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CHAIRMEN OF EXAMINERS

TRINITY TERM 1997

Honour Moderations

Mathematics: M.J. COLLINS, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of University

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Honour Schools

Classics and English: N.J. RICHARDSON, B.PHIL., MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Merton

Classics and Modern Languages: G.O. HUTCHINSON, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Exeter

Computation: C.C. MORGAN, MA, Fellow of Pembroke (address: Computing Laboratory)

Human Sciences: D.A. COLEMAN, MA, Queen's (address: Department of Applied Social Studies and Social Research)

Mathematical Sciences: M. LUNN, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of St Hugh's

Mathematics: M. LUNN, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of St Hugh's

Mathematics and Computation: C.C. MORGAN, MA, Fellow of Pembroke (address: Computing Laboratory)

Mathematics and Philosophy: D.R. HEATH BROWN, MA, Fellow of Magdalen

Natural Science

Physiological Sciences: A.F. BRADING, MA, Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall (address: Department of Pharmacology)

Philosophy and Theology: M.J. EDWARDS, MA, D.PHIL., Student of Christ Church

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics: D.B. ROBERTSON, MA, Fellow of St Hugh's

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Master of Philosophy

English Studies Courses (i) and (ii): R.F.S. HAMER, MA, Student of Christ Church

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First Examination for the Degree of BM

Part I: M.J.A. WOOD, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Somerville (address: Department of Human Anatomy)

Part II: M.J.A. WOOD, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Somerville (address: Department of Human Anatomy)

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CHANGES IN REGULATIONS

With the approval of the General Board, the following changes in regulations made by boards of faculties and committees will come into effect on 29 November.

1 Board of the Faculty of English Language and Literature

(i) M.Phil. in English Studies

With effect from 1 October 1997 (for first examination in 1998)

In Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 576, delete l. 6 and substitute:

`9. Literature and Religion'.

(ii) D.Phil. in English

With effect from 1 October 1996 (for first examination in 1997)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 820, l. 23, after `referees' insert `*', and at the foot of the page insert footnote:

`*Except for candidates who have opted to write a thesis, who need name only one referee, who should be their thesis supervisor.'

2 Ibid., p. 821, after l. 21 insert:

`(vii) A student whose first application is unsuccessful will have one further opportunity to apply for transfer, unless in the course of transferring to M.Litt. status, he or she has already applied on two occasions to transfer to D.Phil. status, in which case no further attempts will be allowed.'

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2 Board of the Faculty of Law

Diploma in Law

With immediate effect

In Examination Decrees, 1996, delete from p. 902, l. 8 to p. 904, l. 4.

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3 Board of the Faculty of Modern History

M.Phil. in Economic and Social History

With effect from 1 October 1996 (for first examination in 1997)

In Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 557, l. 24, delete `1870' and substitute `1850'.

4 Committee for Byzantine Studies

M.Phil. in Byzantine Studies

With effect from 1 October 1996 (for first examination in 1997) 1 In Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 543, after l. 8 insert:

`4. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.'

2 Ibid., l. 9, renumber para. 4 as 5.

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5 Committee on Continuing Education

Postgraduate Diplomas (Continuing Education)

With effect from 1 January 1997

In Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 927, after l. 13 insert:

`Cognitive therapy

1. The course will consist of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and classes on the principle and practice of cognitive therapy, together with clinical practice in cognitive therapy. The course will be taken on a part-time basis over a period of not less than one year and not more than two years.

2.Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in the following:

(a) attendance at the appropriate classroom-based courses including small group case supervisions;

(b) supervised treatment of at least three patients by cognitive therapy;

(c) six audio- or videotape pesentations of therapy sessions;

(d) two written case presentations, each of no more than 3,000 words;

(e) two essays, each of no more than 4,000 words, on topics provided by course tutors and approved by the examiners;

(f) a dissertation of no more than 10,000 words on a topic approved by the examiners.

