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RICHARD JOHN CARWARDINE, MA, D.PHIL., Professor of American History, University of Sheffield, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 October 2002.

Professor Carwardine will be a fellow of St Catherine's College.

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DESMOND STEPHEN KING, MA (BA Dublin, MA, PH.D. Northwestern), Fellow of St John's College and Professor of Politics, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 October 2002.

Professor King will be a fellow of Nuffield College.

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Headship of Department

The Life and Environmental Sciences Board has appointed PROFESSOR P. HARVEY, FRS, MA, D.SC., Fellow of Jesus College and Professor of Zoology, as Head of the Department of Zoology from 1 October 2003 to September 2008.

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Appointment of Acting Director

The Life and Environmental Sciences Board has appointed DR M.J. BANKS, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Wolfson College and Reader in Social and Cultural Anthropology, as Acting Director of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology from 1 October 2002 to 30 September 2003.

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Appointment of Director

The Voltaire Fund Committee has appointed N.E. CRONK, MA, D.PHIL., as Director of the Voltaire Foundation and General Editor of the Complete Works of Voltaire, with effect from 1 October 2002.

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Car-parking at the St Cross Building

Due to demolition and construction work, scheduled to begin in July, there will be a reduction in the number of car-parking spaces at the St Cross Building. It is expected that the number of available spaces will be reduced from seventy to twenty-five. Regular users of this car-park area should make alternative arrangements. Vehicles must be parked in marked bays only. Vehicles parked in departmental signed bays, without a valid departmental visitors' permit, will be reported to the University Security Services for enforcement action to be taken.

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Visiting Fellowships

The Oxford Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience is closely integrated with the Medical Research Council Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience at Oxford and supports work on many aspects of brain research relevant to human cognition in several departments at Oxford University as well as at other institutions.

The Centre encourages work in all areas of cognitive neuroscience across all relevant disciplines and embraces research on experimental, theoretical, and clinical studies of perceptual analysis, memory, language, and motor control, including philosophical approaches to cognition. Current and fuller information on the Centre is available on the Web at

The Centre offers several forms of support including Visiting Fellowships for distinguished researchers from overseas or elsewhere in Britain who wish to work within the Oxford Centre for periods between a week and several months. A Visiting Fellowship can include a modest grant to help with costs of travel and accommodation (but not a stipend), and to pay a bench fee to the host department.

Applications for Visiting Fellowships may be submitted either by a member of the Oxford Centre, or by the intended visitor. There is no special form for applications but they should include the following information: name, address, and status of applicant (in the form of a very brief curriculum vitae); names and addresses of collaborators in Oxford; a brief description (a page or two) of the proposed research; a list of any publications that have already resulted from the area of research; an outline plan of visit/s and expenditure, with total estimated budget, other sources of funding and the amount requested

Applications can be submitted at any time (e-mail is acceptable) to Sally Harte (Administrative Secretary), Oxford Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, University Laboratory of Physiology, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PT (telephone: Oxford (2)72497, fax: (2)72488, e-mail:

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Ninth-week course in French

In ninth week (17–20 June) the Language Centre will run a multimedia course of fifteen hours in Intermediate French (GCSE standard and above). Participants will have the opportunity to work with computer-based language learning materials and be introduced to French Internet sites. The course will take place from 9.30 a.m. to 3.15 p.m., Monday–Thursday. The fee will be £55 for junior members of the University and other full-time students, £65 for members of Congregation and members of staff, and £80 for non-members. The fee includes all materials. An application form can be downloaded from the Centre's Web page at

Intensive courses in English for Academic Studies (EFL)

The Language Centre is running the following English courses for foreign students, researchers, and academic visitors in the summer:

Essentials of Academic Writing (ninth week, 17–21 June): fifteen hours; fee £95

Writing a Research Article in English (ninth week, 17–21 June): ten hours; fee £65

Special Course in English for Academic Visitors (8–25 July): thirty-six hours; fee £195. This course will take place mornings only, Monday–Thursday, for three weeks. It will focus on speaking and listening skills, while revising basic grammatical structures and developing vocabulary.

Pre-Sessional Courses (29 July–20 September): these full-time courses are designed to ensure that international students and academic visitors are adequately prepared to begin their studies at Oxford and other universities.

Change in priority registration procedures for open access language courses 2002--3

This year the Language Centre is introducing new priority registration procedures. Those who are eligible for priority, primarily those needing a language course for reasons of study or research, will be required to bring a completed priority registration form to a short interview with a tutor in Week 0 or Week 1 of Michaelmas Term before they are accepted for a course. Forms will be available from 1 September and matriculated students must obtain the signature of their tutor or supervisor as previously.

Registration for non-priority places will be the same as last year. These places will be allocated on a random selection basis at the end of Week 1, following the initial registration period of Monday, 14 October to Wednesday, 16 October. Registration forms may be handed in at the Language Centre (in person only; no posted, faxed, or e-mailed registration forms will be accepted) at any time between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on these three days and must be checked by a member of the Language Centre staff before acceptance. Registrations received after 6 p.m. on Wednesday, 16 October, will automatically be allocated to the waiting list for a course if no places are available.

The above arrangements do not apply to courses of study within the programmes of English for Academic Study and English as a Foreign Language. Arrangements for these programmes remain unchanged from previous years.

The Language Centre Library and independent study area

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 9.30 a.m.–5.30 p.m., Monday–Friday, and 10 a.m.–1.15 p.m. on Saturdays.

Further details of all courses and activities may be obtained from the Information Officer, Angela Pinkney, at the Language Centre, 12 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT (telephone: Oxford (2)83360, e-mail:, Internet:

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Closure of Library on 24 July 2002

The Jackson Wing, in the Radcliffe Science Library, will be closed to staff and readers from 24 June to 9 September for rewiring and installation of the ethernet (see the Gazette of 9 May, p. 1155).

During this period it will be necessary to shut the whole Library for one day in order to install a new main switchboard. All power supplies will be switched off on this day and it will therefore be impossible to work or admit readers.

The date for this one-day closure of the Radcliffe Science Library has now been fixed for Wednesday, 24 July.

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