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Mr Vice-Chancellor has received a communication from the Clerk of Her Majesty's Privy Council, stating that on 18 July 2001 Her Majesty was pleased to approve the Statutes (1) concerning the College Contributions Scheme and (2) concerning the Eugene Havas Memorial Prize, printed in GAZETTE, Vol. 131, p. 403 (approved by Congregation, p. 472).

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Following the announcement of the HEFCE settlement in March Oxford, in common with most other universities, finds itself facing continuing and substantial financial constraint in 2001–2. The Planning and Resource Allocation Committee of Council has met frequently to consider the budget for next year and, on its recommendation, Council has agreed that the University should accept a planned deficit in its internal revenue account of £1.6m for the coming year. The initial deficit forecast of £7m considered by the committee has been reduced by a programme of planned savings. The initial forecast figure arose partly because a number of non-recurrent measures were agreed to keep to a minimum the cuts in department allocations during 2000–1.

The implementation of OMIS will result in significant recurrent expenditure savings and, to minimise the impact of cuts upon divisions, a number of further temporary measures, such as a reduction in the size of the University's central contingency, have also been agreed. However a substantial part of the deficit has still had to be passed on to the academic divisions and the seriousness of this for the divisions is not underestimated.

The Vice-Chancellor, Dr Colin Lucas, comments: `The impact of continuing cuts in real terms in state funding cannot be underestimated. The University faces another very difficult year financially. While we are taking further short-term measures to try to mitigate the impact of Government cuts, it is going to be a hard year for us all. We must continue developing alternative sources of funding and we must all make it a priority to work together to put in place a long-term financial strategy to eliminate any underlying deficit.'

Heads of all spending areas have been notified of this year's allocation for their area.

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Appointment of Acting Director

Amended notice

The Visitors of the Ashmolean Museum have appointed DR P.R.S. MOOREY, MA, D.PHIL., Keeper, Department of Antiquities and Fellow of Wolfson College, as Acting Director of the Ashmolean Museum vice Dr C.P.H. Brown, MA (Ph.D. London), Director of the Ashmolean Museum and Fellow of Worcester College, for the period mid-March to 30 September 2002, during which Dr Brown has been granted sabbatical leave.

Note: this replaces the corresponding notice published in the Gazette of 12 July, p. 1242.

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Appointment of Acting Head of the Sub-department of Organic Chemistry

The Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board has appointed DR J.M BROWN, University Lecturer in Organic Chemistry and Fellow of Wadham College, as Acting Head of the Sub- department of Organic Chemistry vice Professor Sir Jack Baldwin, for a period of one year from 1 September 2001, while Professor Baldwin is on leave.

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Appointment of Head of Sub-department of Condensed Matter Physics

The Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board has appointed PROFESSOR ROBIN J. NICHOLAS, Reader in Physics and Fellow of University College, as Head of the the Sub- department of Condensed Matter Physics for three years from 1 October 2001.

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Conferment of the title of Visiting Professor

The Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board has reconferred the title of Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Engineering Design on MR R.H. BOOTH (B.SC. Birmingham), for a further period from 1 October 2001 to 30 September 2003.

The Board has also reconferred the title of Visiting Professor in the Principles of Engineering Design (Royal Academy of Engineering) on MR E. BOOTH (C.ENG., FICE, FISE) for a further period from 1 April 2001 to 30 September 2003.

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As part of the University's programme of regular departmental reviews the School of Geography and the Environment will be reviewed during Hilary Term 2002 by a panel appointed and chaired by the Head of the Life and Environmental Sciences Division. The panel's terms of reference are to review the academic activities of the School of Geography and the Environment and the balance between them with particular reference to

—the School's development since the last General Board review (1997) taking account of action in response to that review and identifying any further action required in the light of changes in the University, or wider context, since then;

—the research, organisational, and management structures within the School, including such matters as academic and non-academic staff planning and recruitment; accommodation and future space needs; and the relationship between units within the School and between the School and cognate subject areas and colleges with which it is involved in teaching and/or research;

—the educational policy and quality of teaching within the School.

Anyone wishing to make a submission to the review panel should send it by Friday, 14 December, to the Divisional Secretary (Dr R.C. Repp), Life and Environmental Sciences Divisional Office, 2 South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3UB.

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The composition of this committee, which will consider making new or enhanced distinction awards with effect from 1 October 2001 to those holding the post of non-clinical professor or reader, is as follows:

Mr Vice-Chancellor
Rector of Exeter
Principal of Hertford
Warden of Keble
Warden of Nuffield
Principal of Somerville
Professor Sir Roger Penrose
Professor Sir David Weatherall
Professor J.E. Enderby, University of Bristol
Sir John Meurig Thomas, Peterhouse, Cambridge
Professor G.J. Zellick, University of London

Eligible professors and readers have been sent details of the current exercise; any professor or reader who has not received these should contact Dr J.D. Whiteley at the University Offices.

