Oxford University Gazette: 21 November 2002

Oxford University Gazette, Vol. 133, No. 4640: 21 November 2002

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University Acts

University Funding and Fees: from the Vice-Chancellor

The Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for Education, and the Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education have all acknowledged publicly over the last few weeks that the funding of Higher Education is in a critical condition. The Transparency Review demonstrated that under-funding stands at about £1bn annually. All publicly funded activities in teaching and research in universities are paid for at below cost. Different universities have different mixes of activity and so are affected in different ways by this situation. However, this is a problem throughout universities, not just in a few of them or in a particular part of the sector.

If I limit myself here to the issue of the public funding of teaching, the current situation is clearly the result of the long decline of the unit of resource (the amount paid per head of student) in the block T-grant to universities. This declined by 38 per cent between 1988 and 2000 after a previous decline of 20 per cent since the mid-70s. In the meantime, universities have increased the numbers of students and absorbed the contracting resource by efficiencies and reductions (including a slow-down in pay for academics and support staff relative to both the private and the public sector). In other words, productivity has increased.

In the area of teaching, as in others, the under-funding is now critical. At Oxford, our most recent return to the Transparency Review (2001) reports a verified shortfall of £23.3m for the publicly funded teaching costs that fall on the central University. The colleges also have to cross-subsidize the publicly funded teaching costs that fall to them.

If this situation is not remedied, what will be the consequence? The threat is to the capacity of universities to continue to provide a first-rate learning and teaching experience delivered by excellent academic staff and supported by a robust infrastructure of libraries and accommodation. The threat is, therefore, to the quality of the student experience.

This is true of all universities, although there is certainly diversity among them in mission and focus. At Oxford, for example, we offer a very challenging teaching model for the most intellectually able, based upon a favourable staff-student ratio. We believe in the necessary connection between research and teaching and we demand that those who teach are active to a high level in research. We believe in undertaking both undergraduate and postgraduate education. We believe in high-quality teaching and research across a very broad waterfront. Our benchmark is the first rank of North American universities. We must be able to continue to put excellent students and excellent academics together, attracted by the opportunity to work together and by the quality of the academic context.

The funding situation points towards the relegation of universities in the quite short term, by whatever benchmark its various parts measure themselves. It is not just a matter of the attraction and productive power of significant parts of the American system. One can look, for example, at the enormous medium term potential of major Chinese universities, fuelled by extraordinary public investment. The status quo is not an option.

What, then, is to be done?

We can look to making efficiencies and reducing expenditure. In Oxford, we have found and will continue to seek economies. However, there is a frontier between efficiency that produces more effective activity and enforced economy that damages the integrity and health of the institution's undertaking. The latter is hardly in the interests of the academics or the students. There are increasing cases of it around the university sector.

We can replace home students by overseas students, since overseas fees are fixed at a level which does cover the teaching costs. We might thus emulate LSE where over 60 per cent of the students come from outside the United Kingdom. There is a danger in over-reliance on a potentially unstable overseas supply, but that is manageable. However, this would not be in the interests of British students nor indeed of a university which, I judge, does wish to remain a great national as well as international university.

We can turn to the public purse for increased allocation to the sector. Let me say at once that I do believe that higher education is a public good and that therefore it should be supported by the public purse. At the same time, it is undeniably a private good in that it delivers measurable benefit to numbers of individuals, who might be expected as a body to pay themselves back over time from higher earnings, even if they retain only 60 per cent of those earnings. This relationship and the modalities for implementing the relationship are, of course, at the centre of the current debate. Also at the centre of that debate must lie four fundamental principles: substantial new funding must come into the sector as soon as possible—any delay will make the problem worse; universities must have the resources and freedom to attract and retain the best staff and students; there must be no financial barriers—perceived or actual—to deter students from higher education; and universities must be given long-term security of funding so that they can plan and budget effectively. It is against these crucial criteria that any proposals must be judged.

First, can we expect the public purse to pay more now? I think that the realistic answer is no. There are already too many legitimate claims for additional public expenditure in areas such as health, transport, and primary and secondary education in which all taxpayers have a direct and individual interest. Furthermore, the objective of extending higher education to 50 per cent of those between 18 and 30 by 2010 already presents an additional activity which will demand significant additional funding without addressing the issue of maintaining existing excellence within the sector generally (not just in parts of it).

Can we use the public purse as a means of cycling money from individuals through to universities, that is to say a graduate tax? There are attractions to a graduate tax. It appears to answer the questions surrounding student fee payments by deferring payment by individuals until they have adequate income to support it and calibrating payment to a level that indicates the real financial benefit of university education to each individual. However, there are serious disadvantages. The lead-time for realistic income from a graduate tax is long and therefore universities would essentially be asking for a direct increased allocation now against deferred income to the public purse. Moreover, a hypothecated tax has never remained over a long period directly connected to its object (see taxation for the roads). From the universities' point of view, there is no guarantee that the yield of the tax will pass directly through to them nor that the income will not be used as a substitute for the maintenance of other public funding and thus cease to be additional. Finally, one may expect taxpayer resistance once it is felt that the demand has become somehow unreasonable in relation to an increasingly distant cost. From a government's point of view, one hypothecated tax validates others. It therefore undermines the principle of general taxation and presages an impossible fragmentation of the tax regime. Nonetheless, a taxation procedure might form one element of a combined solution, if a formula consistent with the principles I have outlined could be found.

What about an extension of self-paying fees? From the point of view of universities, the advantage of fees is that they contribute towards an under-funded cost of delivery of education at the point of delivery. The central problem is whether an extension of fees will deter those capable of university study from aspiring to do so or actually prevent them from entering the university of their choice. In other words, if there are fees, how should one continue to protect access?

It must be said first that the figures bandied around the press (£10,000, £15,000, £20,000) are quite unrealistic. If there is to be an extension of self-paying fees, the assumption must be that the Funding Council will continue to pay the block T-grant at its current value. In that case, universities do not need those sums; students should not expect to pay them. Indeed, it is reasonable to expect there to be a cap on any extension of the self-paying fee level.

Second, this University has stated several times in recent years its attachment to the principle that no-one who has the talent and the appropriate qualifications to enter it shall be prevented from doing so by consideration of costs. There is no reason to suppose that Oxford would modify that position. It would undo all the work that we have put in to attract more candidates from a broad variety of backgrounds and the bursary scheme that the colleges and the University have introduced in that context. Indeed, it is clear that there must be financial aid in the form of bursaries or types of remission. How this is to be funded across universities needs careful exploration, but a part of it at least is likely to come from within the fee income itself.

If the question is that the mere existence of fees will deter people, then it is up to universities and the government to campaign for a better understanding. If the proposition is that universities ought to be free, then the conversation is difficult to engage. Parliament can decide that the public return on universities is such that the individual return can be ignored or deemed reflected in higher tax (though not all higher taxpayers are graduates and not all graduates are higher taxpayers or spend a significant part of their earning life as such). For England, Parliament has already taken a decision that there shall be individual contributions.

Indeed, provided that appropriate safeguards can be found, there is no reason for fees to be a substantial deterrent. The most difficult issue is to identify those people who cannot pay. This is complicated because it is not simply a matter of parental income but of a range of personal circumstances including the number of family members at university. It is certainly difficult to devise a sensitive sector-wide mechanism, but difficulty should not prevent addressing the issue.

In reality, there is a strong argument for saying that the rise of student debt derives from the abolition of student maintenance grants rather than from fees which, outside individual inaccuracies of assessment, do not by and large bear heavily on those unable to pay. It is clear that the White Paper needs to address the issue of student finance.

In sum, I do not think that it is right to dismiss an extension of student fees out of hand. It is wiser to explore how those who can afford to pay do so to a reasonable degree without damaging those who cannot. One can think of numbers of combinations, such as a premium of up-front payment against a more expensive option of deferred payment, or some form of time-limited charge on national insurance related to maintenance support, or other ideas that will occur to others. It is unrealistic not to explore the possibilities. It may be that nothing can be found that everyone will agree is entirely fair to all. However, we must find a way of putting the funding back into our universities that will ensure that in future student experience is of the quality that those students rightly deserve.

Colin Lucas


Conferment of Degree by Diploma

The Degree of Doctor of Civil Law by Diploma, approved by Special Resolution of Congregation on 29 June 1999, was conferred upon HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT CARDOSO OF BRAZIL.


Presentation of Vice-Chancellor's Oration

The Oration delivered by Mr Vice-Chancellor on 8 October was presented.


Register of Congregation

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

Achinstein, S., St Edmund Hall
Chesters, T., BA, Trinity
Deane, C.M., BA, Kellogg College
Dutton, W.H., Balliol
Ellis, V., MA, Templeton
Finn, R., MA, Faculty of Theology
Groves, P.J., MA, D.Phil., Brasenose
Halstead, G., Department of Earth Sciences
Jennings, C.C., Queen's
Lambert, R., BA, Templeton
McKeever, S., Kellogg College
Oakes, C.M., MA, Kellogg College
Ratcliffe, S.L., Jesus
Reichold, A., Balliol
Scott, H.J., BCL, Trinity
Shaw, W.T., BA, D.Phil., St Catherine's
Walmsley, J.O., MA, All Souls


For changes in regulations for examinations, to come into effect on 6 December, see `Examinations and Boards' below.

University Agenda

Contents of this section:

[Note. An asterisk denotes a reference to a previously published or recurrent entry.]

  • *CONGREGATION 3 December 2 p.m.
    • *1 Voting on Legislative Proposal: J. P. Morgan Prize
    • *2 Voting on Statute: Power to suspend Regulations
    • *3 Voting on Resolution authorising expenditure from the Higher Studies Fund
  • * Note on procedures in Congregation
  • * List of forthcoming Degree Days
  • * List of forthcoming Matriculation Ceremonies




The following Diploma of the Degree of Doctor of Civil Law was read by the Public Orator when the degree was conferred in a Congregation held on Thursday, 14 November 2002.

His Excellency FERNANDO HENRIQUE CARDOSO, President of The Federative Republic of Brazil



CVM diu ex more nobis fuerit civitatum externarum Praesides praecipuo aliquo honore quantum possumus insignire, eosque praesertim quorum labores et civibus suis et universae litterarum reipublicae profuerunt:

CVMque Vir Excellentissimus FERNANDVS HENRICVS CARDOSO, Rei Publicae Foederatae Braziliensis Praeses, civitati praesideat quae nobiscum semper summis societatis amicitiaeque vinculis coniuncta est:

CVMque tam in academia quam in senatu excellat, qui et apud suos et in compluribus aliis universitatibus cathedras obtinuerit:

CVMque libros exaraverit politicos oeconomicos historicos, quibus apud peritiores singularem consecutus est laudem:

CVMque propter doctrinam aciem industriam suam summis honoribus cum domi tum peregre sit ornatus:

CVMque a vita illa umbratili ad reipublicae gubernacula capessenda avocatus plurimos maximi momenti magistratus gesserit:

CVMque rem pecuniariam tam bene gubernaverit ut aerarium summis angustiis impeditum expedierit, in firmamento stabili reposuerit:

CVMque patriae suae Praeses abhinc octo annos omnium plausu creatus sit:

CVMque se libertatis cum privatae tum publicae vindicem defensoremque praestiterit acerrimum:

CVMque rerum Braziliensium studia, quae nuper promovit civium admirabilis liberalitas, ita apud nos floreant ut antea numquam:

NOS ERGO, tanti viri doctrinam prudentiam humanitatem admirati, in frequenti Congregationis Domo praedictum Praesidem DOCTOREM in Iure Civili renuntiamus eumque vi ac virtute huius Diplomatis omnibus iuribus et privilegiis adficimus quae ad hunc gradum spectant.





