No. 4498 Thursday 21 January 1999 Vol. 129

Summer access schemes set for expansion : Successful Oxford initiatives to widen access—now being duplicated at other UK universities—are set to expand this year, with more pupils and teachers from the maintained sector gaining a chance to find out at first hand what Oxford has to offer.

New style University Annual Review published : The University has altered the style of its annual report this year—producing instead two documents, an annual review highlighting key developments, and a separate report summarising the achievements of individual departments and faculties.

Muriel Spark and Simon Rattle in honorands list : Seven distinguished figures are set to receive honorary degrees from the University at Encaenia, on 23 June, subject to the approval of Congregation on 9 February.

New light shed on the mysteries of the dodo : Scientists at the University Museum of Natural History are helping to rescue the reputation of one of nature's most extraordinary species—the dodo.

New Year's honour: Professor Brian Smith, former Master of St Catherine's College (1988–93), was knighted in the 1999 New Year's Honours List for services to academic/business partership, and to higher education. Professor Smith was Director of Isis Innovation, the University's technology transfer company from 1988–97. He is now Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University.

Grant for Refugee Studies: The Refugee Studies Programme, at Queen Elizabeth House, has been awarded a grant of $480,000 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York, over approximately three years, in support of research on refugee children and adolescents. The grant will support research on the situation of Palestinian children and adolescents in the Middle East region: a two-year fellowship to focus on the impact of armed conflict and forced migration on children and the development of a new Health Policy Module.

Heart Research grant: Oxford researchers have been given a £70,000 grant from the British Heart Foundation to find out how substances involved in blood clotting cause some people to have a higher risk of heart disease and stroke. Dr Fiona Green, BHF Intermediate Research Fellow, and her team at the John Radliffe Hospital, will study the molecule fibrinogen to assess whether people with high levels of fibrinogen are more likely to develop diseases of the circulation.

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