Notices

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DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS

On the recommendation of the Physical Sciences Board, the General Board has assigned the chairmanship of Physics to PROFESSOR R.A. COWLEY, MA, Fellow of Wadham College and Professor of Experimental Philosophy, for the period from 1 January 1999 to 30 September 2002.

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DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING SCIENCE

On the recommendation of the Physical Sciences Board, the General Board has assigned the Department of Engineering Science to PROFESSOR W.R. EATOCK TAYLOR, MA, Fellow of St Hugh's College and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, for a period of five years from 1 July 1999.

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DAN GOWLER PRIZE 1998

The Dan Gowler Prize, awarded by the examiners to the candidate with the best performance in the Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management paper of the Final Honour Schools of Engineering, or Materials, Economics, and Management, has been awarded to DANIEL PITMAN, Keble College.

Note: the 1997 Prize was awarded to Mr W.H. Chan, Wadham College; an earlier announcement mistakenly stated that he had been awarded the prize in 1998.

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CITY CENTRE TRAFFIC

The Oxfordshire County Council is proposing to introduce traffic calming measures in the Science Area, as part of the Oxford Transport Strategy (OTS), which promotes public transport, walking and cycling as sustainable alternatives to car use. The proposals are intended to improve conditions for those who cycle or walk. These proposals are being introduced as a package of measures, which have been developed with the University's City Centre Traffic Working Party following the Public Inquiry into the Central traffic orders.

A public exhibition showing both the proposed traffic calming scheme (which extends from the High Street- -Longwall Street junction to the St Cross Road--South Parks Road junction) and the Science Area cycle route (from the High Street--Longwall Street junction to the Parks Road--Banbury Road junction), will be held at Linacre College from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, 20 November, and from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, 21 November.

Information leaflets will be available at the exhibition and at Speedwell House, Speedwell Street, and County Hall until 11 December.

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OXFORD ACADEMIC TRAVEL SCHEME (OATS)

The Oxford Academic Travel Scheme (OATS) seeks to raise the profile of the University around the work by matching groups of alumni and friends of Oxford with academics who are willing to incorporate speaking or social engagements within overseas travel.

OATS was established in 1991 by the External Relations Office in response to the growing number of invitations extended to current Oxford academics by alumni groups abroad,including Oxford and Cambridge clubs and the Oxford Society branches. The scheme involves identifying travelling academics who are willing to give a talk or lecture about current Oxford developments or attend a reception which will link them to alumni keen to hear of the latest University news.

The University has now agreed to allocate a small travel grant to those taking part in the scheme. Typically, this might amount to a sum between £50 and £100 to pay the marginal costs of an additional overnight stay to deliver the talk, or travel between the original destination and where the alumni group is based. However, the small panel of the International Committee, which will consider awards, has an open mind on the level os support to be offered. In addition, OATS is now widening its remit and will seek to support alumni groups with speakers even if no Oxford visitor has been identified.

OATS is now compiling its programme for the coming academic year. Any member of staff who will be travelling overseas during 1998–9 (or indeed for subsequent years), willing to participate in the scheme, should complete an OATS form, available from the External Relations Office (telephone: (2)78113), and return it with a brief curriculum vitae (of no more than one side) to Wendy Fuggles, Public Relations Officer, External Relations Office, Magdalen Street, Oxford. This information will then be forwarded to the relevant overseas contacts, who will be asked to advise directly whether or not they are able to accept the offer. (The brief curriculum vitae is useful as the alumni group may use it as part of the publicity for the event.)

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NOTICE OF ELECTION

Clerical and Library Negotiating Committee

Notice is given that there will be an election on Friday, 8 January 1999, of four representatives of the Clerical and Library staff to join the staff-side of the Clerical and Library Negotiating Committee, which normally meets twice each term to discuss matters relating to the local terms and conditions of employment of Clerical and Library staff. The need for the election has arisen as the current period of office of four of the present representatives expires on the first day of Hilary Term 1999. All four representatives are eligible for re-election and are listed below:

Those elected will hold office until the first day of Hilary Term 2001 and will be eligible for re-election.

