No. 4409 Thursday 25 July 1996 Vol. 126

Wafic Said gives £20m to fund new business school : The University has announced proposals for a substantial expansion of its School of Management, including the construction of a major new building, following a gift of £20 million by businessman Mr Wafic Rida Said.

Diplomats' programme to include Northern Ireland visit : The Oxford Foreign Service Programme, now in its 28th year, is establishing a regular visit to Northern Ireland as part of its programme, which provides selected young diplomats from all over the world with the opportunity to consolidate their skills and build international contacts during a year's postgraduate study in Oxford.

More work at Ashmolean : The second phase of work at the Ashmolean Museum site, the £1.2m sunken court development, is due to start in September.

New Psychiatry Professor to focus on mood disorders : Professor Guy Goodwin, an expert in brain imaging and currently Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh, has been appointed to the W.A. Handley Professorship of Psychiatry from 1 October.

President Mandela seeks support from UK universities : In a unique ceremony, on a perfect sunny afternoon, in the idyllic gardens of Buckingham Palace, the Chancellor conferred a Degree of Doctor of Civil Law by Diploma upon Nelson Mandela, State President of the Republic of South Africa.

Oxford has four new FBAs : Four Oxford academics have been appointed to Fellowships of the British Academy (FBA).

Award for Environmental Change Unit : A team from the Environmental Change Unit has been awarded the World Meteorological Organisation's 1996 Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award, for its research paper entitled `Experimental seasonal forecasting of tropical rainfall at the UK Meteorological Office'. Dr Neil Ward, Chris Folland, Andrew Colman, and Dr Kevin Lane received the award in Geneva in June.

Olympic Oxonian : Mr John Wyatt, aged 23, who has just completed an undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Corpus Christi College, has travelled to Atlanta with the British hockey team to compete in the 1996 Olympics.

Bibliographical lecture endowed : The McKenzie Trust, set up to mark the retirement of Professor Donald McKenzie, Professor of Bibliography and Textual Criticism, has endowed an annual public lecture and a prize for excellence in teaching of English Literature at the University. The subject of the lecture will be the history of the book, scholarly editing, or bibliography and the sociology of texts.

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