Various levels of competence will be catered for. Some of the material to be studied will be taken from satellite TV, radio, and newspaper articles. The maximum number of students per group will be fifteen.
A fee of £15 will be charged to junior members of the University and other full-time students, £20 to members of Congregation and members of staff of the University, and £28 to non-members.
For further information and booking forms contact Angela Pinkney on (2)83360.
Various levels of ability are catered for, from near-beginners to advanced. Accommodation is in a university residence. The cost per week including tuition, accommodation, meals, and an excursion, is £395. Optional group travel from Plymouth is available at £73 return.
For further information and booking forms, contact Glenn Archibald on (2)83361.
The Language Centre is at 12 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT (telephone: (2)83360).
The McDonnellPew 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.
The centre offers several forms of support:
Anyone wishing to join the mailing list of the centre should contact Lesley Court, Administrative Secretary, McDonnellPew Secretariat, University Laboratory of Physiology, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PT (telephone: Oxford (2)72497).
Any departments or other institutions interested in purchasing any of this equipment should contact Catherine Long as soon as possible, and no later than Friday of fifth week (24 May). either in writing (ETRC, 3741 Wellington Square), by fax ((2)70527), or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
(a) Applications for leave to accept an appointment in the public service of national importance are normally granted by the General Board, provided that the purpose of the leave can be shown to be compatible with the academic interests of the faculty, the faculty board lends its support to the application, and it is clear that the individual intends to return to university service after the period of leave. Leave for this purpose for heads of departments or professors can, however, be problematic, for obvious reasons.
(b) Applications to national bodies for prestigious and competitive research awards (such as British Academy Research Readerships and Senior Research Fellowships, EPSRC Senior or Advanced Fellowships and Nuffield Foundation Social Science Research Fellowships) should be made to the General Board through the faculty board. It is usual for such national bodies to specify that applications should be made through the employing institution, and in Oxford's case this involves routing the application via the faculty board to the General Board. The University will normally support such applications for prestigious awards, but it is necessary for the faculty board and the General Board to consider carefully what replacement teaching arrangements will be required if an application is successful.
Leave granted under (a) and (b) does not count against sabbatical entitlement: indeed the rules of some research awards specifically forbid this. However, as in other cases of special leave, the period of leave does not count as qualifying service for the purpose of calculating future entitlement to sabbatical leave, and sabbatical leave is not normally granted in the period immediately preceding or following periods of such leave, although some flexibility may be exercised in respect of periods of special leave not exceeding one year, especially in connection with the holding of research awards.
When sabbatical leave entitlement had been exhausted, an application has to be considered in whole or in part as one for special leave. In such cases, faculty boards are required, when making recommendations to the Appointments Committee of the General Board, to specify whether, and if so how, the grant of such leave would be in the academic interests of the faculty. Where there is no statement of academic interest, or this statement is not persuasive, special leave will not be granted.
Applications for special leave cover many kinds of situation. One would be an unrepeatable opportunity to pursue academic interests where the applicant is ineligible for sabbatical leave. In such a case it would be necessary for the faculty board to demonstrate the academic advantage (to the University rather than to the individual) of the individual being able to accept the opportunity, and for an explanation to be given of why such an opportunity could not be taken up at a later period when the applicant would be entitled to sabbatical leave. Another situation where special leave might be applied for would be where there was a need for fieldwork for a period exceeding one year, which could therefore not be accommodated within the sabbatical provisions. In such a case it would be expected, as usual, that as much of the leave as possible would be taken as sabbatical or sabbatical in advance of entitlement, and the faculty board would again need to demonstrate the academic advantage to the University of the application's being granted.
Very occasionally applications are made for leave to enable someone to accept an appointment in another academic institution (other than a routine visiting appointment held during sabbatical leave). In such instances, the faculty board would need to make an extremely convincing case as to desirability of the individual being offered reversionary rights to his or her university post for any application to be successful. Factors taken into account would include all relevant circumstances relating to the individual's role within the faculty and the consequences for the faculty, in terms of the refilling of the post, if leave were not to be granted and the individual were therefore to resign. On this latter point, it should be noted, of course, that if leave is granted and the individual subsequently resigns during the period of leave or at the end of it, the uncertainty about the long-term filling of the post will have been exacerbated. The longer the appointment in the other institution the less likely it is that leave will be granted; leave will not be granted save in the most exceptional circumstances to enable someone to decide whether to accept a permanent appointment elsewhere.
In each of the situations outlined above, applications are considered on their academic merits, but it is emphasised that the nature of special leave is that it is granted exceptionally rather than automatically. Advice on the likelihood of success of any application can be obtained from the Secretary of Faculties or the secretary of the Appointments Committee of the General Board.
The General Board takes the view that academic staff are specifically appointed to undertake both teaching and research, and (although the Board would support arrangements whereby teaching in excess of a contracted or reasonable stint was relieved) an extremely good case needs to be made in support of an application for special leave which would have the result of the individual's teaching being conducted mainly or wholly by someone else. This is a especially true given that the sabbatical leave scheme has been preserved intact throughout retrenchment, so providing the opportunity for individuals to concentrate on research in one term out of every seven. Willingness to forgo university stipend or the ease with which funding for a replacement appointment may be attracted will not be sufficient to guarantee in any way the success of an application for special leave.
It is emphasised that any application for leave, including any application for funding which might result in the need for leave from university duties to be granted, must be made to the General Board through the faculty board (and head of department, in departmentally organised faculties). In every case the academic advantage to the institution will be the general criterion by which applications will be considered: in every case the General Board requires details of any necessary substitute arrangements, including those relating to examining and graduate supervision.
It is recognised that some offers are made to individuals at short notice. Given the fact that all members of the academic staff have clear obligations to the University under the terms of their contracts, however, no such offer should be accepted without the explicit approval of the General Board under the procedures set out above: for this reason any prospect of such an offer, however indefinite, must be discussed (in strict confidence) with Dr Whiteley, secretary to the Appointments Committee of the General Board, at the very earliest opportunity. Delay in bringing to the attention of the University the possibility that an offer may be made will mean that if applications and substitute arrangements then have to be considered at short notice, this might compromise the chance of leave being granted.
Edifice and order: prints by Gabrielle Oliver (17 May28 June)
These exhibitions will be held at the University Club, 6 South Parks Road; open MondayFriday (except Bank Holiday), 10 a.m.5 p.m.
(a) Staff and graduate students of, and academic visitors attached to, educational institutions funded by the Higher Education Funding Councils for England, Scotland and Wales, or by the Department of Education for Northern Ireland, and similar institutions in the Republic of Ireland;
(b) academic staff, research students, and academic visitors currently attached to the institutions listed in the 19956 editions of either the University Calendar or the University Diary as `not part of the University but having some association with it';
(c) matriculated members of the University, no longer in residence, who have never obtained an Oxford degree;
(d) holders of Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates awarded in the name of the University on completion of courses which did not require matriculation. For categories (a) and (b), evidence of this status and its future duration should accompany the form or letter of recommendation presented on initial application for a card, and will also be required in order to obtain exemption from payment on renewal.
The charges made for the issuing of cards to other categories of users are currently under review by the Curators of the Bodleian Library.