WHEREAS it has long been our custom to confer such honours as are in our power on the Heads of other nations, and more particularly on those whose achievements have conferred benefits both on their own citizens and on the Republic of Letters as a whole:

AND WHEREAS His Excellency FERNANDO HENRIQUE CARDOSO, President of The Federative Republic of Brazil, is the President of a country with which we have long enjoyed the most friendly relations:

AND WHEREAS he is no less distinguished in scholarship than in political affairs, having held Chairs at Universities both in his own country and abroad:

AND WHEREAS he has published books on politics, economics, and history, which have won him very great distinction:

AND WHEREAS he has been awarded many high honours for his scholarship, his insight, and his productiveness:

AND WHEREAS he was called from the life of study to the helm of the ship of state and has held the highest offices:

AND WHEREAS he managed the financial affairs of his country, at a time of crisis, so well that he was able to establish them on a secure foundation:

AND WHEREAS he was elected President eight years ago, to general acclaim:

AND WHEREAS he has proved himself to be a resolute and effective defender of liberty, both individual and also collective:

AND WHEREAS Brazilian Studies are flourishing here as never before, with the help of most generous contributions from citizens of Brazil:

NOW THEREFORE WE, in admiration of his scholarship, wisdom, and culture, do here in this full House of Congregation pronounce the aforesaid President a DOCTOR in our Faculty of Civil Law, and by the virtue and power of this Diploma we invest him with all the rights and privileges which belong to that Degree.


HIS EXCELLENCY made the following reply:

I receive this honorary degree from the University of Oxford as a gesture of renewed appreciation towards Brazil and its people. I have always been an admirer of Oxford. I am aware of the service this University has rendered to British parliamentary democracy, from Gladstone to Tony Blair, not to mention the Oxonians who have made history in the fields of diplomacy and finance. May I also pay tribute to the thinkers who fostered the English liberal tradition in Oxford, like Isaiah Berlin, a true apostle of freedom and pluralism.

I am somewhat familiar with the British academic world. In the seventies I taught at a neighbouring university, founded by Oxford dissidents, but which has been able to maintain a correct and enriching relationship with its Alma Mater. At least, that was what Lord Jenkins assured us in a 1988 lecture at Cambridge.

I am a former Cambridge fellow, but I am glad that there have been quite a few Brazilian lecturers and students who managed to benefit from the hospitality and excellence of Oxford. The creation of the Centre for Brazilian Studies confirms Oxford as a space for research and reflection on Brazil.

In fact, Britain has never ceased to contribute to the enhancement of knowledge about Brazil. Allow me to step back in time and cite some seminal works. I remember the account of Maria Graham's voyage, an inspired portrait of our early years. She also left us a sketch of the colonial experience. Then came the classical work of Robert Southey, who, without ever setting foot in our country, charted Brazil's historic evolution with remarkable accuracy. As we know, the history of Brazil was to become a rich vein for British researchers. A few years ago, we lost Charles Boxer, who left a vital legacy for those trying to understand the decline of the Portuguese Empire. But the beginnings of independence and of monarchical Brazil can still count on outstanding scholars such as Kenneth Maxwell and Leslie Bethell.

At the same time, Britain has always been part of the Brazilian imagination. The fascination is reciprocal. I am not only referring to the importance of British ideas for Brazilian culture, as shown in the dialogue between Machado de Assis and Lawrence Sterne and in the presence of Anglo-Saxon constitutionalism in Rui Barbosa. I also have in mind those Brazilians who thought about the British experience. And they did it, invariably, with a positive note.

Joaquim Nabuco is a good example. In his autobiographical essay, Minha Formação, England—where he served as a diplomat—is a major theme. Nabuco talks about a London that, of all cities, made the most profound impression on him, because of its stability and stateliness, but also because of its restraint and urbanity. He praises the English spirit, the unwritten norm of behaviour that the whole of England seemed to follow: the coexistence of tradition and progress.

Nabuco wrote in the late nineteenth century, a century that for many appeared to last more than a hundred years, so lasting were its effects. His words sounded like a guarantee that, whatever the course of history, England would be present, without disruption and with an eye to the future.

Gilberto Freyre was no less forceful in showing his appreciation of the English nature. He favoured the silent characters of history. Asa Briggs even placed him as the forerunner of material history or, if you so prefer, the history of private life. In Ingleses no Brasil (Englishmen in Brazil), Freyre built a mosaic of the activities of English tailors, mechanics, workers, circus artists, photographers, dressmakers, and actresses who lived in Brazil in the second half of the nineteenth century.

For him, the Englishman had a major role in spreading across the world the tropical experience in its most varied manifestations, from popular customs to dwellings, from cooking to rites, from churches to plantations. Hence the comparison that Gilberto Freyre makes between the English and the Brazilian way of life. Englishmen and Brazilians know how to respect the difference even if this implies a difficult balancing act. This was only possible, he concludes, because of the presence in the tropics of the typically English virtue of `compromise'.

The same observation was made by José Honório Rodrigues when highlighting the spirit of reform and conciliation in the evolution of Brazilian society.

There are, in fact, many points in common between our peoples. Today, we are working together within the Progressive Governance network. We coincide in the continuous search for an optimum balance between State and market. Following our own paths, we have learnt how important it is to reconcile justice and efficiency.

This challenge is particularly urgent in Brazil because of the magnitude of social needs—but this has not put at risk respect for dissent. On the contrary—if there is one thing that is visible on the Brazilian political horizon, it is, as I have often pointed out, the spreading of democracy. It is the reinforcing of the participation of society in managing public affairs.

Today's Brazil, like never before, is the true expression of its people. It carries the sign of hope, of pluralism. Pluralism of ethnic groups, beliefs, and customs, which also shape a vision of the world.

We want a world where diversity is the rule and not a heresy. Where tolerance is a virtue, not a vice.

Isaiah Berlin was fond of the Kantian expression that `out of the crooked timber of humanity no straight thing was ever made'. It was his Leitmotiv against absolute paradigms. He preferred reality as it was: plural, without definitive answers, no matter how liberating they sounded.

That is the direction in which Brazil would like the world community to move. To move towards the Utopia of a democratic global governance, guided by respect for multilateral norms. We have grown by interaction with others. We wish to continue to prosper in dialogue with the world.

Once again, I thank the University of Oxford for the honour that, through me, it grants to the Brazilian people.

Thank you very much.


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

Whitley Professorship of Biochemistry

Professor S.D. Iversen
(Chairman)               	Mr Vice-Chancellor [1]
The President of Trinity    ex officio
Professor D.J. Sherratt     Council
Professor R. Laskey         Council
Professor Sir John Walker   Life and Environmental Sciences Board
Professor R.A. Dwek         Life and Environmental Sciences Board
Professor P.C. Newell       Life and Environmental Sciences Board
Professor J.I. Bell         Medical Sciences Board
Professor L.C. Madadevan    Trinity College
Professor D. Mant           Kellogg College

 [1] Appointed by Mr Vice-Chancellor under the provisions of Sects. 10 and 11 of Statute IX (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002, p. 108).


McDonnell Visiting Fellowships

The McDonnell Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience is closely integrated with the Medical Research Council Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience at Oxford and supports work on many aspects of brain research relevant to human cognition in several departments at Oxford University as well as at other institutions.

The McDonnell Centre encourages work in all areas of cognitive neuroscience across all relevant disciplines and embraces research on experimental, theoretical, and clinical studies of perceptual analysis, memory, language, and motor control, including philosophical approaches to cognition. Current and fuller information on the Centre is available on the Web at http://www.cogneuro.ox.ac.uk.

The Centre offers several forms of support including Visiting Fellowships for distinguished researchers from overseas or elsewhere in Britain who wish to work within the Oxford Centre for periods between a week and several months. A Visiting Fellowship can include a modest grant to help with costs of travel and accommodation (but not a stipend), and to pay a bench fee to the host department.

Applications for Visiting Fellowships may be submitted either by a member of the Oxford Centre, or by the intended visitor. There is no special form for applications but they should include the following information: name, address, and status of applicant (in the form of a very brief curriculum vitae); names and addresses of collaborators in Oxford; a brief description (a page or two) of the proposed research; a list of any publications that have already resulted from the area of research; an outline plan of visit/s and expenditure, with total estimated budget, other sources of funding and the amount requested

Applications can be submitted at any time (e-mail is acceptable) to Sally Harte (Administrative Secretary), McDonnell Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, University Laboratory of Physiology, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PT (telephone: Oxford (2)72497, fax: (2)72488, e-mail: admin@cogneuro.ox.ac.uk).


Forthcoming exhibition

Sensibility/Decadence: pastels and oils by architect Sitov and artist Evelyne Glyne (25 November–13 December)

The exhibition is open subject to college commitments—intending visitors are advised to check with the college by telephoning Oxford (2)74100 before visiting.


Piano recital

DANNY DRIVER will give a piano recital at 8 p.m. on Friday, 6 December, in the Maison Française. The programme will be: Bach, French Suite No. 5 in G major; Mozart, Sonata in D Major, K.576; Debussy: Three Preludes; Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit.

Admission free. All welcome. For further information, telephone Oxford (2)74220, or e- mail: maison@herald.ox.ac.uk.



PROFESSOR CHARLES WYPLOSZ, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, will deliver the Europaeum Lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 22 November, in the Lecture Theatre, the Taylor Institution. Admission is by ticket, obtainable by telephoning (2)84482 (or e-mail: euroinfo@europaeum.ox.ac.uk).

Subject: `Fiscal discipline in the monetary union: rules or institutions?'

A panel discussion will be held directly after the lecture, in the Taylor Institution. The speakers will be Professor Ray Barrell, Senior Research Fellow, National Institute for Economic and Social Research; Professor Giorgio Basevi, Professor of Economics, University of Bologna; and Professor David Vines.

Note: the round table discussion formerly announced for Saturday, 23 November, in Balliol College, will not now take place.


