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UNIVERSITY PREACHERS

Hilary Term 2000

Thursday, 13 January, at 8 a.m. THE REVD HUGH WHITE, Fellow of St Catherine's College, Celebrant, Holy Communion (Latin). At St Mary's.

Sunday, 16 January, at 10 a.m. DR MARK EDWARDS, Tutor in Theology, Christ Church. (Latin Litany and Sermon.) At St Mary's.

Sunday, 23 January, at 10 a.m. PROFESSOR ROBERT GORDON, Regius Professor of Hebrew, Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge. (Macbride Sermon on the Application of Messianic Prophecy.) At Hertford College.

Sunday, 30 January, at 10 a.m. THE VERY REVD JOHN DRURY, Dean of Christ Church, Honorary Fellow of Exeter College. At the Cathedral.

*Sunday, 6 February, at 10 a.m. THE REVD DR FRASER WATTS, Starbridge Lecturer in Theology and Natural Science, University of Cambridge. (Sermon on Religion and Science.) At St Mary's.

Sunday, 13 February, at 10 a.m. THE REVD CANON PROFESSOR KEITH WARD, Professor of Divinity, Canon of Christ Church. (Sermon on Religion and Science.) At St Mary's.

Sunday, 20 February, at 10 a.m. DR PAULINE RUDD, University Research Lecturer, Faculty of Biological Sciences. (Sermon on Religion and Science.) At St Mary's.

Sunday, 27 February, at 10 a.m. THE REVD DR JOHN POLKINGHORNE, former President of Queens' College, Cambridge. (Sermon on Religion and Science.) At St Mary's.

Sunday, 5 March, at 10 a.m. THE VERY REVD FR FERGUS KERR, Regent of Blackfriars. (Sermon on the Grace of Humility.) At St Mary's.

*Sunday, 12 March, at 10 a.m. THE REVD PROFESSOR CANON DAVID BROWN, Van Mildert Professor of Divinity, University of Durham. (Sermon for the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.) At Oriel College.

*On these days Doctors will wear their robes.

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CHICHELE PROFESSORSHIP OF ECONOMIC HISTORY

AVNER OFFER, MA, D.PHIL. (BA Jerusalem), Fellow of Nuffield College and Reader in Recent Social and Economic History, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 August 2000.

Dr Offer will be a fellow of All Souls College.

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HAROLD VYVYAN HARMSWORTH VISITING PROFESSORSHIP OF AMERICAN HISTORY 2000–1

TIMOTHY HALL BREEN (BA, MA, PH.D. Yale), William Smith Mason Professor of American History and Chair, Department of History, Northwestern University, has been elected to the professorship for the academic year 2000–1, replacing Professor R. Beeman.

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HAROLD VYVYAN HARMSWORTH VISITING PROFESSORSHIP OF AMERICAN HISTORY 2003–4

RICHARD R. BEEMAN (AB California, MA William and Mary College, PH.D. Chicago), Professor of History, Dean of the College, and Deputy Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania, who had accepted election for the academic year 2000–1, has now been appointed for the academic year 2003–4.

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DR LEE'S PROFESSORSHIP OF CHEMISTRY

JACOB KLEIN (MA, PH.D. Cambridge), Professor, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 October 2000.

Professor Klein will be a fellow of Exeter College.

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RECOGNITION OF DISTINCTION: CHANGE OF TITLE

The title awarded to B. Bujic, MA, D.Phil., University Lecturer in Music and Fellow of Magdalen College, in the 1996–7 Recognition of Distinction exercise, has been changed to Reader in Musicology.

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BRIAN JOHNSON PRIZE IN PATHOLOGY 1999

The Prize has been awarded to SARAH ISABEL SHEIKH, Corpus Christi College.

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JOHN LOCKE PRIZE IN MENTAL PHILOSOPHY 1999

The Prize has been awarded jointly to SCOTT SCHUCHART, Wolfson College, and HEATHER STEWART, Magdalen College.

