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ANDREAS IDREOS PROFESSORSHIP OF SCIENCE AND RELIGION

JOHN HEDLEY BROOKE (MA, PhD Cambridge), Professor of the History of Science, Lancaster University, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 October 1999.

Professor Brooke will be a fellow of Harris Manchester College.

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PROFESSORSHIP OF SOCIOLOGY

ANTHONY FRANCIS HEATH, MA, FBA (MA, PH.D. Cambridge), Official Fellow, Nuffield College, and Professor of Sociology, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 September 1999.

Professor Heath will remain a fellow of Nuffield College.

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WEIDENFELD VISITING PROFESSORSHIP IN EUROPEAN COMPARATIVE LITERATURE

NIKE WAGNER has been appointed to the professorship for the academic year 2001–2.

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CONFERMENT OF THE TITLE OF VISITING PROFESSOR

On the recommendation of the Physical Sciences Board, the General Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Engineering Science on A. BLAKE, MA (MA Cambridge, PH.D. Edinburgh), currently Professor of Engineering Science and Fellow of Exeter College but shortly to take up a position with Microsoft Research at Cambridge, for a period of three years with effect from 1 October 1999.

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DIRECTORSHIP OF THE INSTITUTE OF HEALTH SCIENCES

J.A. MUIR GRAY, CBE, MA (MD Glasgow), FRCP (Glasgow and London), has been appointed as the first Director of the Institute of Health Sciences until April 2002.

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DEPARTMENT OF CLINICAL NEUROLOGY

On the recommendation of the Clinical Medicine Board, the General Board has assigned the Department of Clinical Neurology to G.C. EBERS (MD Toronto), Fellow of St Edmund Hall and Professor of Clinical Neurology, for a period of five years from 1 August 1999.

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E.K. CHAMBERS STUDENTSHIP IN ENGLISH LITERATURE 1999

The Studentship has been awarded to ISOBEL HURST, Lincoln College.

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ROYAL BANK OF CANADA RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS 1999

The Scholarship has been awarded to BEN ROWSWELL, Lincoln College.

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STUTCHBURY SCHOLARSHIP IN PHARMACOLOGY 1999

The Scholarship has been awarded to HELEN C. GODDARD, Somerville College.

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HARLEY PRIZE OF THE NEW PHYTOLOGIST TRUST 1999

The Prize has been awarded to LINDA GUTTRIDGE, Wadham College.

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PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION IN PHYSICAL SCIENCES

BP Chemicals Ltd. Prize in Chemistry

The Prize has been awarded to MARK STEPHEN SNOW, Merton College.

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MATTHEW ARNOLD MEMORIAL PRIZE 1999

The Prize has been awarded to KIRSTIE BLAIR, St Anne's College.

Proxime accessit: PHILIP CARDINALE, St Edmund Hall.

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VIOLET VAUGHAN MORGAN ESSAY PRIZES 1999

Prizes have been awarded to:

THOMAS DART, Somerville College
ALEXANDER KANN, Lady Margaret Hall
RUFO QUINTAVALLE, Lincoln College
HELEN RADICE, Lady Margaret Hall
DAVID SERGEANT, Lincoln College
ADAM THIRLWELL, New College

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DECLAMATION PRIZES 1999

Prizes have been awarded as follows:

Greek Reading Prize

First Prize: MARIE LOUISE VON GLINSKI, New College
Second Prize: DAVID SYMINGTON, Brasenose College

Latin Reading Prize

First Prize: GABRIELLE HIGGINS, Merton College
Second Prize: NICHOLAS WILSHERE, Trinity College

Greek Recitation Prize

DAVID SLATER, Trinity College

Latin Recitation Prize

DANIEL KISS, Corpus Christi College

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DOOLEY PRIZE IN ANATOMY 1998–9

The Prize has been awarded jointly to DR CAROLINE COSTELLO and DR JAMES HAENEY.

