No. 4520 Thursday 29 July 1999 Vol. 129

Libraries set to promote collections : Oxford libraries are looking to the future after recording success in 13 project bids to boost access to their collections, receiving strong backing for a proposed new Visitor Programme, and re-opening a refurbished and re-equipped Duke Humfrey's Library.

University museums receive `access' grants : Four University museums have received a share of a £2.7 million central Government grant to improve and increase access to outstanding museum and gallery collections across the country.

Colleges mark anniversary of `going mixed' : A summer of events celebrating the admission of women to all-male colleges at the University is well underway.

First graduates at Ruskin set to boost research : Graduate students are to be admitted for the first time for a new degree course at the Ruskin School of Fine Art, following a successful review of the department's research activities by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Expanded access schemes hailed a success : More than 90 teachers and 240 pupils from state schools across the UK have spent two weeks at the University as part of the now annual drive to demonstrate at first hand what Oxford has to offer.

Call for dialogue linking Islamic world and West : The debt owed by Western civilisation to the Islamic world, from Muslim contributions to the cultures of medieval and Renaissance Europe, through to the `essential part' played by Muslim communities in modern Western society, was the focus of a speech by Mr Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations, at the Sheldonian Theatre on 28 June.

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