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DAVID JOHN HUGH COCKAYNE, D.PHIL. (B.SC., M.SC. Melbourne), Professor in Physics (Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis), University of Sydney, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from a date to be arranged.

Professor Cockayne will be a fellow of Linacre College.

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Under the University's procedures for the regular review of faculties and departments, the General Board has set up a committee under the chairmanship of Professor J.C. Ellory to review the Oxford Forestry Institute. The terms of reference are as follows:

To review the organisational arrangements and activities of the Oxford Forestry Institute, taking into account in particular

(a) the retirement of the director not later than 30 September 2004;

(b) the emphasis on future research;

(c) what courses should be taught;

(d) the role of the library and the resources required to maintain it;

(e) the relationship with the Department of Plant Sciences, and with departments and units in other cognate subject areas, including those concerned with environmental studies, and the opportunities for co-operation with them;

and to make recommendations.

Members of the University who wish to contribute to the review are asked to forward their submission by Wednesday, 31 March, in writing or by e-mail, to the secretary of the review committee, Dr C.R. Repp, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (e-mail:

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Intensive weekend language courses (Trinity Term)

The Language Centre will be running weekend language courses in Trinity Term 1999. Each course will consist of eight hours of tuition with an emphasis on speaking and listening to the language, running from 9 a.m. to 1.30 p.m., with a half-hour break, on both Saturday and Sunday. Some of the material to be studied will be taken from Satellite TV, radio broadcasts, and newspaper articles. The maximum number of participants per group will be fifteen. A fee of £26 will be charged to junior members of the University and other full-time students, £34 to members of Congregation and members of staff, and £45 to non-members.


Teaching hours: Saturday, 22 May, 9 a.m.–1.30 p.m. (end of week four), and Sunday, 23 May, 9 a.m.–1.30 p.m. Classes at the following levels: absolute beginners, intermediate.


Teaching hours: Saturday, 22 May, 9 a.m.–1.30 p.m. (end of week four), and Sunday, 23 May, 9 a.m.–1.30 p.m. Classes at the following levels: absolute beginners, lower intermediate.


Teaching hours: Saturday, 5 June, 9 a.m.–1.30 p.m. (end of week six), and Sunday, 6 June, 9 a.m.–1.30 p.m. Classes at the following levels: near/false beginners, lower intermediate, upper intermediate.


Teaching hours: Saturday, 5 June, 9 a.m.–1.30 p.m. (end of week six), and Sunday, 6 June, 9 a.m.–1.30 p.m. Classes at the following levels: absolute beginners, lower intermediate.

Any member of the University who wishes to receive further details and a booking form for these courses should contact Angela Pinkney, Language Centre, 12 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT (telephone: (2)83360, e-mail:

An application form is also downloadable from the Language Centre's World Wide Web pages: urses /.

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Other courses (Hilary Term)

Intensive academic writing course: course 2—writing a thesis or dissertation

These one-week/fifteen-hour intensive courses cover the same material as the term-time Academic Writing Course. The intensive mode of study enables those with heavy schedules to take the Academic Writing Course in a more convenient format.

The course will take place between Monday, 15 March, and Friday, 19 March (ninth week), 9.30 a.m.–12.45 p.m. (three hours of teaching each day, with a fifteen-minute break).

The fee for the course will be £95 and this will include all materials.

If you wish to register, please see Angela Pinkney at the reception desk for further details.

Writing a research article in English

This ten-hour intensive course offers participants the opportunity to improve their skills in writing a research article for publication in an academic journal. The content of the course is based on recent research into the features of English in academic settings. Participants will develop their knowledge through detailed analysis and discussion of appropriate research articles.

The course will take place between Monday, 15 March, and Friday, 19 March (ninth week), 1.45–4 p.m. (two hours of teaching each day, with a fifteen-minute break).

The fee for the course will be £65 and this will include all materials.

If you wish to register, please see Angela Pinkney at the reception desk for further details.

