No. 4444 Thursday 3 July 1997 Vol. 127

German President among seven honoured by Oxford : Bad weather did not dampen spirits or prevent academics and honorands keeping to tradition and processing through the streets to the Sheldonian Theatre for Encaenia on Wednesday, 25 June.

University Museums in `premier league' : Each of the University's four museums has won a place in the government's new regional `premier league' of just 26 institutions selected as being of `pre-eminent importance' to the national heritage.

Library gifts for Russian University : The University of Perm in the Urals is building up the best Russian library on Victorian Studies outside Moscow, thanks to Oxford academics and students who have donated books following an appeal organised by Rewley House.

Head for Brazil study centre : Professor Leslie Bethell, a leading specialist on the history, politics, and culture of Brazil, has been appointed as first Director of the University's newly established Centre for Brazilian Studies, with immediate effect.

Visiting Professorship in broadcast media : The University expects to attract leading figures from the world of television and radio to a newly created annual News International Visiting Professorship of Broadcast Media.

Omens good for a `freer' press, says Harold Evans : The advent of the Blair Labour Government promises nothing less than a British press `almost as free' as that in the US, suggested Mr Harold Evans, delivering the annual Iain Walker memorial lecture in Oxford on 28 May.

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