No. 4418 Thursday 21 November 1996 Vol. 127

Institute of Molecular Medicine wins Queen's Prize for excellence : The University has once again won one of the prestigious 1996 Queen's Anniversary Prizes in Higher and Further Education, this time for `outstanding achievements of excellence' in the exploitation of molecular and cell biology.

University of Oxford opens its own shop : The University of Oxford Shop, formerly known as `The Oxford Collection', has reopened in new larger premises at 106 High Street, after moving from its current site in the Golden Cross.

Admissions buoyant under new procedures : Applications for undergraduate admissions have remained high this autumn, despite fears voiced by some schools that the introduction of new procedures might confuse candidates.

New Basque Fellowship created : The University has signed an agreement with the Society of Basque Studies to establish a visiting Basque Fellowship scheme in Oxford for the next five years.

Chancellor ponders powers of his office : The Chancellor, in a historian's tour de force reviewing the office he personally holds, speculated on certain highly limited additional powers that might very well be allowed to his office, while delivering this year's Romanes Lecture in the Sheldonian Theatre on 14 November.

Dr Barbara Harrell-Bond: Dr Barbara Harrell-Bond, Director of the Refugee Studies Programme, will receive the 1996 Distinguished Service Award from the American Anthropological Association in San Francisco on 23 November. Previous winners include Margaret Mead and Claude Lévi-Strauss.

Professor Christopher Leaver: Professor Christopher Leaver FRS, FRSE, Sibthorpian Professor of Plant Sciences and Head of Department, has been elected Chairman of the Council of the European Molecular Biology Organisation.

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