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UNIVERSITY PREACHERS

Trinity Term 2003

Thursday, 24 April, at 8 a.m. THE REVD PETER SOUTHWELL, Chaplain of Queen's College and Fellow of Wycliffe Hall. Holy Communion (Latin). At St Mary's.

Sunday, 27 April, at 10 a.m. DOM HENRY WANSBROUGH, OSB, Master of St Benet's Hall. (St Mark's Day Sermon.) At Magdalen College.

Sunday, 4 May, at 10 a.m. THE REVD OLIVER O'DONOVAN, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology, Canon of Christ Church. (Fifth Bampton Lecture. `Judgement in Institution: (i) Legitimate authority.') At St Mary's.

Sunday, 11 May, at 10 a.m. THE REVD OLIVER O'DONOVAN. (Sixth Bampton Lecture. `Judgement in Institution: (ii) Sovereign Judgment.') At St Mary's.

Sunday, 18 May, at 10 a.m. THE REVD OLIVER O'DONOVAN (Seventh Bampton Lecture. `Judgement in Institution: (iii) Judgement in War.') At St Mary's.

Sunday, 25 May, at 10 a.m. THE REVD OLIVER O'DONOVAN. (Eighth Bampton Lecture. `Judgement in Institution: (iv) "Judge not!".') At St Mary's.

Sunday, 1 June, at 10 a.m. DR MAURICE KEEN, Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College. At St Mary's.

* Sunday, 8 June, at 10 a.m. DR RONALD TRUMAN, Emeritus Student of Christ Church. University Sermon (Whit Sunday). At the Cathedral.

* Sunday, 15 June, at 10 a.m. THE VERY REVD VICTOR STOCK, Dean of Guildford. University Sermon (Trinity Sunday). At Keble College.

Saturday, 21 June, at 5.30 p.m. THE REVD PROFESSOR FRANCES YOUNG, OBE, Edward Cadbury Professor of Theology, University of Birmingham. (Sermon to Commemorate the Tercentenary of the birth of John Wesley.) At Lincoln College.

* Sunday, 22 June, at 10 a.m. THE MOST REVD AND RT HON. DR DAVID HOPE, Archbishop of York, Honorary Fellow of Linacre College. (Commemoration Day Sermon.) At St Mary's.

Sunday, 29 June, at 10 a.m. BARONESS WILLIAMS OF CROSBY (THE RT. HON. SHIRLEY WILLIAMS), Honorary Fellow of Somerville College. (St John Baptist's Day Sermon.) At Magdalen College.

* On these days Doctors will wear their robes.

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HAROLD VYVYAN HARMSWORTH PROFESSORSHIP OF AMERICAN HISTORY 2004–5

JOEL H. SILBEY (PH.D. Iowa), President White Professor of History, Cornell University, has been appointed to the visiting professorship for the academic year 2004–5.

Professor Silbey will be a fellow of Queen's College.

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DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING SCIENCE

The Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board has appointed PROFESSOR LIONEL TARASSENKO, Fellow of St John's College and Professor of Electrical Engineering, as Acting Head of the Department of Engineering Science during leave granted to Professor Rodney Eatock-Taylor, Head of the Department of Engineering Science, for a period of two months from 1 April 2003.

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PROPOSALS FOR HONORARY DEGREES TO BE CONFERRED AT THE ENCAENIA IN 2004, AND FOR DEGREES BY DIPLOMA

Council's Advisory Committee for Degrees by Diploma and Encaenia Honorary Degrees gives preliminary consideration both to proposals received from members of Congregation for the conferment of degrees upon royal personages and heads of state on occasions other than Encaenia, and to proposals for the conferment of Encaenia honorary degrees. The committee is chaired by the Warden of Keble, and details of the other members may be obtained from Miss Noon, University Offices, Wellington Square.

Members of Congregation who wish to make suggestions to the committee about honorary degrees to be conferred at the Encaenia in 2004 or degrees by diploma are asked to do so by sending in proposals which provide information under the following headings:

name of nominee; brief biographical details;

reason for nomination.

