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On the recommendation of the Inter-faculty Committee for Archaeology, the General Board has assigned the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art to M.S. TITE, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Linacre College and Edward Hall Professor of Archaeological Science, for a period of five years from 1 October 1999.

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Members of the University may be familiar with the work that has been carried out in departments and colleges over the last year or two on minimising vulnerabilities due to the Year 2000 issue and related problems. Those working on the issue have examined all of the important and critical processes, and doing everything they could to ensure that there will be no interruptions to these at the New Year and beyond. It remains possible, however, that some interruptions will occur.

Over the Christmas and New Year holiday period many facilities and services will be curtailed, and remediation of problems encountered may not be as timely as is normally the case. Any problems should be reported through the usual channels. The Security Services will provide the normal out-of-hours `backbone' service; they can be telephoned on (2)72944, (2)72939, or (2)89999. From the evening of 31 December into the New Year there will be special teams available, and others on call, to deal with any problems which arise. It is envisaged that normal operations will resume on Tuesday, 4 January.

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German courses for archaeologists

A week of intensive German courses for archaeologists, for beginners and intermediate learners, will be held in the Institute of Archaeology in ninth week of Hilary Term (13–17 March). Those wishing to attend should register with the receptionist at the institute (telephone: Oxford (2)78240, e-mail:, giving details of name, college, contact number, and desired course. The course tutor will be Gertrud Seidmann, Research Associate, the Institute of Archaeology.

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Isis Innovation, a wholly-owned company of the University, was established in 1988. The company has been formed to exploit know-how arising out of research funded by the UK Government through the Research Councils and funded by other bodies where the rights are not tied. The function of the company is to ensure that the results of research bring rewards to Oxford, and to the inventors, who are given a financial incentive for exploitation.

Isis seeks licensees willing to pay lump sums and/or royalties for the use of know-how arising out of research. Isis also exploits the intellectual property of the University by setting up individual companies using venture capital or development capital funds.

Isis' services are also available to individuals who wish to exploit the results of research supported by non-Research Council sources, when there are no prior conditions on the handling of the intellectual property rights. Isis Innovation has at its disposal a small pre-seedcorn fund for paying the costs of protecting intellectual property rights and for taking work to a stage where its potential can be assessed.

Isis finds industrial partners to ensure that new ideas can be developed for market requirements. The company has established the Oxford Innovation Society for major industrial companies, so that they can have a window on Oxford technology and an opportunity to license and invest where appropriate.

A brochure explaining Isis' activities is available. Please contact the above address, or the telephone and fax numbers given below.

Members of the University should contact the Managing Director if they wish to take advantage of the services that Isis provides. (Telephone: (2)72411; fax: (2)72412.)

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