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The Scholarship has been awarded to MISS LYN QUEK, St John's College.

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Council notes that, along with members of academic-related and non-academic staff, academic staff may, subject to the outcome of ballots which will be held in accordance with the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, decide to take part in industrial action from November 1996 in pursuance of the 1996 salary claim. Appropriate deductions of salary for the time lost in respect of academic-related and non-academic staff through such action will be made by the University's Salaries Section at the University Offices following due notification from the heads and administrators of the departments by which those staff are employed. In respect of academic staff, the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) has notified universities that the unions representing academic staff are concerned that friction between unions should not arise because different categories of staff are treated differently as regards deductions of salary. As academic staff at Oxford work with a high degree of independence, it is not appropriate for these deductions to be dealt with through departmental or faculty board channels. Those academic staff who do take part in industrial action which involves absenting themselves from their normal duties are therefore asked to send in writing directly to the Salaries Section of the University Offices details of the length of time to which the deduction should relate, together with their name and faculty or college. Where such notification is received by the Salaries Section after the payroll closure date for the month in which the industrial action has occurred, the appropriate deduction will be made in the following month's payroll.

A form setting out the information required is printed below; those concerned may find it convenient to complete this form (or a photocopy of it) and send it to the Salaries Section at the University Offices.

Staff may wish to note that UCEA was informed that this University would favour a settlement above the 1.5 per cent currently on offer to academic, academic-related, technical, and clerical staff. It is recognised, however, that the serious financial constraints on all universities, including Oxford, have to be taken into account by UCEA in negotiating a settlement for the university system as a whole.

Salaries Officer
University Offices
Wellington Square
Oxford OX1 2JD

Deduction for Industrial Action

I authorise you to deduct from my next salary before tax and National Insurance the equivalent of
. . . . . . . . hours.

My details are:

Name: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Initials: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Title: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Staff Number: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
(7 digits beginning `1' as shown in the middle top box of the last pay advice)


National Insurance Number:. . . . . . . . .

(Signed): . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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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 the Managing Director if they wish to take advantage of the services that Isis provides. (Telephone: (2)72411; fax: (2)72412.)

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The next meeting of the Women's Studies Committee will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, 14 November, in the senior common room, the St Cross Building. Details of the meeting's agenda may be obtained from Jackie Scott- Mandeville (telephone: (2)71055).

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BIDS, the Bath Information Data Service offers free access to a variety of databases to members of the University.

Registration for BIDS

Those wishing to obtain a user-name, password, and pocket user guide to one or more of the BIDS services described in this notice should register in one of the following libraries or departments: Balfour Library, Cairns Medical Library, Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford University Computing Service, Engineering Department, Institute for Chinese Studies, Institute for Economics and Statistics Library, Music Faculty, Physics Department, Radcliffe Science Library, Social Studies Library, or Templeton College.


These databases offer author, title, keyword, cited reference, corporate name, conference sponsor, etc., access to articles, reports, letters, book reviews, music reviews, conference proceedings, seminars, editorials, etc. from over 7,000 journals world-wide. Many of the articles in these databases also include abstracts. Science Citation Index (1981–present, updated weekly);
Social Science Citation Index (1981–present, updated weekly);
Arts and Humanities (1981–present, updated weekly);
Index to Scientific and Technical Proceedings (1982–present, updated weekly).

Compendex Plus

This database offers a broad coverage of all engineering disciplines (as well as physics) and includes over 170,000 bibliographic citations with abstracts and 330,000 Table of Contents citations. It indexes 1,840 core journals from cover to cover and 535 conferences. Contact Gill Cooper in the Radcliffe Science Library or Ann Greig of the Engineering Science Library for assistance.


EMBASE is a bibliographic database of published scientific literature. It offers comprehensive coverage of human medicine, clinical medicine, drugs and toxicology, biological science, health affairs, psychiatry, environmental health, etc. Selective coverage (if drug related) of nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, alternative medicine and psychology is also included. The overlap with MEDLINE is claimed by Excerpta Medicus (the producers of EMBASE) at about 37 per cent. Contact Yvonne Hibbert in the Radcliffe Science Library or Karen Henderson at the Cairns Medical Library for assistance.

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)

The data is taken from over 2,600 selected international social science journals and around 6,000 books per year. Subject coverage includes economics, political science, sociology and anthropology.

The journals indexed for the IBSS are from over sixty countries, so it is more international in scope than the other BIDS databases. One of the most interesting features of the IBSS is the network of correspondents from all over the world who index journals and publications which would not be available outside the region (e.g. Parliamentary papers of Hungary) for inclusion in the database.

Ecological Flora of the British Isles

This database, created by Fitter and Peat from the University of York, is searchable by the Latin name, vernacular name, distribution, habitat, diseases, etc. Includes 1,770 species of higher plants, 130 ecological characteristics, etc. For example, using this database it is possible to find all herbal plants which live at 2,000 feet. Contact Linda Atkinson of the Geography Library for registration and assistance.

