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The following have been appointed as the heads of the new academic divisions, for five years from 1 October 2000 in each case, under the provisions of Ch. II, Sect. VI, as amended by Decree (1) of 4 November 1999 (Gazette, p. 294).

Head of the Humanities Division: R.C.S. WALKER, B.PHIL., MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Magdalen College

Head of the Life and Environmental Sciences Division: PROFESSOR P.C. NEWELL, MA, D.PHIL., D.SC., Vice-Master of St Peter's College

Head of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division: PROFESSOR B. CANTOR, MA (PH.D. Cambridge), Fellow of St Catherine's College

Head of the Medical Sciences Division: K.A. FLEMING, MA, D.PHIL. (MB, CH.B. Glasgow), Fellow of Green College

Head of the Social Sciences Division: D.A. HAY, MA, M.PHIL. (MA Cambridge), Fellow of Jesus College

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The composition of the electoral board to the post below, proceedings to fill which are currently in progress, is as follows:

                                                 Appointed by

Professorship of Law

Mr Vice-Chancellor                               ex officio
The Principal of Lady Margaret Hall              ex officio
Professor C. Prendergast                         Council
Professor C. Britton                             General Board
Professor A.B.J. Viala                           General Board
Professor M. Bowie                               Modern Languages Board
Professor T.C. Cave                              Modern Languages Board
Dr J.H.M. Taylor                                 Modern Languages Board
Dr C. Davis                                      Lady Margaret Hall

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At its meeting held on 17 January, Hebdomadal Council adopted the following statement:

`In order for the University to comply with the Sex Discrimination (Gender Reassignment) Regulations 1999, which amended the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 with effect from 1 May 1999, Council has decided that from 1 May 1999, where the words "sex" or "gender" are used in the University of Oxford Equal Opportunity Policy and Code of Practice, the Code of Practice relating to Harassment, or other policy documents relating to equal opportunity in employment, they should be deemed to include gender reassignment.'

The new regulations prohibit discrimination on grounds of gender reassignment in employment and vocational training. Gender reassignment is defined as `a process which is undertaken under medical supervision for the purpose of reassigning a person's sex by changing physiological or other characteristics of sex, and includes any part of such a process'.

The Department for Education and Employment has provided detailed guidance on personnel practice in relation to the regulations, and university circular PERS(00)04 contains detailed information for Heads of Department and staff. Key points of guidance include avoiding discrimination in recruitment and selection, dealing with cases of gender reassignment amongst existing staff, and some rare exceptions to the requirement not to discriminate on grounds of gender reassignment.

For further information or advice, the Equal Opportunities Officer can be contacted at the University Offices, Wellington Square (telephone: (2)70083, e- mail:

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Mr Vice-Chancellor has, with the agreement of Council, approved the following arrangements for junior members to speak in Congregation under the terms of Ch. I, Sect x (Statutes, 1997, p. 208), which reads as follows:
`Any junior member as defined in Tit. XIV, Sect. iv, § 1, cl. 2, may speak at a meeting of Congregation, if called upon to do so by the Chairman at the Chairman's discretion, provided that the Chairman may at any time terminate a debate on the floor of the House and proceed to the final speeches and the taking of a vote.'
The Chairman of Congregation will normally expect to call upon nominated representatives of the Oxford University Student Union if they wish to speak in debate, and will normally expect to call upon junior members to speak only from among those who have given advance notice of their wish to be called. Should the Chairman consider that the number of junior members who have given such notice is excessive, he or she will have to be selective in calling upon them. The Chairman will try to ensure a balanced debate in relation to the apparent spread and strength of views held by junior members. If informed selection is to be possible it is desirable that when giving notice of the wish to be called a junior member should indicate (a) whether he or she intends to support or oppose the motion before the House, (b) whether he or she would speak on behalf of any club, committee, group, or association, (c) whether he or she is supported by other junior members (up to twelve of whom might sign the notice).

If the number giving notice is small they will all be admitted to the floor of the House although this does not ensure their being called. In other cases some selection may be necessary at the stages of both admission and calling of speakers. If there is to be time to tell applicants whether they will be admitted notice will have to be received in good time. Junior members should therefore send in such notice, in writing, to the Registrar to be received at the University Offices not later than 10 a.m. on the Monday preceding the debate in question. The name of any representative nominated by OUSU should also be communicated to the Registrar, in writing, through the President by that time. A notice will then be posted in the University Offices and on the gate of the Clarendon Building not later than 10 a.m. on the morning of the debate, indicating whether all applicants will be admitted to the floor of the House or, if selection has had to take place, the names of those selected for admission to the floor.

Junior members not admitted to the floor of the House will normally be permitted to listen to the debate from the gallery. Junior members on the floor of the House will be asked to remain in their places while a vote is being taken.

