1 October 1999

Oxford University Gazette

1 October 1998


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University Acts

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HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL 22 September

1 Decrees

Council has made the following decrees, to come into effect on 16 October.

List of the decrees:

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Decree (1): Procedure for reduction in the lecturing obligations of the George Eastman Visiting Professor

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Board of Electors to the George Eastman Visiting Professorship, simplifies the procedure for a reduction in the period of office and the lecturing obligations for an Eastman Professor by removing
the requirement for an ad hominem decree on each occasion.

Text of Decree (1)

1 In Ch. VII, Sect. III, § 317, cl. 2 (Statutes, 1997, p. 516), delete `; provided that ... less than one year'.

2 Ibid., cl. 5 (p. 517), delete `He or she shall ... faculty board concerned.' and substitute `In exceptional circumstances, the faculty board concerned may reduce the professor's residence requirement and/or the number of required
lectures or classes.'

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Decree (2): Abolition of Oxford and Cambridge Examinations and Assessment Council

Explanatory note

When the various Oxford and Cambridge schools examination boards were merged in 1995, financial and management responsibility for the new combined operation passed to the University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate, while responsibility for academic
governance was vested in an Oxford and Cambridge Examinations and Assessment Council (OCEAC) to which each university appointed eight members. Subsequent major changes in school examinations in the UK have made it necessary to abolish OCEAC and to establish
a new structure combining the existing Oxford and Cambridge operations with those of the Royal Society of Arts; this will be known as Oxford, Cambridge, and RSA Examinations (OCR). Oxford will appoint four representatives on the new OCR Qualifications
Policy Committee (who will initially be four of the current representatives on OCEAC: Dr J. Langton, St John's; Dr R.H. McCleery, Wadham; Professor R.A. Pring, Green College; and Mr R.J. Van Noorden, Hertford). The University will also appoint 11 members
to sit on various OCR subject committees. To ensure that there is satisfactory communication between OCR and Oxford, the University's representatives will report to Council's General Purposes Committee.

All outstanding commitments to the staff of the Oxford office of the Local Examination Syndicate have been properly discharged.

The following decree formally abolishes OCEAC.

Text of Decree (2)

In Ch. X, delete Sect. I (Statutes, 1997, p. 755) and renumber existing Sectt. II--XXIV (pp. 755--60) as Sectt. I- -XXIII.

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Decree (3): Establishment of M.St. in Theology (Research)

Explanatory note

The following decree, made on the recommendation of the Theology Board and with the concurrence of the General Board, establishes a one-year course in Theology for the degree of M.St. (Research). The course is intended as a structured preparation for
research for candidates who hold PRS status and intend in due course to proceed to undertake a research degree.

Associated changes in regulations are set out in `Examinations and Boards' below.

Text of Decree (3)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 670, l. 39, after `Theology' insert:

`Theology (Research)       Theology'.

2 Ibid., p. 1012, after l. 11 insert: `Three in Theology (Research)'.

3 Ibid., p. 1020, l. 31, after `Studies' insert `, of Master of Studies (Research), and'.

4 This decree shall be effective from 1 October 1998.

Key to Decree (3)

Cl. 1 inserts Theology (Research) into the list of examinations for the degree of M.St.

Cll. 2 and 3 provide for the nomination and appointment of examiners.

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Decree (4): Change in format of the Annual Report of the University

Explanatory note

Since the format of the Annual Report of the University was last changed, in the report for 1993--4, this document has largely retained the formal contents of the earlier format but has also included some feature articles and illustrations. As intended
when the new format was introduced, Council has now reviewed the matter, and has concluded that further changes are desirable. Council has decided that, with effect from the report for 1997- -8, two documents should be produced: an Annual Review, aimed
specifically at an external audience, which will contain key features about how Oxford is aiding the development and well-being of the nation through its research and teaching, as well as articles looking ahead to innovative work under way in the University,
and will not attempt to constitute a comprehensive survey of the University's activities in the previous year; and a Year Report, designed primarily for an internal audience, comprising detailed information supplied by all faculties, departments, and
other university institutions. The Annual Review will largely continue the current design and format of the Annual Report, though with greater and bolder use of pictures. The Year Report will be a much longer document than either the current or pre-1993--4
Annual Reports. It is intended that, subject to further consideration of the practical arrangements, the Year Report should be published on the World Wide Web rather than in paper form; in any case, it will be made available in paper form, and so far
as possible electronically, in university and college libraries, and a paper copy of any part or all of it will be made available to any member of Congregation on request. These new arrangements will be reviewed by Council after two or three years' experience.

The statute governing the production of the Annual Report, and its subsequent presentation to Congregation, is framed on the basis of the present arrangements, and Council has accordingly made the following decree suspending the relevant clauses of that
statute to enable the new arrangements to be introduced.

Text of Decree (4)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Tit. II, Sect. XI, cll. 2, 3, and 5 (Statutes, 1997, p. 19), the following arrangements shall apply with effect from 1 October 1998.

(a) During each academic year Council shall produce (i) an Annual Review of such of the affairs of the University in the preceding academic year as shall seem to Council to be of particular importance in the national and international context,
and (ii) a Year Report containing a detailed survey of the activities of the University's faculties, departments, and other institutions in the preceding academic year.

(b) The Annual Review shall be circulated to all members of Congregation. The Year Report shall be made available in university and college libraries in paper form, and so far as possible electronically, and a paper copy of any part or all of
it shall be made available to any member of Congregation on request.

(c) The Annual Review shall subsequently be presented at a meeting of Congregation in accordance with the same procedure as that prescribed in Tit. II, Sect. XI, cl. 5 for the presentation of the Annual Report, but the Year Report shall not be
circulated beyond the arrangements set out at (b) above.

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Decree (5): Consent to amendments to Statutes of Merton College

The consent of the University is given to the amendments to Statutes V and X of Merton College approved by the Governing Body on 16 March 1998, in so far as such consent is required by section 7 (2) of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923.

Note. The effects of the amendments are to provide that all graduate scholarships should be governed by college by-laws and to delete provisions relating to college contributions which have now become obsolete.

Decree (6): Consent to amendments to Statutes of Magdalen College

The consent of the University is given to the amendments to Statutes IV and VIII of Magdalen College approved by the Governing Body on 29 May 1998, in so far as such consent is required by section 7 (2) of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act,
1923.

Note. The effect of the amendments is to allow housing allowance to be made pensionable.

Decree (7): Remission of composition fees (Mr J. Barratt)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VIII, Sect. I, § 6, cl. 15 (Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 1099, as renumbered by Decree (3) of 11 June 1998, Gazette, Vol. 128, p. 1352), Mr J. Barratt, Exeter, shall be required to
pay composition fees of only £600 per annum for the academic years 1998--9 and 1999--2000.

Decree (8): Remission of composition fees (Miss Z. Filipovic)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Ch. VIII, Sect. I, § 6, cl. 15 (Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 1099, as renumbered by Decree (3) of 11 June 1998, Gazette, Vol. 128, p. 1352), Miss Z. Filipovic, St John's College, shall
be required to pay fees at the `home' rate for her period of undergraduate study.

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2 Status of Master of Arts

Mr Vice-Chancellor reports that the status of Master of Arts under the provisions of Ch. V, Sect. v, cl. 1 (Statutes, 1997, p. 367) has been accorded to the following persons who are qualified for membership of Congregation:

ANDREA CAPOVILLA, St Anne's College

CAROLYN MAREE EVANS, Exeter College

JOANNA KATHERINE MILES, Christ Church

MARK DAVID WALTERS, D.PHIL., New College

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3 Register of Congregation

Mr Vice-Chancellor reports that the following names have been added to the Register of Congregation:

Ball, S.A., MA, Trinity

Capovilla, A., MA status, St Anne's

Evans, C.M., MA status, Exeter

Miles, J.K., MA status, Christ Church

Walters, M.D., MA status, D.Phil., New College

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BOARDS OF FACULTIES

For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 16 October, see `Examinations and Boards' below.

University Agenda

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  • * Note on procedures in Congregation
  • * List of forthcoming Degree Days
  • * List of forthcoming Matriculation Ceremonies

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    CONGREGATION 5 October

    Degree by Special Resolution

    The following special resolution will be deemed to be approved at noon on 5 October, unless by that time the Registrar has received notice in writing from two or more members of Congregation under the provisions of Tit. II, Sect. vi, cl. 6 (Statutes,
    1997, p. 15) that they wish the resolution to be put to a meeting of Congregation.

    Text of Special Resolution

    That the Degree of Master of Arts be conferred upon the following:

    ALAN BRINKLEY, Queen's College

    IRA MELLMAN, Lincoln College

    JEREMY JOHN RICHARDSON, Nuffield College

    DAVID ANDREWS SNEATH, St Cross College

    PAUL STROHM, St Anne's College

    KEITH STEWART THOMSON, Kellogg College

    GERARD JAN HENK VAN GELDER, St John's College

    DAVID VAVER, St Peter's College

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    Notices

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    UNIVERSITY PREACHERS

    MICHAELMAS TERM 1998

    Thursday, 8 October, at 8 a.m. THE REVD DR TIMOTHY BRADSHAW, Fellow of Regent's Park College, Celebrant, Holy Communion (Latin). At St Mary's.

    Sunday, 11 October, at 10 a.m. THE REVD HUGH WHITE, University Lecturer (CUF) in English, Fellow of St Catherine's College. At St Mary's.

    Sunday, 18 October, at 10 a.m. THE REVD CANON BRIAN MOUNTFORD, Vicar of St Mary's. At St Mary's.

    Sunday, 25 October, at 10 a.m. PROFESSOR FRANCES YOUNG, OBE, Cadbury Professor of Theology and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Birmingham. At St Mary's.

    *Sunday, 1 November, at 10 a.m. DR JANET WILLIAMS, Lecturer in Religious Studies, King Alfred's University College, Winchester. At University College.

    Sunday, 8 November, at 10 a.m. THE REVD ANGELA TILBY. (Remembrance Sunday.) At St Mary's.

    Tuesday, 10 November, at 10.15 a.m. THE REVD JOHN DAVIES, Fellow and Chaplain of Keble College. (Court Sermon. The Learned and Honourable High Court Judges will attend this Sermon.) At the Cathedral.

    Sunday, 15 November, at 10 a.m. THE REVD DR COLIN THOMPSON, Lecturer in Spanish, Fellow of St Catherine's College. At St Mary's.

    Sunday, 22 November, at 10 a.m. PROFESSOR DAVID MARQUAND, FBA, Principal of Mansfield College. (Sermon on the Sin of Pride.). At St Mary's.

    Sunday, 29 November, at 10 a.m. THE REVD JOHN CLARKE, Principal of Ripon College, Cuddesdon. (Advent Sermon.) At the Cathedral.

    *On this day, Doctors will wear their robes.

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    SAVILIAN PROFESSORSHIP OF ASTRONOMY

    JOSEPH I. SILK (BA Cambridge, PH.D. Harvard), Professor of Astronomy, University of California, Berkeley, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 January 1999.

    Professor Silk will be a fellow of New College.

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    MAY PROFESSORSHIP OF MEDICINE

    RAJESH V. THAKKER (MB, B.CHIR., MA, MD Cambridge), Professor of Medicine, Head of MRC Molecular Epidemiology Group and Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist, Imperial College School of Medicine and Hammersmith Hospital, London, has been appointed
    to the professorship with effect from a date to be arranged.

    Professor Thakker will be a fellow of Somerville College.