Proposals should be sent to Miss Noon, under strictly confidential cover, not later than Friday, 9 May 2003.

Members of Congregation wishing to suggest candidates are asked in particular to note the following points:

(a) under Council's standing orders, no member of Council or of the Advisory Committee shall forward to that committee or propose directly to Council the name of any person for any honorary degree unless he or she is prepared personally to recommend that the conferment of such a degree be seriously considered;

(b) while informal soundings within the University on any proposal will often be desirable, every effort should be made to ensure that publicity is not at any stage given to any proposal for the conferment of an honorary degree.

The Advisory Committee will report to Council just before the beginning of Michaelmas Term, submitting a short-list of candidates for further consideration. Council will then decide which proposals should be referred to its Committee on Honorary Degrees. The final list of proposed honorands, drawn up by Council in the light of the latter committee's report, will be submitted to Congregation for approval.

Details of those on whom degrees by diploma and honorary degrees have been conferred in the years from 1993 are set out in pp. 439 of the University Calendar, 2002. This year's honorands are as follows:

The Rt. Hon. Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve

Professor Mary Douglas

Professor Dame Julia Higgins

Sir Paul Nurse

Professor Jean-Pierre Serre

Placido Domingo

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COMPOSITION OF ELECTORAL BOARDS

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

Nuffield Professorship 
  of Clinical Medicine
                                          
The Vice-Chancellor             ex officio
The President of Magdalen       ex officio
Professor J.I. Bell             Council
Professor L. Borysiewicz        Council
Dr K. Fleming                   Medical Sciences Board
Professor A.R.M. Townsend       Medical Sciences Board
Professor H. Waldmann           Medical Sciences Board
Professor C. Black              Medical Sciences Board
Dr J. Morris                    ORHT
Professor J.F. Stein            Magdalen College 







Nuffield Professorship 
  of Clinical Medicine
                                          
Professor S.D. Iversen          Mr Vice-Chancellor [1]
The Warden of Green College     ex officio
Professor A.D. Smith            Council
Professor C.G. Swift            Council
Dr K. Fleming                   Medical Sciences Board
Professor D.A. Warrell          Medical Sciences Board
Dr S. Harper                    Medical Sciences Board
Professor R. Tallis             Medical Sciences Board
Dr H. Jones                     ORHT
Dr M. Donaghy                   Green 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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REVIEW OF CLASSICS

On behalf of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic) will chair a committee to review the Faculty of Classics. The committee's terms of reference are:

(a) To review the educational policy and quality of learning and teaching in the Faculty of Classics by reference to international standards of excellence, taking into account, in the context of the University's mission statement and corporate plan, all factors relevant to the faculty's practice and achievement in respect of: access and admissions; curriculum design and course structure; teaching, learning, and assessment and, in particular, the relationship between teaching and research; academic and pastoral support and guidance; the provision and use of learning resources (including staff resources); specific arrangements for the pursuit of graduate studies (including research degrees and research training) and part time study; and relationships with colleges.

(b) To report and make recommendations to the Educational Policy and Standards Committee (EPSC) and the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee (PRAC) for consideration in consultation with the divisional board. The report, or relevant sections of it, will be sent to the Academic Committee of the Conference of Colleges and to the faculty external advisory body for information and comment to EPSC/PRAC.

The membership of the Review Committee is:

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic)—(Dr W.D. Macmillan) (Chairman)

Professor Alex Garvie, Glasgow

Professor Stephen Mitchell, Exeter

Dr Teresa Morgan, Oriel

Dr Christopher Pelling, University

Professor Harm Pinkster, Amsterdam

Professor Malcolm Schofield, Cambridge

The review committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference. These should be sent to the secretary to the review committee, Mr R.O. Hughes, University Offices, Wellington Square, by Monday, 12 May.

