No. 4454 Thursday 13 November 1997 Vol. 128

Thelma Holt is new Visiting Theatre Professor : Thelma Holt, CBE, the producer of many internationally successful theatre productions, has been appointed as the new Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre.

Oxford welcomes HEFCE pledge to protect quality : The University has welcomed a commitment from the Higher Education Funding Council for England to protect the high quality of education at Oxford and Cambridge.

Oxford supports skateboarders : The University has recently presented cheques amounting to £3,250 to the Oxford Wheels Project to go towards the provision of much-needed skateboarding facilities.

Sea urchins inspire heart research : A substance common to both the sea urchin and the human heart—thought to be an important factor in controlling the contraction of heart muscle—is to be the subject of a three-year Oxford study.

Hopwood moves to new Chair as MBA thrives : Professor Anthony Hopwood, Professor of Management Studies, Deputy Director of the School of Management Studies, and a Fellow of Templeton College since 1995, has been elected to the new American Standard Companies Professorship of Operations Management.

Oxford mourns Isaiah Berlin : The Vice-Chancellor, Dr Colin Lucas, has expressed his deep sadness at the death of Sir Isaiah Berlin, OM, Fellow of All Souls.

Maps project goes live : Oxford is one of six UK academic institutions participating in a 12-month trial project to deliver Ordnance Survey digital data via the Internet into university libraries.

Royal Society fellowships: Nine Oxford appointments are among 23 new Royal Society Research Fellowships announced recently. The University Research Fellowship Scheme is the mainstay of the Society's research appointments programme offering medium term posts to postdoctoral scientists of outstanding ability.

Sale of paintings: Paintings owned by the late Oxford University college head, the Revd Dr John Kelly, have raised £59,630 at Sotheby's for the Bodleian Library. Dr Kelly, former Principal of St Edmund Hall, who died in March, donated seven works to the Bodleian in thanks for the help the library gave him over 60 years. Only four of the seven paintings in the collection were sold.

Grant for Ashmolean: The Department of Eastern Art at the Ashmolean Museum has received a £104,210 grant from the Leverhulme Trust to support the cataloguing and researching of its major collection of Islamic embroideries. The director of the project is Professor James Allen.

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