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    PROFESSORSHIP OF PURE MATHEMATICS

    DAVID RODNEY HEATH-BROWN, MA, D.PHIL. (MA, PH.D. Cambridge), FRS, Fellow of Magdalen College and Reader in Mathematics, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 January 1999.

    Dr Heath-Brown will be a fellow of Worcester College.

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    GOVERNMENT GREEN PAPER, `THE LEARNING AGE: A RENAISSANCE FOR A NEW BRITAIN'

    The University's response

    In February 1998 the Government published a Green Paper, `The Learning Age: a renaissance for a new Britain' (Cm 3790), on which comments were invited. The paper is available on the internet at http://www.lifelonglearning.co.uk and printed copies
    may be purchased from the Stationery Office. The University's response is set out below.

    1. General comments

    The University of Oxford welcomes and shares the Government's commitment to life-long learning and to widening participation in higher education. The University is a major provider of life-long learning opportunities and has been so since the
    late nineteenth century when it was one of the first universities to organise substantial programmes of higher education for adults. As a major research university providing opportunities for high-quality learning and teaching it is well placed
    to deliver `universal and life-long' educational opportunities which it argued as early as the late nineteenth century should be `regarded by universities as a normal and necessary part of their function'.

    In its Mission Statement the University has indicated a principal aim `to be more widely accessible, both by broadening recruitment to its degrees and by expansion of high-quality post-experience vocational courses and other part-time courses
    leading to awards while preserving the important provision of non-award-bearing courses'. The rapid and continuing expansion of its Department for Continuing Education has been integral in fulfilling that aim, in particular through increasing
    the accessibility of the University's credit- and award-bearing courses and of making available its facilities and expertise for life-long learning in the wider community. There are now more than 15,000 students registered for courses organised
    by the University's department, many in collaboration with other departments and faculties, including 3,000 taking credit-bearing courses and 900 studying for university awards. Classes are taught in Oxford and throughout the region, particularly
    in more remote areas not well served by face-to-face providers of higher education.

    In most places in the Green Paper further and higher education are referred to together. The University believes strongly that the roles of both sectors are complementary and that there must be good links between the two if the Government's vision
    for life-long learning is to be achieved, but it is also concerned that there may be a danger that the distinctive role of higher education, in standards and approach, may be overlooked. Higher education has an important contribution to make
    to life-long learning to help men and women to develop their intellectual capacities to the highest levels. This should always be pursued by the most flexible and user-friendly means possible. Care should, however, be taken not to compromise
    standards and the integrity of the task, or the potential achievements of students, by concealing the demands made by life-long learning at the higher education level on students, teachers, and institutions. The University believes that it
    will best serve the Learning Age by continuing to make these demands.

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    2. The agenda for higher education

    The University supports the Government's agenda for higher education within this framework of life-long learning, and is responding to the direction which has been set in the following ways:

    —providing more places to meet demand

    Although the University is not proposing a significant increase in numbers of full-time students, it intends to maintain growth in part-time students, whose numbers have doubled in the last eight years. The University was successful in its recent
    bid to HEFCE for funding to support expansion in this area.

    —offering a wide range of courses up to postgraduate level

    Alongside the University's very wide range of courses for full-time students, it now offers 600 courses a year to part-time students. These range from access and foundation courses to increasing numbers of Master's degrees. There are now also
    opportunities to undertake part-time doctoral studies. The University is particularly well placed as a major research institution to respond to the needs of employers and employees for courses geared towards professional updating. It welcomes
    the Government's focus on provision for the highest level of postgraduate education and hopes that the very high costs of developing such courses will be recognised. In the area of continuing professional development it is understood that
    such courses must, when offered, meet their direct costs, and the full test of the market, but unless pump-priming funding is allocated it is unlikely that institutions could make the required investment out of their own stretched resources.
    An enhancement of schemes such as the IGDS projects and of HEFCE CVE development funding should be given high priority.

    —ensuring high standards so as to enhance the employability of graduates

    Oxford's record for the employability of its full-time graduates is amongst the best in the country. The same is increasingly true for the students on the vocationally orientated part-time courses.

    —improving participation by offering opportunities later in life to those who missed out first time round

    Harris Manchester College was incorporated in 1996 with the primary purpose of meeting the needs of mature full-time students, and the number of such students reading for a first degree has doubled in recent years. Much of the work of the Department
    for Continuing Education is aimed at giving second chances to mature students who are best able to study part-time. It offers a range of opportunities for participation in higher education from courses designed to facilitate access to higher
    education to a programme of certificate, diploma, and Master's courses in subjects as diverse as Local History and Software Engineering.

    —contributing more to the economy and being more responsive to the needs of business

    In addition to the University's considerable success in technology transfer, including the establishment of new companies based on university research, the work of the CPD Centre in the Department for Continuing Education, and of the partners
    in Business at Oxford, is aimed squarely at responding to the needs of business, industry, and the professions. The University's contribution has been both general, for example in offering courses to update IT skills, and specific, for example
    running bespoke courses for local employers. The Business at Oxford partnership has embarked on an ambitious programme of expansion which began with a new undergraduate degree in Economics and Management in 1994 and a Master of Business Administration
    in 1996. It will develop extensively its existing programme of executive courses, of which some are designed for individual companies and others are open to the public and recruit nationally and internationally.

    —collaborating effectively with other institutions, other learning providers, and the world of work

    The University works closely with a wide range of partners, including Oxford Brookes University, the Open University, the Heart of England TEC, the NHS, and local employers. It validates a range of degrees at Westminster College. In partnership
    with Oxford Brookes University it has established the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice which, among other things, offers a postgraduate diploma in legal practice which constitutes the vocational stage of training for solicitors. This course
    is validated by the Law Society which recently gave it an `excellent' grading.

    —making itself more accessible by exploiting new technology and flexible delivery with facilities available at times convenient to students

    Many of the University's 15,000 part-time students attend courses which are delivered in the evenings and at weekends. The University is also actively engaged in developing courses using technologies which will further enhance the flexible delivery
    of its courses. The costs of developing technology-based modes of delivery are not insignificant and the University hopes that this necessary development will be encouraged and supported by the availability of seed-corn funding from the Funding
    Councils and other bodies. The University also believes that there should be an element of caution in this area. For example, the Green Paper asks whether the University for Industry should focus exclusively on using new technology to deliver
    learning. The University believes that by focusing exclusively there is a risk of excluding certain groups, such as those on low incomes. It has noted, also, some evidence that there is a lower take-up of IT-delivered
    courses by women.

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    3. Widening participation

    The Government rightly aims to support and encourage students from families without a background of going to university to stay in education after 16 and to fulfil their potential by progressing to higher education.

    This University shares the Government's commitment to widening access, and to ensuring that Oxford is accessible to all academically qualified students irrespective of their social or educational background, gender, ethnicity, individual circumstances,
    and regional or national origins. Our policy to widen access to full-time undergraduate courses must, however, be seen in the context of admission to Oxford being very competitive. Our selection procedures are rigorous, but all candidates
    are considered carefully on their individual merits. In distinguishing between candidates we place particular emphasis on a candidate's potential to benefit from the educational opportunities available here.

    The Vice-Chancellor is chairing a working party on access which is considering the most effective means of ensuring a broad diversity of students, and which will report in the autumn of 1998. The working party will seek means to encourage more
    students from currently under-represented groups to apply to the University and, at the same time, to make sure that our selection procedures continue to be fair and properly identify potential. A variety of current schemes such as the student-led
    Target Scheme will be enlarged. Initiatives involving both prospective students (such as summer schools and master classes) and teachers are being developed. The in-service opportunities which allow practising teachers, from the maintained
    sector, time in Oxford further developing their professional skills are an example of this. These all build on the many long-standing college-based initiatives such as school visits, open days, and teachers' fora.

    The University is a major provider of educational services, and is already exploring ways of working with other higher education institutions in the region to promote access to higher education in general for previously under-represented and disadvantaged
    groups. We support the current HEFCE initiative to provide funding for regional schemes to widen participation in the University and are looking at ways of building partnerships with schools, the further education sector, and community groups
    in the region.

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    4. University for Industry

    The University supports any measures which encourage individuals to participate in life-long learning and, in particular, those who have little experience of post-16 education and who need to acquire basic skills. It welcomes the role that the
    University for Industry (UfI) will play in this and although the level of learning on which the UfI appears to be focusing is that of more basic skills, the University will want to work with it as far as is practicable and, indeed, is already
    doing so as part of a regional consortium. Many of the range of short courses available within the University will be relevant to the UfI's mission, for example IT skills or professional updating, and more generally those aimed at encouraging
    return to learning and facilitating access to higher education. By working with existing providers the UfI will have ready access to networks and to established partnerships and markets which will make its task easier. The University hopes that
    once the UfI has became firmly established its title might be reviewed, as it is thought that what it aims to do, largely, is not at university level nor restricted to the needs of industry.

    The University supports the development of improved sources of guidance and advice for learners and welcomes the Learning Direct initiative. It believes, however, that comprehensive and up-to-date information about learning opportunities needs
    to be available. This may require a thorough trawl of existing providers. There will also be a need to audit information regularly and this could, perhaps, be organised electronically.

    5. Credit accumulation and transfer

    The University believes there is merit in developing a national framework for credit accumulation and transfer. The University has recently asked the Department for Continuing Education to bring forward a comprehensive and integrated scheme covering
    the relevant university courses which will build on the existing more limited arrangements which link up with regional providers.

    6. Ensuring standards, quality, and accountability

    The University supports the Government's commitment to a continued drive to improve standards and quality across teaching, research, and qualifications in higher education. In its recent response to the consultation paper issued by the Quality
    Assurance Agency it has set out its own detailed procedures which provide for internal quality and external accountability at a level appropriate to a university which aims to achieve the highest international standards. It is firmly of the view
    that the University's excellent record of results in teaching quality assessments demonstrates the adequacy of its current rigorous and externally scrutinised monitoring procedures. It also has expressed some concerns about the imposition of too
    rigid and bureaucratic a system and believes strongly that more trust should be put in the professionalism and competence of individual institutions.

    The University believes that the quality of provision for adult education should be assured as securely as that for any other form of education. All its courses, from non-award-bearing programmes to graduate courses, are subject to the same scrutiny
    and systematic reporting. It believes that part-time teaching staff should be included in the brief of the Institute for Learning and Teaching. The University is currently considering a recommendation arising from a recent review of the Department
    for Continuing Education which seeks to recognise and reward teaching on continuing education courses on a par with teaching on full-time undergraduate and graduate courses. The University also has in place a programme of staff development,
    assessment, and monitoring for part-time as well as full-time staff, and has recently established a pilot scheme for award-bearing courses in the training of university teachers. A university lecturer has been appointed for this purpose.

    7. Investing in learning

    The University supports the Government's funding priorities. In particular it believes that there should be equitable funding for part-time and other non-traditional students. It believes that the funding system for higher education should not
    discriminate against either learners or providers on the basis of mode of study, and that the funding mechanism should promote social inclusion. The introduction of Individual Learning Accounts represents a useful step in this. To be effective,
    however, the University believes that these should be easy to use and that employers will not only need incentives to support their own investment in employee education but will need to consider how to reward the employee's efforts to learn.

