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The Prize has been awarded to S. COBDEN, St John's College.

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On the recommendation of the Physical Sciences Board, the General Board has assigned the Department of Materials to PROFESSOR G.D.W. SMITH, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Trinity College and Professor of Materials, for a period of five years from 1 October 2000.

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On the recommendation of the Physical Sciences Board, the General Board has assigned the deputy headship of the Department of Engineering Science to PROFESSOR G.T. HOULSBY, MA (PH.D. Cambridge), Fellow of Brasenose College and Professor of Civil Engineering, for a period of two years with effect from 1 July 1999.

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The Vice-Chancellor and Proctors, acting under Tit. II, Sect. ix, cl. 4 (d) (Statutes, 1997, p. 17), have made the following appointments from the first day of Michaelmas Term 1999:

As a member of the Buildings Committee

Until the first day of Trinity Term 2001

J.N.P. RAWLINS, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of University

As a Curator of the Examination Schools

Fpr three years

A. AVRAMIDES, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of St Hilda's

As a member of the General Board of the Faculties

(from members of the Faculties of English, Law, Literae Humaniores, Modern Languages, Modern History, Music, Oriental Studies, Social Studies, and Theology)

For four years

A.M. BOWIE, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Queen's

As a member of the Hebdomadal Council

For six years

S.D. IVERSEN, MA, D.PHIL., D.SC., Fellow of Magdalen

As a Delegate for Military Instruction

For four years

C.M. DAVIS, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Wolfson

As a Curator of the University Parks

For six years

R.G. RATCLIFFE, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of New College

As a Curator of the Sheldonian Theatre

For six years

D.J. EDWARDS, MA, Fellow of Wadham

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Composition of the electoral boards to the posts below, proceedings to fill which are currently in progress, is as follows:

                                          Appointed by

James Martin Professorship of Computing

The President of St John's (Chairman)     Mr Vice-Chancellor [1]
The President of Wolfson                  ex officio
Professor A. Pnueli                       Council
Professor B. Liskov                       General Board
Professor R. Milner                       General Board
Professor R.S. Bird                       Mathematical Sciences Board
Professor A.W. Roscoe                     Mathematical Sciences Board
Professor L.N. Trefethen                  Mathematical Sciences Board
Professor A.J. Wilkie                     Wolfson College 

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Norman Collisson Professorship of Musculo-Skeletal Science Professor S.D. Iversen (Chairman) Mr Vice-Chancellor[1] The Master of St Peter's ex officio Professor D. Hamblen Council Professor G. Russell General Board Professor K.E. Davies General Board Professor J. Kenwright ex officio Dr K.A. Fleming Clinical Medicine Board Professor Sir John Grimley Evans Clinical Medicine Board Professor Sir David Weatherall Clinical Medicine Board Mr A. Carr Oxfordshire Health Authority Professor J.J. O'Connor St Peter's College
[1] Appointed by Mr Vice-Chancellor under the provisions of Tit. IX, Sect. iii, cl. 2 (Statutes, 1997, p. 67).

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Survey of off-air recording

This notice is to inform members of the University about a survey of educational recordings in which the University is obliged to participate this year, and to request co-operation in collecting the necessary information.

The University (including its constituent colleges) is covered by an Educational Recording Agency (ERA) Licence to record radio and television broadcasts and cable programmes for educational use, without infringing copyright. The University pays about £24,000 per annum for this licence.

It is a condition of the licence that institutions may be required to maintain for a specified period of time details of radio and television recordings made under the licence and to return this information to the ERA. Oxford University has been selected to take part in ERA's survey during the period 1 September 1998 to 31 August 1999 and the University is therefore asking all staff for assistance in collating the information required.

In each department and college, and some faculty offices, an individual has been nominated as the local co-ordinator for the survey. All staff are asked to give details to the most appropriate co-ordinator of all recordings of radio and television programmes which they make for educational purposes whether at home, in the University, or elsewhere. The information required is the title, date, and channel of the programme, and the location where the recording was made. As statistics have to be returned by the University at the end of every month, it is important that a co- ordinator is informed as soon as possible after a recording is made.

