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In accordance with the recommendations of the Joint Working Party on Governance (see Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4506, 2 March 1999, p. 959, and in particular para. 28 and paras. 59--66), the Vice-Chancellor, with the concurrence of the Hebdomadal Council, has designated the following Pro-Vice-Chancellors as having special responsibilities under the University's impending new governance structures.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Services): PROFESSOR P.A. SLACK, MA, D.PHIL., Principal of Linacre College (from 1 July 2000 to 30 September 2002)

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Development): SIR ANTHONY KENNY, MA, D.PHIL., D.LITT., HON. DCL, Emeritus Fellow of St John's College, President of the University Development Programme (to 30 September 2001)

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Clerical and Library Negotiating Committee

Notice is given that there will be an election on Friday, 7 January 2000, of four representatives of the Clerical and Library staff to join the staff-side of the Clerical and Library Negotiating Committee, which normally meets twice each term to discuss matters relating to the local terms and conditions of employment of Clerical and Library staff. The need for the election has arisen as the current period of office of four of the present representatives expires on the first day of Hilary Term 2000. All four representatives are eligible for re-election and are listed below:

Those elected will hold office until the first day of Hilary Term 2002 and will be eligible for re-election.

Those eligible for nomination and those eligible to propose and second nominations and to vote in the elections will be all staff, full-time and part-time, who are employed by the University in its Clerical and Library scales, and who are not members of UNISON. (Members of UNISON are represented on the committee through the University UNISON branch.)

Nominations in writing, indicating the names and departments of the proposer and the seconder, together with a statement from the nominee that he/she is willing to stand for election, should be sent to Miss C. O'Shaughnessy, University Offices, Wellington Square, so as to arrive no later than Friday, 26 November. It would also be helpful if each candidate would, at the time of nomination, submit a paragraph of 100 words about themselves and what they hope to contribute as representatives. This information will be distributed with the voting papers. Voting papers will be distributed through departments on Monday, 6 December, to be returned by Friday, 7 January 2000.

Members of staff wishing to find out more about the work of the directly-elected representatives are welcome to contact Mrs L.A. Mills (telephone: (2)73261).

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`Catch up—brush up'

The Language Centre is offering a series of sixteen-hour intensive courses in ninth week (6–10 December). Courses will be available for Beginners in French, Italian, and Modern Greek in the mornings, Spanish in the afternoons, and Russian (11.30 a.m.–3.45 p.m., with a lunch-break). There will also be courses in German at False Beginners/Lower Intermediate level (mornings) and Upper Intermediate (afternoons). The fees per course are £24 for students, £30 for staff, and £36 for non-members of the University.

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EFL Intensive courses in December and January

The Centre is also offering intensive courses in English as a Foreign Language. From 6 December to 10 December there is a course in Academic Writing (£95) in the mornings and in Writing a Research Article (£65) in the afternoons. In January there are intensive courses in Writing a Research Article (£65) in the mornings and Academic Correspondence (£65) in the afternoons, and a new course on Presentation Skills for Foreign Students (£95) in the mornings. The number of participants will be limited to twelve for all intensive courses.

Further information about these courses and other Language Centre activities may be obtained by telephoning Oxford (2)83660, by e-mailing, or by calling at the Centre, at 12, Woodstock Road. The Centre's Web site is at

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The remaining Gazettes of this term will appear on 2, 9, and 16 December. Publication for next term will start on 13 January.

Appointments Supplements will appear with the Gazettes of 9 December and 20 January.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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The CMSC considers matters of mutual interest to the museums and scientific collections, and reports to the General Board of the Faculties. The CMSC's newsletter, which is aimed at staff in the museums and collections, is now available on the Web at

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