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J.R.R. TOLKIEN PROFESSORSHIP OF ENGLISH LITERATURE AND LANGUAGE

PAUL STROHM (BA Amherst, MA, PH.D. California), Professor of English and Medieval Studies, Indiana University, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 October 1998.

Professor Strohm will be a fellow of St Anne's College.

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PROFESSORSHIP OF ENGLISH LAW

PAUL PHILIP CRAIG, BCL, MA, Fellow of Worcester College and Professor of Law, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 October 1998.

Professor Craig will be a fellow of St John's College.

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DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING SCIENCE

Appointment of Deputy

On the recommendation of the Physical Sciences Board, the General Board has appointed PROFESSOR W.R. EATOCK TAYLOR, MA, Fellow of St Hugh's College and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, as deputy for Professor D.W. Clarke, MA, D.Phil., Fellow of New College and Professor of Control Engineering, as head of the department for Trinity Term 1998, during which Professor Clarke will be on sabbatical leave.

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DENYER AND JOHNSON STUDENTSHIPS 1998–9

The Board of the Faculty of Theology has awarded Studentships to the following:

E. CHRISTIAN BRUGGER, Oriel College
JEREMY DUFF, Queen's College
JOSEPH JEDWAB, Oriel College
MARK MULLINS, Queen's College
SIMON TAYLOR, Worcester College

The board has also awarded grants to JEFFREY MALLINSON, Wycliffe Hall, and GARRY WILLIAMS, Christ Church.

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ARNOLD ANCIENT HISTORICAL ESSAY PRIZE 1998

The Prize has been awarded to MATTHEW WRIGHT, St John's College.

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PROPOSALS FOR HONORARY DEGREES TO BE CONFERRED AT THE ENCAENIA IN 1999, AND FOR DEGREES BY DIPLOMA

Council's Advisory Committee for Degrees by Diploma and Encaenia Honorary Degrees gives preliminary consideration both to proposals received from members of Congregation for the conferment of degrees by diploma upon royal personages and heads of state on occasions other than Encaenia, and to proposals for the conferment of Encaenia honorary degrees. The current membership of the committee is: Dr P.A. Slack, Principal of Linacre (Pro-Vice- Chancellor, in the chair); Dr A.M. Bowie, Queen's (Assessor 1998–9, ex officio); Dr R. Goodman, St Antony's (Assessor 1997–8, ex officio); Professor J. Griffin, Balliol (Public Orator, ex officio); Mr A.B. Atkinson, Warden of Nuffield; Professor I.C. Butler, Christ Church; Professor R.A. Cowley, Wadham; Professor Sir John Grimley Evans, Green College; Professor C.A.R. Hoare, Wolfson; Professor S.D. Iversen, Magdalen; Dr J.M. Rawson, Warden of Merton; Professor A.J. Ryan, Warden of New College. The committee finds it helpful to be able to review all proposals together, in a standard format. Members of Congregation who wish to make suggestions to the committee about honorary degrees to be conferred at the Encaenia in 1999 are therefore asked to do so on a special proposal form, a copy of which will be found printed in this Gazette, after `Advertisements' below (further copies of the form are also obtainable from Miss J.M. Noon at the University Offices, Wellington Square). It will be possible to download a copy of the form from the Administrative Information Web site
( www.admin.ox.ac.uk/encaenia/), though the form must be returned as hard copy, under strictly confidential cover, to Miss Noon. Completed forms should be returned to her not later than Friday, 8 May 1998. There is a special form for proposals for degrees by diploma, copies of which are available from Miss Noon.

Members of Congregation wishing to suggest candidates are asked in particular to note the following points:

(a) under Council's standing orders, no member of Council or of the advisory committee shall forward to that committee or propose directly to Council the name of any person for any honorary degree unless he or she is prepared personally to recommend that the conferment of such a degree be seriously considered;

(b) while informal soundings within the University on any proposal will often be desirable, every effort should be made to ensure that publicity is not at any stage given to any proposal for the conferment of an honorary degree.

