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PROFESSORSHIP OF NANOMATERIALS

GEORGE ANDREW DAVIDSON BRIGGS, MA (PH.D. Cambridge), Fellow of Wolfson College and Professor of Materials, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 August 2002.

Professor Briggs will be a fellow of St Anne's College.

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CONFERMENT OF THE TITLE OF VISITING PROFESSOR

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Cancer Pharmacology on P.S. SCHEIN (BA, MD New York), currently President (USA), International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research, for a period of three years from 1 November 2002.

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RACE EQUALITY POLICY

Below is the Race Equality Policy approved by Council. This may also be found on the Equal Opportunities Web site (http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/eop/).

Equal Opportunities Policy statement

The University of Oxford welcomes diversity amongst its students, staff, and visitors, recognising the particular contributions to the achievement of the University's mission that can be made by individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. In relation to staff, the policy and practice of the University require that all the staff are afforded equal opportunities within employment and that entry into employment with the University and the progression within employment will be determined only by personal merit and the application of criteria which are related to the duties of each particular post and the relevant salary structure. In all cases, ability to perform the job is the primary consideration. Subject to statutory provisions, no applicant or member of staff will be treated less favourably than another because of his or her sex, marital status, sexual orientation, racial group, or disability.

In relation to students, the University of Oxford and its colleges aim to provide education of excellent quality at undergraduate and postgraduate level for able students, whatever their background. In pursuit of this aim, the University is committed to using its best endeavours to ensure that all of its activities are governed by principles of equality of opportunity, and that all students are helped to achieve their full academic potential. This statement applies to recruitment and admissions, to the curriculum, teaching, and assessment, to welfare and support services, and to staff development and training.

This policy statement is supported by equal opportunities policies and codes of practice for staff and students, the University's code of practice on harassment, and the University's race equality policy.


Race Equality Policy

1. The collegiate University is committed to promoting equality of opportunity and good race relations and avoiding racial discrimination.

Background

2. The Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 has placed a general duty on public authorities, including the collegiate University, in carrying out its functions, to have due regard to the need to:

—eliminate unlawful racial discrimination;

— promote equality of opportunity;

—and promote good relations between people of different racial groups.

3. The Act has placed further specific duties on higher education institutions to publish a Race Equality Policy and an action plan for its implementation, and to put in place appropriate monitoring and audit to allow for effective assessment of the impact of the policy, the constructive development of new policies, and the enhancement of existing policies.

4. This policy has been developed with regard to the Code of Practice issued by the Commission for Racial Equality.


Commitment

5. The collegiate University will ensure that in the conduct of all its activities steps are taken to avoid the occurrence of racial discrimination, whether direct or indirect, and to promote good relations between different racial groups.

6. Any unlawful discriminatory behaviour, including harassment or bullying by individuals or groups, will be regarded extremely seriously and could be regarded as grounds for disciplinary action, which may include expulsion or dismissal.


Consultation

7. There will be consultation at all stages in the implementation and review of this policy. This will include staff and students and in particular those from different racial groups, joint committees, and other interested and relevant groups within the collegiate University.


Community partnership

8. The collegiate University will work in partnership with the community and racial equality organisations and networks to develop a positive environment in which diversity and difference are valued. It will incorporate into the development and implementation of outreach activities an awareness of the need to promote equality of opportunity and good relations between people of different racial groups.


Guidance, support, and training

9. Guidance, support, and training will be provided to members of staff to ensure that the University's commitment to race equality is fully realised.


Monitoring and audit

10. The collegiate University has in place arrangements to monitor, by reference to different racial groups, the selection and recruitment of members of staff and the admission of students. The results of this monitoring process are collated by the University's Equal Opportunities Officer and reported to the Committee on Diversity and Equal Opportunities (CDEO).

11. In addition to the monitoring and audit arrangements already in place, the Equal Opportunities Office is putting in place procedures to ensure that such additional monitoring is undertaken as is necessary to ensure that the University is able to identify possible improvements in its practices in relation to: teaching, learning, and assessment; management and governance; admissions, access, and participation; students' support and guidance; behaviour and discipline; partnership and community links; staff recruitment, training, and career development; and service delivery.

12. The University's Race Equality Action Plan sets out in greater detail the way in which arrangements for monitoring are to be developed in the year 2002–3.