The identity of the local co-ordinator should be publicised in each department, college, and (where appropriate) faculty office. If it is not clear, the departmental administrator, senior tutor, or faculty office administrator should be able to identify the co- ordinator. In cases of difficulty, details of recordings can be passed instead to the University's central co-ordinator, Miss Catherine Long, at the ETRC (telephone: (2)70529, e-mail: It is, of course, necessary to pass information about recordings only to one co-ordinator; there is no need, for example, to inform both a college co-ordinator and a faculty co-ordinator but simply the one which is most convenient.

Please note that ERA are likely to visit the University at some stage during the survey period and to monitor the information returned against recordings held by the University. It is therefore important that the required information is collected carefully and that recordings are available for inspection if necessary. It is also important to note the requirement (which is general and not just for the period of the survey) that each recording should be labelled with the date and time, and with the statement that `This recording is to be used only for educational purposes'.

It is hoped that the survey will not cause too much inconvenience, and the full co-operation of members of the University would be appreciated.

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2 South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3UB

Isis Innovation, a wholly-owned company of the University, was established in 1988. The company has been formed to exploit know-how arising out of research funded by the UK Government through the Research Councils and funded by other bodies where the rights are not tied. The function of the company is to ensure that the results of research bring rewards to Oxford, and to the inventors, who are given a financial incentive for exploitation.

Isis seeks licensees willing to pay lump sums and/or royalties for the use of know-how arising out of research. Isis also exploits the intellectual property of the University by setting up individual companies using venture capital or development capital funds.

Isis' services are also available to individuals who wish to exploit the results of research supported by non-Research Council sources, when there are no prior conditions on the handling of the intellectual property rights. Isis Innovation has at its disposal a small pre-seedcorn fund for paying the costs of protecting intellectual property rights and for taking work to a stage where its potential can be assessed.

Isis finds industrial partners to ensure that new ideas can be developed for market requirements. The company has established the Oxford Innovation Society for major industrial companies, so that they can have a window on Oxford technology and an opportunity to license and invest where appropriate.

A brochure explaining Isis' activities is available. Please contact the above address, or the telephone and fax numbers given below.

Members of the University should contact the Managing Director if they wish to take advantage of the services that Isis provides. (Telephone: (2)72411; fax: (2)72412.)

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The CMSC considers matters of mutual interest to the museums and scientific collections, and reports to the General Board of the Faculties. The CMSC's newsletter, which is aimed at staff in the museums and collections, is now available on the Web at

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Newsletter no. 43

1. Invoices for January–April 1999

We apologise for the delays in preparing these invoices. This has been due to technical difficulties with the call logger.

2. Big Number—how the telephone number changes will affect you

The conversion of all national area codes to 01xxx and international numbers to 00xxx on Phone Day, a couple of years ago, has enabled Oftel to use the other ranges of codes, 02xxx, 03xxx etc., to rationalise and simplify the structure and tariffs of non-geographic number ranges and allow more telephone numbers to be introduced to satisfy the enormous demand for new numbers.

This is being publicised as `Big Number', and will unfold over the next year or two. Full details will be found at, but the essence of this programme is to reorganise telephone numbers into the following ranges:

01 Area codes
02 New area codes (see below)
03 Reserved for area codes
04 Reserved for future use
05 Reserved for future use
06 Reserved for future use
07 Mobiles, pagers, and personal numbers
08 Freephone and special services
09 Premium rate services
00 International

Area codes

It should be emphasised that most area code numbers, including Oxford 01865, will be unaffected as they already fall within the 01 range. However, new codes are being introduced for a few areas where there is particular pressure on numbers, as follows:

London: 0207 instead of 0171; 0208 instead of 0181

Southampton: 023 80 instead of 01703

Portsmouth: 023 92 instead of 01705

Cardiff: 029 20 instead of 01222

Coventry: 024 76 instead of 01203

Belfast: 028 90 instead of 01232

These new Area Codes become available from 1 June 1999 but will work in parallel with the old codes until 14 October 2000, when the old codes will be discontinued.

