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BY-ELECTIONS TO DIVISIONAL BOARDS 14 June

On Thursday, 14 June, the following was duly elected to hold office for two years from the first day of Michaelmas Term 2001:

Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division

(from among the members of the Faculty of Mathematical Sciences working in the Mathematical Institute)

J.M. BALL, MA, Fellow of Queen's

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Social Sciences Board

No nominations have been received for the following vacancies:

(a) one person elected by and from the academic post-holders in Queen Elizabeth House and the Senior Members of the University formally affiliated to that department;

(b) one person elected jointly by the chairman of the inter-faculty committees and the directors of the area studies centres for certain subjects.

These nominations have lapsed to the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors jointly (Decrees and Regulations, Ch.II, sect.iv, 2, 6; Statutes, 2000, p. 239).

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BY-ELECTION TO FACULTY BOARD 14 June

English Language and Literature

No nomination having been received for the vacancy for one ordinary member for one year, this nomination has lapsed to the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors jointly (Decrees and Regulations, Ch. II, sect.vi, 5, 6; Statutes, 2000, pp. 245--6).

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BY-ELECTION TO DIVISIONAL BOARD 19 July

Social Sciences Board

(from among the members of the Faculty of Social Studies)

Resigning member: Professor Knight

Period of office from MT 2001: two years

Nominations in writing for the election on 19 July by two members (other than the candidate) of the electorate for the vacancy, which is the same as the persons from among whom the vacancy will be filled (as specified above), will be received by the Head Clerk at the University Offices, Wellington Square, up to 4 p.m. on Monday 25 June, and similar nominations by six members of the electorate other than the candidate, up to 4 p.m. on Monday 2 July.

Council has decided that nominations should show for each signatory the name and faculty, sub-faculty, or department (indicative of the relevant electorate) in block capitals. Any names which are not so shown may not be published. At least one nomination in respect of each candidate must be made on an official nomination form. Copies of the form are obtainable from the Head Clerk (telephone (2)70190; e-mail: richard.brooke@admin.ox.ac.uk).

In the event of a contested election, a brief biographical notice of each candidate will be published in the Gazette dated 12 July, and voters may wish to wait until they have read these notes before returning their ballot papers (which will be sent out to members of the electorate as soon as possible after the closing date for nominations, and which, after completion, must be received by the Head Clerk not later than 4 p.m. on 19 July.

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CONTINUING EDUCATION BOARD

Foundation Certificate in Modern History 2001

Under the terms of the regulations for the above examination (Examination Decrees, 2000, pp. 1037–8), the Board of Studies of the Continuing Education Board has approved the following arrangements for the selection of an optional paper.

Candidates must choose one paper (source-based) from

EITHER

The Nobility and Gentry c. 1560–1640

OR

The British Raj in India 1880–1912

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CHANGES IN REGULATIONS

With the approval of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council, and, where applicable, of the Humanities Board, the following changes in regulations made by divisional and faculty boards and the Continuing Education Board will come into effect on 7 July.

1 Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board

Preliminary Examination in certain Physical Sciences

With effect from 1 October 2001 (for first examination in 2002)

1 In Examination Decrees 2000, p. 99, l. 24, delete `Mineralogy and Petrology' and substitute `Geological Materials'.

2 Ibid., p. 104, l. 32, delete `Mineralogy and Petrology' and substitute `Geological Materials'.

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2 Social Sciences Board

(a) Preliminary Examination in Economics and Management

With effect from 1 October 2001 (for first examination in 2002)

In Examination Decrees, 2000, p. 73, l. 10, after `management.' insert `Candidates may be charged for the provision of study packs.'

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(b) Honour School of Economics and Management

With effect from 1 October 2002 (for first examination in 2003)

In Examination Decrees, 2000, p. 162, l. 31, after `from Schedule A.' insert `Candidates may be charged for the provision of study packs for these compulsory subjects.'

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(c) Honour School of Engineering, Economics, and Management

With effect from 1 October 2002 (for first examination in 2003)

In Examination Decrees, 2000, p. 181, after l. 40, insert `Candidates may be charged for the provision of study packs.'

