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The following speech was delivered by THE PUBLIC ORATOR in a Congregation held on Saturday, 17 June, in presenting for the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters


Lately President of Oxford University Press, New York

Plurimi pertransibunt et multiplex erit scientia: haec Danielis Prophetae verba in bibliothecae nostrae muro inscripta toties legimus quoties arduam illam scalam ascendimus qua ad beatorum sedes doctorumque otia inceditur. quid autem? nonne etiam extra Bodleianae pomoerium libros, lectores, scientiae denique incrementum invenire possimus? sed cum abundent hodie librorum auctores, tum in tanta scriptorum copia haud ita multi sunt qui apud lectorem auctoritatem certam obtinent; quorum opera quisquis vult coemere ad Prelum scilicet Academicum Oxoniense iter facit, libros libro inter tres coronas posito insignitos exquirit, optima optimorum scriptorum scripta laetus devorat. ea quae dico nemo nostrum ignorat; sed haud ita pridem apud Americanos tam salubris doctrina iam paene obsoleverat, libri Oxonienses non nisi pauci venibant, lucri denique exiguum quoddam in loculos redibat. in tali discrimine hic quem produco ad Preli Novoeboracensis gubernaculum accessit, quo moderante his viginti paene annis librorum copiam profudit, novas provincias imperio nostro addidit, plurima optimae notae praemia consecutum est; quin etiam cum de annalibus Americanis tum de hominibus tam praeclare meritum iam est Prelum nostrum ut in illo genere praemia honorificentissima unicum ad modum coacervarit, hominum vero excellentium vitas viginti tomis conscriptas, doctis, Iuppiter! et laboriosis, maximo omnium plausu iuris publici fecerit. sunt autem alii libri adeo omni doctrinae genere referti ut quisquis ad investigandum est curiosior satiatus saginatusque discedat. hic est qui arcem ipsam in aedificia multo commodiora amovendam curavit; hic iuniores educat fovet provehit. de lucro autem si verba faciam, vereor ne homini modesto occasionem offeram erubescendi; hoc tantum dico, amplissime est amplificatum. quid uberius, quid fusius disputem? Prelum nostrum hoc gubernante locum primarium obtinet, in aliis quoque transmarinis partibus rem gerere successu maximo coepit.

Praesento virum de Prelo nostro optime meritum, doctrinae fautorem, auctorum adiutorium, Academiae columen, Eduardum Barry, ut admittatur honoris causa ad gradum Doctoris in Litteris.

Admission by the Chancellor

Academiae amice benevolentissime, Preli minister praeclarissime, Musarum antistes humanissime, ego auctoritate mea et totius Universitatis admitto te ad gradum Doctoris in Litteris honoris causa.


`Very many shall pass through, and knowledge shall be multiplied'. We read those words of the Prophet Daniel, written up on the wall of the Bodleian Library, every time we climb that staircase to the seats of the blessed and the quiet of research. But, after all, surely even outside the sacred boundary of the Bodleian there are books, readers, and the increase of learning? Indeed there are; but while the number of authors and of books is nowadays enormous, it remains true that comparatively few of them have an unquestioned authority with the reader. If they are what one seeks, it is to the Oxford University Press that one must go, in quest of those publications that are distinguished by the book between three crowns. We, of course, all take that for granted; but not so very long ago its salutary truth was largely lost on the Americans. Oxford books were being bought there in small numbers only, and the profit coming in was unimpressive. This was the state of affairs when Mr Edward Barry became Head of the Oxford University Press in New York. In his period of almost twenty years at the helm the output of books has become a flood, new areas of interest have been added to the traditional domains of the Press, and it has won many important literary prizes. In American history and biography, in particular, it has established a unique record in this regard, and The American National Biography, an impressively learned work in twenty-four volumes, has been welcomed with universal applause. There is also an imposing array of reference books, which will satisfy, or over-satisfy, the appetite of the most zealous seeker after knowledge. Mr Barry presided over the move made by the Press into greatly improved quarters. He is also famous for encouraging and training junior members of the staff. As for financial matters, his modesty might be embarrassed if I were to say much; I say only that profit has increased enormously. Under his direction the Press has won a leading place in North America, and it is expanding with success into Central and South America.

