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The Proctors hereby give notice that, as an additional measure to help to prevent some of the disciplinary offences which take place outside examination venues, they have introduced the following rule with immediate effect in accordance with their powers under Tit. XIII, cl. 8 (Statutes, 1995, p. 97).

No Junior Member shall be in possession of any thing or substance with intention to commit an offence under §4, cl.2, of the Regulations of the Rules Committee.

[Note: §4, cl.2 states that `No Junior Member of the University shall, in any place or thoroughfare to which members of the general public have access within six miles of Carfax, throw, pour, apply, or use any thing or substance in a way which is intended, or is likely, to cause injury to any person, or damage to, or defacement or destruction of, any property.']


The following change in regulations made by the Rules Committee will come into effect on 14 March.

The Rules Committee considered the above temporary rule at its meeting on 18 February 1997 and agreed to confirm it by making a regulation in the same terms. The Rules Committee's current Regulation, §4, cl.2 (Statutes, 1995, p. 718), will be renumbered as §4, cl. 2 (i) and the wording shown above in italics will be introduced as §4, cl. 2 (ii) with the cross-reference amended.

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Amendment to Code of Practice issued by the Hebdomadal Council under the provisions of section 22 (3) of the Education Act 1994

In 1995 Council published, in accordance with section 22 (3) of the Education Act 1994, a Code of Practice as to the manner in which the requirements of the Act were to be carried into effect in relation to the Oxford University Student Union (Gazette No. 4359, 23 March 1995, pp. 919–21). Para. 3 (j) of the Code of Practice covers the arrangements for the requisite complaints procedure available to all students or groups of students who are dissatisfied in their dealings with the union or claim to have been unfairly disadvantaged by reason of their having exercised the right to opt out of membership of the union. This procedure must `include provision for an independent person appointed by the governing body to investigate and report on complaints'.

The original Code of Practice included the sentence, `The independent person will normally be a Proctor.' Council has subsequently decided, on the recommendation of its Joint Committee with Junior Members, that it will rarely, if ever, be appropriate for a Proctor to investigate a complaint of this kind, because the nature of the Proctors' responsibilities requires frequent liaison with the officers of the union. In addition, Council's attention has been drawn by its joint committee to guidance on the Act from the Committee of Vice- Chancellors and Principals, which suggests that it would probably not be appropriate for any employee of the University to be appointed to investigate a complaint as an independent person.

Council has accordingly agreed to delete from para. 3 (j) of the Code of Practice the sentence, `The independent person will normally be a Proctor.'

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University Gazette

The final Gazettes of the present term will appear on 6, 13, and 20 March. Publication will resume on 17 April. Appointments supplements will appear with the Gazettes of 20 March and 17 April.

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Sheldonian Theatre

The Sheldonian Theatre will be closed from Thursday, 27 March, until Sunday, 6 April, inclusive.

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Essay competition

The Women's Studies Committee will award a prize of £50 for the best undergraduate essay on a subject relevant to Women's Studies, in any academic discipline.

Undergraduates are invited to submit essays, typed or word-processed, omitting the writer's name and accompanied by a signed declaration that the essay is the student's own work, giving the essay title and the student's name and college. The maximum length is 2,500 words.

Essays should be sent care of Jackie Scott-Mandeville, Secretary to the Women's Studies Committee, English Faculty Office, St Cross Building, by noon on Friday, 14 March (eighth week, Hilary Term). The winner will be announced early in Trinity Term.

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2 South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3UB

Isis Innovation, a wholly-owned company of the University, was established in 1988. The company has been formed to exploit know-how arising out of research funded by the UK Government through the Research Councils and funded by other bodies where the rights are not tied. The function of the company is to ensure that the results of research bring rewards to Oxford, and to the inventors, who are given a financial incentive for exploitation.

Isis seeks licensees willing to pay lump sums andor royalties for the use of know-how arising out of research. Isis also exploits the intellectual property of the University by setting up individual companies using venture capital or development capital funds.

Isis' services are also available to individuals who wish to exploit the results of research supported by non-Research Council sources, when there are no prior conditions on the handling of the intellectual property rights. Isis Innovation has at its disposal a small pre-seedcorn fund for paying the costs of protecting intellectual property rights and for taking work to a stage where its potential can be assessed.

Isis finds industrial partners to ensure that new ideas can be developed for market requirements. The company has established the Oxford Innovation Society for major industrial companies, so that they can have a window on Oxford technology and an opportunity to license and invest where appropriate.

A brochure explaining Isis' activities is available. Please contact the above address, or the telephone and fax numbers given below.

Members of the University should contact the Managing Director if they wish to take advantage of the services that Isis provides. (Telephone: (2)72411; fax: (2)72412.)

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Trinity College

THE DUKE STRING QUARTET, the resident quartet at Trinity, will play works by Mozart, Volans, and Brahms, at 8.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 4 March, in the chapel, Trinity College. Admission is free.

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Visitors to the Examination Schools are asked to note that work is currently in progress on the installation of a lift in the Schools which will improve accessibility for students with disabilities.

Members of the University are asked to be as tolerant as possible of any difficulties which this work may cause.