No. 4527 Thursday 4 November 1999 Vol. 130

Oxford launches £10.7 million fund : Oxford University and its colleges have established a new multi-million-pound fund to provide second and third round finance for companies spun out from the University.

Stephen Hawking lectures at Oxford : Internationally acclaimed physicist, Professor Stephen Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, became the latest in a line of distinguished speakers to celebrate the foundation of University College last week, when he gave a `Millennium lecture' in the Town Hall.

£1 million awarded for research into cell division : A group of scientists at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology have been awarded a grant for £1million by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

First woman Professor of Law : Professor Sandra Fredman, Fellow of Exeter College, has been appointed as Oxford's first female Professor of Law.

Himalayan images at the Pitt Rivers : An exhibition of Himalayan photographs by the Swedish photographer Karl-Einar Löfqvist is currently on display in the Balfour Building at the Pitt Rivers Museum until the end of January 2000.

New research into prematurity : Details of the latest research into maternal HIV infection and the long-term effects of prematurity were recently published in the Annual Report of the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU), a new member of the University's Institute for Health Sciences.

Bonn visit: Twelve members of the Protestant Faculty of Theology in Bonn spent a week in Oxford from 18 to 25 September as guests of the Theology Faculty. A group of professors and research students took part in the Oxford Bonn Theological Seminar, which began in 1977 through an initiative of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). It has taken place every other year since then, alternating between Oxford and Bonn.

New University Home Page: A revised and updated web site is now available for the University on http://www.ox.ac.uk/. Its new user-friendly pages are designed specifically for students, staff, alumni, media, visitors and business.

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