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PROFESSORSHIP OF GENERAL LINGUISTICS

STEPHEN GUY PULMAN (BA London, MA, PhD Essex), Reader in Computational Linguistics, University of Cambridge, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 October 2000.

Dr Pulman will be a fellow of Somerville College.

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BOARD OF MANAGEMENT FOR THE GIBBS PRIZES

Gibbs Prizes 2000

Prizes, on the foundation of Mr Charles D.D. Gibbs, will be offered in 2000. Details of all Gibbs Prizes are set out in full below in alphabetical order. Candidates are not required to make special application for Gibbs Prizes awarded on the results of coursework and public examinations unless instructed to do so in the individual subject advertisement below.

Candidates for prizes other than that in Law must be members of the University who, at the time of taking the examination or submitting the coursework on which the prizes are awarded, have not exceeded the twelfth term from matriculation. Candidates for the prize in Law must be members of the University who, at the beginning of the examination, have not exceeded their twelfth term from matriculation, and are reading for a final Honour School. The University has, however, now approved legislation to enable Council to grant dispensation, on grounds of protracted illness or other good reason, to a candidate who has exceeded the twelfth term from his or her matriculation.

Examiners may agree not to award a particular prize in any year if it is deemed that no candidate is of sufficient merit.

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I. Biochemistry

The prize in Biochemistry will be awarded on the combined results of the examinations for Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry Parts I and II in the Honour School of Natural Science in Trinity Term 2000. The value of the prize is £450 and the examiners have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £250 for meritorious work and up to three additional book prizes of £100.

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II. Chemistry

The prize in Chemistry will be awarded on the results of the examination for Chemistry Part I in the Honour School of Natural Science in Trinity Term 2000. The value of the prize is £450, and the examiners have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £250 for meritorious work and up to three additional book prizes of £100.

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III. Classics

Candidates achieving a first-class result in Honour Moderations in Classics, Classics and English, and Ancient and Modern History who wish to undertake travel or research may apply for prizes. Eligible candidates should apply to the Committee for the Oldham Scholarships, the C.E. Stevens Studentships, and the Sunderland Fund; applications must be submitted by 28 February 2000. Enquiries should be addressed to Mrs Judith Brown, University Offices, Wellington Square (telephone: (2)70213).

[Those candidates who achieved a distinction in Latin and/or Ancient Greek in the Preliminary Examination for Modern Languages in 1999 (which would qualify them to apply for a Gibbs Prize for travel and research) may apply for consideration in 2000 and should apply to Mrs Brown as above.]

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IV. Earth Sciences

A prize of £180 will be awarded on the basis of the quality and distinction of the field mapping report submitted in 2000 in the Final Honour School of Natural Science (Geology).

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V. Engineering Science

A prize of £530 will be divided equally between each of the members of the team submitting the best Design Project in 2000 for Part I of the Final Honour School of Engineering Science.

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VI. English Language and Literature

The prizes in English Language and Literature will be as follows. Ten prizes, of £70 each, will be awarded on the results of Moderations in English Language and Literature in Trinity Term 2000.

(The same candidate may be awarded the Mrs Claude Beddington Literature Prize and a Gibbs Prize.)

Prizes of £100 each will be awarded for the following papers in the examination for the Honour School of English Language and Literature: (a) the best optional thesis; (b) the best extended essay in Course I, Paper 7; (c) the best extended essay in Course I, Paper 8; (d) the best extended essay or optional thesis in Course II; (e) the best overall performance in Course I of the Honour School; and (f) the best overall performance in Course II of the Honour School.

Candidates in the Joint Schools with English are eligible for prizes. Examiners will be asked to specify the top performances in each of the three Joint Schools for which prizes should be awarded.

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VII. Geography

The prize in Geography will be awarded on the results of the examination for the Honour School of Geography in Trinity Term 2000. The value of the prize is £450 and the examiners have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £250 for meritorious work and up to three additional book prizes of £100.

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VIII. Law

The prize in Law will be awarded by Special Examination, to be held in the Examination Schools, on Monday, 2 October 2000. The value of the prize is £500 and the examiners have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £300 for meritorious work, and up to three additional book prizes of £150 each. The examination will consist of a paper on Land Law, and a paper on Common Law (Contract and Tort). Candidates for the special examination must send in their names on an entry form, which may be obtained at the University Offices, to the Head Clerk, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD, not later than Friday, 30 June 2000.

Timetable of papers for the prize in Law:

Candidates must present themselves for examination in full academic dress, i.e. `subfusc' clothing, cap, and gown.

Monday 2 October: 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., Common Law (Contract and Tort); 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m., Land Law.

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IX. Materials

A prize of £190 will be awarded for the best overall performance in Materials in Parts I and II of any of the Materials honour schools in Trinity Term 2000.