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    HIGHER EDUCATION FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND (HEFCE): QUINQUENNIAL REVIEW

    The University's response

    During the Long Vacation, Mr Vice-Chancellor received an invitation to comment on the quinquennial review of HEFCE currently being conducted by the Department for Education and Employment (DfEE). Such reviews are a routine requirement for government
    departments in respect of their non- departmental public bodies (NDPBs), and the first part of the process (`prior options review') seeks to establish

    (a) whether the functions of the NDPB are still necessary; and

    (b) whether the constitution of the NDPB is still the best way to deliver these functions.

    A questionnaire drawn up by the DfEE in this connection is appended at A, and a note on HEFCE's purpose, mission, and strategic aims is appended at B. The response sent by Mr Vice-Chancellor on behalf of the University is appended at C.

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    APPENDIX A

    DfEE questionnaire for interested organisations

    1. How effectively do you think the HEFCE is carrying out its current functions and what changes might be made to increase its effectiveness?

    2. Are there areas in which the HEFCE duplicates the work of other bodies? If so, where and how does duplication occur?

    3. How responsive do you think the HEFCE is to developments in Government policy and more generally to change?

    4. How effectively does the HEFCE work with other partners to achieve its objectives?

    5. Could any of the functions of the HEFCE be delivered more effectively and efficiently in other ways?

    6. How do you think the HEFCE's role should develop over the next few years?

    7. Is there a continuing need for a funding body separate from the Government to fund higher education in English institutions?

    8. If such a body is required, should it be the HEFCE or a different body? Why? And if you think a different body, what sort of body?

    9. If a funding body is not required, how should public funding for higher education in England be delivered?

    10. Are there any other comments about the HEFCE, its terms of reference, constitutional status and Board membership you would wish to make?

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    APPENDIX B

    Note on HEFCE and its main functions

    The purpose of the HEFCE

    1. The HEFCE distributes funds made available by the Secretary of State for Education and Employment for the provision of education and the undertaking of research by higher education institutions in England. It is also responsible for funding
    prescribed courses of higher education provided in further education colleges.

    2. The HEFCE has the following statutory duties: —to allocate public funds for education, research and associated activities by higher education institutions in England;

    —to advise the Secretary of State on the funding needs of higher education institutions in England; and

    —to promote, through the assessment of research and teaching quality and other means, the quality and quantity of higher education learning and research cost-effectively and with regard to national needs.

    The HEFCE's Mission and Strategic Aims

    3. The HEFCE's mission is `Working in partnership, we promote and fund high-quality, cost-effective teaching and research, meeting the diverse needs of students, the economy and society.'

    4. To achieve its mission, the HEFCE aims to:

    (a) Promote high standards of education and research so as to advance knowledge and scholarship, encourage improvement and innovation and enhance students' learning experience and employment prospects.

    (b) Encourage institutions to increase access, secure equal opportunities, support lifelong learning and maximise achievement for all who can benefit from higher education.

    (c) Maintain and encourage the development of a wide variety of institutions with a diversity of missions that build upon their local, regional, national and international strengths and are responsive to change, within a financially healthy
    sector.

    (d) Develop and sustain effective partnerships with institutions, employers, other funding and professional bodies and others with a stake in higher education, by providing clear and open information and promoting collaboration between
    them.

    (e) Advise Government and other stakeholders on higher education's needs and aspirations, and help make widely known the achievements and opportunities offered by higher education, particularly to students.

    (f) Use consultation, research and benchmarking to increase knowledge and understanding of higher education, and inform policy development.

    (g) Contribute to the healthy development of higher education in this country and overseas by learning from international experience and helping to promote the reputation and competitiveness of UK higher education abroad.

    h) Promote effective financial management, accountability for the use of public funds and value for money.

    (i) Enable its staff to provide a high-quality service, within an open and supportive working environment.

    5. For 1998--9 the HEFCE is responsible for distributing some £3.5 billion of public funds. It has 165 staff and an administration costs budget of £8.9 million.

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    APPENDIX C

    Letter to the DfEE from Mr Vice-Chancellor

    9 September 1998

    DfEE Quinquennial Review of HEFCE

    I write with reference to HEFCE circular letter 21/98, in which Brian Fender described to universities the Quinquennial Review of HEFCE currently being conducted by the DfEE. My purpose in writing is simply to express strong general support for
    the continued existence of HEFCE as a non-departmental public body responsible for allocating funds to the higher education sector, constituted in broadly its current terms.

    For all the difficulties associated with HEFCE's role, we believe it to be extremely valuable in acting as the primary `arms length' intermediary between central Government on the one hand, and individual universities on the other, at least so
    long as universities are not free simply to `get on' in the market place. Like many other HEIs, we have reservations about some of the policies recently pursued by HEFCE; these include the changes made to its teaching funding method and the
    attempt to impose a standard or uniform approach to funding what is now a very diverse sector. We are also concerned about the over-emphasis on regulation, audit, codes of practice, control, and information gathering which, as noted in the
    CVCP's submission in response to the review, is increasingly costly and burdensome to HEIs, and is really designed to protect HEFCE against the Public Accounts Committee in case anything goes wrong in the sector. However, we firmly believe
    that the existence of HEFCE or a similarly constituted body is greatly preferable to some of the alternatives which have been canvassed, such as a merger with the FEFC, or a transfer of research money to the research councils. We strongly
    support HEFCE's continued role in providing general funds for research to universities, and believe that any further transfer of funds from HEFCE to the research councils would be seriously damaging to the research base in higher education.

    Finally, we believe HEFCE has an important role to play in arguing the case for increased resources to be made available to higher education, but would like to see more openness about the advice which the funding council gives to ministers. HEFCE's
    role of a planning body, or non-planning body, for the UK system is unclear. HEFCE is neither interventionist (for example in promoting rationalisation of institutions or subject provision in the system), nor entirely hands-on. Some greater
    clarity in this area would be desirable.

    I appreciate that the review you are conducting is due to come to an end later this month, but hope that it is not too late for these views to be taken into account.

     

    (Signed) COLIN LUCAS

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    COMMITTEE ON DISTINCTION AWARDS FOR NON-CLINICAL PROFESSORS

    The composition of this committee, which will consider making new or enhanced distinction awards with effect from 1 October 1998 to those holding the post of non-clinical professor, is as follows:

    Mr Vice-Chancellor

    President of Corpus Christi

    Rector of Exeter

    Principal of Hertford

    Warden of Nuffield

    Professor B.A.O. Williams

    Professor Sir Michael Atiyah

    Professor Sir David Weatherall

    Professor J.S. Rowlinson

    Professor J.E. Enderby, H.O. Wills Professor of Physics, University of Bristol

    Eligible professors have been sent details of the current exercise: any professor who has not received these should contact Dr J.D. Whiteley at the University Offices.

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    COMPOSITION OF ELECTORAL BOARDS

    The composition of the electoral boards to the posts below, proceedings to fill which are currently in progress, is as follows:

    Appointed by

    Professorship of Mathematical Logic

    Mr Vice-Chancellor               ex officio
    The Warden, Merton College       ex officio
    Professor W.A. Hodges            Council
    Professor R. Solovay             Council
    Professor C. Parsons             General Board
    Professor C.J.G. Wright          General Board
    Professor C.A.B. Peacocke        Literae Humaniores Board
    Dr P.M. Neumann                  Mathematical Sciences Board
    Professor J.A.D. Welsh           Merton College
    
    

    Professorship of Genetics

    Professor S. Iversen (Chairman)  Mr Vice-Chancellor[1]
    The Warden, Keble College        ex officio
    Professor M. Ashburner           Council
    Dr P. Nurse, London              Council
    Professor N.E. Murray            General Board
    Professor P.C. Newell            Biological Sciences Board
    Professor C.J. Leaver            Biological Sciences Board
    Professor D.J. Sherratt          Biological Sciences Board
    Dr S.V. Hunt                     Keble College
    
    

    Professorship of Jurisprudence

    Mr Vice-Chancellor               ex officio
    The Master, University College   ex officio
    Professor G.A. Cohen             Council
    Professor F. Kamm                General Board
    Professor D.N. Maccormick        General Board
    Professor J. Raz                 Law Board
    Mr J. Eekelaar                   Law Board
    Professor M.R. Freedland         Law Board
    Professor J. Finnis              University College
    
    

    Nuffield Professorship of Pathology

    The Principal, Linacre College   Mr Vice-Chancellor[1]
    The Master, Pembroke College     ex officio
    Professor Sir Colin Berry        Council
    Professor H.E. Waldmann          General Board
    Professor K.E. Davies            General Board
    Professor J. O'D. McGee          ex officio
    Professor Sir David Weatherall   Clinical Medicine Board
    Dr K.A. Fleming                  Clinical Medicine Board
    Professor Sir Peter Morris       Clinical Medicine Board
    Dr C. Bunch                      Oxfordshire Health Authority
    Dr S. Whitefield                 Pembroke College
    
    

    Professorship of the Physical Examination of Materials

    The President, St John's College  Mr Vice-Chancellor[1]
    The Principal, Linacre College   ex officio
    Professor A. Sutton              Linacre College
    Professor J.W. Steeds            Council
    Dr J. King                       General Board
    Professor A. Howie               General Board
    Professor B. Cantor              Physical Sciences Board
    Professor J.D. Hunt              Physical Sciences Board
    Dr C.R.M. Grovenor               Physical Sciences Board
    

    [1] Appointed by Mr Vice-Chancellor under the provisions of Tit. IX, Sect. III, cl. 2 (Statutes, 1997, p. 67).

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    COMPUTING SERVICES

    Charging for Janet Transatlantic Traffic

    The University is now being billed for Janet traffic (Web pages, e-mail, etc.), coming across the transatlantic network link, at the rate of £0.01 per megabyte (that rate is set to double in a year's time). Details of these charges for the whole
    University and (approximately) for departments and colleges, for each day and by month, can be seen on the Web at http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/internal/janet-billing.html (or
    reach it via the Oxford home page: IT Information: Networks). Further details of the charging arrangements can also be seen by following those links.

    Only inbound traffic is being charged for, and any traffic arriving between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. (seven days a week) is free (in the first year). Traffic directed through the national Web cache, to which all traffic through the Oxford cache is directed,
    will be free (in the first year).

    The IT Committee has not yet decided on a recommendation about how the charges in subsequent years should be met, but the possibility that they will be passed on to departments and units will surely receive careful consideration.

    Use of the Oxford Web cache is still voluntary, but the IT Committee will doubtless also wish to consider whether it should be made compulsory for all traffic that could pass through it. Of course, use of the cache may sometimes be slower than
    going direct; however, it will be faster if someone else has recently retrieved the same page, and the saving that would be made should also be taken into account. Details of how to use the cache can be seen on the Web at http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/oucs/proxies/.

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    CIRCULATION OF THE GAZETTE TO RETIRED SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE UNIVERSITY

    It has been decided that any former member of Congregation over the age of seventy-five who is resident in Oxford may continue to receive the Gazette, if he or she so wishes, on application in writing to the Information Office,
    University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD. Such applications must be renewed at the beginning of each academic year.

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    ISIS INNOVATION LIMITED

    2 South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3UB

    Isis Innovation, a wholly-owned company of the University, was established in 1988. The company has been formed to exploit know-how arising out of research funded by the UK Government through the Research Councils and funded by other bodies where
    the rights are not tied. The function of the company is to ensure that the results of research bring rewards to Oxford, and to the inventors, who are given a financial incentive for exploitation.

    Isis seeks licensees willing to pay lump sums and/or royalties for the use of know-how arising out of research. Isis also exploits the intellectual property of the University by setting up individual companies using venture capital or development
    capital funds.

