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Third Year

MS MASA CEMAZAR, Somerville College
MS SARA N.W. DAVIES, Corpus Christi College
MS JOANNA L. HARDCASTLE, St. Catherine's College
MS REENA P. MALDE, Somerville College
MS SARAH L. ROBERTS, Lincoln College
IAN A. SHELDON, University College

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The Prize has been awarded to JAMES MARK OLIVER, St Anne's College.

Proxime accessit: ANDREW PHILIP SPRATLEY, Queen's College.

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Under the University's procedures for the regular review of faculties and departments, the General Board has set up a committee under the chairmanship of Mr T.S.M. Williams to review the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology. The terms of the review are:

(a) to review the teaching and research activities of the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, having regard to international standards of excellence, and the future direction that these activities might be expected to take, in particular with regard to the continuing possibility of an expansion in medical student numbers;

(b) to review the relationship of the department with other relevant departments in the Science Area and the Clinical School, taking account of current discussions about the possibility of a more integrated Medical School;

(c) to consider any changes which might be desirable in the organisation and administrative arrangements in the department;

(d) in consultation with the University Surveyor, to review matters relating to existing accommodation and future space needs of the department;

(e) to make recommendations, bearing in mind constraints on the level of resources likely to be available.

Members of the University who wish to contribute to the review are asked to forward their submissions by Friday, 6 November, to the Secretary of the Review Committee, Ms A. Flender, either in writing to the Medical School Office, the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU, or by e-mail to:

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The composition of the electoral board to the post below, proceedings to fill which are currently in progress, is as follows:

                                             Appointed by

Chichele Professor of Public International

The Principal, Jesus College            Mr Vice-Chancellor [1]
The Warden, All Souls College           ex officio
Professor F. Francioni                  Council
Sir Franklin Berman                     General Board
Dame Rosalyn Higgins                    General Board
The Principal, St Anne's College        Law Board
Dr G.S. Goodwin-Gill                    Law Board
Mr S. Gardner                           Law Board
Dr S. Cretney                           All Souls College

[1] Appointed by Mr Vice-Chancellor under the provisions of Tit. IX, Sect. III, cl. 2 (Statutes, 1997, p. 67).

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Mr Vice-Chancellor has, with the agreement of Council, approved the following arrangements for junior members to speak in Congregation under the terms of Ch. I, Sect x (Statutes, 1997, p. 208), which reads as follows:
`Any junior member as defined in Tit. XIV, Sect. iv, § 1, cl. 2, may speak at a meeting of Congregation, if called upon to do so by the Chairman at the Chairman's discretion, provided that the Chairman may at any time terminate a debate on the floor of the House and proceed to the final speeches and the taking of a vote.'
The Chairman of Congregation will normally expect to call upon nominated representatives of the Oxford University Student Union if they wish to speak in debate, and will normally expect to call upon junior members to speak only from among those who have given advance notice of their wish to be called. Should the Chairman consider that the number of junior members who have given such notice is excessive, he or she will have to be selective in calling upon them. The Chairman will try to ensure a balanced debate in relation to the apparent spread and strength of views held by junior members. If informed selection is to be possible it is desirable that when giving notice of the wish to be called a junior member should indicate (a) whether he or she intends to support or oppose the motion before the House, (b) whether he or she would speak on behalf of any club, committee, group, or association, (c) whether he or she is supported by other junior members (up to twelve of whom might sign the notice).

If the number giving notice is small they will all be admitted to the floor of the House although this does not ensure their being called. In other cases some selection may be necessary at the stages of both admission and calling of speakers. If there is to be time to tell applicants whether they will be admitted notice will have to be received in good time. Junior members should therefore send in such notice, in writing, to the Registrar to be received at the University Offices not later than 10 a.m. on the Monday preceding the debate in question. The name of any representative nominated by OUSU should also be communicated to the Registrar, in writing, through the President by that time. A notice will then be posted in the University Offices and on the gate of the Clarendon Building not later than 10 a.m. on the morning of the debate, indicating whether all applicants will be admitted to the floor of the House or, if selection has had to take place, the names of those selected for admission to the floor.

