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The following speech was delivered by THE PUBLIC ORATOR in a Congregation held on Saturday, 18 May, in presenting for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Civil Law


Cum multa sint quibus iure gloriari solet haec Academia, tum hoc certe haud minimum est, quod Prelum nostrum in prelis omnibus quae academica vocantur locum facile principem, a maioribus legatum, a recentioribus defensum, summa universorum consensione sibi vindicat. equidem suspicor haud paucos esse homines, si totum terrarum orbem scrutari possemus, quibus ipsum Oxoniae nomen esset ignotum, nisi libros in hac urbe impressos agnoscerent. gloriam autem non adsequuntur mortales nisi sudore multo, labore conquisitam diuturno; quem laborem nos etiam si plerique oculis vix umquam conspicimus ipsi, tamen scimus universi summis viribus, maxima prudentia urgeri. in mentem veniunt prophetae Danielis verba, in Bibliothecae nostrae pariete incisa, quae leviter tantum detorta de Prelo dici posse manifestum est: Libri scilicet plurimi pertransibunt, et multiplex erit scientia. cuius modi multiplicatio haudquaquam contigisset, nisi incredibilem in modum crevissent singulae Preli facultates. haec quam produco cum plus quam octo abhinc lustra se Prelo primum addixit, vectigalia adhuc parva erant, emolumentum autem quod posset Academiae praesto esse perparvum. sed haec prius fuere: ex quo enim haec ab epistulis facta est ei qui Delegatis simul servit et quodam modo imperat, Secretarium dico, nam haec quidem tam longo temporis spatio Secretariis haud minus quam quinque ex ordine inserviit, quadragies, quadragies inquam, aucta sunt Preli et vectigalia et emolumenta. inter prudentes iam diu constat hanc partes in tam luculento successu egisse primas, quae cum scribarum labores summa fide, summo silentio gubernarit, tum quidquid decreverint sive Delegati sive aerari quaestores accuratissime conscripserit; Delegatis ipsis (quibus viris quibus civibus) adeo omnia in promptu habuerit, adeo quidquid opus fuerit suppeditarit, ut nihil reliquerit desiderandum. neque hoc praetermittendum existimo, cum Preli opera alia ad Universitatem spectent, alia ad ceteros magis cives adque externas gentes, hanc utrumque genus summa urbanitate, summa constantia gubernasse.

Praesento feminam omni laude dignissimam, Preli administram eminentissimam, de Academia nostra optime meritam, Margaritam Goodall, ut admittatur honoris causa ad gradum Magistri in Artibus.


Oxford University has many things to be proud of, and the Oxford University Press is certainly not the least of them. By general agreement it has successfully maintained its traditional position as the leader among the university presses of the world. One may indeed suspect that, if the truth were known, there are many people in the world to whom the name of Oxford is known only from the title pages of its printed books. Mortals do not attain glory without hard and continued work. In the case of the Press, most of us see very little of the details of that work, but we all know that it is carried on with very great energy and equally great perspicacity. The words of the Prophet Daniel come to mind, inscribed as they are on a wall of the Bodleian Library; only a slight change is needed, to fit them to the Press: Very many books shall pass through it, and knowledge shall be multiplied. The degree of multiplication which has in fact been achieved would have been impossible without an extraordinary increase in the scale of the Press's operations. When Miss Margaret Goodall, whom I now present for an honorary degree, first joined the Press, its turnover was small, and the profit available for academic purposes was very small indeed. It is more than forty years since she became Administrative Assistant to the Secretary to the Delegates, the officer who serves the Delegates and in a sense also governs them. Since then she has worked with five successive Secretaries. Since then, too, the income of the Press, and its profit, have increased forty-fold, a truly remarkable figure. All agree that Miss Goodall played a prime role in this story of success. She managed the Secretary's office with extraordinary efficiency and discretion; she kept scrupulously accurate minutes of the meetings of the Delegates and the Finance Committee; and she gave individual Delegates, those outstanding figures, a service which left nothing to be desired. It would also be wrong not to mention that she has handled relations in both directions, both with the University and with the world at large, with an exemplary blend of firmness and diplomacy.

