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DONALD PREZIOSI (BA Fairfield College, MA, PH.D. Harvard), Professor of Art History, University of California, Los Angeles, has been appointed to the professorship for the academic year 2000–1.

The Slade Lectures will be delivered in Hilary Term 2001.

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Fee for attendance at university lectures

Pursuant to the provisions of Ch. X, Sect. XI, cl. 2(e) (Statutes, 1997, p. 759, as renumbered by Decree (11) of 16 July 1998 and Decree (2) of 1 October 1998, Gazette, Vol. 128, p. 1478; Vol. 129, p. 62), Council has determined that persons who are currently registered as Students for the Degree of Doctor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford shall be required to pay the same concessionary fee (currently £15 a term) for attendance at university lectures as is payable by persons currently registered as students of Oxford Brookes University.

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Those intending to enter for this prize are reminded that all entries are to be received by midday on Friday, 23 June.

In 1997, the University's Environment Committee was established to monitor environmental performance and encourage feasible improvements. In July 1999 a set of nine targets was adopted, covering everything from energy-efficiency, green travel and recycling, to sustainable purchasing, environmental building/refurbishment, and waste reduction measures. The Committee is now offering two prizes (£200 and £100) to encourage students to raise awareness of environmental issues within their colleges and/or departments. Prizes will be awarded to students who can demonstrate that they have made a major contribution to improving the environment of the University (through their college or department) by making progress towards any one or more of the nine University targets (printed in the Gazette on 20 January 2000—copies can be obtained from Sarah Cowburn, University Offices).

Entries may consist of a short statement or longer description, but should in any event be no longer than 1,000 words. The following points should be addressed:

—Which target(s) have you concentrated on and why?

—What has been achieved? The effect of the claimed environmental benefit should be quantified, wherever possible.

—How did you work towards this target? —Who else was involved and what did they do?

—Could your work be replicated by other colleges/departments?

—If you were to do something like this again, would you do anything differently?

—What difficulties did you experience in making progress towards your chosen target(s)?

Entries, which will be judged during the Long Vacation by a panel headed by Dr Boardman (Environmental Change Institute), should be signed by the head of department or college to verify that the achievements are actual, and handed in to Sarah Cowburn, University Offices (telephone: (2)70193) by midday on Friday, 23 June.

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Ninth Week courses

In Ninth Week (26–30 June) the Centre is running multi-media courses of fifteen hours each in Intermediate French (GCSE standard and above) and Spanish for Near/False Beginners. Participants will have the opportunity to work with computer-based language learning materials and be introduced to French and Spanish Internet sites. The French course will take place from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., and the Spanish course from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. For each course the fee will be £50 for junior members of the University and other full-time students, £60 for members of Congregation and members of staff, and £70 to non-members. The fee includes all materials.

An application form for the above courses can be downloaded from the Centre's Web page at index.html.

English for Academic Studies

The Language Centre is also running the following English courses for foreign students, researchers, and academic visitors in the summer:

Essentials of Academic Writing: fifteen hours; fee £95 (Ninth Week, 26–30 June)

Writing a Research Article in English: ten hours; fee £65 (Ninth Week, 26–30 June) Special Course in English for Academic Visitors: thirty-six hours; fee £175 (3–20 July). This course will take place in mornings only, Monday to Thursday, for three weeks. It will focus on speaking and listening skills, while revising basic grammatical structures and developing vocabulary.

Pre-Sessional Courses: August and September (31 July 31–22 September). These full-time courses are designed to ensure that international students and academic visitors are adequately prepared to begin their studies at Oxford and other universities.

Priority Registrations for 2000–1

Registration for courses for the academic year 2000–1 will take place at the beginning of Michaelmas Term 2000, with certain exceptions. Those students and staff who require a class for their study or research may be entitled to priority registration. They should ask the Information Officer (see below) for a Priority Application Form and return it as soon as possible after 16 June. Junior members will require the signature of their tutor or supervisor.

Further details of all courses and activities may be obtained from Angela Pinkney at the Language Centre, 12 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT (telephone: Oxford (2)83360, e-mail:, Internet:

Registrations for courses in 2000–1

Registration for the open-access language courses (except EFL) will take place in First Week, 9–13 October. Those wishing to register should note that this is a change from recent years. French registrations will take place from Tuesday, 10 October; Spanish from Wednesday, 11 October; Italian, Modern Greek, Portuguese, and Russian from Thursday, 12 October; and German from Friday, 13 October. Registrations will be taken between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. daily. This is also a change from recent years. EFL registrations will take place in Noughth Week, 2–6 October, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Postgraduate students may register for EFL courses from 4 September.)

In addition to the regular courses the Language Centre will be offering a programme of introductory talks, visits, and short courses in Noughth Week and First Week of Michaelmas Term. The full programme will be published shortly and will be sent to colleges, departments, and libraries.

The Lambda Project

The Lambda Project (the Oxford Foreign Language Maintenance and Development Project) will be continuing in Michaelmas Term and seeks more participants who have at least GCSE level French or German. The project aims to assist students and staff who are unable to attend Language Centre courses to maintain and improve their language skills through supported independent learning. Prospective participants take a baseline test, complete a study Plan, undergo an interview, and, if successful, are admitted to the project and assigned a personal language adviser. Enquiries about joining the project should be sent, in the first instance, to Aliki Pantos (e-mail:

Library and Self-Study Facilities

The Language Library and Study Area with audio, video, CD-ROM, and CALL facilities can be used throughout opening hours. New users should aim to arrive shortly before 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. to register and attend an orientation session.

Further details of all courses and activities may be obtained from Angela Pinkney at the Language Centre, 12 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT (telephone: Oxford (2)83360, e-mail:, Internet:

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Further revision of opening arrangements for the Sackler Library

The construction of the Sackler Library has fallen further behind schedule, making it impossible to move into the new building before March 2001 or to open it to readers until Trinity Term 2001. Readers are hereby notified that there will therefore be no unusual disruption during the Christmas Vacation of 2000–1, as previously advertised, but that the movement of the library stock into the new building will largely be carried out during the Easter Vacation of 2001, provided that there are no significant further over-runs on the project. This is likely to involve the closure of the Main Ashmolean Library, Griffith Institute Library, Western Art and Eastern Art libraries for all or part of the Easter Vacation (15 March–19 April 2001). The Department of the History of Art Library will remain open until it is moved into the Sackler building, probably in July 2001. Further details of these closures will be announced as they become available.

During the remaining construction period it is expected that working conditions in the library will remain tolerable, but there may be times when it becomes necessary for health and safety reasons to close or partially close the library at short notice. The Committee regrets any resulting inconvenience to readers and is taking all practicable measures to minimise disruption. For further information, reference may be made to the Sackler Library Web site at

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