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REVIEW OF THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY COMPUTING SERVICES

As part of the University's programme of regular departmental reviews, the Oxford University Computing Services (OUCS) will be reviewed in July by a panel appointed by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Services and University Collections).

The panel's terms of reference are:

`To review and report to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Services and University Collections) on:

(a) the development of the Computing Services since the last review in 1996 and any significant changes in context and services since then; and

(b) in light of (a), the role, priorities, and future direction of the Computing Services; bearing in mind the level of resources likely to be available within the University.'

The panel will be chaired by Professor David Clary, Head of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division. Its other members are Professor Alan Bowman, Classics, Professor Bill Dutton, Oxford Internet Institute, Mrs Annette Haworth, University of Reading, and Dr David Popplewell, Experimental Psychology.

The review panel welcomes submissions. They should be sent, by Monday, 23 June, to the panel's secretary, Dr Nigel Berry, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (e-mail: nigel.berry@admin.ox.ac.uk).

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APPROVAL TO HOLD OUTSIDE APPOINTMENTS

Guidelines on the holding of outside appointments

These guidelines outline new procedures for obtaining approval to hold outside appointments. No changes have been made to the University's policy, nor to the individuals and types of appointment covered by the policy.

All university employees, with the exception of CUF lecturers, are required to obtain approval for the holding of any outside appointment. The following do not count as outside appointments for this purpose (see Council Regulations 24, Sect. I, &;167; 5.A, cll. 10--11):

—the holding of the office of Proctor or Assessor;

—the holding of the office of examiner in any examination which is part of a degree course at any university;

—the holding of a commemorative lecturership or similar post in any university with the duty to give not more than eight lectures in any year of office;

—activities or responsibilities normally associated with, or arising from, scholarly work which do not involve a formal and continuing contract.

The University permits its employees to hold outside appointments without deduction of stipend subject to the following conditions:

—the total commitment to such outside appointments must not exceed thirty days per year;[1]

—any contractual terms proposed to cover the outside appointment must be scrutinised by Research Services on behalf of the University, and must not be amended without the prior written approval of Research Services;

—the employee's head of department[2] must approve the application.

Outside appointments can take a number of different forms, such as consultancy, private professional practice, expert witness, and non-executive directorships. (Approval will not be given for the holding of executive directorships.) These are activities carried out outside the University and are contracted for from the individual's personal address. University letterhead, facilities, and premises should not be used without the University's express permission.

Certain types of activity involving consultancy/services to industry may be carried out within the University and may be included, where appropriate, within projects funded by externally-funded research grants and contacts. These are described below.


Procedures for applying for approval to hold outside appointments

(a) Applicants must complete an application form (form OA1, available on the University's Web site at http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/ps/outappts.shtml, or in hard copy from departmental administrators/faculty board secretaries).

(b) Applicants whose salaries are funded from externally-funded research grants or contracts, or who are Principal Investigators or Co-Investigators on outside-sponsored projects, must adhere to the terms and conditions stipulated by or agreed with the sponsor and, if necessary, seek written approval from the sponsor. [3] Research Services is able to provide advice on the terms and conditions of externally-funded research grants and contracts held by the University (telephone: (2)70143).

(c) Where it is appropriate for the outside appointment to be covered by a contract or letter of agreement, and particularly when the external organisation requires a written agreement to cover a consultancy, applicants must arrange for the terms governing the outside appointment to be scrutinised by Research Services in advance of signature. (All applicants are, in fact, advised to stipulate in writing the terms which will govern their outside activities for an external organisation, not least to limit their personal liability.) The University's legal advisers have drafted a standard personal consultancy document which serves as a useful starting point for discussions around the terms of a consultancy appointment. This is available from Research Services (telephone: (2)70143) or on the Research Services Web site at http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/rso/oxonly/agreements/pcaform.htm.

(d) Research Services scrutinise the terms of an agreement in order to consider their compatibility with the University's interests as employer. The office cannot advise the employee on the terms from the employee's standpoint; and the employee should take his or her own advice unless he or she makes use of Oxford University Consulting Limited (see below).