The future of education

PROFESSOR Y. ENGESTRÖM, Professor of Adult Education and Director of the Centre for Activity Theory and Developmental Work Research, University of Helsinki, and Professor of Communication, University of California at San Diego, will deliver the final lecture in this series at 5 p.m. on Friday, 22 November, in Lecture Theatre A, the Zoology/Experimental Psychology Building, South Parks Road. The lecture will be open to the public.

Those attending are asked to note the venue (earlier announced as the Examination Schools).

Subject: `The new landscape of learning at work.'


DR STEPHAN EBERLE, Halle, Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 27 November, in the Hovenden Room, All Souls College.

Subject: `Aristotle's Psychophysics, or what a philosopher may learn from Protagoras.'


Public Understanding of Science Lecture

PROFESSOR BARUCH S. BLUMBERG, Director, NASA Astrobiology Institute, Arnes Research Center, California, and Nobel prize-winner, will lecture at 4 p.m. on Thursday, 19 December, in the University Museum.

Subject: `Biology in space.'


CCP5 Mini-symposium on Supercooled Liquids and Amorphous Materials

This mini-symposium will be held from 4.15 p.m. on Monday, 25 November, in the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Lecture Theatre.

The visit of Professor Glotzer and Professor Kieffer is sponsored by CCP5.

Convener: P.A. Madden, MA, Professor of Chemistry.

4.15 p.m.: `Supercooled liquids as nanostructured complex fluids: insights from molecular simulations.'

5.15 p.m.: `Simulations of nanostructural assembly in hybrid polymer/inorganic materials.'

Department of Earth Sciences

PROFESSOR STEPHEN MOORBATH will lecture at 4.30 p.m. on Monday, 25 November, in the Lecture Theatre, the Department of Earth Sciences.

Subject: `Oldest rocks, impacts, life—fact and fiction.'


Department of Psychiatry and Oxford Regional Committee for Postgraduate Medical Education and Training: Hilary Term meetings

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

4 Feb.: `Assertive outreach—experiencing the evidence.'

25 Feb.: `Modifying emotional processing bias.'

PROFESSOR S. WESSELY, King's College Hospital, London
4 Mar.: `Gulf War syndrome: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.'


Seminar in Economic and Social History

The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Wharton Room, All Souls College.

Conveners: R.C. Allen, MA, Professor of Economic History, K.J. Humphries, MA, Reader in Economic History, and A. Offer, MA, D.Phil., Chichele Professor of Economic History.

26 Nov.: `Slavery in Portuguese India and Brazil, 1500–1800: a comparison.'

3 Dec.: `The first dotcom boom? Finance and the electrical industry in Britain and Germany, 1880–95.'


Graduate Students' Colloquia

ROBERTA MARVIN, Iowa, will give a seminar in this series at 5.15 p.m. on Tuesday, 26 November, in the Denis Arnold Hall, the Music Faculty. The lecture is open to the public. There is no charge for admission.

Subject: `Verdian opera burlesqued: a glimpse into mid-Victorian theatrical culture.'


Programme on Contemporary Turkey

A Conference on Turkish Relations with the Turkic Republics of the CIS will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, 30 November, in St Antony's College. Advance registration is required with Carol Davies, Oriental Institute (telephone: Oxford (2)88202, or e-mail: academic@orinst.ox.ac.uk.)


The theory and politics of civil society

PROFESSOR ADAM SELIGMAN, Boston, will deliver the final seminar in this term's series on Monday, 25 November, 1.45–4.15 p.m., in the Rothermere American Institute. The series will continue in Hilary Term and Trinity Term. Papers will be precirculated to participants. Those wishing to attend the seminars should register their interest in good time. All enquiries should be directed to Paul Bou-Habib (telephone: (2)82718, e-mail: paul.bou-habib@socres.ox.ac.uk). Web site: http://www.law.ox.ac.uk/jurisprudence/civilsociety.htm.


Subject: `Trust, confidence, and social boundaries.'


PROFESSOR MAARIT KAIMIO, Helsinki, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 5 December, in the New Common Room, the Classics Centre. Text and translation will be available in advance from the conveners.

Conveners: A.K. Bowman, MA, Camden Professor of Ancient History (e-mail: alan.bowman@bnc.ox.ac.uk), and E.M. Steinby, MA, Professor of the Archaeology of the Roman Empire (e-mail: eva.steinby@arch.ox.ac.uk).


Subject: `The secret of the koprodocheion: archaeological and papyrological problems in the carbonised papyri from Petra.'


Oxford readings

A Miscellany of Prose, Poetry, and Music, the final event in the Bodleian Library's Quatercentenary celebrations, will take place in the Sheldonian on Wednesday, 27 November, at 7.30 p.m.

Artists taking part will include Mary Archer (St Anne's), Diana Quick (LMH), Humphrey Carpenter (Keble), Michael Elwyn (University), Nigel Frith (St Catherine's), Sheridan Morley (Merton), and the Academical Clerks of Magdalen College Choir.

Optional refreshments (£7) will be available at 6.30 p.m. in the Divinity School.

Tickets: £25 Chairs and Semi-Circle, £15 Lower Gallery, £7 Upper Gallery (£5 for students with card).

Tickets are obtainable by post only from Mrs P.M. Sturgis, Bodleian Library, Oxford OX1 3BG (telephone: 01865 (2)77234, e-mail: pms@bodley.ox.ac.uk), with the exception of Upper Gallery tickets which will be on sale at the Sheldonian Box Office (Door C) from 7 p.m. on the evening.


DR FRANÇOIS BURGAT, Centre Français d'Archéologie et de Sciences Sociales de Sanaa, will give a seminar at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 27 November, in the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, George Street.

Subject: `Face to face with political Islam: the case of Yemen.'

MRS SONIA GANDHI, President, Indian National Congress, will lecture at 5.15 p.m. on Friday, 29 November, in the Examination Schools. Admission will be free, by ticket only, obtainable from the OCIS (telephone: Oxford (2)78730, fax: 248942).

Subject: `Conflict and co-existence in our age.'


Refugee Studies Centre

Harrell-Bond Lecture

PROFESSOR V. MUNTARBHORN, Faculty of Law, Chulalongkorn University, will deliver the Harrell-Bond Lecture at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 27 November, in Rhodes House.

Subject: `Human trafficking and smuggling: implications for the refugee protection system.'


Transport investment and the economy (ESRC seminar series 2002–3)

The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursdays in Lecture Room 1, St Anne's College. Those wishing to attend are asked to e-mail Sylvia Boyce (e-mail: sylvia.boyce@tsu.ox.ac.uk).

Convener: J.M. Preston, MA, Director of the Transport Studies Unit and Reader in Transport Studies.

12 Dec.: `Transport charging, environmental improvements, and business location.'

23 Jan.: `Trans-European networks and economic development: appraising the benefits.'

13 Feb.: `Investment in economies with distortions.'

PROFESSOR A. MCKINNON, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
20 Mar.: `The effects of transport investment on logistical efficiency.'

DAVID SIMMONDS, David Simmonds Consultancy
10 Apr.: `Transport and land-use interaction: the state of the art.'

22 May: `Determining levels of local transport investment.'

PROFESSOR D. BEGG, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
19 June: `Delivering transport investment: socio-economic issues.'


Archaeology in the Science Area

ANGELA BOYLE of Oxford Archaeology will lecture at 4 p.m. on Thursday, 12 December, in the University Museum.

Subject: `Shedding new light on old bone: earlier prehistoric burial in Oxford.'


Brian Walker Lecture in Environment and Development

PROFESSOR ROBERT HINDE, Cambridge, will deliver the Brian Walker Lecture at 6 p.m. on Thursday, 12 December, in the Witts Lecture Theatre, the Radcliffe Infirmary.

Subject: `Why are people willing to go to war?'


On Saturday, 30 November, the college will hold a one-day conference on Gilbert Ryle's life and work, to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of his benefaction of books to found the college library. The conference will be held in the Tanner Room, Linacre College.

DR PAUL SLACK, Principal of the college
10 a.m.: `Introduction: Ryle in Linacre's foundation.'

10.15 a.m.: `Ryle in Oxford.'

10.45 a.m.: `Ryle and Heidegger.'

11.30 a.m.: `Ryle and Collingwood.'

DR ROM HARRÉ, Linacre College
12 noon: `Ryle and psychology.'

BEDE RUNDLE, Trinity College
1.45 p.m.: `Mental occurrences and terminus verbs.'

DR JOHN HYMAN, Queen's College
2.15 p.m.: `Ryle on mind and will.'

2.45 p.m.: `Inference tickets versus (logical) consequence.'

3.15 p.m.: `Reminiscences of Ryle.'

PROFESSOR JOHN SHOSKY, American University
4 p.m.: Round table discussion.


Alec Roche Lecture in Public International Law

H.E. JUDGE DAME ROSALYN HIGGINS, DBE, QC, of the International Court of Justice, will deliver the second Alec Roche Annual Lecture in Public International Law at 5.15 p.m. on Friday, 29 November, in the McGregor-Matthews Room, New College. Admission will be by invitation only, obtainable from Mrs Maggie Davies (e-mail: maggie.davies@new.ox.ac.uk, telephone: Oxford (2)79552).

Subject: `Human rights and the International Court of Justice.'


Alan Tayler Lecture

PROFESSOR HELMUT NEUNZERT will deliver the annual Alan Tayler Lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 25 November, in the Bernard Sunley Lecture Theatre, St Catherine's College. The lecture is sponsored by the Smith Institute.

Subject: `What did we "Europeans" learn from Alan Tayler?'


Sir Alec Cairncross Lecture

EDWARD BALLS, Chief Economic Adviser to the Treasury, will deliver the twelfth Sir Alec Cairncross Lecture at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, 4 December, in the chapel, St Peter's College. The lecture is given in association with the Institute of Contemporary British History.

Subject: `Why the Five Economic Tests?' (Provisional title)


Public lecture

MISS GERTRUD SEIDMANN, FSA, Research Associate, the Institute of Archaeology, will lecture at 6 p.m. on Thursday, 28 November, in the Haldane Room, Wolfson College.

Subject: `Jewish marriage rings.'


GILLIAN VOGELSANG-EASTWOOD will lecture at 5.45 p.m. on Wednesday, 27 November, in the Pauling Centre. Admission for visitors costs £2.

Subject: `Iranian regional dress: beyond the chador.'

Grants and Research Funding


Research Fellowships in Science or Engineering 2003

The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 proposes to award approximately six two-year research fellowships in science or engineering in 2003 to young scientists or engineers of exceptional promise.

The fellowship stipend will be £19,000 for the first year, and £20,000 for the second year. Stipends are reviewed annually. The fellowships are open to candidates in any of the physical or biological sciences, mathematics, applied science, or any branch of engineering. Candidates in mathematics (including applied mathematics) and the pure sciences who wish to transfer into engineering or a branch of applied science are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants in science subjects must have a doctoral degree, or be in the final stages of their doctoral studies, which must be successfully completed before the provisional award of a fellowship will be confirmed. Candidates offering engineering must be of at least postgraduate standing.