The advisory committee will report to Council early in Michaelmas Term, submitting a short-list of candidates for further consideration. Council will then decide which proposals should be referred to its Committee on Honorary Degrees. The final list of proposed honorands, drawn up by Council in the light of the latter committee's report, will be submitted to Congregation for approval in accordance with the requirements of Tit. II, Sectt. vi and viii (Statutes, 1997, pp. 14–16).

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GAZETTE PUBLICATION ARRANGEMENTS

The remaining Gazettes of the present term will appear on 12, 19, and 26 March. Publication for next term will begin on 23 April. The usual deadlines will apply throughout. Appointments Supplements will appear with the Gazettes of 19 March and 30 April.

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UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD STAFF PENSION SCHEME (OSPS)

Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 July 1997

The Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 July 1997 has now been published and copies may be obtained on application to the Secretary TO the Trustees at the University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (telephone: Oxford (2)70154).

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WORKING PARTY ON ACCESS

At the end of Michaelmas Term the Vice-Chancellor set up a Working Party on Access to Oxford. The terms of reference of the Working Party are as follows:

(i) to analyse the present composition of the undergraduate and postgraduate body of the University; and in the light of its findings,

(ii) to consider the most effective means of ensuring a broad diversity of students in terms of social and educational background, gender, age, personal circumstances, and ethnic, regional, and national origin, and the appropriate conditions of successful study of such students, having regard always to preservation of Oxford's academic standards and particular academic purposes; and

(iii) to report upon other mechanisms by which this University might usefully participate in a `learning society', having similar regard to its academic standards and purposes; and

(iv) to submit a report, with recommendations, not later than the end of Trinity Term 1998, for consideration by Council, the General Board, and the Conference of Colleges.

Colleges and faculties are being written to separately for their views on a number of access-related matters, but any member of the university who would like to comment on any aspect of the Working Party's remit is most welcome to do so. Comments should be sent to the Secretary of the Working Party, Miss Jane Minto, Oxford Colleges Admission Office, University Office, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD, by Monday, 18 May.

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LANGUAGE CENTRE: COURSES

The Language Centre is running two sets of courses in the coming weeks:

Taking Part in International Conferences and Professional Meetings

The Language Centre is offering one-week ten-hour intensive courses for those planning to attend an international gathering in the near future in a country where other participants will be speaking French, German, Italian, or Russian. The courses in French and German will be held in ninth week of Hilary Term (16–20 March); and the courses in Italian and Russian in noughth week of Trinity Term (20–4 April). Classes will be held daily, 9.15--11.15 a.m., in the Language Centre. The courses are not intended for beginners.

The courses will make extensive use of role-play, group work, and video, and will focus on communication skills involved in such areas as travelling, making social contacts, plenary sessions, papers and presentations, working groups, and seminars. Each class will be limited to twelve places and enrolments will be strictly on a first-come, first-served basis. The fee for each course will be £55 for students, £65 for senior members of the University and staff of colleges, teaching hospitals, and the University Press, and £75 for participants who are not members of the University.

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Writing a Research Article in English

The Language Centre is offering in ninth week of this term (Monday, 16 March–Friday, 20 March) a ten-hour intensive course which gives participants the opportunity to improve their skills in writing a research article for publication in an academic journal. The content of the course is based on recent research into the features of English in academic settings. Participants will develop their knowledge through detailed analysis and discussion of appropriate research articles. There will be two hours of teaching each day, with a fifteen-minute break (9–11.15 a.m.). The fee for the course will be £65 and this will include all materials.

Anyone wishing to register for any of the above courses should contact Angela Pinkney for further details (telephone: Oxford (2)83360, fax: (2)83366, e-mail: admin@lang.ox.ac.uk). Full details are also available on the Language Centre Web site at http://units.ox.ac.uk/departments/langcentre.

The Language Centre reserves the right not to hold any of the above courses should fewer than six people enrol.

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GIBBS PRIZES 1998

Prizes on the foundation of Mr Charles D.D. Gibbs will be offered in 1998 in Modern History, Law, Politics, Geography, Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Zoology. Candidates for prizes other than that in Law must be members of the University who, at the time of taking the public examination on which the prizes are awarded, have not exceeded the twelfth term from their matriculation. Candidates for the prize in Law must be members of the University who, at the beginning of the examination, have not exceeded their twelfth term from matriculation, and are reading for a final Honour School.

