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PHILIP WETTON PROFESSORSHIP OF ASTROPHYSICS

ROGER LLEWELYN DAVIES (BA London, PH.D. Cambridge), Professor of Astronomy, Department of Physics, University of Durham, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 July 2002.

Professor Davies will be a Student of Christ Church.

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ROBERT TURNER PROFESSORSHIP OF DIABETIC MEDICINE

MARK MCCARTHY (MB, B.CHIR., MA, MD Cambridge), Professor of Genomic Medicine, Imperial College Faculty of Medicine, and Honorary Consultant Physician, St Mary's Hospital, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 October 2002.

Professor McCarthy will be a fellow of Green College.

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CONFERMENT OF THE TITLE OF VISITING PROFESSOR

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Tropical Medicine on P.L. OLLIARO (MA, PH.D. Pavia), currently Manager, Taskforce on Research on Antimalarial Drug Resistance and Policies, WHO Special Programme on Training and Research on Tropical Diseases, Geneva, for a period of three years from 1 April 2002.

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UNIVERSITY OFFICES

Easter closure

The University Offices will be closed from Thursday, 28 March, to Monday, 1 April inclusive.

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UNIVERSITY MESSENGER SERVICE

Easter suspension

The University Messenger Service will suspend its operation from Thursday, 28 March, to Monday, 1 April inclusive.

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SHELDONIAN THEATRE

Easter closure

The Sheldonian Theatre will be closed from Thursday, 28 March, to Sunday, 7 April inclusive.

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ARRANGEMENTS CONCERNING CAR PARKING ON UNIVERSITY LAND

Charges for Parking Permits

Council has agreed to introduce charges for permits to park on university land. Charges will apply for the 2002 permits which will be issued in March 2002. The non-refundable charges are as follows:

Off-peak: £10

Peak-time:
£10 for staff earning £10,000 or less
£20 for staff earning £10,001–£20,000
£30 for staff earning £20,001–£30,000
£40 for staff earning £30,001 or more

Disabled: no charge

A full version of the University's Car Parking Regulations and relevant annexes are provided below, and can also be found at the Web site http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/travel.shtml.


CAR-PARKING REGULATIONS

General

6.1 Parking is only permitted in designated parking spaces to holders of university parking permits. Parking on any other area of university land is strictly prohibited.

6.2 Three types of permit are available to university staff: peak-time permits, off-peak permits and temporary permits. All applications for permits will be assessed by departments.

6.3 Peak-time and off-peak permits are issued by Security Services, in response to instructions from departments. Temporary permits are issued by departments.

6.4 Peak-time and off-peak permits are `permits-to-hunt': the holder is not guaranteed a parking space.

6.5 Ordinarily students are not eligible for university parking permits. Students living further than six miles from Carfax may, if suffering exceptional problems traveling into Oxford, apply for exemption from the eligibility rule.


Peak-time permits

6.6 Peak-time permits are valid at any time in University-controlled car parks.

6.7 The total number of peak-time permits issued will be limited and will be proportional to the number of non- departmental spaces available. Peak-time permits will be divided between departments: the number allocated will relate to the number of staff on their payroll.

6.8 Peak-time permits will be issued on the basis of greatest need, as assessed on a departmental level against the criteria set out below. Applications should be made on a standard form and submitted according to arrangements devised within each department.

6.9 Heads of department are responsible for assessing applications, using their own judgment in applying the criteria as appropriate to their department, and for authorising the issue of peak-time permits to their staff up to their maximum allocation.

6.10 Heads of department are required to publish details of any variation they make in the application of the criteria for assessment in the appendix and to indicate, anonymously, the circumstances which justify the issue of each permit (for example, by posting a list in the department).

6.11 Permits will expire on 31 December and renewal must be on the basis of repeat application. Heads of department may, if they wish, specify an earlier expiry date.

Assessment of applications for peak-time permits

6.12 Blue/Orange Badge holders. Staff who hold a `Blue Badge' (or, until 31 March 2003, an `Orange Badge') should have automatic entitlement to a designated parking space as close as possible to the accessible entrance of their contractual place of work. (Procedural details and advice to departments are available in the `Guidelines for Disabled Parking'.)

6.13 All other applications from staff (or graduate students who are also applying for exemption from ineligibility) should be assessed against the following criteria:

(a) Other Disability. A need to park close to the place of work due to a medical or physical condition which does not qualify the applicant for a blue badge. (Staff with temporary mobility problems should be granted a peak-time permit, or use of a departmental space as appropriate, for the duration of their disability.)

(b) Operational requirements. A requirement to use a car on a regular and frequent basis during the working day in order to fulfill contractual duties.

(c) Family commitments. A need to attend to dependent family members during the day (e.g. taking/collecting children to/from nursery or school, visiting elderly or hospitalised family members) in areas not immediately accessible by public transport.