Candidates must be recommended by professors or heads of departments of HEIs in the UK.

Applicants must be British, or citizens of the British Commonwealth or of the Republics of Ireland or Pakistan and they should preferably be less than thirty years old on 1 March 2003.

Fellowships may be held at any institution at home or abroad approved by the Commissioners, who will have a strong preference for candidates who wish to work at a university or institution other than the one at which they ad completed their studies. A conversion fellowship for mathematicians and pure scientists should preferably be held at an institution other than a university. If candidates wish to remain in the same place a very strong justification for their choice will be expected.

Applications should be sent to the Royal Commission by 28 February 2003. Appointments will be made in June 2003. Any queries on the scheme should be addressed direct to the Commission at the Sherfield Building, Imperial College, London SW7 2AZ (telephone: 020-7594 8790, e-mail: RoyalCom1851@ic.ac.uk).

Further details and application forms may be obtained from Max Todd, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (telephone: Oxford (2)80299, e-mail: max.todd@admin.ox.ac.uk), or from the Royal Commission's Web site at http://www.royalcommission1851.org.uk.

Those considering applying for one of these fellowships are reminded that all applications for research funding from external sponsors, at whatever stage, must be endorsed on behalf of the University by Research Services. Further information regarding the procedure for this is available from http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/rso/oxonly/grants/processes.shtml.

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Applications are invited for the Varley-Gradwell Travelling Fellowship in Insect Ecology.

A travelling fellowship, which may be of up to £2,000 in value, will be awarded for the support of field work, travel, and other activity in the field of insect ecology. The fellowship will be tenable for one year commencing on a date to be agreed. It will not be renewable.

Applications, including a curriculum vitae and a research proposal, should be sent to Mrs Judith Brown, Board of Management for the Varley-Gradwell Travelling Fellowship in Insect Ecology, Life and Environmental Sciences Divisional Office, 2 South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 2UB, by 31 March 2003 (enquiries—telephone: Oxford (2)82464, or e-mail: Judith.Brown@admin.ox.ac.uk).

The research proposal should include a budget and should not exceed two sides of A4 in length. Applicants should give the names and addresses of two referees. In the case of graduate students, one of the referees should be the supervisor. Applicants are asked to note that, if large numbers of specimens would result from the work, the cost of follow-up work should be shown in the budget, and details given of how, and by whom, they would be identified.

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Applications are invited for up to two Pirie-Reid Scholarships, tenable at the University of Oxford, from graduates (including persons expecting to graduate in 2003), in any and all fields, who wish to commence studying at Oxford in October 2003 for a degree or diploma.

Preference will be given to candidates applying from other universities, i.e. not already matriculated at Oxford, and to those who have lived in or been educated in Scotland. Candidates not fulfilling these criteria are unlikely to be successful.

The scholarships, which are to be awarded to persons wishing to begin a course of study in Oxford who would otherwise be prevented by lack of funds, will cover university and college fees and provide a grant for maintenance, subject to assessment of other sources of income (maintenance grants for 2002--3 will be £7,400 for postgraduate students). They are renewable from year to year, subject to satisfactory progress and continuance of approved full-time study.

Application forms for the Pirie-Reid Scholarships may be obtained by e-mail from judith.brown@admin.ox.ac.uk or by writing to Mrs J. Brown, LES Divisional Office, 2 South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3UB.

Candidates for the Pirie-Reid Scholarships are expected to have applied for admission to the University through the Graduate Admissions Office, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD. Application forms and supporting information may be obtained by using the on-line request form at http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/gsp/apply/.

The closing date for applications is 1 May 2003.

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Residential awards for research in the humanities

The British School at Rome (BSR) offers residential awards to scholars, artists, and architects; provides research and residential facilities; supports research projects through financial and other help; undertakes its own research projects and programmes (including conferences, lectures, exhibitions, and taught courses) and publishes an annual research journal, and other volumes.

Applications are now invited for the following residential scholarships, awards, and fellowships:

Rome Fellowships and Rome Scholarships 2003--4

For research on the archaeology, art history, history, and literature of Italy. Applications will be considered in a single competition. The fellowships are intended to launch a major piece of postdoctoral research, while the scholarships will be awarded to successful applicants at pre-doctoral level who have begun a programme of research in the general field for which the scholarship is being sought. The awards cover a nine-month residency at the British School, including full board, and a research and travel grant (scholars—£444 per month; fellows—£475 per month). Holders of an AHRB studentship or similar award will receive £100 in total.

Rome Awards 2003--4

For research on the archaeology, art history, history, and literature of Italy. Applicants will normally have begun a programme of research in the general field for which the award is being sought. The awards are not normally suitable for people in established posts. The awards are for one- to four-month residencies, including full board and a research grant of £150 per month plus £180 travel allowance. Applicants should seek support from the AHRB and/or British Academy (or equivalent) and from their own university or college before applying to the BSR.

Tim Potter Memorial Award 2003--4

Awards to promote the study of Italian archaeological material by those of high academic potential who have had limited previous opportunity to visit Italy. Applicants must have graduated prior to taking up the award. Applications are also invited from those working in museums. The awards are for two- to four-month residencies, including full board, and include a research grant of £150 per month and a travel allowance of £500 per month.

Balsdon Fellowship 2003--4

For research on the archaeology, art history, history, and literature of Italy. The award is open to established scholars normally in post in a UK university, and offers a three-month residency including full board. A research and travel grant worth £650 is also included. In addition to pursuing personal research, the fellow is expected to take an interest in the work of other award-holders at the school, particularly those in fields close to his or her own, and will be requested to give a public lecture.

Hugh Last Fellowships 2003--4

For research on classical antiquity (excluding archaeological fieldwork and work on Roman Britain). The award is open to established scholars normally in post in a UK university, and offers a one- to four-month residency including full board. A research grant worth £150 per month plus £180 travel allowance is also included. In addition to pursuing personal research the fellow is expected to take an interest in the work of other award-holders at the School, particularly those in fields close to his or her own, and will be requested to give a public lecture.

Paul Mellon Centre Rome Fellowship 2003--4

For research on classical antiquity (excluding archaeological fieldwork and work on Roman Britain). Open to established scholars normally in post in a UK university. The award offers a three-month residency, including full board, and a research and travel grant of £650.

Application procedure

Further information on the above awards, and application forms, are available from the Registrar, the British School at Rome, at the British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH (telephone: 020-7969 5202, fax: 020-7969 5401, e-mail: bsr@britac.ac.uk, Web site (on which details and forms are available): http://www.bsr.ac.uk). Deadline for applications: 10 January.

Examinations and Boards


Timetabling arrangements

Faculties and departments are asked to forward their lecture-list files as soon as possible, and no later than Monday, 25 November.

The printed lecture lists will be distributed shortly before the start of term.

Files, copy, and proofs relating to the Lecture Lists should be forwarded to Val Wood, Lecture Lists Co-ordinator, Public Relations Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (telephone: (2)80548, fax: (2)80522, e-mail: lecture.lists@admin.ox.ac.uk).

For arrangements concerning the Special Lecture List, see below.

Entries shared between lists

Any faculty member who wishes to place an entry in the lecture list of another faculty or department is asked to forward the information as soon as possible, and directly to the other faculty or department.

Special Lecture List

Hilary Term 2003

The Special Lecture List for Hilary Term 2003 will appear shortly before term, at the same time as the other Lecture Lists. It will include all appropriate lectures for Trinity Term published in the Gazette during Hilary Term, and also lectures of which details are received by Monday, 9 December (ninth week).


Those wishing to contribute to the Special Lecture List are asked to note that this is a firm deadline, and that items received after it are unlikely to be included.

Items for the Special Lecture List should be forwarded to Martin Harrington, Gazette Editor, Public Relations Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (telephone: (2)80549, fax: (2)80522, e-mail: gazette@admin.ox.ac.uk).

Enquiries concerning proposed dates for special lectures

Those responsible for arranging lectures intended to be of interest to a wide university audience may wish to consult the Editor of the Gazette or the Lecture Lists Co-ordinator (fax: (2)80522, e- mail: gazette@admin.ox.ac.uk or lecture.lists@admin.ox.ac.uk), for information on any other similar lectures, of which details have been received, due to be given on the proposed date or dates.

Distribution: Standing Orders

Any college, faculty, department, or individual Senior Member wishing to check or amend a standing order for the lecture lists should contact the Lecture Lists Co-ordinator (details as above), before the end of the present term.

Boards of the Faculties of Classics and Philosophy

The faculty boards recommend that lectures should be given at the following hours:

Monday       9      Greek History/Latin Literature
            10      Philosophy
            11      Roman History/Greek Literature
            12      Archaeology/Philosophy
            5–7    Free

Tuesday      9      Archaeology
            10      Philosophy
            11      Literature
            12      History
            5–7    Free

Wednesday    9      Roman History/Greek Literature
            10      Philosophy
            11      Latin Literature/Greek History
            12      Archaeology/Philosophy
            5–7    Free

Thursday     9      Literature
            10      Philosophy
            11      Greek History/Latin Literature
            12      Archaeology
            5–7    Free

Friday       9      History
            10      Philosophy
            11      Roman History/Greek Literature
            12      Archaeology/Philosophy
            5–7    Free

Sub-faculty of Languages and Literature

It is recommended that lectures for Honour Moderations should be given at the following hours whenever possible:

Homer               11 (Wednesdays, Fridays)
Virgil              11 (Tuesdays, Thursdays)
Greek Authors       12 (Mondays, Wednesdays)
Latin Authors       11 (Tuesdays, Thursdays)
Language Papers     10 (Fridays)
A                   11 (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, TT;                       
                        Mondays, Wednesdays, MT, HT)
C                   10 (Mondays, Wednesdays)
D                   10 (Tuesdays, Thursdays)
E                   12
F                   12 (Tuesdays, Thursdays, HT, TT);
                    11 and 12 (Tuesdays, Thursdays, MT)

Board of the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages

Timetable of introductory or survey lectures

The Board of the Faculty recommends that lectures should be given at the following hours:

Monday      10      French
            11      German
            12      German
Tuesday      9      Italian
            10      Spanish
            11      Italian 
            12      Spanish
Wednesday    9      Russian
            10      French
            11      Linguistics
            12      Linguistics
Thursday     9      Spanish
            10      Russian
            11      Russian
            12      Italian
Friday      10      French
            11      German
            12      Linguistics

Board of the Division of Social Sciences

The Divisional Board recommends that:

(a) lectures for the Preliminary Examination for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics should be given at the following times:

Politics    10
Economics   11
Philosophy  12 noon (or a 10 o'clock period not occupied by                

(b) courses of introductory lectures and lectures on compulsory subjects for undergraduates in their first three or four terms of work for the Honour School of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics should normally be given at the following times:

Politics    12 
Economics   11
Philosophy  10

Board of the Faculty of Theology

To avoid clashes with Philosophy lectures members of the faculty are asked not to offer Theology lectures of interest to those reading for the Joint Honour School of Philosophy and Theology at the following times:

Preliminary Examination

Monday to Saturday 12

Honour School

Monday 10 and 12
Tuesday 10
Wednesday 10 and 12
Thursday 10
Friday 10 and 12
Saturday 10


The Vice-Chancellor desires to call the attention of all examiners to the provisions of Ch. VI, Sect. ii.c, § 1, regulations 1--3 (Examination Regulations, 2002, pp. 990–1), which require examiners in all university examinations to appoint one of their number to act as Chairman, to notify the appointment to the Vice-Chancellor, and to publish it in the University Gazette.

