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AMERICAN STANDARD COMPANIES PROFESSORSHIP OF OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

ANTHONY GEORGE HOPWOOD, MA (B.SC. London, MBA, PH.D. Chicago), Fellow of Templeton College and Professor of Management Studies, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 October 1997.

Professor Hopwood will be a Student of Christ Church.

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JACQUES DELORS PROFESSORSHIP OF EUROPEAN COMMUNITY LAW

STEPHEN ROBSON WEATHERILL (MA Cambridge, M.SC. Edinburgh), Jean Monnet Professor of European Law, University of Nottingham, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 January 1998.

Professor Weatherill will be a fellow of Somerville College.

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FORD'S LECTURERSHIP IN BRITISH HISTORY

PROFESSOR C.C. DYER, Professor of Medieval Social History, University of Birmingham, has been appointed to the lecturership for 2000–1.

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HENSLEY HENSON LECTURERSHIP

THE REVD DR ALAN J. TORRANCE, Director, Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King's College, London, has been appointed to the lecturership for the academic year 1997–8.

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BRYCE RESEARCH STUDENTSHIP IN HISTORY 1997–8

Studentships have been awarded to PRASHANT KIDAMBI, Wadham College, and ANDRE NAMPHY, Balliol College.

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A.P.M. READ SCHOLARSHIP IN HISTORY 1997–8

The Scholarship has been awarded to MS MARIE-EMANUELLE REYTIER, Wadham College.

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ROYAL BANK OF CANADA RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS 1997

The Scholarship has been awarded to MS STEPHANIE KUTTNER, St Antony's College.

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ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM

Vivien Leigh Prize 1997

The Prize has been awarded to KARLY ALLEN, Brasenose College.

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BRITISH TELECOM RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY PRIZE FOR COMPUTING SCIENCE 1997

The Prize has been awarded to SIMON TONG, St John's College.

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HOARE PRIZE FOR COMPUTING SCIENCE 1997

The Prize has been awarded to JOSHUA GEORGE HALE, Pembroke College.

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GEORGE PICKERING PRIZE 1997

The Prize has been awarded jointly to SADIA N. KHAN, St Edmund Hall, and CLARE A. TURNBULL, Wolfson College.

Proxime accessit: ROBERT S. PHILLIPS, Somerville College.

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M.PHIL. IN ECONOMICS 1997

George Webb Medley Prizes

The Prize for the best thesis has been divided between MISS AMY FINKELSTEIN, Magdalen College, and PIETRO STELLA, Nuffield College.

The Prize for the best performance in written papers has been awarded to MISS AMY FINKELSTEIN, Magdalen College.

Proxime accessit: ANDREW SWEETING, Nuffield College.

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TURBUTT PRIZES 1996–7

First Year

TIMOTHY H. CHELMICK, Magdalen College
JOHN A. LEACH, New College
NICHOLAS J. ROBINSON, Lincoln College
MISS GEMMA C. SHEARMAN, Merton College
BEN R. TYRELL, St Catherine's College

Second Year

SIMON ALLEN, Balliol College
MISS SARAH F. BARKER, St John's College
RICHARD B. COAPES, St John's College
MISS CATHERINE H. DE ROUFFIGNAC, Keble College
SIMON C. JONES, Christ Church
MISS ALISON M. ROTHERY, St Hugh's College

Each prize-winner will receive an award of £75.

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MARTIN WRONKER PRIZES IN MEDICINE 1997

The Prize has been awarded to ESTHER R. JAMES, St John's College.

Additional grant: PAUL A. COHEN, Christ Church

Prize for meritorious performance in the optional dissertation in the Honour School of PPP: AARON K. VALLANCE, Brasenose College

Prize for meritorious performance in Pharmacology in the Honour School of Physiological Sciences: FAYE E. MELLINGTON, Brasenose College

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ANDREW HOPLEY PRIZE 1997

The Prize has been awarded to STUART K. DUBOCK, Oriel College.

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PHYSIOLOGICAL SOCIETY PRIZE 1997

The Prize has been awarded to LIA S. PIERSON, Balliol College.

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PASSMORE EDWARDS PRIZE 1997

The Prize has been awarded to LAURA K.E. WILLIAMS, Merton College.

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TURVILLE-PETRE PRIZE 1997

In association with the University, the Prize has been awarded by the Viking Society for Northern Research to MS SIAN PIGGOTT, Jesus College.

