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HEW FRANCIS ANTHONY STRACHAN (MA, PH.D. Cambridge), Professor of Modern History, University of Glasgow, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 January 2002.

Professor Strachan will be a fellow of All Souls College.

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PETER RICHARD COOK, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Brasenose College and Professor of Cell Biology, has been appointed to the newly-established professorship with effect from 1 April 2001.

Professor Cook will be a fellow of Lincoln College.

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The University Offices will be closed for normal business on Monday, 7 May.

However, as certain meetings have been arranged for that day, the Reception Desk at the Little Clarendon Street entrance will be staffed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Ten or more members of Congregation may arrange to have a flysheet circulated with the Gazette (a) on matters before Congregation, or Convocation in regard to the election of the Professor of Poetry, or (b) relating to matters of general interest to the University, subject to the following general conditions:

(i) no flysheet will be circulated which in the opinion of the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors might be defamatory or otherwise illegal;

(ii) the right is reserved on behalf of the University and its employees, without prior consultation with the signatories, to publish an apology in respect of any statement in a flysheet which is complained of as defamatory or otherwise illegal (whether or not the statement can be shown to be true);

(iii) the signatories shall jointly and severally indemnify the University and its employees against any costs or damages payable in respect of their flysheet and, unless a Queen's Counsel (to be mutually agreed on by the signatories and the University) shall advise within four months of the making of any claim in respect of a flysheet that any proceedings could be contested with the probability of success, such damages shall include any sum paid by the University in settlement of any claim arising out of the flysheet;

(iv) the flysheet shall consist of one leaf only (though text may appear on both sides of the leaf); the text shall include the name and college or department of each of the signatories;

(v) a copy of the text of the flysheet shall be delivered to the Registrar before 10 a.m. on the Monday of the week in which circulation is desired; it shall be accompanied by an indemnity in accordance with condition (iii) above drawn up on a form obtainable from the Registrar and signed by each of the signatories of the flysheet; the Registrar shall be informed at the same time which of the signatories is to be notified whether the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors have authorised circulation;

(vi) the Registrar shall arrange for the production by the University Press of copies of a flysheet the circulation of which has been duly authorised.

Though every effort will be made to circulate on the day desired flysheets so received, it must be understood that this cannot be guaranteed.

(a) Matters before Congregation or Convocation

If the flysheet deals with a matter that is a formal agendum for Congregation, or for Convocation in regard to the election of the Professor of Poetry, or the subject of a report published in the Gazette, the production costs will be met from university funds.

(b) Matters of general interest to the University

If the flysheet deals with a matter that is not a formal agendum for Congregation or the subject of a report published in the Gazette, the Vice-Chancellor will decide whether it is of sufficient general interest to warrant circulation with the Gazette; the production costs for such a flysheet will be the responsibility of the signatories.

Oxford University Student Union

The Executive and the Graduate Committee of the Oxford University Student Union may have flysheets circulated with the Gazette under the arrangements and subject to the conditions set out above, provided that:

(1) the number of names to be included on the flysheet under condition (iv) shall be not less than a majority of the total number of members of the Executive or the Graduate Committee of OUSU, as the case may be, and each of the persons named shall sign the indemnity required under condition (v);

(2) the maximum number of flysheets to be circulated as of right, whether on matters before Congregation (to be paid for by the University) or on matters of general interest to the University (to be paid for by OUSU and to be subject to the Vice-Chancellor's decision as prescribed under (b) above) shall be three per term for each of these bodies, save that the Vice-Chancellor shall have discretion to permit further flysheets.

Subject to proviso (1) above, the Executive and the Graduate Committee of OUSU may also support flysheets signed by not less than ten members of Congregation.

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The Oxford Language Race

The Language Race will be launched by the Vice-Chancellor in the Lecture Hall, the Taylor Institution, at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 9 May. Further details can be obtained from the Centre's Web site,, or from Aliki Pantos (e-mail: The Centre is looking for volunteer native speakers in some of the less commonly taught European languages, Basque, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian and Serbian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, Scots Gaelic, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Welsh, to act as trainers and testers. Anyone who is interested in helping should contact Deborah Mason (telephone: (2)83364, e-mail:, or Mary Saunders (telephone: (2)83361, e- mail:

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Christ Church Festival Orchestra and Chorus

The Christ Church Festival Orchestra and Chorus (conductor, James Ross) will peform the following at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, 13 June, in the Sheldonian Theatre: Brahms, Double Concerto for violin and cello, and Jonathan Clarke, Lament: settings of Shakespeare, Blake, O'Shaughnessy, and Philip Larkin, for soloists, chorus, and orchestra (first performance); with Daniel Bhattacharya, violin, and Andrew Taylor, cello. Tickets, costing £8 and £15 (£5 for students and those under eighteen) are obtainable from the Oxford Playhouse (telephone: Oxford 798600). Further details may be found at

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Queen's College

Lunchtime organ recitals

The following organ recitals will be given at 1.10 p.m. on Wednesdays in the chapel, Queen's College. Admission is free, with a retiring collection.

9 May: BENJAMIN NICHOLAS (Tewkesbury Abbey).

16 May: DAVID DUNNETT (Norwich Cathedral).

23 May: CLIVE DRISKILL-SMITH (Christ Church).

30 May: GEORGE PARSONS (Queen's College).

6 June: EDWARD WHITING (Queen's College).

13 June: DAVID BURTON BROWN (Memphis, USA).

Other lunchtime recitals

The following lunchtime recitals will be held at 1.10 p.m. on Saturdays in Queen's College. Admission is free, with a retiring collection.


12 May: NICOLE GERA (Queen's), flute.

19 May: MARY RACE (University), piano.

26 May: ELLEN WILES and DANIEL SWAIN, flute and piano.



Evening concerts

Unless indicated otherwise, the following concerts will be held at 8.15 p.m. on Thursdays in Queen's College (admission £6/£3).

17 May: QUEEN'S PIANO TRIO (Steve Clark, Stefan Sadnicki, and Helena Lee).


31 May: Concert for Queen's musicians.

7 June, 7.30 p.m.: THE CHAPEL CHOIR performs `Music for a summer evening'—Mozart's Coronation Mass, followed by madrigals in the college gardens (ticket includes two glasses of wine).

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The Codrington Library is currently undergoing extensive renovation works (including repairs to the roof, rewiring, new shelving throughout the bookstack, and installation of air conditioning and environmental monitoring systems). As a result all the collections are in the process of being removed to storage and are no longer available for consultation. It was hoped that the library would have remained open in Trinity Term 2001, but the disruptive works preparatory to the renovation have made it impossible to provide the services necessary to readers. The library will now remain closed until the renovation work is completed; it is scheduled to reopen at the beginning of Trinity Term 2002.

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As a continuing precaution against the spread of foot-and-mouth disease, Wytham Woods, and Magdalen College grounds, including the deer-park, remain closed. Wytham Woods is closed to all, including permit-holders.

The following are open: the Harcourt Arboretum, Nuneham Courtenay; the Botanic Garden; the University Parks (including Rainbow Bridge); Christ Church Meadow.

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