No. 4478 Thursday 11 June 1998 Vol. 128

New centre for supercomputing is switched on : A new £4 million Supercomputing Centre which will be used by 12 departments at Oxford University to model complex problems from the physiology of the heart and the structure of DNA, to the flow in jet engines and weathering of rocks, was switched on last week.

American honours for Oxford academics : Two distinguished academics, Dr Marilyn Butler and Professor Sir Roger Penrose, have been elected to prestigious American academies.

Empress views Opie Collection : Empress Michiko of Japan made a private visit to the Bodleian Library on 30 May, at the end of her official tour of the UK, to see the Opie Collection.

New Chair in Materials filled : Professor John Titchmarsh, Philips Professor in Materials Analysis, Materials Research Institute, Sheffield Hallam University, has been appointed to the Royal Academy of Engineering/AEA Technology/INSS (Institute of Nuclear Systems Safety, Japan) Research Professorship in Microanalytical Techniques for Structural Integrity Problems.

Grants success to boost lifelong learning : A series of new developments aimed at extending the University's facilities and expertise for lifelong learning to the wider local, national and international community, are being unveiled by the Department for Continuing Education.

Jenkins sees Blair as `new European Man' : A successful European Union requires a successful single currency—and Britain cannot afford to stand aside from either, warned the Chancellor, Lord Jenkins, in a lecture on the origins and development of monetary union.

1998 pay award: Council has approved the nationally agreed 1998 pay award for non-clinical academic and academic-related staff. This provides for an increase of 2 per cent from 1 April 1998 and a further increase of 1.8 per cent on 1 April baseline from 1 October 1998. Staff will receive their backdated increment at the end of June.

Royal Academy election: Mr Stephen Farthing, Ruskin Master of Drawing and Fellow of St Edmund Hall, is one of three new Royal Academicians elected by the General Assembly. Mr Farthing has held numerous exhibitions, including the successful `Absolute Monarchy' show. His paintings are found in a number of collections, including the Arts Council and British Council.

Pirye Prize award: Oxford University Press has awarded the £1,000 Pirye Prize for art to Erasmia Stravoravdi, a second-year student at the University's Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. Her Odyssey, measuring over eight square metres, is hanging in the OUP Bookshop.

Channel 4 appointment: Mr Andrew Graham, Acting Master of Balliol College, has been appointed as one of two new non-executive directors to the Board of the Channel 4 Corporation. He is also a member of the Media Advisory Group to the Institute of Public Policy.

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