Under Tit. XIV, Sect. iv, § 1, cl. 2, junior members are defined as `those persons who, having been admitted to matriculation, are residing to fulfil the requirements of any statute, decree, or regulation of the University or reading for any degree, diploma, or certificate of the University and who have not proceeded to membership of Convocation'. (Membership of Convocation is normally obtained by taking the MA degree.)

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2 South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3UB

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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Statistical Consulting Service

The Department of Statistics runs a consulting service available to members of the University. The consulting officer is Dr Mario Cortina Borja, who may be contacted at the department (telephone: Oxford (2)72597, fax: (2)72595, e- mail:

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The Pitt Rivers Museum is closed at present for building work, but will reopen on 25 March. New opening hours will include Sunday afternoon. Contact the museum, or visit its Web site for further details (telephone: Oxford (2)70927, fax: (2)70943, Internet:

Forthcoming exhibition

Transformations: the art of recycling. Drawing on the museum's collections and the work of contemporary artists and craft-makers, the exhibition explores recycling as a universal activity that has been practised all over the world and throughout history (25 March 2000–autumn 2001)

Open Monday–Saturday, 1–4.30 p.m., and Sunday, 2–4.30 p.m. Admission free. Please check for special holiday arrangements at Christmas and Easter.


Exhibition now open

Ladakh: Himalayan photographs by Karl-Einar Löfqvist. An intimate record of life in this arid, mountainous region, once part of Tibet, now incorporated into India. The exhibition reveals the interplay between the sacred and the secular in a community of Buddhists (until 15 April)

Forthcoming exhibition

Transpositions: the sound of recycling. What materials can be used to make musical instruments: bicycle-spokes, umbrella-ribs, bottle-tops, and bullet- cases? (25 March–mid-September)

The annexe, at 60 Banbury Road, is open Monday–Saturday, 1–4.30 p.m. Not open on Sunday. Admission is free.

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Ordnance Survey digital data available

Many Gazette readers will be familiar with the EDINA Digimap service—a two-year trial which brought digital Ordnance Survey map data for Great Britain, via a Web interface, direct to the PCs of members of the University. This trial service was withdrawn on 20 December, making way for a new national service, launched on 10 January. The University is one of thirty-eight HEIs which have signed up for this new five-year agreement, delivering five Ordnance Survey datasets to anyone currently teaching, researching, or studying at the University. The datasets available are:

Strategi—a small-scale vector dataset containing road and rail networks, water features, cities, towns and other settlements, woods and land use and geographic names; national coverage; 1:250,000 scale.

Meridian—a medium-scale vector dataset containing a comprehensive road network, main passenger railways and open stations, county district and unitary authority boundaries, developed land use areas and place names; national coverage; 1:50,000 scale.

LandForm PANORAMA—contours and digital terrain model (DTM) vector data; national coverage; 1:50,000 scale.

Place Names Gazetteer—all the 258,000 names and their national grid references appearing on 1:50,000 Landranger mapping. Available from April 2000.

Land-Line.Plus—large-scale, comprehensive vector data depicting an extensive range of both man-made and natural features ranging from houses and factories, roads and rivers, to marshland and administrative boundaries; 30 per cent of national coverage (the equivalent of around 70,000 highly-detailed maps); 1:1,250/1:2,500/1:10,000 scale.

It is expected that the range of map datasets that are available through Digimap will increase over time.

A major upgrade to the service is envisaged for September, which will facilitate the execution of a range of related, advanced tasks.

Digimap Download, available from January, is geared to meet the needs of GIS specialists. It will allow users to download map data for use, for example, in GIS software on their own desktop, permitting: selection of data product to download; data availability in NTF or DXF format (Land-Line.Plus in NTF only); tiles to be downloaded selected by National Grid reference, OS sheet name, place-name, or from a map.

Digimap Carto will be available from September 2000, and is geared to meet the needs of those with competence in map making. It will permit users to carry out a variety of cartographic tasks: produce a map at a user-specified scale; combine data from different datasets in a single map; print maps at sizes up to A0 size.

Digimap will allow users to produce the maps they need, switching on or off any combination of map features at any scale of map. The resultant maps can be saved in each user's `map chest' from whence they can be downloaded or printed.

Those wishing to register to use Digimap should:

1. Download a Digimap personal registration form from;
2. Acquire ATHENS authentication from OUCS by e-mailing, with `ATHENS personal account' in the subject line The message should include your University barcode, and should state that you wish to register for Digimap;
3. Hand in the completed Digimap registration documentation in the Map Room on the first floor of the New Bodleian Library;
4. Await confirmation of registration from EDINA by e-mail.

Digimap publicity is available from the Bodleian Library Map Room.

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