No. 4405 Thursday 13 June 1996 Vol. 126

Oxford set to honour Nelson Mandela : Nelson Mandela, State President of the Republic of South Africa, has accepted the offer of a degree of Doctor of Civil Law by Diploma from the University.

Chinese art at the Ashmolean : An important collection of modern Chinese art has been given to the Ashmolean Museum.

How steel is facing up to the future : The challenges facing the global steel industry were examined by Dr Jeff Edington, Technical Director of British Steel plc, in the first of a new series of lectures organised by the Oxford Centre for Advanced Materials and Composites (OCAMAC).

Linacre wins green award : Linacre College has won this year's `Green Building of the Year Award' for its new student residence and administration wing.

Wycliffe becomes `Permanent' Hall : Wycliffe Hall, the Anglican Theological College, will become a Permanent Private Hall of the University from Michaelmas Term 1996.

Oxford collects three politics prizes : Edward Pallesen, a Rhodes scholar from Nebraska, has won the Political Studies Association's Lord Bryce Prize for 1994–5 for doctoral theses in the fields of International Relations and Comparative Politics—following four consecutive International Relations awards for Oxford doctoral theses from the British International Studies Association.

Research and equipment committee grant changes : The arrangements for applications for Special Research Grants and Non-Recurrent Equipment Grants for 1996–7 have been modified.

Encaenia concert : For their third Encaenia Day concert on 19 June, New Chamber Opera will present sets of music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier to Molière's Le Mariage Forcé and Poisson's Les Fous Divertissants. Tickets for the concert at New College Chapel at 8.30pm are £7 (£5 concessions).

Scottish exhibition : Poems by Burns and calligraphic work by a sixteenth- century artist, Esther Inglis, are among the rich and varied collection of material in the Scots and their Books in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance exhibition, which opened at the Bodleian this week (10 June–24 August). The exhibition, organised by Dr Sally Mapstone, Fellow of St Hilda's, contains many important books, which have rarely been displayed in public before.

Correction : Professor Henry Schermers will be the second Jacques Delors Visiting Professor, not the first as stated in the Gazette (No. 4404). Professor Ami Barav, of Paris 1, is the first holder of the post.

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