No. 4430 Thursday 6 March 1997 Vol. 127

World class research lifts HEFCE grant : Oxford's outstanding success in the recent Research Assessment Exercise has signalled a significant increase in the University's block grant for teaching and research from the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Two Regius chairs filled under new procedures : New appointments to Oxford's Regius chairs of Ecclesiastical History and Modern History were announced on Tuesday.

Alumni bridge club created : A dozen alumni bridge players met at Brasenose College to form a new Oxford University Alumni Bridge Club (OUABC).

UN `still has critical role' in world peace-making : The United Nations—despite its manifest problems and sense of `stalemate' in the 1990s—still has a crucial role to play if a world beyond `fear, jealousy and revenge' is to be built, according to Professor Neil MacFarlane, the new Lester B. Pearson Professor of International Relations.

Bones `too young' for St David : Oxford researchers have revealed that a collection of bones found in St David's Cathdral are not those of St David, the patron saint of Wales, as they date from some 600 years after St David's death in AD 589.

Regius chairs in Ecclesiastical and Modern History : Dr Henry Mayr-Harting has been appointed to the Regius Professorship of Ecclesiastical History, and Professor Robert Evans has been appointed to the Regius Professorship of European History.

New chair to focus on Intellectual Property : The Reuter Foundation, a charity created by the world news and information organisation, Reuters, is to fund a new Reuters Professorship of Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law within the Law Faculty, for five years in the first instance.

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