No. 4509 Thursday 29 April 1999 Vol. 129

Geographers continue to make their mark : Funding for current research and consultancy projects at the School of Geography, and two of its associated units, is for the first time approaching the £3 million mark.

Oxford Centre of Cricketing Excellence to be set up : Oxford University , in partnership with Oxford Brookes University, is to become one of six new Centres of Cricketing Excellence designated by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) this week.

Scientists place diamonds at the cutting edge : Oxford scientists are refining new ways to grow films of artificial diamond, creating the potential for a range of high-technology applications from electronics to machine tool coatings.

New Principal for St Edmund Hall : Professor Michael Mingos, Professor of Chemistry at Imperial College, London, has been appointed as Principal of St Edmund Hall.

Vice-Chancellor tours the Gulf : Oxford is set to enhance its links with universities in the Gulf region, particularly in applied sciences and in the environmental field, following a successful six-day visit by the Vice-Chancellor.

Secret Services must be open and transparent : It is vital that secret services iin democratic countries break out of the James Bond or Smiley stereotypes and are subject to open and democratic scrutiny, according to Dame Stella Rimmington, former Head of MI6.

Events Diary: A diary of forthcoming University events open to all, compiled by the External Relations Office, is now available on the Web every Monday at: www.admin.ox. ac.uk/nb/events.htm Items for inclusion are welcomed and should be sent to the Information Office, Wellington Square, or email: exrel@admin.ox.ac.uk.

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