No. 4511 Thursday 13 May 1999 Vol. 129

Oxford wins five grants for infrastructure : The University has been successful with five of its own bids and one joint bid in the first round of the Joint Infrastructure Fund (JIF), a new competitive initiative which seeks to transform the scientific research environment in universities, announced on Tuesday.

Oxford student wins seat in Welsh Assembly : A second-year Oxford undergraduate, reading Law at Harris Manchester College, has been elected to the National Assembly of Wales.

Soros librarians at the Bodleian : Four senior librarians have arrived from Central Europe to spend three months in Oxford working alongside Bodley librarians, under the Network Library Program of the Soros Open Society Institute.

Canadian to fill Neurological chair : Professor George Ebers, Professor in the Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences at University Hospital, University of Western Ontario, has been appointed Action Research Professor of Clinical Neurology.

New head for development : Sir Anthony Kenny, who retires in August as Warden of Rhodes House, has been appointed as President of the University's Development Programme.

Students win £1m backing for new net company : A fledgling computer company, set up and run by two Rhodes Scholars, has been nominated one of the technology `stars of the future'.

`Booby-trap' blood cells to fight HIV : Oxford BioMedica, one of the University's major spin-off companies, is pioneering a gene therapy treatment for HIV.

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