OXFORD UNIVERSITY
GAZETTE

No. 4468 Thursday 12 March 1998 Vol. 128

Oxford team tackles trauma of road victims : Researchers at the Department of Psychiatry are about to begin a major trial of a new treatment for road accident victims suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Review sought on HEFCE funding allocation : The University was allocated £105m of the total £3,867m available for distribution for teaching and research announced last week by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for the 1998–9 academic year.

Oxford backs orchestra initiative : The University has agreed to give financial support to the Orchestra of St John's Smith Square during its three-year period as Oxford's orchestra in residence.

Slade lectures to focus on Italian Baroque : Professor Joseph Connors, Professor, Columbia University, New York, has been appointed to the Slade Professorship of Fine Art for the academic year 1998–9.

Fish `slaughtered' by UK water cooling systems : A university scientist has discovered as many as 500 million fish—many more than previously feared—are being killed each year unnecessarily when they are sucked in by power station cooling systems in the UK.

Latin opera premiered in three Oxford colleges : A new opera-oratorio in Latin and English, Good Friday, has been premiered in three Oxford colleges, with audience members following Christ along Turl Street from his trials before Caiaphas and Pilate in Lincoln and Jesus Colleges, to the crucifixion and deposition in Exeter College.

New full-time graduate post : Elections will be held next term for the first incumbent of a newly created post of University student sabbatical officer for graduates.

Commemorations: A commemoration service for the life of Sir Isaiah Berlin (1907–97) will be held at the Sheldonian Theatre at 11 a.m. on 21 March. Tickets are available from the Warden's Secretary, All Souls. A memorial service for Colonel Sir John Thomson will be held at Christ Church Cathedral at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday, 28 March. Sir John, a former Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire (1963–79), was deputy steward of the University and an honorary fellow of St Catherine's College.

Cycling project: Oxford City Council is considering a £100,000 cash injection to encourage more people `to get on' their bicycles. Measures include a £50,000 cycling project in east Oxford, and £20,000 for more cycle stands throughout the city. The proposals will be discussed by the Council's sub-committee on pedestrians and cycles.

Princess Diana tribute concert: Members of New College Choir will line up alongside pop stars Sir Cliff Richard, Chris de Burgh, and Wet Wet Wet, at a tribute concert to Diana, Princess of Wales. The open-air concert, to be held on 27 June, is expected to attract an audience of 15,000 at Althorp Estate, the Spencer family home, in Northamptonshire.

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