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JUDITH ANNE FREEDMAN, Professor, Law Department, London School of Economics, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 September 2001. Professor Freedman will be a fellow of Worcester College.

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The composition of the electoral board to the post below, proceedings to fill which are currently in progress, is as follows:

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Merton Professorship of English Literature

                                       Appointed by

Mr Vice-Chancellor                     ex officio
The Warden of Merton                   ex officio
Professor C. Belsey                    Council
Professor I. Donaldson                 Council
Dr R.C.S. Walker                       Humanities Board
Dr J. Pitcher                          English Language and Literature Board
Professor A. Nuttall                   English Language and Literature Board
Professor O.P. Taplin                  Literae Humaniores Board
Dr R.A. McCabe                         Merton College

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The remaining Gazettes of this term will be published on 8, 15, and 22 March. Publication for Trinity Term will begin on 19 April.

Because of difficulties caused by the date of Easter, all copy for the 19 April Gazette is to be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, 5 April.

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English for academic purposes (EFL)

Writing a thesis or dissertation. This course covers the material studied in the Hilary Term academic writing course. (12--16 March, Monday–Friday, 9.30 a.m.–12.45 p.m. Fee: £95.)

Academic correspondence. Writing effective letters and e-mails. (12--16 March, Monday--Friday, 2–4.15 p.m. Fee: £65.)

Intensive weekend courses in foreign languages

The Language Centre will be 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:

19--20 May: German (Absolute Beginners and Intermediate)

19--20 May: Italian (Absolute Beginners and Lower Intermediate)

2--3 June: French (Near/False Beginners, Lower Intermediate, and Upper Intermediate)

2--3 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.

Trinity Term open access courses

Places will be available at Advanced Level in Italian, Modern Greek, Russian, and Spanish, and at some lower levels in German, Modern Greek, and Russian, to join the classes after Easter.

Further information about all courses and facilities at the Language Centre may be obtained from the Language Centre's Information Officer, Angela Pinkney, by telephoning (2)83660, by e-mailing to, or calling at the Centre at 12 Woodstock Road. The centre's Web site is at

The Library is open 9.30 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 9.30 a.m.–6.30 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m.–1 p.m. on Saturday.

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Call for volunteers to learn Chinese

The Institute for Chinese Studies is looking for volunteers from within the University with no knowledge of Chinese to participate in training in the four language skills of reading, speaking, listening, and writing. The second session, for training in speaking skills, will run from 23 April to 20 July. Participants will be required to commit themselves to a total of 97.5 contact hours during this session, involving one-and-a-half hours a day, five days a week, over thirteen weeks in total. The classes will take place at 5 p.m. every day during full term at the Institute for Chinese Studies, Walton Street, but these times could be adjusted during the summer vacation period of acceptable to all participants. Members of the University with no knowledge of Mandarin who wish to learn Chinese speaking skills are welcome to participate in this project. Numbers will be limited to fifteen participants.

Those interested should e-mail to:

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Exhibitions now open

About time: this interactive exhibition for the millennium looks at time in all its facets, exploring how we record time, commemorate events, and how we measure the effects of time on our objects (until 1 April)

The Victorians: Victorian memorabilia, including commemorative medals, postage stamps, military medals, and coins (until 15 April)

Sculptors' drawings: includes works by artists as varied as Luca della Robbia, Michelangelo, Joseph Nollekens, and Gaudier-Brzeska (until 20 May)

Forthcoming exhibitions

Hiroshige's views of Mount Fuji: this small exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints includes some of the most attractive examples of the genre (12 April–3 June)

Jules Flandrin (1871–1947): the other fin de siècle: the first British retrospective of the work of Jules Flandrin—a friend of Matisse and George Rouault, and known by critics as one of the torchbearers of l'art vivant (17 April–24 June)

Easter closure: the museum will be closed between 13 April and 15 April inclusive, and will reopen on Monday, 16 April.

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