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The composition of the electoral boards to the posts below, proceedings to fill which are currently in progress, is as follows:

Norton Rose Professorship of Commercial and Financial Law

                         Appointed by

The Provost of Worcester 

(Chairman) Mr Vice-Chancellor[1] The Principal of St Hugh's ex officio Lord Mustill Council Professor R.F. Cranston General Board Professor A.G. Guest General Board Professor F.M.B. Reynolds Law Board Ms S.D. Fredman Law Board Professor D.D. Prentice Law Board Dr L. Smith St Hugh's College

Nuffield Professorship of Comparative European Politics

Mr Vice-Chancellor               ex officio
The Warden of Nuffield           ex officio
Professor J. Richardson          Council
Professor J.E. Lewis             General Board
Professor W.E. Paterson          General Board
Dr D.J. Hine                     Social Studies Board
Dr M.F.E. Philp                  Social Studies Board
Professor A.J. Ware              Social Studies Board
Dr V. Wright                     Nuffield College

Readership in Economic History

Mr Vice-Chancellor               ex officio
The Principal of St Hilda's      ex officio
The Warden of All Souls          ex officio
Professor B. Supple              Council
Professor M. Daunton             General Board
Dr R.M. Smith                    General Board
Professor C.H. Feinstein         ex officio
Ms J.M. Innes                    Modern History Board
Dr A. Offer                      Social Studies Board
Mrs J. Howarth                   St Hilda's College
Dr J. Landers                    All Souls College

[1] Appointed by Mr Vice-Chancellor under the provisions of Tit. IX, Sect. iii, cl. 2 (Statutes, 1997, p. 67).

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The Department for Continuing Education exists to make the University accessible to men and women in ways which complement the University's provision for its resident members. Each year the department mounts several hundred courses, either part-time or short full-time, covering most subjects taught within the University (except management and clinical medicine). Courses last anything from one day to ten weeks (full time), and between ten weeks and two years on a part-time basis. During recent sessions about 11,000 students have enrolled annually for the department's courses, the average length of study being twenty hours.

Apart from a large number of individual members of the University who offer courses or give lectures, the Department for Continuing Education works in co-operation with an increasing number of other departments and faculties throughout the University. It welcomes expressions of interest from individuals and departments who wish to become involved in or to explore continuing education activities.

The department's main provision is organised through three programme offices (see below), each of which is able to provide more detailed information on current and forthcoming activities. In addition, the Kellogg Residential Centre, when not being used for courses, can occasionally be made available for conferences and other residential meetings.

The Public Programmes Office

This office (Director: Mr R.T. Rowley) offers to the public a wide range of study opportunities in most academic disciplines through part-time day, evening, and short residential courses. Although most programmes have open entry and require no formal entry qualifications, an increasing number are award-bearing, at access, undergraduate, or postgraduate level, and many of these call for evidence of suitable entry requirements. During the summer the department offers one-week residential study opportunities, mainly for domestic students, through the Oxford University Summer School for Adults based at Rewley House, and the Oxford Experience, based at Christ Church. A range of study tours is also available to various parts of Europe and further afield. The department also runs the Rewley House Film Theatre on Sunday evenings during term. Individuals interested in offering courses or in contributing to other programmes are invited to contact the office.

Details of all courses are publicised in annual prospectuses, or are available at any time from the department (telephone: (2)70312).

The Continuing Professional Development Office

Short and extended courses

This office (Director: Mr P.G. Combey) draws on departments and faculties throughout the University to offer courses designed to meet the needs of individuals and groups drawn from industry, the professions, commerce, and academia. Courses vary from one- or two- day intensive updating courses based on the latest academic research, to longer courses enabling professionals to review advances in specialised fields, and acquire new areas of expertise and additional qualifications. Areas covered include engineering, law, information technology and computing, mathematics and statistics, education, biomedical science, and social studies. Contributors to courses include Oxford academics and research staff, and experts from other universities and organisations in the UK and abroad.