Responsibilities

13. Council is responsible for securing compliance with the general and specific duties and for overseeing implementation of the Action Plan.

14. The Vice-Chancellor is responsible for providing leadership in the promotion and implementation of the Action Plan.

15. The University's Committee on Diversity and Equal Opportunities (CDEO) is responsible to Council for the promotion, development, implementation, monitoring, prioritisation and review of equal opportunities policies generally.

16. All Committees are responsible for ensuring that this policy is embedded in their duties and functions in relation both students and staff.

17. Those with managerial responsibilities have a duty to take forward specific actions under this policy as identified in the action plan in addition to the general duties under the Act.


Contractors and service providers

18. The collegiate University's procurement policies will address, where appropriate, the obligation to promote race equality and good relation between different racial groups.


Review

19. The Race Equality Policy will be reviewed annually to assess its effectiveness by Council after consultation within all appropriate committees, such review to take place in Trinity Term each year.


Publication

20. The University will publish the Race Equality Policy and results of monitoring and assessments. This will include providing information on consultation undertaken as part of the audit process, and the report will be presented to the General Purposes Committee of Council annually in Michaelmas Term and published.

Note: In order to ensure that the University is properly equipped to implement the Race Relations (Amendment) Act, it has initiated a review of its Equal Opportunities Unit and the associated committee structure. At the same time, it has established a Race Equality Project Group under the chairmanship of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic) both to oversee the implementation of its Race Equality Action Plan and, whilst the above review is taking place, to assume the responsibility for the co-ordination of policy development with respect to race equality that would ordinarily lie with the Committee on Diversity and Equal Opportunities.

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ISIS INNOVATION LIMITED

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: innovation@isis.ox.ac.uk, Internet: http://www.isis-innovation.com/.)

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KEBLE COLLEGE

Concert

THE KEBLE COLLEGE CHAPEL CHOIR will give a concert, including Fauré's Requiem and Bach's Lobet den Herrn, in the chapel, Keble College, at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, 12 November. Tickets, costing £6 (concessions £4) will be available at the door.

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BODLEIAN LIBRARY

Exhibition now open

Wonderful things from 400 years of collecting: The Bodleian Library 1602–2002: a rare opportunity to see some of the Bodleian's greatest treasures, including the Shakespeare First Folio, and the famous Gutenberg Bible, and some recently acquired works (until 21 December, in the Bodleian Library Exhibition Room, Old Schools Quadrangle; open Mon.–Fri., 9.30 a.m.–4.45 p.m., Sat. 9.30 a.m.–12.30 p.m.; admission free)

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY COMPUTING SERVICES

Academic Computing Development Team: call for proposals, winter 2002

The Academic Computing Development Team invites proposals from Oxford University staff for the development of IT-based teaching or research projects. The ACDT is part of the OUCS Learning Technologies Group and is multidisciplinary. It grew out of the Humanities Computing Development Team which has been running projects for over four years. Proposals are invited from staff members within any division for projects to be developed during the year 2003–4. The ACDT encourages applicants who wish to begin projects with a start date of June 2003 or November 2003.

Projects may be based in any subject area and can have either a teaching or research focus. Examples of the types of projects which might be considered appropriate are: Web-based teaching and learning materials; online dissemination of rare materials; and the design and development of databases or software. Projects may range in size from provision of advice on planning an IT project to the design and development of a whole system. Projects may involve more than one partner including academic, library, museum, and support staff. The ACDT has already developed a number of successful projects, details of which can be found on the Web at http://acdt.oucs.ox.ac.uk/acdt/projects/.

For further details on how to propose a project, and an application form, see http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/acdt/. Questions should be directed to Sophie Clarke, ACDT Project Manager, OUCS, 13 Banbury Road (telephone: Oxford (2)83428, e-mail: sophie.clarke@oucs.ox.ac.uk).

The closing date for proposals is Monday, 16 December.

Note: if the project will involve the use of substantial amounts of material held in Oxford libraries, the organisers are strongly encouraged to contact the Oxford Digital Library/Development Fund (telephone:Oxford (2)84454, e-mail:odl@ulib.ox.ac.uk). The ACDT will be working collaboratively with ODL but chiefly on the development of interfaces and learning environments that utilise ODL materials.

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