No. 4452 Thursday 30 October 1997 Vol. 128

Oxford tells HEFCE college fees are `excellent value' : The collegiate University has dispatched its reply to the Higher Education Funding Council for England, making the case that Oxford and Cambridge are excellent value for public money, and that the additional college fee income is intrinsically linked to the quality of the two universities.

`Outstanding' museums honoured : At a special ceremony on 20 October, the University was presented with its four official certificates designating the collections of the Museum of the History of Science, the University Museum of Natural History, the Ashmolean Museum, and the Pitt Rivers Museum, to be outstanding and `of pre-eminent importance to the national heritage.

Peerage for former Vice-Chancellor : Sir Patrick Neill QC, former Warden of All Souls College (1977–94) and Vice-Chancellor from 1985–89, is to be made a life peer.

European research links to be promoted : A new Director of Research has taken up his post in the Institute of European Studies promising to promote research links in a variety of areas, such as human rights, treaty incorporation, minorities and political autonomy, among the six members of the Europaeum.

Roman coin study at Ashmolean Museum : A new research project which aims to produce a standard typology of the provincial coinage of the Roman Empire in the period AD 138–93, is to be based at the Ashmolean Museum.

First national study of chronic pelvic pain : The first national study of the prevalence of chronic pelvic pain in women has been launched as a collaborative project between the University's Division of Public Health and Primary Health Care and the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

New Professor of American History : Professor Alan Brinkley, Professor of History at Columbia University, New York, has been appointed to the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Professorship of American History, for the academic year 1998–9.

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