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The Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Physics upon PROFESSOR JOHN MILLER, Deputy Head of Astrophysics, International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, for a period of three years from 1 June 2003.

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

King Alfonso XIII Professorship of Spanish Studies
The Principal of Jesus                    Mr Vice-Chancellor [1]
The Rector of Exeter                      ex officio
Professor B.W. Ife                        Council
Professor N. Round                        Council
Dr R.C.S. Walker                          Humanities Board
Professor E. Fallaize                     Modern Languages Board
Dr D. Pattison                            Modern Languages Board
Professor M. Blinkhorn                    Modern History Board
Professor H. Watanabe-O'Kelly             Exeter College                          

[1] Appointed by Mr Vice-Chancellor under the provisions of Sects. 10 and 11 of Statute IX (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002, p. 108).

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Middle Management development pilot scheme

The Institute for the Advancement of University Learning conducts research into higher education and offers development and training opportunities to staff working for the University. The past year has seen development of management training in the University, with the establishing of the Introductory Certificate in First Line Management and the piloting of a professional development scheme for heads of department. The IAUL is now working towards filling the gaps which exist, and this pilot scheme will generate useful data for this project as well as benefiting a small number of university staff.

The target groups for this scheme are:

—central and departmental administrators (from entry level to those on grades ALC5 and 6);

—team leaders in the services (libraries, computing, etc.) on academic-related grades D31/32 and ALC2–4;

—specialist professional staff in central administration (e.g. surveyors, personnel, finance, and audit staff) on grades ALC2–6.

Opportunities are available for members of these groups to be funded to undertake one of five externall-provided management training opportunities.

Further details, including information on how to apply, may be obtained from Robert Crow at the IAUL (e-mail:, telephone: Oxford (2)86818). The closing date for applications is Friday, 27 June (5 p.m.).

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Technology Transfer

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

Isis Innovation Ltd is the technology transfer company of the University of Oxford, commercialising the research generated within and owned by the University.

Established in 1988, Isis is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the University, founded to evaluate, protect, and market the University's intellectual property (where there are no pre-existing exploitation arrangements). In 2002, Oxford University Consulting became part of Isis, matching business consulting needs with University researchers. Isis provides researchers with commercial advice, funds patent applications and legal costs, negotiates exploitation and spin-out company agreements, and identifies and manages consultancy opportunities for University researchers. Isis works on projects from all areas of the University's research activities including the life sciences, physical sciences, humanities and social sciences. Isis welcomes contact from any researcher interested in technology transfer and consultancy opportunities. Visit to learn more about Isis' activities, including its portfolio of technologies and spin-out companies, and to see the `Information for Oxford Researchers' resource.

For more information contact one of Isis' Group Heads: Linda Naylor, Life Sciences (telephone: (2)80910, e-mail:; David Baghurst, Physical Sciences (telephone: (2)80858, e-mail:; or Mark Taylor, Business Innovation and Consulting (telephone: (2)80824, e-mail:

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Exhibition now open

Oil egg-tempera and mix-media paintings by Jyotika Sehgal (Lecturer in Painting, College of Art, Delhi) (9–27 June)

Open daily 10 a.m.–4 p.m., subject to college commitments. Intending visitors should first telephone the college (Oxford (2)74100).

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