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X. Mathematics

A prize of £400 will be awarded on the results of the examination in the Honour School of Mathematical Sciences in Trinity Term 2000 and another prize of £400 on the results of the examination in the Honour School of Mathematics in Trinity Term 2000.

The examiners in the Honour School of Mathematics shall have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £200.

A prize of £200 will be available for the best performance in the Mathematics papers in the Honour School of Mathematics and Philosophy in Trinity Term 2000.

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XI. Medieval and Modern Languages

A prize of £500 will be awarded on the results of the examination for the Honour School of Modern Languages in Trinity Term 2000. A prize of £500 will be awarded for the best overall performance in the Modern Language in one of the joint Honour Schools involving Modern Languages with another subject (i.e. Classics and Modern Languages, English and Modern Languages, Modern History and Modern Languages, Philosophy and Modern Languages, European and Middle Eastern Languages) in Trinity Term 2000.

In addition, two prizes, of £100 each, will be available for the two best performances in the Preliminary Examination in Modern Languages in Trinity Term 2000 in any of Czech (with Slovak), French, German, Modern Greek, Portuguese, Linguistics.

(Note: a Gibbs Prize is not available in the language in which the Beddington Prize is being offered; in 2000 this is Italian.)

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XII. Modern History

The prize in Modern History will be awarded on the results of the examination for the Honour School of Modern History and associated joint Honour Schools in Trinity Term 2000. The Gibbs Prize is £450. The examiners have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £250 for meritorious work, and up to seven additional book prizes of £100.

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XIII. Music

Prizes will be awarded, provided that there be candidates of sufficient merit, on the results of the examination for the Honour School of Music in Trinity Term 2000.

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XIV. Oriental Studies

Three prizes, each of £230, will be awarded on the results of Moderations either in Oriental Studies (Chinese), Oriental Studies (Japanese) or Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies in Trinity Term 2000.

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XV. Philosophy

Gibbs Prizes in Philosophy, of up to £100 each, will be awarded for outstanding performance in the Philosophy papers in each of the seven joint Honour Schools involving Philosophy (Literae Humaniores; Philosophy, Politics, and Economics; Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology; Mathematics and Philosophy; Physics and Philosophy; Philosophy and Modern Languages; and Philosophy and Theology).

The examiners shall have the power to make proxime accesserunt awards for meritorious work.

No candidate shall be awarded both a Henry Wilde Prize and a Gibbs Prize in the same examination.

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XVI. Physics

The following prizes may be awarded:

(i) The Gibbs Prize for Performance in the Physics Final M. Phys. Examination (£250).

(ii) The Gibbs Prize for the best use of experimental apparatus in an M.Phys. project (£100).

(iii) Gibbs Prizes for Practical Work in Part A of the Physics Final Examination

(up to three of £50).

A Gibbs Prize of up to £100 in value will be offered, provided there are candidates of sufficient merit, for the best performance in the Physics Department's speaking competition in 2000. Details of the competition will be announced in due course. For further information please contact Ming Q. Li at the Physics Sub-faculty Office, Clarendon Laboratory (telephone: (2)72227, e-mail: m.li1@physics.ox.ac.uk).

No candidate shall be awarded both the Scott Prize and the main Gibbs Prize for performance in the Physics Final M.Phys. in the same examination.

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XVII. Physiological Sciences

A prize of £200 will be awarded on the results of each of the following examinations: Parts I and II of the First Examination for the Degree of Bachelor of Medicine in Hilary and Trinity Terms 2000. The examiners shall, in each case, have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £100 for meritorious work.

A prize of £100 will be awarded on the results of the Preliminary Examination in Physiological Sciences in Trinity Term 2000.

Two prizes, of £200 each, will be awarded on the results of the examination in the Honour School of Physiological Sciences in Trinity Term 2000. Providing there are candidates of sufficient merit, one will be awarded to a candidate intending to proceed to the clinical course in medicine at Oxford; the other will be awarded to a Physiological Sciences student not on the Medical Register.

No candidate shall receive both the main Martin Wronker Prize in Medicine and the Gibbs Prize.

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XVIII. Politics

The prize in Politics will be awarded on the basis of Politics written papers only in the examination for the Honour School of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics in Trinity Term 2000. The Gibbs Thesis Prize in Politics will be awarded for the best Politics thesis submitted in the examination for the Honour School of Philosophy, Politics and Economic in Trinity Term 2000, if such a thesis be deemed worthy of a prize. The value of each of these prizes is £300 and the examiners have the power in each category to make one proxime accessit award of £150 for meritorious work.

There will also be a prize available for the Politics written paper only in the Preliminary Examination in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics in Trinity Term 2000. The value of the prize is £200 and the examiners have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £100 for meritorious work.