The six audio- or videotape presentations under (c), the two case presentations under (d), the two essays under (e), and the dissertation under (f) shall be forwarded to the examiners for consideration by such date as the examiners shall determine and shall notify candidates and tutors.

3. Candidates will be expected to attend a viva voce examination at the end of the course of studies unless individually dispensed by the examiners.

4. The examiners may award a distinction to candidates for the Diploma.

5. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in the audio- or videotape presentations under 2 (c), the two case presentations under

2 (d), the two essays under 2 (e), or the dissertation under 2 (f) may be permitted to resubmit work in respect of the part or parts of the examination which they have failed for examination on not more than one occasion which shall normally be within one year of the original failure.'

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6 Committee for the School of Management Studies

(i) M.Sc. in Management Research

With effect from 1 October 1997 (for first examination in 1998)

In Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 748, after l. 50 insert:

`Management Research

1. Candidates must follow for three terms a course of instruction in Management Research as prescribed in Schedule A and will, when entering for the examination, be required to produce a certificate from a supervisor appointed for the purpose by the Committee for the School of Management Studies to this effect.

2.The examination will be in three parts as follows:

Part I: Written examination (as prescribed in cl. 3 below).

Part II: Two written assignments, as prescribed in cl. 4 below, each of no more than 6,000 words, and a dissertation of no more than 20,000 words each to be delivered to the Chairman of the Examiners c/o Clerk of the Schools, High Street, Oxford, by the times specified below.

(i) Review of Literature: to be submitted by noon of the Friday of the last week of Hilary Term;

(ii) Pilot project: to be submitted by noon of the Friday of the last week of Trinity Term;

(iii) Dissertation: to be submitted by noon of the Friday of the last week of the September following the Trinity Term in which the course is taken.

Part III: Candidates will be required to attend an oral examination.

3. The written examinations will consist of the following papers, the rubrics for which are set out in the schedule:

(a) Management Studies Research Methodology

(b) One of the following:

(i) Decision and Information Management, or

(ii) Finance, or

(iii) Organisational Behaviour, or

(iv) Marketing, or

(v) Strategic Management.

Other options may be available of which details will be published annually by the Chairman of the Examiners by the end of Friday of week one of Michaelmas Term.

4. The written assignments for Part II of the examination shall comprise the following

(i) Literature review: candidates are required to provide a critical appraisal of the academic literature of their chosen area of research, including the identification and appreciation of theoretical perspectives, research issues currently being addressed, research methods employed, and results.

(ii) Pilot project: candidates are required to undertake a pilot project and to detail their practical experience of problem formulations, research design, theoretical modelling, data collection and data analysis, fieldwork methods if appropriate, report writing and presentation.

(iii) Dissertation: candidates are required to submit a dissertation in a field of management research. The dissertation should demonstrate an ability to identify, formulate, implement and present a research project.

5. (i) A candidate who has failed to satisfy the examiners in Part I of the examination may enter again for that part on one, but not more than one, subsequent occasion which would normally be in the September following the Trinity Term in which Part I was taken.

(ii) A candidate who has not submitted a satisfactory assignment by the due date, or within an extension of time granted at the discretion of the Graduate Studies Committee of the Committee for the School of Management Studies, will be required to resubmit the assignment within three calendar months.

(iii) A candidate who has failed to satisfy the examiners in the dissertation may resubmit it on one, but not more than one, subsequent occasion, which shall be no later than September in the year following the Trinity Term in which Part I was taken.

SCHEDULE

(a) Research methodology

The nature of research in management studies and its relation to other social sciences, epistemology, strategies for literature review, research design, qualitative methods, interviewing, questionnaire design and ethnography, data sources and data collection, statistical methods, statistical and econometric modelling, analysis and interpretation of qualitative and quantitative data, presentation of research results.

(b) Candidates must choose one paper from (i)–(v) below or from a list of other options which may from time to time be available. Details of these will be published in the School of Management Studies by the Chairman of Examiners by the end of Friday of the First Week of Michaelmas Term.

