Notices

Contents of this section:

[Note. An asterisk denotes a reference to a previously published or recurrent entry.]

Return to Contents Page of this issue


BUDGET FOR 2002–3 SETTLED

The figures announced in the HEFCE settlement in March confirmed the expectation of many universities, including Oxford, that the achievements of the RAE 2001 would not be fully funded. In practice, Oxford's core grant will increase by just 0.23 per cent in cash terms next year. The total annual HEFCE grant, which includes earmarked monies for widening participation and disabilities funding outside the basic core, will be £120.8m. This represents a real terms reduction for Oxford.

Although HEFCE funding now represents only slightly more than 30 per cent of the University's annual income, this will inevitably have a significant impact on its forward plans. In light of this settlement, the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee has reviewed the position in detail. Council has endorsed its recommendation that we must budget for a deficit in 2002– 3. This comes towards the end of a year in which the University is likely to be close to a planned operating deficit of £1.6m.

However, Council believes that the predicted deficit for 2002–3 must be reduced from the initial forecast figure of £10.2m. In addition to injecting non-recurrent funding to ameliorate the deficit, it is planning to establish a restructuring and investment fund to which divisions will be able to bid to finance restructuring schemes. The process by which it will operate is currently under discussion and divisions and departments will be notified of the agreed procedures by which they will be able to submit proposals to the fund.

At the same time, the University continues to diversify its sources of income—for example achieving an increase in external research funding of over 10 per cent in the last financial year. With these and other management measures, the planned operating deficit for 2002--3 will be no more than £4.3m and the University will return to a balanced budget within five years.

The Vice-Chancellor, Sir Colin Lucas, comments: `The University of Oxford will not compromise on the quality and competitiveness of its research and teaching, and we remain one of the highest-earning universities in the country. However, there are difficult decisions ahead for all institutions—Oxford included—following the announcement by HEFCE of its grant allocations for 2002--3. These figures are even more significant as the Transparency Review has already shown that publicly funded teaching and research are not adequately supported across the sector.'

Heads of all spending areas have been notified of the allocation for their areas for 2003- -3.

Return to List of Contents of this section


QUEEN ELIZABETH HOUSE

Appointment of Director

The Social Sciences Board has reappointed PROFESSOR FRANCES J. STEWART, MA, D.PHIL., as Director of Queen Elizabeth House, with effect from 1 October 2002 until 30 September 2004.

Return to List of Contents of this section


CHAIRMANSHIP OF PHYSICS

PROFESSOR K. BURNETT, BA, D.PHIL., Fellow of St John's College and currently head of the Sub-department of Atomic and Laser Physics, has been appointed to the Chairmanship of Physics for a period of five years from 1 October 2002.

Return to List of Contents of this section


DEPARTMENT OF MATERIALS

Appointment of Acting Head of Department

The Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board has appointed PROFESSOR D.J.H. COCKAYNE, MA, D.PHIL., FRS, Fellow of Linacre College and Professor of the Physical Examination of Materials, as Acting Head of the Department of Materials for Professor G.D.W. Smith, MA, D.Phil., FRS, Fellow of Trinity College and George Kelley Reader in Physical Metallurgy, for the period from 1 October 2002 to 30 November 2002.

Return to List of Contents of this section


NUFFIELD DEPARTMENT OF ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY

On the recommendation of the Medical Sciences Board, Council has assigned the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedic Surgery to A.J. CARR, MA status (MB, CH.B., CH.M. Bristol), Fellow of Worcester College and Nuffield Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, for a period of one year from 1 October 2002.

Return to List of Contents of this section


DEPARTMENT OF CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

On the recommendation of the Medical Sciences Board, Council has assigned the Department of Clinical Pharmacology to D.J. KERR (B.SC., M.SC. PH.D., MD, D.SC. Glasgow), Fellow of Corpus Christi College and Rhodes Professor of Therapeutic Sciences and Clinical Pharmacology, for a period of one year from 1 October 2002.

Return to List of Contents of this section


MATHEMATICAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES BOARD

Sub-department of Atomic and Laser Physics

The Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board has conferred the Headship of the Sub- department of Atomic and Laser Physics upon PROFESSOR I.A. WALMSLEY (B.SC. London, PH.D. Rochester), Fellow of St Hugh's College and Professor of Experimental Physics, for a period of five years from 1 October 2002.

Return to List of Contents of this section


REVIEW OF LIBRARY INTEGRATION

The preamble to the Michaelmas Term 1999 legislation establishing the managerially integrated Oxford University Library Services stated that `Whilst the operation of the new arrangements will be subject to continuous evaluation (and minor amendment) in the light of experience, it is intended that a thoroughgoing review of the arrangements, with a formal report to the University about the practical consequences and possible future developments, will be conducted within three years of their introduction'.

