No. 4540 Thursday 24 February 2000 Vol. 130

Oxford builds for the new Millennium : Over seven hundred years since the first university and college buildings were constructed in Oxford, the University is celebrating its continued commitment to the built environment of the city with its £150m Millennium Buildings Project.

New Centre for Natural Resources and Development : A new Centre for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD) was launched at Green College on 7 February.

Grant of £360,000 for Condensed Matter Physics : Scientists at the University's sub-department of Condensed Matter Physics have been awarded a grant of £360,000 by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to purchase a four-mirror image furnace in which to grow high quality single crystals of novel magnetic materials.

Ashmolean acquires rare bodhisattva : The Ashmolean Museum has purchased a Chinese sculpture from the late tenth century—a rare bodhisattva.

HEFCE funding to develop Chinese studies : The University has received over £500,000 of new funding from HEFCE to address problems associated with a national shortage of expertise in the social sciences.

Varsity victory: University sportsmen and women achieved victory in the 28th Varsity Games last weekend, beating Cambridge by 34 points to 29. The Games, sponsored by Norton Rose solicitors, were held at Iffley Road Sports Complex, and included Ultimate Frisbee, fencing, and Taekwondo.

Robert Grosseteste: The works of medieval English scholar Robert Grosseteste, believed to have been the Oxford's first Chancellor, are now available at www.leeds.ac.uk/trs/rg. The website offers free access to Grosseteste's philosophical, scientific, and theological writings, and a collection of his letters.

Ramipril Study: The Ramipril Study (Gazette No. 4536 Vol 130) was co-chaired by Oxford's Professor Peter Sleight; the Principal Investigator was Professor Salim Yusuf (McMaster University, Canada), and the methodology was based on similar trials by Oxford's CTSU.

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