(i) Decision and information management

Decision making

Management decision making and modelling, decision analysis, decision trees, risk analysis, multi-criteria decision making, group decision making, computer supported decision making.

Information management

The formulation of business IT and IS strategies, IT and competitive advantage, evaluation and management of IT/IS investments, IT decision-making and decision support, IT control and changing organisations forms, information systems: development and project management, IT and process transformation, the implementation process: human and organisational issues, organising staffing and managing the IS function, information systems outsourcing, future IT trends: implications for business and management.

(ii) Finance

Corporate finance and contract theory

Capital budgeting, capital structure, taxation and finance, mergers, international finance, banking and financial intermediation, imperfect information, incomplete market models.

Asset pricing and econometrics in finance

Asset pricing models, options and derivatives, portfolio theory, hedging, foreign currency and interest rate markets, efficient markets, market anomalies, time series modelling of financial series, cross-section and panel models of finance.

(iii) Organisational behaviour

Organisational behaviour

Classical origins of organisational behaviour, Taylorism and Fordism, human relations, neo-human relations and human resource management, contemporary organisational theory.

The individual and the organisation

Technology, leadership, gender, careers, professions, the changing nature of management, contemporary developments in organisation, culture, motivation and the psychological contract, power and politics and managing change.

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(iv) Marketing

Consumer and services marketing

The marketing concept and the marketing mix, marketing research, marketing information, models of consumer behaviour, market analysis, market segmentation, positioning, advertising and sales promotion, direct marketing, measuring and monitoring perceptions of service quality, internal marketing, marketing planning, implementation of plans, international marketing.

Business-to-business and strategic marketing

Buyer–seller interactions, models of the organisational buying process, organisational demand analysis, industrial market research, product line management, new product development, managing the industrial marketing mix, sales management, marketing strategy and comparative advantage, analysing competition, contingent marketing strategies, implementation and control of marketing strategies, the strategic role of information, organisation for marketing.

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(v) Stategic management

Theoretical and practitioner debates in strategic management, with attention to current research issues and methodology. Theoretical perspectives will include: the industrial organisation tradition; resource-based theory; evolutionary theories of industry change; transaction cost economics and principal-agent theory; institutional theory; planning versus emergent accounts of strategy development; game theory; national bases of competitive advantage; top management cognition and corporate culture. These perspectives will be applied to substantive topic areas such as strategic choice, diversification, internationalisation, co-operative strategy including alliances, acquisitions, top management performance, strategic change, organisational stucture, corporate strategy including strategic control and comparative management.'

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(ii) Status of Probationer Research Student and the

degrees of M.Litt., M.Sc. by Research, and D.Phil. 1 In Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 825, after l. 20 insert new sect. XI and renumber following sectt. XI–XXX as sectt. XII–XXI:

`XI. COMMITTEE FOR THE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES

1. Transfer to M.Litt. or D.Phil. status

Candidates seeking admission in order to read for the M.Litt. or D.Phil. are normally registered as Probationer Research Students and as such, unless specifically exempted by the committee, must follow the requirements laid down for the degree of Master of Science in Management Research. Transfer to M.Litt. or D.Phil. status normally takes place in the third or fourth term after admission and is dependent on successful completion of the M.Sc. course, though this is not in itself a sufficient condition of transfer. Applications should be submitted to the Graduate Studies Committee and, for students who have completed the M.Sc. in Management Research, will comprise the following:

(a) a transfer of status form, obtainable from the Postgraduate Secretary in the Course Administration Office of the school, signed by the candidate's supervisor and an appropriate college officer. The candidate should indicate clearly on the form the status to which he or she wishes to transfer.

(b) a good pass in the M.Sc. in Management Research.

(c) a thesis proposal of no more than 5,000 words setting out the structure of the thesis and the way in which the student will tackle the thesis, including research propositions, methods of collecting and analysing data, and presentation of results.