Junior members not admitted to the floor of the House will normally be permitted to listen to the debate from the gallery. Junior members on the floor of the House will be asked to remain in their places while a vote is being taken.

Under Tit. XIV, Sect. IV, § 1, cl. 2, junior members are defined as `those persons who, having been admitted to matriculation, are residing to fulfil the requirements of any statute, decree, or regulation of the University or reading for any degree, diploma, or certificate of the University and who have not proceeded to membership of Convocation'. (Membership of Convocation is normally obtained by taking the MA degree.)

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Sun Alliance Connections, the personal insurances division of the main insurer of the University, provides discounts for members, staff, their families, and pensioners of the University of Oxford. The following savings can be achieved:

Household (buildings andor contents: 20 per cent;
Travel (including winter sports): 12.5 per cent;
Private medical expenses: 10 per cent;
Private car: 5 per cent.

The University acts solely as an introducer of business to Sun Alliance Connections, receiving no commission or other remuneration, with all savings passed on to the subscribing member. For further information, a brochure may be obtained from Graham Waite (telephone: (2)80307), or Gill Tombs (telephone: (2)70110) at the University Offices. To obtain a quotation or receive specific information on the covers available, telephone Sun Alliance Connections' regional office on 0800 300 822, quoting the appropriate reference: SCH266 for car insurance; otherwise 34V0067.

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OLIS, Oxford University's Library system, is an integrated library system which offers on-line cataloguing, circulation, acquisitions, and periodicals registration. Eighty-four Oxford libraries now catalogue onto OLIS. See below for a complete list of member libraries with information about when they began cataloguing and whether they also use the Acquisitions, Circulation, or Periodical registration modules.

GeoWeb and GeoPAC, two new interfaces to OLIS, are being introduced to coincide with the start of the new academic year. It is anticipated that GeoWeb will be the preferred method of access for readers in the general academic community, although some may wish to use GeoPAC for its superior display of unusual characters and diacritics.

GeoWeb may be accessed at It will provide much of the functionality currently available on the character-based OPAC, and will also:

—allow result set navigation record by record or by selecting relative record number;

—provide hypertext links to other WWW resources via URLs embedded within bibliographic records (links are accessible at both the citation display and the full record display screens);

—allow readers to combine searches from their search history with new search terms;

—allow readers to `mark' search results, i.e. save record pointers in order to facilitate subsequent access to and/or the emailing of records.

In order to use GeoWeb, it is necessary to have access to a WWW browser which is HTML 3.2 compliant, supports forms and tables, and also supports JavaScript (note: Microsoft Internet Explorer versions prior to 3.02 do not adequately support JavaScript).

GeoPAC will be available in some Oxford libraries from the start of the new academic year. It will also be possible for academic staff to download this graphical user interface onto their PCs (downloading instructions will be released shortly). In addition to much of the functionality currently available on the character-based OPAC, it offers:

—the full display of special characters and diacritics;

—a customisable search query window;

—the display of search results summary information in a `Display Manager' window;

—the option to store or save locally search results in `Baskets' or collections of bibliographic references.

OLIS is a union catalogue which contains cataloguing information (i.e. bibliographic records) from all of the member libraries. This enables a reader to search for any book held in any OLIS member library from any terminal or microcomputer connected to OLIS. Copy information (i.e. shelfmark) which is specific to a particular library has been separated so that when searching for a book, the user will first be shown the copy information for the items held in the library where the search is being made. Information regarding other copies in Oxford libraries will also frequently be available. It will still be necessary to check other catalogues in the libraries concerned to find information about holdings not yet catalogued on OLIS. In common with most other academic libraries in the UK, the catalogue can be searched from any terminal capable of connection to the University's network.

In 1996, the software underlying the OLIS system was changed. Anyone returning to the University after an absence of some years will thus be struck by differences to the interface, as well as the increased size of the catalogue and the enhanced functionality.

