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EWAN GORDON MCKENDRICK, MA (LL.B. Edinburgh), Professor of English Law, University College, London, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 October 2000.

Professor McKendrick will be a fellow of Lady Margaret Hall.

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The following appointments have been made for five years from 1 October 2000: PROFESSOR R.A. DWEK, MA, D.PHIL., D.SC., FRS, FRSC, Fellow of Exeter College, as Head of Department, with PROFESSOR I.D. CAMPBELL, MA (B.SC., PH.D. St Andrews), FRS, Fellow of St John's College, and PROFESSOR D.J. SHERRATT, MA (B.SC. Manchester, PH.D. Edinburgh), FRS, FRSE, Fellow of Linacre College, as Associate Heads of Department.

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On the recommendation of the Clinical Medicine Board, the General Board has assigned the Department of Paediatrics to A.R. WILKINSON, MA, Fellow of All Souls College and Professor of Paediatrics, for a period of two years from 1 April 2000.

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The Studentship has not been awarded.

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The Prize has been awarded to ALEX POLLEY, Merton College.

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The Prize has been awarded to ADAM THIRLWELL, New College.

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Approval has been given for the implementation at Oxford of an increase in clinical academic salaries in line with the salary awards for 2000 decided by the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body.

The new rates provide for a 3.3 per cent increase, with effect from 1 April 2000, on all salaries and scale points. Payment will be made in April.

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Council's Advisory Committee for Degrees by Diploma and Encaenia Honorary Degrees gives preliminary consideration both to proposals received from members of Congregation for the conferment of degrees upon royal personages and heads of state on occasions other than Encaenia, and to proposals for the conferment of Encaenia honorary degrees. The current membership of the committee is: Dr P.A. Slack, Principal of Linacre College (Pro-Vice-Chancellor) in the chair; Mr L.N. Goldman, St Peter's College (Assessor 2000–1, ex officio); Professor R.A. Mayou, Nuffield College (Assessor 1999–2000, ex officio); Professor J. Griffin, Balliol College (Public Orator, ex officio); Professor I.C. Butler, Christ Church; Professor D.J.H. Cockayne, Linacre College; Sir Marrack Goulding, Warden of St Antony's College; Professor Sir John Grimley Evans, Green College; Professor N.J. Hitchin, New College; Professor S.D. Iversen, Magdalen College; Dr J.M. Rawson, Warden of Merton College; Professor A.J. Ryan, Warden of New College.

Members of Congregation who wish to make suggestions to the committee about honorary degrees to be conferred at the Encaenia in 2001 or degrees by diploma are asked to do so by sending in proposals which provide information under the following headings: name of nominee; brief biographical details; reason for nomination.

Proposals should be sent to Miss Noon, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD, under strictly confidential cover, not later than Friday, 12 May 2000.

Members of Congregation wishing to suggest candidates are asked in particular to note the following points:

(a) under Council's standing orders, no member of Council or of the advisory committee shall forward to that committee or propose directly to Council the name of any person for any honorary degree unless he or she is prepared personally to recommend that the conferment of such a degree be seriously considered;

(b) while informal soundings within the University on any proposal will often be desirable, every effort should be made to ensure that publicity is not at any stage given to any proposal for the conferment of an honorary degree.

The advisory committee will report to Council early in Michaelmas Term, submitting a short-list of candidates for further consideration. Council will then decide which proposals should be referred to its Committee on Honorary Degrees. The final list of proposed honorands, drawn up by Council in the light of the latter committee's report, will be submitted to Congregation for approval in accordance with the requirements of Tit. II, Sectt. VI and VIII (Statutes, 1997, pp. 14–16).

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From time to time the attention of the University is drawn to individual cases of financial hardship among widows of former members of the Federated Superannuation System for Universities (FSSU) and the University of Oxford Employees Pension Scheme (EPS). Limited resources are available to alleviate proven cases of hardship and any enquiry should be addressed to the Superannuation Officer, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD. All cases are dealt with in the strictest confidence.

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Intensive weekend courses

The Language Centre is running four weekend language courses in Trinity Term. Each course will consist of eight hours' tuition and last from 9 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The emphasis will be on speaking and listening. The courses are as follows:

20–1 May: German (Absolute Beginners and Intermediate)

20–1 May: Italian (Absolute Beginners and Lower Intermediate)

3–4 June: French (Near/False Beginners, Lower Intermediate and Upper Intermediate)

3–4 June: Spanish (Absolute Beginners and Lower Intermediate).

The fee will be £28 for junior members of the University and other full-time students, £36 for members of Congregation and £48 to non-members. An application form can be downloaded from the Centre's Web page at

Further details and a booking form for all intensive courses may be obtained from Angela Pinkney at the Language Centre, 12 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT (telephone: Oxford (2)83360, e-mail:, Internet site:

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A prize of £880 will be awarded, providing there is an entry of sufficient merit, during Trinity Term 2000 for the best sonnet or other poem written in English and in strict rhyming metre. Any member of the University who is registered for a degree of the University, whether as an undergraduate or a graduate student, may enter for the prize. The prize shall not be awarded more than once to the same person. A copy of the winning entry shall be deposited in the Bodleian Library.

