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Timetabling arrangements

Faculties and departments are asked to forward their lecture-list files as soon as possible, and no later than Monday, 25 November.

The printed lecture lists will be distributed shortly before the start of term.

Files, copy, and proofs relating to the Lecture Lists should be forwarded to Val Wood, Lecture Lists Co-ordinator, Public Relations Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (telephone: (2)80548, fax: (2)80522, e-mail: lecture.lists@admin.ox.ac.uk).

For arrangements concerning the Special Lecture List, see below.

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Entries shared between lists

Any faculty member who wishes to place an entry in the lecture list of another faculty or department is asked to forward the information as soon as possible, and directly to the other faculty or department.

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Special Lecture List

Hilary Term 2003

The Special Lecture List for Hilary Term 2003 will appear shortly before term, at the same time as the other Lecture Lists. It will include all appropriate lectures for Trinity Term published in the Gazette during Hilary Term, and also lectures of which details are received by Monday, 9 December (ninth week).

Those wishing to contribute to the Special Lecture List are asked to note that this is a firm deadline, and that items received after it are unlikely to be included.

Items for the Special Lecture List should be forwarded to Martin Harrington, Gazette Editor, Public Relations Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (telephone: (2)80549, fax: (2)80522, e-mail: gazette@admin.ox.ac.uk).

Enquiries concerning proposed dates for special lectures

Those responsible for arranging lectures intended to be of interest to a wide university audience may wish to consult the Editor of the Gazette or the Lecture Lists Co-ordinator (fax: (2)80522, e- mail: gazette@admin.ox.ac.uk or lecture.lists@admin.ox.ac.uk), for information on any other similar lectures, of which details have been received, due to be given on the proposed date or dates.

Distribution: Standing Orders

Any college, faculty, department, or individual Senior Member wishing to check or amend a standing order for the lecture lists should contact the Lecture Lists Co-ordinator (details as above), before the end of the present term.

Boards of the Faculties of Classics and Philosophy

The faculty boards recommend that lectures should be given at the following hours:
Monday       9      Greek History/Latin Literature
            10      Philosophy
            11      Roman History/Greek Literature
            12      Archaeology/Philosophy
            5–7    Free

Tuesday      9      Archaeology
            10      Philosophy
            11      Literature
            12      History
            5–7    Free

Wednesday    9      Roman History/Greek Literature
            10      Philosophy
            11      Latin Literature/Greek History
            12      Archaeology/Philosophy
            5–7    Free

Thursday     9      Literature
            10      Philosophy
            11      Greek History/Latin Literature
            12      Archaeology
            5–7    Free

Friday       9      History
            10      Philosophy
            11      Roman History/Greek Literature
            12      Archaeology/Philosophy
            5–7    Free

Sub-faculty of Languages and Literature

It is recommended that lectures for Honour Moderations should be given at the following hours whenever possible:
Homer               11 (Wednesdays, Fridays)
Virgil              11 (Tuesdays, Thursdays)
Greek Authors       12 (Mondays, Wednesdays)
Latin Authors       11 (Tuesdays, Thursdays)
Language Papers     10 (Fridays)
A                   11 (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, TT;                       
                        Mondays, Wednesdays, MT, HT)
C                   10 (Mondays, Wednesdays)
D                   10 (Tuesdays, Thursdays)
E                   12
F                   12 (Tuesdays, Thursdays, HT, TT);
                    11 and 12 (Tuesdays, Thursdays, MT)

Board of the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages

Timetable of introductory or survey lectures

The Board of the Faculty recommends that lectures should be given at the following hours:
Monday      10      French
            11      German
            12      German
Tuesday      9      Italian
            10      Spanish
            11      Italian 
            12      Spanish
Wednesday    9      Russian
            10      French
            11      Linguistics
            12      Linguistics
Thursday     9      Spanish
            10      Russian
            11      Russian
            12      Italian
Friday      10      French
            11      German
            12      Linguistics

Board of the Division of Social Sciences

The Divisional Board recommends that:

(a) lectures for the Preliminary Examination for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics should be given at the following times:

Politics    10
Economics   11
Philosophy  12 noon (or a 10 o'clock period not occupied by                

(b) courses of introductory lectures and lectures on compulsory subjects for undergraduates in their first three or four terms of work for the Honour School of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics should normally be given at the following times:

Politics    12 
Economics   11
Philosophy  10

Board of the Faculty of Theology

To avoid clashes with Philosophy lectures members of the faculty are asked not to offer Theology lectures of interest to those reading for the Joint Honour School of Philosophy and Theology at the following times:

Preliminary Examination

Monday to Saturday 12

Honour School

Monday 10 and 12
Tuesday 10
Wednesday 10 and 12
Thursday 10
Friday 10 and 12
Saturday 10

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The Vice-Chancellor desires to call the attention of all examiners to the provisions of Ch. VI, Sect. ii.c, § 1, regulations 1--3 (Examination Regulations, 2002, pp. 990–1), which require examiners in all university examinations to appoint one of their number to act as Chairman, to notify the appointment to the Vice-Chancellor, and to publish it in the University Gazette.

He desires that these appointments shall be notified to the Clerk of the Schools who will inform the Vice-Chancellor and see that notice of them is duly published in the University Gazette.

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Accommodation for lectures

Professors, Readers, and University Lecturers who wish to lecture in the Schools next term are asked to make a booking by the end of the current term at the latest.

When booking, please indicate the number of students expected to attend the lecture; this information is essential if the total is expected to exceed 100.