Students who have successfully completed and obtained a good pass in the M.Sc. in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management (or any other Masters course deemed by the committee to be an acceptable prerequisite for research in Management Studies) will be expected to complete steps (a) and (c) and, in addition, will have to demonstrate sufficient competence in research methodology. They may be required to take the research methodology course of the M.Sc. in Management Research in their first or second year

The Graduate Studies Committee will appoint two assessors, one of whom will normally be a member of the committee, except in cases where neither of the two most appropriate assessors are members of the committee, who will read the work, examine the candidate orally, and submit a written report to the committee including the results of the written examination.

The committee will then decide whether transfer to the status applied for will be approved. In the case of applications to transfer to D.Phil. status where the committee is not satisfied that the candidate should be allowed to make the transfer it may approve admission to M.Litt. status, or approve an extension of time in order to allow the candidate to resubmit at a later date (but before the end of the sixth term after admission to Probationer Research status). The committee may request additional written work or other evidence, or appoint an additional assessor, whenever it is considered necessary.

The students thesis committee will meet regularly with the student to review progress and will report annually to the committee.

2. Confirmation of D.Phil. status

Students who have been admitted to D.Phil. status must, not later than six terms after admission to D.Phil. status, apply for confirmation of that status. The committee for the school would normally expect students to apply for confirmation of D.Phil. status before the end of their ninth term after admission to Probationer Research status.

Requirements for the status are:

(a) completion of the approrpriate form, obtainable from the Postgraduate Secretary in the Course Administration Office of the school signed by the supervisor and an appropriate college office.

(b) a comprehensive outline of the treatment of the thesis topic including details of progress made and an indication, where possible, of the anticipated timetable for submission.

either at least two draft chapters intended to form part of the final thesis or one draft chapter which includes material particularly central to the thesis.

The application must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Committee, who will appoint an assessor or assessors as appropriate. A written report on the application will be made to the committee before confirmation on D.Phil. status is approved.

If the committee does not consider that the candidate's progress warrants confirmation of status it may either (a) recommend resubmission of the application at a later date within the normal timetable (not later than six terms after admission to D.Phil. status) or (b) approve an extension of D.Phil. status in order to allow time for resubmission of the application or (c) approve transfer to M.Litt. status, or (d) reject the application.

3. Thesis

Theses for the Degree of M.Litt. which exceed 50,000 words, and those for the Degree of D.Phil. which exceed 100,000, excluding the bibliography, are liable to be rejected unless candidates have, with the support of their supervisors, secured the leave of the board to exceed this limit. These figures are strictly maxima. It is not the committee's intention that they should be construed as norms, and candidates are advised that many successful theses have been significantly shorter.'

2 Ibid., p. 840, ll. 43–5, delete `(or, in the case of Management Studies, from the Academic Secretary (Postgraduate) at Templeton College).'

3 Ibid., p. 841, l. 1, delete `(i) in the case of all sub-faculties save Management Studies:'.

4 Ibid., delete ll. 3–6.

5 Ibid., p. 842, ll. 5–6, delete `or, in the case of Management Studies, from the Academic Secretary (Postgraduate) at Templeton College).'

6 Ibid., l. 11, delete `(i) in the case of all sub-faculties save Management Studies:'.

7 Ibid., delete ll. 13–15.

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7 Inter-faculty Committee for Queen Elizabeth House

M.St. in Forced Migration

With effect from 1 October 1998 (for first examination in 1999)

In Examination Decrees, 1996, p. 664, after l. 31 insert:

`Forced Migration

1. Candidates will be expected to attend such lectures and seminars as their supervisor/course director shall recommend.

2.Candidates will, when they enter for their examination, be required to produce, for the Admissions Secretary, a certificate from their society that they are completing a course of study in the field which they have pursued in Oxford for at least three terms.

3. A regional option to be offered by each candidate, duly approved by the candidate's supervisor, must be submitted for approval to the chairman of the examiners by the first week in Hilary Term. Notice of the option must be given to the Registrar not later than Friday of the fourth week of that term.

