No. 4484 Thursday 24 September 1998 Vol. 129

Study shows how to cut diabetes risks : The largest clinical study of diabetes ever attempted, led by Oxford researchers, has shown for the first time that the life-threatening complications of non-insulin dependent diabetes, often regarded as inevitable, can be reduced by more intensive management using existing treatments.

Blunkett backs University drive on access : The university's continuing initiatives to widen access have received a significant boost from the Secretary of State for Education, Mr David Blunkett.

Gandhi plaque unveiled in the Parks : A memorial plaque was unveiled in the University Parks on 13 July, marking the spot where a tree honouring M.K. Gandhi was planted in 1995.

Oxford science features at BAAS Festival : More than 15 Oxford scientists presented papers to the British Association for the Advancement of Science in Cardiff earlier this month at its annual Festival of Science, which was chaired by its President, Professor Colin Blakemore, Waynflete Professor in Physiology.

Norton Rose Commercial Law Chair filled : Professor Andrew Burrows has been appointed as the Norton Rose Professor of Commercial and Financial Law, a newly-established post within the Faculty of Law, set up with generous support from the leading international law firm, Norton Rose.

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