He desires that these appointments shall be notified to the Clerk of the Schools who will inform the Vice-Chancellor and see that notice of them is duly published in the University Gazette.


Accommodation for lectures

Professors, Readers, and University Lecturers who wish to lecture in the Schools next term are asked to make a booking by the end of the current term at the latest.

When booking, please indicate the number of students expected to attend the lecture; this information is essential if the total is expected to exceed 100.

All lectures should start on the hour, and afternoon lectures should finish by 6 p.m. To allow room for changeovers, lecturers should arrange to complete their lecture by five minutes to the hour.

Owing to examination requirements in Hilary Term, lecture rooms in eighth week may be restricted, and in Trinity Term are not fully available in first, second, and third weeks.

Overhead and 35-mm projectors and a limited number of video and LCD projectors are available if booked twenty-four hours in advance. Microphones are provided in the Writing Schools.

Short equipment familiarisation sessions (of ten to fifteen minutes' duration) can be arranged at convenient times. Please contact the Schools (details below) if you wish to arrange a familiarisation session.

All enquiries in respect of lecture bookings, facilities, and equipment should be addressed in the first instance to Martin Batchan (telephone: (2)76901, e-mail: martin.batchan@admin.ox.ac.uk).


With the approval of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council, the following changes in regulations made by the Medical Sciences Board will come into effect on 6 December.

Medical Sciences Board

M.Sc. in Pharmacology

With effect from 1 September 2003 (for first examination in 2004)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2002, p. 672, after l. 28 insert:

`Pharmacology                                 Medical Sciences'

2 Ibid., p. 730, after l. 35 insert:


1. The Divisional Board of Medical Sciences shall appoint for the supervision of the course an organising committee, which shall have the power to arrange lectures and other instruction.

2. The organising committee shall appoint for each candidate an academic adviser (mentor).

3. Each candidate shall:

(a) follow a course of study in Pharmacology for at least three terms and for a substantial part of the three subsequent vacations, as determined by the course timetable;

(b) attend practical classes which will be compulsory (a record of attendance will be kept);

(c) when they submit their dissertations in September, produce a certificate from their academic adviser to the effect that they have fulfilled the requirements of (a) and (b).

4. Candidates shall be examined in all of the following ways:

(i) each candidate must pass a qualifying examination at the end of the first Michaelmas Term from the beginning of the course. The test shall consist of one three-hour written paper on the topics covered by the Pharmacology Introductory Course, as set out in the Schedule. The organising committee shall not later than the end of the Hilary Term preceding the final examination submit to the examiners a list of candidates who have satisfactorily completed the qualifying examination. Candidates who fail the qualifying examination once shall be permitted to take it again in the first week of the Hilary Term of the year of the final examination.

(ii) Each candidate must pass a three-hour data handling and experimental design examination at the beginning of the Hilary Term and a further test examination at the beginning of Trinity Term examining material taught in the previous term. In each case candidates must pass the examination in order to proceed with the course, and those who fail shall be permitted to sit the examination on one further occasion only.

(iii) Each candidate will be required to submit to the examiners two copies of a typewritten or printed essay of not more than 3,000 words on a topic approved by the organising committee and one practical notebook in which all practical class experiments are recorded.

(iv) Each candidate will be required to submit to the examiners three copies of a typewritten or printed dissertation of not more than 10,000 words (excluding bibliography and appendices) on the research project selected for study as set out in the Schedule.

(v) Each candidate will be expected to give a public oral presentation on his or her research project, on dates to be determined by the organising committee.

5. Each candidate shall be examined viva voce.

6. Before being given leave to supplicate, candidates must have demonstrated understanding of and competence in the topics covered by the professional development programme as set out in the Schedule, to the satisfaction of the programme organisers, who shall submit a certificate to the examiners to this effect.

7. The required written submissions must be sent to the chairman of examiners, M.Sc. in Pharmacology, c/o Clerk of the Schools, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, on the following dates:

(a) the dissertation on the research project must be submitted by dates to be specified by the organising committee and which will be published in the University Gazette not later than the start of the Michaelmas Term of the academic year in which the examination is taken.

(b) The essay and the practical notebook must be submitted by deadlines determined by the organising committee and published in the Gazette no later than the end of the term preceding submission. Each submission must be accompanied by a certificate indicating that it is the candidate's own work.

8. The viva voce examination will normally be conducted in September in the year in which the candidate is examined on dates to be determined by the examiners.

9. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in part of or in the whole examination.

10. The examiners shall retain one copy of each dissertation of each successful candidate for deposit in the Radcliffe Science Library.


The syllabus for study will include four principal components:

(a) Professional Development Programme for Pharmacology

Candidates will be required to follow the same Professional Development Programme as that prescribed in the regulations for the M.Sc. in Biology (Integrative Bioscience) and the M.Sc. in Neuroscience.

(b) Introduction to Pharmacology

Three-module introduction to pharmacology, each consisting of lectures and practical classes. Candidates who have already received training in some of the topic areas covered may, at the discretion of the organising committee, be exempted from attendance at one or more of the introductory lecture series. Such candidates will be required to pass the qualifying examination, which will cover the topics covered in the Introduction to Pharmacology.

Module I: Cells

Module II: Tissue and Organism Pharmacology

Module III: Neuropharmacology

Candidates will also be required to take courses on experimental design, data interpretation, computing, and statistics, approved by the organising committee. Candidates will be required to obtain a Home Office licence and will follow the course of study required for modules 1 to 4 of this.

(c) Advanced pharmacology courses

This will consist of five taught courses consisting of lectures, seminars, practical classes, and tutorials approved annually by the organising committee. Details of the courses available in each academic year will be published in the Gazette in the preceding Trinity Term.

(d) Laboratory research project

The research project based on the candidate's laboratory placement, under the supervision of a research supervisor, on a subject selected in consultation with the organising committee.'

Colleges, Halls, and Societies


St John's College

Opening of collection of medieval vestments

St John's College intends to open to the public its collection of medieval vestments on Saturday, 30 November, 2–5 p.m. The collection is displayed in the Garden Quadrangle and entrance, free of charge, will be via the Parks Road Lodge or the Main Lodge.


St Hugh's College: Artist in Residence

Liz Moon, artist-in-residence at St Hugh's for Michaelmas Term, is a figurative painter. She is interested in how people inhabit their everyday space, in their form and movement. In St Hugh's, she is working on a number of images of college life---the progress of which can be seen between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, in the West Lodge `Studio'. This can be approached from Canterbury Road, through the Swan Gates, at the top of the drive. She is also running a figure drawing group on Thursday evenings from 8 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

Tracey Emin

Artist Tracey Emin talks about her work at The Oxford Union on Tues., 26 Nov., at 5 p.m. to coincide with her exhibition This is Another Place (10 Nov.–19 Jan.) at Modern Art Oxford, the new name of the Museum of Modern Art. This is a free event and is organised by The Oxford Union in conjunction with Modern Art Oxford and the Department of History of Art, Oxford University. Visitors to Modern Art Oxford will be able to enjoy free admission to a new exhibition programme. Changes to the building include a new entrance space in which a range of activities will take place, lighter and more open gallery space, and a revived café. Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street, is open Tues.–Sat., 10 a.m.--5 p.m. and Sun., 12--5 p.m. Closed Mon. Late openings on event eves. Tel.: 01865 722733 or visit www.modernartoxford.org.uk.


Society for Graduates: Dr Allan Chapman on `Mary Somerville (1780–1872) and her world of scientists', 22 Nov.; Dr Steve Ray on `Adult stem cells: how adaptable are they?', 29 Nov.; and Frank Bland on `T. Arthur Leonard: Victorian pioneer of walking holidays', on 6 Dec. Meetings at 6 p.m. in Wadham College. Visitors £1.50 per meeting. Further details from Anita Segar (tel. 01865 730574).

University Church

Sun., 24 Nov., and Sun., 1 Dec., 12.15 p.m.: Christmas Stalls. The Charities Committee of the University Church will hold the first of 2 seasonal sales following the 11 a.m. Eucharist. To be found: Cakes, jams, Christmas cards, fair trade Advent Calendars and more. If you would like to contribute with items, or get involved with the activities of the Charity Commitee, please contact the Church Office. Tel.: 01865 (2)79111.


The Oxford Millennium Orchestra plays Russian classics: Shostakovich's Festive Overture, Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto and Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony. Conductor Nick Mumby; piano Jonathan Darnborough. Tues., 26 Nov., 8 p.m., Sheldonian Theatre. Tickets £12, £5 available from the Oxford Playhouse 01865 305305, or www.ticketsoxford.com.

Sun., 24 Nov., Keble College Chamber Choir in concert with Keble College Orchestra (conductor Scott Ellaway), with guest solo artists. Concert includes Haydn's Missa Sancti Nicolai and Mozart's Symphony No 41. The chapel, Keble, 8.30 p.m. (tickets £6.00, concessions £4.00, at the door).

The Arcadian Singers will be performing Howell's Requiem and Purcell's Te Deum and Jubilate in D, with anthems by Leighton, Purcell, and Grier. Sat., 23 Nov., 8 p.m., Merton College Chapel. Tickets at the door: £7 (£5 concessions, £3 OUMS).

Oxford Chamber Music Society Concert at Holywell, Sun., 1 Dec., at 2.45 p.m. Gould Piano Trio play Haydn C major no 21, Beethoven Ghost and Schubert B flat. Tickets from Oxford Playhouse 01865 305305, ticketsoxford.com £13, seniors £11; at the door £14, £12; students/juniors £5, but some free Cavatina Scheme tickets for 8–22 year olds.

400th Anniversary Commemorative Exhibition

`Wonderful things from 400 years of collecting: The Bodleian Library 1602–2002': a rare opportunity to see some of the Bodleian's greatest treasures, including the Shakespeare First Folio, the famous Gutenberg Bible, and some wonderful newly-acquired gems. A feast of world-famous treats for all booklovers. Open until 21 Dec., in the Bodleian Library Exhibition Room, Old Schools Quadrangle. Mon.--Fri., 9.30 a.m.--4.45 p.m., Sat., 9.30 a.m.--12.30 p.m. Admission free.

