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REGENT OF BLACKFRIARS

The Master of the Order of Preachers, with the approval of the Hebdomadal Council (subject to the approval by Congregation of the conferment of the Degree of Master of Arts by Special Resolution: see `University Agenda' above), has appointed THE REVD F.G. KERR (MA, DD Aberdeen, S.T.LIC. Le Saulchoir) as Regent of Blackfriars with effect from 3 August 1998.

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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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HAROLD LISTER SUNDERLAND PRIZE 1998

The Prize has been awarded to LUKE PITCHER, Exeter College.

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COMPARATIVE PHILOLOGY PRIZE 1998

The Prize has been awarded to CLAIRE POULTER, Jesus College.

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ANDREW COLIN PRIZE 1998

The Prize, for the best performance in Russian in the Preliminary Examination for Modern Languages, has been awarded to SUBHI SHERWELL, Christ Church.

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CYRIL JONES MEMORIAL PRIZE 1998

The Prize, for the best performance in Spanish in the Preliminary Examinations involving Modern Languages, has been awarded jointly to NICHOLAS J. ALLEN, Christ Church, and ROBERT J. WAY, Brasenose College.

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CLAUDE MASSART PRIZE 1998

The Prize, for special meritorious performance in French Literature in the Preliminary Examinations involving Modern Languages, has been awarded to EDMUND G.B. ALDHOUSE, Pembroke College.

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MRS CLAUDE BEDDINGTON PRIZE (MODERN LANGUAGES) 1998

The Prize, for the best performance in French in the Preliminary Examinations involving Modern Languages, has been awarded to ALIX J.R. LEVEUGLE, Magdalen College.

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HENRY WILDE PRIZE IN PHILOSOPHY 1998

The Prize has been awarded to GRANT CHUM, Corpus Christi College.

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CONINGTON PRIZE 1998

The Prize has been awarded to DR M.M. TECUSAN, University of Cambridge.

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ST CATHERINE OF ALEXANDRIA PRIZE 1998

The Prize has been awarded to BARNABY T. HUISH, Ripon College, Cuddesdon.

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DENYER AND JOHNSON PRIZE 1998

The Prize has been awarded to MICHAEL WYKES, St Peter's College.

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EUGENE HAVAS MEMORIAL PRIZE 1998

The Prize, for the best performance in the examination for the Special Diplomas in Social Studies and in Social Administration, has been awarded to JUSTIN R.J. SHARPLES, St Edmund Hall.

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BRIAN BANNISTER PRIZE IN ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 1998

The Prize has been awarded to THOMAS G.R. SELLERS, St John's College.

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ROBERT DUTHIE PRIZE IN ORTHOPAEDICS 1998

The Prize has been awarded to ROBIN DAVID PROCTOR, Balliol College.

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H.W.C. DAVIS PRIZE 1998

The Prize has been awarded to RACHEL M. REED, Merton College.

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ARNOLD MODERN HISTORY PRIZE 1998

The Prize has been awarded to GARETH MANN, Merton College.

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JOHN POTTER ESSAY PRIZE 1998

The Prize has been awarded to EDWIN MALCOLM ROBERTSON, Lincoln College.

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RENWICK VICKERS DERMATOLOGY PRIZE 1998

The Prize has been awarded to MIRANDA JANE HIGGINS, Green College.

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TURBUTT PRIZES 1997--8

First year

MICHAEL P. GATENBY, Lincoln College
IAN A. HUNTER, New College
MISS HELEN K. SMITHIES, Keble College
MISS ARINAMINPATHY THAYALINI, St Hilda's College
MISS EDWINA S. WEARMOUTH, Magdalen College
PAUL C. WHITE, St Catherine's

Second year

PAUL G. BULGER, St Hugh's College
MISS JULIE K. KNAPPER, New College
MATTHEW POWELL, Keble College
ALVIN TAY, St Hugh's College
MISS KATHERINE L. TREES, Brasenose College
JAY WADHAWAN, St John's College

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HONOUR SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING SCIENCE 1998

Maurice Lubbock Prize for the best performance in Engineering Science: KOK P. CHENG, Balliol College

Edgell Sheppee Prize for excellent performance in Engineering Science: SALIYA S. SILVA, Keble College

Edgell Sheppee Prize for laboratory notebook or performance in the Drawing Office: JOHNATHAN J. ALDWINCKLE, Balliol College

ICE Prize for performance in Civil Engineering: STEPHEN C. WREN, Keble College

IEE Prize for the best performance in Electrical Engineering: DAVID J. SADLER, Wadham College