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XIX. Psychological Studies

A prize of £175 will be awarded on the results of the examination in Trinity Term 2000 in the Honour School of Experimental Psychology and another prize of £175 will be awarded on the results of the examination in Trinity Term 2000 for the Honour School of Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology.

The examiners shall have the power to make up to two proxime accessit awards of £75 each.

A prize of £75 each will be awarded for the best Research Project and the best Library Dissertation submitted in Hilary Term 2000 in the examination for the Honour School of Experimental Psychology or the Honour School of Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology. A prize of £50 will be awarded for the best practical portfolio in Psychology submitted in Hilary Term 2000 in the examination for the Honour School of Experimental Psychology or for the Honour School of Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology.

No candidate shall receive more than one Gibbs Prize in the same examination. No candidate shall receive both the main Martin Wronker Prize in Medicine and a Gibbs Prize in the same examination. It shall be open to the examiners to award to the same candidate both a Gibbs Prize and the George Humphrey Prize.

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XX. Theology

A prize of £275 will be awarded on the results of the examination for the Final Honour School of Theology in Trinity Term 2000.

No candidate may be awarded both the Denyer and Johnson Prize and a Gibbs Prize in the same examination.

A prize of £275 will be awarded for the best performance in Theology in the Honour School of Philosophy and Theology in Trinity Term 2000. A book prize of £200 will be awarded on the results of the Preliminary Examination in Theology in Hilary Term 2000.

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XXI. Zoology

The prize in Zoology will be awarded on the results of the examination in Biological Sciences in the Honour School of Natural Science in Trinity Term 2000 at the discretion of the examiners to the value of £1,000.

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LAURENCE BINYON PRIZE 2000

The Committee for the History of Art proposes to award this prize in Hilary Term 2000, provided that there is a candidate of sufficient merit.

The prize (which will be one of up to £1,000) is open to all members of the University, whether men or women, who have not exceeded twenty-one terms from their matriculation. Awards will be given to candidates whose travel plans are not related to their academic discipline. It will be awarded to enable the prize winner to travel to Asia, the Far East, or another area outside Europe to extend knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts.

The holder of the prize will be expected to submit a report on their travels after return.

Candidates should apply in writing to: The Secretary to the Committee for the History of Art, Modern History Faculty, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BD no later than Friday, 25 February.

Applications must include, in addition to any testimonials which the applicant may wish to submit, (a) the applicant's name, college and date of matriculation; (b) a summary of academic career since matriculation, and of any relevant attainments, qualifications, or interests; (c) the object of the travel to be undertaken, and the proposed itinerary; (d) the names of two referees, who should be tutors or others in a position to judge of the applicant's ability to profit from the travel proposed.

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DEPARTMENT FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION

The Department for Continuing Education exists to make the University accessible to men and women in ways which complement the University's provision for its resident members. Each year the department mounts several hundred courses, either part-time or short full-time, covering most subjects taught within the University (except management and clinical medicine). Courses last anything from one day to ten weeks (full time), and between ten weeks and two years on a part-time basis. Currently about 15,900 students enrol annually for the department's courses, the average length of study being twenty hours. A recent development has been the introduction of technology-assisted courses, using the Internet to supplement classroom teaching. Apart from a large number of individual members of the University who offer courses or give lectures, the Department for Continuing Education works in co- operation with an increasing number of other departments and faculties throughout the University. It welcomes expressions of interest from individuals and departments who wish to become involved in or to explore continuing education activities. The department's main provision is organised through three programme offices (see below), each of which is able to provide more detailed information on current and forthcoming activities. In addition, the Kellogg Residential Centre, when not being used for courses, can occasionally be made available for conferences and other residential meetings.


The Public Programme Office

This Office (Director: Mr R.T. Rowley) offers to the public a wide range of study opportunities in most academic disciplines through part-time day, evening and short residential courses. In 1996–7 almost 12,000 adult students enrolled on lifelong learning programmes offered through the Public Programme Division. Many programmes have open entry and require no formal entry qualifications. However, the majority of courses are now either award- bearing or carry higher education credit. The award- bearing courses are offered at access undergraduate and post graduate level, and do call for evidence of ability to complete the programme satisfactorily. During the summer the Public Programme Division offers a series of study opportunities for domestic and European students through the Oxford University Summer School for Adults, a Local History Summer School and the Summer Academy based at Keble College. The Division engages a large number of part-time tutors, both from within the University and outside, and individuals interested in offering specific courses or contribution to other programmes are invited to contact the office. Details of all courses are publicised in the Annual Prospectus or are available at any time from the Manager of Public Programmes (telephone: Oxford (2)70360).


