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The Oxford University Research Services Office is based in the University Offices, Wellington Square, and is part of the central university administration.

The office processes and approves all applications to outside bodies for research grants and contracts. It also acts in an advisory capacity for those seeking outside funding or requiring information about specific initiatives (e.g. LINK, Teaching Company, EC research programmes, etc.).

Contracts with industry are negotiated through the Research Services Office which also deals, inter alia, with various intellectual property matters, research-related work covered by purchase orders, consultancy agreements, agreements covering clinical trials and services, and liaison with funding bodies over discretionary pay awards.

The Director of the Research Services Office is Ms June Clark (telephone: (2)70142, e-mail:

Other members of the Research Services Office from whom advice may be sought are as follows:

Enquiries concerning day-to-day processing of research applications should be addressed to Room 330 (the Research Grants Office), Research Services Office (telephone: (2)70146).

General enquiries may be addressed in the first instance to the Director's Personal Assistant, Ms J. Vicary (telephone: (2)70143), who will be pleased to direct calls to the appropriate member of staff.

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Funds from the Prendergast Bequest are available to men and women born in the Republic or Ireland whose parents are citizens of the Republic of Ireland, to assist them to read for a degree, either graduate or undergraduate (or, in some cases, for a diploma) at the University of Oxford.

Applications are invited for grants for the academic year 1996–7, from students either already on course or who will be commencing their studies at Oxford in October 1996. The grants are means-tested, and the amounts for the year 1996–7 are expected to be in the region of £500–£2,000.

Applicants who intend to follow a postgraduate course must have been accepted by both a college and the faculty board concerned before a grant can be awarded, while applications from candidates who wish to read for a second honour school should be endorsed by the college.

Further information and application forms are available from the Secretary to the Board of Management for the Prendergast Bequest, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD. The closing date for applications is 31 July.

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