I present Edward W.Barry, who has served the Press so well, and who has shown himself a patron of scholarship, a support for authors, and a pillar of the University, for admission to the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters.

Admission by the Chancellor

You are a true friend of Oxford, an outstanding servant of the University Press, and a most civilised supporter of literature. Acting on my own authority and on that of the whole University, I admit you to the degree of Doctor of Letters honoris causa.

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On the recommendation of the Social Studies Board, the General Board has assigned the Department of Economics to J.B. KNIGHT, MA, Fellow of St Edmund Hall and Senior Research Officer in Economics, for a further period of one year from 1 October 2000.

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On the recommendation of the Social Studies Board, the General Board has assigned the Department of Politics and International Relations to M.F.E. PHILP, MA, M.PHIL., Fellow of Oriel College and University Lecturer (CUF) in Politics, for a period of three years from 1 August 2000.

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Hobson/Mann Memorial Scholarships have been awarded to the following:

THOMAS G. BIRD, Keble College

SALLY L. COLLINS, St Hilda's College and Green College

MARIE G.H. CROSS, Exeter College and Linacre College

DEBORAH HAY, Hertford College and Green College

RACHEL C. MOORES, Green College

KUNAL S. SHAH, St John's College

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Scholarships have been awarded to the following:

JANE ANDERSON, Exeter College
CHARLES BANNER, Lincoln College
SIMON COOKE, Wadham College
JONATHAN DAVIES, Lady Margaret Hall
JOANNA DIRMIKIS, Magdalen College
CHLOE HUDSON, St Hilda's College
DANIEL KIRK, University College
HANNAH MERVIS, University College
JOANNA ORPIN, Magdalen College
DEBBIE PICTON, Wadham College
PETER THONEMANN, Lady Margaret Hall
ROBERT TORDOFF, University College

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The Scholarship has been awarded to PATRICK FINGLASS, St John's College.

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Prizes have been awarded to the following:

JOANNA ORPIN, Magdalen College
PETER THONEMANN, Lady Margaret Hall
ROBERT TORDOFF, University College

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The Prize in `the works of Dante' has been awarded to STEPHANIE HOLMES, Lady Margaret Hall. An Additional Prize, also in `the works of Dante', has been awarded to NEIL UNMACK, Somerville College.

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The composition of the electoral board to the post below, proceedings to fill which are currently in progress, is as follows:

                                                 Appointed by

Professorship of Microbiology

The Master of St Cross (Chairman)       Mr Vice-Chancellor[1]
The Warden of Wadham                             ex officio
Professor S.D. Iversen                           Council
Professor J.M. Blackwell                         General Board
Sir John Skehel                                  General Board
Professor H. Waldmann                            ex officio
Professor S. Gordon                        Physiological Sciences Board    
Professor D. Sherratt                     Physiological Sciences Board
Professor R. Moxon                         Clinical Medicine Board
Professor K.G.H. Dyke                            Wadham College

[1] Appointed by Mr Vice-Chancellor under the provisions of Tit. IX, Sect. III, cl. 2 (Statutes, 1997, p. 67).

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The remaining Gazettes of the present academic year will be published on 30 June, 6 July, 20 July, and 3 August. Publication for 2000–1 will begin on 21 September.

Appointments Supplements will be published with the Gazettes of 30 June, 20 July, 3 August, and 28 September.

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Travel service

Many university staff need to travel as part of their work, for example to satellite units, on field-work, or to conferences abroad. In some areas of the world, there is considerable risk of infectious disease, which can be prevented by travel advice and appropriate immunisations. The University Occupational Health Service offers a travel service to staff who are travelling on university business, with A consultant-led travel clinic on Monday afternoons. Bookings are made by telephoning Oxford (2)82676. Those interested in using the service are asked to telephone at least two months before their intended date of travel, and preferably longer, because some courses of immunisation take several weeks and the clinic is often very busy, with a waiting list.