(e) Applicants must obtain the approval of their direct line manager where relevant.

(f) When Research Services has confirmed in writing that the terms proposed to govern the outside appointment meet the University's minimum requirements and the necessary approvals have been obtained from the relevant line manager or sponsor (as appropriate), applicants should submit the completed form to their head of department, who will be asked to sign to confirm that he/she is content to approve the outside appointment in the context of the applicant's university duties. Heads of department who themselves wish to hold outside appointments must submit their application forms to their head of division for approval. Heads of Division should submit applications to the Vice-Chancellor.

(g) If the above procedures are followed and the relevant approvals obtained, applicants will be granted insurance cover for the outside appointment in question under the University's professional indemnity insurance policy, subject to the limitations of that policy. Details may be obtained from the Insurance Officer, Mr G.C. Waite (telephone: (2)80307).


Consultancies within research grant applications and contracts

The holding of a consultancy may be included where appropriate within research grant applications and contracts. Where consultancies are included in this way and provision is made through the payroll to pay staff for such work, the Outside Grants (OG) form should itemise, among the costs of the project, the costs of the consultancy payment (including employers' on-costs). Indirect costs should also be calculated on the total cost of the project, including the fee for the consultancy. Research Services (telephone: (2)70143) will be able to advise on the most appropriate form of agreement to cover consultancies attached to research grants or contracts. Time spent on such consultancies will count towards the thirty-day limit.


Other services to industry and outside bodies

Not all work for outside bodies is governed by a contract with an external sponsor under the University's research grants and contracts procedures. Some is likely to be `service' work, i.e. the provision of a service to an external organisation which is not of academic benefit but which makes use of spare capacity in a department in return for payment. Such arrangements should nevertheless be covered by an agreement approved by the head of department which is drawn up in consultation with the departmental administrator and (for tax reasons) with the Finance Division. If the service agreement proposed by the outside body includes terms and conditions relating to intellectual property or confidentiality of information, or does not incorporate the University's standard disclaimer of liability, this will require an authorised signature on behalf of the University. In such cases, the agreement should be forwarded to Research Services which is required to ensure that appropriate disclaimers of liability have been issued in connection with the provision of services to industry and other outside bodies.

Where appropriate, as with consultancies within research grant applications and contracts, a payment may be made through the payroll to individuals for the additional work undertaken in performing the services. It is expected that the head of department will decide on an appropriate fee to be paid to the individual based on the time spent (which again will count towards the thirty-day per year limit). The instructions to the Finance Division to make such payments are processed through Research Services. In such cases, where an agreement has been made with the University in respect of the service, it is not expected that a further personal consultancy agreement with the academic concerned will be necessary.


Financial arrangements

The University does not generally seek details of remuneration which applicants are to receive under arrangements for outside appointments, but reserves the right to request to be provided with such details in certain circumstances, e.g. in the light of any potential conflict of interest with the outside appointment. Applicants wishing exceptionally to make a case to spend a total of more than thirty days in any one year on outside appointments will be required to provide details of remuneration.


Use of computing facilities

University IT and network facilities, including software, are provided for use for educational purposes only, in accordance with the `University Rules for Computer Use', which may be found on the University Web site at http://www.ox.ac.uk/it/rules/rules.html.


Monitoring and reporting

(a) Heads of department are responsible, through their departmental administration, for keeping records of the number of days spent on outside appointments by all staff (regardless of staff group) in their departments.

(b) Heads of department will report their approvals of outside appointments, and the basic details of the outside appointments, to their divisions on an annual basis, by the end of July each year.

(c) Divisions are responsible, through their divisional administration, for monitoring and co-ordinating information relating to all approvals for outside appointments submitted by departments within their remit, and for making an annual return to the Personnel Committee by the end of September each year.


