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The Prize has been awarded to ZOLTÁN MOLNÁR, Hertford College.

Proxime accessit: STEWART PAUL LEITCH, Wolfson College.

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The Prize, for the best performance in the Economics of Industry paper in the Final Honour School of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, has been awarded to MOHAMMED A. MERCHANT, Brasenose College.

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The Prize has been awarded to GRAHAM SHARP, Queen's College.

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The first-ever forum for all users of information technology (IT) within the University will be held on Tuesday, 31 October, 4–5.30 p.m., in the Lindemann Lecture Theatre, the Clarendon Laboratory (first floor), Parks Road. The purposes of the meeting will be to explain the proposed updated IT strategy for the University; to obtain feedback and comments on the IT Strategy from as wide a range of IT users as possible; to hear brief reports from the principal IT service providers (Computing Services, Libraries Automation, Administrative Systems); to provide an opportunity to ask questions of these providers; and to decide if such open forums should be repeated. The meeting is open to all IT users in the University, staff or students, IT experts and IT novices. As the venue is limited to 150 people, those wishing to attend are advised to arrive early.

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Personal Consultancies

The University holds a Professional Indemnity Insurance policy which indemnifies the University, together with its employees and officers whilst acting on behalf of the University, against liability for damages (and claimants' costs and expenses) in respect of claims arising out of the University's activities as a university by reason of (amongst other things):

(i) any act, neglect, error, or omission, occurring or committed in good faith by the University (together with its employees and officers whilst acting on behalf of the University);

(ii) libel and slander committed in good faith by reason of words written or spoken by the University (together with its employees and officers whilst acting on behalf of the University).

In the event of liability arising from any dishonest or fraudulent act or omission, no person committing or condoning the act or omission is entitled to indemnity.

The policy does not cover the first £1,000 of any claim for damages.

The policy also provides the same cover for individual members of the University's academic, academic-related, and technical staff who undertake private work, provided that

(a) the permission of the University has been obtained, and

(b) fees received for such work are declared to the insurer.

It should be noted, however, that claims in US and Canadian courts are excluded.

This insurance cover is subject to a number of conditions, of which the most important are:

(a) that written notice is given to the insurance company as soon as possible after the University is aware of circumstances which might reasonably be expected to produce a claim against the University (including its employees and officers if within the cover)—irrespective of the validity of the claim—or as soon as it is informed of such a claim for which there may be liability under the insurance cover; and

(b) that every letter, claim, writ, summons and process is forwarded to the insurance company immediately on receipt. No admission, offer, promise, payment, or indemnity is to be made or given by or on behalf of the University (including its employees and officers if within the cover) without the written consent of the company.

Members of the academic staff undertaking consultancy work with the permission of the University (under the rules laid down by the General Board), and academic-related and technical staff (who must obtain the permission of the head of their department), are strongly urged to take advantage of this cover. They may do so by writing, on a strictly confidential basis, to Ms J. Clark, Director, Research Services Office, Wellington Square, Oxford, stating the name of the employer for each consultancy and the fee or the remuneration receivable.

The insurance company will only be notified of the aggregate number of consultancies and the aggregate fees on an annual basis except in the event of a claim, when details of a particular consultancy will be required by the insurer.

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From time to time the attention of the University is drawn to individual cases of financial hardship among widows of former members of the Federated Superannuation System for Universities (FSSU) and the University of Oxford Employees Pension Scheme (EPS). Limited resources are available to alleviate proven cases of hardship and any enquiry should be addressed to the Superannuation Officer, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD. All cases are dealt with in the strictest confidence.

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2 South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3UB

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Library of the Maison Française, Norham Road, Oxford OX2 6SE (telephone: Oxford (2)74224), is a study and information centre for students and teachers of French, and for all those interested in French culture and society.

It has a wide range of books (39,000 volumes), periodicals (including La Monde and Libération), a selection of cassettes, records, and videos, and Dossiers de presse (up-to-date cuttings from the French press) on various contemporary topics such as the environment, education, and immigration. The social science section is currently being expanded.

Everyone is welcome to join the library and take advantage of these resources. The opening hours are 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday–Friday, and 10 a.m.–12.30 p.m. on Saturdays.

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THE ALLEGRI QUARTET will give concerts on the days shown, in the Holywell Music Room.

Tickets for the evening concerts cost £7.50 (£6 OAP/unwaged, £4 students), and tickets for the lunchtime concert cost £5 (£4, £2.50). Tickets for all three concerts cost £18 (£14, £9). Tickets may be obtained from Blackwell's Music Shop.

Fri. 27 Oct., 8 p.m.: Haydn, Quartet in G, op. 77, no. 1; Schubert, Quartettstatz in C minor, D.703; Ravel, Quartet in F.

Wed. 8 Nov., 8 p.m.: Fauré, Piano Quartet No. 2 in G minor, op. 45; Tippett, Quartet No. 2 in F sharp; Brahms, Piano Quartet in C minor, op. 60 (with Rian de Waal).

Tue. 21 Nov., 1.15 p.m.: Schubert, Octet in F, D.803 (with Oxford students).

The Quartet will hold open rehearsals in the Holywell Music Room, 2.30–5.30 approximately, on 27 October and 8 November.

Professor Brian Newbould will give a talk, illustrated by the Quartet, on his completion of the second movement to Schubert's Quartettstatz, at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday, 28 October, in the Holywell Music Room. Admission is free.