Retrospective conversion of card and other catalogues into machine-readable form so that they can be interrogated on-line has been recognised by the University as a major priority. Following completion of a University funded project to convert the Bodleian Guard Book catalogue from 1920 onwards, the OLIS catalogue currently has over 4.6 million copies attached to 3.2 million individual titles. The Bodleian Library's Pre- 1920 catalogue, comprising 1.2 million titles, has been available on CD-ROM since January 1994, and preparations are being made to convert and load this data into a parallel OLIS database. A project to enable readers to place on-line requests for material held in stacks in Oxford libraries is also ongoing.

Printed catalogues in the Ashmolean, Economics, and Taylor Institution Libraries are currently being converted onto OLIS. A project to produce machine- readable records for early printed books from the Inter- Collegiate Catalogue is being funded jointly by HEFCE, the University, and college donations. Details of the project are available at

On-line circulation (issuing, reservations, and fines) has been introduced into thirty-six OLIS libraries. This allows readers registered in these libraries to find out what they have on loan and to place reservations from any terminal. Automated self-issue is also possible in most of the libraries using automated circulation which provide twenty-four hour access for part or all of their readership. On-line acquisitions allows a reader to find out when a book has been ordered and received by one of the forty libraries now using the Acquisitions module. Ten libraries are now using the periodicals registration module. This allows readers to find out when a specific issue of a journal has been received or declared missing.

Searching the OPAC (On-line Public Access Catalogue) allows the user to access the items catalogued by any of these eighty-four libraries. There is information about opening hours and admissions policies, as well as access to library guides, on the University Information System at .

The on-line catalogue is designed so that it can be used easily, but guidance in how to use it is also provided via the on-line help screens. Explanatory leaflets about basic searching procedures are available in any OLIS library or from the Libraries Automation Service (telephone: (2)78170). Library staff are able to show readers how to use the on-line catalogue and give advice on how to search the catalogue. Assistance with problems is also provided by an On-line Catalogue Help Desk (telephone: (2)77163), staffed by members of the Bodleian Library Cataloguing Division. This is located in the Lower Reading Room of the Bodleian Library.


                               (1)        (2)       (3)         (4)

