No. 4516 Thursday 17 June 1999 Vol. 129

Oxford gains chair in Opera Studies : Leading figures from the world of music are set to share their knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm with University students and staff, following the establishment of a Visiting Chair in Opera Studies, to be named after its benefactor Mrs Robin Hambro.

Final elections for old style Hebdomadal Council : The latest elections to Hebdomadal Council will probably be the last as the old style Council is now set to be abolished under the new reforms in governance agreed by the University last month.

Oxford knights in Birthday Honours List : Her Majesty's Birthday Honours, announced on 12 June, included awards recognising academic and research excellence by Oxford figures, as well as an award for a long-serving member of staff at University College.

Asteroid belt `could ring' the Earth : Oxford astronomers have carried out computer simulations of asteroid orbits which show that an undiscovered belt of around 1,000 asteroids could be present just beyond the Earth's orbit.

Crucifixion comes to Christ Church : Christ Church Picture Gallery has reopened after six months of redevelopment which has seen the installation of a new air-conditioning system, and other structural repairs.

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