No. 4504 Thursday 4 March 1999 Vol. 129

Survey points way forward on access : Students apply to Oxford and Cambridge because of the high academic reputation, prestige, and traditions of the two Universities, according to an independent national poll of school leavers and potential applicants.

Young Oxford academics take the centre stage : Young academics from Oxford are taking a leading role in a new Royal Institution lecture series which aims to provide a forum for their research.

Science minister tours departments : The University's current success in technology transfer and scientific research featured prominently during an informal visit by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Science, Lord Sainsbury, of several science departments on 19 February.

Elstein unravels story of British broadcasting : The influenced exercised by successive post-war Commissions of Inquiry, their attempts to map a political structure for British broadcasting, and their effects on the nation's viewing and listening habits are the themes of a series of lectures by the University's first News International Visiting Professor of Broadcast Media, Mr David Elstein.

Researcher studies `how we listen' : Research by a young Oxford scientist could ultimately help computer voices sound more natural by exploring how speakers make certain sounds, and how listeners distinguish between these sounds in words.

Institute for Learning and Teaching: The Institute for Learning and Teaching, to be launched in April, has published a consultation document on the proposed arrangements for enabling academic staff to obtain membership of the Institute. This is available on the University's Web site at www.admin.ox.ac.uk/ilt/ or from Ms Rebecca Nestor, University Offices, Wellington Square (e-mail rebecca.nestor@admin.ox.ac.uk). For details of how to comment, please see Notices in this Gazette.

Meningitis update: The University meningitis contact officers network is being kept fully briefed, after confirmation that a second Brookes student and third student at the College of Further Education are being treated in hospital. Network members are also being invited to comment on the operation of the current Incident Control Plan, which will be reviewed in light of this winter's experiences. For further information please consult the University website: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/admin/men.htm

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