Those eligible for nomination and those eligible to propose and second nominations and to vote in the elections will be all staff, full-time and part-time, who are employed by the University in its Clerical and Library scales, and who are not members of UNISON. (Members of UNISON are represented on the committee through the University UNISON branch.)

Nominations in writing, indicating the names and departments of the proposer and the seconder, together with a statement from the nominee that he/she is willing to stand for election, should be sent to Miss C. O'Shaughnessy, University Offices, Wellington Square, so as to arrive no later than Friday, 27 November. It would also be helpful if each candidate would, at the time of nomination, submit a paragraph of 100 words about themselves and what they hope to contribute as representatives. This information will be distributed with the voting papers. Voting papers will be distributed through departments on Monday, 7 December, to be returned by Friday, 8 January 1999.

Members of staff wishing to find out more about the work of the directly-elected representatives are welcome to contact Mrs L.A. Mills (telephone: (2)73261).

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COMPUTING SERVICES

OxTALENT Web Competition 1998

Awards Ceremony

A competition was run over the summer to find the best Web sites in Oxford for teaching and learning. This was conducted by OxTalent (Oxford Teaching and Learning Enhanced by New Technology).

The awards ceremony will take place on Monday, 30 November, 2.30--4 p.m., in the Hadley Lecture Theatre, the Ashmolean Museum. Prizes will be presented by the Vice-Chancellor. The presentation of prizes will be followed by demonstrations from the three prize-winners (the Humanities Computing Unit's Poetry Tutorials, the Beazley Archive, and the Department for Continuing Education's History On-Line).

Details of the competition, including information on entrants and winners, may be found at http://info.ox.ac.uk/oxford/seminars/webaward.html.

Note: gowns should be worn at this ceremony.

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FACULTY OF MUSIC

Opera performance

OPERA SEICENTO, conducted by Vassilis Vavoulis, will perform Antonio Sartorio's opera Giulio Cesare in Egitto (1676), at 8 p.m. on Thursday, 26 November, and Friday, 27 November, in the Holywell Music Room (concert performance). Tickets, costing £10 (concessions £5) may be obtained from the Playhouse, Beaumont Street, or at the door.

This is part of the Workshop-Conference `European Baroque Opera: Institutions and Ceremonies', 27–9 November (open to the public; telephone: Oxford (2)76125, fax: (2)76128).

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Essays for the Theatre: secular cantatas by Rameau

THE BAND OF INSTRUMENTS, with Mark Hilhofer (tenor), will perform secular cantatas by Jean-Philippe Rameau at 5.30 p.m. on Saturday, 28 November, in the Maison Française. Tickets, costing £6 (concessions £3), may be obtained from the Playhouse, Beaumont Street, or at the door.

This is part of the Workshop-Conference `European Baroque Opera: Institutions and Ceremonies', 27–9 November (open to the public; telephone: Oxford (2)76125, fax: (2)76128).

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Concert

RUTH WATERMAN (violin) and Carole Presland (piano) will give a recital of violin sonatas by Bach, Mozart, and Elgar, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, 29 November, in the Jacqueline Du Pré Music Building, St Hilda's College. Tickets, costing £6 (concessions £3), may be obtained from the Playhouse, Beaumont Street, or at the door. This is part of the Workshop-Conference `European Baroque Opera: Institutions and Ceremonies', 27–9 November (open to the public; telephone: Oxford (2)76125, fax: (2)76128).

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Concert

THE ALLEGRI STRING QUARTET, with Matthew Mills (piano), will perform Haydn's Quartet in E flat, op. 20, no. 5, and Shostakovitch's Piano Quintet, op. 57, at 1 p.m. on Friday, 4 December, in the Holywell Music Room. Tickets, costing £5 (concessions £2.50), may be obtained from the Playhouse, Beaumont Street, or at the door.

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