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THE FUNDING OF RESEARCH: TRANSPARENCY REVIEW

The 1998 Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) White Paper, which listed £1.1 billion of additional funds for the Science Budget (including £0.4 billion from the Wellcome Trust), stated: `... the Government will ... ensure that [the Higher Education] Funding Councils and the Research Councils work together to deliver better value, transparency and targeting in the use of science research funding.'

There was already in existence a Joint Costing and Pricing Steering Group (JCPSG), administering a joint initiative by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals (CVCP) to improve costing and pricing in the HE sector. Following the CSR, a Transparency Review Steering Group (TRSG) was set up under the chairmanship of the Director General of the Research Councils, Dr John Taylor (who had been asked to take the review forward). The steering group contains representatives of the Funding Councils and the Research Councils; universities are represented by Dr Ken Edwards, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester (from the CVCP Research Policy Sector Group) and the Finance Directors of the Universities of Bristol and Surrey; and Professor David Westbury (Chairman of the JCPSG) and Dr Chris Henshall (Deputy Director of Research and Development, Department of Health) also attend.

The TRSG delegated the review to the JCPSG, which carried out an extensive consultation exercise within the HE sector. The resulting recommendations were accepted by the TRSG in June 1999 and now have to be implemented.

The main stated objective of the review, which is mandatory on the HE sector, is `for institutions to adopt a consistent approach to costing which will enable them to account in a comparable way for how they spend funds on their main activities of teaching and research'. Although it had been intended that outcomes would be available in time for the Government's next CSR, that review has been brought forward to 2000, and therefore only sample results will be available. Nevertheless, it is clear that the Government attaches great importance to the satisfactory implementation of the recommendations.

Each institution is required, using a sector-wide consistent costing methodology based on statistically valid time-allocation data, to produce five annual `headline' figures for report to the Treasury. These must represent the actual full costs incurred in providing the following, and must equate to the institution's total costs in the year:

(1) publicly funded teaching;

(2) other, non-publicly funded, teaching;

(3) publicly funded research;

(4) other, non-publicly funded, research;

(5) other activities. Implementation is being carried out in three phases: eight pilot institutions (not including Oxford) are required to report on 1998--9 data; the remaining twenty-three research-intensive institutions (including Oxford) are required to report on 1999--2000 costs in the summer of 2001; the rest of the sector has to report on robust 2000--1 data in the summer of 2002.

In order to implement the review within Oxford, Mr Vice-Chancellor has set up a working group under the chairmanship of Professor S.D. Iversen, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor with special responsibility for research, the other members of which are the Chairman of the General Board (Dr R.C.S. Walker), the Chairman of the Conference of Colleges (Professor A.M. Cameron, the Warden of Keble), the Provost of Queen's (Sir Alan Budd), the Bursar of Corpus Christi (Mr B.C. Ruck Keene), the Head of Administration in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine (Ms L. Sims), the Director of Finance and Secretary of the Chest (Mr J.R. Clements), the Head of Planning and Resource Allocation (Mr M.D. Sibly), and the Head of Management Accounting (Mr K.P. Davies). A key element in the successful completion of the exercise will be the collection of information on staff activity, and the working group has set up two sub-groups, chaired by the Warden of Keble and Ms Sims respectively, to look into the implications for colleges and departments.

The working group has agreed the following terms of reference:

(a) to develop full-cost accounting in accordance with the requirements of the Transparency Review;

(b) to agree a costing strategy;

(c) to agree the costing methodology to be used;

(d) to agree a timetable for implementation of the scheme;

(e) to submit a bid to HEFCE for non-recurrent funding to support the project;

(f) to publicise the requirements of the Transparency Review and of the project, together with their benefits, within the wider University;

(g) to help to deal with the concerns and fears of departments, colleges, and individual members of staff and to facilitate obtaining maximum co-operation with the project;

( h) to monitor the day-to-day operations of those assigned by the steering group to carry out the implementation of the costing work;

(i) to review the reasonableness of results produced by the project;

(j) to disseminate cost information so it may be used to inform decision-making;

(k) to ensure that all external reporting requirements are met.