Oxford University Consultancy Limited

The University has established a wholly-owned subsidiary company, Oxford University Consultancy Limited, to help members of the University to market their expertise to outside bodies, to negotiate commercial terms and payment on behalf of individuals, and to manage the administration associated with consultancy. OUC Limited offers a professional service for academics and departments throughout the University, which will identify consultancy and related opportunities with local, national, and international companies and organisations. Details of this service may be obtained by telephone ((2)80829) or by e-mail at enquiries@consulting.ox.ac.uk.

Members of the University choosing to use the services of OUC Limited must still follow the internal procedures for University approval of their outside appointments as outlined in these guidelines; OUC Limited will, however, assist the process on behalf of the individuals concerned.

Footnotes

[1] Approval for cases where the proposed commitment exceeds thirty days may still be sought; in such cases the department will refer the request to the divisional board and if it is approved a deduction in university stipend will be made. Partial or full secondment may be more appropriate for particularly time-consuming outside appointments.
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[2] Faculty board chairman in non-departmentally organised subjects, head of division in the case of heads of departments.
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[3] The Wellcome Trust's grant conditions, for example, include stringent conditions relating to the holding of consultancies and these apply equally to individuals who are in receipt of Wellcome Trust research grants, as well as to those whose salaries are paid from Wellcome Trust grants.
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PROJECT ISIDORE

Invitation to Oxford-specific software demonstrations

Project ISIDORE, which aims to improve processes related to student administration, invites staff of the collegiate University to attend Oxford-specific demonstrations of the two short-listed software packages which will support and enable these processes. To date many staff have contributed to the documentation of current processes, problems, and needs. Staff who are members of the project Working Groups have suggested scenarios that they would like to have demonstrated by the suppliers.

Staff are encouraged to become involved by attending a session relevant to their area of expertise. A variety of viewpoints will be helpful to the project. This is the opportunity for staff to contribute to the choice of software which they may be using. Each person attending will be invited to score the session, and these scores will be used in the evaluation of the software packages.

The demonstrations are scheduled for the start of Trinity Term (29 April–1 May, and 6–8 May, for each supplier respectively) and comprise a series of one-and-a-half-hour sessions, each session focusing on a different aspect of student administration. A detailed timetable is available on the project Web site. For further information, see www.admin.ox.ac.uk/isidore/, or contact Lorraine Cotterell on (2)84836.

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WIDOWS OR WIDOWERS OF FORMER MEMBERS OF THE UNIVERSITY'S PENSION SCHEMES

From time to time the attention of the University is drawn to individual cases of financial hardship among widows or widowers of former members of the Federated Superannuation System for Universities (FSSU) and the University of Oxford Employees Pension Scheme (EPS). Limited resources are available to alleviate proven cases of hardship and any enquiry should be addressed to the Superannuation Officer, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD. All cases are dealt with in the strictest confidence.

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CIRCULATION OF THE GAZETTE TO RETIRED SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE UNIVERSITY

It has been decided that any former member of Congregation over the age of seventy-five who is resident in Oxford may continue to receive the Gazette, if he or she so wishes, on application in writing to the Information Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD. Such applications must be renewed at the beginning of each academic year.

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WOLFSON COLLEGE

Forthcoming exhibition

Life drawings: an exhibition of work by participants in the Wolfson Life Drawing Classes (28 April–16 May)

In the Private Dining Rooms, Wolfson College; open daily 10 a.m.–4 p.m., subject to college commitments. Intending visitors are advised to telephone the Lodge ((2)74100 beforehand.

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MUSICAL EVENTS

Faculty of Music

Monday, 28 April, Bate Collection Of Musical Instruments: `Face the Music II: Handel and his Contemporaries'—an exhibition of Music Faculty Portraits (telephone for further information: (2)76139).

Monday, 28 April, 8.30 p.m., Holywell Music Room: a programme of scenes from Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin and Handel's Xerxes. An event for the University's fourth Hambro Visiting Professor of Opera, Graham Vick. In association with St Hilda's College. New Chamber Opera Studio, Producer—Michael Burden, Musical director—Stephen Rice. Tickets £6 (£4 concessions) on the door (telephone for further information: (2)76125).