In addition the board of management for the Gibbs Prizes has decided that, in 1998, Gibbs Prizes will also be offered in the following subjects: Classics, Earth Sciences, Engineering Science, English Language and Literature, Materials, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Music, Oriental Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Physiological Sciences, Psychological Studies, and Theology. There will be an additional Gibbs Prize for performance in Politics in the Preliminary Examination in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. Candidates for these prizes must be members of the University who, at the time of taking the examination or submitting the coursework on which the prizes are awarded, have not exceeded the twelfth term from their matriculation.

Details of all the Gibbs Prizes are set out in full below in alphabetical order save those for the prizes in Classics, Philosophy, and Physics, which were published separately (Gazette, pp. 701 and 808). Candidates are not required to make special application for prizes awarded on the results of coursework and public examinations.

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Biochemistry

The prize in Biochemistry will be awarded on the combined results of the examinations for Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry Parts I and II in the Honour School of Natural Science in Trinity Term 1998. The value of the prize is £450 and the examiners have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £250 for meritorious work and up to three additional book prizes of £100.

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Chemistry

The prize in Chemistry will be awarded on the results of the examination for Chemistry Part 1 in the Honour School of Natural Science in Trinity Term 1998. The value of the prize is £450, and the examiners have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £250 for meritorious work and up to three additional book prizes of £100.

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Earth Sciences

A prize of £173 will be awarded on the basis of the quality and distinction of the field mapping report submitted in 1998 in the Final Honour School of Natural Science (Geology).

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Engineering Science

A prize of £530 will be divided equally between each of the members of the team submitting the best Design Project in 1998 for Part I of the Final Honour School of Engineering Science.

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English Language and Literature

The prizes in English Language and Literature will be as follows. Ten prizes, of £70 each, will be awarded on the results of Moderations in English Language and Literature in Trinity Term 1998. Prizes of £100 each will be awarded for the following papers in the examination for the Honour School of English Language and Literature:

(a) the best optional thesis;

(b) the best extended essay in Course I, Paper 7;

(c) the best extended essay in Course I, Paper 8;

(d) the best extended essay in Course II;

(e) the best overall performance in Course I of the Honour School; and (f) the best overall performance in Course II of the Honour School.

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Geography

The prize in Geography will be awarded on the results of the examination for the Honour School of Geography in Trinity Term 1998. The value of the prize is £450 and the examiners have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £250 for meritorious work and up to three additional book prizes of £100.

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Law

The prize in Law will be awarded by Special Examination, to be held in the Examination Schools, on Monday, 5 October 1998. The value of the prize is £500 and the examiners have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £300 for meritorious work, and up to three additional book prizes of £150 each. The examination will consist of a paper on Land Law, and a paper on Common Law (Contract and Tort). Candidates for the special examination must send in their names on an entry form, which may be obtained at the University Offices, to the Head Clerk, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD, not later than Friday, 26 June 1998.

Timetable of papers for the prize in Law

Candidates must present themselves for examination in full academic dress, i.e. `subfusc' clothing, cap, and gown.

Monday, 5 October. 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.: Common Law (Contract and Tort); 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.: Land Law.

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Materials

A prize of £181 will be awarded on the results of the examination in the Honour School of Metallurgy and Science of Materials in Trinity Term 1998.

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Mathematics

A prize of £400 will be awarded on the results of the examination in the Honour School of Mathematical Sciences in Trinity Term 1998 and another prize of £400 on the results of the examination in the Honour School of Mathematics in Trinity Term 1998. The examiners in the Honour School of Mathematics shall have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £200. A prize of £200 will be available for the best performance in the Mathematics papers in the Honour School of Mathematics and Philosophy in Trinity Term 1998.

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Medieval and Modern Languages

A prize of £500 will be awarded on the results of the examination for the Honour School of Modern Languages in Trinity Term 1998. A prize of £500 will be awarded for the best overall performance in the Modern Language in one of the joint Honour Schools involving Modern Languages with another subject (i.e. Classics and Modern Languages, English and Modern Languages, Modern History and Modern Languages, Philosophy and Modern Languages, European and Middle Eastern Languages) in Trinity Term 1998. In addition two prizes, of £100 each, will be available for the best performance in the Preliminary Examination in Modern Languages in Trinity Term 1998 in those two languages (of French, German, and Italian) in which the Beddington Prize is not being offered. In 1998 the prizes will, therefore, be available in German and Italian.