(d) Unsocial hours of work. A requirement to work unsocial hours on a regular and frequent basis, finishing and/or starting at a time when public transport provision is less adequate than during the standard working day.

(e) Inadequate public transport. Applicable to staff who reside beyond a distance where they could reasonably be expected to walk or cycle to work, in areas beyond reasonable reach of public transport.[1] [Staff applying on this basis should note why they need to drive into Oxford rather than use the Park and Ride.]

6.14 Regard should be given to the availability to the applicant (or perhaps their spouse) of alternative parking facilities in Oxford: those with ready access to a non-university parking space in Oxford are unlikely to need a peak-time permit.

6.15 The relative status of the applicants within the department should not be a factor in the assessment process.


Off-peak permits

6.16 Off-peak permits are valid before 7 a.m. and after 4 p.m. every weekday and all day at weekends. The number of off-peak permits available is not limited. A standard application form must be completed.


Temporary Spaces and Permits

6.17 Departmental spaces, where allocated, are intended to allow the department to operate effectively. They are for use by contractors (including staff of the Surveyor's Office working within the department), delivery vehicles, visiting academic staff, service workers, and, on an occasional basis when necessary, members of staff who do not hold peak-time permits.

6.18 Temporary permits are valid only in the designated spaces allocated to the issuing department, on the date specified on the permit. The number of temporary permits is for the department to decide. Provision is also made for departments to state the times between which the permit is valid.


Charges

6.19 Council reserves the right to introduce charges for peak-time and off-peak permits and to review these annually. Notification of charges, and any subsequent review, will be given in the Gazette.


Enforcement

6.20 The University Security Service is the authorised operator of the university-controlled car parks. It will be responsible for the regulation of both departmental, and non-departmental spaces. Vehicles parked in university car parking spaces without an appropriate permit on display will be treated as trespassing and will be liable to be clamped. Vehicles parked in prohibited areas [as defined in the `Car Parking Conditions'] or obstructing emergency exits will be liable to be towed away. A fee will be payable for the unclamping or retrieval of the vehicle.

6.21 No person will park a motor vehicle on a section of a car park, or roadway marked with either a continuous, wide, single yellow line, denoting an emergency services access route, or a system of continuous double yellow lines. The continuous double yellow line system on university-controlled car parks and roadways means that parking is prohibited at any time. Vehicles parked in the above circumstances will be subject to immediate removal, the costs to be borne by the driver/person in charge.

6.22 Departments will be responsible for controlling the use of any spaces allocated to them.


Annexe A: Guidelines on Disabled Parking

The following document is intended to provide guidance to departmental administrators regarding car-parking provision for staff with severe mobility impairments.

Criteria

Disability: Any member of staff who holds a current Blue Badge (or, until 31 March 2003, a current Orange Badge) should have automatic entitlement to a parking space as close to the accessible entrance of their main place of work as is possible. A space will be marked out, and will be available to the member of staff in question on each day that they are at work. Departments will have responsibility for displaying a `Disabled Parking' sign on the days on which it is needed. For example, in the case of a Blue Badge holder working Monday to Wednesday each week, the sign would be put out on those days, on Thursdays and Fridays the sign would not be put out and the space would be available to any permit holder, and similarly if the Blue Badge holder is on annual leave or sick leave.

The member of staff would be issued with a university parking permit in addition to a space. For a car to be legally parked in a disabled space both a current Blue/Orange Badge and a university parking permit would have to be clearly visible in the windscreen. The space and permit together would represent only one departmental allocation.

Applications for disabled parking facilities should be returned to Security Services as usual for issue of the peak- time permit. However, departments should also contact their building surveyor in the Surveyor's Department to arrange for a space to be marked out and a sign provided.

Applicants who are eligible for a Blue Badge, but do not hold one, would be required to apply for a Blue Badge in order to qualify for a space. In the meantime, a peak-time permit should be issued or, at the discretion of the department, a departmental space made available for use.

The requirement of holding a badge under the Blue (formerly Orange) Badge scheme was felt to be the most equitable and appropriate criterion to apply to the allocation of spaces for disabled staff. It is an internationally- recognised scheme for the assessment of mobility impairments in the context of car parking requirements and is consistently applied across the country by experienced assessors who are independent of the University.

Temporary mobility impairments: Staff suffering from temporary conditions affecting their mobility (e.g. broken leg, recovering from recent operation) should be enabled to drive to work for the duration of the impairment. It is envisaged that, in general, these will be staff who have been declared fit for work, but who are unable to use public transport or a bicycle with ease. It is expected that this would be best dealt with by issue of a temporary permit for use in a departmental space. For departments without departmental spaces an application for a temporary (if necessary, additional) peak-time permit should be submitted.

Other medical conditions: Staff with any other medical or physical conditions that make it difficult for them to use public transport or a bicycle should continue to be accorded a high priority for a permit.

