No. 4525 Thursday 21 October 1999 Vol. 130

Oxford return for new Professor of Social Policy : Professor Jane Lewis, Professor of Social Policy at the University of Nottingham, has been appointed to the newly-established Barnett Professorship of Social Policy.

Oxford honours major supporters : The University welcomed the benefactors and supporters of a range of university and college fund-raising initiatives to Oxford this month, enabling them to see how their support is aiding research and scholarship at all levels.

Vice-Chancellor visits Argentina and Brazil : Long-standing academic links between the University and Latin American were strengthened when the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Colin Lucas, visited Argentina and Brazil during August and September.

Neolithic bread found at Yarnton : University archaeologists have unearthed two 5,000-year-old pieces of bread—the earliest fragments of bread to be recovered in the British Isles.

OED prepares for online future : The guiding principles of the Oxford English Dictionary, from its pioneering past, to its current position as the most revered authority on the English language, to its future as a user-friendly online tool, was the theme of the first in a new OED lecture series to herald the launch of the OED online in March 2000.

Oxford takes action on Sustainable Consumption : The Oxford Commission on Sustainable Consumption met for the first time at Mansfield College on 17 September under the chairmanship of former UK Environment Minister John Gummer, MP.

Honour for Professor Morris: Sir Peter J. Morris, Nuffield Professor of Surgery and a member of Council of the College, has been chosen as President-elect of the International Surgical Society, the oldest surgical society in the world. He will preside as Congress President at the Royal Congress of Surgery in Brussels in 2001 and will serve as President for the following two years.

Honour for Lord Goff: Lord Goff of Chieveley, the High Steward of the University, has been presented with the Grand Cross of the Federal Republic of Germany for promoting professional contact between the German and British legal systems and the knowledge of German law in Britain. The award is the highest that Germany can confer on a citizen other than a head of state.

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