No. 4503 Thursday 25 February 1999 Vol. 129

Pharmacologists out to beat TB `superbugs' : University pharmacologists are striving to tackle the problem of drug-resistant tuberculosis, at a time when the disease is described by the World Health Organisation as a `world epidemic'.

Westminster and Brookes set up strategic alliance : Westminster College and Oxford Brookes University have agreed in principle to develop a strategic alliance, which it is hoped will lead to a merger between the two institutions.

Inner-city pupils `shadow' students : A half-term access initiative brought more than 60 A-level pupils from inner city schools to the University to `shadow' current undergraduates studying a range of subjects.

Record entry for SET99 competition : The third Oxfordshire Science Writing Competition, run by the University in conjunction with The Oxford Times, as part of Science Engineering and Technology week activities, has attracted 219 entries—79 more than last year.

London book trade archives `to come alive' : A new commercial map of central London in a period of extraordinary transformation in the book trades is being created by an Oxford historian using the latest computer-aided design techniques.

Top marks for Oxford's teacher education : Reports published recently by OFSTED, the Office for Standards in Education, have praised the University's Secondary Initial Teacher Training courses in English, Modern Foreign Languages, Mathematics, and Geography.

First Dorothy Hodgkin Lecture: Professor Louise Johnson, FRS, David Phillips Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Fellow of Corpus Christi College, will give the first Dorothy Hodgkin Memorial Lecture at the University Museum of Natural History at 6 p.m. on Thursday, 4 March. The lecture is entitled `Dorothy Hodgkin and Penicillin: Fifty years from structure to present day understanding of biosynthesis and bacterial resistance'.

Oxford Academic Travel Scheme: Participants in the Oxford Academic Travel Scheme (OATS) are eligible to apply for small travel grants to cover any additional travel and accommodation costs. OATS was set up by the External Relations Office in 1991 to help link University academics with overseas and friends' groups. For further information, please contact the Alumni Assistant on (2)78128.

Oxbridge applications event: Potential Oxbridge applicants are set to meet college admissions tutors and current undergraduates at the Lifetime Careers—Oxford and Cambridge Universities Conference. Hundreds of young people interested in applying to Oxford and Cambridge are expected at the event held at Wembley Conference Centre on Friday, 5 March.

OCEES moves: The Oxford Centre for the Environment, Ethics and Society (OCEES), which is part of Mansfield College, has moved into new premises on the college site. The centre had been based at the Pitt Rivers Museum for the last four years. The new building will provide temporary accommodation for the Centre's eight members of staff, visiting fellows, and seminar space until a permanent building can be built at the college.

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