No. 4556 Thursday 20 July 2000 Vol. 130

David Blunkett praises University's outreach programmes : The Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon David Blunkett, MP, joined Peter Lampl, Chairman of the Sutton Trust, the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Colin Lucas, and students to celebrate `the work of the Sutton Trust with the University' at a dinner for Summer School students hosted at St Hugh's College on Wednesday, 12 July.

Attenborough opens Functional Genetics Unit : Lord Attenborough, CBE, visited Oxford on 5 July to open a new MRC Functional Genetics Unit (FGU) in the University's Department of Human Anatomy and Genetics.

Five Oxford academics awarded BA Fellowships : Five Oxford academics spanning a range of disciplines have been appointed to Fellowships of the British Academy (FBA) in this year's annual election.

Ashmolean makes first Titian acquisition : The Ashmolean Museum has purchased the Portrait of Giacomo Doria by Titian (1477–1576) for £2,423,750.

AHRB funding for Sumerian Literature Online : Over the last three years, a group of researchers at the University's Oriental Institute have been creating a universally available textual corpus of Sumerian literature.

CVCP election: The Vice-Chancellor, Dr Colin Lucas, has been elected to the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals' (CVCP) UK Board. Dr Lucas was one of seven candidates for four vacancies. He will serve with effect from 1 August 2000 for the two years 2000–1/2002–3.

Mathematics prize: Professor Terry J. Lyons, Wallis Professor of Mathematics and Fellow of St Anne's College, has been awarded the 2000 Polya Prize of the London Mathematical Society. The Polya Prize is awarded in recognition of outstanding creativity and distinguished contribution to Mathematics in the United Kingdom.

Swimming success: Oxford University Swimming Club has beaten Cambridge in the VirginMoney.com second Cross-English Channel Varsity Swim, which took place on Wednesday, 12 July. The Oxford team completed the 20.7 mile swim from Shakespeare Beach, Dover, to Cap Gris Nez in 8 hours and 18 minutes—seven minutes ahead of Cambridge. Oxford has also won the honour of completing the first suc-cessful cross-Channel swim of the new millennium. The first cross-Channel race between the two universities, in July 1998, was declared a dead heat when both teams crossed the finish line in 9 hours and 25 minutes.

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