No. 4424 Thursday 23 January 1997 Vol. 127

Oxford Shop gains Royal Warrant : Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother has granted her Royal Warrant of Appointment to The University of Oxford Shop, which moved to 106 High Street in November.

Prize for Clinical Trials head : Professor Richard Peto, co-director of the Clinical Trial Service Unit at Oxford, has been awarded the Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine for his leading work in the field of clinical epidemiology.

Award for Technology Centre : A group of Oxford engineers has won the 1996 Royal Society Esso Energy Award for its work on increasing efficiency in turbines.

New Australian scholarships launched by PM : The Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. John Howard, MP, announced the creation of new scholarships, at the formal launch of the Oxford Australia Fund scholarships in Canberra on 28 November.

US gift for Refugee Studies : The Refugee Studies Programme (RSP), Queen Elizabeth House, will soon begin work on the digitisation of the unique collection of unpublished literature held in its library, following a $500,000 (c. £298,000) donation towards the cost of the project from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, based in New York.

Changes at the top of OUP : Mr Ivon Asquith, formerly responsible for Oxford University Press's Arts and Reference Division, has taken on additional responsibility for Science, Medical, and Journals publishing.

Search for drugs to control muscle contractions : Scientists from three University departments have jointly obtained substantial funding for a major three-year investigation into the cell membrane proteins that control muscle contraction and neuronal transmission, known as ion channels.

Reprogramming the immune system : `Reprogramming the Immune System' was the subject of an Oxford Innovation Society lecture by Professor Herman Waldmann of the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology.

Tolkien top: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, Merton Professor of English Language and Literature (1945–59) has been voted Book of the Century by readers in a poll organised by Waterstone's booksellers and Channel 4's Book Choice programme.

Improved security: The University, which rents offices in Oxenford House, in Friar's Entry, off Magdalen Street, has paid for two large lights to improve night time security in the passageway. Other recent improvements include the planting of three trees, a clean-up of graffitti and fly posters, and the installation of new cycle racks.

New sauna: A new infra-red sauna has opened at the Iffley Road gym, The Pulse. It costs £3.50 per 30 minutes for members and £5 for non-members.

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