(1) Cataloguing
(2) Circulation
(3) Acquisitions
(4) Periodicals Registration  

All Souls College             Feb 90
Ashmolean                     Jun 90             Aug 91
Balfour Library                          
   (Pitt Rivers)              Nov 93   Aug 95
Balliol College               Sep 89             Aug 91
Biochemistry                  Jul 94
Bodleian                      Sep 88             Aug 92
Bodleian Japanese Library     Jan 88   Oct 94    Aug 93
Bodleian Law Library          Sep 88             Aug 92
Brasenose College             Aug 93   Oct 98
Cairns Medical Library        Sep 97   Sep 97    Aug 97
Centre for Islamic Studies    Jan 98
Centre for Oxfordshire
  Studies                     Oct 98
Clarendon Laboratory          Jan 93   Oct 95
Classics Lending              Oct 92   Apr 94
Computing Laboratory          Jun 90   Oct 94    Aug 98
Continuing Education Dept     Sep 92   Jan 98
Corpus Christi College        Aug 89   Oct 92    Aug 90  Jan 95
Criminological Research       Feb 95
Earth Sciences                Feb 92             Aug 93  Jan 95
Economics                     Jan 90   Oct 98    Aug 98
Education Studies             Mar 91   Aug 95    Aug 95
Engineering Science           Feb 91   Oct 97
English Faculty               Jan 89   Apr 90    Aug 91
Exeter College                Oct 97
Experimental Psychology       Jun 90   Oct 92
Geography                     Jan 90   Jan 95    Aug 91
Harris Manchester             Jun 98
Hertford                      Jun 98
History Faculty               May 91   Oct 96
History of Art                Jan 92             Aug 93
Hooke                         Jan 89   Oct 89    Oct 92  Jan 98
Indian Institute              Sep 88   Oct 97    Aug 92
Jesus College                 Aug 92
Keble College                 Jan 93   Oct 98
Lady Margaret Hall            Jul 92             Oct 93
Latin American Centre         Jan 91             Nov 91
Linacre College               Oct 98
Lincoln College               Jan 92   Oct 94
Magdalen College              Jan 93   Oct 97
Maison Francaise              Jan 91   Oct 98
Materials Department          Jan 93   Oct 95
Mathematical Institute        May 90
Merton College                May 97
Middle East Centre            Jan 91             Nov 91
Modern Languages Faculty      Jan 88   Apr 90    Sep 92
Museum of the History
  of Science                  Feb 96
Music Faculty                 Jun 90
New College                   Sep 89
Nuffield College              Sep 89   Oct 94    Aug 90  Jan 93
Oriel College                 Jul 98             Jul 98
Oriental Institute            Jan 88             Aug 92
    Chinese Studies           Jan 88             Aug 92
    Eastern Art               Jan 88             Aug 92
Pembroke College              Oct 98
Philosophy                    Nov 90   Apr 95    Sep 92
Physics (Astro, Nuclear)      Jan 93   
Physiology Departmental       Jun 90   Oct 97
Plant Sciences                Jan 90   Oct 93
Queen Elizabeth House         Jan 90   Oct 92    Aug 91  Jan 95
Queen's College               Feb 92             Oct 97  Oct 97
Radcliffe Science             Sep 88             Jan 91  Jan 93
Regent's Park                 Nov 97
Rhodes House Library          Sep 88             Aug 92  Jan 98
Said Business School          Apr 96   Oct 96    Oct 96
St Anne's College             Jan 91             Sep 92
St Antony's College           Jan 91             Dec 91
St Cross College              Oct 93
St Edmund Hall                Jan 92
St Hugh's College             Jul 95             Oct 98
St John's College             Jan 95
St Peter's College            Oct 93   Oct 97    Sep 94
Social and Cultural 
   Anthropology               Jan 92
Social Studies                Jan 89   Jan 90    Aug 91  Jan 95
Socio-Legal Studies           Jul 94
Somerville College            Oct 98
Staff Library                 Sep 89             Jan 93
Taylor Institution            Sep 88   Sep 98    Aug 98
Taylor Slavonic               Sep 88   Sep 98    Aug 98
Theology                      Jan 90   Oct 94
Trinity College               Apr 92
University Museum             Jan 91
Wadham College                Apr 92                       
Wellcome Institute            Oct 93
Wolfson College               Jul 90             Aug 92
Zoology                       Jan 90   Oct 97    Jan 98

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Arrangements during the construction of the Sackler Library, summer 1998–summer 2000

The Committee for the Ashmolean Library wishes to advise members of the University that construction of the Sackler Library on a site immediately west of the library is now in progress, and completion is expected in the late summer of 2000. The committee has been advised that working conditions will vary according to the stage of adjacent construction, but should be tolerable for the majority of the time. It regrets the inconvenience to readers from the inevitable disruption and noise, and is taking all practicable steps to keep disruption to a minimum.

The project involves the replacement of the Griffith Institute, and the decanting of its holdings into adjacent accommodation for the construction period. The Ancient Near East holdings are now available to readers in the basement of the Oriental Institute Library; the Egyptological holdings are now accessible through No. 6 St John■s Street. All other sections of the Ashmolean's collections will remain on the existing site. Access to the Library remains via the Ashmolean Museum when the museum is open (Tuesday■-Friday, 10 a.m.■-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-■1 p.m.). At all other times access is through the new entrance opposite the Cast Gallery, which replaces the former Pusey Lane entrance.

Readers are advised that the demolition of the Griffith Institute and Bridge, which is potentially the noisiest part of the project, will occupy the first six weeks of Michaelmas Term (12 October■21 November inclusive). All reasonable measures to reduce the noise have been imposed on the contractor, and so far as is practicable the noisiest work will be programmed to take place before 2 p.m. each day. However there may be times when it becomes necessary for health and safety reasons to close the library at short notice.

A one-day total closure of the Library will be required on Wednesday, 4 November, for a complete electrical shut- down which will affect all surrounding buildings.

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The Institute of Archaeology will be closed on Wednesday, 4 November, due to a complete shutdown associated with the provision of a new electrical sub-station to the Ashmolean complex.