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GAISFORD DISSERTATION PRIZE 1997

The Prize has been awarded to MARTIN REVERMANN, Corpus Christi College.

Proxime accessit: E. JANE BEVERLEY, Oriel College.

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A CITY CENTRE STRATEGY FOR OXFORD

Submission to Oxford City Council

The University has submitted the following statement to the City Council in response to an invitation for its views on a strategy for Oxford's city centre. The submission has been approved by the Hebdomodal Council, and has been drawn up in consultation with representatives of a number of colleges; it has, however, been made clear to the City Council that the submission cannot represent the views of individual colleges, as these are autonomous, self-governing institutions.

For the purposes of the submission, the words `city centre' have been assumed to refer to the area bounded by St Giles' Church to the north, the railway station to the west, Folly Bridge to the south, and Magdalen Bridge to the east.

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A CITY CENTRE STRATEGY FOR OXFORD

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Introduction

1. The University of Oxford, with its colleges, is likely to remain the city's largest organisation, and much the biggest single occupier of land in the city centre. A large number of its members also live in the heart of the city. For these reasons, proposals for the future development of the city centre are of the greatest interest to the University, and indeed are integral to its plans for its future development; correspondingly, the participation of the University in the formulation of policies for the city centre is vital to the success of the strategy which the City Council eventually adopts. The University is therefore pleased to take this opportunity to express its broad views on Oxford's future role and to make a number of specific points on a strategy for Oxford grouped under the broad headings of land use, transport, and other issues.

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The future role of Oxford

2. The University's vision for the future of Oxford is for it to continue to be a relatively small but lively and cosmopolitan city, with a range of diverse but complementary activities taking place in the city centre. The University would wish the city to foster activities which enhance its role as:

(a) a university city (reflecting the needs of both this University and Oxford Brookes University, although of course the latter is situated outside the city centre);

(b) a residential area for a substantial number of those who work or study in the city;

(c) a retail centre primarily for those who live and work in the city, and for those who visit as tourists or for conferences;

(d) a centre for non-retail services;

(e) a cultural and educational centre for the region, focusing on its museums and centres for the visual and performing arts.

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Land use

Housing in the city centre

3. The University welcomes the City Council's view that residential accommodation in the city centre, which contributes to the vitality of the city centre and limits the number of people who have to travel long distances to work in the city, should not be decreased.

4. With regard to student accommodation, it should be noted that the University now houses 83 per cent of its students, thus considerably exceeding the planning assumption agreed with the City Council in 1973. Plans for the city centre must allow flexibility for the University to pursue its aim of providing more student accommodation, as student numbers continue to grow at about 1 per cent a year, and higher standards are requiring the rebuilding or upgrading of older accommodation to a lower density. Although some of the additional accommodation can be provided outside the city centre, colleges need most of their student accommodation close at hand, so that students can come into college for teaching and to participate fully in collegiate life. The requirement for more student accommodation in the city centre will therefore continue, and the need to adapt premises above and behind retail outlets will remain.

5. On the other hand the University would wish the City Council's policy on residential property to have some flexibility so as to allow the conversion of residential units which are no longer required, for example redundant caretakers' flats, for other uses, without the need for specific reprovision in every particular case.

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Retailing and Leisure Facilities

6. The University supports the City Council's aim of reducing traffic in the city centre in order to make Oxford a better place to visit and in which to live and work. It is therefore important that the planned reductions in commuter traffic and the resultant pollution are not negated by increases in shopping and leisure traffic caused by attracting people from outside the normal Oxford catchment area. However, the University recognises that a strong retail and leisure sector contributes significantly to the vitality of the city centre and provides an important service to the people of Oxford, reducing the need for them to travel frequently to out-of-town shopping centres or other towns and cities. The University therefore believes that Oxford's strategy for retailing and leisure should focus primarily on meeting the needs of the residents of the Oxford area and of visitors who come as tourists and to attend conferences. Proposals to develop Oxford as a regional shopping and leisure centre, if desirable at all, should be put forward only if a regional public transport infrastructure, sufficiently attractive in terms of cost and convenience to shoppers, restaurant-goers, and others, is in place to support it. In general, the University's view is that it is right to continue to promote Oxford as a regional centre for cultural facilities, such as its museums, galleries, and theatres, as well as the activities of the University's Department for Continuing Education in promoting life-long learning, as these are already in place as a distinctive contribution which Oxford can make to the surrounding area; there does not, however, seem to be any significant value to the city in seeking to attract those from outside Oxford to large numbers of restaurants, wine bars, etc., which in general provide low-quality, poorly paid employment.