    Isis' services are also available to individuals who wish to exploit the results of research supported by non-Research Council sources, when there are no prior conditions on the handling of the intellectual property rights. Isis Innovation has
    at its disposal a small pre-seedcorn fund for paying the costs of protecting intellectual property rights and for taking work to a stage where its potential can be assessed.

    Isis finds industrial partners to ensure that new ideas can be developed for market requirements. The company has established the Oxford Innovation Society for major industrial companies, so that they can have a window on Oxford technology and
    an opportunity to license and invest where appropriate.

    A brochure explaining Isis' activities is available. Please contact the above address, or the telephone and fax numbers given below.

    Members of the University should contact the Managing Director if they wish to take advantage of the services that Isis provides. (Telephone: (2)72411; fax: (2)72412.)

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    CONCERT

    St John's College and Colin Carr

    MARK PESKANOV (violin) and JULIAN JACOBSON (piano) will perform the following works at 8.30 p.m. on Saturday, 17 October, in the Garden Quadrangle Auditorium, St John's College: Schubert, Rondo in A major; Prokofiev, Sonata in F minor; Bach,
    Sonata in G minor for unaccompanied violin; Bloch, Nigun; Sarasate, op. 21 no. 2, op. 23 no. 2, and op. 43.

    Admission is free. Programmes will be available from the Porters' Lodge, St John's College, but are reserved for members of the college until 10 October. Each programme will be valid as an admission ticket until 8.20 p.m. Any vacant seats will
    be filled from the door during the last ten minutes before the concert starts.

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    BODLEIAN LIBRARY

    Introductory sessions

    Making the most of the Bodleian Library: a guide to the central Bodleian facilities and services Sessions designed to enable graduate students, academic staff, others of a similar status, and readers without any institutional affiliation, to
    make the most of the Bodleian Library, will be offered during October. Sessions cover the use of the Central Bodleian Library, including use of the catalogues and procedures for locating and obtaining material and a guide to reference material.
    They take the form of a tour of the Lower Reading Room Catalogue and General Reference Section in the Central Bodleian Library, so that participants can be shown material in context.

    Each session will begin at 9.30 a.m. promptly and will last for about an hour. Twelve places are available on each of the following dates in October: 6, 8, 9, 13, 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, 27, 29, and 30.

    Readers who wish to attend one of these sessions are asked to book a place by entering their name, college/department address and University Card number (as appropriate) on the list which is available on the Proscholium (Bodleian Library Old LIbrary
    Entrance Hall) on the south side. Please give your name to the staff at the Main Enquiry Desk in the Lower Reading Room when you attend.

    `Making the most of the Bodleian Library' sessions continue throughout most of the year on Tuesdays and Fridays at the same time. Exact dates are given on the sign-up sheets.

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    Disruption in central Bodleian Reading Rooms during Induction Week

    Readers are warned that there will be considerable disruption in certain reading rooms in the central Bodleian during induction week. Throughout the three days Wednesday, 7 October, to Friday, 9 October, library staff will be engaged in taking
    groups of new undergraduates round different parts of the library and giving them introductory talks in reading rooms.

    Talks will be taking place in various locations, including the Lower Reading Room and the Lower Camera. Similar talks will take place on a smaller scale in other reading rooms during this week and the week following.

    The library is aware that these sessions will cause inconvenience to readers, but believes that it is important to offer library introductions to new students during their first week here.

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    Lectures

    Contents of this section:

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    WINCHESTER LECTURE IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS 1998

    PROFESSOR K. WALTZ, Adjunct Professor, Columbia University, will deliver the Winchester Lecture in International Relations at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 20 October, in the Examination Schools.

    Subject: `Realism after the Cold War.'

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    WEIDENFELD VISITING PROFESSOR OF EUROPEAN COMPARATIVE LITERATURE 1998–9

    The story begins: studying the opening sections of masterpieces in literature

    PROFESSOR AMOS OZ, Professor of Hebrew Literature, Ben Gurion University of Negev, Israel, and Weidenfeld Visiting Professor of Comparative European Literature 1998–9, will lecture on the following Mondays and Thursdays in the Examination Schools.

    Professor Oz will also give seminars at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 20 October, and Tuesday, 27 October, in Lecture Room 1, St Anne's College.

    12 Oct.: `But what actually existed before the Big Bang?'

    15 Oct.: `On the beginning of Effie Briest by Theodore Fontane.'

    19 Oct.: `On the beginning of In the Prime of Her Life by S.Y. Agnon.'

    22 Oct.: `On the beginning of The Nose by Nikolai Gogol.'

    26 Oct.: `On the beginning of A Country Doctor by Franz Kafka.'

    29 Oct.: `On the beginning of Rothschild's Fiddle by Anton Chekhov.'

    2 Nov.: `On the beginning of The Autumn of the Patriarch by G. Garcia Marquez.'

    5 Nov.: `On the beginning of Nobody Said Anything by Raymond Carver.'

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    CAMERON MACKINTOSH LECTURES

    The following lectures will be given at 5 p.m. on Fridays in the Bernard Sunley Lecture Theatre, St Catherine's College.

    PROFESSOR THELMA HOLT and YUKIO NINAGAWA

    30 Oct.: Conversation with Michael Billington.

    PROFESSOR THELMA HOLT and Sir Peter Hall

    20 Nov.: `Theatre—where the imagination lives.'

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    CLINICAL MEDICINE

    The following lectures will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Seminar Room, the Department of Psychiatry, the Warneford Hospital.

    Convener: G.M. Goodwin, BM, MA, D.Phil., Handley Professor of Psychiatry.

    DR T. TURNER, St Bartholomew's Hospital

    13 Oct.: `Whatever happened to community care?'

    PROFESSOR D. SKUSE, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

    20 Oct.: `Genes, cognition, and behaviour: sexual dimorphism and the mysterious role of the X chromosome.'

    PROFESSOR S. LEWIS, Withington Hospital, Manchester

    17 Nov.: `New psychological treatments for schizophrenia—do they work?'

    PROFESSOR S. BRANDON, Royal Infirmary, Leicester

    1 Dec.: `Recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse: the nature of the controversy syndrome.'

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    Nuffield Department of Surgery

    The following seminars will be held at the times indicated on Tuesdays in the Seminar Room, the Nuffield Department of Surgery, Level 6, the John Radcliffe Hospital.

    D. DRAGUN, Max Delbruch Centre for Molecular Medicine, Berlin

    6 Oct., 1 p.m.: `ICAM-1 antisense oligonucleotides block ischaemic injury in long-term surviving kidney allografts.'

    K. CHANNON

    13 Oct., 5 p.m.: `Gene transfer in vein graft atherosclerosis.'

    N. BORLEY

    20 Oct., 5 p.m.: `Are there two types of Crohn's disease?'

    A. HANDA

    27 Oct., 6 p.m.: `After aspirin? Anti-platelet agents in peripheral vascular disease.'

    T. COOK

    3 Nov., 5 p.m: `Properties and pharmacology of the anal sphincter.'

    S. DEMEESTER, Johns Hopkins Fellow

    10 Nov., 5 p.m.: `Mechanisms of cell death in organ failure.'

    P. GARSIDE, Glasgow

    17 Nov., 1 p.m.: `Revealing T and B lymphocyte interactions in vivo.'

    S. ANDERTON, Bristol

    24 Nov., 1 p.m.: `Peptide-inducing T cell tolerance in autoimmunity.'

    D. ADAMS, Birmingham

    8 Dec., 1 p.m.: `Tissue specific signals that regulate lymphocyte recruitment to the human liver.'

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    Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

    A meeting will be held on Tuesday, 13 October, in the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Level 3, the Women's Centre, the John Radcliffe Hospital.

    DR C. HARPER, Alec Turnbull Family Planning Clinic, Oxford

    2 p.m.: `Mirena IUD.'

    MR R. GARRY, South Cleveland Hospital, Middlesbrough

    3 p.m.: `Radical excision of advanced endometriosis.'

    MR S. THORNTON, Park Hospital, Nottingham

    4 p.m.: `Frontiers in managing male infertility.'

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    Diabetes Research Laboratories: Clinical Endocrine and Metabolic Meetings

    The following meetings will be held at 12.45 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Committee Room, Green College.

    DR L. YOUNGMAN and MS S. CLARK

    14 Oct.: `Large-scale clinical and epidemiological studies—novel laboratory solutions.'

    DR M. WALKER

    21 Oct.: `Type II diabetes in families—a complicated affair.'

    PROFESSOR P. STEWART

    28 Oct.: `Endocine hypertension.'

    PROFESSOR A. WINDER

    4 Nov.: To be announced.

    DR J. POULTON

    11 Nov.: `Microchondrial DNA diseases and diabetes.'

    PROFESSOR P. BAYLISS

    18 Nov.: `Diabetes insipidus.'

    PROFESSOR C. COOPER

    25 Nov.: `The epidemiology of osteoporosis.'

    DR A. NEIL

    2 Dec.: To be announced.

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    PHYSICAL SCIENCES

    Theoretical Physics Seminars

    The following seminars will be held at 2.15 p.m. on Fridays in the Nuclear Physics Lecture Theatre.

    Convener: D. Sherrington, MA, Wykeham Professor of Physics.

    PROFESSOR SIR M. BERRY, Bristol

    16 Oct.: `Quantum indistinguishability.'

    PROFESSOR M.F. THORPE, Michigan State and Delft

    30 Oct.: `Rigidity and floppy modes in glasses and proteins.'

    PROFESSOR G. KARL, Guelph, Canada

    13 Nov.: `The classical limit of the Schrodinger variational principle.'

    DR N. KALOPER, Stanford

    27 Nov.: `Pre-Big Bang: the good, the bad, and the ugly.'

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    Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory: Theoretical Chemistry Group Seminars

    The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Mondays in the New Chemistry Laboratory Seminar Room.

    Details of the RSC Young Medallists' Symposium, to be held on 16 November, are given below.

    Convener: M.S. Child, MA, Coulson Professor of Theoretical Chemistry.

    PROFESSOR R. EVANS, Bristol

    12 Oct.: `Phase behaviour of hard-sphere mixtures: the role of the entropic depletion potential.'

    DR J. JONES

    19 Oct.: `Quantum computing with nmr.'

    DR H.H. FIELDING, King's College, London

    26 Oct.: `Rydberg electron dynamics.'

    DR G. RAJAGOPAL, Cambridge

    2 Nov.: `Quantum Monte Carlo simulations for real systems.'

    DR P.L.A. POPELIER, UMIST

    9 Nov.: `Molecular atoms.'

    DR G. JACKSON, Imperial College, London

    23 Nov.: `Understanding the effect of hydrogen bonding and dipolar interactions in liquid crystalline systems.'

    DR D.J. WALES, Cambridge

    30 Nov.: `Global analysis of potential energy surfaces: from high resolution spectroscopy to glasses and protein folding.'

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    Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory: RSC Young Medallists' Symposium

    This symposium will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, 16 November, in the PTCL Lecture Theatre.

    SIR HARRY KROTO

    2 p.m.: `The new round world of flat materials.'

    DR D.E. MANOLOPOULOS

    2.45 p.m.: `Interlayer interactions in graphite and carbon nanotubes.'

    DR S.D. PRICE

    4 p.m.: `Interactions of dications with atoms, molecules, and photons.'

    DR M. WILSON

    4.45 p.m.: ` "Covalent" effects in "ionic" materials.'

