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SPEECHES BY THE PUBLIC ORATOR

The following speeches were delivered by THE PUBLIC ORATOR in a Congregation held on Friday, 8 November, in presenting for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters

Dr JAMES HADLEY BILLINGTON
Librarian of Congress

Cum semper nobis gratissimum sit hospites excipere praeclaros quos admittamus ad summos quoad possumus honores, tum hodie laetitia vel praecipua affecti admirabilem eorum hominum gregem salutamus, sine quorum impenso auxilio deditaque opera nemo nostrum vel unum pedem progredi posset. quid enim proclamaverit ille poetarum maximus Iohannes Miltonus, diu didicimus omnes: optimum quemque librum ingeni excellentis fructum esse subolemque, thesaurum quendam omni pretio pretiosiorem. sed illas opes quis custodit, quis tuetur, quis denique nobis lectoribus patefacit atque largitur? nempe doctissimo illi bibliothecariorum ordini, quorum principes atque signiferos hodie honoramus, referimus acceptum. hic enim quem primum produco, bibliothecae opulentissimae praepositum quae nescio an uberiorem librorum copiam quam quaevis alia possideat, nequaquam subtili illi Senecae philosophi crimini obnoxius est: Quo innumerabiles libros et bibliothecas, inquit, quarum dominus vix tota vita indices perlegit? rem enim habemus cum protobibliothecario qui libros censeat legendos esse utendos pervolutandos, qui ipse omne Musarum curriculum percurrerit, qui ingentes bibliothecae suae opes universis aperuerit, machinis computatricibus excogitatis ingeniosissimis quibus freti omnia in promptu habemus etiam nos qui sumus fortasse ad talia paullo hebetiores. Thomae enim cuiusdam auxilium licet invocare, qui (ut miremur) omnem dubitationem, omnem haesitationem penitus expellit. hic cum olim studiis inter nos maximo cum fructu incubuisset, postea doctrinam cum in Russia tum in Finnia tum inter Francogallos est consecutus. ipsius scripta ad Russiam Russorumque annales praecipue spectant, et quidem contigit huic ut illam gentem penitus cognosceret primum florente adhuc tyrannide ista dein labante ac corruente tum denique profligata atque conlapsa; neque quemquam inveneritis qui doctius aptiusve tam grandem tamque implicatam materiam tractavit.

Praesento Balliolensis Balliolensem Balliolensi virum in primis eruditum, doctrinam suam ceteris libentissime impertientem, bibliothecae summae rectorem eminentissimum, Iacobum Hadley Billington, honoribus plurimis cumulatum, ut admittatur honoris causa ad gradum Doctoris in Litteris.


Paraphrase

It is always a pleasure to welcome guests of great distinction, and to admit them to the highest honours which are in our power to bestow; but today we feel an especial satisfaction, as we greet an outstanding group of those people, without whose devoted hard work we should be unable to make any progress in our own scholarly activities. We all know the famous declaration of the poet Milton: A good book is the precious life blood of a master spirit. But who is it who takes charge of the books, who looks after them, and who duly produces them and makes them available to us as readers? For that we owe a debt of gratitude to the noble army of Librarians: and today we are honouring some of their leading representatives. Dr Billington, whom I present first, presides over a Library of enormous resources, which possesses more books, perhaps, than any other. He is very far from being subject to the feline charge of the ancient philosopher Seneca, who asked, `What is the point of all those books and those great libraries, when the owner barely, in his whole life, reads through the list of titles?' On the contrary, we have before us a man convinced that books are for use and are meant to be read. He is thoroughly acquainted with the whole range of humane subjects, and he has worked to make the riches of his Library generally accessible, using computerised equipment of enormous power, which secures easy access even for those of us who are not, perhaps, highly computer literate. There is a program called Thomas, which—surprisingly—is free from doubt or ambiguity of any kind. Dr Billington studied here in Oxford with success; thereafter he pursued his studies in Russia, in Finland, and in France. His own published work is mostly on Russian literature and history—he had the good fortune to know Russia both before and after the collapse of the Communist system—and he handles those enormous and highly complex subjects with the greatest erudition and insight.

A Balliol Orator presents to a Balliol Chancellor a Balliol man, James Hadley Billington, the recipient of many honours, a great scholar, a great communicator of scholarship, and the Head of a very great Library, for admission to the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters.