I.Chem.E. Prize for performance in Chemical Engineering: ZACHARY R. MEADOWS, Lady Margaret Hall

BOC/Dr P.M. Schuftan Memorial Prize for the best Design Project in Part I: ALAN F. DUNWOODIE, Keble College, ANDREW J.B. SALMON, St John's College, NICHOLAS C. HUTCHINGS, Balliol College, and BENJAMIN R. STAFFORD, Jesus College

BOC/Dr P.M. Schuftan Memorial Prize for the best Research Project in Part II: PETER J. MARTIN, Oriel College

I.Mech.E. Prize for the best project in Mechanical Engineering: MARK J. FLAVELL, Brasenose College

Unilever Prize for the best Control project: MIN C. CHUNG, Pembroke College

Motz Prize for the best fourth-year project in Electrical Engineering: GABRIEL J.T. WRIGHT, Oriel College

Ronald Victor Janson Prize for the best third-/fourth-year project in Electronic Communications: KOK P. CHENG, Balliol College

Gibbs Prize for the best Part I project: ANDREW D. COMPSON, St Peter's College, ANDREW J. BRENNAN, University College, and SARAH THOMSON, St Peter's College

I.Mech.E. Prize for the best performance in Mechanical Engineering: SIMON A. NEILD, Wadham College

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HONOUR SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING, ECONOMICS, AND MANAGEMENT 1998

Maurice Lubbock Prize for the best performance in EEM: WING HOI CHAN, Wadham College

Edgell Sheppee Prize for the best performance in Management in the project in Part II: PETER J. MASON, Wadham College

Coopers & Lybrand Prize for Economics: PETER J. MASON, Wadham College

Pilkington EEM Project Prize: SUSANNA M. MORGAN, New College

Dan Gowler Prize for Organisational Behaviour and Industrial Relations: WING HOI CHAN, Wadham College

Unipart Industries Prize for the best performance in the Production Engineering paper: SIMON A. COOK, St John's College

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HONOUR SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MATERIALS 1998

Maurice Lubbock Prize for the best performance in EMS: ANDREW A. PEAKMAN, Queen's College

Institute of Materials Prize for the overall best performance in any of the Materials examination schools: ANDREW A. PEAKMAN, Queen's College

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HONOUR SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND COMPUTING SCIENCE 1998

Maurice Lubbock Prize for the best performance in ECS: CHI S.P. KWAN, Wadham College

Smith Associates Prize for the best Part I project: HOM. S. KWOK, Wadham College

Smith Associates Prize for the best Part II project: DAVID J. CURRIE

Smith Associates Prize for the best performance in the Computing Science papers: OWEN M. HAZELL

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PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION IN ENGINEERING SCIENCE 1998

Carnaud Metal Box Packaging Prize for the best performance in the Preliminary Examination: PATRICK KWOK-KONG CHIU, Wadham College

Shell Prize for outstanding performance in the Preliminary Examination (joint award): CHEUK KI WONG, Wadham College, MARKO BACIC, Lincoln College, and SAY LIANG NG, St Anne's College

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HONOUR SCHOOL OF JURISPRUDENCE 1998

Martin Wronker Prize for the best overall performance: BEN MCFARLANE, University College

Proxime accessit: BENJAMIN J. PARKER, St Hugh's College

Prizes from the Martin Wronker Fund, for the best performance in the following papers:

Jurisprudence: ADAM PACKER, Lady Margaret Hall

Tort: BEN MCFARLANE, University College

Land Law: BEN MCFARLANE, University College

Trusts: SHARIF K. FARRAG, Brasenose College

Administrative Law: ADEEL A. MANGI, Pembroke College

Prizes from law firms:

Slaughter and May Prize for the best performance in Contract: BEN MCFARLANE, University College

Richards Butler Prize for the best performance in International Trade: BENJAMIN J. PARKER, St Hugh's College

Norton Rose Prize for the best performance in Company Law: IAN M. EDWARDS, St Peter's College

Field Fisher Waterhouse Prize for the best performance in EC Law: ROSEMARY KALMAN, Brasenose College

3 Verulam Buildings Prize for the best performance in Commercial Law: KIN FEI A. CHAN, University College

Littleton Chambers Prize for the best performance in Labour Law: CHRISTOPHER J. THOMPSON, St John's College

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MEYERSTEIN PRIZE 1998

The examiners in the Final Honour School of Archaeology and Anthropology have awarded the Prize to LUIZ LINO DA SILVA COSTA, St Hugh's College.

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MEYERSTEIN PRIZE 1997

The Prize was awarded to SARAH-JANE MARSHALL, Somerville College.