The benefits to the University will be that the results will enable it to understand the full cost of all the activities which it carries out (this will inform and influence strategic decision-making) and will assist in understanding how costs and activities are shared between the central University and the colleges; the results will also inform the allocation of resources within the new organisational structure; and they will assist in negotiating appropriate levels of overheads from research contracts.

Because of the long-term strategic significance of the results, the group will report regularly through its chairman to Council, as the University's senior executive body, on the project's progress.

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LANGUAGE CENTRE

The 1999–2000 programme of courses continues this term. Most courses are already full, with waiting lists. However, there are still a few spaces at the more advanced levels and in the EFL courses for spouses and in British Culture.

The Language Library has a large and expanding selection of courses, audio and videotapes, CALL programs, and other language learning materials in 111 languages, as well as live television in eleven languages and extensive links to language-learning Web sites through its own Web pages.

The centre is open 9.30 a.m.–9 p.m., Monday–Thursday, and 9.30 a.m.–6.30 p.m. on Fridays, from the beginning of noughth week until the end of ninth week (open until 6.30 p.m. on the Fridays of noughth week and ninth week); it is also open on Saturdays in full term, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. New users should time their first visit to arrive ten minutes before 10 a.m. or 2 p.m., when introductory talks take place.

The Lambda Project caters for those who wish to follow a guided programme of self-study in French, German, or Spanish. Details of this and all other activities can be found on the Language Centre Web site, at http://units.ox.ac.uk/departments/langcentre. Other information may be obtained by telephoning Oxford (2)83360, by e-mailing to admin@lang.ox.ac.uk, or calling at the centre, at 12 Woodstock Road.

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WIDOWS OF FORMER MEMBERS OF THE UNIVERSITY'S PENSION SCHEMES

From time to time the attention of the University is drawn to individual cases of financial hardship among widows of former members of the Federated Superannuation System for Universities (FSSU) and the University of Oxford Employees Pension Scheme (EPS). Limited resources are available to alleviate proven cases of hardship and any enquiry should be addressed to the Superannuation Officer, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD. All cases are dealt with in the strictest confidence.

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ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM

Exhibitions now open

Japanese prints: a selection from the Ashmolean's collection (until 30 January)

In the red: an exhibition on the history of debt (until 30 April)

Forthcoming exhibitions

Gino Severini: from Futurism to Classicism—a national touring exhibition organised by the Hayward Gallery (18 January–5 March)

Golden Pages: Qurans and prayer-books from the H.E. Shaik Ghasan I. Shaker Collection (3 February–2 April)

Eighteenth-century Venetian drawings from the Ashmolean's collection (14 March–4 June)

Francis Ernest Jackson and his School: includes paintings, drawings, prints, and posters by Jackson and his students (21 March–4 June)

Crucifixion 2000—paintings by the contemporary Palestinian artist Laila al-Shawa (4 April–14 May)

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BODLEIAN LIBRARY

Gordon Duff Prize 2000

In accordance with the regulations for the administration of the Gordon Duff Prize (Statutes, 1997, p.603), a competition is announced for a prize of £150 for an unpublished essay on any of the following subjects: bibliography, palaeography, typography, book-binding, book illustration, the science of books and manuscripts, and the arts relating thereto.

The competition is open to all members of the University. The essay shall be of not more than 12,000 words. No essay may be submitted unless the subject has first been approved. Candidates must submit their proposed subjects not later than 30 April, and essays must be received by 1 August.

All communications should be addressed to the Director of University Library Services and Bodley's Librarian at the Bodleian Library.

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COMMITTEE FOR THE MUSEUMS AND SCIENTIFIC COLLECTIONS (CMSC)

The CMSC considers matters of mutual interest to the museums and scientific collections, and reports to the General Board of the Faculties. The CMSC's newsletter, which is aimed at staff in the museums and collections, is now available on the Web at http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/oxonly/cmsc.

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