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SPEECH BY THE PUBLIC ORATOR

The following speech was delivered by the PUBLIC ORATOR in a Congregation held on Saturday, 4 November, in presenting for the Honorary Degree of Master of Arts

MR GRAHAM PYE

Virum produco valde nostratem, gente Oxoniensi ortum, Ludi Collegi Beatae Magdalenae et alumnum et eundem gubernatorem, qui civibus nostris lares tectumque quaerentibus tot tamque egregias domos construxit ut sibi vel inter ipsius Urbis fundatores locum haud immerito vindicare videatur. sed nolo hunc in illis tantum numeretis, de quibus Horatius poeta dixit,
vos sapere et solos aio bene vivere, quorum
conspicitur nitidis fundata pecunia villis.
quamquam quid hoc magnificentius, hominibus egenis id suppeditare quod nemo sanus aut parvi momenti aut molis existimabit esse mediocris? sed aliis nominibus hic quem produco dignus est cui nos omnes, vel quidquid est saltem hominum venustiorum, mentem et gratissimam et amicissimam praestare debeamus. cum enim magnum sit quod unius Collegi, et eius quidem vetustissimi, benefactorem sese praebuerit et officiosum et liberalem, tum vel magis toti Academiae acceptum est quod hic Musis haud ita pridem sordidatis et maerentibus auxilium tulerit et copiosum et necessarium. nam nemo fere est quin meminerit tempus fuisse cum concentuum genus Oxoniae floreret cuius auditores quisque suam collectam penderent, quod autem postea tanta pecuniae adiutorum auditorum penuria laboraret ut iam iam videretur esse periturum. quin hoc ipsum Theatrum, quod hominum musicorum arcem et Capitolium dixeris, post tot saecula silentio iam et tenebris oppressum iacebat. sed hominum prudentium consilio ad hunc itum est, qui qua est et sollertia et munificentia fortunas resarcivit, Musarum fautores collegit, excellentissimum quemque musicum invitavit, auditores qui confluebant exquisita voluptate affecit. alia sunt permulta quae hic bene fecit; sed hominem modestum in os laudare supersedeo, praesertim in re omnibus fere nota. hoc tantum dico, hunc nobis vitam et laetiorem et politiorem reddidisse.

Praesento et Urbis et Academiae benefactorem, concordiae columen, Musarum sospitatorem, Graham Pye, Collegi Magnae Aulae Universitatis socium honoris causa creatum, ut admittatur honoris causa ad gradum Magistri in Artibus.

Paraphrase

Mr Graham Pye, whom I present for an honorary degree, is a truly Oxford figure, born of a local family and educated at Magdalen College School, of which he is now a Governor. He has been responsible for the building of so many fine houses for the people of the city that he must have a claim to be reckoned among its creators. But, while no career is more laudable than that of providing one's fellow citizens with something which we must all agree is very important, and which involves very hard work, it would be wrong to think of him as simply one of those of whom the poet Horace says
That man builds wealth and wisdom on sound pillars,
Whose fortune's based on fine substantial villas.
Mr Pye has other claims on the gratitude and good will of all who care for the arts. He is a long standing and generous benefactor of the oldest of the Oxford Colleges. That is an excellent thing; but he has perhaps earned even more gratitude from the University as a whole by his work for Music at Oxford. The Muses were in sad and sorry plight when he came to their rescue. We remember the palmy days of the Subscription Concerts. With the passage of the years they had fallen on hard times, short alike of money, of supporters, and of audiences. The Sheldonian Theatre itself, after centuries of musical life, was menaced with silence and desertion. The end seemed near, when wise counsels led to an approach to Mr Pye. With his great resources and his notable gifts of character he restored the financial position, mobilised other lovers of music, secured the services of the finest performers, and delighted the large audiences which flocked to the concerts. There are many other public services which I could mention, but I am reluctant to make him blush by too much public praise, especially as his record is well known. I shall say only that he has done much to make our lives more pleasant and more civilised.

I present a benefactor of the City and the University alike, a lover of harmony, a gallant patron of the Muses, Graham Pye, Honorary Fellow of University College, for admission to the honorary degree of Master of Arts.