There is a mailing list in Oxford for those people interested in keeping up-to-date with BIDS changes and enhancements, the work of the user group, etc. Subscribe to the list bids-info by sending an e-mail message to the address Type the message `subscribe bids-info' and send the message in the usual way.

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Members of the University have free access to the dozens of databases on offer from OCLC FirstSearch. It is necessary to have a user-name and password, but these can be obtained from any college, department or faculty librarian.

There will be a course covering OCLC FirstSearch on 6 November, 2–5 p.m., in the OUCS (Lecture room A). Places may be booked by sending an e-mail to

OCLC databases


Coverage: Over 35 million records of any type of material catalogued by OCLC member libraries world-wide, including (for some libraries, manuscripts holdings going back to the 11th Century). Updated daily.


Coverage: Over 12,500 journals in science, technology, medicine, social science, business, the humanities, and popular culture. 1990 to the present. Updated daily.


Coverage: Complete table of contents page and holding information for more than 12,500 journals in many fields. January 1990 to the present. Updated daily.


This is a subset of the articles indexed in ArticleFirst. There are over 340,000 records with a high percentage of citations that can be ordered for online viewing or one-hour fax delivery.

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Other databases

Applied Science and Technology Index

Coverage: More than 350 international, English-language periodicals, covering engineering, mathematics, physics, and computer technology. Includes articles, interviews, meetings, conferences, exhibitions, new product reviews/announcements, and more. October 1983 to the present. Updated monthly.

Art Abstracts

Coverage: More than 200 key international, English-language arts publications. Includes periodicals, yearbooks, museum bulletins, competition and award notices, exhibition listings, interviews, film reviews, and more. September 1984 to the present. Updated monthly.

Biology Digest

Coverage: More than 8,500 records covering the life sciences. September 1989 to the present. Updated monthly, September to May.

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Biography Index

Coverage: More than 2,700 English-language periodicals and 1,800 books added each year. Includes autobiographies, bibliographies, biographies, critical studies, fiction and drama, pictorial works, poetry, juvenile literature, obituaries, journals, collections of letters, book reviews, and interviews. July 1984 to the present. Updated monthly.

Book Review Digest

Coverage: Approximately 100 periodicals published in the US, Canada and UK, covering over 7,000 adult and children's books each year. Includes English-language fiction and non-fiction. January 1983 to the present. Updated monthly.

Consumer Index

Coverage: More than 110 periodicals and services covering product evaluations, descriptions, recalls, alerts, and warnings. 1986 to the present. Updated quarterly.

Education Abstracts

Coverage: More than 400 English-language periodicals and yearbooks published in the US and elsewhere. Subjects include adminstration, teaching methods and curriculum, literacy etc. June 1983 to the present. Updated monthly.


Coverage: Over 800,000 references to thousands of educational topics. Includes journal articles, books, theses, curriculi, conference papers, and standards and guidelines. 1966 to the present. Updated monthly.


Coverage: Facts and statistics from some 300 works, including newspapers, periodicals, the Congressional Record, and Congressional hearings. 1984 to the present. Updated quarterly.

General Sciences Abstracts

Coverage: More than 100 journals and magazines from the U.S. and U.K., covering subjects such as anthropology, astronomy, biology, computers, earth sciences, medicine and health etc. Includes articles, reviews, biographical sketches, letters to the editor. May 1984 to the present. Updated monthly.


Coverage: Over 380,000 records on all subjects of interest to the U.S. government. July 1976 to the present. Updated monthly.

Library Literature

Coverage: More than 200 library and information science periodicals published internationally, and more than 600 books a year. December 1984 to the present. Updated monthly.


Coverage: More than 3,500 journals published internationally, covering all areas of medicine. Updated monthly.

Microcomputer Abstracts

Coverage: More than 75 popular magazines and professional journals on microcomputing in business, education, industry and the home. Includes articles, reviews and product announcements. January 1989 to the present. Updated monthly.

MLA Bibliography

Coverage: Literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore from over 4,000 journals and series published worldwide. 1963 to the present. Updated ten times per year. This is now the only up-to- date version of the MLA Bibliography available to readers.

Papers First

Coverage: Over 580,000 papers included in every congress, conference, exposition, workshop, symposium, and meeting received at The British Library from October 1993 to the present. Updated monthly.

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Coverage: Over 19,000 citations of every congress, symposium, conference, exposition, workshop and meeting received at The British Library from October 1993 to the present. Updated monthly.

Readers' Guide Abstracts (Wilson)

Coverage: Popular periodicals published in the U.S. and Canada on a very wide variety of subjects. January 1983 to the present. Updated monthly.

Social Science Index (Wilson)

Coverage: More than 350 international, English-language, periodicals in sociology, anthropology, geography, economics, political science and law. February 1983 to the present. Updated monthly.

Wilson Business Abstracts

Coverage: More than 300 international English-language business magazines, covering accounting, finance, management, and small business. January 1986 to the present. Updated monthly.

Online information is available from the University Information Sytem at Queries should be referred to Vicky Mills (telephone: (2)71072) or Margaret Robb (telephone: (2)78172).

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