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PHILIP RUSSELL HARDIE, MA, FBA (M.PHIL. London, PH.D. Cambridge), Fellow of New Hall and Reader in Latin Literature, University of Cambridge, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 October 2002.

Dr Hardie will be a fellow of Corpus Christi College.

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ANTHONY JAMES BAILEY (B.SC., MB, BS London), MRC Clinical Scientist, Social Genetic and Development Psychiatry Research Centre, Senior Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Institute of Psychiatry, and Honorary Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 October 2002.

Dr Bailey will be a fellow of St John's College.

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As Monday, 3 June, and Tuesday, 4 June, are public holidays, it is regretted that it is necessary to advance the deadline for the 6 June Gazette (seventh week). Accordingly all items for this Gazette—all official notices and classified advertisements—are to be received at the Gazette Office by 12 noon on Wednesday, 29 May.

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Closure of the Jackson Wing for rewiring and ethernet installation in the Long Vacation, July–August

For the past five years plans have been progressing to install a new ethernet throughout the Radcliffe Science Library to enable access to the university network from all parts of the building, to upgrade the existing limited network, and to ensure that staff and students gain the full benefits of the electronic resources now available. In 2001 part of the ethernet was installed below ground and on the ground floor. This year it is intended to extend the ethernet to the first and second floors of the Jackson Wing which faces South Parks Road. This project in ongoing and it is expected that the ethernet will be extended to the Worthington Wing in 2003 or 2004.

All areas of the Jackson Wing will be inaccessible to readers and staff from 24 June until 7 September 2002.

The Heads of Departments have been consulted and in the light of this consultation the closure has been agreed to by the Curators of the University Libraries. The project will entail disconnecting existing electrical supplies and installing a new riser and cabling at the east end of the Jackson Wing. The carpet and floorboards will be lifted along a central line in each of the Jackson Wing reading rooms and along lines perpendicular to these central lines into each bay to enable the installation of electrical and data cabling in shallow ducts and electrical and data sockets. Carpet will be replaced and the new cabling enlivened.

This part of the library contains the open-access material in Biology, Botany, Zoology, (Biological) Anthropology, Psychology, and Anatomy, about half the Medicine collection and a small part of Biochemistry. With the exceptions below, this material will be sheeted up and will be inaccessible.

The Library is taking steps to minimise the inconvenience to readers. For many of the journal titles affected, electronic versions are available, and their use will be encouraged. For other titles, second copies are held in other Oxford science libraries and the support of these libraries has been enlisted in making them available to readers who would normally have consulted them in the RSL. Titles that are not available by either of those means, and which the Library's recent usage survey have shown to be in demand, will be moved to temporary shelving in the Physical Sciences Reading Room. A free inter-library loan will be offered when material in stock is unavailable. Measures are being taken to notify external users nationally and internationally.

One hundred and eight seats, and the use of two work-stations, will be lost temporarily. However, there will still be 420 seats available in the Worthington Wing, Lankester Room and Entrance Hall as well as thirty-six computer workstations in these areas.

The Library apologises for the inconvenience this temporary closure will cause. Any queries regarding the closure should be directed to the Keeper of Scientific Books, Judy Palmer (telephone: Oxford (2)72820, e-mail: or the enquiry desk (telephone: Oxford (2)72800, e-mail:

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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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Forthcoming exhibition

The science in art/the art in science: an exhibition bringing together artworks and scientific images representing aspects of biological research (an Oxford Artweeks special event, 12–31 May; open daily 10 a.m.–4 p.m., subject to college commitments—tel. Oxford (2)74100 before visiting)

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A wine-tasting of `Wines for summer drinking' will be held at 5.45 p.m. on Wednesday, 29 May, in the University Club. Members and their guests are welcome, the cost of admission being £2.50 per person.

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As the first stage of the Library's modernisation and restoration programme, the Oxford Union has decided to reduce its collections by about 6,000 volumes with a view to reducing space for further acquisitions. The books proposed for disposal are fully detailed in a list which is available for inspection at the Union until 23 May, and members and other Library users who wish to object to any proposed disposal may do so on a form which is available at the Library. Books subsequently agreed for disposal may be purchased by members of the Union on Monday, 27 May, and Tuesday, 28 May, between 9.30 a.m. and 6 p.m., at £1 per volume (long runs by negotiation).

This exercise, which aims to help bring the Library to a `steady state', is part of a comprehensive programme which seeks to fund a major restoration of its infrastructure and its collections.

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