Tuesday, 29 April, 2--5 p.m., New College Ante-Chapel: Masterclass on Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin with Graham Vick. Free of charge. All welcome (telephone for further information: (2)76125).

Wednesday, 30 April, 2--5 p.m., Holywell Music Room: masterclass on Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin with Graham Vick (telephone for further information: (2)76125).

Saturday, 3 May, 3 p.m., Bate Collection of Musical Instruments: Historic Sounds and Signals: Illustrated with historic instruments by David Edwards (telephone for further information: (2)76139).

Monday, 5 May, 1--1.45 p.m., Bate Collection of Musical Instruments: A Fantaisie on Baroque Flutes: Illustrated on examples from the Bate Collection, with music by Quantz and Telemann; with Claire Overbury (flute) (telephone for further information: (2)76139).

Tuesday, 6 May, 1--1.45 p.m., Bate Collection of Musical Instruments: the Sharp Family's Horns—the story of the pair of Hoffmaster horns shown in Zofcany's portrait of the Sharp family, with Hannah Evans (horn) (free of charge; telephone for further information: (2)76139).

Wednesday, 7 May, 2--5 p.m., Denis Arnold Hall, Faculty of Music: Oxford Philomusica Residency—Leading a Workshop with Kate Coberti (open to university students and staff only; further information: (2)76125).

Thursday, 8 May, 2--5 p.m., Denis Arnold Hall, Faculty of Music: Conway Vocal Masterclass with Teresa Cahill. (Free of charge. Telephone for further information: (2)76125.)

Friday, 9 May, 10 a.m., Holywell Music Room: Betts Organ Masterclass with Stephen Bicknell: exploring some Important Organs in Oxford. Free of charge and open to the public (booking not required; telephone for further information: (2)76125).

Friday, 9 May, 8 p.m., Holywell Music Room: Retrospective Concert: Music by John Caldwell. Ticket reservations and further information from Mrs J. Caldwell (telephone: Oxford 310956).

Thursday, 15 May, 2--5 p.m., Denis Arnold Hall, Faculty of Music: Conway Vocal Masterclass, with Ann Liebeck (free of charge; telephone for further information: (2)76125).

Thursday, 15 May, 5 p.m., Wolfson College Hall: a benefit concert of German lieder by Wolff, Schumann, Brahms, Berg, and Strauss (tickets £5/£3 at the door; tel. for further information: (2)74100).

Friday, 16 May, 8 p.m., Sheldonian Theatre: Oxford Philomusica: Rachmaninov, Piano Concerto in D minor, No. 3, and Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4 in F minor (Peter Donohoe, piano) (box office: 305305).

Friday, 17 May, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Denis Arnold Hall, Faculty of Music: Oxford Philomusica: Piano Masterclass with Peter Donohoe (open to staff and students only).

Monday, 19 May, 4.30–6.30 p.m., Holywell Music Room: Ensemble ISIS—Composers' Workshop, with Diana Burrell, followed by lecture in series `The Composer Speaks' at 7.30 p.m. (telephone for further information: (2)76125).

Wednesday, 21 May, 8.30 p.m., New College Chapel: concert by The Band of Instruments (tickets £8 (£5 concessions) on the door; for more information see www.newchamberopera.com).

Thursday, 22 May, 8.00 p.m., Holywell Music Room: a recital of twentieth-century French and English music, including works by Ravel, Debussy, Britten, and Copland (with mezzo-soprano Kathryn Whitney) (tickets £7/£5 on the door).

Saturday, 24 May, 12 noon, Holywell Music Room: Conway Scholars Recital (free of charge) (telephone for further information: (2)76125).

Monday, 2 June, Jaqueline du Pré Music Building: the Arditti Quartet—Composers' Workshop, 1--3 p.m. and evening recital, 8 p.m. (for more information see www.ocmevents.org).

