10) of Statute VI, who shall if possible be appointed by the Chancellor for this purpose, or, if the Chancellor is unable or unwilling to make such an appointment, shall be appointed by Council, and who shall chair the committee;
(b) - (e) four persons, not also being members of Council, elected by Congregation;
(f) - (h) three persons appointed by Council, of whom, if the Chancellor is to chair the committee personally, one shall be one of the members of Council nominated under the provisions of section 4 (7) - (10) of Statute VI;
(i) - (l) one person appointed by each of the divisional boards;
(m) the Chairman of the Conference of Colleges or his or her nominee;
(n) a person, not also being a member of Council, elected by the Conference of Colleges
shall report to Council with a recommendation that a named individual be appointed as the next Vice-Chancellor;
(2) (a) The appointed and elected members of the committee at paragraph (1) above shall hold office for seven years and shall not be eligible for a further period of office on the committee in either an appointed or an elected position until the expiry of seven years from the date on which the first period of office expires, except that a member appointed or elected for less than a full period in order to fill a casual vacancy may be appointed or elected for one consecutive period of seven years.
(b) A member of the committee elected under paragraph (1) (b) - (e) or (n) above who becomes a member of Council during his or her period of office shall immediately vacate his or her office; no person shall be appointed or elected under paragraph (1) (b) - (l) or (n) above if the result of his or her appointment or election would be that more than two members of the committee, excluding the chairman, were members of the governing body of any one college, society, or Permanent Private Hall; if this limit is exceeded by reason of persons being appointed or elected simultaneously by different bodies, the person or persons senior in academic standing shall be deemed appointed or elected to the extent permitted by the limit, and the other or others shall be deemed not appointed or elected (in the event of equality in academic standing, appointment or election being made by lot).
(3) Notwithstanding regulation 7.(2) (d) of Council Regulations 13 of 2002, at the discretion of the Chair of the Nominating Committee for the Vice-Chancellorship:
(a) student members shall be represented at meetings of the committee by two individuals nominated by the President of the Oxford University Student Union, to represent the undergraduate and postgraduate communities; and
(b) early career research staff shall be represented at meetings of the committee by one person nominated by the Oxford Research Staff Society.
(4) When Council has considered the committee's report, and any further report on the appointment which it may have requested the committee to make, Council shall submit to Congregation the name of the individual proposed for appointment.
(5) (a) Council's proposal for the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor shall be deemed approved unless it is rejected with at least 125 members voting in favour of rejection.
(b) If a proposal for the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor is rejected, Council shall, after consultation with the committee, within two months nominate two individuals to Congregation (of whom one may be the individual previously rejected) and offer Congregation the choice between them.
(6) If for any reason there is no Vice-Chancellor-elect able and willing to take up office on the laying down of office by a Vice-Chancellor, an Acting Vice-Chancellor shall be appointed under the provisions of regulation 8 below, until such time as a new Vice-Chancellor has been appointed under the procedure laid down in paragraphs (1) - (4) above.
7. As nearly as possible at the beginning of the academic year in which he or she takes up office, the Vice-Chancellor shall be admitted at a meeting of Congregation.