No. 4524 Thursday 14 October 1999 Vol. 130

United Nations backs University research centre : The first partnership between the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and a UK university was signed on 6 October when Dr Carlos Magariños, Director General of UNIDO, visited Oxford to sign an agreement to fund the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE).

Oration highlights a year of change : Looking back on a year in which Oxford has faced major changes in government funding and agreed to substantial reforms of its own governance, the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Colin Lucas, speaking at his annual Oration last week, praised the adaptability of members of the University.

New gateway to easier Internet access : Online resources for the study of language and literature, history, archaeology, classics, philosophy, and religion will soon be easier to access thanks to a new service to be co-ordinated by the University's Humanities Computing Unit.

Memorial for pioneering diabetes researcher : Colleagues, friends, family, and patients paid their respects to Professor Robert Turner, one of the most successful clinical scientists in the field of diabetes research, at a memorial service in the University Church on Tuesday, 5 October.

Fifty years for Diamond Conference : Delegates from seven countries gathered at St Catherine's College from 4–7 July to attend the 50th anniversary of the Diamond Conference, sponsored by De Beers Industrial Diamond Division.

New Director for Wellcome History of Medicine Unit : Dr Mary Dobson, Fellow of Green College and Wellcome Trust Unit Fellow, Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, has been appointed Reader in the History of Medicine and Director of the Oxford Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine.

New chairman of Rhodes Trustees: Sir Richard Southwood, Emeritus Professor of Zoology, former Head of Department, and Vice-Chancellor (1989–93) has become Chairman of the Rhodes Trustees, as from 1 September 1999, succeeding Lord Ashburton. Sir Richard has served as trustee since 1986.

Clarification: The article `British archive in medieval music to be created' (Gazette 4522, p. 53) may have implied that libraries, including those in Cambridge and London, cut up manuscripts for use in bindings, when in fact they hold manuscripts, as does the Bodleian, dismembered centuries ago. While several Cambridge manuscripts have been archived, photographic work has not yet significantly started in London, where discussions with librarians are ongoing.

Dr Robert Hiorns: Dr Robert Hiorns, University Lecturer in the Department of Statistics and Fellow of Linacre College, has been elected an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. Dr Hiorns is one of the only ten such Honorary Fellows.

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