No. 4526 Thursday 28 October 1999 Vol. 130

New Development Director appointed : The University's Development Office is to be headed by Mike Smithson, who joins Oxford next month after four years as Development Director at Cambridge.

Archive access donated to the University : An electronic resource of over 20,000 articles charting debates in world economic, political, and social affairs over the last fifteen years has been donated to the University.

University opens its doors : The Ashmolean Museum, the University Museum of Natural History, and the Examination Schools opened their doors in September as part of England's contribution to European Heritage Days.

Lecture examines a book at bedtime : An exploration of the pleasures and pitfalls of curling up with a good book, particularly for female readers past and present, formed the foundation of the inaugural lecture by Professor Hermione Lee, Goldsmiths' Professor of English Literature, and a Fellow of New College.

Drive to promote Oxford as major high-tech centre : Sir Robert Malpas, former Chairman of the Cookson Group and of the Natural Environment Research Council, and Lord Sainsbury, Minister for Science, are supporting a drive by Oxford to spread the word about the University's current successes in building collaborative partnerships with business and industry.

Oxford biochemists win award for `significant discovery' : Clinical trials are underway on a drug developed after a discovery by two Oxford biochemists, which could help treat patients with the inherited disorder Gaucher disease.

Give As You Earn Scheme: University staff can now take part in the Give As You Earn (GAYE) scheme, which enables employees to make tax efficient donations to a chosen charity from their salary. Employees can nominate a charity to benefit from the monthly donation and pool donations to form a staff charity fund. For more information about GAYE contact Kathy Eldridge, head of Superannuation and Salaries at the University Offices, Wellington Square.

OUCS Cache: The IT committee has determined that use of the OUCS cache, which ensures that multiple copies of the same web page are not fetched independently, will be compulsory from 1 December 1999. Any attempt after that date to access web pages without using the cache may be rejected and suitable web page will be returned instead of the one sought. This will greatly reduce the cost to the University of accessing pages outside Oxford (see `Notices' below).

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