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CHARLES OLDHAM SHAKESPEARE PRIZE 2000

The Prize has been awarded to HELEN C. RADICE, Lady Margaret Hall.

Proxime accesserunt: CAROLINE MCGINN, Wadham College, and OLIVER Q. MEARS, Lincoln College.

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JOHN STALLWORTHY PRIZE IN OBSTETRICS 1998–9

The Prize has been awarded to EDWARD A.J. BEVERIDGE, Magdalen College.

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GAZETTE PUBLICATION ARRANGEMENTS

The remaining Gazettes of this term will appear on 9, 16, and 23 March.

Publication for Trinity Term will begin on 27 April. The deadline for receipt of all copy for this Gazette will be 5 p.m. on Thursday, 13 April.

Appointments Supplements will appear with the Gazettes of 16 March and 4 May.

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VIOLET VAUGHAN MORGAN PRIZES 2000

The Board of the Faculty of English Language and Literature gives notice that eight prizes on the foundation of Mr and Mrs P. Vaughan Morgan will be awarded in Trinity Term 2000 if suitable candidates present themselves.

The examination will be open to members of the University who are citizens of one of the countries of the British Commonwealth, have not exceeded the ninth term from their matriculation, and are reading for the First or Second Public Examination. In awarding a prize, in addition to scholastic acquirements, the characters of the candidates will be taken into consideration so far as they can be judged from a viva-voce examination and also from their records at college, and a prize will not be awarded to anyone who, in the opinion of the examiners, does not show promise of becoming a loyal citizen of the British Commonwealth.

The examination (consisting of two papers on English Literature) will be held in the Schools on Thursday, 18 May 2000, at 9.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. Viva-voce examinations will be held in the Schools on Thursday, 25 May, beginning at 9.30 a.m. The examiners intend to set two papers (each of three hours); one composed of general critical questions requiring no special preparation; the other composed of three sections, (1) fourteenth- and fifteenth-century poetry and drama, (2) drama 1580–1642, (3) Victorian poetry, of which candidates must limit themselves to answering questions in one section.

The prizes are of the value of £120 each. Each prize-winner will also receive a bronze medal having on one side a profile of Maude Violet Caroline Vaughan Morgan, and on the other side an engraved statement of the origin of the prizes.

Persons wishing to become candidates must apply to the Head Clerk, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD, for a form of entry which will include a certificate (to be signed by the head or senior tutor of the candidate's college or society) stating that the candidate has not exceeded the ninth term from matriculation, is reading for the First or Second Public Examination, and is a citizen of one of the countries of the British Commonwealth. The completed entry forms must be returned to the Head Clerk by Friday, 17 March 2000, and must be accompanied by a confidential letter of recommendation in a sealed envelope from each candidate's tutor. The attention of tutors is drawn to the second paragraph of this notice and to the need to comment explicitly on non-scholastic (as well as scholastic) acquirements.

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WINTER WILLIAMS LAW PRIZES 2000

The Board of the Faculty of Law invites entries for the Prizes which will be awarded in 2000 on the basis of essays, of not more than 5,000 words, submitted on one of the following subjects:

1. To what extent should trustees have freedom to delegate their functions?

2. Is it consistent to hold a negligent tortfeasor liable not only for reasonably foreseeable types of inflictions of harm, but also for an unforeseeable extent of harm? Discuss with reference to at least two of the following heads: (i) personal injuries; (ii) nervous shock; (iii) personal property damage; and (iv) damage to land.

3. Is it useful—or even possible—to distinguish primary from secondary liabilities arising from contractual obligation?

4. How convincing is the argument that the intention of Parliament provides the justification for judicial review of administrative action in England?

The First Prize is of £400, the Second Prize of £200. Grants to a total of £200 may be made to unsuccessful candidates who have done meritorious work. The prizes will be awarded only if entries of sufficient merit are received.

The essays (two typed copies) must be sent to the Head Clerk, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD, by 30 September 2000. There is no entry form, but each essay must accompanied by: (i) a statement from the candidate's college that he or she is, on 30 September 2000, an undergraduate member of the University who has not exceeded the tenth term from matriculation, and is reading for the Honour School of Jurisprudence; (ii) a declaration that the essay is entirely the candidate's own unaided work and that it has been submitted to any other person for advice, assistance, or revision.