Ms LYNNE JANIE BRINDLEY
Chief Executive of the British Library

Cum sit unanimo hominum Oxoniensium fere universorum consensu bibliothecarum universarum facile princeps illa nostra Bodleiana, tum ne nos quidem ignoramus alias esse quasdam quae celebritatem nonnullam, facultates obtineant haudquaquam spernendas, ac praecipue illam Londiniensem, quae sibi populi ipsius summo iure vindicat nomen.

namque haec tantum alias inter caput extulit aulas,
quantum lenta solent inter viburna cupressi:

ut ea quae Tityrus Vergilianus de urbe Roma cecinit leviter quidem detorta in urbem Londinium conferam inque bibliothecam amplissimam quam haec duos iam annos gubernat. nondum desunt, credo, ei qui in bibliothecis nihil inesse nisi pulverem araneas semesa antiquitatis monumenta sibi fingant, senes morosos obsoleto vestitu conspicuos versari inter armaria; quorum ineptias si in hoc hominum humanissimorum coetu opus esset refutare, haec ipsa quam produco, adeo est et strenua et ingeniosa, penitus redarguere videretur. paene dixerim hanc in bibliotheca natam esse et educatam, quae iuvenis admodum in Bodleiana munus obierit, rei bibliothecariae Londini incubuerit, longum et onerum et honorum cursum in Londiniensi perfecerit, in Universitate Liodensi pro Vice-Cancellario res administrarit, aliquamdiu clarissimo calculatorum collegio adscripta sit, tandem ad Bibliothecam Britannicam revocata totum illud negoti genus dirigat quod in omni notitiae, omni scientiae genere technicis modis transmittendo constat. nam his praesertim temporibus permulta sunt quae in libris longum esset exquirere, lectores autem plurimi quibus opus est et investigationes involutissimas brevi tempore conficere et doctrinam abstrusissimam sine mora eruere, erutam collegis communicare, communicatam atque emendatam facere publici iuris. quae omnia multo pluribus hominibus aditum ad immensas illius Bibliothecae facultates celerem ac simplicem munient.

Praesento doctrinae fautricem efficacissimam, scientiae interpretem ingeniosissimam, totius litterarum rei publicae administram eminentissimam, Lynne Janie Brindley, ut admittatur honoris causa ad gradum Doctoris in Litteris.


Paraphrase

We in Oxford are pretty generally of the opinion that the best of all libraries is our very own Bodleian; but even we are aware that there are some others which possess a certain fame, and which dispose of not entirely negligible holdings. Especially is that true of the one in London which deserves to bear the proud name of the British Library; and it is that which for two years now has been run by Ms Lynne Brindley. We could slightly adapt the lines of the poet Virgil and say of London, and of its Library, in comparison with others:

This, like a lofty cypress tree, o'ertops
The humble summits of the shrubby copse.

We are of course aware that some people still imagine that libraries contain only dust, cobwebs, and worm eaten antiquities, with a few aged figures in old-fashioned clothes roaming about among the shelves. In so civilised a company as this, that crass view hardly calls for refutation; but if it did, then Ms Brindley, with her energy and efficiency, would by herself suffice to refute it. One might almost say she was born and bred in a library. When very young she served a term in the Bodleian; then she studied librarianship in London. She worked her way through a long series of jobs and promotions in the University of Leeds, including a term as Pro-Vice Chancellor; then she worked for a celebrated firm of accountants, before being called back to the British Library, where she is in charge of the transmission of information by technology. Nowadays there are many areas of knowledge in which reference to print would be too slow, and many readers who need prompt answers to complicated enquiries, and who are anxious to get information quickly, to pass it on to colleagues immediately, and to get a corrected version into print as soon as possible. These developments promise speedy and straight-forward access for great numbers of people to the vast resources of the Library.

I present Lynne Janie Brindley, powerful in her promotion of scholarship, ingenious in the communication of information, and outstanding in her service to the whole learned community, for admission to the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters.