4. The topic of the extended essay to be offered by each candidate, duly approved by the candidate's supervisor, must be submitted for approval to the chairman of the examiners by the sixth week of Hilary Term.

5. Candidates must present themselves for an oral examination unless exempted by the examiners.

6. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.

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SYLLABUS

Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in four papers as follows:

Paper I: International Legal and Normative Framework

The international legal and normative framework in relation to refugees and displaced persons. International and domestic application of individual and group rights to displaced persons and refugees. Implications of displaced populations for international order and for the security and stability of states. Activities and involvement of the relevant international organs, governments, and inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations regarding forced migration. The creation and dissolution of states. Concepts of intervention and their justifications. The evolution of humanitarian responses to forced migration. The organisational culture of assistance.

Paper II: Causes and consequences of forced migration

Theories of the causes of forced migration and humanitarian crises. Historical dimensions and social dynamics of forced migration. Coercion and conflict. Poverty and vulnerability. The impact of forced migrants on host populations and governments. Coping mechanisms, survival strategies and psychological adaptation of affected populations. Nationalism, ethnicity and group identity. Integration in rural and urban settings. The impact of resettlement programmes on the livelihood and economic autonomy of affected populations. Repatriation and social reconstruction.

Paper III: Regional Option

Each student will be required to undertake a course of study and write an essay of not more than 5,000 words on forced migration in a particular region. This essay must be submitted by week eight of Hilary Full Term.

Paper IV: Extended Essay

Each student will be required to write an essay of not more than 8,000 words on a topic relevant to forced migration. The purpose of this essay is to ensure that the students have engaged in a multi-disciplinary analysis of a single issue to gain an awareness of the complex inter-relations in the field. Students must submit their essays at least fourteen days before the first day of the examination.

Candidates must display an understanding of research methods relevant to the topics addressed in Papers III and IV. These will be from among: epistemology of social science; social science paradigms; ethics and values; quantitative, qualitative and participatory methods; the presentation of statistical information; research design; sampling theory; hypothesis testing; questionnaire design; participant observation; participatory teaming and action; and evaluative research.

Topics for Papers III and IV will require approval by the chairman of the examiners. Early guidance should be sought from candidates' supervisors to ensure that the topics chosen for Papers III and IV do not contain substantial areas of overlap, but it is the examiners' decision that is binding.'

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DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF LETTERS

The Board of the Faculty of English Language and Literature has granted leave to E.H. COOPER, University, to supplicate for the Degree of Doctor of Letters.

A list of the evidence submitted by the candidate is available at the University Offices.

The Committee for the School of Management Studies has granted leave to J. MARTIN, Keble, to supplicate for the Degree of Doctor of Letters.

A list of the evidence submitted by the candidate is available at the University Offices.

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EXAMINATIONS FOR THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

The examiners appointed by the following faculty boards give notice of oral examination of their candidates as follows:

Anthropology and Geography

D.E. ANDERSON, Jesus: `Abrupt Holocene climatic change in terrestrial peat sequences from Wester Ross, Scotland'.
School of Geography, Thursday, 12 December, 2 p.m.
Examiners: A.S. Goudie, J. Lowe.

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Biological Sciences

S. ASHFORD, Wolfson: `Structure and function of DNA ligases'.
Department of Biochemistry, Friday, 6 December, 2 p.m.
Examiners: D.J. Sherratt, P. Freemont.

C. KINGSNORTH, Linacre: `Identification of genes regulated by the A mating type proteins of Coprinus'.
Department of Plant Sciences, Friday, 22 November, 2.30 p.m.
Examiners: C.F. Thurston, J.A. Langdale.

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Clinical Medicine

L. SHAPIRO, Magdalen: `Three-dimensional processing and display of MRA and CT image data: application in surgery and radiology'.
MRI Centre, Thursday, 21 November, 2 p.m.
Examiners: S.R. Watt-Smith, A.D. Linney.

