No. 4505 Thursday 11 March 1999 Vol. 129

Oxford to host business and innovation fair : A major international event presenting Oxford as a global centre of excellence for business innovation and development, and to help scientists and researchers at Oxford find out how to promote their ideas commercially, is being staged at the University this summer.

University College prepares to celebrate 750 years : University College, acknowledged as the oldest college in the oldest university in the English-speaking world, is celebrating the 750th anniversary of its foundation with events including a high-profile lecture series.

School to honour John Ruskin : The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art has been offered £30,000 by the Millennium Commission towards an art project to celebrate the centenary of the death of John Ruskin in the year 2000.

Why European firms get ahead of UK rivals : Britain's long record of under investment in manufacturing and certain other industries is directly linked to the distinctive way that companies are organised and run in this country, according to Professor Colin Mayer, Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies at the Said Business School.

Oxford scientists `fly' to study birds close-up : Two University scientists have taken to the skies of Africa alongside vultures, kites, eagles, and storks to discover how they use thermal winds to assist their flight and plot their route for navigation.

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