No. 4490 Thursday 5 November 1998 Vol. 129

Scholarships boost for new graduates : Scholarship support for graduates coming to Oxford is set for a major boost following the allocation of £4.25 million of University funds to help provide new fully-funded studentships and other awards.

Poet savant provides clues to language skills : An Oxford scientist believes that a study by herself and colleagues of a woman who suffers from a form of autism, yet has a truly outstanding talent for poetry, offers insights into how language skills develop.

Research protects Malawian plants : Research by an Oxford plant scientist will provide valuable data for conservationists working to protect the plants of Mount Mulanje in Malawi.

New Economics Professor is expert on motivating : Professor James Malcomson, Professor of Economics at the University of Southampton since 1985, has been appointed to a newly-established Chair of Economics.

Seminars on governance announced : A series of seminars on certain aspects of the Report of the Working Party on Governance have now been arranged.

Broadcasters dissect the digital future : The dizzying revolution facing British broadcasting was dissected by two heavyweights of the industry, Sir John Birt, Director General of the BBC, and Lord Bragg, arts broadcaster and novelist, in conversation for the inaugural Patrick Nairne Lecture at St Catherine's College on 16 October.

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