I present Miss Margaret Goodall, a woman deserving of every kind of praise, an eminent servant of the Press who has earned the warm gratitude of the University, for admission to the honorary degree of Master of Arts.

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Sheldonian Theatre

At the Encaenia to be held in the Sheldonian Theatre on Wednesday, 19 June, the Curators of the Theatre propose to allot seats as follows, and subject to availability, to those who apply for tickets:

(a) One Visitor's ticket each to Heads of Houses, Canons of Christ Church, members of Council, and certain other persons holding official positions in the University;

(b) One Visitor's Ticket to each Professor;

(c) One ticket to each member of Convocation (i.e. any matriculated member of the University on whom any degree of the University has been conferred, or any member of Congregation who does not hold such a degree).

Applications for tickets in the above categories, stating the name and standing of each person for whom a ticket is requested, should be made not later than Wednesday, 5 June, to the Head Clerk, University Offices (e-mail: All requests for tickets should, for security purposes, state the names of the persons for whom the tickets are intended.

Tickets for all other members of the University (i.e. those who have not been admitted to any degree of the University) will be distributed through college authorities; all applications for tickets in this category should be made to the college authorities and not to the Head Clerk.

The gates and entrances to the Theatre will be opened at 10.45 a.m. and the proceedings will begin at 11.30 a.m. Holders of tickets are requested to be in their places inside the Theatre by 11.15 a.m.

All members of the University are required to wear subfusc and full academic dress. Doctors will wear their robes and other graduates their hoods.

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Ewert House, Ewert Place, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BZ

Isis Innovation, a wholly-owned company of the University, was established in 1988. The company has been formed to exploit know-how arising out of research funded by the UK Government through the Research Councils and funded by other bodies where the rights are not tied. The function of the company is to ensure that the results of research bring rewards to Oxford, and to the inventors, who are given a financial incentive for exploitation.

Isis seeks licensees willing to pay lump sums and/or royalties for the use of know-how arising out of research. Isis also exploits the intellectual property of the University by setting up individual companies using venture capital or development capital funds.

Isis' services are also available to individuals who wish to exploit the results of research supported by non-Research Council sources, when there are no prior conditions on the handling of the intellectual property rights. Isis Innovation has at its disposal a small pre- seedcorn fund for paying the costs of protecting intellectual property rights and for taking work to a stage where its potential can be assessed.

Isis finds industrial partners to ensure that new ideas can be developed for market requirements. The company has established the Oxford Innovation Society for major industrial companies, so that they can have a window on Oxford technology and an opportunity to license and invest where appropriate.

A brochure explaining Isis' activities is available. If you wish to receive a copy, please contact Isis (details below).

Members of the University should contact the Managing Director if they wish to take advantage of the services that Isis provides. (Telephone: (2)80830, fax: (2)80831, e-mail:, Internet:

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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, or 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, three career development workshops (Career Review and Planning, Job Search Skills, and Effective Interview Preparation), all designed specifically for contract research staff who are looking to review their career options, or to find alternative work, are run at various times throughout the year. To book a place on any of these workshops contact the Institute for the Advancement of University Learning (telephone: (2)86808, e-mail:

Further details of the service are available from John Kirwan, the careers adviser for contract research staff (telephone: (2)74736, e-mail:, Web site:

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Bodleian Japanese Library: summer closure

Due to essential maintenance work, the Bodleian Japanese Library will be closed to readers from 12 to 30 August. Alternative accommodation will be available at the Oriental Institute Library. Anyone who requires arrangements for the transfer of material in the BJL collection should give prior notice before 2 August. The library regrets any inconvenience caused to readers.

Further information may be obtained from the Bodleian Japanese Library, 27 Winchester Road, Oxford OX2 6NA (telephone: (2)84506, fax: (2)84500, e-mail:

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