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The composition of the electoral boards to the post below, proceedings to fill which are currently in progress, is as follows:

Professorship of Management Studies

Amended notice

                                           Appointed by

Mr Vice-Chancellor                               ex officio
Dr M.D. Young                                    Templeton College
Mr D.E. Guest                                    Council
Professor C. Mayer                               Council
Mr D.A. Hay                                      Social Sciences Board
Professor A.G. Hopwood                           Saïd Business School
Professor P. Willman                             Saïd Business School
Professor J. Sutton                              Saïd Business School
Professor M. Sako                                Templeton College

Note: this replaces the notice published in the Gazette of 26 July, p. 1364, which incorrectly stated that Professor Sako had been appointed by the Saïd Business School.

Readership in the History of Medicine and Directorship of the (Oxford) Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine

                                                 Appointed by

The Principal of Linacre (Chairman)         Mr Vice-Chancellor[1]
The Warden of Green College                      ex officio
Professor C. Salomon-Bayet                       Council after consultation with the
                                                 Wellcome Trust
Professor C.D.H. Jones                           Council
Dr R.C.S. Walker                                 Council
Professor Sir David Weatherall                   Medical Sciences Board
Dr D.S. Fairweather                              Medical Sciences Board
Professor R. Fox                                 Modern History  Board
Dr C. Webster                                    Modern History Board
Professor Sir John Grimley Evans                 Green College
[1] Appointed by Mr Vice-Chancellor under the provisions of Tit. IX, Sect. III, cll. 2 and 3 (Statutes, 2000, pp. 63–4).

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The term-time opening hours of the University Counselling Service will be 9.15 a.m.–5.15 p.m. on weekdays. The service will operate these hours from noughth week to tenth week.

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Careers Advice Service for Contract Research Staff

This initiative, provided by the University Careers Service at 56 Banbury Road (in addition to services provided to students), aims to encourage and enable academic-related research staff, who are employed directly by the University on fixed term contracts (contract research staff), to make and implement well informed decisions about their careers by:

—providing impartial, professional, careers advice;

—supporting them in recognising and developing the attributes necessary for successful career development;

—enabling them to appreciate and explore the range of opportunities available;

—assisting them to clarify their values, interests, abilities and skills and to relate these to possible career options;

—providing access to a wide variety of careers information and resources to facilitate the formulation and implementation of career plans.

The service operates flexibly in an attempt to cater for personal needs, whether individuals are:

—generally uncertain about the career options open to them;

—considering reviewing or changing their career direction;

—thinking about finding a new job in academia, commerce, industry, the public sector, or setting up their own business, etc.

Following registration members of contract research staff will have access to up to four, confidential, one-to-one meetings with a careers adviser to help clarify personal and career objectives and to identify the main career options open to them. They may also drop-in to see the Duty Adviser at the Careers Service to help resolve brief queries and make use of the wide range of careers information resources held at the Careers Service, including, a computerised careers guidance system. Psychometric ability testing and personality profiling for career development purposes (with feedback) can also be arranged, on an ad hoc basis, where sufficient demand exists. In addition, two career development workshops (Career Review and Planning, and Job Search and Interview Skills), designed specifically for contract research staff who are looking to review their careers and develop effective career management, job search and interview skills, are run at various times throughout the year. To book a place on any of these workshops please telephone, or e-mail, the Institute for the Advancement of University Learning (telephone: (2)86808, e-mail:

Further details of the service are available on the Careers Service Web-site, (at Home Page click on Contract Research Staff) or from John Kirwan, the careers adviser for contract research staff, (telephone: (2)74736, e-mail:

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Change in registration procedures for open access language courses 2001--2

Faced with overwhelming demand for places on Open Access language courses, the Language Centre is introducing new procedures for standard (non-priority) registration during Week 1 of Michaelmas Term. Arrangements for priority registration remain unchanged. Those requiring a language course for reasons of study or research may register for courses at any time. Matriculated students must obtain a priority registration form from the Language Centre and bring it signed by their tutor or supervisor to register for a course.

Remaining non-priority places on courses will be allocated on a random selection basis at the end of Week 1, following the initial registration period of Monday, 8 October to Wednesday, 10 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, 10 October, will automatically be allocated to the waiting list for a course if no places are available. Class lists will be posted at the Language Centre and on the Language Centre Web-site by 12 noon on Friday, 12 October.

English for Academic Study (EFL)

The above arrangements do not apply to courses of study within the programmes of English for Academic Study and English as a Foreign Language where registration is already open for postgraduate students. Other applications will be accepted from 1 October.

Library and self-study facilities

The Library's collection of audio/video cassettes, books and computer programs covers well 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 and Self-Study Area is free of charge to the following: senior members of the University who are members of Congregation, junior members of the University pursuing a course and members of staff (including staff of the colleges, teaching hospitals and the University Press). The Centre also accepts applications from external users for a fee.

The Language Centre and Library are open during vacation from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., Monday–Friday. Further information about all courses and facilities at the Language Centre may be obtained from the Language Centre's Information Officer, Angela Pinkney, by telephoning (2)83360, by e-mailing to, or calling at the Centre at 12 Woodstock Roadk. The Centre's Web-site is at

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