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SIR ALEC TURNBULL TRAVELLING SCHOLARSHIP 1999

The Prize has been awarded jointly to DR FRANCES MOORE and DR PAUL PLESTED.

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GIBBS PRIZES IN LAW 1999

The Gibbs Prize has been awarded jointly to CHRISTOPHER A.K. SALZ, Lincoln College, and PAUL J. TOMS, Brasenose College.

A Book Prize has been awarded to MS AMY C. STREET, New College.

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PETER BEACONSFIELD PRIZE 1999

The Prize has been awarded to MISS LUISA BETTS, Brasenose College.

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CAR PARKING AND TRANSPORT POLICY WORKING PARTY

At its meeting on 12 October 1999, the working party agreed to postpone implementation of the new parking regime until 1 January 2000. All new restrictions and arrangements described in Supplement (2) to Gazette No. 4512 (paras. 27–52 and the appendix; Vol. 129, pp. 1290–3) will become effective from that date.

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PROCTORS' REGULATIONS CONCERNING CONDUCT AT EXAMINATIONS

The Proctors hereby inform members of the University that, with immediate effect, they have introduced amendments to their Regulations concerning conduct at Examinations. The purpose of the amendments is to prevent taught- course candidates from withdrawing from Examinations by deliberately failing to attend for viva voce examination after completing their written papers. The Regulations involved are those numbered (iii) and (v) on pages 1068–9 of Examination Decrees and Regulations, 1999 edition. The new Regulations are reproduced below, with the amended provisions indicated in italics:

(iii) A candidate may not withdraw from an examination after the written part of the examination is complete. The point of completion shall be deemed to be the conclusion of the last paper for which the candidate has entered, or the time by which a dissertation or other written material is due to be submitted, whichever is the later. However, a candidate who fails to appear for a viva voce examination subsequent to the completion of the written examination will be deemed to have failed the entire examination unless he or she can, through his or her college, satisfy the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors that his or her absence was due to illness or other urgent and reasonable cause.

(v) A candidate who fails to appear for any part of an examination other than a viva voce as specified in cl. (iii) above, will be deemed to have withdrawn from the entire examination unless he or she can, through his or her college, satisfy the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors that his or her absence was due to illness or other urgent and reasonable cause.

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COMPUTING SERVICES

Use of Cache for World Wide Web

Oxford University generates more incoming Web traffic than any other university in the country. Taking note of the fact that the University is now being charged pro rata for this traffic, the IT Committee has expressed grave concern at the relatively slow take-up of the Web Cache system installed at OUCS, usage of which has hitherto been voluntary. Use of this cache ensures that multiple copies of the same page are not fetched independently. The cache also uses the national Web cache. Currently, no charge is made to the University for traffic that passes through the national cache, so all calls made to the local Cache are accordingly free of charge.

The committee has therefore concluded that use of the OUCS cache should be made compulsory at the earliest possible date, and has agreed that this should be 1 December 1999. Any attempt after that date to access Web pages without using the cache may be rejected. A suitable Web page will be returned instead of the one sought, informing the user what has happened, and providing instructions on how to use the cache.

This change will not affect access to local Web pages in any way, and will greatly reduce the cost to the University of accessing pages outside Oxford.

OUCS will continue to develop techniques that make caching transparent to users, but for the time being the only reliable method of doing so is to require users to change the configuration parameters of their Web browser (the software such as Netscape or Explorer used to access the Web). This is a simple change, and details of how to effect it are already available from the Web page http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/proxies/ and from IT Support Officers.

Further details of this arrangement and the background to the decision can be seen at http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/proxies/compulsory.html.

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WIDOWS OF FORMER MEMBERS OF THE UNIVERSITY'S PENSION SCHEMES

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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CIRCULATION OF THE Gazette TO RETIRED SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE UNIVERSITY

It has been decided that any former member of Congregation over the age of seventy-five who is resident in Oxford may continue to receive the Gazette, if he or she so wishes, on application in writing to the Information Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD. Such applications must be renewed at the beginning of each academic year.

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ISIS INNOVATION LIMITED

2 South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3UB

Isis Innovation, a wholly-owned company of the University, was established in 1988. The company has been formed to exploit know-how arising out of research funded by the UK Government through the Research Councils and funded by other bodies where the rights are not tied. The function of the company is to ensure that the results of research bring rewards to Oxford, and to the inventors, who are given a financial incentive for exploitation.

Isis seeks licensees willing to pay lump sums and/or royalties for the use of know-how arising out of research. Isis also exploits the intellectual property of the University by setting up individual companies using venture capital or development capital funds.

Isis' services are also available to individuals who wish to exploit the results of research supported by non-Research Council sources, when there are no prior conditions on the handling of the intellectual property rights. Isis Innovation has at its disposal a small pre-seedcorn fund for paying the costs of protecting intellectual property rights and for taking work to a stage where its potential can be assessed.

Isis finds industrial partners to ensure that new ideas can be developed for market requirements. The company has established the Oxford Innovation Society for major industrial companies, so that they can have a window on Oxford technology and an opportunity to license and invest where appropriate.

A brochure explaining Isis' activities is available. Please contact the above address, or the telephone and fax numbers given below.

Members of the University should contact the Managing Director if they wish to take advantage of the services that Isis provides. (Telephone: (2)72411; fax: (2)72412.)

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CONCERT

Faculty of Music

The Dramatic Music of Judith Weir

`The Dramatic Music of Judith Weir' will be performed by the FACULTY OF MUSIC ENSEMBLE, conducted by Roger Montgomery, with Jane Manning, soprano, at 8 p.m. on Thursday, 18 November, in the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda's College. Tickets, costing £10 (£6 concessions) are available from the Playhouse Box Office, Beaumont Street (telephone: Oxford 798600), or at the door. Further details are available from the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building (telephone: Oxford (2)76821).

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COMMITTEE FOR THE MUSEUMS AND SCIENTIFIC COLLECTIONS (CMSC)

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 http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/oxonly/cmsc.

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OxTALENT WEB COMPETITION AWARDS CEREMONY

OxTALENT's annual Web competition was run over the summer to find the best Web sites in Oxford supporting staff and students. OxTALENT (Oxford Teaching and Learning Enhanced by New Technology) is an informal group committed to promoting understanding and best practice in the use of IT in teaching and learning at Oxford.

The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, 10 November, at 2 p.m., in the Computing Laboratory Lecture Theatre, Wolfson Building, Parks Road.

Prizes will be presented by the Vice-Chancellor.

The presentation of prizes will be followed by demonstrations from the four prize-winners (Biochemistry Web pages for Undergraduates, Earth Sciences Web pages for First Year Undergraduates, the Oxford Clinical Intranet, and the Bodleian Broadside Ballads).

Details of the competition, including information on entrants and winners, may be found at http://info.ox.ac.uk/oxford/seminars/webaward.html.

Note: gowns should be worn at this ceremony.

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