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NORTON ROSE PROFESSORSHIP OF COMMERCIAL AND FINANCIAL LAW

ANDREW STEPHEN BURROWS, BCL, MA (LL.M. Harvard), Law Commissioner for England and Wales, and Professor of English Law, University College, London, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 October 1999.

Professor Burrows will be a fellow of St Hugh's College.

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ISAIAH BERLIN FUND SCHOLARSHIP 1998–9

The Scholarship has been awarded to MINNA A. MOORE EDE, Keble College.

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JUNIOR PAGET TOYNBEE PRIZES 1998

Prizes in `the works of Dante' have been awarded jointly to SIMON CHIAVARINI, Trinity College, SOPHIE LORGE, Christ Church, and OLIVER READY, Worcester College.

Prizes in `Old French Language and Literature' have been awarded jointly to REBECCA DIXON, St Hilda's College, ALEX FRAME, St Catherine's College, MICHAELA LOWRIE, Hertford College, and SILVIE ZAMAZALOVA, Balliol College.

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GEORGE WEBB MEDLEY PRIZES 1998

M.Phil. in Economics

The Prize for the best thesis has been awarded to SAMUEL BERLINSKI, Keble College.

Proxime accessit: ANTONIA Y. SIMEONOVA, St Hugh's College. The Prize for the best performance in written papers has been awarded to DAVID GILL, Nuffield College.

Proxime accesserunt: SAMUEL BERLINSKI, Keble College, and DANIEL SGROI, Nuffield College.

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M.Sc. in Economics for Development

The Prize for the best overall performance has been awarded to MS GARGEE GHOSH, Somerville College.

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DOOLEY PRIZE IN ANATOMY 1997–8

The Prize has been awarded to DR WILHELM VAN NIEKERK.

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GEORGE PICKERING PRIZE 1998

The Prize has been awarded jointly to JENNIFER E. RUSBY and GREGORY P.L. THOMAS, both of St John's College.

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JUNIOR MATHEMATICAL PRIZES 1998

The examiners in the Final Honour School of Mathematics have awarded the Prize to STEPHEN PAUL MARSHALL, Wadham College.

The examiners in the Final Honour School of Mathematical Sciences have awarded the Prizes to JOHN CHRISTOPHER COATS, Somerville College, and BENJAMIN PHILIP PRESTON, Jesus College.

The mathematical examiners in the Final Honour School of Mathematics and Computation have awarded the Prize to DUNCAN ARCHER, Merton College, for outstanding performance in the mathematical papers.

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HOARE PRIZE 1998

The examiners in the Final Honour School of Computation have awarded the Prize to PATRICK JOSEPH SMEARS, Lincoln College.

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BRITISH TELECOM RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY PRIZE 1998

The examiners in the Final Honour School of Mathematics and Computation have awarded the Prize to NICHOLAS DAVID FORTESCUE, St Edmund Hall.

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FINAL HONOUR SCHOOL OF NATURAL SCIENCE (PHYSICS) 1998

Scott Prize for Performance in the M.Phys. Examination (joint award): ELEANOR R. HODBY and LESLEY A. JUDGE, both of Merton College

Gibbs Prize for Performance in the M.Phys. Examination: DAVID M.W. WALLACE, Merton College

Scott Prize for Performance in the BA Examination (joint award): RICHARD J. ABLEWHITE, Somerville College, and MARK J. CHRISTOPHERSON, New College

Smith System Engineering Prize for the overall best M.Phys. project: LESLEY A. JUDGE, Merton College

Gibbs Prize for the best use of experimental apparatus in an M.Phys. project: CHRISTOPHER M. VANN, Hertford College

Tessella Support Services Prize for the best use of software in an M.Phys. project: JAMES R. CHESHER, St Edmund Hall

Oxford Lasers Prize for a project in Optical Physics: ELEANOR R. HODBY, Merton College

Oxford Cryosystems Prize for a project in Condensed Matter Physics: JEFFREY SHIELDS, University College

LeCroy Research Systems Prize for a project in Particle and Nuclear Physics: DAVID N. CROSBY, St John's College

BP Prize for a project in Theoretical Physics: MARTIN A. KIMBER, Merton College

BP Prize for a project in an interdisciplinary or general area of Physics: DAVID M.W. WALLACE, Merton College

Prize for a project in Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Planetary Physics: NATHAN P. GILLETT, St Edmund Hall

Prize for a project in Astrophysics: CHRISTIAN G. SCHOOF, Oriel College

Magnox Electric Prize for submitted BA practical work or essay: JOANNE WHISTLER, Jesus College

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ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM

Vivien Leigh Prize 1998

The Prize has been awarded to OLIVIA MOLE, New College.

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MIKE SOPER BURSARY FUND

Mike Soper Bursaries have been awarded to the following:

MS JULIA MACPHERSON, Wadham College
MS SHELLEY COOK, Wadham College
ROBERT INGLE, St John's College
MS SUZANNAH WALMSLEY, Wadham College
MS A. HARRIS, Worcester College
MS JESSICA METCALF, St Hugh's College
MS HELEN JONES, Magdalen College
MS CHLÖE SNOOK, St Hilda's College
P.M.D.S. WHEELER, New College

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JIMMY ELLIOTT MEMORIAL FUND

Jimmy Elliott Memorial Fund Bursaries have been awarded to the following:

MS CLAIRE RHODES, St Anne's College
PAUL SALAMAN, Wolfson College
GRAHAM TAYLOR, Pembroke College

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MAURICE LATEY TRAVEL AWARD 1997–8

The Maurice Latey Travel Award has been made to MS TIFFANY TROXEL, St Antony's College.