Non-geographic codes

The new ranges for mobiles, pagers and personal numbering, freephone, special rate and premium rate services are being introduced progressively, with some already in use. This restructuring will, for instance, eventually remove the nonsense of two almost identical codes, 0990 and 0991, one of which has a tariff which is nearly 20 times as expensive as the other. Would you know which is which? (Answer below.)

How it will affect users

Most of the implications of these changes will be dealt with by the Telecomms Section but there are three actions which must be done by individual telephone users:

1 Arrange for private payphones to be reprogrammed with correct tariffs for the new codes. Otherwise revenue may be lost or calls may not be connected.

(If you wish to avoid the need to manage payphones and collect money from them, now may be the time to consider approaching BT or other suppliers to replace privately run payphones with a managed payphone service?)

2 Reprogram faxes, telephones, etc. which are preprogrammed to dial the old codes.

3 Check that autodials for alarms etc which report to commercial security companies are properly programmed. (But not alarms monitored by OU Security, which will not be affected.)

3. Monthly billing

Following our announcement of the proposal to send bills monthly we have had equal numbers of positive and negative responses—just one of each. We therefore will be initiating monthly billing as from August 1999.

4. ACC Student Telephone Service

We will shortly need to place orders for any equipment needed to provide additional lines for Michaelmas term, so, if you are planning to instal student phones for the new academic year, please let us know immediately.

Some students, especially foreign students, have expressed concern that the cost of international calls from ACC-provided phones is significantly higher than calls made via low cost carriers such as First telecom, Swiftcall, etc.

When the Telecommunications Committee arranged the ACC contract it was aware of this potential problem and recommended the retention of some non-ACC phones (e.g. payphones or OUTN extensions) in corridors etc., from which students for whom the cost of international calls is a serious issue may make calls via the other discounted carriers.

However, in comparing costs, it must be remembered that ACC are paying not only for call charges but also for the infrastructure which connects colleges' cabling via the University network to their network in London. Students pay no installation or running costs, just call charges. ACC have to make a sufficient margin on their call charges to pay for their generous capital investment in Oxford colleges and their running expenses.

The Committee does not believe that it would be possible to provide such a flexible service, with no installation or running costs to students, if call charges were to be discounted below their current rates.

5. Call barring of premium-rated telephone Lines

Many premium-rated telephone calls to entertainment or information services are now much more expensive than most international calls, and new codes for these are proliferating almost daily.

It has therefore proved necessary to change the method of barring such numbers.

Extensions with the most common Trunk Access Categories (TACs) are now barred from accessing any premium rated services, even if they are capable of making international calls.

The Telecommunications Committee has agreed that using university extensions to access premium rated entertainment services is normally an inappropriate use of university resources.

Where a premium rated information service needs to be used on university business, then special arrangements can be made via the Telecommunications Section (ext. 88888). For instance, one commonly- required premium rated number is that for the American Embassy for visa applications, etc.—0891 200290. This is now available from OUTN lines by dialling # 6 513.

Residential staff who pay their college for the use of their telephones can, on request by their college telecommunications co- ordinator, be given a special TAC, which will give them open access.

6. UK Telephone Directory on the Web

BT have set up a version of their on-line telephone directory on the web. Its URL is and there will soon be a link to it from the Telecomms web page. This gives a free directory enquiry service.

7. Staffing news

We welcome Maïté Humphries-Farge, who has replaced Shaun Gartmeyer as an enquiry point operator.

8. Contact Information

Telephone Faults: 88888 (out of office hours, phone Security on 72944 for urgent faults only)

Voice Mail—Access or registration from own phone: 00

Voice Mail—Access from another OUTN extension: 01

Voice Mail—Access from a non OUTN phone: Oxford 280001

Voice Mail Help Line: 02

Telephone Accounts: 70706 (Brian Wallis)

Call logger reports: 70714

Advice on Telephone Facilities: 70704 (Ros Hayward)

New Telephone lines, moves of telephones, etc.: 70712 (Daphne Tilling)

Advice on Cabling Installation: 80731 (Colin Willoughby)

Telecommunications Policy: 70707 (Ian Everett)

Telecommunications Committee: 70761 (Jane Sherwood)

Fax: 70708


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