OXFORD UNIVERSITY
GAZETTE

No. 4499 Thursday 28 January 1999 Vol. 128

New cricket partnership with Brookes : The university and Oxford Brookes University have announced the forging of a new partnership in cricket, which will create a joint team from the two universities, to be selected from a total student population of some 30,000.

Boat Race secures £2.5m sponsor's backing : a new sponsorship deal was announced this week with Aberdeen Asset Management, worth more than £2½ million to Oxford and Cambridge Boat Clubs over six years.

Research equipment awards for Oxford projects : Four Oxford research groups have won a total of almost £800,000 in government funding under the 1998 Joint Research Equipment Initiative (JREI), supported by the Higher Education Funding Councils and industrial collaborators.

Science writing contest launched : To mark the new millennium, `A Century of Science: 1900–99' is the theme of the third Oxfordshire Science Writing Competition, run by the University and The Oxford Times as part of SET99, the national Science, Engineering, and Technology week.

Pupils aided to set up herbarium : An innovative project is underway linking the Department of Plant Sciences with a local primary school in a bid to promote the public understanding of science into the next century.

Visiting Professorship for Physical Chemist : Professor Stuart Rice, the Frank P. Hixon Distinguished Service Professor in the James Franck Institute and the Department of Chemistry at the University of Chicago, has been appointed as the Newton-Abraham Visiting Professor for the academic year 1999–2000, and will be a Fellow of Lincoln College.

New head for research services : Ms Catherine Quinn has been appointed as the Director of the University's Research Services Office with effect from January 1999.

Anglo-German award: Professor Basil Markesinis, Clifford Chance Professor of European Law and Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall , will be awarded the Grosse Verdienstkreuz on 24 February, for exceptional services in promoting Anglo-German relations—an order bestowed by the Federal President of Germany. Professor Markesinis is Director of the Institute of European and Comparative Law.

Millennium Lecture: Professor Susan Greenfield, Fellow of Lincoln College, is one of six speakers who has been invited to deliver a Millennium Lecture at No. 10 Downing Street this year. The lecture series will highlight some of the challenges faced in the next century. Her lecture, on 11 March, will be followed by a discussion forum on the No. 10 web site.

New hockey pitch used: The University's new artificial hockey pitch hosted its first match last Saturday, when The Occasionals drew 1–1 with Maidenhead. The official opening of the Olympic standard astroturf pitch at Iffley Road will take place on 6 March.

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