No. 4537 Thursday 3 February 2000 Vol. 130

Funds awarded for Stroke Prevention Unit : A university neurologist ihas been awarded funds by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Stroke Association to establish a Stroke Prevention Unit, which will study risk factors and preventive treatments for stroke and provide a `rapid assessment' clinic to which local GPs can refer high-risk patients.

Five Heads of new Academic Divisions announced : The five heads of the new Academic Divisions have now been announced.

New learning Institute unveiled for Oxford : Proposals for the University's new Institute for the Advancement of University Learning, which will be formally launced in October, have been approved by Council.

Bishop dedicates St Hilda's Chapel : The newly reconstructed chapel at St Hilda's College was dedicated on 13 January by the Bishop of Oxford, The Rt Revd Richard Harries (pictured left, in the chapel).

On-line training to deliver human rights message : Human rights groups in southern Africa are set to benefit from an on-line training project developed by a team at the University's Department for Continuing Education.

Economic appointment: Dr Gordon Marshall, Official Fellow in Sociology at Nuffield College, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council.

Lecture: Dr Marc Maurer, President of the US National Federation of the Blind, will lecture on `Blindness, quotas, and the disadvantages of civil rights' at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 16 February, at Examination Schools. Places are limited, and booking is essential by Monday, 7 February. Tickets are available from Jenny Huxley, Equal Opportunities, email jenny.huxley@ admin.ox.ac.uk or telephone (2)70238.

University Marshal: Mr Ted Roberts, University Marshal since February 1991 left Oxford at the end of January to take up an appointment as Head of Security at the University of Manchester. While the post of Marshal is vacant, Mr Forrest Baker, Security Centre Manager, will be Acting Head of the Security Service with responsibility for security matters. A former University Marshal, Mr Ted East, will assist the Proctors with the University Police and ceremonial duties. The Security Service will report for line management purposes direct to the Director of Estates and University Surveyor, with policy continuing to be the responsibility of the Security Committee.

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