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STATUTE APPROVED BY HER MAJESTY IN COUNCIL

Mr Vice-Chancellor has received a communication from the Clerk of Her Majesty's Privy Council, stating that on 11 October 2000 Her Majesty was pleased to approve the Statute establishing the Degree of Doctor of Clinical Psychology, printed in Gazette, Vol. 130, pp. 945–6 (approved by Congregation, p. 976).

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GUTIERREZ TOSCANO PRIZE 2000

The Prize has been awarded jointly to JAMES JOHN CIARAN LEWIS, New College, and ALEC GRANT STEPHENSON, Wolfson College.

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CAREERS SERVICE

Careers Advice Service for Contract Research Staff

This initiative, provided by the University Careers Service at 56 Banbury Road (in addition to services provided to students), aims to encourage and enable academic-related research staff, who are employed directly by the University on fixed term contracts (contract research staff), to make and implement well informed decisions about their careers by:

—providing impartial, professional, careers advice;

—supporting them in recognising and developing the attributes necessary for successful career development;

—enabling them to appreciate and explore the range of opportunities available;

—assisting them to clarify their values, interests, abilities and skills and to relate these to possible career options;

—providing access to a wide variety of careers information and resources to facilitate the formulation and implementation of career plans.

The service operates flexibly in an attempt to cater for personal needs, whether individuals are generally uncertain about the career options open to them, considering reviewing or changing their career direction, or thinking about finding a new job in academia, commerce, industry, the public sector, or setting up their own business, etc.

Following registration, members of contract research staff will have access to up to four, confidential, one-to-one meetings with a careers adviser to help clarify personal and career objectives and to identify the main career options open to them. They may also drop-in to see the Duty Adviser at the Careers Service to help resolve brief queries and make use of the wide range of careers information resources held at the Careers Service, including a computerised careers guidance system. Psychometric ability testing and personality profiling for career development purposes (with feedback) can also be arranged, on an ad hoc basis, where sufficient demand exists. In addition, three career development workshops (Career Review and Planning, Job Search Skills, and Effective Interview Preparation), all designed specifically for contract research staff who are looking to review their career options, or to find alternative work, are run at various times throughout the year. To book a place on any of these workshops contact the Institute for the Advancement of University Learning (telephone: (2)86808, e-mail: services@learning.ox.ac.uk).

Further details of the service are available from John Kirwan, the careers adviser for contract research staff (telephone: (2)74736, e-mail: crs@cas.ox.ac.uk., Web site: www.careers.ox.ac.uk).

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LANGUAGE CENTRE

Most courses are now full with long waiting-lists. Those interested in enrolling for a particular course are advised to contact the Information Officer, Angela Pinkney, for up-to-date advice on the likelihood of obtaining a place on a course. A series of intensive `Brush-Up, Catch-Up' courses will be held in ninth week (4–8 December). Details will be announced shortly. Staff and students unable to join courses and with at least GCSE French or German may be interested in joining Lambda, the Language Centre's project in supported independent learning. Further information from Aliki Pantos, Lambda Project Assistant (e-mail: lambda@lang.ox.ac.uk).

The Library's collection of audio/video cassettes, books, and computer programs covers over 100 languages. The Self-Study Area has rooms equipped with listening and viewing facilities for individual work and computer-based learning resources. New users should aim to arrive shortly before 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. to register and attend an orientation session. The Library is open from 9.30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 9.30 a.m.–6.30 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m.–1 p.m. on Saturday during full term.

Further details of all courses and activities may be obtained from Angela Pinkney at the Language Centre, 12 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT (telephone: Oxford (2)83360, e-mail: admin@lang.ox.ac.uk, Internet site: http://units.ox.ac.uk/departments/langcentre/).

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RELOCATION OF UNIVERSITY GAZETTE

Members of the University are asked to note that notices and correspondence for the University Gazette should henceforth be sent to: the University Gazette, Public Relations Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (telephone: (2)80549, fax: (2)80522, e-mail: gazette@admin.ox.ac.uk).

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DEPARTMENT FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION

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 postgraduate 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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Conferences/Seminars/Workshops

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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OXFORD UNION SOCIETY

The Board of Inquiry into the future policy and management of the Oxford Union Society library has now submitted its report (see Gazette, 14 January 1999).

The society now proposes that there should be a consultation period during which the recommendations made by the Board can be considered. At the end of this time, the Union will publish its response to the report, and make available an outline strategic plan for the future of its library collections. The society intends that this response should be made available before the end of Hilary Term 2001.

Copies of the report are now available from the Librarian-in-Charge, Oxford Union Society, Frewin Court, Oxford OX1 3JB, or via e-mail to library@oxford-union.org.

Comments and suggestions on the report and the library should be sent, in the first instance, to the Librarian-in-Charge at the above address.

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