7. With regard to the licensing of premises for leisure use, the University wishes to emphasise the need to avoid noise and other pollution by users of such establishments in sensitive areas near colleges, libraries, and academic buildings.

8. Following from these points, the University has some reservations about the City Council's aim of making Oxford into a `twenty-four-hour city', because of the likelihood of increased noise and disturbance in the late evenings. It is also concerned about the personal safety of those visiting the city centre late at night, and believes that any moves to encourage people to use facilities there at such times must be supported by a much more substantial police presence. In addition, the facilities available must be aimed at attracting as broad a range as possible of clientele, in order to make the environment less intimidating.

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Non-retail use

9. The strategy for Oxford should make provision for the non-retail sector such as offices, hotels, and the conference trade. It is important that these businesses are not disadvantaged by any steps taken to enhance the retail area. It is also vital that adequate provision be made for academic activities, and the University welcomes the support being given by the City Council towards the plan to acquire and develop the site of the Radcliffe Infirmary for academic use. However, the forecast increase in demand for such space is such that this site could only provide for about ten years of growth, and because of this and the uncertainty over the availability of the Radcliffe Infirmary site, the University also needs to acquire and develop other sites for academic use. Some of these sites will need to be close to existing university buildings in order to foster interaction with existing teaching and research without increasing traffic and will therefore be close to the city centre.

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Transport

Pedestrianisation

10. The University supports the principle of introducing pedestrianisation, where appropriate, in the city centre, as it makes the environment for pedestrians more attractive and safer. However, a major proviso to this is that proposals for pedestrianisation must take into account the fact that colleges and academic departments operate all year and at all hours, with the consequent need for their visitors and deliveries to have unhindered vehicular access at all times. 11. It is also important that measures to pedestrianise areas make adequate provision for cyclists to pass through those areas, by means which ensure maximum safety for both pedestrians and cyclists. In addition, schemes for pedestrianisation should only be implemented in conjunction with an effective policy on public transport and the use of space.

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Park and Ride

12. The University supports the provision of park and ride facilities, but believes that their popularity and therefore usefulness will be limited as long as there are concerns about the security of parked cars and solitary drivers in the evenings. Finding resources to address these concerns must therefore be a priority amongst measures to reduce car use in the city centre. The City Council should also explore the possibility of extending the park and ride service, perhaps by encouraging bus companies to provide satellite link services from surrounding villages to park and ride sites, and thereby reducing the need for commuters from outlying areas to use private transport. At present there appears to be little co-ordination of policy in this area.

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Alternative forms of public transport

13. The University is supportive of the local authorities' attempts to reduce road use by promoting alternative forms of public transport to the city centre, such as the guided bus scheme and proposals to open a railway station at Kidlington. The University appreciates that these matters are the responsibility of the County Council, and that financial constraints have hindered their implementation to date, but urges that political support for such projects should form a significant part of the City Council's strategy for Oxford city centre.

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Other issues

Tourism

14. The issue of tourism is of great importance to both the city and the University, as large numbers of tourists are attracted to the city by the presence of the University and its colleges. Whilst recognising the benefits of this to the retail and hotel trades, the University urges the City Council to be guided in its policies by the principles of sustainable tourism, amongst which is the need to achieve harmony between the needs of visitors and the `host community'. To this end, the City Council must take steps to minimise the disruptive effect of tourism on the day-to-day operation of the University and its colleges as institutions of learning. In particular, action needs to be taken to reduce noise and pollution from sight-seeing buses and to tackle the problem of coach parking in the city centre.

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Conferences

15. The City of Oxford is a member of the British Association of Conference Destinations. It has strengths as a destination for business conferences, but also some weaknesses. The strategy should ensure that policies are in place to improve its attractiveness, ranging from recognition of the need for a multi-purpose hall to encouragement of the arts and cultural events. The fact that these take place a walking distance from residences in colleges, and their range and quality, are in combination the `unique selling point' for Oxford and must be supported.

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Security

16. To increase the attractiveness of the city centre for residents, conference visitors, and tourists, improved provision for security is essential. In particular, we would support the City Council's use of CCTV and measures to control antisocial behaviour. As already stated in para. 8, it is also important to ensure that the city centre enjoys a significant police presence.