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MEYERSTEIN PRIZE 1996

The Prize was awarded to DAVID WENGROW, St Hugh's College.

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MEYERSTEIN PRIZE 1995

The Prize was awarded to JANE HOVERD, St Hugh's College.

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LIBRARIES COMMITTEE

Consultation rocess on proposals for the development of integrated Library Services within the University

Following from the recommendations of the Thomas [1] and Kenny [2] Reports in 1995, and with the approval of Council and Congregation [3], the Libraries Committee of Council and the General Board and the Director of University Library Services and Bodley's Librarian have, since January 1997, been working towards a greater degree of integration of library services within the University in the context of a three-year interim framework.

This activity has been independent of, but will now be informed by, relevant aspects of the Report of the Commission of Inquiry (the North Report), the primary thrust of which (on governance and joint appointment) is likely to be submitted for wider consultation within the University during the academic year 1998--9. It has not, however, been thought necessary or desirable to defer progress on library aspects pending consultation on other and broader issues raised by the North Report.

With a certain amount of temporary restructuring having taken place within the provisional remit of the Libraries Committee (including the creation of a Library Services Directorate and the implementation of a new subcommittee structure), the committee has recently approved the Director's proposals for a wider and more detailed consultation process with the relevant library authorities and librarians within the University. Based on a range of discussions with representatives of all parts of the libraries sector (including departmental and college libraries), the Libraries Committee has agreed the following timetable for the presentation and elaboration of proposals for the more formal integration of the University's library services and facilities. (The intention is that such proposals should, if approved by the University, begin to be implemented during the year 2000.)

13 July 1998. General meeting of the Librarians of Libraries Committee Libraries with the Director of University Library Services (discussion of timetable and outline proposals on integration).

July--September. Meetings of the Director with individual Libraries Committee Librarians and their chairs of library management committees or equivalents.

Meetings of librarians across the University with subject responsibilities, convened in four broad disciplinary groupings (Humanities; Social Sciences; Sciences; Medicine), to discuss subject-based approaches to service integration and development.

24 September. Libraries Committee planning meeting (to include further development of formal proposals for consideration by Libraries Committee Libraries' local management committees and faculty boards).

Michaelmas Term. Formal consultation of local library management committees and faculty boards by the Libraries Committee.

3 December. Libraries Committee meeting (to include consideration of responses to the consultation process and preparation of formal proposals for consideration by the General Board, Council, and Congregation during 1999).

The timetable outlined above covers consultation within the group of libraries for which the Libraries Committee has direct financial responsibility. However, planning aimed at developing integrated library services within the University must also take account of the major contribution made by departmental and college libraries, a fact recognised in the statutory provision made for the involvement of these sectors in the work of the Libraries Committee and its subcommittees. The above schedule of consultation will therefore be supplemented throughout by continuing discussions within the University's library sector in the widest sense, and comments will be welcomed at any stage from all interested parties. Such comments, together with any requests for further information, should be addressed to Mr L.C.C. Reynolds at the University Offices (telephone: (2)70199, e-mail: laurence.reynolds@admin.ox.ac.uk).

The Libraries Committee will publish an updated version of this notice after its planning meeting on 24 September.

Footnotes

[1] Report of Council's Working Party on Senior Library Posts (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4373, 21 September 1995, p. 37).
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[2] Report of the Advisory Group on the Management Structure for an Integrated Library System (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4380, 13 November 1995, p. 339).
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[3] Gazette, Vol. 126, pp. 706, 728.
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BRITISH LIBRARY STRATEGIC REVIEW CONSULTATION PAPER

The British Library is preparing a strategic plan for the next five years in succession to Strategic Objectives for the Year 2000, published in 1993.

The current strategic review has been partly motivated by the British Library's recognition that financial constraints will prevent it from achieving all of the objectives identified in 1993. While perceiving opportunities in the future planning period, particularly in the potential for increased access offered by its `digital library' programme, the British Library will be seeking ways to adapt to diminishing grant-in-aid income. Amongst the options under consideration for inclusion in the new strategic plan are:

---expanding the range of revenue-generating services;

---charging for access to reading rooms;

---reducing or withdrawing existing activities and services.

In a letter of 6 July the Chief Executive of the British Library has invited comments on the options from institutions and individuals by 28 August.

The University will wish to comment in view of the potential implications for research and scholarship of some of the options. The consultative document has been circulated to chairmen of faculty boards, and the views of the Libraries Committee will be obtained.

