No. 4518 Thursday 1 July 1999 Vol. 129

Rattle doubles up honours at Encaenia : The University honoured outstanding contributions in the fields of music, literature, mathematics, statistics, ancient history, medicine, and law at Encaenia on Wednesday, 23 June.

New teaching course unveiled : A postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, which begins at the University in Michaelmas Term, has attracted strong interest, with participants drawn from a wide range of academic and research staff from the University and colleges.

Camel helps raise funds for Kenya : A party of walkers, accompanying a camel, completed the 85-mile walk from Oxford to Cambridge University in six days to mark the bicentenary of the Church Mission Society.

New Professor of Applied Mathematics : Dr Stephen Jonathan Chapman, who since 1995 has been Royal Society University Research Fellow at the Mathematical Institute and is Fellow by Special Election of St Catherine's College, has been appointed to the professorship of Mathematics and its Applications.

Doors opened to East End pupils : The special links between Oxford colleges and East End schools were reinforced when a group of 30 pupils from Harbinger's School, East London, made a visit to Brasenose College under the auspices of the Stepney Children's Fund school `twinning' scheme during Trinity Term.

Medical numbers increased: Oxford has been given an extra 57 places for medical students, as part of a Government initiative to address the shortage of doctors. Of these, 37 are for additional students on the existing pre-clinical course. The remainder are on a new course for suitably qualified graduates, who wish to pursue a career in medicine.

Award for Professor Reed: Professor Jim Reed, Taylor Professor of the German Language and Literature, has been awarded the Gold Medal of the International Goethe Society, Weimar, in the 250th anniversary year of Goethe's birth. Professor Reed is currently Schiller Visiting Professor at the Friedrich Schiller University, Jena.

American Philosophical Society : Professor William Hamilton and Professor Sir John Boardman are among nine new foreign members of the American Philosphical Society. Sir John, an Honorary Fellow of Lincoln and Merton Colleges, was Professor of Classical Archaeology (1978–94). Professor Hamilton is Royal Society Research Professor in Zoology and Fellow of New College.

Dr Robert Hiorns: Dr Robert Hiorns, University Lecturer in the Department of Statistics and Fellow of Linacre College, has been elected an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, the largest body in the world representing mathematicians in industry, education, and government.

Cardinal Lustiger preaches: The University's annual St John's Day Sermon was delivered on 27 June by His Eminence Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, Archbishop of Paris. He delivered his sermon on the theme `Truth' from the stone pulpit in St John's Quadrangle at Magdalen College. Among the congregation were the Chancellor, Lord Jenkins of Hillhead, the UK Ambassador to France, and the French Ambassador here.

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