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WILDE PROFESSORSHIP OF MENTAL PHILOSOPHY

JOHN CAMPBELL, B.PHIL., MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of New College and Reader in Philosophy, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 October 2001.

Dr Campbell will be a fellow of Corpus Christi College.

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NEWTON–ABRAHAM VISITING PROFESSORSHIP 2001–2

RUSSELL LANDE (PH.D. Harvard), Professor of Biology, University of California at San Diego, has been elected to the professorship for the academic year 2001–2.

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ASMOLEAN MUSEUM

Appointment of deputies

M.J. VICKERS, MA, Senior Assistant Keeper in the Department of Antiquities and Senior Research Fellow of Jesus College, has been appointed as Acting Keeper for P.R.S. MOOREY, MA, D.PHIL., Keeper in the Department of Antiquities and Fellow of Wolfson, for the period from 1 October 2000 to 31 August 2001, during which Dr Moorey has been granted sabbatical leave. O.R. IMPEY, MA, D.PHIL., D.LITT., Senior Assistant Keeper in the Department of Eastern Art and Fellow of Green College, has been appointed Acting Keeper for J.W. ALLAN, MA, D.PHIL., Keeper in the Department of Eastern Art and Fellow of St Cross, for the period from 1 October 2000 to 30 April 2001, during which Professor Allan has been granted sabbatical leave.

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JOHN LOWELL OSGOOD MEMORIAL PRIZE 2000

The Prize has been awarded to ESTHER SCHMIDT, New College.

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SARA NORTON PRIZE 2000

The Prize has been awarded to ELVIN LIM, Christ Church.

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PSYCHIATRY ESSAY PRIZE 2000

The Prize has been awarded to STEVEN LO, Green College.

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ISIS INNOVATION LIMITED

Ewert Place, Ewert House, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BZ

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. If you wish to receive a copy, please contact Isis (details 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, e-mail: enquiries@isis.ox.ac.uk, Internet: http://www.isis-innovation.com/.)

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LADY MARGARET HALL

Exhibition now open

Mark Cazalet: `Four Quartets', in the Jerwood Room, 6–21 November, 12 noon to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday; private viewing and lectures by the artist and Lyndall Gordon, biographer of T.S. Eliot, Friday, 10 November, 5.15 p.m. in the Talbot Hall, Lady Margaret Hall.

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ASHMOLEAN LIBRARY

Further revision of opening arrangements for the Sackler Library (October 2000)

The Library wishes to alert readers that, further to previous notices on this subject, the construction of the Sackler Library has fallen further behind schedule. This has rendered the question of opening the new Library even more problematic. We hope that, after consultation with the appropriate committees, a new timetable for opening can be published later in November. The Library will endeavour to formulate a timetable causing the minimum possible disruption to library services. During the remaining construction period it is expected that working conditions in the library will remain tolerable, but there may be times when it becomes necessary for health and safety reasons to close or partially close the library at short notice. The Library regrets any resulting inconvenience to readers and is taking all practicable measures to minimise disruption. Further information will be published on the Sackler Library Web site shortly and a new address for this page will be published in the next issue.

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UNIVERSITY CLUB

Wine-tastings

The following wine-tastings will be held this term in the University Club (6/8 South Parks Road). Members and their guests are welcome, the cost being £2 per person.

Wed. 15 Nov.: Ports.

Wed. 6 Dec.: Wines for the festive season.

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SURVEY: THE USE OF IT IN TEACHING AT OXFORD

An important survey is currently being conducted throughout the University into the use of IT in teaching. The survey is being co-ordinated by OxTALENT, the University's informal steering group for computer-based learning (http://info.ox.ac.uk/oxtalent/). The feedback from this survey will be used by OxTALENT to draw up recommendations for future University policy in this area. It is therefore extremely important that as many responses as possible are received.

The purpose of the survey is to assess:

—how widespread is the use of IT in teaching different disciplines;

—what factors limit further take-up of IT in teaching within the University;

—what facilities or services the University could provide to support the use of IT in teaching.

A short questionnaire has been sent to Heads of Departments and Administrators which it is hoped will be circulated as widely as possible. It is aimed at teaching staff within the University in all faculties and departments. An on-line version is also available, at: http://info.ox.ac.uk/oxtalent/quest.html.

Those involved in teaching at the University are requested to take the time to complete the form.

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