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UNIVERSITY COUNSELLING SERVICE

Long Vacation hours

The hours of the Counselling Service will be as follows in the Long Vacation:

Monday, 29 June–Friday, 7 August inclusive: open 9.30 a.m.–1.30 p.m.

Monday, 10 August–Monday, 31 August inclusive: closed.

Tuesday, 1 September–Friday, 25 September inclusive: open 9.30 a.m.–1.30 p.m.

From Monday, 28 September, usual hours of opening: 9.15 a.m.–5.15 p.m.

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EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES CENTRE

The Educational Technology Resources Centre wishes to advise its customers that it will be operating a limited service throughout August. Anyone requiring audio-visual or televisual services during August is asked to contact the department before 27 July so that the necessary arrangements can be made.

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COMPUTING SERVICES

OUCS Helpdesk—options for departments

Following a Review of OUCS, the General Board and the IT Committee have decided that the Heads of all RAWP-funded departments should be given the opportunity to decide how they wish their staff and graduate students to receive computing help in IT matters. They could allow continued use of the HelpDesk services offered by OUCS, or instead they could provide their own help service and require their members to rely on that.

The OUCS HelpDesk service has been provided for many years, which enables computer users to bring questions of any kind relating to their use of IT, by e-mail, by phone, or in person; queries are answered by qualified and experienced IT staff, and referred where necessary to technical experts for resolution. For these purposes, the HelpDesk service includes the Microconsulting and Applications services which provide in-depth help respectively with microcomputer problems and with software packages in areas such as statistics, database and typesetting. The Review Committee believed, however, that some departments would prefer to provide this service in-house, or, indeed, already do so, and so were unfairly penalised by effectively paying for the service twice. Furthermore, it felt that the right approach to answering many of these queries should perhaps lie in dealing with them locally within departments, rather than from one central point.

Accordingly, that portion of the funding which is granted by the General Board to support the OUCS HelpDesk service which relates to RAWP-funded departments will, from 1 August 1999, be redirected to those departments, divided approximately according to academic staff numbers.

These departments are being asked, via their Heads, if they wish to retain these funds and provide their own HelpDesk service, or to continue using the OUCS service as at present and pay the amount back to OUCS. They are being asked to provide twelve months' notice of their intentions, with the change not in fact taking place until 1 August 1999, in order to give OUCS the chance to adjust its costs, if necessary. It should be noted that formally registered departmental IT support staff will continue to have access to the OUCS HelpDesk services.

Note that the services offered to non-RAWP-funded units (most of the Humanities, many of the Social Sciences) will not be affected, other than for undergraduate students.

A further consequence of the Review Report is that thenceforth, all undergraduate students will have to seek help from their colleges or departments, not OUCS, regardless of their discipline or of the above departmental decisions. Graduate students will be served in the same way as staff members, viz. the source of their service will depend on the decision of their department to opt in or out of using the OUCS services.

Further details of the proposed new arrangements are being provided to Heads of Department, and can also be viewed on the Web at http://info.ox.ac.uk/oucs/internal/charged-help-service.html.

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ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATORS

The Association of University Administrators was established in 1993 as a successor to the Conference of University Administrators (CUA) and the Association of Polytechnic Administrators (APA). It has more than 3,400 members in 180 branches. Membership is open to individuals involved in any part of the administration or management of HEIs. AUA organsises branch and regional events in addition to its national seminars and conferences.

Members receive free of charge each year:

—a quarterly international journal: Perspectives: policy and practice in higher education;

—a quarterly newsletter, Newslink;

—each new title in the AUA's Good Practice Guide series of bookletsp; —an annual calender and directory.

Members have the opportunity to benefit from:

—an annual conference—the largest conference in the HE calendar providing a forum for professional development and offering over 250 working sessions (held around Easter); the next one is to be held in Manchester, 28--31 March 1999;

—a range of publications;

—opportunity to foster closer international links;

—additional benefits, such as a guest lecture to be hosted by the AUA during the evening of 24 November, to which all paid-up members will be invited to apply for tickets. The speaker is Professor Bob Fryer who was chairman of the Government's National Advisory Group on Continuing Education and Life-Long Learning. The lecture will be given at the CVCP in London.

Occasional local events are arranged. The Registrar, Mr David Holmes, and the Principal of New Hall, Cambridge, Mrs Anne Lonsdale, former Director of the External Relations Office in Oxford, have both agreed to give talks to branch members in 1998--9.

Subscription rates for full members, valid to 31 July 1998, are £30 if paying by direct debit and £35 if paying by cheque (or, for those earning less than £16,000 a year on 1 August 1997, £20 if paying by direct debit and £25 if paying by cheque); members are able to claim tax relief against their subsriptions. The rates are to increase slightly from 1 August 1998 but joining before then gives membership to 31 July 1999.

Further details and an application form may be obtained from http://www.man.ac.uk/aua or from the Oxford Branch Correspondent, Mr Chris Willis, University Offices, Wellington Square (telephone: Oxford (2)70193).

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