No. 4461 Thursday 22 January 1998 Vol. 128

Oxford success in research awards for equipment : Research groups in Oxford have won more than £5 million in additional funding for equipment in the second national 1997 Joint Research Equipment Initiative (JREI).

Local companies welcome student placements : The University's Physics Department is forging new links between its graduate students and high-technology companies in and around Oxford.

Science Minister tours departments : The Minister for Science and Technology, Mr John Battle, MP, made an informal tour of several University science departments on 16 December.

Chair in Intellectual Property filled : Professor David Vaver, Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Canada, has been appointed as the first Reuters Professor of Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law, with effect from 1 July 1998.

Presidents of Yale and Harvard to be honoured : The Presidents of Yale and Harvard universities are set to receive honorary degrees of Doctor of Civil Law, subject to the approval of Congregation on 10 February, 1998.

National Sports Institute: The national sports institute is set for Sheffield, chosen by the Government in preference to a University-backed site at the former Upper Heyford US airforce base and a consortium in the Midlands.

Award for Aung San Suu Kyi: Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who studied at St Hugh's College, has been granted the Freedom of the city by Oxford City Council. Her son, Kim Aris, accepted the freedom on her behalf at a ceremony at the Town Hall in December.

Mughal exhibition: An exhibition of paintings from Mughal India between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries will take place at the Ashmolean Museum from 4 February to 29 March.

New Year's honours: Dr Derek Hopwood, Director of the Middle East Centre at St Antony's College, received an OBE in the New Year's Honours list for services to Middle East Studies. Dr Claire Palley, former Principal of St Anne's College (1984–91) also received an OBE for her contribution to human rights.

Socio-Legal award: The Centre for Socio-Legal Studies has been awarded a £155,000 Government Know How Fund grant, to develop a database on British and European media law and practice and to help promote a stable legal environment for the media in Russia.

Dr Guy Goodwin-Gill: Dr Guy Goodwin-Gill, the new Rubin Director of Research in the Institute of European Studies, has been elected President of the Refugee Legal Centre attached to the Home Office in London which monitors the Government's performance on asylum and refugee work.

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