No. 4483 Thursday 30 July 1998 Vol. 128

Minister backs Oxford's twin access schemes : The University was praised by Mr Stephen Byers, then Minister of State for School Standards, for its `foresight and commitment' in embarking on a programme of summer schools for state school pupils and teachers.

Microsoft co-founder funds new online programmes : Mr Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, is supporting Oxford University to develop innovative programmes on-line aimed at providing `professional development' in tailored and flexible ways, supported by tutors.

Varsity cross-Channel swim ends in dead heat : After battling through the choppy waters of the English Channel for more than nine hours, the first Oxford and Cambridge cross-Channel relay ended in a remarkable tie.

Hip and knee treatments pioneered in Oxford : The number of hip replacements which fail because they are poorly designed should be cut following pioneering research by scientists at the Department of Engineering Science and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre.

Cornell Chair for WildCRU Director : Dr David Macdonald, Reader in Wildlife Conservation at the Department of Zoology and Research Fellow at Lady Margaret Hall, has been appointed as A.D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University.

Professor Susan Greenfield: Professor Susan Greenfield, Professor of Pharmacology, Tutor in Medicine and Fellow of Lincoln College, has been appointed the first female Director of the Royal Institution as from 1 October, when Professor Peter Day retires. Professor Greenfield was the first woman invited to deliver the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in 1994. Professor Greenfield has reached an agreement with the University to retain her laboratory in Oxford for at least the next four years.

Professor Roger Cashmore: Professor Roger Cashmore, FRS, Professor of Experimental Physics since 1991, Chairman of the Physics Department since 1996, and Fellow of Balliol College, is to become Research Director at CERN—the European Laboratory for Particle Physics in Geneva—for five years from 1 January 1999. CERN is one of the world's largest scientific laboratories.

Film appointment: Mr John Houlton (Exeter, 1953) has been appointed director general of a newly-created British Film Office in Hollywood. He will aim to encourage Hollywood studios to shoot films in Britain, and work with British companies. Mr Houlton is former British vice-consul in Los Angeles.

Science awards: Two Engineering undergraduates have won prizes in the 1998 `Science Engineering and Technology Student of the Year' competition. Manish Jethwa, of Worcester, won the MISYS award for best student in the Computer and Computer Software category, and the overall award as the highest-scoring entrant in the 12 categories. Jonathan Aldwincle, of Balliol, won the Vodaphone award in Electrical Engineering.

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