Antiques Bought and Sold

Antiques and decorative objects bought and sold: desks and library furniture always wanted, also garden stonework. Please call: Greenway Antiques, 90 Corn Street, Witney, Oxon. Open Mon.–Fri., 9.30 a.m.--5 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.- -4 p.m. Tel.: 01993 705026, mobile: 07831 585014.

Restoration and Conservation of Antique Furniture

John Hulme undertakes all aspects of restoration: 30 years' experience; collection and delivery. For free advice, telephone or write to: The Workshop, 11A High Street, Chipping Norton, Oxon. OX7 5AD. Tel.: 01608 641692.

Popham Hairdressing

Our proposition is simple, to provide a design, cutting, and colouring service, which combines classic standards with modernist thinking. One North Parade, Oxford. For appointments call: 01865 517040, or e-mail us through our Web site: www.davidpopham.com.

Oxford University Newcomers' Club

The Club welcomes the wives and partners of visiting scholars, graduate students, and members of the University who are new to Oxford. It aims to offer help, advice, information and the opportunity to meet each other socially. Informal coffee mornings are held at 13, Norham Gardens every Wed., 10.30–12 noon. Other activities in the club room include the Craft Group, Book Group, and informal Conversation Group. Newcomers with children (0--4 years) meet every Fri. in term, 10.15 a.m.--12 noon. We organise tours of colleges and museums, visits to places of interest, country walks, and outings to gardens and antique shops. Secondhand items can be bought on Wed. mornings from the basement. Visit our Web site on www.ox.ac.uk/staff.

Oxford University Research Staff Society

The Research Staff Society (RSS) membership consists of Post- doctoral/Junior Research Fellows and Research Assistants who work for the University of Oxford. As most Research Staff are not attached to a college and may be new to Oxford our social events provide a unique opportunity to meet researchers outside your group or department. We aim to provide an interesting and varying social setting in which to mix and to become a voice for research staff within the University. We run social events each month to suit all tastes. Please visit our Web site http://users.ox.ac.uk/~rss/, which provides information on how to join the society as well as details on events which we will be running in the near future. We hope you will decide to join us and very much look forward to meeting you at one of our events this year.

Books Bought and Sold

New Bookshop in St Aldate's: St Philip's Books (proprietor Christopher Zealley) has opened a bookroom at 82 St Aldate's, Oxford (entrance in passageway beneath the Elizabeth Restaurant). We carry over 8,000 rare, secondhand, and new books, chiefly in the areas of Theology and History. Callers welcome between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mon.--Sat. Collections or single volumes purchased for stock (tel.: 01865 202182). Web site at: www.stphilipsbooks.co.uk.

Book Sale

The Department of Educational Studies Library is holding a withdrawn books sale all week, from 10 a.m. on 2 December, to 5 p.m. on 6 December, in the Reception area at 15 Norham Gardens. Books will be £1 each on Monday and £1 a bag on Friday. Proceeds to Library book funds. Donations will also be accepted for Book Aid International.

Periodicals Bought and Sold

Back-issues of scholarly periodicals and journals bought and sold. Graham Jeffrey, Periodicals (est. 1967), 29 Cuddesdon Road, Horspath, Oxford, OX33 1JD. Tel.: 01865 872528, fax: 776398. E-mail: gjeffreysatu@aol.com.

Services Offered

Painting and decorating: for a prompt, friendly, and professional service in Oxford or London, contact Tony for a quotation. Tel.: 07773 764791.

Big or small, we ship it all, plus free pick up anywhere in Oxford. Also 24-hour photocopying, private mailing addresses (24-hour access, and mail forwarding world-wide), binding, fax bureau, colour photocopying, mailing services, and much more. Contact or visit Mail Boxes Etc., 266 Banbury Rd., Oxford. Tel.: 01865 514655, fax: 514656, e-mail: summertown@020.mbe.uk.com, also at: 94 London Rd., Oxford. Tel.: 01865 741729, fax: 01865 742431, e-mail: staff@mbeheadington.co.uk.

Town and Country Trees: arboricultural contractors; modern arboricultural techniques; local authority approved; safeguarded by full Public Liability insurance. Free advice and quotations. Tel.: 0845 458 2980 or 07976 261850 (mobile).

Domestic Services

For effortless entertaining, SugarPepper Cooks are available to prepare creative food in your home/chosen venue. From canapé receptions, buffets, and dinner parties to christenings, weddings, Christmas and New Year celebrations. Tailor-made menus to suit your requirements. All enquiries welcome. Tel.: 01865 791136.

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.: 01865 726983 or 01235 555533.

Tuition Offered

Piano lessons and accompanying: all ages and levels welcome. Contact Ana Mladenovic, experienced pianist and piano teacher. Tel.: 01865 778248 or 07779 580235. E-mail: pujsana@hotmail.com.

Situations Vacant

Editor and Publications Manager: Inscape Fine Art Study Tours needs an experienced editor to manage programmes, newsletters, mail-shots, and publicity material. The successful applicant will be expected to commission and edit texts, write original copy, schedule the year's work, and oversee production from copy to print. He/she will work closely with the Directors, the designer, and administrators in the office (twelve miles north of Oxford); some work may be done from home. A flair for attractive, intelligent writing is essential, as is an eye for detail and accuracy. Some art historical knowledge would be an advantage; publicity skills/experience useful. AppleMacs only. Part-time, start Jan 2003. Generous pay/holidays. CVs with s.a.e. by 30 Nov. to Caroline Friend, Inscape Fine Art Study Tours Ltd., Austins Farm, High Street, Stonesfield, Witney OX29 8SU. Tel.: 01993 891726; www.inscapetours.co.uk.

Hertford College: College Nurse. The college wishes to appoint a College Nurse working in close collaboration with the College Doctor looking after the health and welfare of students, staff, and fellows. Whitley Council grade F or G (depending on qualifications and experience); 16 hours per week, term-time only (30 weeks). Appointment from 13 January. The college is an equal opportunities employer. Further details and application form from the Bursar, Hertford College, Catte Street, Oxford OX1 3BW. Telephone: 01865 (2)79423.

Houses to Let

Sandford on Thames: spacious family house with very modern amenities available for Hilary Term 2003. Pleasant garden. Gardener and twice weekly housekeeper services provided at owner's cost. Easy access to Oxford (bus route). Run- around car available. Would suit visiting academics or professional/mature student. Low rent of £500 p.c.m. to right applicant. References required. Please contact secretary. Tel.: 01235 200841.

Academic's lovely spacious Victorian house just south of Summertown available for all or part(s) of the period 29 Dec.–mid-Apr., on the basis of 1/2/3 bedrooms, 2 large receptions, kitchen/dining room, garden, off-street parking. Suit visiting academic/couple. Tel.: 01865 510542, e-mail: doreen.mcbarnet@csls.ox.ac.uk.

Four-bedroom semi-detached house for rent 6 Jan.--29 Apr.; located in Summertown, close to shops, schools; 2 reception rooms, study, front and back gardens, fitted kitchen, gas c.h., washing-machine and dryer; TVs, computer link. £1,500 p.c.m. plus utility bills. Tel.: 01865 558543, e-mail: michael.vickers@jesus.ox.ac.uk.

Old Boar's Hill, 4 miles to Oxford city centre: Tinkerbell Cottage; quiet, charming rural location; outstanding views; newly decorated; 2 bedrooms, large private garden; furnished or unfurnished. Long or short let. £775 p.c.m. Ann Loescher. Tel.: 01865 735305, e-mail: gil@loescher.freeserve.co.uk.

Two-bedroom modern terrace house with small garden: fully furnished and fitted, gas c.h., washer/drier. Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac next to Saïd Business School between Oxford city centre and the railway station, with own parking space. £870 p.c.m., 2 months' deposit required. Ian and Josephine Macdonald, tel.: 01865 516615, fax: 01865 516616, or e-mail: macdonaldreynell@aol.com.

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 and view details of all the properties that we have currently available to let. Alternatively, telephone, fax, or e-mail us with details of your requirements and we will do whatever we can without obligation. Tel.: 01865 764533, fax: 764777, e-mail: info@qbman.co.uk.

Make finding accommodation easy. Finders Keepers have a dedicated approach to helping you 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), personal service, and professional advice. For further information please contact Finders Keepers at 226 Banbury Rd., Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BY. Tel.: 01865 311011. Fax: Oxford 556993. E-mail: oxford@finders.co.uk. Internet site: http://www.finders.co.uk.

Flats to Let

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. Completely newly refurbished ground-floor flat to very high standard, new bathroom, new John Lewis kitchen with washer, dishwasher, dryer, etc., in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy residential suburb, with large, light airy rooms. Double bedroom, single bedroom, drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Available Dec., a second-floor flat for short/long let with large double bedroom, large drawing room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Tel./fax: 01865 552400.

Serviced Accommodation

Finally! the luxurious and economical alternative to 5-star luxury hotels, in central Oxford. Ambassador's Oxford offers clients short-stay 2-bedroom, 2 bathroom--1 en suite --5-star apartments in the centre of Oxford with allocated parking. Only 3 minutes' walk from the railway station and the Saïd Business School. Furnished to a very high standard to include well-equipped kitchen and lounge, computer, printer, internet access, and weekly Maid Service. From less than £100 per apartment per night, to accommodate up to 4/5 guests. Contact: www.ambassadorsoxford.co.uk, or tel.: 07876 203378.

Accommodation Offered

Furnished room for rent (single): available now, for short or long term. £260 p.m. House has sitting-room, shower, garden, washing-machine. 60 Bullingdon Road, East Oxford. Share with 3 other graduate students. Call Cortney. Tel.: 01865 727165 or 07817 893 848.

North Oxford : large bedroom with fridge and microwave in large family house on Woodstock Road. Shared bathroom and use of kitchen. £90 p.w. inc. bills. Tel.: 07713 638627 or 01865 553244.

Flexible short-term apartment hire in the centre of Oxford: fully furnished inc. bedlinen and towels; fully equipped kitchen; TV/Video/CD/Cassette/Radio; telephone. Rates from £300 p.w. incl. of utility bills (except telephone calls). Tel.: 01865 557529; e-mail: oxfordbase@yahoo.co.uk.

Paying guests, visiting academics, welcomed for short or long stays in the comfortable home of a semi-retired academic couple, in exclusive, quiet, leafy central north Oxford, within walking distance of all main university buildings, town centre, parks, river, good shops, and restaurants. All rooms have colour TV, tea-/coffee-making facilities, microwave, and refrigerator and/or deep- freeze availability, c.h., and independent heating. Breakfast included in the very moderate terms. Tel./fax: 01865 557879.