The Language Centre, 12 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT (telephone: Oxford (2)83360, fax: (2)83366, e-mail:, Internet:

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BUFVC Viewfinder magazine

The British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC) produces a magazine, Viewfinder, three times each year which contains a breadth of information about the use of various forms of media in higher education. In particular, every issue contains several pages of news, a substantial listing of video, and other, educational material, and a number of articles of general interest. As members of the BUFVC, the University is sent a number of copies of each issue of this magazine for distribution to interested parties around the University.

In recent years not all of these copies have, in fact, been distributed, and the Director of the ETRC, who represents the University on the BUFVC, would be grateful if anyone who would like to see a copy, with a view to possibly receiving regular copies, would contact his Personal Assistant, Mrs Rebecca Norton, who will arrange for them to be sent a sample copy. She can be contacted by e-mail at, or by telephone on (2)70536.

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The Department for Continuing Education exists to make the University accessible to men and women in ways which complement the University's provision for its resident members. Each year the department mounts several hundred courses, either part-time or short full-time, covering most subjects taught within the University (except management and clinical medicine). Courses last anything from one day to ten weeks (full time), and between ten weeks and two years on a part-time basis. Currently about 15,900 students enrol annually for the department's courses, the average length of study being twenty hours. A recent development has been the introduction of technology- assisted courses, using the Internet to supplement classroom teaching. Apart from a large number of individual members of the University who offer courses or give lectures, the Department for Continuing Education works in co-operation with an increasing number of other departments and faculties throughout the University. It welcomes expressions of interest from individuals and departments who wish to become involved in or to explore continuing education activities. The department's main provision is organised through three programme offices (see below), each of which is able to provide more detailed information on current and forthcoming activities. In addition, the Kellogg Residential Centre, when not being used for courses, can occasionally be made available for conferences and other residential meetings.

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The Public Programme Office

This Office (Director: Mr R.T. Rowley) offers to the public a wide range of study opportunities in most academic disciplines through part-time day, evening and short residential courses. Many programmes have open entry and require no formal entry qualifications. However, the majority of courses are now either award-bearing or carry higher education credit. The award- bearing courses are offered at access undergraduate and post graduate level, and do call for evidence of ability to complete the programme satisfactorily. During the summer the Public Programme Division offers a series of study opportunities for domestic and European students through the Oxford University Summer School for Adults, a Local History Summer School and the Summer Academy based at Keble College. The Division engages a large number of part-time tutors, both from within the University and outside, and individuals interested in offering specific courses or contribution to other programmes are invited to contact the office. Details of all courses are publicised in the Annual Prospectus or are available at any time from the Manager of Public Programmes (telephone: Oxford (2)70360).

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The Continuing Professional Development Centre

Short and extended courses

This Centre (Director: Dr M.A. Gray) works with departments and faculties throughout the University to offer courses designed to meet the needs of individuals and organisations drawn from industry, the professions, commerce, and academia. Courses vary from one- or two-day intensive updating courses based on the latest academic research to longer courses enabling professionals to review advances in specialised fields, and acquire new areas of expertise and qualifications. Areas covered include engineering, law, information technology and computing, mathematics, biomedical science, and personal skills development. Contributors to courses include Oxford academics and research staff and experts from other universities and organisations in the UK and abroad.

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The CPD Centre is also able to offer a conference organisation and management service to colleagues within the University and other organisations. The CPD Centre has specialist skills and more than fifteen years' collective experience or organising and managing conferences, seminars, and training courses for up to 500 delegates. The Centre provides a `total conference package' which combines the best of personal service with the highest professional standards. Services offered include the following:

—Conference planning and academic support

—Budget preparation and account management

—Venue sourcing, including residential accommodation, lecture theatres, hotels, and catering support

—Organisation of exhibitions and displays, design and provision of publicity

—Promotion/advertising/marketing support

—Mailing; compilation of databases

—Organisation of social programmes, excursions, and tours

—Translation and interpretation services, technical and audio- visual support

—Pre-registration management and on-site registration services, preparation of pre-prints, binders, badges

—Post-conference reports and proceedings.

Further details are available from Oxford (2)88169.

