No. 4465 Thursday 19 February 1998 Vol. 128

Oxford `spin-off' companies set for flotation : Two Oxford spin-off companies, Oxford Asymmetry International and Oxford GlycoSciences (OGS), are to be floated on the stock market.

University maintains objection to traffic scheme : The University is to press ahead with its objections to the proposed closure of the High Street to traffic because it believes that the measure to deal with the anticipated increases in congestion in the Science Area are inadequate.

Howells' focus on lifelong learning : The University's role in `lifelong learning' was a key feature of discussions during a visit to Oxford on 9 February by Dr Kim Howells, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Lifelong Learning at the Department for Education and Employment.

New Professor of English Literature appointed : Professor Hermione Lee, Professor of English Literature at the University of York, has been appointed to the Goldsmiths' Chair of English Literature.

OUP set to promote study of Shakespeare : Oxford University Press is set to support world-wide efforts to expand the study and understanding of the collected works of William Shakespeare with a range of projects involving exhibitions, promotions, and the Internet.

New Director appointed at University Museum of Natural History : Professor Keith Thomson, University Distinguished Scientist-in-Residence at the New School for Social Research, New York, and Adjunct Professor of Geology at the University of Pennsylvania, has been appointed to the new post of Director of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, from 1 July.

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