Sir BRIAN FOLLETT, Kt, FRS
Chairman of the Arts and Humanities Research Board

Ecce prodit honorandus vir qui cum in plurimis Academiis stipendia eventu felicissimo meruerit tandem Oxoniam inter nos [oikothen oikade] reversus eorum se gregi adiunxit qui animalium naturam oculis intentis scrutantur interpretantur. avium praecipue mores tam accurate observat quam nemo umquam augur. quaestio vetustissima est quam frustra temptaverunt homines animantium periti ac mehercle imperiti, quo modo fiat ut volucres certo tempore ova pariant, cum nondum abundet cibus, pulli autem tum denique nascantur, cum copia adsit alimenti; et quidem simul quaesivimus, passim in bestiis admirabilem huius modi ordinem invenimus. hic est qui horologium quoddam innatum repperit, quo gubernantur animantia quae cum sint rationis expertia tamen vitam bene distinctam degere videntur. vir qui bestiarum fecunditatem tam accurate inspexit ipse in scribendo est fecundissimus: plures enim libellos conscripsit quam plerique legerunt. virum tanto ingenio tantaque industria praeditum mox ad summos honores promoverunt collegae, qui et in Societate Regia munere functus sit ut honorifico ita oneroso, et in Universitate sua Vice-Cancellari locum, quem splendidam quandam servitutem esse nemo nescit, octo annos obierit; quae omnia, cum sint maxima, minoris tamen momenti sunt quam quod civibus suis praesto est quotiens summis de rebus disceptatur. cum lues ista quae insaniam secum ferebat in pecudes impetum fecisset, ad hunc itum est; hic est qui bis in Academiis universis investigationes ipsas censura gravi investigavit; hic est e delectis qui cavent ne caelum mare terra sordibus inquinetur; hic in re pecuniaria plurimum pollet, cui totiens mandatum sit ut curet ne homines docti ipsaeque Academiae aut penuria laborent aut luxuria diffluant; hic quindecemviris praesidet qui artium litterarumque studiosis pecuniam dispensant; hic denique se bibliothecis doctrinaeque novae amicissimum praestitit.

Praesento academiarum censorem austerum, bibliothecarum patronum benevolum, hominum academicorum efficacissimum in re publica, rem publicam administrantium eruditissimum, Brian Follett, Equitem Auratum, Societatis Regiae Sodalem, ut admittatur honoris causa ad gradum Doctoris in Litteris.


Paraphrase

The next of our honorands is a man who has passed his career in many Universities, but who has made his home from home and settled among us in Oxford, where he works with those who study animal behaviour. He has made a closer study of the behaviour of birds than was made by any Roman augur. There is a very long-standing question, which has attracted attention and unsuccessful attempts at a solution from many experts in the field, and indeed also from many amateurs: how does it come about that birds lay their eggs in a season when there is little in the way of food, but the young are actually born at a time when food is plentiful? As soon as we put this question, it is evident that nature abounds in instances of just such orderly behaviour. It is Sir Brian Follett who described the working of an inborn clock which controls the behaviour of creatures which, while not in our sense rational, none the less live a life marked by orderly succession. It is perhaps appropriate that a man who has worked so closely on the fertility of animals should himself have been so fertile in scientific production: he has written more scientific papers than many scientists have read. From a quiet academic existence he was impelled into a career, in part, of public service. His colleagues were not slow to promote a man of such outstanding energy and ability to high professional honours: he has held an honorific but also taxing position in the Royal Society, while in his University he was for eight years Vice-Chancellor, a position which we all know to be a kind of splendid servitude. These things, however, important as they are, are still less significant than his readiness to serve the community in matters of the very greatest weight. When our cattle were struck by mad cow disease, recourse was had to Sir Brian; he has twice been at the heart of the Research Assessment Exercise in Universities; he serves on the Committee to protect the Environment. And he is a figure of power in financial affairs, who has repeatedly been called in to advise on academic expenditure, lest we in the Universities should be either crushed by poverty or demoralised by excessive opulence. Recently he has proved to be an ally of libraries and the new forms of information technology.

I present Sir Brian Follett, FRS, the strict assessor of Universities, the generous patron of libraries, the most practical of academics, the most academic of practical men, for admission to the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters.


Dr PAUL LECLERC
President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Public Library