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MUSIC FACULTY LIBRARY

Changes in opening hours, Mondays to Fridays

With effect from Monday, 28 February, the Music Faculty Library will open at 9 a.m. on Mondays–Fridays during weeks 0–9 of term. Its opening hours during those weeks will therefore change to: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5.30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

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CLUBS COMMITTEE

Annual Report 1998--9

The Clubs Committee has continued to provide support and assistance for the wide range of student clubs, societies, and publications which choose to register with the Proctors in accordance with Rules Committee regulations. As in previous years, this support has been directed mainly towards non-sports organisations, since sports clubs and teams have been able to look to the Committee for Sport and Senior Treasurers' Committee (and will now look to the Sports Strategy Committee). However, sports clubs had equal access to the Clubs Committee services and facilities at 13 Bevington Road, as well as access to the Minibus Hire Scheme which is run by the Clubs Committee in collaboration with the Committee for Sport. During 1998--9, approximately 140 non-sports clubs and eighty-five sports clubs were registered with the Proctors.

In addition to its grant of £12,663 from the Committee for the Council Departments in 1998--9, the Clubs Committee received £13,224 from colleges and other societies. Income of £4,153 was obtained from secretarial services (mainly photocopying) and rents at the Bevington Road premises. The funds available to the committee supported its activities in the following areas, consistent with usual practice and approved plans:

Staffing support. The committee funds two clerical posts at its premises at 13 Bevington Road. The part-time Clubs Committee Secretary works in ten- week blocks associated with Full Term. In addition to providing secretarial services on request to student clubs and societies, the Secretary helps with the day-to-day running of the Bevington Road premises and deals with the clubs' termly reregistration exercise. The second post at 13 Bevington Road, that of Clubs Officer, is filled on a part-time basis throughout the year. The duties mainly involve processing and advising on the termly accounts which student treasurers are required to submit as part of the registration exercise, administering the Minibus Hire Scheme, and providing `wardenship' for the Clubs Committee premises which otherwise would be unstaffed during the vacations.

Clubs Committee premises. In addition the Clubs Committee's administrative offices, the premises at 13 Bevington Road provide rooms and storage-space made available for clubs and societies to rent at competitive rates. Some fifteen organisations made use of these facilities, which are particularly important for organisations like charities and publications that rely on having a long-term base from which to operate. Improvements were made to the premises by sealing in the side porch area to provide an internal toilet and extra storage facility.

Non-premises support costs. These mainly comprise the running costs for the Clubs Committee Office, including the photocopying service which is available cheaply to registered clubs and societies.

Direct financial support. The Clubs Committee continued to operate its scheme of grants, loans, and underwriting guarantees, allocated in termly exercises by the Clubs Subcommittee (up to £300) and by the main committee. Although £6K was budgeted in 1998--9 for this purpose, net expenditure (exclusive of repaid loans) was £2,365. The committee surveyed clubs' views on the kind of support which they would find helpful, and identified a number of areas (including improved communications, meeting-room facilities) where initiatives could be taken. Start-up grants (£100 maximum) to help newly registered clubs to become established are particularly important

Minibus Hire Scheme. During the fourth year of operation this important safety scheme provided an element of driver assessment/training and gave clubs access to economical, good-quality vehicles hired from a local company. Prices to clubs were kept low because vehicles are hired on the University's insurance. The driver assessment/training sessions were given by professionals, attendance by student drivers was voluntary, but clubs and societies which used certified drivers for their minibuses could reclaim part of the hire fee from the Clubs Committee (attendance has subsequently been made compulsory). The scheme continued to prove particularly popular with sports clubs and teams, which accounted for 60 per cent of the total annual hires. The committee is pleased to report that there were again no minibus accidents involving personal injury during the year.

The committee's expenditure in 1998--9 was £7.7K less than income. Added to the accumulated balance on its account, this produced a total of £22,575 to carry forward to 1999--2000.

Under the Assessor's chairmanship, the committee and its Clubs Subcommittee each met once a term. A small management committee for the 13 Bevington Road premises also met twice. The Clubs Committee is especially grateful for the enthusiasm and contribution made by the student members in determining how best to support the clubs, societies, and publications which are such an important part of university life.

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