No. 4506 Thursday 18 March 1999 Vol. 129

Oxford nets £3m for technology transfer drive : The University has won £3 million from the Government's University Challenge Fund to help turn research into real business opportunities.

HEFCE grant gives University 2.8 per cent increase : The University is expecting to receive £118m from the Higher Education Funding Council for England as its grant for the coming academic year—an increase of 2.8 per cent on the comparable figure for the past year.

Top-class hockey pitch for Oxford : A new £600,000 international-level AstroTurf hockey pitch, just yards away from where Sir Roger Bannister ran the first four-minute mile in 1954 at Iffley Road, has been inaugurated by the University to benefit sporting stars of the future—both at the University and in the local community.

Jenkins and Shore spar over PR : The magnificent new Magdalen College auditorium was inaugurated with a rumbustious debate over the future of proportional representation between two old sparring partners, Lord Jenkins, the Chancellor, and Lord Shore, former Cabinet colleague and erstwhile opponent over entry into Europe.

New arts hall for Magdalen : Magdalen College's new £2.5 million auditorium, designed by Dr Demetri Porphyrios, will be used for music, lectures, and student theatre. It has been funded by donations, mainly from Old Members.

Anglo-Saxon writers `ranged widely' for sources : An ambitious project, known as `Fontes Anglo-Saxonici', to set up a database of all the written sources on which Anglo-Saxon writers drew is entering its last stage in Oxford with the creation of a website.

Oxbridge hopefuls at Wembley : More than 800 potential Oxbridge applicants and teachers met admissions tutors and current undergraduates from Oxford and Cambridge Universities at Wembley Conference Centre on Friday, 5 March.

Britain in Europe Conference: The Oxford Institute of European and Comparative Law is organising a conference on 7 April 2000, entitled `Britain in Europe: The Coming Together of the Common Law and the Civil Law', to mark the new millennium. The Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Tony Blair, will be guest speaker, with other keynote speakers including the Rt. Hon. the Lord Bingham of Cornhill, Lord Chief Justice; the Rt. Hon. Lord Woolf of Barnes, Master of the Rolls; and Professor Basil Markesinis, Clifford Chance Professor of European Law, and Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall.

Web award: The Centre for Humanities Computing has received a national award for teaching via the internet. The website, `Virtual Seminars for Teaching Literature', won the teaching and learning award in the 1999 Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association Web Awards. The site, which won the internal OxTALENT competition in 1998, can be accessed on the web at http://info.ox.ac.uk/jtap

Reading award: Professor Peter Bryant, Watts Professor of Psychology and Fellow of Wolfson College, has been awarded the Outstanding Scientific Award by the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading in recognition of his contribution to the scientific understanding of reading.

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