No. 4423 Thursday 16 January 1997 Vol. 127

Oxford's international reputation confirmed in research assessment : Oxford was recognised as having the highest international research standing of all UK universities in the results of the 1996 Research Assessment Exercise, announced on 19 December 1996.

Art bequest to the Ashmolean : The Oxonian art historian, Sir Denis Mahon, proposes to bequeath a dozen works from his collection of seventeenth-century Italian Baroque masterpieces to the Ashmolean Museum, although he has set two testing conditions.

Top literary awards go to Oxford writers : Two Oxford writers, Dr Diarmaid MacCulloch and Mr Seamus Heaney, were among the four category winners in the 1996 Whitbread Book of the Year Awards, announced on 6 January.

Deadline for Business School site extended : The University and Mr Wafic Said, the Saudi philanthropist, and his fellow Trustees of the Wafic Rida Said Business School Foundation have jointly agreed that it is not practicable to proceed with the proposal to build new premises for the University's Business School on the Mansfield Road site.

A.L. Rowse heads University list in New Year's Honours : A Companion of Honour for the distinguished historian, A.L. Rowse, and two knighthoods were among a clutch of awards for university figures in the New Year's Honours List.

New Vinerian Professor is Criminal Law expert : Professor Andrew Ashworth, BCL, DCL, FBA, Edmund-Davies Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, King's College, London, has been appointed to the Vinerian Professorship of English Law, with effect from 1 September 1997.

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