All lectures should start on the hour, and afternoon lectures should finish by 6 p.m. To allow room for changeovers, lecturers should arrange to complete their lecture by five minutes to the hour.

Owing to examination requirements in Hilary Term, lecture rooms in eighth week may be restricted, and in Trinity Term are not fully available in first, second, and third weeks.

Overhead and 35-mm projectors and a limited number of video and LCD projectors are available if booked twenty-four hours in advance. Microphones are provided in the Writing Schools.

Short equipment familiarisation sessions (of ten to fifteen minutes' duration) can be arranged at convenient times. Please contact the Schools (details below) if you wish to arrange a familiarisation session.

All enquiries in respect of lecture bookings, facilities, and equipment should be addressed in the first instance to Martin Batchan (telephone: (2)76901, e-mail: martin.batchan@admin.ox.ac.uk).

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With the approval of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council, the following changes in regulations made by the Medical Sciences Board will come into effect on 6 December.

Medical Sciences Board

M.Sc. in Pharmacology

With effect from 1 September 2003 (for first examination in 2004)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2002, p. 672, after l. 28 insert:
`Pharmacology                                 Medical Sciences'

2 Ibid., p. 730, after l. 35 insert:


1. The Divisional Board of Medical Sciences shall appoint for the supervision of the course an organising committee, which shall have the power to arrange lectures and other instruction.

2. The organising committee shall appoint for each candidate an academic adviser (mentor).

3. Each candidate shall:

(a) follow a course of study in Pharmacology for at least three terms and for a substantial part of the three subsequent vacations, as determined by the course timetable;

(b) attend practical classes which will be compulsory (a record of attendance will be kept);

(c) when they submit their dissertations in September, produce a certificate from their academic adviser to the effect that they have fulfilled the requirements of (a) and (b).

4. Candidates shall be examined in all of the following ways:

(i) each candidate must pass a qualifying examination at the end of the first Michaelmas Term from the beginning of the course. The test shall consist of one three-hour written paper on the topics covered by the Pharmacology Introductory Course, as set out in the Schedule. The organising committee shall not later than the end of the Hilary Term preceding the final examination submit to the examiners a list of candidates who have satisfactorily completed the qualifying examination. Candidates who fail the qualifying examination once shall be permitted to take it again in the first week of the Hilary Term of the year of the final examination.

(ii) Each candidate must pass a three-hour data handling and experimental design examination at the beginning of the Hilary Term and a further test examination at the beginning of Trinity Term examining material taught in the previous term. In each case candidates must pass the examination in order to proceed with the course, and those who fail shall be permitted to sit the examination on one further occasion only.

(iii) Each candidate will be required to submit to the examiners two copies of a typewritten or printed essay of not more than 3,000 words on a topic approved by the organising committee and one practical notebook in which all practical class experiments are recorded.

(iv) Each candidate will be required to submit to the examiners three copies of a typewritten or printed dissertation of not more than 10,000 words (excluding bibliography and appendices) on the research project selected for study as set out in the Schedule.

(v) Each candidate will be expected to give a public oral presentation on his or her research project, on dates to be determined by the organising committee.

5. Each candidate shall be examined viva voce.

6. Before being given leave to supplicate, candidates must have demonstrated understanding of and competence in the topics covered by the professional development programme as set out in the Schedule, to the satisfaction of the programme organisers, who shall submit a certificate to the examiners to this effect.

7. The required written submissions must be sent to the chairman of examiners, M.Sc. in Pharmacology, c/o Clerk of the Schools, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, on the following dates:

(a) the dissertation on the research project must be submitted by dates to be specified by the organising committee and which will be published in the University Gazette not later than the start of the Michaelmas Term of the academic year in which the examination is taken.

(b) The essay and the practical notebook must be submitted by deadlines determined by the organising committee and published in the Gazette no later than the end of the term preceding submission. Each submission must be accompanied by a certificate indicating that it is the candidate's own work.

8. The viva voce examination will normally be conducted in September in the year in which the candidate is examined on dates to be determined by the examiners.

9. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in part of or in the whole examination.

10. The examiners shall retain one copy of each dissertation of each successful candidate for deposit in the Radcliffe Science Library.


The syllabus for study will include four principal components:

(a) Professional Development Programme for Pharmacology

Candidates will be required to follow the same Professional Development Programme as that prescribed in the regulations for the M.Sc. in Biology (Integrative Bioscience) and the M.Sc. in Neuroscience.

(b) Introduction to Pharmacology

Three-module introduction to pharmacology, each consisting of lectures and practical classes. Candidates who have already received training in some of the topic areas covered may, at the discretion of the organising committee, be exempted from attendance at one or more of the introductory lecture series. Such candidates will be required to pass the qualifying examination, which will cover the topics covered in the Introduction to Pharmacology.

Module I: Cells

Module II: Tissue and Organism Pharmacology

Module III: Neuropharmacology

Candidates will also be required to take courses on experimental design, data interpretation, computing, and statistics, approved by the organising committee. Candidates will be required to obtain a Home Office licence and will follow the course of study required for modules 1 to 4 of this.

(c) Advanced pharmacology courses

This will consist of five taught courses consisting of lectures, seminars, practical classes, and tutorials approved annually by the organising committee. Details of the courses available in each academic year will be published in the Gazette in the preceding Trinity Term.

(d) Laboratory research project

The research project based on the candidate's laboratory placement, under the supervision of a research supervisor, on a subject selected in consultation with the organising committee.'

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