The Continuing Professional Development Centre

Short and extended courses

This Centre (Director: Dr M.A. Gray) works with departments and faculties throughout the University to offer courses designed to meet the needs of individuals and organisations drawn from industry, the professions, commerce, and academia. Courses vary from one- or two-day intensive updating courses based on the latest academic research to longer courses enabling professionals to review advances in specialised fields, and acquire new areas of expertise and qualifications. Areas covered include engineering, law, information technology and computing, mathematics, biomedical science, and personal skills development. Contributors to courses include Oxford academics and research staff and experts from other universities and organisations in the UK and abroad.

Conferences/Seminars/Workshops

The CPD Centre is also able to offer a conference organisation and management service to colleagues within the University and other organisations. The CPD Centre has specialist skills and more than fifteen years' collective experience or organising and managing conferences, seminars, and training courses for up to 500 delegates. The Centre provides a `total conference package' which combines the best of personal service with the highest professional standards. Services offered include the following:

—Conference planning and academic support

—Budget preparation and account management

—Venue sourcing, including residential accommodation, lecture theatres, hotels, and catering support

—Organisation of exhibitions and displays, design and provision of publicity

—Promotion/advertising/marketing support

—Mailing; compilation of databases

—Organisation of social programmes, excursions, and tours

—Translation and interpretation services, technical and audio- visual support

—Pre-registration management and on-site registration services, preparation of pre-prints, binders, badges

—Post-conference reports and proceedings.

Further details are available from Oxford (2)88169.


The International Programmes Office

This office (Director: Dr A. Hawkins) offers a wide range of courses to undergraduates, graduates and continuing education students from around the world. These courses include year-long full- time programmes for Japanese graduates and diplomats from the Republic of China, Taiwan, as well as a large number of three- or four-week courses held during the summer for students from Europe and North America. Programmes are held in partnership with institutions such as the Smithsonian Institution, the University of California at Berkeley, Duke University, the University of Virginia and Northwestern University in America. International Programmes also works with the British Council, the European Commission, and the FCO, as well as offering courses in partnership with the Bodleian Library and many other departments and colleges within the University. Subjects covered in these courses include topics from law and industrial relations through to archaeology, art history, and the physical and biological sciences. Tutors are drawn from Oxford academic and research staff, and expertise is also recruited from outside the University. Programmes vary in size from small groups of twenty students to larger programmes of over 200 participants. During the summer many residential International Programmes, including the Oxford University Summer Programmes in English Literature and in History, Politics and Society, are held in colleges throughout Oxford, in addition to those held at the Rewley House Residential Centre. Over the next few years the range of courses offered by the International Programmes Office will be expanded, drawing in more students from Europe, from countries formerly part of the Soviet Union, and from elsewhere around the world. As the work of the International Programmes Office expands, approaches would be welcomed from those colleges, departments and other institutions who have accommodation from which they would like to generate further income or from individuals with suitable qualifications interested in teaching on international programmes. Telephone: Oxford (2)70456.


Technology-Assisted Lifelong Learning (TALL)

TALL (Director: Jonathan Darby) was established in 1996 with support from the Esmée Fairbairn Charitable Trust and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to investigate and develop new ways of using technology to support lifelong learning. It is directed by Jonathan Darby who previously directed the HE Funding Councils' and DENI's Computers in Teaching Initiative. Many aspects of on- line education remain poorly understood. TALL is conducting research into:

Models of delivery—identifying optimal ways of using technology to deliver courses and educational services;

international transferability—addressing issues such as use of language, culture, educational systems and differing educational needs with the aim of ensuring that Oxford-produced on-line courses are designed in such a way that they will be attractive to students outside the UK;

markets for on-line courses—using surveys to develop an understanding of the nature of the market for on-line courses.

TALL is seeking to use technology to design courses of three types:

Hybrid: short intensive periods in Oxford punctuate Internet- supported study to create a course which uses each form of teaching for the purposes to which it is best suited.

Fully remote: a course in Italian for Intermediate and Advanced Learners has been completed with EU support which can be wholly completed at a distance. A second course, `Databases for Historians', is about to be piloted.

Curriculum on demand: an innovative teaching system based on the finding that many students on continuing professional development courses have highly specific needs that are only partially met by a group- based course. Each student takes a course that is tailored to their specific needs.

The TALL programme would welcome ideas for on-line courses from university colleagues.

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CONCERT

St Edmund Hall

DONNA STOERING and ERIN-MARIE NOLAN will perform works for piano and viola by Mozart, Rachmaninov, and Schubert, at 8.15 p.m. on Thursday, 9 March, in the Wolfson Hall, St Edmund Hall. Those wishing to attend are asked to inform the Development Office, St Edmund Hall (telephone: (2)79055, fax: (2)79092, e-mail: development.office@seh.ox.ac.uk). Tickets, costing £7 (students £2, Fellows of St Edmund Hall £5), will be available at the door.

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