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(d) Honour School of Materials, Economics, and Management

With effect from 1 October 2002 (for first examination in 2003)

In Examination Decrees, 2000, p. 272, l. 25, after `and Management' insert `Candidates may be charged for the provision of study packs.'

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3 Continuing Education Board and Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board

M.Sc. and Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematical Finance

With immediate effect

1 In Examination Decrees, 2000, p. 804, after l.36 insert:

`Mathematical Finance

1. The Board of the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, in consultation with the Board of Studies of the Continuing Education Board, shall elect for the supervision of the course a standing committee which shall have the power to arrange lectures and other instruction.

2. Subject to the provision in 7 below, every candidate must follow for at least six and at most twelve terms a part-time course of instruction in the theory and practice of Mathematical Finance. The subjects of the course will consist of the modules listed in the Schedule.

3. Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in the following:

(a) attendance at the appropriate classroom-based courses;

(b) submission of five module assignments, one for each of modules 1 to 5;

(c) three written `special topic' assignments, each of no more than 10 pages of A4 in length (excluding tables, appendices, footnotes, and bibliography), on the candidate's choice of advanced modules from those currently listed in the schedule;

(d) a three-hour written examination, covering material relevant to modules 1 to 5;

(e) a dissertation of not more than fifty pages of A4 in length (excluding tables, appendices, footnotes, and bibliography), on a subject selected by the candidate in consultation with the supervisor and approved by the chairman of the standing committee. The assessed work set out in clauses (b) and (c), and the dissertation under (d), shall be forwarded to the examiners c/o Registry, Department of Continuing Education, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA, for consideration by such date as the examiners shall determine and of which they shall notify candidates.

4. Candidates may be required to attend a viva voce examination at the end of the course of studies at the discretion of the examiners.

5. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.

6. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in the module assignments under (b), the written `special topic' assignments under (c), the written examination under (d) or the dissertation under (e) may be permitted to resubmit work in respect of the part or parts of the examination which they have failed for examination on not more than one occasion which shall normally be within one year of the original failure.

7. The standing committee shall have the discretion to permit any assignments submitted as part of the course for the Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematical Finance to be submitted for the examination for the M.Sc. No more than three terms of study undertaken for the Postgraduate Diploma may be counted towards the minimum period of study for the M.Sc.; the entire period of study undertaken for the Postgraduate Diploma shall be counted towards the maximum period of study for the M.Sc.

8. If any candidate who is successful in the examination for the M.Sc. in Mathematical Finance has previously successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma, and for that examination has incorporated the assignments submitted for the Postgraduate Diploma into the M.Sc., then the subsequent award will subsume his or her previous award.

Schedule

Section A: Core Modules

Modules 1 to 5 shall be given each year.

1. Foundation: a review of technical requisites

2. Introduction to Finance : the basic building blocks of finance practice and theory

3. Asset allocation: models for investment decisions

4. Equity, Currency, and Commodity Derivatives

5. Interest Rates and Products: models for the fixed income markets

Section B: Advanced Modules

The Standing Committee shall approve the content of at least three advanced modules to be given each year which shall be published annually in the Gazette in or before week eight of Hilary Term.'

2 Ibid., p. 1015, after l. 14 insert:

`[Available to candidates who enrolled in January 1999, January 2000, or January 2001]'

3 Ibid., p. 1016, after l. 9 insert:

`[For candidates who enrolled in January 2002 and subsequently, and available to candidates who enrolled in January 1999, January 2000, or January 2001]

1. The Board of the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, in consultation with the Board of Studies of the Continuing Education Board, shall elect for the supervision of the course a standing committee which shall have the power to arrange lectures and other instruction.

2. The course will be taken on a part-time basis, and every candidate must follow for at least four terms a course of instruction in the theory and practice of Mathematical Finance. The subjects of the course will consist of the modules listed in the Schedule below. Candidates must take the five core modules and one module taken from the list of advanced modules.

3. Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in the following:

(a) attendance at the appropriate classroom-based courses;

(b) submission of five module assignments, one for each of modules 1 to 5;

(c) one written `special topic' assignment, of no more than 10 pages of A4 in length

(excluding tables, appendices, footnotes, and bibliography), on the candidate's choice of advanced module from those currently listed in the schedule;

(d) a project report of no more than 25 pages of A4 in length (excluding tables, appendices, footnotes, and bibliography), on a topic agreed by the chairman of the Standing Committee for the Diploma in Mathematical Finance;

(e) a three-hour written examination, covering material relevant to modules 1 to 5.

The assignments under (b) and (c) and the project report under (d) shall be forwarded to the examiners c/o Registry, Department of Continuing Education, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA, for consideration by such date as the examiners shall determine and shall notify candidates.

4. Candidates may be required to attend a viva voce examination at the end of the course of studies at the discretion of the examiners.

5. The examiners may award a distinction to candidates for the Diploma.

6. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in the assignments under (b) or the project report under (c) may be permitted to resubmit work in respect of the part or parts of the examination which they have failed for examination on not more than one occasion which shall normally be within one year of the original failure.

Schedule

Section A: Core modules

Modules 1 to 5 shall be given each year.

1. Mathematical and Technical Prerequisites

2. Introduction to Finance and Markets

3. Equity and FX Options and Applications

4. Interest Rates and Products

5. Advanced Black–Scholes Theory (Equity and FX)

Section B: Advanced Modules

The Standing Committee shall approve the content of at least three advanced modules to be given each year which shall be published annually in the Gazette in or before week eight of Hilary Term.'

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4 Board of the Faculty of Theology

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Theology

With immediate effect

Corrigendum

In the regulations published under the above heading in Gazette No. 4589 (7 June 2001), p. 1129, paragraph 2, delete the inserted clause 4 and substitute: `4. The examination will consist of an extended essay of up to 7,000 words on each of the three compulsory and two optional units of Part I of the M.Th. course as set out above. The regulations concerning extended essays are as prescribed at A.4. above.'

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EXAMINATIONS FOR THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

The examiners appointed by the following divisional board and faculty boards give notice of oral examination of their candidates as follows:

Medical Sciences

C. ATKIN, St Catherine's: `Developmental cell death in the rat brain'.
St John's, Monday, 2 July, 2.30 p.m.
Examiners: Z. Molnar, J. Scholes.

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Biological Sciences

S. CANNEY, Wolfson: `Satellite mapping of vegetation change: human impact in an East African semi-arid savannah'.
Department of Zoology, Friday, 29 June, 2 p.m.
Examiners: D. Bourn, J. Lovett.

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English Language and Literature

S. KESSLER, Merton: `Theological grace in Spenser's poetry'.
Merton, Wednesday, 4 July, 2.15 p.m.
Examiners: J. Carey, P. Cheney.

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Modern History

J.-P. HANSSEN, St Antony's: `The effect of Ottoman rule on fin-de-siècle Beirut; the Province of Beirut, 1888–1914'.
St Antony's, Wednesday, 11 July, 11 a.m.
Examiners: D. Hopwood, R. Ilbert.

L. WOTSHELA, St Antony's: `Homeland consolidation, resettlement, and local politics in the Border and the Ciskei Region of the Eastern Cape, South Africa, 1960–96'.
St Peter's, Wednesday, 25 July, 2 p.m.
Examiners: G. Williams, D. James.

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Oriental Studies

J. FAULTLESS, St Cross: `The Prologue to John in Ibn Al-Tayyib's Commentary on the Gospels'.
Oriental Institute, Thursday, 26 July, 2 p.m.
Examiners: G. van Gelder, J. Watt.

J. MURPHY, St Catherine's: `An analysis of the writings of Muhammad Sa'id al-'Ashmawi and their significance within contemporary Islamic thought'.
Wadham, Thursday, 28 June, 2.30 p.m.
Examiners: J. Piscatori, S. Taji-Farouki.

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