No. 4443 Friday 27 June 1997 Vol. 127

Oxford graduate recruitment remains buoyant : The proportion of Oxford first degree graduates who were still seeking work or courses six months after they graduated last year, was only 2.6 per cent, compared with 3.4 per cent in 1995.

Oxford prepares to welcome Mandela : The Chancellor is preparing to welcome President Nelson Mandela to Oxford next month—almost exactly a year after the University awarded the South African leader the Degree of Doctor of Civil Law by Diploma at a special ceremony in London.

Prince's date with Mendelssohn : HRH The Prince of Wales was the guest of honour last Thursday (19 June) at the Sheldonian Theatre for the first of four concerts, sponsored by Bankgesellschaft Berlin, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the death of the composer, Felix Mendelssohn.

University takes stock of development activities : Development activity in Oxford is currently being reviewed by an eight-strong committee, under the President of Wolfson, Sir David Smith, including two external members, Mr Victor Blank of Charterhouse Bank, and Mr Peter Foy of Baring Brothers International.

Keeping `the appointment' with China : Oxford academics have produced two books analysing the past, present, and future of Hong Kong—including the recent Sino-British negotiations—on the eve of the colony's handover to China at midnight on 30 June.

Bodleian acquires Louis MacNeice archive : The Bodleian Library has recently made an important addition to its modern literary collections—the correspondence and papers of the Irish poet, Louis MacNeice.

Lottery guide: A guide to applying to the National Lottery has been produced by the University Development Office. The Guide has been distributed to Heads of House, Heads of Department, and College Development Officers. Further copies are available from Mr Paul Dryden, Development Executive, on (2)78463 or e-mail: paul.dryden@ devnsa.offices.ox.ac.uk.

Poetry Society anniversary: The Oxford University Poetry Society celebrated its fiftieth anniversary on 21 June with an anniversary dinner at the Oxford Union. The Professor of Poetry, James Fenton, addressed the gathering. Professor Jon Stallworthy, Andrew Motion, and Elizabeth Jennings were among the distinguished poets who attended.

Professor Leaver award: Professor Christopher Leaver, FRS, Sibthorpian Professor of Plant Sciences and Head of Department, has been given an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation research award for scientific co-operation between Great Britain and Germany.

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