Notices

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PROFESSORSHIP OF OPTOELECTRONIC ENGINEERING

EDWARD PETER RAYNES, FRS (MA, PH.D. Cambridge), Director of Research, Sharp Laboratories of Europe, and Visiting Professor of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 October 1998. Professor Raynes will be a fellow of St Cross College.

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CONFERMENT OF THE TITLE OF VISITING PROFESSOR

On the recommendation of the Physiological Sciences Board, the General Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Developmental Biology and Genetics on S.D.M. BROWN (PH.D. Cambridge), Director of the MRC Mammalian Genetics Unit and the Mouse Genome Centre at Harwell, for a period of three years from 11 May 1998.

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UNIVERSITY OFFICES

The University Offices will be closed for normal business on Monday, 25 May.

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UNIVERSITY MESSENGER SERVICE

The University Messenger Service will not operate on Monday, 25 May.

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SHELDONIAN THEATRE

The Sheldonian Theatre will be closed on Monday, 25 May.

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SPEAKING BY JUNIOR MEMBERS IN CONGREGATION

Mr Vice-Chancellor has, with the agreement of Council, approved the following arrangements for junior members to speak in Congregation under the terms of Ch. I, Sect x (Statutes, 1997, p. 208), which reads as follows:
`Any junior member as defined in Tit. XIV, Sect. iv, § 1, cl. 2, may speak at a meeting of Congregation, if called upon to do so by the Chairman at the Chairman's discretion, provided that the Chairman may at any time terminate a debate on the floor of the House and proceed to the final speeches and the taking of a vote.'
The Chairman of Congregation will normally expect to call upon nominated representatives of the Oxford University Student Union if they wish to speak in debate, and will normally expect to call upon junior members to speak only from among those who have given advance notice of their wish to be called. Should the Chairman consider that the number of junior members who have given such notice is excessive, he or she will have to be selective in calling upon them. The Chairman will try to ensure a balanced debate in relation to the apparent spread and strength of views held by junior members. If informed selection is to be possible it is desirable that when giving notice of the wish to be called a junior member should indicate (a) whether he or she intends to support or oppose the motion before the House, (b) whether he or she would speak on behalf of any club, committee, group, or association, (c) whether he or she is supported by other junior members (up to twelve of whom might sign the notice).

If the number giving notice is small they will all be admitted to the floor of the House although this does not ensure their being called. In other cases some selection may be necessary at the stages of both admission and calling of speakers. If there is to be time to tell applicants whether they will be admitted notice will have to be received in good time. Junior members should therefore send in such notice, in writing, to the Registrar to be received at the University Offices not later than 10 a.m. on the Monday preceding the debate in question. The name of any representative nominated by OUSU should also be communicated to the Registrar, in writing, through the President by that time. A notice will then be posted in the University Offices and on the gate of the Clarendon Building not later than 10 a.m. on the morning of the debate, indicating whether all applicants will be admitted to the floor of the House or, if selection has had to take place, the names of those selected for admission to the floor.

Junior members not admitted to the floor of the House will normally be permitted to listen to the debate from the gallery. Junior members on the floor of the House will be asked to remain in their places while a vote is being taken.

Under Tit. XIV, Sect. IV, § 1, cl. 2, junior members are defined as `those persons who, having been admitted to matriculation, are residing to fulfil the requirements of any statute, decree, or regulation of the University or reading for any degree, diploma, or certificate of the University and who have not proceeded to membership of Convocation'. (Membership of Convocation is normally obtained by taking the MA degree.)

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ISIS INNOVATION LIMITED

2 South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3UB

Isis Innovation, a wholly-owned company of the University, was established in 1988. The company has been formed to exploit know-how arising out of research funded by the UK Government through the Research Councils and funded by other bodies where the rights are not tied. The function of the company is to ensure that the results of research bring rewards to Oxford, and to the inventors, who are given a financial incentive for exploitation.

Isis seeks licensees willing to pay lump sums and/or royalties for the use of know-how arising out of research. Isis also exploits the intellectual property of the University by setting up individual companies using venture capital or development capital funds.

Isis' services are also available to individuals who wish to exploit the results of research supported by non- Research Council sources, when there are no prior conditions on the handling of the intellectual property rights. Isis Innovation has at its disposal a small pre- seedcorn fund for paying the costs of protecting intellectual property rights and for taking work to a stage where its potential can be assessed.

Isis finds industrial partners to ensure that new ideas can be developed for market requirements. The company has established the Oxford Innovation Society for major industrial companies, so that they can have a window on Oxford technology and an opportunity to license and invest where appropriate.

A brochure explaining Isis' activities is available. Please contact the above address, or the telephone and fax numbers given below.

Members of the University should contact the Managing Director if they wish to take advantage of the services that Isis provides. (Telephone: (2)72411; fax: (2)72412.)

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CONCERTS

Music Faculty

THE ALLEGRI STRING QUARTET will perform Haydn's Quartet in C major, op. 54, no. 2, Borodin's Second Quartet in D major, and Beethoven's Quartet in F major, at 7.45 p.m. on Wednesday, 27 May, in the Holywell Music Room. Tickets, costing £8 (£6/£4), are available from Blackwell's Music Shop, or at the door.

Friends and admirers of the Quartet are most welcome to attend a post-concert reception, held in honour of cellist Bruno Schrecker, on his retirement.

THE BAND OF INSTRUMENTS (with Mary Nelson, soprano) perform cantatas by Vivaldi, at 8.15 p.m. on Saturday, 30 May, in New College Ante-Chapel. Tickets, costing £7 (£5), are available from Blackwell's Music Shop, or at the door.

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