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On the recommendation of the Physical Sciences Board, the General Board has assigned the Sub-department of Condensed Matter Physics to PROFESSOR J.F. RYAN, Student of Christ Church and Professor of Physics, from 1 January 1999 to 30 September 2004, and to PROFESSOR R.J. NICHOLAS, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of University College and Professor of Physics, for a period of three years from 1 October 2001 to 30 September 2004.

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On the recommendation of the Psychological Studies Board, the General Board has assigned the Department of Experimental Psychology to PROFESSOR S.D. IVERSEN, MA, D.PHIL., D.SC.Fellow of Magdalen College and Professor of Psychology, from 1 January 1999, and has assigned the deputy headship of the same department to PROFESSOR N.P. EMLER, MA, Fellow of Wolfson College and Professor of Social Psychology, also from 1 January 1999, the arrangement to be reviewed in Trinity Term 2000.

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Appointment of deputy

On the recommendation of the Committee for Archaeology, the General Board has appointed G.R. LOCK, MA, Fellow of Kellogg College and University Lecturer in Archaeology (Computing and Statistical Methods), as deputy to E.M. Steinby, MA, Fellow of All Souls College and Professor of the Archaeology of the Roman Empire, as Director of the Institute of Archaeology for Hilary Term 1999, during which Professor Steinby will be on sabbatical leave..

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The Scholarship has been awarded to MATTHEW HALLS, New College.

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Kolkhorst Exhibitions in Spanish have been awarded to MARY ELLIOT, Magdalen College, and RACHEL SMALL, Keble College.

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The examiners for the Gibbs Prizes in Law have awarded prizes as follows:

Gibbs Prize: ADAM KRAMER, University College

Proxime accessit: MS CAROLINE STRATTON, Worcester College

Book Prizes: PAUL HOBSON and JOHN TILLMAN, both of Hertford College

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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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Study days and weekends at the Bate Collection

Cornucopia: a celebration of Oxford's musical collections

23 January: Introduction to the natural and hand horns with Bradley Strauchen.

21–1 February: Baroque and classical reed-making with David Rachnor and William Waterhouse.

13--14 March: Bow Rehairing Lecture-Demonstration with Andrew Bellis.

27--8 March: Gamelan Weekend with Pete Smith and Andy Channing.

8 May: Harpsichord study day with Martin Souter.

29 May: Introduction to the Viol with Cathie Miserandino.

11--18 July: Bow Making Course with Andrew Bellis.

For further information about any of the above courses, or to book contact Dr Joanna Archibald, the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments, Faculty of Music, St Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1DB (telephone: Oxford (2)76139, e-mail:

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`An evening with Bridget Jones'

This evening of words and music will be held at 6.45 p.m. on Saturday, 30 January, in the Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre, St Anne's College. Tickets, including dinner, cost £30, and are available from the Development Office, St Anne's College (telephone/fax: Oxford (2)74852).

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COLIN CARR will perform the following at 8.30 p.m. on Saturday, 23 January, in the college hall: J.S. Bach, Suite No. 1 in G major; George Crumb, Sonata for solo cello; Alfredo Piatti, Three Caprices; J.S. Bach, Suite No. 6 in D major.


COLIN CARR will hold a master-class at 11 a.m. on Sunday, 24 January, in the Auditorium, St John's College. Chamber groups or performing soloists wishing to receive this public coaching should apply to the College Secretary, St John's College.

Admission to both events is free, but subject to availability of space.

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Gordon Duff Prize 1999

In accordance with the regulations for the administration of the Gordon Duff Prize (Statutes, 1997, p. 603), a competition is announced for a prize of £150 for an unpublished essay on any of the following subjects: bibliography, palaeography, typography, book-binding, book illustration, the science of books and manuscripts, and the arts relating thereto.

The competition is open to all members of the University. The essay shall be of not more than 12,000 words. No essay may be submitted unless the subject has first been approved. Candidates must submit their proposed subjects not later than 30 April, and essays must be received by 1 August. All communications should be addressed to the Director of the University Library Services and Bodley's Librarian at the Bodleian Library.

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Ashmolean Museum and Worcester College

Sackler Research Fellowship

Applications are invited for the Sackler Research Fellowship at Worcester College. The fellowship, which is tenable for two years from 1 October 1999, is to be held in the Eastern Art Department in the Ashmolean Museum. The Sackler Fellow will be expected to undertake one of the following projects: either to write and prepare for publication catalogues of the Yuan and early Ming ceramics held in the department (the candidate will be expected to have a reading knowledge of Chinese and established competence in the field of Chinese ceramics); or to write and prepare for publication a catalogue of the Japanese paintings held in the department (the candidate will be expected to have a reading knowledge of Japanese, and established competence in the field of Japanese art).

The stipend of the fellowship is £13,200, plus lunching and dining rights in college.