Disabled staff with more than one place of work/travel between departments

A disabled member of staff who works at two or more departments or sites on a regular and frequent basis should be allocated a space at each place of work. The temporary signs will maximise space usage in cases where the days worked in each location are regular. Where a member of staff visits, or works at, an alternative department or site only occasionally, the responsibility for arranging a parking space for each visit lies with the member of staff.

Visitors with disabilities

It is expected that a disabled visitor would contact the department to be visited to enquire about parking facilities. Ideally any literature sent out by departments to visitors, should clearly state whether disabled parking is available, the location of the space and whether is it necessary to book the space.

Complaints

Complaints regarding the assessment of applications should be directed, in the first instance, to the department. If the staff member then feels the response to be unsatisfactory his or her next recourse should be to the University Surveyor, who may then consult the Chairman of the Buildings and Estates Sub-committee.

Medical Advice

Medical input into disputes over permit applications on grounds of mobility impairment or other medical condition is available, at the request of either the department or the member of staff, from the Occupational Health Service. The Occupational Physician will make any necessary arrangements to obtain medical reports in confidence and with informed consent from the individual's usual medical adviser(s). It is not expected that the Occupational Health Service would be involved in the routine assessment of eligibility for spaces


Annexe B: Oxford University Car Parking Conditions

From 1 January 2000 and until further notice, the following conditions apply to all drivers of vehicles parked in the University Parking Areas, and any other areas designated from time to time by the Buildings and Estates Sub-committee.

1. Parking is only permitted in designated parking spaces. The permit issued to you gives permission to park one vehicle listed on the permit but implies no undertaking that a space will be available.

2. Permits are normally valid for the calendar year. Applications for replacement permits must be made to the Departmental Administrator or Secretary before the end of the current year in accordance with instructions issued by the University Security Services.

3. Any change of registration number must be notified to the Departmental Administrator or Secretary, who should apply to the University Security Services for an amended permit. The old permit must accompany the application. Where the old permit has been lost or accidentally destroyed, a brief statement of the circumstances is to be made on the application form.

4. Only one permit per authorised holder will be issued. Permit holders wishing to use more than one vehicle must inform the Departmental Administrator or Secretary and must have the registration numbers of the vehicles entered on the permit. The permits should be kept in a transparent plastic holder or envelope and displayed so that the registration number is clearly visible through the windscreen of the vehicle in use.

5. Permits should be displayed in a manner that does not obstruct the driver's view of the road.

6. All vehicles are parked at the owner's risk.

7. The fees chargeable for the release of a wheel clamp are set by the Building and Estates Sub-committee and may be altered from time to time. The current fees are listed below.

8. Vehicles parked in the University Parking Areas and not displaying a valid permit will be treated as trespassing and will be liable to be clamped. (The fee for the release of the clamp is £40 or £1.50 for each hour after the clamp was applied, whichever is the greater.)

9. Vehicles parked on double yellow lines will be liable to be clamped. (The fee for the release of the clamp is £40 or £1.50 for each hour after the clamp was applied, whichever is the greater.)

10. Vehicles parked on pavements or on grassed areas without the express permission of the University Security Services will be liable to be clamped. (The fee for the release of the clamp is £40 or £1.50 for each hour after the clamp was applied, whichever is the greater.) 11. Vehicles parked in fire lanes designated by broad yellow lines or obstructing emergency exits marked with a sign or yellow cross hatching will be liable to be towed away to a designated space in the Science Area between the Clarendon Laboratory and the Department of Earth Sciences and will then be clamped. (The fee for the release of a vehicle that has been towed away is £100 and the storage charge is £10 per day.) 12. Permits may be withdrawn at the discretion of the University Marshal. 13. These conditions may be varied from time to time at the discretion of the Building and Estates Sub-committee. [1] Reasonable public transport provision is defined as follows: a total journey time not in excess of forty-five minutes each way including walking time.

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INSTITUTE FOR CHINESE STUDIES

Call for Cantonese speakers to learn Mandarin Chinese

The Institute for Chinese Studies is looking for Cantonese-speaking volunteers from within the University with no knowledge of Mandarin Chinese to participate in the final session of a language skills training project. The aim of this session is to teach Mandarin to Cantonese speakers, and it will run for twelve weeks in total, beginning on Monday, 22 April, and finishing on Friday, 12 July.

Participants will be required to commit themselves to a total of ninety contact hours over the twelve weeks, involving one-and-a-half hours a day, five days a week. The classes will take place at 5 p.m. every weekday at the Institute for Chinese Studies, Walton Street. Cantonese-speaking members of the University who wish to learn Mandarin are welcome to participate in the project. Numbers will be limited to fifteen participants.

Those interested should contact Mr Shio-yun Kan at the Centre for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Institute for Chinese Studies, Walton Street, Oxford OX1 2HG (telephone: Oxford (2)80393/(2)80387, e-mail: kan@server.orient.ox.ac.uk).

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