Council has set up a panel chaired by Professor Sir Brian Follett to conduct this review. The other members are Mr Peter Fox, Librarian of Cambridge University (who served on the committee chaired by Sir Keith Thomas which led to the new structures), the Warden of Keble, and Professor Hugh Dickinson, Sherardian Professor of Botany, who has just completed a period as a Curator of the University Libraries.

The review has the following terms of reference.

`Bearing in mind the wider university organisational and financial contexts, to review the operation and cost-effectiveness of the managerially integrated library structure over its first three years as measured against the stated objects of achieving:

(a) the distribution of resources within the service to meet users' needs most effectively;

(b) the improvement of the capacity of the University's libraries to respond to the needs of their users in the University;

(c) the maintenance and development of, and provision of access to, Oxford's collections as an international research resource;

(d) the provision of University-wide services such as library automation and electronic media, preservation, and library staff development;

(e) the fostering of the qualities of responsiveness, and of flexibility in provision.'

The review panel, which will be meeting in late November, now invites submissions from users of the integrated library system. The panel may wish to pursue in discussion with individual respondents points raised in their written submissions. Submissions should be sent to the secretary of the review panel, Mr L.C.C. Reynolds, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (e-mail: laurence.reynolds@admin.ox.ac.uk) by 31 October.

Return to List of Contents of this section


REVIEW OF THE UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES

As part of the University's programme of regular departmental reviews, the University Archives will be reviewed during Michaelmas Term by a panel appointed by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Services and University Collections).

The panel's terms of reference are:

`To review the governance, management, staffing, accommodation, and other resources of the University Archives; its collections, conservation, and access policies; and its obligations to its users both internal and external; and to make recommendations, bearing in mind where there are financial implications the level of resources likely to be available within the University and possible alternative ways of raising funds to implement them.'

The panel will be chaired by Mr Lawrence Goldman, Faculty of Modern History (St Peter's College). Its other members are Mrs Janet Williams, Senior Assistant Registrar, University Offices; Dr Rosie Plummer, Administrator, Department of Materials; Mrs Mary Clapinson, Keeper of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts, Bodleian Library; and Mrs Lesley Richmond, Archivist, University of Glasgow.

Submission to the review panel are invited. They should be sent by 24 October to the panel's secretary, Dr Nigel Berry, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (e-mail: nigel.berry@admin.ox.ac.uk).

Return to List of Contents of this section


REVIEW OF THE SCHOOL OF ANTHROPOLOGY

As part of the University's programme of regular departmental reviews, the School of Anthropology will be reviewed during Michaelmas 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 Anthropology and the balance between with particular reference to

1. progress made in response to the 1999 General Board review and any further action required in the light of changed circumstances in the intervening period;

2. a review, by reference to international standards of excellence, of the quality of academic activities in the School and the balance between these activities, taking into account, in the context of the University's mission statement and corporate plan, all relevant factors, especially (a) 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; (b) 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; (c) research strategy for the subject as a whole; and (d) educational policy and quality of learning and teaching in the School.

Anyone wishing to make a submission to the review should send it by Friday, 4 October, to the Divisional Secretary, Dr C.R. Repp, Life and Environmental Sciences Divisional Office, 2 South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3UB.

Return to List of Contents of this section


STAFF COUNSELLING

Counselling is available for university staff who are experiencing work-related problems such as stress during a period of organisational change. It is co-ordinated by the University Occupational Health Service (UOHS) which can refer individuals to one of a panel of external, qualified, accredited, experienced counsellors recruited by the UOHS. Individuals may (with their consent) be referred by their manager or supervisor, or may refer themselves, to the UOHS. They will be seen initially in the UOHS by one of the occupational physicians or one of the occupational health advisers. The service is completely confidential. The UOHS staff will not have access to the counsellors' notes, and information about individuals held by the UOHS is always confidential unless the individual concerned has given written consent otherwise. This new university staff counselling service is separate from the University's student counselling service.

For more information or to make an appointment telephone (2)82676 or e-mail the UOHS at enquiries@uohs.ox.ac.uk.

Return to List of Contents of this section


COMPOSITION OF ELECTORAL BOARD

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

Professorship of Criminology
                                       
                                  Appointed by

The Principal of St Anne's        Mr Vice-Chancellor [1]
The Warden of All Souls           ex officio
Professor R. Morgan               Council
Professor Sir Anthony Bottoms     Council
Professor F. Heidensohn           Social Sciences Board
Professor M. Tonry                Law Board
Professor A. Ashworth             Law Board
Professor P.P. Craig              Law Board
Dr D. Gambetta                    All Souls College

[1] Appointed by Mr Vice-Chancellor under the provisions of Tit. IX, Sect. III, cll. 2 and 3 (Statutes, 2000, pp. 63–4).

Return to List of Contents of this section