Tuesday, 3 June, 1--1.45 p.m., Bate Collection of Musical Instruments: Music from the Berlin Court by C.P.E. Bach, Benda, Frederick the Great, and J.S. Bach, with Joshua Getzler (baroque flute), and Francis Knights (clavichord) (telephone for further information: (2)76139).

Wednesday, 4 June, 8.30 p.m., New College Chapel: The Band of Instruments: New for Old—music for violin from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (tickets £8 (£5 concessions) from Tickets Oxford, 305305, and at the door).

Friday, 6 June, 8 p.m., Sheldonian: Oxford Philomusica—Brahms Series: Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor and Symphony No. 2 (with Thomas Bowes, violin, Raphael Wallfisch, cello) (box office: 305305).

Tuesday, 24 June, 8 p.m., Somerville Chapel: Opera Gala Benefit (in aid of Somerville College), with mezzo-soprano Kathryn Whitney (contact Liz Cooke, tel. (2)70632, e-mail elizabeth.cooke@somerville.ox.ac.uk).

Saturday, 28 June, 4 p.m., Denis Arnold Hall, Faculty of Music: Bate Collection Clavichord Recital, with Paul Simmonds (clavichord). Admission free. (Telephone for further information: (2)76139.)

Sunday, 13 July--Friday, 18 July: Bate Collection of Musical Instruments: Bow-making course. For more information contact the Bate Collection ((2)76139), or to book contact Andrew Bellis ((01202) 534360).

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St John's College and Colin Carr

The evolution of the piano trio

This concert will be given at 2.30 p.m. on Sunday, 18 May, in the Garden Quadrangle Auditorium, St John's College.

Admission is free. Programmes are available from the Porters' Lodge, but are reserved for members of the college until about ten days before the event. Each programme is valid as an admission ticket up until ten minutes before the event; any vacant seats will then be filled from the door.

YAEL WEISS (piano), MARK KAPLAN (violin), and COLIN CARR (cello), with KARL LUCHTMAYER (lecturer), will give an extended, three-and-a-half-hour, three-part programme charting the life-story of the piano trio, with performances of works by J.C. Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Bright Sheng, Dvorák, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Ravel, Schubert, Schumann, and Shostakovitch.

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Maison Française

SOLON PIERCE: piano recital, including works by Alkan, Balakirev, Brown, Busoni, Fauré, Herskowitz, Johansen, Medtner, and Poulenc, Maison Française, 8 p.m., Friday, 25 April (admission free).

VIRGINIA BLAKEY (soprano), with pianist Mark Hooper, performs songs and arias by Bizet, Fauré, Gounod, Massenet, and Poulenc, Maison Française, 8 p.m., Friday, 23 May (admission free).

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY CAREERS SERVICE

Careers advice service for contract research staff

This service, provided by the University Careers Service at 56 Banbury Road, aims to encourage and enable academic-related research staff, employed directly by the University on fixed-term contracts (contract research staff), to make and implement well-informed decisions about their careers by:

—providing impartial, professional, careers advice;

—supporting them in recognising and developing the attributes necessary for successful career development;

—enabling them to appreciate and explore the range of opportunities available;

—assisting them to clarify their values, interests, abilities and skills and to relate these to possible career options;

—Providing access to a wide variety of careers information and resources to facilitate the formulation and implementation of career plans.

The service operates flexibly in an attempt to cater for individual personal needs, whether researchers are:

—generally uncertain about the career options open to them;

—considering reviewing or changing their career direction;

—thinking about finding a new job in academia, commerce, industry, the public sector, or becoming self-employed, etc.

Following registration with the Service (which is free) individual researchers have access to up to four, confidential, one-to-one meetings with a careers adviser to help clarify personal and career objectives and to identify the main career options open to them. They may also drop-in to see the Duty Adviser at the Careers Service to help resolve brief queries and make use of the wide range of careers resources in the well resourced Information Room, including the Prospects Planner computerised careers guidance system. Psychometric ability testing and personality type profiling for career development purposes (using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) can also be arranged on an ad hoc basis. In addition, two one-day career development workshops, designed specifically for contract research staff who are looking to review their career options or to find alternative work, are run at various times throughout the year, and researchers also have access to activities in the student `Term Programme'.

