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Members of the University are asked to note that on 18 February 2002 the Telecommunications Section office will move to the Malthouse, Tidmarsh Lane, Oxford OX1 1NQ.

Telephone numbers and e-mail addresses will be unchanged (see page 59 of the current internal telephone directory or, but the fax number will change to Oxford (2)88660. The existing central fax service on Oxford (2)70708 will continue to operate in the University Offices.

Telecommunications will continue all of its current services from its new accommodation. The main switchboard on Oxford (2)70000 and Help Desk on 88888 will continue to be manned between 8.30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays, but, along with the rest of the Surveyor's Office, the office will be closed to visitors at lunchtime, 1–2 p.m., and from 4 p.m. on Fridays. Faulty telephones should therefore be brought to the Malthouse for exchange between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. or 2–5 p.m., Monday–Thursday, and 9 a.m.–1 p.m. or 2–4 p.m. on Fridays.

The move will not affect the operation of the telecommunications network and will not disrupt telephone services within colleges or departments.

However, because Telecommunications staff will be engaged in moving equipment, etc., there will be reduced support services in the days before and after the move. The main switchboard (Oxford (2)70000) and the Help Desk (extension 88888) will be manned as normal but there may be some delay to the processing of orders for moves and changes to telephone services in colleges and departments, provision of call logger information, etc., during this short period.

Further information may be obtained from the Help Desk on 88888.

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Intensive English for Academic Purposes (EFL)

The following courses will be held in ninth week of Hilary Term, 11--15 March, Monday–Friday:

Writing a thesis or dissertation: 9.30 a.m.– -12.45 p.m.; fee: £95

Academic correspondence—writing effective letters and e-mails: 2–4.15 p.m.; fee: £65

Intensive weekend courses in foreign languages

The Language Centre will be running four weekend language courses in Trinity Term 2002. Each course will consist of eight hours' tuition and last from 9 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The emphasis will be on speaking and listening. The courses are as follows:

18–19 May: French (Near/False Beginners, Lower Intermediate and Upper Intermediate)

18–19 May: Italian (Absolute Beginners and Lower Intermediate)

25–6 May: German (Absolute Beginners and Intermediate)

25–6 May: Spanish (Absolute Beginners and Lower Intermediate)

The fee will be £28 for junior members of the University and other full-time students, £36 for members of Congregation, and £48 to non-members.

New course in Chinese

A four-hour-a-week introductory course in Chinese (Mandarin) will take place in Trinity Term. Further details are available from the Information Officer (see below).

Library and independent study area: restricted access during Easter Vacation 2002

It will be necessary to restrict access and, at certain times, close the Library and parts of the independent study area of the Language Centre during the Easter Vacation while contractors carry out internal redecoration and repairs.

During the two weeks 11–22 March there will be restricted access to the study rooms on the first and second floors (audio cassette workrooms, video viewing booths, and computer workstations). As painting progresses, individual study rooms will be closed, thereby reducing the total number of study places available. Scaffold erection will begin at the end of ninth week (11–15 March) and painting will continue on the top floor in the Library. To protect resources and equipment from dust damage, it will be necessary to wrap and seal all audio, video, and bookcases and stacks, and there will be no access to the Library stock.

From the beginning of ninth week (11–15 March), the Library will offer a very restricted service, concentrating on the following areas:

—daily recordings of the video news in Arabic, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

—recent Modern Languages Final Honour School Listening Comprehension Examination and Discourse Question transcripts and the accompanying audio cassettes;

—a small selection of video material based on thematic topics, e.g. Italia 2000, Themes programmes;

—a selection of dictionaries, grammars, and vocabulary builders in some commonly taught languages.

In addition, regular users may make a reservation during ninth week for a textbook (including workbook and transcript) plus accompanying audio/video cassettes, dictionary, grammar, and a vocabulary builder (or some other combination) for use in the Centre during the period of restricted access.

There will be no inductions for new users during the period 11–22 March.

The Centre will be closed for Easter from Friday, 29 March to Sunday, 7 April 2002 inclusive and will reopen on Monday, 8 April.

The Centre apologises for the inconvenience this closure may cause to regular users.

The Library is open during term-time Monday–Friday, 9.30 a.m.--6.30 p.m., and on Saturday 10 a.m.--1 p.m.

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

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Piano recital

TOM POSTER, BBC Young Musicians finalist, will give a recital on behalf of the Friends of Rewley House at 8 p.m. on Friday, 22 March, in the Holywell Music Room. The programme will include works by Schubert, Beethoven, Scriabin, Debussy, Schumann, and Chopin.

Tickets, costing £12 (£10 for students and Friends of Rewley House), are available from the Events Secretary, the Friends of Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA (telephone: Oxford (2)70393), at the reception desk in Rewley House, and at the box office before the recital.

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