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    Department of Materials: Hirsch Lecture

    PROFESSOR M.F. ASHBY, Cambridge, will deliver the second Hirsch Lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 9 October, in the Main Lecture Theatre, the University Museum of Natural History.

    Subject: `The engineering science of cellular solids.'

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    Physical Earth Science Seminars: amended notice

    The following seminars will be held at 4.30 p.m. on Fridays in the coffee room, the Department of Earth Sciences.

    This list replaces that published in the Gazette of 24 September, p. 12. The first meeting given in that listing (9 October) has been cancelled.

    Convener: N. Mitchell, Department of Earth Sciences.

    E. YOUNG

    16 Oct.: `Oxygen reservoirs in the early solar nebula—evidence from laser microprobe analyses of oxygen isotopes in CAIs.'

    R. HOLME, Edinburgh

    23 Oct.: `Electromagnetic core–mantle coupling.'

    H. DAVIES, Liverpool

    30 Oct.: `Are some intermediate depth earthquakes related to subduction magmatism by hydraulic fractures?'

    M.M. FLIEDNER, Cambridge

    6 Nov.: `Structure of the southern Sierra Nevada of California—upper-crustal remnant of a Mesozoic magmatic arc and possible asthenospheric support.'

    D. CHAYES, Lamond–Doherty Earth Observatory, and R. ANDERSON, US Navy Artic Submarine Laboratory

    13 Nov.: `Seafloor characterisation and mapping pods (SCAMP)—a system for geophysical research in the Arctic.'

    S. SINGH, Cambridge

    20 Nov.: `Seismic evidence for magmatic segmentation, cooling, crystallisation and hydrothermal circulation in an axial magma chamber at the East Pacific Rise.'

    A. WATTS

    27 Nov.: `Observations of flexure and the viscoelastic properties of the lithosphere.'

    K. GALLAGHER, Imperial College

    4 Dec.: `The long-term evolution of passive margin topography.'

    P. ORR, University College, Galway

    11 Dec.: `Soft-tissue preservation in the fossil record: processes and implications.'

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    PSYCHOLOGICAL STUDIES

    The following seminars will be held at 4.30 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Weiskrantz Room (C.113), the Department of Experimental Psychology.

    Conveners: S.D. Iversen, MA, Professor of Psychology, and P.E. Bryant, MA, Watts Professor of Psychology.

    DR W. TUNMER, Massey University, New Zealand

    6 Oct.: `The effects of rime-based orthographic analogy training on the word recognition skills of children with severe reading difficulties.' (McDonnell–Pew Seminar)

    PROFESSOR M. JOHNSTON, St Andrews

    13 Oct.: `Integrating medical and psychological models of disability.' (McDonnell–Pew Seminar)

    DR D. BISHOP, Cambridge

    20 Oct.: `The role of auditory temporal deficits in causing specific language impairment in children.'

    PROFESSOR C. MCMANUS, UCL

    27 Oct.: `Why are most people right-handed, but a few are left-handed?'

    DR M. GATTIS, Sheffield

    3 Nov.: `Mapping conceptual and spatial schemas.'

    DR J. RUSSELL, Cambridge

    10 Nov.: `Executive dysfunctions in autism: their nature and significance.'

    DR J. BLAIR, UCL

    17 Nov.: `Developmental and acquired psychopathy.'

    PROFESSOR L. MALONEY, New York

    24 Nov.: `Measurement and modelling of cue combination.' (McDonnell–Pew Seminar)

    PROFESSOR T. NUNES, Institute of Education, London

    1 Dec.: `Predicting and promoting deaf children's development in numeracy.'

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    Royal Society Ferrier Lecture

    PROFESSOR J.-P. CHANGEUX, Collège de France and Institut Pasteur, Paris, will deliver the Royal Society Ferrier Lecture at 4.30 p.m. on Friday, 16 October, in Lecture Theatre A, the Department of Experimental Psychology.

    Subject: `The nicotinic acetylcholine receptor and synaptic plasticity.'

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    SOCIAL STUDIES

    New Issues in International Security: seminar with visiting speakers

    The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Fridays in the Old Library, All Souls College.

    Conveners: Sir John Coles, MA, Dr A. Hurrell, MA, M.Phil., D.Phil., Professor R. O'Neill, MA, D.Phil., and Professor A. Roberts, MA.

    DR M. KALDOR, Sussex

    16 Oct.: `New and old wars.'

    PROFESSOR N. MYERS

    23 Oct.: `Environment and security.'

    DR J. PILAT, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London

    30 Oct.: `Emerging terrorist threats: continuity and change.'

    DR F. VARESE

    6 Nov.: `Crime and mafias.'

    PROFESSOR Y. EVRON, Tel Aviv, and PROFESSOR O'NEILL

    13 Nov.: `Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.'

    DR J. CHIPMAN, IISS, London

    20 Nov.: `The security implications of economic crises.'

    PROFESSOR L. FREEDMAN, King's College, London

    27 Nov.: `War in the information age.'

    THE CONVENERS

    4 Dec.: Conclusions.

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    DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONAL STUDIES

    Research Seminars

    The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Mondays in Lecture Room 1, the Department of Educational Studies.

    PROFESSOR G. KRESS, London

    12 Oct.: `Representation, learning, and knowledge.'

    PROFESSOR J. CALDERHEAD, Bath

    19 Oct.: `Images of teaching: their relevance for the professional development of student teachers.'

    DR J. MELLANBY

    26 Oct.: `Identification and remediation of under-achievement in secondary school.'

    PROFESSOR S. BROWN, Stirling

    9 Nov.: `Accessing how staff in special needs schools make sense of what they do.'

    PROFESSOR R. PRING

    16 Nov.: `Educational research: facing the criticism.'

    PROFESSOR J. ELLIOTT, East Anglia

    23 Nov.: `Environment education and school development: perspectives from the OECD's "Environment and Schools Initiative" project.'

    DR K. BACCHUS, Aga Khan University

    30 Nov.: `The re-professionalisation of practising teachers.'

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    Centre for Comparative Studies in Education

    Aspects of the Education Systems of the United Kingdom

    The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in Lecture Room 1, the Department of Educational Studies.

    Convener: D.G. Phillips, MA, D.Phil., Reader in Comparative Education.

    PROFESOR D. RAFFE, Edinburgh

    13 Oct.: `Investigating the education systems of the United Kingdom.'

    DR S. GORARD, Cardiff

    20 Oct.: `For England see Wales: the distinctiveness and similarities of education in England and Wales.'

    DR D. MATHESON, Nene University College, Northampton

    27 Oct.: `Scottish education: myths and mists.'

    PROFESSOR S. DUNN, Ulster

    3 Nov.: `Northern Ireland: the influence of violent conflict.'

    DR C. BROCK

    10 Nov.: `Education in the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands: issues of scale and dependency.'

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    INSTITUTE OF HEALTH SCIENCES

    The following research seminars will be held at 12.30 p.m. on Thursdays in the Teaching Suite, the Institute of Health Sciences (ground floor).

    Medical student presentations will be held in place of the usual seminar on 22 October (from 1 p.m.).

    Conveners: Susanna Graham-Jones, Martin Lawrence, and Michael Goldacre.

    PROFESSOR D. MANT, Department of Primary Health Care

    1 Oct.: `First day blues.'

    T. LAMBERT, Unit of Health-Care Epidemiology

    8 Oct.: `The disappearing doctor? Measuring the loss of qualified doctors from medicine.'

    PROFESSOR D. DUNT, Melbourne

    15 Oct.: `Do community based programmes aiming at improving physical activity have a future?' (IHS Guest Lecture)

    DR R. LEHMAN, Department of Primary Health Care

    29 Oct.: `The dilemma of heart failure: some Banbury observations.'

    C. SHULTZ, Department of Public Health

    5 Nov.: `Puberty: a risky time for children with diabetes.'

    DR S. STEWART-BROWN, Health Services Research Unit

    12 Nov.: `Emotional distress—a risk factor to rival social inequalities?'

    PROFESSOR D. EVANS, Otago

    19 Nov.: `Medicine as a form of social control.' (IHS Guest Lecture)

    DR M. MOHER and the ASSIST Collaborators, Department of Primary Health Care

    26 Nov.: `How to ASSIST primary care.'

    DR M. MURPHY and DR D. WHITEMAN, ICRF General Practice Research Group

    3 Dec.: `Folate, NTDs, heart disease, and cancer.'

    DR L. DAVIDSON, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit

    10 Dec.: `Developing multidisciplinary research at the NPEU.'

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    OXFORD CENTRE FOR HEBREW AND JEWISH STUDIES

    The following public lectures will be given at 8.15 p.m. on Wednesdays in Yarnton Manor. The 14 October and 21 October meetings will be held in the Long Gallery; subsequent meetings will be held in the Common Room.

    AMOS OZ, Weidenfeld Visiting Professor of Comparative European Literature, and DR N. DE LANGE, Cambridge

    14 Oct.: Readings in Hebrew and English from the novels of Amos Oz.

    SIR MARTIN GILBERT, CBE

    21 Oct.: `Is there a specific Jewish contribution to the twentieth century?' (Inaugural lecture: David Patterson Lecture Series)

    DR N. SOLOMON

    28 Oct.: Book launch: Historical Dictionary of Jewish Religion (Scarecrow Press).

    RABBI DR ALBERT H. FRIEDLANDER, Leo Baeck College

    4 Nov.: `Leo Baeck in retrospect.' (David Patterson Lecture Series)

    DR A. KUSHNER, Southampton

    11 Nov.: `Asylum and refugees in the twentieth century.' (David Patterson Lecture Series)

    DR G. ABRAMSON

    18 Nov.: Book launch: Drama and Ideology in Modern Israel (Cambridge University Press).

    DR A. RAPPOPORT-ALBERT, University College, London

    25 Nov.: `Why did women play no part in Jewish mystical tradition?' (David Patterson Lecture Series)

    PROFESSOR Z. GITELMAN, Michigan

    2 Dec.: `Conceptions of Jewishness among contemporary Russian and Ukrainian Jews.' (David Patterson Lecture Series)

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    NISSAN INSTITUTE OF JAPANESE STUDIES

    The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Fridays in the Lecture Theatre, the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies.

    DR KEIKO TANAKA

    16 Oct.: `Images of men in Japanese men's magazines.'

    I. HALL, author of Cartels of the Mind

    23 Oct.: `Journalism and the universities in Japan: closed shop versus globalisation.'

    PROFESSOR R. DRIFTE, Newcastle

    30 Oct.: `Japan's quest for a permanent UN Security Council seat: a matter of pride, justice, or what?'

    PROFESSOR MARI SAKO

    6 Nov.: `The development of components suppliers' capabilities in the car industry in Japan.'

    DR C. HOOD, Sheffield

    13 Nov.: `Japan's next generation: Nakasone's legacy and the effects of the education reform process.'

    DR KONGDAN OH and DR R. HASSIG, Oh and Hassig, Pacific Rim Consulting

    20 Nov.: `Keeping peace in the neighbourhood: what can Japan do about Korea?' (In conjunction with Asian Studies Centre, St Antony's)

    PROFESSOR S. LAWSON, East Anglia

    27 Nov.: `Culture and international politics: Japan and the Asia–Pacific.'

    DR KWEKU AMPIAH, Stirling

    4 Dec.: `Anglo-Japanese co-operation in Africa in the early post-war period.'

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    ST CATHERINE'S COLLEGE

    Inaugural Sir Patrick Nairne Lecture

    The first of a series of annual lectures to commemorate the Mastership (1981–8) of the Rt. Hon. Sir Patrick Nairne, GCB, MC, MA, will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, 16 October, in the Bernard Sunley Lecture Theatre, St Catherine's College.