Finders Keepers is celebrating its 30th year as Oxfordshire's leading letting agent, providing a specialist service to both landlords and tenants throughout the Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties. With experienced letting and management teams Finders Keepers provide a high standard of service to all our clients. If you would like more information about Finders Keepers' services please contact us at our Head Office at 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7BY, tel.: (00 44) 1865 311011, or visit the Finders Keepers Web site at www.finders.co.uk.

Available by the week for visitors to Oxford: self-contained, fully-furnished studio flat, centrally located in Kingston Road. En suite shower, toilet and washbasin, and fully-equipped kitchen area. Sleeps 2. £300 p.w. all inc. British Tourist Board approved 3 Stars. For further information tel.: 01865 516913 or visit: http://www.oxfordcity.co.uk/accom/studioflat.

Delightful rooms in North Oxford available now. £55 p.w. Book by telephone or fax: 01865 511657 or e-mail: mcadex@gofornet.co.uk.

Accommodation Sought

College & County, a new letting agency, require high quality properties for clients within the academic world in Oxford. Please contact Mark on 01865 722277 or call in at the office at 116b Cowley Road.

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: 01865 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.

Accommodation Sought to Rent or Exchange

Oxford/Cambridge. Moving from Cambridge to Oxford. Looking for 2- bedroom house or flat in central Oxford to rent, or exchange with 2-bedroom Victorian terrace house in Gwydir Street, central Cambridge (excellent location, nice garden, near railway station and town centre). Moving in mid- Feb. for 2/3 years, but start/end dates could be flexible within that period. Gary Snapper. E-mail: gabrielsnapper@ntworld.com; tel.: 01223 503272.

Holiday Lets

Dordogne/Charente: fully-equipped converted farmhouse; sleeps 10; antique furniture; 2 fireplaces, c.h. Peaceful and quiet. River and lake nearby. Bordeaux 1 hour. 600/1100 euros p.w. Long-term lets also available. Tel.: +33 6 73 472 471; e-mail: a.m.motard@iep.u-bordeaux.fr.

Southwest France, near Toulouse/Albi/Cordes, stone farmhouse on edge of village, iwth 6 acres and swimming pool. Three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 living rooms and large kitchen; sleeps 7--8. Centrally heated with wood- burning stoves. Several airports within easy reach, available all year round. Call 01608 810818 or e-mail: barrymsimpson@hotmail.com for details, or see: www.oxfordmedia.co.uk/batut.htm for photos, availability and rates.

Greek Island rentals: Skopelos, Alonissos, and Skiathos: local villa specialist offers lovely villas, island houses, and apartments available for rent. Town, country, and seaside locations. Accommodation for 2--16 persons. Prices from GBP 100 p.p.p.w. For information see: www.holidayislands.com. E-mail: thalpos@otenet.gr, fax: 0030 4240 23057.

For Sale

Compaq Presario 1635 laptop, £500, with manual, 4 years old; new digital video camera DCR-PC5E PAL Sony, used twice, £900 (cost £1,000 + 3 year cover plan of £200); BMW Z3 1997 2.8 top spec., black and tan leather, CD changer, expanding family forces sale, £18,000. Contact Emma: 01865 558441 or 07815 899451.



A Regius Professor of Greek is due to be appointed at Oxford by Her Majesty the Queen with effect from 1 October 2003. The professor will be a scholar of distinction who will provide academic leadership over a wide area of Greek Language and Literature. He or she will also be expected to take a leading part in developing the work of the Classics Faculty generally. A non-stipendiary studentship (i.e. fellowship) at Christ Church is attached to the professorship. Suitably qualified persons wishing to submit their names for consideration are invited to do so not later than 13 January, sending their applications (eleven copies, or one if from overseas), together with the names and contact details (postal and e-mail addresses and telephone/fax numbers) of three referees who have agreed to act on this occasion, to the Registrar of the University, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD.

Further particulars are available from http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/fp/ or from the Registrar. The professor will not necessarily be chosen from among those who have submitted their names.


University Lecturership in Biochemistry

In association with Pembroke College

Applications are sought from scientists with a proven record of research in molecular genetics for a vacant lecturership in a large and successful multidisciplinary department. Candidates should be able to give lectures and devise and conduct practical classes in molecular genetics and biochemistry for students of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. Further particulars, with details of university and college duties and emoluments, and information about the department, can be obtained from http://www.bioch.ox.ac.uk, or from the Head of Department, Department of Biochemistry, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QU (e-mail: head@bioch.ox.ac.uk). Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Jonathan Hodgkin, FRS (e-mail: jah@bioch.ox.ac.uk).

The lecturership will be associated with a Tutorial Fellowship in Biochemistry at Pembroke College. Applications (electronic copies are not acceptable) in eight typed copies (one only from overseas applicants), containing a curriculum vitae, a summary of research, a list of publications, and the names and contact details of three referees, should be sent to the head of department (address above), before Monday, 20 January.

Candidates will be notified if they are required for interview.


University Lecturership in Modern European History

Applications are invited for the above post, tenable from 1 October 2003. The successful candidate will be offered a university lecturership in association with St Antony's College. The salary scale of the post is £22,191–£42,900.

The person appointed will be expected to have interests and experience in twentieth-century Western European history, with a preference for German history and for research in the post-1945 period. The successful candidate will be required to teach relevant undergraduate courses, as well as teaching/supervising graduates on taught courses and D.Phil. research programmes.

Further particulars, including details of the duties and full range of emoluments and allowances attaching to the post, may be obtained from the Administrator, Modern History Faculty, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BD (telephone: Oxford (2)77253, e-mail: administrator@history.ox.ac.uk).

Applicants should send ten copies of their application (except for overseas candidates, who need send only one) to the Chairman of the Modern History Faculty Board at the above address by 20 December. Candidates are asked to arrange for three references to be sent to the Chairman at the above address by the closing date.


Appointment of Postdoctoral Research Associate

Applications are sought for a two-year postdoctoral research associate position working on an interdisciplinary project (funded by the Wellcome Trust) between the University's Departments of Physics and Zoology, examining the application of advanced statistical techniques to explore the spatio-temporal epidemiology of vector-borne diseases and climatic influences thereon. The candidate will be working with Professor David Rogers in Zoology and Dr Myles Allen in Physics, and will be based mainly in the Sub-department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Planetary Physics, but will also be expected to spend some time in Zoology.

The work will concentrate on the statistical and meteorological aspects of the problem, and will complement the epidemiological modelling already being carried out in Zoology: hence the department requires a first degree in a numerate discipline and a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in atmospheric or oceanographic sciences with direct experience of statistical climatology, including the detection and attribution problem. Independence is particularly important in an interdiscplinary project, so the successful candidate should also have a proven track record of independent research and publication and a demonstrated aptitude for collaborative research. The post will be on the RS1A scale, £18,265–£27,339.

Further particulars are available from Rachel Slater, Department of Zoology, Tinbergen Building, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS (or e-mail: general.office@zoo.ox.ac.uk). Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor David Rogers, Department of Zoology (e-mail: david.rogers@zoo.ox.ac.uk).

Applications should be submitted in triplicate to the Administrator, Department of Zoology, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, before 30 November. Interviews are likely to be held in December, with a start date soon thereafter. Applicants are requested to give the names of three scientific referees who may be approached for references. Reference AT 02045 should be quoted in correspondence.


Appointment of Accommodation Manager

Brasenose College would like to appoint an Accommodation Manager to oversee all the accommodation-related activities within the three college sites during term-time and vacations.

This is a full-time position. Applicants should ideally have had experience within a college environment, and have excellent interpersonal skills. Further particulars may be obtained from the Domestic Bursar's Secretary, Brasenose College, Oxford OX1 4AJ. The closing date for applications is 2 December.


The Rectorship

The fellows of Exeter College are proceeding to the election of a Head of the college in succession to Professor Marilyn Butler, FBA, who retires on 30 September 2004.

Any suitably qualified man or woman who wishes to be considered should send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and the names of three referees to the Sub-Rector, Exeter College, Oxford OX1 3DP, by 13 January 2003.

Further particulars of the post and information about the college can be obtained from the Sub-Rector (e-mail: helen.watanabe@exeter.ox.ac.uk, telephone: Oxford (2)79601). The college's Web site can be visited at http://www.exeter.ox.ac.uk.


Microsoft Research Fellowship

The governing body of Darwin College, Cambridge, and Microsoft Research Ltd. jointly invite applications for a stipendiary research fellowship supporting research in the field of adaptive computing (including topics such as pattern recognition, probabilistic inference, statistical learning theory, and computer vision). Applicants should hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) or should be expecting to have submitted their thesis prior to commencement of the fellowship.

The fellowship will be tenable for two years commencing 1 October 2003 or on a date to be agreed. The successful candidate will work at the Microsoft Research Laboratory in Cambridge. Information about the laboratory is available from the Web site http://www.research.microsoft.com/ca mbridge/.

Further details are available from the college Web site, http://www.dar.cam.ac.uk, or the Master's Secretary, Darwin College, Cambridge CB3 9EU. The closing date for applications is 10 January.

Research Fellowships

The governing body of Darwin College proposes to elect a number of non-stipendiary research fellows, without limitation of subject, tenable for three years from 1 October 2003.

Candidates should be aged not more than thirty on 1 October 2003 but consideration will be given to persons over this age if they began their research at a significantly later age than usual, and to those who have interrupted their careers for family or other reasons. Candidates will either have a doctorate or have made substantial progress towards a doctorate or an equivalent qualification by that date.

Further details are available from the Master's Secretary, Darwin College, Cambridge CB3 9EU, or the college Web site, http://www.dar.cam.ac.uk.

The closing date for application is Monday, 6 January.

Darwin College follows an equal opportunities policy.


Institute for the Advancement of University Learning Seminars: places should be booked in advance through the IAUL (telephone: (2)86808, e-mail: services@learning.ox.ac.uk, Internet: http://www.learning.ox.ac.uk).

Friday 22 November

ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY of Modern and Contemporary France study-day: `La guerre d'Algérie quarante ans après', Maison Française, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (advance booking required: tel. (2)74220, e-mail: maison@herald.ox.ac.uk).

COMPUTING SERVICES course: `Supporting lectures' (working lunch), OUCS, 12.30–1.30 p.m.

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: `Egyptian jewels and amulets', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £1.50. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., or e-mail: education.service@ashmus.ox.ac.uk.)

DR L. SCIAMA: `Religious identities and the secular state in Italy' (Ethnicity and Identity Seminars: `The nation-state and religious identities'), Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, 11 a.m.

DR JUAN JOSÉ IBARRETXE (President, the Autonomous Basque Government): `The Basque country in Europe' (lecture), Lecture Theatre, St Antony's, 3 p.m. (entry by ticket only, from the Development Office, St Antony's—tel.: (2)74496, e-mail: janet.collyer@sant.ox.ac.uk).