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The International Programmes Office

This office (Director: Dr A. Hawkins) offers a wide range of courses to undergraduates, graduates and continuing education students from around the world. These courses include year-long full-time programmes for Japanese graduates and diplomats from the Republic of China, Taiwan, as well as a large number of three- or four-week courses held during the summer for students from Europe and North America. Programmes are held in partnership with institutions such as the Smithsonian Institution, the University of California at Berkeley, Duke University, the University of Virginia and Northwestern University in America. International Programmes also works with the British Council, the European Commission, and the FCO, as well as offering courses in partnership with the Bodleian Library and many other departments and colleges within the University. Subjects covered in these courses include topics from law and industrial relations through to archaeology, art history, and the physical and biological sciences. Tutors are drawn from Oxford academic and research staff, and expertise is also recruited from outside the University. Programmes vary in size from small groups of twenty students to larger programmes of over 200 participants. During the summer many residential International Programmes, including the Oxford University Summer Programmes in English Literature and in History, Politics and Society, are held in colleges throughout Oxford, in addition to those held at the Rewley House Residential Centre. Over the next few years the range of courses offered by the International Programmes Office will be expanded, drawing in more students from Europe, from countries formerly part of the Soviet Union, and from elsewhere around the world. As the work of the International Programmes Office expands, approaches would be welcomed from those colleges, departments and other institutions who have accommodation from which they would like to generate further income or from individuals with suitable qualifications interested in teaching on international programmes. Telephone: Oxford (2)70456.

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Technology-Assisted Lifelong Learning (TALL)

TALL (Director: Jonathan Darby) was established in 1996 with support from the Esmée Fairbairn Charitable Trust and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to investigate and develop new ways of using technology to support lifelong learning. It is directed by Jonathan Darby who previously directed the HE Funding Councils' and DENI's Computers in Teaching Initiative. Many aspects of on- line education remain poorly understood. TALL is conducting research into:

Models of delivery—identifying optimal ways of using technology to deliver courses and educational services;

international transferability—addressing issues such as use of language, culture, educational systems and differing educational needs with the aim of ensuring that Oxford-produced on-line courses are designed in such a way that they will be attractive to students outside the UK;

markets for on-line courses—using surveys to develop an understanding of the nature of the market for on- line courses.

TALL is seeking to use technology to design courses of three types:

Hybrid: short intensive periods in Oxford punctuate Internet- supported study to create a course which uses each form of teaching for the purposes to which it is best suited.

Fully remote: a course in Italian for Intermediate and Advanced Learners has been completed with EU support which can be wholly completed at a distance. A second course, `Databases for Historians', is about to be piloted.

Curriculum on demand: an innovative teaching system based on the finding that many students on continuing professional development courses have highly specific needs that are only partially met by a group-based course. Each student takes a course that is tailored to their specific needs.

The TALL programme would welcome ideas for on-line courses from university colleagues.

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St John's College and Colin Carr

IMOGEN COOPER, RAPHAEL OLEG, and SONIA WIEDER-ATHERTON will perform the following piano trios at 8.30 p.m. on Monday, 1 March: Haydn, E flat major; Schubert, B flat major; Brahms, B major.

COLIN CARR will give a master-class at 4 p.m. on Sunday, 7 March. Chamber groups or performing soloists wishing to receive public tuition at this master-class should apply as soon as possible to the College Secretary.

THE BRENTANO STRING QUARTET will perform the following at 8.30 p.m. on Monday, 26 April: Purcell, four-part Fantasias 1, 2, 4, and 6; Nicholas Maw, Quartet no. 3; Beethoven, opus 59, no. 2.

All events are held in the Garden Quadrangle Auditorium. Admission is free. Admission to concerts can be reserved by obtaining a programme from the porter's lodge, St John's College. Programmes are reserved for college members until about ten days before each performance.

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University Catholic Chaplaincy

John Caldwell's opera-oratorio Good Friday will be performed at 8 p.m. on Thursday, 4 March, and Friday, 5 March, in the Newman Rooms, Rose Place. Tickets, costing £7.50 (concessions £4.50), are available from the Old Fire Station, Gloucester Green, or at the door.

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