    The first lecture will be `The future of broadcasting', a conversation between SIR JOHN BIRT and MELVYN BRAGG. The audience will then be invited to participate.

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    WESTMINSTER COLLEGE

    Wesley and Methodist Studies Centre

    Graduate Seminars

    The following seminars will be held at 6.30 p.m. on Wednesdays (unless otherwise indicated below) in the Church and International House, Westminster College. The series will continue in Hilary Term.

    A. MOSLEY

    30 Sept.: `Oral records project—missionary register.'

    D. TRANTER

    28 Oct.: `John Henderson—tormented genius.'

    Day conference

    Sat. 7 Nov.: `Methodism and the arts.'

    K. KINGHORN

    2 Dec.: `American Methodism in the light of its British legacy.'

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    SOCIETY FOR THE HISTORY OF MEDIEVAL TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE

    PHILIP WALKER, President of the Tool and Trades History Society, will give an illustrated lecture at 2.45 p.m. on Saturday, 10 October, in the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, 10 Banbury Road. All are welcome.

    Subject: `Nuremberg Books: illustrated registers of retired craftsmen who entered two charitable almshouses during the late fourteenth century.'

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    Grants and Research Funding

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    Examinations and Boards

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    BOARD OF THE FACULTY OF SOCIAL STUDIES

    The following elections were omitted from the results of the annual election and by-election for membership of the Social Studies Board.

    Official Members

    A. STEPAN, Gladstone Professor of Government           MT 2000
    
    J.B. KNIGHT, Professor of Economics                    MT 1999
    
    B. SHAFER, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of 
        American Government                                MT 1999
    
    

    Ordinary Member

    D.A. COLEMAN, MA, Fellow of Queen's                    MT 1999
    
    

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    CHANGES IN REGULATIONS

    With the approval of the General Board, the following changes in regulations made by the Board of the Faculty of Theology and the Standing Committee for Economics and Management will come into effect on 16 October.

    1 Board of the Faculty of Theology

    M.St. in Theology (Research)

    With effect from 1 October 1998

    In 
    Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 726, after l. 37 insert:

    `Theology (Research)

    1. Each candidate must hold PRS status in the University and follow for at least three terms a course of instruction and directed research and will be required to produce from their society a certificate that they are following such a course.

    2.Candidates will be expected to attend such lectures and seminars as their supervisor shall recommend.

    3. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.

    4. Qualifying Examination

    Candidates may be required to pass a qualifying examination in a language unless dispensed by the Examiners on the sole ground that further proof of linguistic competence is unnecessary. Normal expectations for this requirement are indicated
    separately for each field of study below, but the Board of the Faculty of Theology may make a further requirement in the case of any candidate if it deems that competence in a language is indispensable for the study of primary sources, provided
    that no candidate may be required to pass two qualifying examinations. The Chairman of Examiners may not give dispensation to a candidate in cases where the Faculty Board has already imposed a specific requirement on that candidate. Examinations
    shall be set at such times as may be determined by the Board of the Faculty of Theology, but will normally be set on one occasion during Michaelmas and Trinity Terms, and on two occasions during Hilary Term. Candidates may apply to the Chairman
    of Examiners for dispensation from the Qualifying Examinations, or for another Qualifying Examination than that normally expected in the field of study not later than the end of Michaelmas Term. The written support of a candidate's supervisor
    is required.

    5. Proposals for titles of dissertations, major papers, and essays must be submitted to the Chairman of Examiners by Friday of week 8 of Hilary Term. Candidates are advised to allow time for communication with the Examiners to take place before
    the Board's permission is granted, and are advised to submit their proposals as early as possible. All proposals should be accompanied by a brief indication of how the subject will be treated. Proposals for titles of dissertations should also
    be accompanied by a brief account of the primary and secondary sources to be used.

    6. All major papers and essays must be submitted to the Chairman of Examiners not later than noon on Friday of week 9 of Trinity Term. All communications with the examiners should be addressed to the Chairman of Examiners for the M.St. in Theology
    (Research), c/o the Clerk to the Schools, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford.

    7. Syllabus

    (a) Dissertation. Every candidate must submit a dissertation of 12,000–15,000 words upon a chosen subject from one of the five fields of study listed below. The title, which will have been proposed by the candidate and approved by the
    Board of the Faculty of Theology, should not be related to any of those offered for other essays within the same field.

    Two copies of the dissertation, which must be typewritten or printed, must be sent in a parcel bearing the words `Dissertation for the M.St. in Theology (Research)' to The Chairman of Examiners, c/o Clerk to the Schools, Examination Schools, High
    Street, Oxford, not later than noon on the Friday sixteen days prior to the commencement of Michaelmas Full Term.

    Every candidate must attend a viva voce examination which may concern the matter treated in the dissertation and any related question of academic context, method, or background.

    (b) Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in one field of study from those detailed in the schedule of papers below:

    SCHEDULE OF PAPERS

    I Old Testament

    (a) Three essays of between 2,000 and 3,000 words each on titles proposed by the candidate and approved by the Board of the Faculty of Theology.

    (b) An essay of 5,000–7,000 words on a title to be announced by the examiners on Friday of week 8 of Trinity Term.

    (c) A qualifying examination in Hebrew will normally be required.

    II New Testament

    (a) Three essays of between 2,000 and 3,000 words each on titles proposed by the candidate and approved by the Board of the Faculty of Theology.

    (b) An examination in New Testament Exegesis. Candidates will be expected to translate and comment on passages from the New Testament in Greek and to answer questions on a wide range of subjects concerned with the theology, ethics, and
    history of the New Testament.

    (c) A qualifying examination in Greek will normally be required.

    III Ecclesiastical History

    (a) An examination paper on The Nature and Practice of Ecclesiastical History, as prescribed for the M.Phil. in Theology, and to be sat at the same time.

    (b) Three essays of not more than 5,000 words each, on titles proposed by the candidate and approved by the Board of the Faculty of Theology.

    The titles of the essays should all fall within one of the following periods:

    1. The Early Church AD 303–476

    2.The Western Church AD 476–1050

    3. The Western Church AD 1050–1400

    4. English Church History AD 1066–1272

    5. European Christianity AD 1400–1800

    6. European Christianity AD 1800–1950

    One of the essays may concern a specific discipline or skill related to the period (for example; palaeography, archival surveys).

    (c) A qualifying examination in Greek will normally be required for those submitting titles in period 1., and a qualifying examination in Latin for those submitting titles in period 2, 3, or 4.

    IV Christian Doctrine

    (a) Either (1): An examination paper on set texts in Latin or Greek:

    EITHER as prescribed for the M.St. in Christian Doctrine, section A paper 4. A candidate proposing a dissertation on a topic in patristic theology is required to take this alternative.

    OR as prescribed for the M.St. in Christian Doctrine, section B paper 3. A candidate proposing a dissertation on a topic in medieval theology is required to take this alternative.

    OR as prescribed for the M.St. in Christian Doctrine, section C paper 3. A candidate proposing a dissertation on a topic in Reformation theology is required to take this alternative.

    Or (2): An examination on Doctrines and Methods from Kant to the Present Day, as prescribed for the M.St. in Christian Doctrine, section G paper 2.

    (b) One major paper of not exceeding 7,500 words;

    OR: Two essays of not exceeding 5,000 words; on a title or titles proposed by the candidate and approved by the Board of the Faculty of Theology. In submitting titles the candidate should explain how they form a coherent preparation for their
    doctoral studies, either in terms of historical period, or in terms of theme, or both.

    (c) A qualifying examination will normally be required in a major research language to be proposed by the candidate.

    V Christian Ethics

    (a), (b) Two major papers of not exceeding 7,500 words each;

    OR: one major paper of not exceeding 7,500 words and three essays of between 2,000 and 3,000 words each;

    OR: six essays of between 2,000 and 3,000 words each. The titles to be proposed by the candidate and approved by the Board of the Faculty of Theology.

    In submitting titles for the dissertation, for major papers and for essays, candidates are required to explain in which pieces of work they intend to display competence in each of the following skills:

    (i) exploring an ethical question, substantive or conceptual, in relation to contemporary discussion.

    (ii) the interpretation of a Biblical text of moral significance.

    (iii) the discussion of a non-Biblical text of moral significance from some period of history prior to 1900.

    More than one of these competencies may be demonstrated in the dissertation or in a single major paper, but not in a single essay.'

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    2 Standing Committee for Economics and Management

    Preliminary Examination in Economics and Management

    With effect from 1 October 1999

    In 
    Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 75, l. 31, after `marketing' insert `, information management'.

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    EXAMINATIONS FOR THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

    The examiners appointed by the following faculty boards give notice of oral examination of their candidates as follows:

    Biological Sciences

    O.R.P. BININDA-EMONDS, Merton: `Towards comprehensive phylogenies: examples within the Carnivora (Mammalia)'.

    Department of Plant Sciences, Thursday, 8 October, 2 p.m.

    Examiners: R.W. Scotland, R. Page.

    K. GHOSH, Queen's: `Molecular characterisation and expression of the E1 gene of the mitochondrial pyruvate dehydrogenase complex from potato'.

    Department of Plant Sciences, Friday, 9 October, 9 a.m.

    Examiners: H.G. Dickinson, A. Brennicke.

    Clinical Medicine

    A. BRIGGS, Nuffield: `Uncertainty in the cost-effectiveness of health care interventions'.

    Institute of Health Sciences, Monday, 23 November, 2 p.m.

    Examiners: N.R. Hicks, B. O'Brien.

    D. MOULIN, Corpus Christi: `Regulation of expression of the CFTR gene'.

    Institute of Molecular Medicine, Wednesday, 7 October, 2.30 p.m.

    Examiners: D.M.W. Beeson, C. Huxley.

     

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    English Language and Literature

    Y.M. CHAUDHRY, Wolfson: `Between extremities: Yeats's periodical allegiances, 1885–95'.

    Wadham, Friday, 9 October, 2 p.m.

    Examiners: J.B. O'Donoghue, G. Watson.

    J. PHILIPS, Worcester: `Transformation by allegory in John Bunyan's writing'.

    Lincoln, Friday, 6 November, 2 p.m.

    Examiners: P.E. McCullough, N.H. Keeble.

     

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    Literae Humaniores

    J.H. HORDERN, Corpus Christi: `The fragments of Timotheus of Miletus. Edition and commentary'.

    Examination Schools, Saturday, 7 November, 11.30 a.m.

    Examiners: P.J. Parsons, J. Diggle.

     

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    Mathematical Sciences

    M. SELBY, New College: `Donaldson invariants and equivariant cohomology'.

    Mathematical Institute, Friday, 9 October, 2 p.m.

    Examiners: N.J. Hitchin, V. Pidstrigatch.

     

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    Music

    J.R. GRIMSHAW, New College: `Imitative counterpoint in sixteenth-century English music, c.1540–75'.

    Magdalen, Wednesday, 28 October, 2.15 p.m.

    Examiners: B. Bujic, R. Rastall.

     

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    Oriental Studies

    M.C.E. FINCH, Wolfson: `Min Yong-Hwan: a political biography'.

    Institute for Chinese Studies, Monday, 12 October, 2.15 p.m.

    Examiners: M. Deuchler, J.E. Hoare.