Honorandorum agmen claudit Protobibliothecarius qui plerumque scriptoribus Francogallicis vacavit, et eis praesertim qui tria abhinc saecula florebant scribebant altercabantur: nam genus irritabile vatum, ut cum Horatio poeta dicam, tum vel praecipue litibus iurgiisque gaudebat. quorum notitiam tam luculento successu provexit ut a senatu populoque Francogallico summis honoribus sit iure honestatus. verissime autem dixit vir facundissimus M.Cicero poetas, omnium bonarum artium doctores atque scriptores, et legendos esse et pervolutandos; haud mirum igitur hunc qui poetarum opera tam attente legisset se tandem ad librorum curationem bibliothecasque convertisse. in urbe nostra libros aliquot iuris publici fecit, cum plurimos alibi protulerit vir fecunditate admirabili insignis, qui tam singulorum ingenia quam saeculi totius mores sententiasque summa doctrina, summo acumine inlustrat. olim breve tempus Parisiis consumpsit hic, sed multi iam anni sunt ex quo urbem Novum Eboracum admirabili constantia incolit, ubi cum studiis magna cum laude institisset diu cursum academicum prosecutus ad summum ut videbatur cacumen provectus Collegio praeclaro praesidebat. sed ne tam excelsum quidem magistratum adepto requiescere licebat: ad summum Bibliothecarum urbanarum gubernaculum avocatus provinciam moderatur amplissimam, quae centum fere aedificia complexa ingentem civium multitudinem delectat erudit format. tempus me deficiat si tantam librorum congeriem enumerare, ne dicam enarrare coner. sed hic ne tanta quidem copia contentus, cum omnia omnium scriptorum opera collegisse videatur, se re vera providentem esse demonstrat: machinas computatrices, sine quarum auxilio viri docti hodierni in dies magis magisque haerent, hic intellegit promovet laudat; et quidem nuperrime librum curavit edendum, doctum, Iuppiter et laboriosum, quo explicatum invenimus quantas partes hic quoque acturae sint istius modi machinae.

Praesento virum doctissimum, annalium scriptorem facundissimum, bibliothecarium summum, Paulum Leclerc, ut admittatur honoris causa ad gradum Doctoris in Litteris.


Paraphrase

I present a Librarian whose scholarly production has been mainly devoted to French literature, and in particular to those writers who in the eighteenth century flourished, wrote, and quarrelled; for what the poet Horace called `the irritable race of poets' never enjoyed disputes and feuds more than at that time. His work has been so distinguished that he has deserved and received very high honours from the French Republic. What the great orator Marcus Cicero said is true, when he called poets the teachers and authorities of all civilisation, adding that their works should be read and reread with close attention; so it is by a natural progression that Dr Leclerc, a close and attentive reader of poetry, should have turned to librarianship and to the care of books. He has published several books in Oxford, although the bulk of his impressively large and varied output has seen the light in other places; it illuminates, with great learning and insight, not only individuals of genius but also the whole mental world of their time. He spent a short time in Paris, but he has passed most of his career, with praiseworthy single-mindedness, in New York. There he crowned a distinguished academic career with appointment as President of Hunter College. It might have seemed that there were no further steps for him to climb, but even in that lofty position he did not come to rest. He was called to the Presidency of the whole library system of New York, in which position he rules an enormous empire with nearly a hundred buildings, which plays a vital role in the education and cultural formation of the city's multitudes of citizens. It would be a hopeless task to attempt to list or even to describe the wealth of publications which the Library contains; but Dr Leclerc, not content with having amassed what appears to be the whole of world literature, shows himself to be truly forward looking. He is an enthusiast for computers, he encourages their use, he understands them; and scholarship nowadays is increasingly helpless without them. He recently was responsible for a collective volume, learned and weighty, which sets out to explain the important role which such technology will play in the future.

I present Paul Leclerc, a scholar of high distinction, a most productive writer of history, and a supreme Librarian, for admission to the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters.

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ANCIENT HISTORY ESSAY PRIZE 2002

The Prize has been awarded to matthew nicholls, St John's College.

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RULES COMMITTEE

Regulations for the activities and conduct of student members

At a meeting held on 1 November 2002 the Rules Committee confirmed under section 5 of Statute XI the Regulations made by the Proctors on 5 July 2002 (to assist the transfer of subordinate legislation from former Title XIII of Statutes to new Statute XI), as published in the Gazette (Supplement (2) to No. 4630, 24 July 2002, pp. 1537--41).

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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 Social Psychiatry

The Principal of Somerville 
(Chairman)                         Mr Vice-Chancellor [1]
The President of Kellogg           ex officio
Professor D. Goldberg              Council
Professor E. Johnstone             Council
Professor G. Goodwin               Medical Sciences Board
Professor R.A. Mayou               Medical Sciences Board
Professor R. Fitzpatrick           Medical Sciences Board
Professor P. Tyrer                 Medical Sciences Board
Mrs J. Waldren                     Oxfordshire Mental Healthcare NHS Trust
Professor D. Mant                  Kellogg 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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GUIDELINES FOR LEAVE FOR ACADEMIC STAFF

1. Approval of applications for leave

All applications for leave from normal academic duties (sabbatical leave, leave to hold research awards, special leave, etc.) must be accompanied by a recommendation from the individual's department or faculty board, as appropriate, and must also be approved by the divisional board which now has the authority to grant leave.