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TURBUTT PRIZES 1998–9

First year

MISS CHRISTIE E. BAIRD, Worcester College

PHILIP J. HODGES, Wadham College

STUART A. NORMAN, Merton College

MATTHEW A. REES, Lady Margaret Hall

ALASTAIR J. TYNDALL, Oriel College

MISS ANNA L. WELLINGS, St Catherine's College

Second year

MARTIN R. GALPIN, Keble College

CASPAR D. GRAF VON MOY, St Hugh's College

OLIVER J. KUNC, Corpus Christi College

MISS HELEN K. SMITHIES, Keble College

MISS EMMA J. SNOW, Jesus College

PETER J. WELFORD, St John's College

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HONOUR MODERATIONS IN GEOGRAPHY 1999

Shell Prizes

Prizes for the best Fieldwork Notebooks have been awarded to the following:

LEE J. ARNOLD

GEOFFREY J. BRYANT

YIUN L. CHONG

SARAH-JAYNE CLIFTON

STEVEN P. HAYWOOD

CHRISTOPHER J. HENDERSON

JULIA M. HOLGATE

SARAH J. INGRAM

BENJAMIN B. LLOYD

BENJAMIN J. STEPHENS

CLAIRE H. TOWNSEND

John House Prize

The Prize, for the best performance in Honour Moderations, has been awarded jointly to SARAH J. INGRAM, St Catherine's College, and BENJAMIN B. LLOYD, Mansfield College.

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BRITISH TELECOM RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY PRIZE 1999

The Prize has been awarded to DOMINIC K. CHAN, Lady Margaret Hall.

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HOARE PRIZE 1999

The Prize has been awarded to THOMAS G. WRIGHT, St Catherine's College.

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HONOUR MODERATIONS IN CLASSICS 1999

Hertford Prize

The Prize has been awarded to PATRICK FINGLASS, St John's College.

De Paravicini Prizes

First Prize: KATHARINE BROWN, Corpus Christi College

Second Prize: LUCIAN HOLLAND, Magdalen College

Proxime accesserunt: JOANNA ORPIN, Magdalen College, and JOHN STEVENSON, University College

Harold Lister Sunderland Prize

The Prize has been awarded to PATRICK FINGLASS, St John's College.

Proxime accessit: JANE HEATH, Balliol College

Honourably mentioned: RICHARD ASHBY, Magdalen College, and JOANNA KOTZIAS, Queen's College

Comparative Philology Prize

The Prize has been awarded to PATRICK FINGLASS, St John's College.

Proxime accessit: RICHARD ASHBY, Magdalen College

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MAURICE LATEY TRAVEL AWARD 1999

The award has been made to BRENDAN DE SILVA, St Antony's College.

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PAVRY AND WINCHESTER THESIS PRIZES 1999

The Board of the Faculty of Social Studies proposes to award two prizes in Michaelmas Term 1999, provided that there are candidates of sufficient merit. Both of these prizes are awarded for successful theses (M.Phil., M.Litt. or D.Phil.) in the faculties of Social Studies, Law, or Modern History.

The Dasturzada Dr Jal Pavry Memorial Prize (£500) is for a thesis on a subject in the area of international peace and understanding.

The Bapsybanoo Marchioness of Winchester Prize (£500) is for a thesis on international relations, with particular reference to the area of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Candidates should apply in writing to Mrs Marga Lyall, Secretary to the Managers of the Cyril Foster and Related Funds, Centre for International Studies, Social Studies Faculty Centre, George Street, Oxford OX1 2RL, not later than 12 noon on Friday, 23 July. Applications must include a copy of the thesis, together with a short abstract, and a letter supplying (a) the candidate's name, college and degree; (b) the names of the candidate's examiners and supervisor(s) (not applicable to M.Phil. candidates); (c) a clear indication for which one of the two prizes the candidate is submitting the thesis; (d) an address for communication should the candidate not be returning to the University in Michaelmas Term.

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LANGUAGE CENTRE

Details of language courses for 1999–2000, including the leaflet `Essential Registration Information', are now available at the Language Centre. They can also be obtained from the Information Officer (telephone: (2)83360, e-mail: admin@lang.ox.ac.uk). Students who require a course of study or research should obtain priority registration forms from the Registration Officer.

Standard registration (except for English as a Foreign Language) will begin in noughth week. Places on courses are limited and priority is given to registered students of the University, and academic staff. Non-academic staff and spouses of University members should contact the Information Officer in advance of noughth week to be placed on a waiting list.

Registered postgraduate students who require a course in English as a Foreign Language may register from Monday, 6 September. Open registration for English as a Foreign Language will begin in first week, on Monday, 11 October.

The Language Centre will be open for private study throughout the Long Vacation, from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. New users must take a library induction tour; these normally take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Full information on Language Centre facilities and resources is available on the centre's World Wide Web site, http://units.ox.ac.uk/departments/langcentre.