Full details of the service (including how to register and book individual career discussions) can be found on www.careers.ox.ac.uk. To reserve a place on any of the career development workshops or seminars/briefings below (which are run in conjunction with the Institute for the Advancement of University Learning, IAUL) telephone, or e-mail, the IAUL (telephone: (2)86808, e-mail: services@learning.ox.ac.uk).

Career Development Workshops

The following workshops, provided as part of the Careers Advice Service for Contract Research Staff, supplement the individual careers guidance and information provisions.


Career Review and Planning for Contract Research Staff

(Seminar Code: EFF/CAR/R)
Wednesday, 11 June 2003, 9.30 a.m.–4.30 p.m. (Week 7, TT)
This workshop has been designed specifically for academic-related contract research staff employed on fixed-term contracts by the University. It is particularly suitable for researchers, at any stage in their career, who wish to consider what their future options might be. It will provide participants with the opportunity to step back and reflect on their careers in the context of their personal experience and factors in the academic research and wider employment environment. Through a combination of short individual exercises and small (informal) group discussions participants will be encouraged to focus on the key aspects of career decision making. This will include reviewing transferable skills and considering factors affecting job mobility. By the end of the day each participant should be in a position to begin developing a personal development career plan. In addition, there will usually be the opportunity to explore the wide range of careers resources available for use by contract research staff at the Careers Service.


Job Search and Interview Skills for Contract Research Staff (Seminar Code: EFF/JIS)

Thursday, 22 May 2003, 9.30 a.m.–4.30 p.m. (Week 4, TT)
Friday, 27 June 2003, 9.30 a.m.–4.30 p.m. (Vacation)

This workshop has been designed specifically for academic-related contract research staff employed on fixed-term contracts by the University and is particularly suitable for those who are considering, or seeking, alternative employment. While more emphasis is given to finding employment outside academic research, those intending to pursue careers in academia may also find the programme useful.

An interactive day, it will explore the skills and techniques used in searching for jobs effectively, finding sources of job information, utilising networking techniques, writing appropriate CVs and covering letters. Emphasis will be given to understanding the processes by which employers actually recruit staff and how to tailor applications accordingly. Participants will also explore the skills and attributes required for effective performance at interview: preparation, self-presentation and how to deal with typical interview questions, etc. Where possible, supportive practice in applying interview techniques will normally form part of the day and there will usually be the opportunity to explore the wide range of careers resources available for use by contract research staff at the Careers Service.

Note: the content of the above workshops may be varied in the light of feedback and other workshops may be added in due course.


Induction Seminars for New Contract Researchers

(Seminar Code: IND/CRS)

Tuesday, 13 May 2003, 12.30–2 p.m. (Week 3, TT)
Thursday, 15 May 2003, 3.30–5 p.m. (Week 3, TT)
Friday, 16 May 2003, 12.30–2 p.m. (Week 3, TT)

This new seminar will provide an introduction to the career and professional development opportunities available for contract research staff at the University. It will also clarify some of the contractual issues related to being a contract researcher. Staff from the Oxford University Careers Service and the Institute for the Advancement of University Learning will facilitate the session. These will take place on a variety of University sites.


Briefings for research supervisors, group leaders, and administrators

(Seminar Code: MAN/BRF)
Tuesday, 29 April 2003, 12.30–2 p.m. (Week 1, TT) 
Tuesday, 6 May 2003, 12.30–2 p.m. (Week 2, TT) 
These short briefing sessions are designed to enable managers of contract research staff to become up to date with developments relating to contract research staff. They will provide an overview of the key issues arising from `SET for Success' (Sir Gareth Roberts' recent report), clarification of the implications of the Fixed Term Employees Regulations, and information about services provided by the Careers Service and the Institute for the Advancement of University Learning. Departmental administrators may well find attending one of these sessions useful as well.

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