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English Language and Literature

V.E. BURKE, Corpus Christi: `Women and seventeenth- century manuscript culture: miscellanies, commonplace books, and song books compiled by English Scottish women, 1600–60'.
Examination Schools, Tuesday, 7 January, 11 a.m.
Examiners: K.D. Duncan-Jones, M.J. Ezell.

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Law

J. MUNRO, Balliol: `Maori in the courts: the limits of litigation 1987–95'.
Examination Schools, Wednesday, 20 November, 11.30 a.m.
Examiners: P.P. Craig, M. Chen-Wishart.

S. WOODHOUSE, New College: `The implementation of the concept of voluntary partnership under the Children Act 1989'.
All Souls, Friday, 13 December, 2.15 p.m.
Examiners: S.M. Cretney, K. O'Donovan.

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Medieval and Modern Languages

P.J. SMITH, Jesus: `Three poems ascribed to Gilla Cùemçin: a critical edition'.
Examination Schools, Friday, 10 January, 2.15 p.m.
Examiners: M. Herbert, D.E. Evans.

C. MCCREERY, Wolfson: `Satiric prints of women in late eighteenth-century England'.
Worcester, Friday, 22 November, 2.15 p.m.
Examiners: D. Donald, J. Stevenson.

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Oriental Studies

M.C. POLLARD, Pembroke: `Miyagawa Kozan (1842–1916) and the Makuzu workshop: the development of Makuzu ware in the context of the Japanese ceramics industry of the Meiji period'.
Oriental Institute, Friday, 22 November, 2.30 p.m.
Examiners: T. Watanabe, I.J. McMullen.

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Physical Sciences

N. HAYWARD, Exeter: `Marine geophysical study of the Eurasian–African plate boundary, in the vicinity of Gorringe Bank'.
Department of Earth Sciences, Wednesday, 27 November, 2.15 p.m.
Examiners: J.F. Dewey, G.K. Westbrook.

F.T.E. LATREMOLIERE, Merton: `Boundaries and interfaces in the planar ising ferromagnet'.
Sub-department of Theoretical Physics, Monday, 25 November, 2 p.m.
Examiners: E. BrÄzin, J.L. Cardy.

N. MARUYAMA, Keble: `Fault detection in uncertain systems using neuro-fuzzy modelling'.
Department of Engineering Sciences, Tuesday, 19 November, 2 p.m.
Examiners: L. Tarassenko, D. Linkens.

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Physiological Sciences

J.A. HALL, Wolfson: `Swelling-activated transport of diverse solutes in mammalian cells'.
Department of Human Anatomy, Monday, 25 November, 11 a.m.
Examiners: C.A.R. Boyd, M. Valverde.

A. MOBASHERI, Wolfson: `The effect of the extracellular environment on sodium pump density in cartilage'.
Nuffield Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Thursday, 28 November, 3 p.m.
Examiners: M.J.O. Francis, J.F. Lamb.

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Committee for Educational Studies

G.F. DEEKS, Oriel: `Managing change in primary schools: impact and consequences in the post-Education Reform Act period'.
Examination Schools, Wednesday, 4 December, 2.30 p.m.
Examiners: G. Walford, P. Young.

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EXAMINATION FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF LETTERS

The examiners appointed by the following faculty board give notice of oral examination of their candidate as follows:

Social Studies

D. PANAGIA, Magdalen: `The function of ideology in politics and language'.
Social Studies Faculty Centre, Thursday, 12 December, 2 p.m.
Examiners: E.J. Frazer, A.J. Vincent.

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EXAMINATION FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF SCIENCE

The examiners appointed by the following committee give notice of oral examination of their candidate as follows:

Committee for Educational Studies

F. SMITH, St Anne's: `Racial harassment and racial discrimination in education in Hampshire'.
Examination Schools, Wednesday, 20 November, 11.30 a.m.
Examiners: C.W.R. Davies, P. Figueroa.