Application forms and further particulars are obtainable from the Director's Secretary, the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford OX1 2PH. The closing date is 29 January.

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New Dictionary of National Biography

Appointment of Bibliographic Researchers

Applications are invited for one or two Bibliographic Researchers to work for the New Dictionary of National Biography, a research project of the University of Oxford, funded by the British Academy and Oxford University Press. The bibliographer(s) will work with the Bibliographical Editor, Dr Rohini Jayatilaka, and will be responsible to her for the quality, integrity, and consistency of the citations listed in the bibliographical section of each article.

If part-time, the bibliographer(s) would be expected to work about twenty hours per week, but candidates offering more hours are also encouraged to apply. Applications are welcome from candidates with humanities, fine arts, or science backgrounds. Candidates will have at least a first degree or equivalent library/bibliographical/archival qualifications, bibliographical experience, and a good knowledge of relevant printed and electronic sources, including some archival and manuscript resources. The successful candidate(s) will have the capacity to work independently, to meet deadlines, and to work effectively as part of a team. They should also have a good general knowledge of the British past, clear handwriting, accurate grammar and spelling, familiarity with a word-processing or database package, and competent keyboard skills.

The bibliographic work will be based in the New DNB offices at 37A St Giles', Oxford. The bibliographer(s) will be expected to make substantial use of the project's database and possibly of the libraries in Oxford and further afield. The bibliographer(s) will be employed by the University of Oxford on a six-month fixed-term contract and the appointment will be on the RS1B scale for academic-related staff (£15,735–£20,107 per annum), pro rata where appropriate.

Application forms and further particulars may be obtained from Dr Rohini Jayatilaka, New DNB, Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP (fax: Oxford 267035, e-mail:

The closing date for applications is 31 January. Successful candidates should expect to start as soon as possible thereafter.

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Appointment of Deputy Project Secretary

A Deputy Project Secretary is required for this exciting project of national importance. He or she will take specific responsibilities and deputise for the Project Secretary in supporting a busy in-house team, and in assisting in processing material in its path towards publication. Organising ability, fast, accurate typing, and some previous office experience are essential, and some database knowledge is desirable. The post will suit someone with flexibility and initiative. Salary on the university clerical scale, grade C3 (£11,294–£13,074).

Applications in writing, with a curriculum vitae, daytime telephone number, and the names of two referees, should be forwarded to Katherine Manville, New DNB, Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP (from whom further particulars may be obtained by post). The closing date is Friday, 5 February.

The University is an equal opportunities employer.

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In Michaelmas Term 1998 the Oxford Union Society inaugurated a special Board of Inquiry to examine the future of its library.

The library has its origins in the 1820s, and, although it includes some items printed prior to its foundation, is particularly relevant for its collections of nineteenth-century material. The Union also retains a `living library', with new publications regularly acquired.

As in the case of many similar institutions, the library now faces problems on several fronts. The Board will consider the specific difficulties associated with a collection of this type, particularly in the areas of preservation and conservation, and the question of how the library can best contribute towards the facilities available in Oxford in the next century.

The Union has requested the Board to submit a report in early summer 1999 and intends to prepare a preliminary development plan for the library by Michaelmas Term of this year.

The Board of Inquiry includes both senior and junior members of the Society, as well as external experts. It is eager to consult as widely as possible, however, and would welcome ideas and submissions from all members of the Union, and from others with an interest in the field. Views and suggestions on all aspects of the Board's work are very welcome.

All those who wish to contribute are invited to write in the first instance to the Librarian-in-Charge, Oxford Union Society, Frewin Court, Oxford OX1 3JB, from whom further information can also be obtained. Submissions should aim to reach the Library by Friday, 6 March (seventh week) in order that they might be fully considered by the Board.

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The following films will be shown at 6.30 p.m. on Mondays in the Phoenix cinema, Walton Street. The concessionary price for holders of a Maison Française leaflet is £3. Telephone for information and reservations: Oxford 512526.

Details of this term's lectures and other meetings at the Maison appear in `Lectures' below.

18 Jan.: Providence (Alan Resnais, 1994)

25 Jan.: Rendez-vous in Paris (Eric Rohmer, 1995)

1 Feb.: Ponette (Jacques Doillon, 1996)

8 Feb.: Les Misérables (Claude Lelouch, 1995)

15 Feb.: Orphée (Jean Cocteau, 1950)

22 Feb.: Lucie Aubrac (Claude Berri, 1997)

1 Mar.: La Reine Margot (Patrick Chéreau, 1993)

8 Mar.: La Grande Illusion (Jean Renoir, 1937)

15 Mar.: City of Lost Children (Jean-Pierre Jeunet/Marc Caro, 1995)

22 Mar.: Marquise (Vera Belmont, 1997)

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