PROFESSOR C. WYPLOSZ: `Fiscal discipline in the monetary union: rules or institutions' (Europaeum Lecture), Main Hall, Taylor Institution, 5 p.m. (admission by tickets, available from (2)84482, e-mail: euroinfo@europaeum.ox.ac.uk).

PROFESSOR Y. ENGESTRÖM: `The new landscape of learning at work' (Herbert Spencer Lectures: `The future of education'), Lecture Theatre A, Zoology/Experimental Psychology Building, 5 p.m. (open to the public).

Saturday 23 November

ORGAN RECITAL: Richard Barnes (with Mark Hartt-Palmer, violin), the chapel, Magdalen, 5.25 p.m. (admission free).

OXFORD PHILOMUSICA (conductor Marios Papadopoulos) performs Brahms' First Symphony in C minor, and, with pianist John Lill, Brahms' First Piano Concerto in D minor, Sheldonian, 8 p.m. (tickets £10–£30 from Tickets Oxford at the Playhouse, Beaumont Street, tel. 305305, or at the door).

OXFORD PRO MUSICA SINGERS (conductor Michael Smedley) perform Handel's Coronation Anthems, Purcell's Hail Bright Cecilia, and Jackson's Cecilia Virgo, University Church, 8 p.m. (tickets £10/£7 from Tickets Oxford at the Playhouse, Beaumont Street, tel. 305305).

Sunday 24 November

DOM JEREMIAS SCHRÖDER preaches the Sermon on the Sin of Pride, St Mary's, 10 a.m.

Monday 25 November

INSTITUTE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF UNIVERSITY LEARNING seminar: `Pre- retirement programme', 9.30 a.m. (see information above).

DR C. MCCOURT: `Childbirth practices in London hospitals' (Fertility and Reproduction Seminars: `Childbirth practices'), Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, 61 Banbury Road, 11 a.m.

COMPUTING SERVICES course: `Graphics for print', OUCS, 12.30–1.30 p.m.

PROFESSOR A. SELIGMAN: `Trust, confidence, and social boundaries' (Interdisciplinary Sawyer Seminar: `The theory and politics of civil society'), Rothermere American Institute, 1.45 p.m. (enquiries to: paul.bou-habib@socres.ox.ac.uk, tel. (2)82718).

S. ALAVI: `A "national" medicine in colonial India? The Muslim physicians and the Takmil-ut Tibb College at Lucknow' (seminar series: `Metropolis, periphery, and nation: medicine and colonialism'), Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, 2.15 p.m.

PROFESSOR G. SAMUEL: `The age of the Guptas: the growth of the transcendental' (Wilde Lectures in Natural and Comparative Religion: `Indic religions until 1200 AD: a critical and anthropological approach'), Schools, 5 p.m.

SIR RICHARD WILSON: `The death of Cabinet government' (seminar series: `Labour constitutional changes reconsidered'), Summer Common Room, Magdalen, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR H. NEUNZERT: `What did we "Europeans" learn from Alan Tayler?' (Alan Tayler Lecture), Bernard Sunley Lecture Theatre, St Catherine's, 5 p.m.

Tuesday 26 November

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: `The Sands Gallery of early twentieth-century European art', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £1.50. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., or e-mail: education.service@ashmus.ox.ac.uk.)

INSTITUTE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF UNIVERSITY LEARNING seminar: `Listening skills' (day 2), 9.30 a.m. (see information above).

COMPUTING SERVICES courses: `Accessibility in Web design', OUCS, 12.30–1.30 p.m., and `Using EndNote to create bibliographies (v.6)', OUCS, 2–5 p.m.

DR NIKE WAGNER (Weidenfeld Visiting Professor in European Comparative Literature): `The divided world of Winifred Wagner' (lecture series: `Love and death: Vienna, Wagner, and fin de siècle culture'), Schools, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR G. SAMUEL: `The age of the Guptas: wild goddesses and demon devotees' (Wilde Lectures in Natural and Comparative Religion: `Indic religions until 1200 AD: a critical and anthropological approach'), Schools, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR J. LEWIS and E. WELSH: `What do fathers do? Mothers', fathers', and children's views' (Department of Social Policy and Social Work seminars: `Relationships and child wellbeing'), Violet Butler Seminar Room, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, 5 p.m.

Wednesday 27 November

INSTITUTE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF UNIVERSITY LEARNING seminars: `Recruitment and selection for all staff' (day 1), 9.30 a.m., and `Presentation skills' (day 1), 9.30 a.m. (see information above).

ORGAN RECITAL: Tom Wilkinson, the chapel, Queen's, 1.10 p.m. (admission free; retiring collection).

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM introductory gallery talk: `Oriental ceramics', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £1.50. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., or e-mail: education.service@ashmus.ox.ac.uk.)

DR LEN COOK: `Challenges for the Office of National Statistics' (Royal Statistical Society Oxford local group meeting), Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre, St Anne's, 4.30 p.m.

PROFESSOR V. MUNTARBHORN: `Human trafficking and smuggling: implications for the refugee protection system' (Seminars on Forced Migration: Harrell-Bond Lecture), Rhodes House, 5 p.m.

J. VILLALOBOS: `Human rights and El Salvador' (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies: International Human Rights Seminars), Hood Room, St Cross, 5 p.m.

R. WEIS: `Food, faith, and sex in medieval Occitania' (lecture), Maison Française, 5.15 p.m.

UNIVERSITY CHURCH: Choral Evensong with the resident choir (short service and music by Byrd and Gombert), 6.15 p.m.

MISCELLANY OF PROSE, POETRY, AND MUSIC—the final event in the Bodleian's Quatercentenary celebrations, Sheldonian, 7.30 p.m. (see details in `Lectures' above).

DR Z. WAXMAN: `Writing to remember: the role of the Holocaust witness' (David Patterson Seminars), Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Yarnton Manor, 8 p.m.

THE ALLEGRI STRING QUARTET performs Haydn's Quartet in C, op. 54, no. 2, Benjamin Britten's Third Quartet, and Schubert's Quartet in D minor (D.810), `Death and the Maiden', Holywell Music Room, 8 p.m. (tickets £10/£5 from Tickets Oxford at the Playhouse, Beaumont Street, tel. 305305, or at the door).

COLLOQUIUM: `The end of Nature?—Reflections following the Earth Summit', with Dr Clare Palmer, University Church, 8.30 p.m.

Thursday 28 November

INSTITUTE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF UNIVERSITY LEARNING seminar: `Recruitment and selection for all staff' (day 2), 9.30 a.m. (see information above).

WEI-YANG CHEONG: `Journal server—non-profit academic publishing online' (seminar series: `Digital projects in Oxford'), OUCS, 12.30 p.m.

PROFESSOR C. PERRINGS: `Science and the precautionary principle' (seminar series: `What is the future of science-based conservation?'), School of Geography and the Environment, 1 p.m.

DR C. HARDMAN: `Children in the new religious movements' (International Gender Studies Centre seminars: `The girl child living in difficult circumstances: a cross-cultural perspective'), Library Wing Seminar Room, Queen Elizabeth House, 2 p.m.

CHRIST CHURCH PICTURE GALLERY guided tour: general tour, 2.15 p.m. (booking not required).

M. MCLEAN: `Academics in the making' (Institute for the Advancement of University Learning: research seminars), Seminar Room, IAUL, 4 p.m.

DR B. CASEY: `The OECD Jobs Strategy and the European Employment Strategy: two views of the labour market and of the welfare state' (lecture), LLR room, Nuffield, 5 p.m.

H.E. MR MEL CAPPE (High Commissioner for Canada): `The Privy Council, the public service, and the peaceful transition of power in Canada' (Canada Seminars), Talbot Hall, Lady Margaret Hall, 5.15 p.m. (enquiries to Vanessa Windsor—tel.: (2)74302, e-mail: vanessa.windsor@lmh.ox.ac.uk).

C. NÉDÉLEC: `Le burlesque et l'idée d'agrément' (Early Modern French Seminar), Maison Française, 5.15 p.m.

MISS G. SEIDMANN: `Jewish marriage rings' (public lecture), Haldane Room, Wolfson, 6 p.m.

THE QUEEN'S COLLEGE CHAPEL CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA perform Haydn's Paukenmesse, the chapel, Queen's, 8.15 p.m. (admission by programme, £5/£3, at the door, or seats may be reserved with the Fellows' Secretary (2–5 p.m.), tel. (2)79194, e-mail: erica.parsons@queens.ox.ac.uk).

Friday 29 November

INSTITUTE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF UNIVERSITY LEARNING seminar: `Springboard, Programme 1' (second workshop), 9.30 a.m. (see information above).

THE REVD DR E. CONDRY: `The state, the monarchy, and religious identities in the UK' (Ethnicity and Identity Seminars: `The nation-state and religious identities'), Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, 11 a.m.

COMPUTING SERVICES course: `Research resources' (working lunch), OUCS, 12.30–1.30 p.m.

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: `Arundel and the Arundel Marbles', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £1.50. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., or e-mail: education.service@ashmus.ox.ac.uk.)

H.E. JUDGE DAME ROSALYN HIGGINS: `Human rights and the International Court of Justice' (Alec Roche Lecture in Public International Law), McGregor-Matthews Room, New College, 5.15 p.m. (admission by invitation only, obtainable from Mrs Maggie Davies—tel. (2)79552, e-mail: maggie.davies@new.ox.ac.uk).

MRS SONIA GANDHI: `Conflict and co-existence in our age' (lecture), Schools, 5.15 p.m. (admission by ticket only, from the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies: tel. (2)78730, fax 248942).

J.-Y. TADIÉ: `Histoire et création dans l'oeuvre d'Alexandre Dumas' (lecture), Maison Française, 5.15 p.m.

WADHAM COLLEGE MUSIC SOCIETY performs Beethoven's Egmont Overture, Liszt's Piano Concerto in E flat major, and Franck's Symphony in D minor, University Church, 8 p.m. (admission £5/£3; free to members of Wadham College).

Saturday 30 November

PROGRAMME ON CONTEMPORARY TURKEY conference: `Turkish relations with the Turkic Republics of the CIS', St Antony's, 9 a.m.--6.30 p.m. (enquiries: tel. (2)88202 or e-mail: academic@orinst.ox.ac.uk).

MAISON FRANÇAISE colloquium: `Evans-Pritchard's anthropology: English contexts, French perspectives, African realities', Maison Française, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (continues tomorrow).

ORGAN RECITAL: Christopher Bucknall, the chapel, Magdalen, 5.25 p.m. (admission free).

OXFORD UNIVERSITY WIND ORCHESTRA: concert, University Church, 8 p.m. (admission £6, concessions £4, at the door).

ANTHONY PAY (clarinet), COLIN CARR (cello), and YAEL WEISS (piano) perform chamber works by Beethoven and Brahms, Garden Quadrangle Auditorium, St John's, 8.30 p.m. (admission by free programme, available from the Porters' Lodge).