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The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic) will chair a committee to review the Department of Engineering. The committee's terms of reference are:

(a) To review the educational policy and quality of learning and teaching in the Department of Engineering by reference to international standards of excellence, taking into account, in the context of the University's mission statement and corporate plan, all factors relevant to the Department's practice and achievement in respect of: access and admissions; curriculum design and course structure; teaching, learning, and assessment and, in particular, the relationship between teaching and research; academic and pastoral support and guidance; the provision and use of learning resources (including staff resources); specific arrangements for the pursuit of graduate studies (including research degrees and research training) and part-time study; and relationships with colleges.

(b) To report and make recommendations to the Educational Policy and Standards Committee (EPSC) and the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee (PRAC) for consideration in consultation with the Divisional Board. The report, or relevant sections of it, will be sent to the Academic Committee of the Conference of Colleges and the departmental external advisory body for information and comment to EPSC/PRAC.

The membership of the Review Committee is:

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic) (Dr L.G. Black) (Chairman)
Professor R.S. Abhari, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Professor K. Glover, Cambridge
Professor H. Griffiths, UCL
Mrs J. Kennedy, Ove Arup
Professor A.W. Nienow, Birmingham
Dr P.D.M. McFadden

The committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference. These should be sent to the secretary to the review committee, Mr S.G. Douglas, University Offices, Wellington Square, by 1 March.

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

Professorship of Diabetic Medicine

The Master of St Cross (Chairman)                      Mr Vice-Chancellor[1]
The Principal of Harris Manchester                     ex officio
Professor F. Ashcroft                                  Council
Professor E. Gale                                      Council
Professor J.I. Bell                                    Medical Sciences Board
Professor R. Holman                                    Medical Sciences Board
Dr D.R. Matthews                                       Medical Sciences Board
Professor B. Belfrage                                  Medical Sciences Board
Dr J. Morris                                           Oxfordshire Health  
Dr L.J. Smith                                          Harris Manchester College 

Professorship of French Literature

Mr Vice-Chancellor                                          ex officio
The Principal of Lady Margaret Hall                         ex officio
Professor A. Moss                                           Council
Professor M. Moriarty                                       Council
Dr R.C.S. Walker                                            Humanities Board
Professor M. Bowie                                          Modern Languages Board
Dr E. Fallaize                                              Modern Languages Board
Professor T.C. Cave                                         Modern Languages Board
Professor P.R.J. Hainsworth                                 Lady Margaret Hall
[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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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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Faculty of Music


The violinist CAROLINE BALDING will give a masterclass on period performance and the violin, at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, 30 January, in the Denis Arnold Hall, the Music Faculty. The event is open to the public and free of charge.

ANN LIEBECK, soprano, will give two `masterclasses for opera singers'. The first of these, on `Opera arias from Mozart', will be held on Thursday, 31 January. The second masterclass will take place on Thursday, 21 February. Both masterclasses will be held in the Denis Arnold Hall, the Music Faculty, at 4.15 p.m. The events are open to the public and free of charge.

Magdalen College

Organ recitals

Organ recitals will be given at 5.25 p.m. on the following Saturdays in the chapel, Magdalen College. Admission is free.

26 Jan.: Charles Cole (Director of Music, Our Lady of Victories, Kensington)

2 Feb.: Nicholas O'Neill (Assistant Organist, St George's Cathedral, Southwark)

9 Feb.: James Parsons (Director, Oundle International Festival)

16 Feb.: Steven Grahl (Assistant Organist, St Marylebone Parish Church)

23 Feb.: Barry Ferguson (formerly Organist, Rochester Cathedral)

2 Mar.: Christopher Gower (Master of the Music, Peterborough Cathedral)

Queen's College

Organ recitals

Organ recitals will be given at 1.10 p.m. on the following Wednesdays in the chapel, Queen's College. Admission free; retiring collection.

30 Jan. : Malcolm Archer (Wells Cathedral)

6 Feb.: Martin Schellenberg (Bournemouth)

13 Feb.: Matthew O'Donovan (Merton College)

20 Feb.: Philip Milward (Trent College, Nottingham)

27 Feb.: Christian Wilson (Christ Church)

6 Mar.: Timothy Hone (Newcastle Cathedral)


THE CHOIR OF QUEEN'S COLLEGE, with the Orchestra of the Eglesfield Musical Society, will perform Britten's St Nicholas–a Wedding Anthem, at 8.15 p.m. on Thursday, 28 February, in the chapel, Queen's College. Admission is by programme at the door (£5; concessions £3).

St John's College and Colin Carr

Chamber Music

The following events will be held in the Garden Quadrangle Auditorium, St John's College.

Admission to concerts is free. Programmes are available from the Porters' Lodge, but are reserved for members of the college until about ten days before the event. Each programme is valid as an admission ticket until ten minutes before the event; any vacant seats will then be filled from the door.

Master-classes: chamber groups or performing soloists receive coaching in front of an informal audience. There is no charge, either for performers or audience. Any performers wishing to take advantage of this opportunity to obtain free coaching should apply via the College Secretary as soon as possible.

Mon. 25 Feb., 8.30 p.m. Sequenza—YAEL WEISS (piano), MARK KAPLAN (violin), and COLIN CARR (cello): Mozart, Trio in E major, K542; Ravel, Trio in A minor; Mendelssohn, Trio in D minor, op. 49.

Tue. 26 Feb., 10 a.m. Master-class by members of the Trio.

Sat. 4 May, 8.30 p.m. THOMAS SAUER performs piano works by Beethoven, including the Moonlight Sonata and Diabelli Variations.

Sun. 5 May, 10 a.m. THOMAS SAUER: master-class.

Fri. 24 May, 8.30 p.m. COLIN CARR and friends perform string sextets.

Sat. 25 May, 10 a.m. Master-class by members of the Sextet.

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Introduction to Digital Video

The OUCS is repeating its `Introduction to Digital Video' afternoons this term.

The first session was held on Tuesday, 15 January, and will be repeated for the following three weeks. This three-hour course is a short practical introduction to digital video and video on the Web, with hands-on filming and editing.

As places are limited, advance booking is essential, by visiting OUCS or via

Filming Literature Competition 2002

For the second year running the Humanities Computing Unit, in collaboration with Chadwyck Healey, is hosting a competition, open to any students at the University, entitled `Filming Literature'. A winning prize of £300, and two runners-up prizes of £100, will be awarded to the most innovative short film representation of any piece of literature to be found in Chadwyck Healey's Literature On-Line (LION) Web service. The short film is judged on innovation and creativity rather than technical competence. Closing date: Friday, 15 March.

See for the text, and for competition details. Full details are available from the HCU's digital video site.

Shoestring Shorts—new short film competition for original material

The Humanities Computing Unit will also be hosting another short film competition, called `Shoestring Shorts'. This competition is intended to demonstrate the depth of dramatic talent and writing ability at Oxford. The competition is available to new short DV films shot and edited in 2002.

Full details of the competition are available on the HCU Web site, Closing date: 17 May.

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