     

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    Physical Sciences

    P.J. CAMERON-SMITH, Lady Margaret Hall: `Spectroscopic studies of Jovian clouds'.

    Clarendon Laboratory, Wednesday, 14 October, 11.30 a.m.

    Examiners: E.J. Williamson, P. Gierasch.

    D. SYMONS, Magdalen: `Impact damage tolerance of carbon fibre reinforced plastics'.

    Department of Engineering Science, Thursday, 15 October, 11 a.m.

    Examiners: J. Harding, B. Harris.

     

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    Social Studies

    MAN TO LEUNG, Nuffield: `Extending liberalism to non- European peoples: a comparison between John Locke and James Mill'.

    Examination Schools, Monday, 5 October, 2 p.m.

    Examiners: M.F.E. Philp, F. Rosen.

     

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    Colleges, Halls, and Societies

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    OBITUARIES

    Corpus Christi College

    JOHN ALBERT EDWARD JEFFS, 25 July 1998; commoner 1933–7. Aged 84.

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    Exeter College

    THE REVD CANON R.M. ROBINSON, 22 August 1998; commoner 1939. Aged 78.

    M.J.F. SAXTON, 20 July 1998; commoner 1928. Aged 88.

     

    MASON G. STEWART, 29 August 1998; commoner 1926. Aged 90.

    PAUL STIRLING, 17 June 1998; Stapleton Scholar. Aged 78.

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    MEMORIAL SERVICE

    New College

    A Memorial Service for JOHN COWAN, MA, Fellow of the college 1959–93, Emeritus Fellow 1993–8, will be held at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday, 7 November, in the college chapel.

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    ELECTIONS

    Oriel College

    To a fixed-term Lecturership in Philosophy and an Official Fellowship (from MT 1998):

    DAVID WILLIAM MACKIE, MA, D.PHIL., Corpus Christi College

    To a fixed-term Lecturership in Economics and an Official Fellowship (from MT 1998):

    ANDREA FUENTES (M.PHIL. Cambridge)

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    St Catherine's College

    To a Graduate Scholarship in Philosophy (1998–2000):

    MARCUS WILLIAMSON

    To a Graduate Scholarship in the Arts (1998–2000):

    ASTRID WIND

    To a Graduate Scholarship in Science (1998–2000):

    LUKE CLARK

    To a Leathersellers' Graduate Scholarship (1998–2001):

    VASIL VASILEV

    To an Overseas Graduate Scholarship (1998):

    MELANIE FEAKINS

    To the Kobe Steel Scholarship (1998--2000):

    ANGUS GRAY-WEALE

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    To Light Senior Scholarships:

    KYEONG HO BAIK

    GEORGIA CHRISTINIDIS

    EDMUND NEILL

    MICHAEL CASTIGLIONE

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    Advertisements

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    How to advertise in the Gazette

    Terms and conditions of acceptance of advertisements

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    Tuition Offered

    d'Overbroeck's College Open Morning, Sat. 17 Oct. (10 a.m.–12.30 p.m.). Entry at age 13 into year 9; at 16 into the sixth-form. Highly interactive teaching, excellent results, and positive environment. Beechlawn House, 1
    Park Town, Oxford OX2 6SN. Tel.: Oxford 310000.

    Fencing Club for boys and girls aged 9–13. Sat. 2.–3.30 p.m. in Summertown, Oxford. First two sessions free; no obligation to continue. National Foil Coach as tutor. Contact Malcolm van Biervliet. Tel.: Oxford 514906 (after
    6 p.m.).

     

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    Oxfam Book Fair

    New and second-hand books: fiction, non- fiction, and academic. With music and refreshments. Sat. 17 Oct., 10 a.m.–4 p.m., at the Wesley Memorial Hall, New Inn Hall Street.

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    Services Offered

    Bespoke Garden and Landscape Design: `one- off' consultancy visits, or sketch and scaled layouts, planting schemes, construction details and site supervision, as desired. Nationwide service from Oxford/Gloucestershire base.
    Chelsea gold medal 1996 and 1997. Contact Jacquie Gordon, tel./fax: 01531 822743.

    Personal computer consultants: we offer expert advice and tuition for both hardware and software. On-site service at home or in the office. We provide upgrades for most computers or alternatively we now supply our own range
    of K Tec computers; we will also supply or source software to match your requirements. For a quality service matched with competitive prices, contact Chris Lewis, tel./fax: Oxford 461333.

    Shipping? Abyssinia to Zanzibar, New York to Newmarket. Today, tomorrow, next week? All the best options are at Mail Boxes Etc. Will collect from college, home, factory, or elsewhere. Also 24-hour photocopying, secure mailboxes,
    computer workstation, high-grade colour photocopying, faxing, laminating, binding, etc. 266 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7DL. Contact Justin Brookes. Tel.: Oxford 514655, fax: 514656, e-mail: summertown@020.mbe.uk.com.

    Tax advice. Ex-KPMG Chartered Accountant specialises in assisting professionals and small businesses with tax problems including self-assessment. Convenient North Oxford premises. To receive further information please tel.:
    Oxford 513381, e-mail: 100430.145@compuserve.com.

    Long established Oxford builder (25 years). Property maintenance, renovation, extensions. Every aspect of the building trade covered. Free estimates. Academic references available. Richard Edwards. Tel: Oxford 343562.

     

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    Domestic Services

    Carpet/upholstery/curtain cleaning by Grimebusters, your local specialists. Quality work, competitive prices. Domestic, commercial, college. Also carpet/upholstery stain protection, pre-occupancy cleaning, flood cleaning/drying,
    oriental rug cleaning. For free estimates and friendly advice, call Grimebusters. Tel.: Oxford 726983 or Abingdon 555533.

     

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    Situations Vacant

    Oxford Colleges Adminssions Office: Senior Secretary for busy office dealing with undergraduate admissions. Interesting, varied work, involving contact with people within and outside the University. Requires excellent secretarial
    skills (inc. word-processing) and communication; organisational skills; ability to prioritise work, and willingness to work under pressure at busiest time of year. Flexible approach necessary, as staff work very much as a team, particularly when
    applications are processed. Office workload does not allow holidays between Sept. and Dec. (inc.), but holidays inside term time are possible outside this period. Applications with detailed c.v. and names/addresses of 2 referees to: the Secretary,
    Oxford Colleges Admissions Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD, from whom details available. Applications close: Thurs. 15 Oct., interviews: late October.

    Lincoln College seeks a Development Officer. Experience necessary; background in publications desirable. Send c.v., inc. contact details for 3 referees, to: Elizabeth Scott, Lincoln College, Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DR. Tel.:
    Oxford (2)79793, e-mail: development.office@lincoln.ox.ac.uk. Applications close: 10 Oct.

    Urgently required: well-qualified teachers of Thai, Estonian, and Macedonian to prepare students for International Baccalaureate. Applicants should ne native speakers who are able to teach literature to students in their
    mother tongue; 1.5–2 hours p.w. per course. For full details contact Mrs C.A. Gospel, Head of Languages, as soon as possible. Tel.: Oxford 552031, fax: 310002.

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    Houses to Let

    Light and airy 2-bedroom modern house in Wadham Park, Marston. Easy reach hospitals and university, 10 minutes' pleasant cycle ride through parks to science area and most colleges. Ideal for couple with small child. Garden,
    parking. Available from end Sept. Six-month let: £685 p.c.m., 1-year or more: £650 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 552855.

    Make finding accommodation a pleasure, not a chore. Finders Keepers is dedicated to making it easy for visitors to Oxford to find the right property. Browse through our Web site for up-to-date detailed information on properties
    available and make use of our interactive database, priority reservation service (credit cards accepted), welcome food pack, personal service, and much more. Call us and you will not need to go elsewhere. For further information contact Finders
    Keepers, 73 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PE. Tel.: Oxford 311011, fax: 556993, e-mail: oxford@finders.co.uk; Internet site: http://www.finders.co.uk.

    Woodstock: recently refurbished small period cottage in quiet location close to Blenheim Park and town centre. Furnished and equipped to high standard. Would suit sabbatical couple or single person. 1 double, 1 single bedroom,
    bathroom and separate w.c., sitting/dining-room and kitchen. Gas c.h., phone. Conservatory area leading to small walled garden. Available Oct. £675 p.c.m. Tel.: 01993 812639.

    North Oxford : unfurnished former Victorian lodge situated close to city centre. Newly renovated. Lounge/dining-room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, study, bathroom, loft room, gas c.h., parking spaces, garden. £1,200 p.c.m. (6-month
    let initially). Tel.: 01993 812123/813100.

    Witney: short term and holiday lets; 2/3-bedroom period cottage, fully furnished and equipped. From £260 p.w. or £850 p.m. Ten miles from Oxford with good bus service into Oxford. Non-smokers; no pets. Tel.: 01993 703035,
    fax: 771014.

    An Englishman's home is his castle—so the saying goes. We cannot pretend that we have too many castles on offer but if you are seeking quality rental accommodation in Oxford or the surrounding area we may be able to help.
    QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents, specialising in lettings to academics, medical personnel, and other professionals. Our aim is to offer the friendliest and most helpful service in Oxford. Visit our Web site at: http://www.qbman.co.uk
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    Flats to Let

    Newly-built maisonette on site overlooking Oxford canal. Open-plan living-room, kitchen/dining-room, cloakroom, 1 double bedroom (en suite), 1 singlr bedroom, den, TV-room, en suitebathroom.
    Fully furnished, suit single/couple (non-smokers preferred) but not students. Ten-month to 1-year let (extension negotiable). Centrally located, walking distence to University, train/bus stations, city centre. To view, tel.: Oxford 727091.

    Central North Oxford: 10 minutes' walk from city centre, all main university buildings, and parks, and very close to the river. Available now for short/long let. Exceptionally well-furnished, comfortable, first-floor flat
    in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb, with large, light, airy rooms. Double bedroom, drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking; large secluded garden. Regret
    no children or pets. Tel./fax: Oxford 552400.

    Bright, spacious, 2-(large)-bedroom, first-floor furnished flat. Good area, North Oxford. Sitting-room, kitchen/diner, bathroom, w.c. New carpets and heating system. Garage, gardens. Buses nearby. £700 p.c.m. inc. tax and
    service. Mitchell, tel./fax: 01993 830895.

     

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    Accommodation Offered

    October 1998: North Oxford, near Summertown. Two large, light rooms available, each with own microwave and refrigerator, in quiet private house. Shared shower room, laundry, and garden. Must be non-smokers. References required.
    Tel.: Oxford 514677.

    Bed-and-breakfast available in the warm comfortable home of a semi-retired academic couple in exclusive, leafy, central North Oxford; within easy walking distance of the city centre and all main university buildings; a stone's
    throw from the river, parks, excellent pubs and restaurants and a 9–9 corner shop. All rooms have colour TV, microwave, tea- and coffee-making facilities, c.h., and independent heating. Refrigerators available. Very moderate terms. Tel./fax:
    Oxford 557879, mobile: 0374 434489.

    Attractive room available Nov.–Mar., suit visiting academic. Headington—close to public transport to London and central Oxford. Longer let for weekdays only possible. Cat lover essential. Owner in London weeks. Attractive
    rates for right person. Tel.: Oxford 763650, e-mail: nr80@dial.pipex.com.

