No. 4539 Thursday 17 February 2000 Vol. 130

Admissions figures complemented by college initiatives : Applications by and offers to students from the maintained sector have risen, according to figures for the academic year 2000–1 released this week.

Proposal to renominate the Vice-Chancellor : The current Vice-Chancellor, Dr Colin Lucas, whose appointment is due to end in 2001, is to be proposed to Congregation to serve for a further three years.

Study shows the way ahead for malaria research : Scientists at the University's Wellcome Trust Centre for the Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases have discovered that the human immune system combats malaria in a different way than previously thought, which may have profound effects on research into malaria vaccines.

Nicholas Hytner explores a director's `balancing act' : British-born stage and screen director Mr Nicholas Hytner, Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre, delivered his inaugural lecture at St Catherine's College on 4 February, having succeeded Dame Diana Rigg in January 2000.

Bursars publish first report on `Working together for Oxford' : The University's Domestic Bursars Committee (DBC) has produced its first annual report, `Working Together for Oxford'.

New White's Professor of Moral Philosopy : Professor John Broome, FRSE (BA Cambridge, MA London, Ph.

Visit by Indian minister: Shri Arun Jaitley, State Minister of Information and Broadcasting in India, visited Oxford on 7 February as the guest of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy and University College. Mr Jaitley lectured on the major steps which are being taken to liberalise foreign investment in telecommunications, reduce the state monopoly in broadcasting, and encourage India as a hub for production of television.

French award: Dr Alison Finch, Reader in French and Fellow of Merton College, has been awarded the Palmes Académiques by the French Government, with the rank of Officier.

New Year Honours: The Reverend Prebendary Chad Varah, Honorary Fellow of Keble College, was made a Companion of Honour in Her Majesty's New Year Honours.

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