2. Sabbatical leave and dispensation from CUF lecturing obligations

For the University's regulations in respect of sabbatical leave and dispensation from CUF lecturing duties see Sect. I, § 5A of Council Regulations 24 of 2002 (Statutes, 2000, pp. 372–4, as redesignated as regulations by Decree (5) of 11 July 2002 (Gazette, Vol. 132, p. 1461)). Application forms and advice on individuals' entitlement may be obtained from:

Humanities and Social Sciences Divisions—Ms Seidler, 34 St Giles' (telephone: Oxford (2)70016, e-mail: ingunn.seidler@admin.ox.ac.uk)

Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division—application forms are available from the office of the head of division; advice on entitlement is available from Mrs Iredale, University Offices (telephone: Oxford (2)70017, e-mail: eileen.iredale@admin.ox.ac.uk)

All other staff—Mrs Iredale, University Offices (telephone: Oxford (2)70017, e-mail: eileen.iredale@admin.ox.ac.uk)

Completed application forms (signed by the head of department where appropriate) should be returned to Ms Seidler, the head of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division, or Mrs Iredale, as appropriate, for processing and for faculty board/divisional board approval.

3. Sabbatical leave in advance of entitlement

In some circumstances individuals may wish to take leave for purposes covered by the sabbatical leave scheme at a time when they do not have sufficient sabbatical entitlement. Such circumstances might include an unrepeatable opportunity to pursue academic interests, or a need to undertake fieldwork for a period exceeding one year. In such cases leave could be granted in whole or in part as sabbatical leave in advance of entitlement if a good academic case could be demonstrated.


4. Applications for leave to hold some public offices

Applications for leave to accept an appointment in the public service of national or international importance are normally granted by the divisional board, provided that:

—the purpose of the leave can be shown to be compatible with the academic interests of the department or faculty;

—the department or faculty (and the college in the case of joint appointments) supports the application and is able to cover the individual's duties including examining and graduate supervision;

—it is clear that the individual intends to return to university service after the period of leave.

Applications for leave to hold such offices should be made to the divisional secretary, faculty board secretary, or other officer as notified locally.


5. Applications for certain research awards

Applications to national bodies of prestigious and competitive research awards (e.g. British Academy Research Readerships and Senior Research Fellowships, AHRB Research Leave awards, EPSRC Senior or Advanced Fellowships) are normally granted by the divisional board provided that the department or faculty (and the college in the case of joint appointments) supports the application and that appropriate arrangements can be made to cover the individual's duties, including examining and graduate supervision, should the application be successful. Completed application forms (including any annexes) should be forwarded to Ms Seidler for the Humanities and Social Sciences Divisions, and to Mrs Iredale for all other staff, well before the closing date for processing and for divisional board approval. Applications from CUF lecturers are normally sent to the awarding body by the college (but must have divisional board approval beforehand); applications from other staff are normally forwarded to the awarding body by Ms Seidler or Mrs Iredale.


6. Applications for special unpaid leave

Applications for leave other than those outlined above may be considered as applications for special unpaid leave. Applications may be considered if they meet one or both of the following criteria:

(i) providing academic benefit to the University;

(ii) providing a career development opportunity for the individual, hence aiding staff retention.

Activities under these criteria might include visiting another institution to study specialised laboratory techniques, taking up a visiting lecturership or visiting professorship at a prestigious department abroad, an extended period of fieldwork, etc.

In all cases, it is essential that the consent of the college (where appropriate) and of the department/faculty board is obtained before an application is made to the divisional board. In considering applications, colleges and departments/faculty boards must be satisfied that the proposed leave fits with their overall plans and objectives, and it must be clear that the individual's duties for the college and for the department/faculty, including examining and graduate supervision, can be covered satisfactorily. Divisional boards will consider applications both on their own merits and in the context of overall operational needs, and will not approve applications which are prejudicial to the teaching and research of the department/faculty or which are not supported by the applicant's college.

Occasionally applications are made for leave to enable an individual to accept a fixed- term appointment in another academic institution (other than routine visiting appointments held during sabbatical leave). In such instances the college and the department/faculty board would need to be satisfied that the application was in line with their overall plans and objectives, as above, and that all operational requirements could be covered satisfactorily, before the application was put to the divisional board. Applicants would normally be expected to give a commitment to return to Oxford after the period of leave. It should be noted that the longer the appointment at the other institution, the less likely it is that leave will be granted.

Leave will not be granted, except in the most truly exceptional circumstances, to enable an individual to decide whether to accept a permanent post elsewhere.