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Conservation of the Historic Environment

17. Much of the central area of Oxford is covered by conservation area designation, and care should be taken to maintain and enhance the character of these areas, including those that are devoted mainly to commercial activities. For this reason, the University encourages the City Council to give its support to the sensitive adaptation of historic buildings for modern use as being the best way to preserve them for future generations. 18. The University and colleges also intend to continue with the policy of constructing buildings that will enhance the architectural heritage of Oxford, though the needs of modern scientific research and teaching require buildings of an industrial nature with flexibility for frequent changes of equipment and internal layout. 19. The University also welcomes moves to reduce the pollution damaging historic stonework by reducing traffic levels and exhaust emissions. In this respect it is important once again to emphasise the need to reduce overall volumes of traffic and not simply to divert it from retail streets to other roads or to replace commuter parking with short-term parking for shoppers.

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Liaison between the University and other local organisations

20. The University welcomes the opportunities for co-operation offered by its membership of bodies such as the City Centre Management Working Party, where representatives of the City Council, businesses, and the voluntary sector can exchange views and work together to improve the city centre. This has already occurred on matters such as security and the appearance of public areas. If the proposal of the Oxfordshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, to replace the CCMWP with a higher-level Management Board, were to be implemented, the University would wish to be offered membership of the board so that such communication and co-operation could continue.

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OXFORD ACADEMIC TRAVEL SCHEME

Groups of alumni and friends of Oxford around the world have on a number of occasions informed the External Relations Office that they value the opportunity to invite visitors from Oxford to speak to them, either formally or informally, on topics of general interest. The OATS scheme was set up to inform these groups (for example, branches of the Oxford Society, the Oxford and Cambridge Society, and the Association of Friends of the University) of visits to their parts of the world by senior members of the University who would be willing to give such a talk or lecture, or attend a meeting or reception.

The University is grateful for the willingness of academic staff to support the overseas network in this way. A number of successful events have resulted from this scheme, and groups of Friends of Oxford, the Oxford and Cambridge Society, and the Oxford Society, are looking forward to welcoming more academic visitors.

As before, the External Relations Office would appreciate receiving as much notice of visits as possible. The External Relations Office will forward details directly to its overseas contacts, and the visitor will then be contacted directly by the local group.

Any senior member travelling overseas, who is willing to take part in this scheme, is asked to complete and return a form obtainable from Ms Wendy Fuggles, External Relations Office, Oxenford House, Magdalen Street, Oxford OX1 3AB. A brief curriculum vitae is also helpful, as the local group can use it as part of its publicity for the occasion.

Any questions on the scheme should be directed to Ms Fuggles (telephone: (2)78113).

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY COMPUTING SERVICES

CD-ROM writing service

OUCS is pleased to announce the first phase of a new service that allows archive data to be transferred onto CD-ROM media. This service is now available all members of the University who have an account on Sable or Ermine.

The initial service allows a single archive file, up to a maximum size of 650MB, to be placed on a CD-ROM. A facility is also provided to save a previously generated CD-ROM `image' allowing a directory structure to be saved to a CD-ROM. It is possible to perform the initial upload of an archive file from any computer in the Oxford domain (ox.ac.uk) although the final submission stage of the sequence can only be performed whilst the user is logged into Sable or Ermine.

Instructions on the use of the service can be found at the following URL: http://info.ox.ac.uk/oucs/cdr/index.

Those wishing to use the service shoud first read and understand the disclaimer found at URL: http://info.ox.ac.uk/oucs/cdr/#Disclaimer.

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ASHMOLEAN LIBRARY

Arrangements during the construction of the Sackler Library, summer 1998–summer 2000

The Committee for the Ashmolean Library wishes to advise readers that the main library will continue to function in situ during construction of the Sackler Library. There will inevitably be disruption and noise, but the committee has been advised that, for much of the time, working conditions should be tolerable. Full information will be given to readers once the detailed programme of work is agreed, and they will be informed of any changes as they occur.

The building currently housing the Griffith Institute and library administration is due to be demolished to allow building to commence. Its occupants and part of the Griffith Library will be moved to 2 and 4–6 St John's Street. Existing opening hours will be maintained as far as the building programme permits.

Further information will be published as soon as it becomes available.

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