Poems (three copies) are to be sent under a sealed cover to the Head Clark, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD, on or before 16 May. Each author is required to conceal his or her name and to distinguish his or her composition by a motto, sending at the same time his or her name, college, and address in a separate envelope with the same motto inscribed upon it.

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Vivien Leigh Prize

A prize of £200 is offered by the Ashmolean Museum from the Vivien Leigh Fund for a two-dimensional work of art on paper, not exceeding fifty-five by forty centimetres, by an undergraduate member of the University. The work will be chosen, if a work of sufficient merit is submitted, by the Keeper of Western Art in the Ashmolean Museum, from work submitted to the Print Room by Friday, 16 June, of work exhibited at the annual degree show at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. It is a condition of the award that the winning work be given to the Ashmolean.

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Museums and Galleries Month (May 2000): Gallery Talks

The following informal introductions to the museum and its collections will be held at 2.30 p.m. on the days shown in the Pitt Rivers Museum. The talks are given as part of Museums and Galleries Month. Admission is free.

Sat. 6 May: `Celebrating spring'—Pitt Stop family activity.

Sun. 7 May: `The Pitt Rivers is now unwrapped': caring for the collections during major building work.

Sat. 13 May: `Transformations—the art of recycling.'

Sun. 14 May: `Life and death in the Pitt Rivers': coping with poisons in the museum.

Sat. 20 May: `The General's gift.'

Sun. 21 May: `Tibet in the Pitt Rivers Museum.'

Sat. 27 May: `To honour the spirits: Native American clothing.'

Sun. 28 May: `Looking at historical photos.'

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Faculty of Music

THE ALLEGRI STRING QUARTET will perform Haydn's Quartet in G major, op. 77, no. 1, Schumann's Quartet in A, op. 41, no. 3, and Beethoven's Quartet in C minor, op. 18, no. 4, at 8 p.m. on Friday, 26 May, in the Holywell Music Room (tickets £10/£5 from the Playhouse Box Office or at the door).

THE ALLEGRI STRING QUARTET, with Aline Nassif, violin, and Thomas Wood, piano, will perform Haydn' quartet in B flat major, op. 103, and Chausson's Concert, op. 21, at 1 p.m. on Friday, 9 June, in the Holywell Music Room (tickets £5/£2.50 from the Playhouse Box Office or at the door).

THE BAND OF INSTRUMENTS, with the Choir of Christ Church (conductor, Stephen Darlington), will perform J.S. Bach's cantata `Ich bin ein guter Hirt' (BWV 85), at 6 p.m. on Sunday, 7 May, in Christ Church (part of Evensong service; free admission).

GARY COOPER will give the second of two harpsichord recitals from J.S. Bach's 48 Preludes and Fugues, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, 28 June, in the chapel, New College (tickets £6/£4 available only at the door).

`Matthew Locke in Oxford'. THE BAND OF INSTRUMENTS, with members of the New Chamber Opera, will perform act odes, songs, and instrumental music by Matthew Locke, at 8.15 p.m. on Thursday, 1 June, in the chapel, New College (tickets £7/£5 from the Playhouse Box Office or at the door).

THE OXFORD GAMELAN SOCIETY will perform Javanese songs and instrumental music on the Bate Collection gamelan Kyai Madu Laras, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, 17 June, in the Wesley Memorial Church, New Inn Hall Street (tickets £6/£4 from the Playhouse Box Office or at the door).

THE JOAN CONWAY SCHOLARS 1999–2000. The following scholars will give a recital at 12 noon on Saturday, 20 May, in the Auditorium, Magdalen College. Linda Lacquière, piano, will perform Schubert's Sonata in B flat major, D.960. Catriona Caroline Scott, clarinet, will perform Schumann's Fantasiestücke for clarinet (op. 73) and Poulenc's Clarinet Sonata. Tickets should be obtained in advance by application to Steve Thompson, Secretary at the Faculty of Music (telephone: Oxford (2)76133).

St John's College and Colin Carr

PATRICIA ROZARIO (soprano), FRANCIS GRIER (piano), and COLIN CARR (cello) will perform the following works at 8 p.m. on Saturday, 6 May, in the Garden Quadrangle Auditorium, St John's College: Beethoven, Sonata in A major for cello and piano, op. 69; Tavener, Akhmatova Songs, for soprano and cello; Britten, On This Island, song-cycle with words by Auden, for soprano and piano, op. 11; Francis Grier, Love without Hope, song-cycle with words by Robert Graves, for soprano, cello, and piano (commissioned with support from Southern Arts; world première).

Admission is by free programme, available from the Porter's Lodge, St John's College. Each programme will be valid as an admission ticket until ten minutes before the concert starts. Any vacant seats will then be filled from the door.

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