No. 4463 Thursday 5 February 1998 Vol. 128

Oxford to gain new skills research centre : A new research centre which will investigate the links between skills, knowledge, and performance, is to be set up in Oxford, backed by £2m from the Economic and Social Research Council.

Date fixed for Congregation to discuss North Report : Congregation will have its first chance to discuss the report of the Commission of Inquiry at its meetings in the Eighth and Ninth weeks of this term (10 and 17 March, 2–4.30 p.m.).

Exhibition exposes Tower of Babel : Four biblical stories and their meanings provide the subject for a new exhibition of books, manuscripts, and scientific instruments at the Bodleian Library.

New Director for Pitt Rivers Museum : Dr Michael O'Hanlon, presently Assistant Keeper in the British Museum's Department of Ethnography, has been appointed to the Directorship of the Pitt Rivers Museum.

Oxford dons study how `restorative' justice works : Two University criminologists are to study a Thames Valley Police initiative which it is hoped will have a significant impact on the future of the criminal justice system.

Science competition launched : To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the National Health Service, `Science and health' is the theme of the second Oxfordshire Science Writing Competition, run by the University and The Oxford Times newspaper.

Commemoration of Sir Isaiah Berlin: A commemoration of the life of Sir Isaiah Berlin (1907–97) will take place at the Sheldonian Theatre on 21 March (11 a.m.). For tickets apply to the Warden's Secretary, All Souls College.

Bell to speak: Mr Martin Bell, the Independent MP for Tatton, is to deliver the first annual Philip Geddes Memorial Lecture on 13 February in memory of the journalist and former member of St Edmund Hall, who was killed in the IRA bombing outside Harrods in London in 1983.

North Report: Copies of the North Commission of Inquiry report can be bought at the University Shop, 106 High Street, Oxford (tel: 01865 247414), price £10 plus postage and packing. The supplementary volume is £20 plus p&p. The web address is http:// www.admin.ox.ac.uk/coi/

Sir John Burgh: Sir John Burgh, former President of Trinity College, is to chair a commission on multi-ethnicity in Britain. It will study UK and European law and the views of members of the public, before recommending how institutions should adapt to the changing ethnic and religious mix in the population.

Southern Trust helps disabled: The Southern Trust, which recently funded the University's disability adviser, has agreed to provide £10,000 a year for the next five years to help students with disabilities.

Genetics inquiry: Professor Alan Ryan, Warden of New College, will chair an inquiry by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics into the genetic modification of plants. The inquiry will examine both practical and ethical implications of the issue.

Dorothy Hodgkin remembered: An evening dedicated to the memory of Dorothy Hodgkin (1910–94)—the only British woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize in science—will be held at the University Museum of Natural History on 10 March (7.30 p.m.). For details, tel: 01865 553755.

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