No. 4473 Thursday 7 May 1998 Vol. 128

King of Jordan set for honour from University : One of the world's longest-reigning monarchs, His Majesty the King of Jordan, is set to receive a degree of Doctor of Civil Law by Diploma, subject to approval by Congregation on 19 May.

Magdalen Bridge closed for May Day revels : Magdalen Bridge was closed to May Day revellers for the first time, following fears that lives could be lost if anyone fell into the River Cherwell.

Oxford bids for its first swimming pool : Oxford is bidding to build what would become the University's first swimming pool at its Iffley Road Sports complex, where Sir Roger Bannister ran the first four-minute mile in 1954.

Honour for former Registrar : The former Registrar, Dr A. J. Dorey, has been nominated for the Degree of Doctor of Civil Law, honoris causa, in recognition of his dedicated long service to the University, subject to approval by Congregation.

New cameras to boost security : Security cameras recently installed by the University in Radcliffe Square are already proving successful in the fight against crime.

New Secretary for OUP : The Delegates of the Oxford University Press (OUP) have appointed Mr Henry Reece to be Chief Executive and Secretary to the Delegates, with effect from 27 July 1998.

Bodleian Law Library: The Bodleian Law Library is opening at weekends during Trinity Term thanks to sponsorship from the international London law firm, Lovell White Durrant. The library will be open from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m.–5 p.m. on Sundays until 7th week (13/14 June). Weekend opening came out top in a recent survey of what library users most wanted.

Chemistry award: Dr Fraser Armstrong, Reader at the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory and Fellow of St John's, has been awarded the European Medal for Biological Inorganic Chemistry which is presented biannually.

Award for Refugee Studies Programme: The University's Refugee Studies Programme is to receive a $240,000 grant over the next two years from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The money will support a training programme to assist refugee practitioners address mental health problems in refugee and forced migration settings.

New Director of Pitt Rivers: Dr Michael O'Hanlon, a former Assistant Keeper in the British Museum's Department of Ethnography, has taken up his post as the new Director of the Pitt Rivers Museum. Dr O'Hanlon, who succeeded Dr Schuyler Jones who retired last year, said he hoped to oversee the creation of a new Access Centre, providing a space for contemporary displays and an introduction to the Museum.

OUP - Internet sales: Oxford University Press books and publications can now be ordered on-line. The credit card payments system, initially available in the UK and Ireland, will enable customers to enter a catalogue section, choose a book and click on the `BUY NOW' button. The service is available at http://www.oup.co.uk.

Record-breaking watch: Oxford University Athletics Club is to receive the stopwatch that timed Sir Roger Bannister breaking the four-minute mile in Oxford in 1954. The watch was bought by Lord Archer, who was president of the club in 1965, for £7,700 at auction in London.

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