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ORIENTAL INSTITUTE AND EASTERN ART LIBRARIES

The Oriental Institute and Eastern Art Libraries will be closed on Monday, 19 July, owing to essential electrical work associated with the construction of the Sackler Library. The Librarian apologises for the inconvenience to readers and asks them to refer any particular problems to library staff. The Institute for Chinese Studies Library in Walton Street is unaffected and will be open as usual on that day.

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OPPORTUNITY 2000: IMPROVING OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN

A discussion paper on steps taken by the University

Opportunity 2000 was set up with government backing in 1991. Its aim was `to increase the quality and quantity of women's participation in the workforce'. Oxford University joined in 1993 with this statement of intent: `The University is committed to increasing women's participation in all its activities. It will ensure fair treatment in recruitment and promotion. It will also provide support for working parents, review conditions of service and provide facilities to enhance career development for all its staff. This statement applies to all staff—non-academic, academic-related and academic staff, including those who are employed on fixed-term contracts and those who work part-time. Reference is also made to undergraduate and graduate students, as potential entrants into careers in higher education.'

Joining Opportunity 2000 required the University to set published, monitored goals and to draw up action plans to achieve them. Although there has been little recent publicity about the University's achievements in this area, significant progress has been made. This discussion paper is published by the University's Equal Opportunities Committee with two aims:

(i) To inform staff about progress towards our Opportunity 2000 goals.

(ii) To seek your ideas on the next steps towards increasing opportunities for women at Oxford.

Those interested can contribute to this wider discussion by attending one of the lunchtime seminars being held around the University this summer (see schedule of dates below) or, if preferred, by e-mailing the University's Equal Opportunities Officer (judith.secker@admin.ox.ac.uk).

Opportunity 2000 Seminars

(All seminars booked from 12.30 to 2 pm; drinks provided; bring a `brown bag lunch')


Date                               Venue       

Wednesday, 21 July                 The Harrison Room, Merton

Thursday, 29 July                  Classroom 6, Level 3, Academic
Centre, the
                                   John Radcliffe

Friday, 6 August                   The Centenary Room, the
Careers Service

Tuesday, 10 August                 Senior Common Room, St Cross
Building

Wednesday, 18 August               Room 321, Administrative
Building,
                                   Wellington Square

Thursday, 26 August                Seminar Room, Pharmacology
     

Oxford University Opportunity 2000 objectives

The goals set in 1993 fell into four main categories: promoting commitment, recruitment and promotions, conditions of work, and training and career development.

Some goals included both short-term and longer-term proposals. In this context, `short-term' was defined as meaning that the target should have been met within a period of one or two years; `longer-term' means that significant progress should have been made by the benchmark year 2000. Progress made towards each of the goals is reviewed below and your comments and ideas welcomed.

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Promoting commitment

We said we would:

—consult on the Opportunity 2000 goals;

—reaffirm commitment to equality of opportunity at the highest levels;

—work closely with university boards and committees;

—offer support to colleges.

To date the University has:

–consulted widely in 1993, and again with this current initiative;

—won the endorsement of the Conference of Colleges for this work;

—included equal opportunity concerns in the terms of reference for university committees under the new governance arrangements.

Should we now:

—Publicise the University's goals and progress in other ways?

—Develop equal opportunities work with individual departments/faculties—perhaps working towards departmental/faculty goals?; take other initiatives—if so what might these be?

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Recruitment and promotions

We said we would:

—research the differences between men's and women's degree results and take remedial action where appropriate;

—survey staff for information on gender, ethnic origins and disability;

—monitor the proportion of women applying for posts compared with their presence in the `recruitment pool', and take positive action where necessary;

—review monitoring procedures and investigate ways of extending it to promotion, access to training and appointments to university boards and committees;

—review the code of practice on equal opportunities in appointments and the guidance provided on recruitment and selection;

—provide training in fair selection and the use of selection criteria for those responsible for both staff and student recruitment;

—ensure that chairs of selection panels, and as many panel members as possible, are trained in fair recruitment.