Individual members of the University who would like to contribute to the University's response are invited to send their comments to Mr L.C.C. Reynolds at the University Offices, Wellington Square, by 14 August. Alternatively, comments can be sent direct to Stephanie Kenna at the British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB (fax: 0171-412 7251, e-mail: strategic.review@bl.uk).

Copies of the consultation paper may be obtained from Stephanie Kenna. The paper is also available on the WWW (http://www.bl.uk).

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COMPUTING SERVICES

Charging for Janet Transatlantic Traffic

Most IT users around the University will by now be aware that charges will be levied from 1 August 1998 for Janet traffic received by this University. For the first year, these will be met by the General Board, but it should also be noted that they will be also subsidised in the first year by approximately 50 per cent by HEFCE. The effective rate of charge in the first year will be 1p per megabyte (including VAT). Only inbound traffic will be charged for, and any traffic arriving between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. (seven days a week) will be free (in the first year). Traffic directed through the national Web cache, to which all traffic through the Oxford cache is directed, will be free (in the first year).

No decision has yet been made by the IT Committee on a recommendation about how the charges in subsequent years should be met, but the possibility that they will be passed on to departments and units will doubtless receive careful consideration. Nor has the IT Committee decided yet if it wishes to make use of the Oxford Web cache compulsory for all Web traffic that could pass though it—at the moment, use of the cache is voluntary. Of course, use of the cache may often be slower than going direct (unless someone else has recently retrieved the same page), but against this should be considered the charge that would be incurred.

Use of the cache can be invoked (for Netscape 4) by selecting Preferences in the Edit menu, then Advanced, then Proxies, selecting Automatic Proxy Configuration, and setting http://info.ox.ac.uk/cache.pac in the URL box (full details for all browsers at http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/oucs/proxies/).

Further details of the charging arrangements, and the measures that are being taken within Oxford to monitor and account for traffic, can be seen at the following Web page http://info.ox.ac.uk/oucs/internal/janet-charge.html (or reach it via the Oxford home page: IT Information: Networks).

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BODLEIAN LIBRARY

Refurbishment and revitalisation of the S.T. Lee Reading Room of the Radcliffe Camera (Lower Camera)

Thanks to the generous support of the Radcliffe Trust and of Mr S.T. Lee, work on refurbishment of the S.T. Lee Reading Room (Lower Camera) will commence during Closed Week (beginning Monday, 31 August). This work will include a new lighting system, improved IT facilities to new reader tables, IT work-stations located in a central facility, and enhancements to the staffing area. It is anticipated that the work will continue until the end of January 1999 although the Reading Room will retain normal opening hours throughout this period. Some disruption, however, is inevitable as temporary rearrangements of books, furniture, and other items will be necessary to enable the work to proceed bay by bay. Full details of these rearrangements will be posted within the Reading Room. Further information can also be obtained directly from Reading Room staff (telephone: (2)77204).

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ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY TEACHERS

The Association of University Teachers is both a professional association and a trade union, committed to the advancement of university education and research. At the national level, the AUT is the recognised union for academic and academic-related staff. Besides its concern for more general questions of university education and research, the AUT negotiates salary levels and conditions of employment with the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals.

The Oxford branch of the AUT is open for membership to university and college employees, whether academic or academic-related. It has over 900 members. It is the official body with which the University discusses priorities and problems bearing on education and research, and negotiates solutions to them. Discussions between the Oxford AUT and university officers occur formally once per term at a meeting of a Joint Consultative Committee, but there are many other informal meetings to discuss particular problems, including those affecting the conditions of employment of academic and academic-related staff, such as the `waiver clause' for those employed on contract grants. The local AUT also provides confidential advice on problems relating to terms and conditions of employment.

Application for membership and other enquiries can be made to Mrs Anne Hendry, Administrative Secretary, Oxford AUT, New Barnett House, 28 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford OX1 2HY (telephone and fax: (2)70418, e-mail: aut@ermine.ox.ac.uk) (9.30 a.m.--4.30 p.m., Tuesday--Thursday).

Enquiries may also be directed to the following: Kit Bailey (Honorary Secretary), Department of Plant Sciences (telephone: (2)75090); Denis O'Driscoll, Department of Biochemistry (telephone: (2)75260); Arthur Marsh (Personal Cases), St Edmund Hall (telephone: (2)74170).

There will be an Extraordinary General Meeting on Tuesday, 29 September, 1.15--2 p.m.

The Michaelmas Term meeting will be held on Tuesday, 27 October, 1.15-- 2.30 p.m.

Both meetings will be held in Blackhall, Queen Elizabeth House, 21 St Giles'. All AUT members and non-members will be welcome.

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