The CPD Office is also able to offer a conference organisation and management service to colleagues within the University and other organisations. The CPD Office has specialist skills in running national and international meetings, and more than fifteen years' collective experience of organising and managing conferences, seminars, and training courses for up to 500 delegates. The Centre provides a `total conference package' which combines the best of personal service with the highest professional standards.

Services offered include the following:

Further details are available from Oxford (2)70361.

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The International Programmes Office

This office (Director: Dr A. Hawkins) offers a wide range of courses to undergraduates, graduates, and continuing education students from around the world. These courses include year-long full-time programmes for Japanese graduates and diplomats from the Republic of China, Taiwan, as well as a large number of three- or four-week courses held during the summer for students from Europe and North America. Programmes are held in partnership with institutions such as the Smithsonian Institution, the University of California at Berkeley, Duke University, the University of Virginia, and Northwestern University in America. International Programmes also works with the British Council, the European Commission, and the ODA, as well as offering courses in partnership with the Bodleian Library and many other colleges and departments within the University. Subjects covered in these courses include topics from law and industrial relations through to archaeology, art history, and the physical and biological sciences. Tutors are drawn from Oxford academic and research staff, and expertise is also recruited from outside the University. Programmes vary in size from small groups of twenty students to larger programmes of over 200 participants. During the summer many residential International Programmes, including the Oxford University Summer Programmes in English Literature and in History, Politics, and Society, are held in colleges throughout Oxford, in addition to those held at the Rewley House Residential Centre. Over the next few years the range of courses offered by the International Programmes Office will be expanded, drawing in more students from Europe, Japan, other countries in the Far East, and from elsewhere around the world.

As the work of the International Programmes Office expands, approaches would be welcomed from those colleges, departments, and other institutions which have accommodation from which they would like to generate further income or from individuals with suitable qualifications interested in teaching on international programmes. Telephone: (2)70456.

Enquiries should be directed to the numbers given above. General enquiries may be directed to the Director of the Department (Dr G.P. Thomas), at the Department for Continuing Education, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA.

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Evaluation of the DIALOG@CARL service

The University's Datasets Working Party has been charged with the evaluation of the DIALOG@CARL service, which is currently on trial. The working party welcomes any feedback from those interested in the service.

Two options for this are available, at The first is a brief feedback form which allows the user to send short comments to add to the evaluation. The second is a more structured questionnaire, which should not take more than five minutes to complete, to do with specific parts of the service.

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Exhibition now open

Un Monde Fractal/A Fractal World (until 28 February)

At the Maison Française; open 12 noon–5.30 p.m.

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To accompany the special lectures being given during 1997--8 to celebrate the sesquicentenary of the Taylor Institution, there will be a rolling exhibition in the Voltaire Room during Hilary and Trinity Terms of materials relating broadly to the theme of each lecture and to the history of European language and literature studies at Oxford.

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Faculty of Music

THE BAND OF INSTRUMENTS, with the Choir of Christ Church, will perform music from Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Christi at 6.05 p.m. on Sunday, 1 March, in Christ Church. This event is offered as part of Evensong and so is free of charge, and open to the public.

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Bodleian Library Service Standards

The Library now publishes details of the standards it aims to reach in providing a variety of services to readers.

The standards will be published in the General guide to the Bodleian Library and its dependent libraries, and may be obtained from enquiry desks in the Library, or from the Library's pages on the World Wide Web (URL: ). They cover the following areas:

Admission, Induction and Training—provision of information and of guidance on how to use the library.

Access and facilities—hours of service, notification of changes to them, local information in each reading room

Reading rooms—reshelving, maintenance of equipment, inter-library loans

Stack-service— delivery times, procedures for dealing with problems

Lending (in those libraries which have lending collections)— service hours, staff availability, and recall procedures

Photocopying and photographic services—procedures for self-service and staff-mediated photocopying and for supply of other types of reproductions

Acquisitions---suggestions for additions to the book stock

Getting in touch with the Library---the appropriate ways of contacting library staff

Users' responsibilities---how to make best use of the Library and help it to meet its standards

Communication between the Library and readers—measures which the Library takes to maintain an awareness of readers' needs.

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