It is recognised that some offers are made to individuals at short notice. Given the fact that all members of the academic staff have clear obligations to the University and to their college under the terms of their contracts, no such offer should be accepted without the support of the college and the department/faculty and the explicit approval of the divisional board. It is essential, therefore, that any prospect of such an offer is discussed, in confidence, with the college and with the divisional secretary or faculty board secretary at the earliest opportunity so as to avoid delays, and the possibility of refusal, if a firm offer is then made at very short notice.

All applications for special unpaid leave should be made to the divisional secretary, faculty board secretary or other officer as notified locally, who will also be able to advise on the likelihood of success of any application on the university side; the college's consent in appropriate cases must be obtained before an application is put to the divisional board.


7. Special paid leave

Divisions may, if they wish, with the concurrence of the college in relevant cases, grant additional paid leave outside sabbatical entitlement, funded from their own resources, to enable staff to undertake projects of mutual benefit to the individual and the University. Examples might include asking a member of staff to concentrate for a term wholly on considering revised teaching patterns across a whole subject area; or permitting a member of staff to teach at another university for a term to foster inter-institutional links, possibly as part of an exchange arrangement.


8. Stipendiary arrangements

Sabbatical leave and dispensation from CUF lecturing duties: leave will be granted with stipend (although it may be granted without stipend if taken for the purpose of holding a remunerated visiting appointment under 6 above).

Leave to hold a public office: leave will be granted without stipend.

Leave to hold a research award: the arrangements vary depending on the regulations governing the award, but it is normal for individuals holding such awards to continue to receive their usual university stipend, the awarding body either providing funds to make a replacement appointment or reimbursing the University for the individual's salary costs.

Special leave: leave will normally be granted without stipend, but see 7 above.


9. Implications for future entitlement to sabbatical leave or dispensation from CUF lecturing duties

Special leave does not count as qualifying service for the purposes of calculating future entitlement to sabbatical leave or dispensation from CUF lecturing duties. However it does not count against an individual's future entitlement. When special leave has been granted for the purposes of holding a public office or a research award, sabbatical leave is not normally granted in the period immediately preceding or following the period of special leave, although some flexibility may be exercised at the divisional board's discretion in respect of periods of special leave not exceeding one year, especially in connection with the holding of research awards.

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BUSINESS LIAISON UNIT

The Business Liaison Unit has been set up to build on Oxford's excellent track record of collaboration with industry, and to act as a gateway for high technology business into the University.

The Unit has been established using discrete government funding designed to help higher educational institutions forge closer relations with business. This initiative marks the first step in developing a permanent third stream of funding, alongside teaching and research, from 2003--4 onwards.

In addition to promoting industrial contacts and raising the University's profile within the local business community, the Business Liaison Unit advises companies on appropriate access routes into the University, making sure that that local businesses benefit from the research, consultancy, training, and development that the University offers.

Based at Ewert House in Summertown, the Business Liaison Unit is led by the University's Regional Liaison Director, Joe Barclay (telephone: Oxford (2)80861, e-mail: joe.barclay@blu.ox.ac.uk). Mr Barclay is supported by three Business Liaison Managers:

Dr Tony Klepping—Physical Sciences (telephone: (2)80863, e-mail: tony.klepping@blu.ox.ac.uk)

Dr Mark Bowman—Life Sciences (telephone: (2)80864, e-mail: mark.bowman@blu.ox.ac.uk)

Steven Wilson—IT/Communications (telephone: (2)80866, e-mail: steven.wilson@blu.ox.ac.uk)

Any member of the University wishing to find out more about the work of the BLU should contact one of the Business Liaison Managers on the numbers given above. General enquiries should be directed to Nicola Shepard on (telephone: Oxford (2)80862, e-mail: nicola.shepard@blu.ox.ac.uk).

The Business Liaison Unit's Web address is: http://www.blu.ox.ac.uk.

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LADY MARGARET HALL

Exhibition now open

`Crucible'—recent paintings by Phil Morsmann (Mon.–Fri., 12 noon–2 p.m., until Thur. 28 Nov.)

The exhibition is in the Jerwood Room, Lady Margaret Hall. Opening times are subject to college commitments—intending visitors are advised to check with the college lodge (telephone: (2)74300) before visiting.

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WOLFSON COLLEGE

Exhibition now open

Margaret O'Rorke: recent work (until 22 November)

The exhibition is open subject to college commitments—intending visitors are advised to check with the college by telephoning Oxford (2)74100 befor visiting.

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