No. 4411 Thursday 3 October 1996 Vol. 127

German President to receive Degree by Diploma : Professor Roman Herzog, President of the Federal Republic of Germany, is to receive the Degree of Doctor of Civil Law by Diploma from the University of Oxford.

Playhouse reopens after £2½ million refurbishment : The Oxford Playhouse reopens on Wednesday, 16 October, for a season of dance, opera, and theatre, after closing for three months to complete a £2½ million refurbishment.

New White's Professor of Moral Philosophy : Dr James Griffin, Fellow of Keble College and Reader in Philosophy, has been appointed to Dr White's Professorship of Moral Philosophy, with effect from 1 October.

Botany through the seasons : The Botanic Garden, which recently celebrated its 375th anniversary with the flowering of a giant Victoria water lily, has launched its first education programme for adults.

New University gym opens : A new £100,000 gym with sixty fitness stations, to be known as Oxford Pulse, has opened at the Iffley Road Sports Centre, filling a desperate need for centralised training facilities in the University.

South Africans welcome Oxford initiatives : South African Vice-Chancellors have warmly welcomed a proposed new higher education support programme aimed at providing opportunities for able middle-level academics, particularly from so-called historically disadvantaged universities, to come to Oxford to develop their academic and management skills.

Clive Booth retires: Dr Clive Booth, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, will retire in 1997 after eleven years in post. Dr Booth has served as a Vice-Chairman of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals, and currently chairs the CVCP Student and Staff Sector Group.

Artist to work with archaeologists: Archaeologists, based at the Institute of Archaeology, the Department for Continuing Education, and the Pitt Rivers Museum, have invited the British painter, Simon Callery, to work alongside their excavation team on the Ridgeway over the next year. The team, led by Dr Gary Locke and Dr Chris Gosden, have been focusing their operations on Segsbury Camp, an Iron Age hill-fort near Letcombe Regis, about which little is known.

Ashmolean exhibition: An exhibition on the `Techniques of Drawing' has opened in the Eldon Gallery at the Ashmolean Museum. Exhibits, from the permanent collection in the Print Room, trace the historical development of techniques from 1300 to the present and include drawings by Raphael, Dürer, Rembrandt, Degas, and Hockney. The exhibition runs until 1 December 1996.

Gastronomy at the Pitt Rivers: The Pitt Rivers Museum is offering the chance to sample `tastes from around the world' on Thursday, 10 October, in the company of gastronome Loyd Grossman, at a fund-raising evening for its education service.

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