The university clinic is not able to offer immunisations to travel companions who are not themselves on university business, but will be happy to share the advice provided with the relevant general practitioner.

For undergraduate students, in most circumstances the college doctor provides travel advice and immunisations. However, medical students doing electives abroad should contact the Occupational Health Service because of the special risks they face of infection from blood-borne viruses. The University also provides advice to leaders of expeditions officially approved by the university Expedition Society.

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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.

Provisional programme for Noughth Week, Michaelmas Term


Priority registration. Those students and staff who require a class for their study or research may be entitled to a priority registration. They should ask the Information Officer (see below) for a Priority Application Form and return it as soon as possible. Junior members will require the signature of their tutor or supervisor.

English for Academic Studies and English as a Foreign Language registration. EFL registrations will take place in Noughth Week, 2–6 October, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 2–4 p.m. (Postgraduate students may register for EFL courses from 4 September.)

Events: Language Library and Self-Study Area (audio, video, and CALL)

Individual inductions for independent language learners with specific needs at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily.

General introductory visits on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 11.30 a.m., 12 noon, 3 p.m., 3.45 p.m., and 4.15 p.m. (Maximum of thirty per visit. Sign-up sheets will be available.)


Wednesday and Thursday at 4 p.m.: Keeping up your French or German language skills independently with the Lambda Project (the Oxford Foreign language Maintenance and Development Project).

Provisional programme for First Week, Michaelmas Term


Registration for the open-access language courses (except EFL) will take place in First Week, 9–13 October. (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 6.30 p.m. daily. This is also a change from recent years.

Events: Language Library and Self-Study Area (audio, video, and CALL)

Individual inductions for independent language learners with specific needs at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily.

General introductory visits daily at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. (Maximum of thirty per visit. Sign-up sheets will be available.)

Short courses

Four/six hour Introductory and/or Brush-up courses in French, German, Italian, Spanish (details to be announced).

Multi-media German

German Grammar revision (four hours): Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 10–11 a.m.

CALL German workshop (four hours): Tuesday, Thursday, 1–3 p.m. English Grammar for Students of German: Wednesday and Friday, 12.15–1.15 p.m.


Assessment tests and advice from tutors for those unsure of their levels will be available in French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Russian at times to be announced.


Tuesday at 4 p.m.: Come and hear about Welsh.

Wednesday and Thursday at 4 p.m.: Keeping up your French or German language skills, independently with the Lambda Project (the Oxford Foreign language Maintenance and Development Project).

Days and times to be announced: Using computers to learn a foreign language.

Library and Self-Study facilities

The Library's collection of audio/video cassettes, books and computer programs covers over 100 languages. The Self-Study Area has rooms equipped with listening and viewing facilities for individual work and computer based learningresources. New users should aim to arrive shortly before 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. to register and attend an orientation session. The Library and Self-Study Area is free of charge to the following: senior members of the University who are members of Congregation, junior members of the University pursuing a course, and members of staff (including staff of the colleges, teaching hospitals, and the University Press). The Centre also accepts applications from external users for a termly or annual fee.

Summer Vacation opening times

The Language Centre will be open for private study throughout the long vacation from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

(Note: the Centre will close for lunch between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in July.)

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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Change of date

The wine-tasting of `Wines for Summer' will now be held on Tuesday, 27 June (and not on Wednesday, 28 June, as previously notified), at 5.45 p.m., in Halifax House. Members and their guests are welcome, the charge being £2 per person.

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The John and Alice Tyler Prize is awarded for environmental science, energy, and medicine conferring great benefit upon mankind. The award of $200,000 (US) is funded by the Alice C. Tyler Trust through the University of Southern California. Nominations have been invited for the 2001 prize which will be awarded for any one of the following: the protection, maintenance, improvement or understanding of an ecological or an environmental condition anywhere in the world; the discovery, further development, improvement, or understanding of known or new sources of energy; medical discoveries or achievements with such world-wide implications that they significantly benefit environmental aspects of human health.

Nominations for the Tyler Prize 2001 must be received by 20 September 2000.

Further details of the prize are available at

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