No. 4519 Thursday 15 July 1999 Vol. 129

More Oxford graduates find destinations : Unemployment among Oxford's recent graduates has dropped to 1.9 per cent—the lowest figure for a decade, according to the latest report from the University's Careers Service.

Council gives go-ahead for 3.5 % pay award : Academic staff at the University are to receive the recommended 3½ per cent pay award, even though the award is still being disputed by the Association of University Teachers (AUT).

US students scoop venture prize : Students from an American business school beat off rivals from schools around the world to win a £10,000 prize, and a chance to develop a business plan for their fledgling enterprise, at the first Venturefest Oxford held at St Catherine’s College on 21 and 22 June.

Five new BA Fellows from Oxford : Five Oxford academics spanning a range of disciplines have been appointed to Fellowships of the British Academy (FBA) in this year's annual election.

Ups and downs of sterling sets scene for euro : Nine hundred years of sterling’s triumphs and disasters and the new challenges posed by the euro were the focus of an exhibition and study day opened by the Rt Hon Michael Heseltine, MP for Henley, at the Ashmolean Museum on Saturday, 26 June.

Journalese should not be `slammed' : Journalistic language—so-called journalese, which has been an insult since newspapers began—is not necessarily the dirty, cheap, slipshod, and sensationalist register that detractors would have us believe, according to The Times columnist and leader writer Mr Philip Howard.

New Director for Said School: Professor Anthony Hopwood, former Director of the Said Business School MBA programme and Professor of Operations Management, has been appointed Acting Director of the School for the next six months. He replaces Professor John Kay, appointed Peter Moores Director of the Said Business School in 1996, who will spearhead the European expansion of London Economics, the consultancy firm he co-founded. He will retain his links with the School in a visiting post.

Oxford Access Scheme: The Oxford Access Scheme, a student-led organisation which encourages applications from pupils at inner schools and from ethnic minorities, is to hold two Summer Schools for potential applicants. The scheme is staging its first Arts Summer School, backed by Goldman Sachs, at Keble College, 8–13 August; and a Science Summer School, in conjunction with British Telecom, at the BT Training Centre, Milton Keynes, 15–20 August.

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