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On the recommendation of the Physical Sciences Board, the General Board has reconferred the title of Visiting Professor in Physics on S.J. ROSE, MA, D.PHI., leader of the Theory and Computation Group at the Central Laser Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, for a further period of five years from 13 June 2000.

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On the recommendation of the Physical Sciences Board, the General Board has assigned the Sub-department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics to D.G. ANDREWS, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall and Reader in Physics, for a period of five years from 1 August 2000.

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The Prize has been awarded to DR KATHERINE CLARKE, St Hilda's College.

Proxime accessit: DR ZARAH NEWBY, University of Warwick.

Honourably mentioned: GEORGE WILLIAMSON, Corpus Christi College.

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Sheldonian Theatre

On the occasion of the Encaenia to be held in the Sheldonian Theatre on Wednesday, 28 June, the Curators of the Theatre propose to allot seats as follows those who make application (subject to availability):

(a) One Visitor's ticket each to Heads of Houses, Canons of Christ Church, members of the Hebdomadal Council, and certain other persons holding official positions in the University;

(b) One Visitor's Ticket to each Professor;

(c) One ticket to holders of the Degrees of Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science, Letters, Philosophy, and Studies, Magister Juris, and Bachelor of Divinity, Civil Law, Medicine, Music, Letters, Science, and Philosophy.

Applications for tickets in the above categories must be made not later than Monday, 19 June, to:

The Head Clerk
University Offices
Wellington Square
Oxford OX1 2JD

Tickets for holders of the Degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Fine Art, and Theology, Master of Biochemistry, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics, and for visitors and members of the University who have not been admitted to any degree will be distributed through college authorities, and all applications for them should be made to the college authorities and not to the Head Clerk.

The gates and entrances to the Theatre will be opened at 10.45 a.m. and the proceedings will begin at 11.30 a.m. Holders of tickets are requested to be in their places inside the Theatre by 11.15 a.m. Instructions as to entrances are printed on the tickets.

All members of the University are required to wear sub-fusc and full academic dress. Doctors will wear their robes and other graduates their hoods.

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The Committee for the History of Science, Medicine and Technology offers two prizes of £250 each for competition in Michaelmas Term 2000, the Junior Prize and the Senior Prize. At its discretion, the committee may award a proxime accessit prize in one or both categories.

Further details in respect of the prizes can be found at or can be obtained from the Administrator, the Modern History Faculty.

The subject of any essay must be approved, and the closing date for approval has been extended to 30 June.

Applications for approval of a subject should be sent to the Chairman of the Committee for the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Modern History Faculty, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BD, by Friday, 30 June.

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Intensive foreign language courses

Weekend courses

The Language Centre is running weekend language courses in French and Spanish on 3–4 June. French will be taught at Near/False Beginners, Lower Intermediate (waiting list only), and Upper Intermediate levels, and Spanish at Absolute Beginners (waiting list only) and Lower Intermediate.

Each course will consist of eight hours' tuition and will last from 9 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The emphasis will be on speaking and listening. The fee will be £28 for junior members of the University and other full-time students, £36 for members of Congregation and members of staff, and £48 to non-members. An application form for the above courses can be downloaded from the Centre's Web page at

Ninth Week courses

In Ninth Week (26–30 June) the Centre is running multi-media courses of fifteen hours each in Intermediate French (GCSE standard and above) and Spanish for Near/False Beginners. Participants will have the opportunity to work with computer-based language learning materials and be introduced to French and Spanish Internet sites. The French course will take place from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., and the Spanish course from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. For each course the fee will be £50 for junior members of the University and other full-time students, £60 for members of Congregation and members of staff, and £70 to non-members. The fee includes all materials.

An application form for the above courses can be downloaded from the Centre's Web page at index.html.

English for Academic Studies

The Language Centre is also running the following English courses for foreign students, researchers, and academic visitors in the summer:

Essentials of Academic Writing: fifteen hours; fee £95 (Ninth Week, 26–30 June)

Writing a Research Article in English: ten hours; fee £65 (Ninth Week, 26–30 June)

Special Course in English for Academic Visitors: thirty-six hours; fee £175 (3–20 July). This course will take place in mornings only, Monday to Thursday, for three weeks. It will focus on speaking and listening skills, while revising basic grammatical structures and developing vocabulary.

Pre-Sessional Courses: August and September (31 July 31–22 September). These full-time courses are designed to ensure that international students and academic visitors are adequately prepared to begin their studies at Oxford and other universities.

Further details of all courses and activities may be obtained from Angela Pinkney at the Language Centre, 12 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT (telephone: Oxford (2)83360, e-mail:, Internet:

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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. In 1996–7 almost 12,000 adult students enrolled on lifelong learning programmes offered through the Public Programme Division. 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.


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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One-day closure of the Western Art Library

The Western Art Library of the Ashmolean Library will be closed on Saturday, 10 June, out of respect for the late Professor Haskell, whose memorial service will take place on that day at King's College, Cambridge. The Librarian regrets any inconvenience which may be caused to readers by this exceptional closure.

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