No. 4513 Thursday 27 May 1999 Vol. 129

Royal visit to Oxbridge's oldest college : A royal seal of approval was given to the year-long celebration of the endowment of University College some 750 years ago when Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh visited Oxford on Friday, 21 May.

Oliver Cromwell praised as `troubled colossus' : Oliver Cromwell's image as no friend of Oxford, as someone who imposed himself as Chancellor of the University (1650–7), and then imposed his son Richard Cromwell (1657–60), should not detract from his standing as a great man.

Student receives adult learning award : A second-year student, reading Archaeology and Anthropology at Harris Manchester College, has been chosen as the winner of the Senior Learner of the Year Award in England by the National Organisation for Adult Learning.

Markesinis takes chair in Comparative Law : Professor Basil Markesinis, QC, DCL, FBA, Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Clifford Chance Professor of European Law and Director of the Institute of European and Comparative Law since 1995, has been appointed Clifford Chance Professor of Comparative Law.

Computers boost medical research techniques : The substantial benefits of forging new and improved links between mathematicians, computer scientists, and biomedical scientists forms the centre for the Nuffield Trust Lectures with Green College, entitled Computation, Medicine, and Mind.

Andrew Motion becomes Laureate: Professor Andrew Motion (Univ, 1971) has been appointed the new Poet Lauerate, after months of speculation about the successor to Ted Hughes who died in October 1998. He was awarded a First in English in 1975—the same year he won Sir Roger Newdigate's Prize for English Verse. He then went on to complete a B.Litt. on the work of Edward Thomas.

Biology prize: Professor Richard Gardner, FRS, Royal Society's Henry Dale Research Professor and Student of Christ Church, has been named as co-recipient of the March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology. The prize recognises individuals who have made seminal discoveries of relevance to birth defects. He was presented with his prize in San Francisco on 3 May.

Polish–Jewish award: Dr Jonathan Webber, Fellow in Jewish Social Studies at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, was presented with the Golden Cross of Merit on 10 May. The honour, bestowed by the President of the Republic of Poland, recognises his contribution to Polish–Jewish relations.

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