To date the University has:

—commissioned the National Foundation for Educational Research to investigate possible causes of disparity between men and women's degree results;

—carried out an annual equal opportunities survey of staff (and this year set up a working party to address subsequent concerns about ethnicity);

—monitored applications by gender, established those areas such as posts at the most senior level and some academic disciplines, where women may be under-represented and begun an analysis of the recruitment-pools for those areas;

—revised the code of practice on equal opportunities in 1994 and 1997;

—revised the guidance on fair recruitment and selection in 1994 (further up-dating is currently underway);

—provided annual training courses on staff recruitment and student admissions and monitored staff selection panels to ensure those involved are adequately trained;

—adopted recommendations on governance which should result in fairer representation of women and made arrangements to monitor the proportions of men and women on university boards and committees.

Should we now:

—Take steps to publish more widely the results of equality monitoring—if so how?

—Take positive action within the law (the Sex Discrimination Act permits advertisements encouraging women to apply for posts in which they are under-represented and allows women-only training to be provided too)?

—Take other initiatives on recruitment and selection—if so what might these be ?

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Conditions of work

We said we would:

—review staff terms and conditions to ensure that they do not unwittingly create barriers to opportunities for women;

—attempt to develop new, possibly more flexible, arrangements if existing conditions seem to create unfair barriers for women;

—review arrangements for dealing with harassment;

—open a second day nursery for under-fives;

—promote provision of child-care for school aged children;

—review child-care provision to identify how far needs are being met.

To date the University has:

—contributed to the national review of staff terms and conditions;

—identified a need for greater flexibility for staff with caring responsibilities;

—opened a second day nursery at Bradmore Road;

—reviewed child-care needs and appointed a child-care officer who has developed a strategy for increasing the range of provision;

—established a school holiday playscheme;

—revised the code of practice and procedures for dealing with harassment, expanded the Advisory Panel on Harassment and re-launched the harassment advisory service.

Should we now:

—Consider introducing child-care vouchers for staff whose children do not have a university nursery place?

—Develop a range of flexible working options to suit department and staff needs?

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Training and career development

We said we would:

—continue to make sure that training course content and delivery are consistent with commitment to equal opportunities;

—include equal opportunities information in staff induction;

—provide training for academic staff on issues relating to gender and teaching;

—ensure that career development training meets the needs of women staff;

—provide equal opportunities training for those who appraise other staff.

To date the University has:

—revised the induction programme to include information on sex, race and disability equality;

—established a successful course on gender and teaching;

—introduced a course on career review and planning for support staff;

—offered training and consultancy to those who appraise and developed a model of appraisal which is geared to individual development and enables equality issues to be aired when necessary.

Should we now:

—Provide development opportunities for staff newly eligible to join university committees—if so, would some women-only courses be appropriate?

—Build on the experience of the Women Tutors' Group to set up a wider network of women at Oxford through which information about training could be disseminated and women consulted about future developments?

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Next steps in improving opportunities for women

Oxford's Opportunity 2000 goals were set six years ago. In that relatively short space of time, many of those goals have been achieved or exceeded. A few have still to be developed. We welcome your ideas both for achieving remaining goals and for new objectives to meet the new decade.

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ACTION GROUP AT OXFORD ON TEACHING AND LEARNING ENHANCED BY NEW TECHNOLOGY (OxTALENT)

OxTalent Web competition 1999

The closing date for entries is 6 September (2 p.m.). Full details may be found at http://info.ox.ac.uk/oxford/seminars/webaward.html.

OxTalent is running this competition for the second year to select and highlight the best Oxford Web sites in either of two categories: `Supporting Students' and `Supporting Staff'.

Prizes, sponsored by the OUCS, are: for `Supporting Students', first prize £150, second prize £50; for `Supporting Staff', one prize of £100.

The winner in each category will go forward to the national UCISA (Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association) competition. Last year the Oxford winner took the national prize (see http://info.ox.ac.uk/oxford/seminars/web989-Oxwinners.html).

UCISA offers a prize in each category worth £1,000. Further details of the UCISA competition can be found at http://www.ucisa.ac.uk/docs/webawa.htm.

Entries for the Oxford competition must comply with the requirements defined by UCISA—see http://www.ucisa.ac.uk/docs/awards/aims2000.htm.

Nominations should be sent to webaward@ermine.ox.ac.uk, giving the Web address of the site, the name of the nominating person, and the name of the owner of the site.

Enquiries may be directed to Tonia Cope Bowley (e-mail: tonia.copebowley@oucs.ox.ac.uk), until 3 August; thereafter, until the competition closes, to Peter Robinson (e-mail: peter.robinson@etrc.ox.ac.uk).

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