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Members of the University will recall that the Commission of Inquiry has been working on the basis that it would aim to submit its final report to the University during Trinity Term 1997. Drafting of the Commission's report, taking account of the many responses to recent consultation undertaken by the Commission, is now in progress, but for several reasons it has been decided to delay finalisation and publication of the report until Michaelmas Term 1997.

The most important factor in this decision has been a clear indication from the National Review Committee on Higher Education, chaired by Sir Ron Dearing, that it intends to publish its report at the end of June. The Commission believes that it would be undesirable for its own report to appear at about the same time and has concluded that it would be sensible to delay publication to enable members of the Commission to give preliminary consideration to any implications which the conclusions of Sir Ron Dearing's review might have for the Commission's own report. Although it will not be possible to delay publication of the Commission's report until the government's response to the Dearing proposals is known, this revised timetable will at least enable the Commission to make an initial assessment of the Dearing proposals and take these into account.

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The Proctors draw the attention of all members of the University to an amendment to their regulations concerning Conduct at Examinations. The following amendment (indicated in italic) has been made with immediate effect:

Regulation (xi): Candidates may not take unnecessary articles into examination rooms. Candidates who bring unnecessary articles to a building in which examinations are being held must not take them beyond the areas designated for the deposit of bags and other personal belongings.

(Examination Decrees and Regulations, 1996, p. 1045.)

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The University has commissioned consultants to undertake a survey on Thursday, 22 May, on the the means of travel used by all persons holding university appointments. The results of the survey will be used to assess the demand for car parking against the number of places likely to be available in the future and to consider ways of encouraging people to use other forms of transport. A questionnaire is being sent out which asks that those wishing to participate fill in a log of their travel on 22 May. On that day the consultants will survey the use of the University's car parks. Anyone wishing to complete a travel log and who does not receive a copy may obtain one from the University Surveyor's Office.

The co-operation of all in completing and returning the questionnaire is actively sought.

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A Memorial Mass for the repose of the soul of THE REVD MICHAEL HOLLINGS, MC, MBE, will be held at 11.30 a.m. on Wednesday, 21 May, in the Catholic Chaplaincy, St Aldate's, Oxford. Bishop Crispian Hollis, former assistant and successor to Fr Michael, will preside. The address will be given by Dr Barry Nicholas, former Principal of Brasenose College. All are welcome to attend.

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Ten or more members of Congregation may arrange to have a flysheet circulated with the Gazette (a) on matters before Congregation, or Convocation in regard to the election of the Professor of Poetry, or (b) relating to matters of general interest to the University, subject to the following general conditions:

(i) no flysheet will be circulated which in the opinion of the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors might be defamatory or otherwise illegal;

(ii) the right is reserved on behalf of the University and its employees, without prior consultation with the signatories, to publish an apology in respect of any statement in a flysheet which is complained of as defamatory or otherwise illegal (whether or not the statement can be shown to be true);

(iii) the signatories shall jointly and severally indemnify the University and its employees against any costs or damages payable in respect of their flysheet and, unless a Queen's Counsel (to be mutually agreed on by the signatories and the University) shall advise within four months of the making of any claim in respect of a flysheet that any proceedings could be contested with the probability of success, such damages shall include any sum paid by the University in settlement of any claim arising out of the flysheet;

(iv) the flysheet shall consist of one leaf only (though text may appear on both sides of the leaf); the text shall include the name and college or department of each of the signatories;

(v) a copy of the text of the flysheet shall be delivered to the Registrar before 10 a.m. on the Monday of the week in which circulation is desired; it shall be accompanied by an indemnity in accordance with condition (iii) above drawn up on a form obtainable from the Registrar and signed by each of the signatories of the flysheet; the Registrar shall be informed at the same time which of the signatories is to be notified whether the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors have authorised circulation;

(vi) the Registrar shall arrange for the production by the University Press of copies of a flysheet the circulation of which has been duly authorised.

Though every effort will be made to circulate on the day desired flysheets so received, it must be understood that this cannot be guaranteed.

(a) Matters before Congregation or Convocation

If the flysheet deals with a matter that is a formal agendum for Congregation, or for Convocation in regard to the election of the Professor of Poetry, or the subject of a report published in the Gazette, the production costs will be met from university funds.

(b) Matters of general interest to the University

If the flysheet deals with a matter that is not a formal agendum for Congregation or the subject of a report published in the Gazette, the Vice-Chancellor will decide whether it is of sufficient general interest to warrant circulation with the Gazette; the production costs for such a flysheet will be the responsibility of the signatories.

Oxford University Student Union

The Executive and the Graduate Committee of the Oxford University Student Union may have flysheets circulated with the Gazette under the arrangements and subject to the conditions set out above, provided that:

(1) the number of names to be included on the flysheet under condition (iv) shall be not less than a majority of the total number of members of the Executive or the Graduate Committee of OUSU, as the case may be, and each of the persons named shall sign the indemnity required under condition (v);

(2) the maximum number of flysheets to be circulated as of right, whether on matters before Congregation (to be paid for by the University) or on matters of general interest to the University (to be paid for by OUSU and to be subject to the Vice-Chancellor's decision as prescribed under (b) above) shall be three per term for each of these bodies, save that the Vice-Chancellor shall have discretion to permit further flysheets.

Subject to proviso (1) above, the Executive and the Graduate Committee of OUSU may also support flysheets signed by not less than ten members of Congregation.

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Lending of computer videos to members of the University

The University has taken out a subscription to a computer video training group, Computer Channel, who have a large selection of videos about current computer topics.

The following videos will be shown on Monday lunch-times at 1 p.m. in Lecture room A at OUCS, 13 Banbury Road. The videos last for up to an hour. There is no need to book.

19 May: Client/Server Architecture Development
2 June: Internet: Putting Audio and Video on the Web
9 June: Security Series: Issues for Networks and Distributed Systems
16 June: C++ for High Performance Computing
23 June: Database on the Internet/Intranet: Part 1—Web-enabled Databases

OUCS has about 250 videos which are available to full University members to borrow. Details about the loan scheme are available from the LaRC Co-ordinator at OUCS (e-mail:

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The University Offices will be closed for normal business on the public holiday on Monday, 26 May.

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Members of the University are asked to note that the dates for Eights Week are listed incorrectly in the main body of the University Pocket Diary. The correct dates appear at the end of the diary under the heading `Sports Fixtures 1996/1997': they are 28--31 May 1997.

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St John's College Musical Society

JULIAN MILFORD will give a piano recital at 8.30 p.m. on Thursday, 22 May, in the Garden Quadrangle Auditorium, St John's College. The programme will include works by Fauré, Ravel, Dukas, and Beethoven. Admission is free.

Trinity College

THE DUKE STRING QUARTET, the resident quartet at Trinity College, will perform works by Schnittke, Barber, and Schoenberg, at 8.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 20 May, in the chapel, Trinity College. Admission is free.

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