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Modern History

The prize in Modern History will be awarded on the results of the examination for the Honour School of Modern History and associated joint Honour Schools in Trinity Term 1998. The Gibbs Prize is £450. The examiners have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £250 for meritorious work, and up to seven additional book prizes of £100.

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Music

Prizes will be awarded, provided there are candidates of sufficient merit, on the results of the examination for the Honour School of Music in Trinity Term 1998.

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Oriental Studies

Three prizes, each of £230, will be awarded on the results of Moderations either in Oriental Studies (Chinese) or in Oriental Studies (Japanese) in Trinity Term 1998.

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Physiological Sciences

A prize of £200 will be awarded on the results of each of the following examinations: Parts I and II of the First Examination for the Degree of Bachelor of Medicine in Hilary and Trinity Terms 1998. The examiners shall, in each case, have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £100 for meritorious work.

A prize of £100 will be awarded on the results of the Preliminary Examination in Physiological Sciences in Trinity Term 1998.

Two prizes, of £200 each, will be awarded on the results of the examination in the Honour School of Physiological Sciences in Trinity Term 1998. Providing there are candidates of sufficient merit, one will be awarded to a candidate intending to proceed to the clinical course in medicine at Oxford; the other will be awarded to a candidate not proceeding to the clinical course. No candidate shall receive both the main Martin Wronker Prize in Medicine and the Gibbs Prize.

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Politics

The prize in Politics will be awarded on the basis of Politics written papers only in the examination for the Honour School of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics in Trinity Term 1998. The Gibbs Thesis Prize in Politics will be awarded for the best Politics thesis submitted in the examination for the Honour School of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics in Trinity Term 1998, if such a thesis be deemed worthy of a prize. The value of each of these prizes is £300 and the examiners have the power in each category to make one proxime accessit award of £150 for meritorious work.

There will also be a prize available for the Politics written paper only in the Preliminary Examination in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in Trinity Term 1998. The value of the prize is £200 and the examiners have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £100 for meritorious work.

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Psychological Studies

A prize of £175 will be awarded on the results of the examination in Trinity Term 1998 in the Honour School of Experimental Psychology and another prize of £175 will be awarded on the results of the examination in Trinity Term 1998 for the Honour School of Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology. The examiners shall have power to make up to two proxime accessit awards of £75 each. A prize of £75 each will be awarded for the best Research Project and the best Library Dissertation submitted in Hilary Term 1998 in the examination for the Honour School of Experimental Psychology or the Honour School of Psychology, Philosophy and Physiology. A prize of £50 will be awarded for the best practical portfolio in Psychology submitted in Hilary Term 1998 in the examination for the Honour School of Experimental Psychology or for the Honour School of Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology. No candidate shall receive more than one prize in the same examination. No candidate shall receive both the main Martin Wronker Prize in Medicine and a Gibbs Prize in the same examination.

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Theology

A prize of £275 will be awarded on the results of the examination for the Final Honour School of Theology in Trinity Term 1998. No candidate may be awarded both the Denyer and Johnson Prize and a Gibbs Prize in the same examination. A prize of £275 will be awarded for the best performance in Theology in the Honour School of Philosophy and Theology in Trinity Term 1998.

A book prize of £200 will be awarded on the results of the Preliminary Examination in Theology in Hilary Term 1998.

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Zoology

The prize in Zoology will be awarded on the results of the examination in Biological Sciences in the Honour School of Natural Science in Trinity Term 1998. The value of the prize is £450 and the examiners have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £250 for meritorious work, and up to three additional book prizes of £100.

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CONCERT

Faculty of Music

THE BAND OF INSTRUMENTS, with the Choir of New College, will perform J.S. Bach's St John Passion at 3 p.m. on Sunday, 15 March, in the chapel, New College. This event is offered as part of Evensong and so is free of charge, and open to the public.