    Summertown: spacious 2-bedroom house, well furnished/equipped with parking for 1 car. £850 p.c.m. Also: North Oxford: 2-bedroom flat, newly decorated/refurbished, and furnished to a high standard; large garage. £750 p.c.m.
    Contact E. Gordon Hudson, 24 Friars Entry, Oxford OX1 2DB, tel.: Oxford 244089. n

     

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    Accommodation Sought

    Mallams Residential Letting is well placed to help with your letting and management requirements. Based in Summertown, we offer a professional service tailored to your individual requirements. If you are thinking of letting
    your property, please call us. Tel.: Oxford 311006, fax: 311977.

    Accommodation wanted, Oct./Nov. Minimum 1 year, unfurnished or part-furnished. Two-bedroom ground- floor flat or house with two reception rooms, for lady wheelchair user. Maximimum rent £650 p.m. Long let. Tel.: Oxford 553926.

    Finders Keepers specialises in managing your home or investment. We have celebrated 25 years in Oxford letting and managing properties—try us first! Many of our landlords have remained with us since we opened and are delighted
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    Ten garden pots and 20 herbs are looking for a new place to live. University administrator wants to buy 2/3-bedroom house (gas c.h., wooden floors, garden) in East Oxford, Iffley Fields, or village north/east of Oxford. £100,000–£115,000.
    No chain. Please write to: Ms Anja Flender, University of Oxford, Medical School Office, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU.

    Going abroad? Or just thinking of letting your property? QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents and property managers. We specialise in lettings to both academic and professional individuals and their families,
    and have a constant flow of enquiries from good-quality tenants seeking property in the Oxford area. If you would like details of our services, or if you simply need some informal help and advice without obligation, telephone us: Oxford 764533,
    fax us: 764777, or e-mail us: info@qbman.co.uk. Alternatively, we would invite you to visit our Web site at: http://www.qbman.co.uk and see how we could be marketing your property.

     

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    Holiday Lets

    Idyllic watermill, central France. Secluded off-the-beaten-track location. Sleeps 8/10. Own stretch of river. Ideal autumn or spring break. Also available summer. Tel./fax: 0181-940 2395.

    Tuscany, Barga. Medieval hill town, 1 hour Pisa airport, 40 minutes Lucca. Farmhouse and 2 s/c flats to let in 18th-c. Palazzo. Long and short term lets available from £150 p.w. Tel.: 01959 533108.

     

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    House for Sale

    Six-bedroom family home, North Oxford, south-facing garden, near schools and transport. Available spring 1999. £300,000; furnishings negotiable. Tel.: Oxford 557233.

     

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    Flats for Sale

    Flat: top floor mansion block, off Woodstock Road; hall, south-facing living-room, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, store-room. Good decorative order. Gas c.h. Quiet; would suit single academic or couple. Spacious grounds with
    well-kept garden and private car park. £85,000 or near offer. Tel.: Oxford 511576.

    Five minutes' walk from St Giles: maisonette for sale. Two bedrooms, sitting-room with nice view, fitted kitchen, bathroom, ample storage space, c.h. Good decorative condition. £120,000. Tel.: Oxford 554015 (evenings).

     

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    Properties for sale at Oxford Waterside

    Central North Oxford/Jericho. Classically styled homes built by nationally renowned quality house-builders, Berkeley Homes. Properties available include: 2-bedroom apartments from £118,500; 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom houses from
    £169,500; 4-bedroom, 3-storey houses with garages from £275,000. Marketing suite and show homes open daily, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tel.: Oxford 311449, or 726000/515000 (joint selling agents, Savills and Thomas Merrifield).

     

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    Diary

    Contents of this section:

    Academic Staff Development Seminars: places should be booked in advance through the Staff Development Office, University Offices, Wellington Square (telephone: (2)70086).

    For the full list of courses, see the Staff Development ProgrammeWeb site.

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    Friday 2 October

    NATIONAL GALLERY: exhibition of works from Christ Church Picture Gallery opens (until 29 November). (Christ Church Picture Gallery to reopen 7 June 1999.)

    ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: `East meets West: blue and white ceramics' (monthly series of cross-cultural talks), 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £1.50. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.)

     

     

     

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    Saturday 3 October

    DEGREE CEREMONY, Sheldonian, 2.30 p.m.

     

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    Monday 5 October

    BODLEIAN LIBRARY exhibition opens: `Beetles, beams, and buttresses—five hundred years of maintaining the Old Library' (until 30 January).

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    Tuesday 6 October

    CONGREGATION meeting, 12 noon (vice- Chancellor's Oration).

    ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM study-day: `Tombs, temples, and towns: the archaeological record of Egypt in the Ashmolean, 1898–1998', 9.45 a.m.–4 p.m. (tel. for further information and bookings: (2)78015).

    ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: `Malchair and the Oxford School' (special exhibition), 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £1.50. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.)

    MATINÉE of Korean traditional music, Wolfson College, 3.30–5.30 p.m. (admission free).

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    Wednesday 7 October

    ACADEMIC STAFF Development Seminar: `Welcome to the University', 9.30 a.m. (see information above).

     

     

     

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    Thursday 8 October

    THE REVD DR TIMOTHY BRADSHAW celebrates Holy Communion (Latin), St Mary's, 8 a.m.

    ACADEMIC STAFF Development Seminar: `Tutorial teaching (general)', 9.30 a.m. (see information above).

     

    H. CRAWLEY: `Gender, change, and human rights: theoretical introduction' (Centre for Cross-Cultural Research on Women seminars: `Gender, change, and human rights'), Library Seminar Room, Queen Elizabeth House, 2 p.m.

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    Friday 9 October

    ACADEMIC STAFF Development Seminar: `Lecturing and student learning', 9.30 a.m. (see information above).

    ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: `Drinking in the past', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £1.50. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.)

     

     

     

    PROFESSOR M.F. ASHBY: `The engineering science of cellular solids' (Hirsch Lecture), Main Lecture Theatre, University Museum of Natural History, 5 p.m.

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    Sunday 11 October

    MICHAELMAS FULL TERM begins.

    THE REVD HUGH WHITE preaches, St Mary's, 10 a.m.

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    Monday 12 October

    CONGREGATION elections, 5 November: nominations by two members of Congregation to be received at the University Offices by 4.30 p.m.

    PROFESSOR AMOS OZ (Weidenfeld Visiting Professor): `But what actually existed before the Big Bang?' (lecture series: `The story begins: studying the opening sections of masterpieces in literature'), Schools, 5 p.m.

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    Tuesday 13 October

    ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: `Deities in India and the Cyclades', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £1.50. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.)

     

     

     

    CONGREGATION meeting, 2 p.m.

    B. LAMPSON: `Computer systems research: past and future' (Strachey Lecture), Lecture Theatre, Computing Laboratory, 4.30 p.m.

    P. BAKER: `Travellers in Iran: oil paintings of seventeenth-century Europeans' (Oxford Asian Textile Group lecture), Pauling Centre for Human Sciences, 7 p.m. (admission for visitors £2; further details from Oxford 554281 or (2)78076).

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    Thursday 15 October

    ACADEMIC STAFF Development Seminar: `Accounting and planning', 9.30 a.m. (see information above).

     

    PROFESSOR N. YUVAL-DAVIS: `The multi-layered citizen, gender human rights, and the question of difference' (Centre for Cross-Cultural Research on Women seminars: `Gender, change, and human rights'), Library Seminar Room, Queen Elizabeth House,
    2 p.m.

    PROFESSOR AMOS OZ (Weidenfeld Visiting Professor): `On the beginning of Effie Briest by Theodore Fontane' (lecture series: `The story begins: studying the opening sections of masterpieces in literature'), Schools, 5 p.m.

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    Friday 16 October

    ACADEMIC STAFF Development Seminar: `Small group teaching', 9.30 a.m. (see information above).

     

    ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: `The world of the New Testament', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £1.50. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.)

    PROFESSOR J.-P. CHANGEUX: `The nicotinic acetylcholine receptor and synaptic plasticity' (Royal Society Ferrier Lecture), Lecture Theatre A, Department of Experimental Psychology, 4.30 p.m.

    SIR JOHN BIRT and Melvyn Bragg: `The future of broadcasting' (inaugural Sir Patrick Nairne Lecture), Bernard Sunley Lecture Theatre, St Catherine's, 5 p.m.

     

     

     

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    Saturday 17 October

    MATRICULATION CEREMONY, Convocation House (colleges to be informed of time).

    MARK PESKANOV and Julian Jacobson: violin and piano recital of works by Schubert, Prokofiev, Bach, Bloch, and Sarasate, Garden Quadrangle Auditorium, St John's, 8.30 p.m. (admission by free programme, available from college lodge; reserved for
    college members until 10 October).

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    Sunday 18 October

    THE REVD CANON BRIAN MOUNTFORD preaches, St Mary's, 10 a.m.

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    Monday 19 October

    CONGREGATION elections, 5 November: nominations by six members of Congregation to be received at the University Offices by 4.30 p.m.

     

    PROFESSOR AMOS OZ (Weidenfeld Visiting Professor): `On the beginning of In the Prime of Her Life by S.Y. Agnon' (lecture series: `The story begins: studying the opening sections of masterpieces in literature'), Schools,
    5 p.m.

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    Tuesday 20 October

    ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: `Ashmolean gentlemen—portraits and beyond', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £1.50. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.)

     

     

     

    ACADEMIC STAFF Development Seminar: `Services to support academic staff', 12 noon (see information above).

    CONGREGATION meeting, 2 p.m.

    PROFESSOR K. WALTZ: `Realism after the Cold War' (Winchester Lecture in International Relations), Schools, 5 p.m.

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    Wednesday 21 October

    THE RT REVD RICHARD HARRIES: `Religion in the media' (lecture), Regent's Park College, 5 p.m.

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    Thursday 22 October

    PROFESSOR E. KOFMAN: `Women, migration, and human rights' (Centre for Cross-Cultural Research on Women seminars: `Gender, change, and human rights'), Library Seminar Room, Queen Elizabeth House, 2 p.m.

    PROFESSOR AMOS OZ (Weidenfeld Visiting Professor): `On the beginning of The Nose by Nikolai Gogol' (lecture series: `The story begins: studying the opening sections of masterpieces in literature'), Schools, 5 p.m.

    PROFESSOR J. AITCHISON: `The drinker of the devil's dregs' (Tyndale Lecture), Schools, 5 p.m.

    THE RT. HON. GILLIAN SHEPHARD, MP: `Women in politics—do they make a difference?' (St Hilda's College Lectures: `Women in Westminster'), Jacqueline du Pré Building, St Hilda's, 5.30 p.m.

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    Friday 23 October

    ACADEMIC STAFF DEVELOPMENT SEMINARS: `Effective meetings', 9 a.m.; `Disabled students: access, inclusion, and fulfilling potential', 9.30 a.m. (see information above).

    ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: `Renaissance (II)', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £1.50. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.)

     

     

     

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    Saturday 24 October

    DEGREE CEREMONIES, Sheldonian, 11.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m.

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    Sunday 25 October

    PROFESSOR FRANCES YOUNG preaches, St Mary's, 10 a.m.

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    Monday 26 October

    PROFESSOR AMOS OZ (Weidenfeld Visiting Professor): `On the beginning of A Country Doctor by Franz Kafka' (lecture series: `The story begins: studying the opening sections of masterpieces in literature'), Schools, 5 p.m.

    DENIS MACK SMITH: `Italy in 1998: has anything changed?' (Dorothy Rowe Memorial Lecture), Schools, 5 p.m.

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    Tuesday 27 October

    ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: `Japanese Nanga paintings' (special exhibition), 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £1.50. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.)

     

     

     

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