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MARIO VARGAS LLOSA (BA Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, PH.D. Universidad Complutense, Madrid), has been appointed to the professorship for the academic year 2000–1.

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The General Board of the Faculties has appointed a committee to review the Ruskin School. Its terms of reference are:

(a) to consider the provision and quality of teaching and the quality of research in the School and the balance between teaching on the one hand and research on the other, having regard to international standards of excellence;

(b) to consider the content balance and method of examination of the syllabus (bearing in mind the relationship with the profession);

(c) to review the organisational management structures and facilities of the School including such matters as academic and non-academic staff planning and recruitment, student admissions, accommodation and future space needs, and its relationship with other departments and resources of the University;

(d) to make recommendations bearing in mind, where there are financial implications, the level of resources likely to be available.

The membership of the review committee is:

Dr Heather O'Donoghue, Linacre College (Chairman)
Professor Dawn Ades, University of Essex
Mr Brian Catling, Ruskin School
Professor Michael Ginsborg, Wimbledon School of Art
Professor Clyde Hopkins, Chelsea College of Art and Design

The committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference. These should be sent to the chairman at Linacre College by 27 March.

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The following documents on matters of general interest with regard to higher education policy, funding, or other significant developments have recently been received within the University Offices. If any member of Congregation would wish to have a copy of any of these documents, he or she should apply to the office of the Deputy Registrar (Administration) (telephone: (2)70003). Where relevant an Internet reference is also given.

Accreditation and Teaching in Higher Education: CVCP consultation paper. (This sets out proposals for a national scheme for the accreditation of Higher Education teaching, on which comments are invited by 6 March 1998. The consultation paper will be considered by the General Board in the first instance, which will undertake further consultation within the University as appropriate.) Also available on

HEFCE joint research equipment initiative 1997. (This reports the awards made to institutions as a result of the 1997 exercise.) Also available on

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A Gibbs Prize of up to £100 in value will be offered, provided there are candidates of sufficient merit, for the best performance in the Physics Department's speaking competition in 1998.

The competition will take place at 2 p.m. on Monday of fourth week (9 February) in the Simon Room, the Clarendon Laboratory. Topics should be physics-related and the lecture should be in an informal style. It should last no longer than fifteen minutes. The winner will be asked to represent the University at the national competition organised by the Institute of Physics, which will be held in Brighton on Wednesday, 18 March. Further details about the competition may be obtained from Alison Winn, Sub- faculty Office Secretary, Clarendon Laboratory (telephone: (2)72227, e-mail:

Candidates for the Gibbs Prize in Physics must be members of the University who, at the time of the Physics Department's speaking competition, have not exceeded the twelfth term from their matriculation.

Details of the Gibbs Prizes in other subjects will be published separately in the Gazette during Hilary Term.

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Further to the announcement in the Gazette of 9 October (p. 123) concerning the library's opening hours, users are advised that with the restoration of the lunch-time opening the library will be operational at the following times, with immediate effect:

Monday–Friday: 9.30 a.m.–5.30 p.m.;
Saturday: 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

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Intensive German courses for archaeologists

A week of intensive German courses for archaeologists, for beginners and intermediate learners, will be offered in the Institute of Archaeology in week nine of Hilary Term (16–20 March). Those wishing to attend should register as soon as possible with the Receptionist at the Institute (telephone: (2)78240), giving details of name, college, contact number, and desired course. The course tutor will be Gertrud Seidmann, Research Associate, Institute of Archaeology.

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Mr Vice-Chancellor has, with the agreement of Council, approved the following arrangements for junior members to speak in Congregation under the terms of Ch. I, Sect. x (Statutes, 1997, p. 208), which reads as follows:
`Any junior member as defined in Tit. XIV, Sect. iv, § 1, cl. 2, may speak at a meeting of Congregation, if called upon to do so by the Chairman at the Chairman's discretion, provided that the Chairman may at any time terminate a debate on the floor of the House and proceed to the final speeches and the taking of a vote.'
The Chairman of Congregation will normally expect to call upon nominated representatives of the Oxford University Student Union if they wish to speak in debate, and will normally expect to call upon junior members to speak only from among those who have given advance notice of their wish to be called. Should the Chairman consider that the number of junior members who have given such notice is excessive, he or she will have to be selective in calling upon them. The Chairman will try to ensure a balanced debate in relation to the apparent spread and strength of views held by junior members. If informed selection is to be possible it is desirable that when giving notice of the wish to be called a junior member should indicate (a) whether he or she intends to support or oppose the motion before the House, (b) whether he or she would speak on behalf of any club, committee, group, or association, (c) whether he or she is supported by other junior members (up to twelve of whom might sign the notice).

If the number giving notice is small they will all be admitted to the floor of the House although this does not ensure their being called. In other cases some selection may be necessary at the stages of both admission and calling of speakers. If there is to be time to tell applicants whether they will be admitted notice will have to be received in good time. Junior members should therefore send in such notice, in writing, to the Registrar to be received at the University Offices not later than 10 a.m. on the Monday preceding the debate in question. The name of any representative nominated by OUSU should also be communicated to the Registrar, in writing, through the President by that time. A notice will then be posted in the University Offices and on the gate of the Clarendon Building not later than 10 a.m. on the morning of the debate, indicating whether all applicants will be admitted to the floor of the House or, if selection has had to take place, the names of those selected for admission to the floor.

Junior members not admitted to the floor of the House will normally be permitted to listen to the debate from the gallery. Junior members on the floor of the House will be asked to remain in their places while a vote is being taken.

Under Tit. XIV, Sect. IV, § 1, cl. 2, junior members are defined as `those persons who, having been admitted to matriculation, are residing to fulfil the requirements of any statute, decree, or regulation of the University or reading for any degree, diploma, or certificate of the University and who have not proceeded to membership of Convocation'. (Membership of Convocation is normally obtained by taking the MA degree.)

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Forthcoming exhibition

Un Monde Fractal/A Fractal World (9–28 February)

At the Maison Française; open 12 noon–5.30 p.m.

Note: for details of a lecture related to the exhibition, see `Lectures' below.

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Faculty of Music

THE ALLEGRI STRING QUARTET will give concerts at the times indicated in the Holywell Music Room. Tickets, available from Blackwell's Music Shop or at the door, cost £8 (£6/£4) for the evening concerts, and £5 (£2.50) for the lunch-time concert.

Mon. 16 Feb., 8 p.m. (with Pal Banda, cello) : Haydn, Quartet in G minor, op. 20, no. 3; Mozart, Quartet in D, K.575; Brahms, String Quintet in F minor (reconstructed; for details of a related lecture, see `Lectures' below).

Wed. 18 Feb., 8 p.m. : Mozart, Quartet in E flat, K.428; Tippett, Fifth Quartet; Beethoven, Quartet in F, op. 59, no.1.

Fri. 20 Feb., 1 p.m. (with students from the Music Faculty) : Richard Strauss's sextet from the opera Capriccio; quartet movement by Andrew Hamilton; Shostakovitch, Octet, op. 11.

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The Annual General Meeting of the Association will be held on Wednesday, 11 February, at 2.15 p.m. in the Nuclear Physics Lecture Theatre. In addition to the usual business, it is hoped that the first President of the Association will be elected. Sir Rex Richards, FBA, FRS, has been nominated.

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