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Sir Colin Lucas completes his seven-year term as Vice-Chancellor in September 2004 and the process has now begun to find his successor. As part of this exercise, an advertisement is appearing in the Times Higher Education Supplement on Friday, 28 February. All enquiries about any aspect of this appointment, including those from members of the University, should be directed in the first instance to the search consultants, who assist the Nominating Committee for the Vice-Chancellorship, Saxton Bampfylde Hever plc, PO box 198, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4FH, for the personal attention of Mr Stephen Bampfylde.

The advertisement reads:

`The University of Oxford is one of the world's leading universities and has been at the centre of international scholarship for many hundreds of years. It is now seeking an exceptional individual to succeed Sir Colin Lucas who retires in September 2004.

`He or she will work closely with the Colleges, to lead an independent and self-governing institution committed to unrivalled academic standards. If you believe that you have the academic and leadership credentials to fill this important position, you can obtain full written particulars from the University's appointed consultants, Saxton Bampfylde Hever plc. Please refer to their website at quoting reference BPED or e-mail

`If you do not have access to the internet or e-mail, please telephone +44 (0) 1483 409 713. The closing date for applications is 28 March 2003.

`The Oxford University Web site is at'

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On the recommendation of the Department of Zoology, the Life and Environmental Sciences Board has reconferred the title of Visiting Professor in Palaeobiology on R.A. FORTEY, FRS (BA, PH.D., SC.D. Cambridge), Principal Merit Researcher in Invertebrate Palaeontology at the Natural History Museum, for a period of five years from 15 February 2003.

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

British Heart Foundation 
  Professorship of Cardiovascular 

The Principal of Jesus                    Mr Vice-Chancellor[1]
The Warden of Merton                      ex officio
Professor J.H. Coote                      Council
Professor J.I. Bell                       Council
Professor C. Ellory                       Medical Sciences Board
Professor H. Watkins                      Medical Sciences Board
Professor K.E. Davies                     Medical Sciences Board
Professor Sir Charles George              Medical Sciences Board
Professor D.J. Paterson                   Merton College 

Waynflete Professorship of 

The Vice-Chancellor                       ex officio
The President of  Magdalen                Magdalen College
Professor D.A. Evans                      Council
Professor A. Dell                         Council
Professor S.V. Ley                        Mathematical and Physical Sciences                           
Professor D.C. Clary                      Mathematical and Physical Sciences                    
Dr J. Brown                               Mathematical and Physical Sciences   
Professor W.G. Richards                   Mathematical and Physical Sciences                  
Dr T. Donohoe                             Magdalen College 

Lady Margaret Professorship 
  of Divinity

The Vice-Chancellor                       ex officio
Professor I. Torrance                     Council
Professor F.M. Young                      Council after consultation with Christ                
Dr R.C.S. Walker                          Humanities Board
Professor R. Bauckham                     Theology Board
Professor J. Barton                       Theology Board
The Revd T.S.M. 
   Williams                               Theology Board
Professor O.M.T. O'Donovan                 Christ Church
Dr M.J. Edwards                           Christ Church

[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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The Social Sciences Board is undertaking a review of Area and Development Studies as part of its programme of regular rolling reviews of units under its aegis. The Head of Division, Mr D.A. Hay, will chair the review committee, the terms of reference of which are:

(i) to review the quality of teaching and research in Area and Development Studies by reference to international standards of excellence, and having regard to the University's Mission Statement and Corporate Plan and to the divisional plan.

(ii) To review the organisational and management structures in Area and Development Studies including such matters as academic and non-academic planning and recruitment; accommodation and future space needs; and the relationship between the sub-units within the unit, and between the unit and cognate subject areas and colleges with which it is involved in teaching and/or research.

(iii) To review progress made in response to the last review and to identify any further action required in the light of changed circumstances during the period since that review.

(iv) To make recommendations to the divisional board, bearing in mind where there are financial implications the level of resources likely to be available within the University and possible alternative ways of raising funds to implement them.

(v) To refer the recommendations to the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee and the Educational Policy and Standards Committee as appropriate. The membership of the committee is as follows:

Mr D.A. Hay, Head of the Social Sciences Division (Chairman)
Professor S. Marks, Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Mrs T.R. Thorp, Queen Elizabeth House
Dr A.J. Hurrell, Department of Politics and International Relations
Dr R.C. Repp, Master of St Cross College
Sir Tim Lankester, President of Corpus Christi College
Professor G. Hawthorn, University of Cambridge

The review committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference. These should be sent to the secretary of the review committee, Ms J.E. Dale, Social Sciences Division, 34 St Giles', by 14 April.

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German classes for archaeologists

A week of intensive German classes for archaeologists, for beginners and intermediate learners, will be offered in the Institute of Archaeology in ninth week (17–21 March). Enquiries and registration requests should be directed to the Receptionist, Institute of Archaeology, 36 Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PG (telephone: (2)78240, e-mail:

The course tutor will be Gertrud Seidmann, Research Associate, the Institute of Archaeology.

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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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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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McDonnell Visiting Fellowships

The McDonnell Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience is closely integrated with the Medical Research Council Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience at Oxford and supports work on many aspects of brain research relevant to human cognition in several departments at Oxford University as well as at other institutions.

The McDonnell Centre encourages work in all areas of cognitive neuroscience across all relevant disciplines and embraces research on experimental, theoretical, and clinical studies of perceptual analysis, memory, language, and motor control, including philosophical approaches to cognition. Current and fuller information on the Centre is available on the Web at

The Centre offers several forms of support including Visiting Fellowships for distinguished researchers from overseas or elsewhere in Britain who wish to work within the Oxford Centre for periods between a week and several months. A Visiting Fellowship can include a modest grant to help with costs of travel and accommodation (but not a stipend), and to pay a bench fee to the host department.

Applications for Visiting Fellowships may be submitted either by a member of the Oxford Centre, or by the intended visitor. There is no special form for applications but they should include the following information: name, address, and status of applicant (in the form of a very brief curriculum vitae); names and addresses of collaborators in Oxford; a brief description (a page or two) of the proposed research; a list of any publications that have already resulted from the area of research; an outline plan of visit/s and expenditure, with total estimated budget, other sources of funding and the amount requested

Applications can be submitted at any time (e-mail is acceptable) to Sally Harte (Administrative Secretary), McDonnell Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, University Laboratory of Physiology, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PT (telephone: Oxford (2)72497, fax: (2)72488, e-mail:

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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:, Internet:

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Christ Church

CHRIST CHURCH FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA will perform Ravel's Introduction et allegro, Debussy's Danses sacreés et profanes (with VICTORIA DAVIES, harp soloist), and Bruckner's Symphony no. 7, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, 1 March, in Christ Church Cathedral. Tickets, costing £12 and £8 (students and under-18s £8 and £5), may be obtained from the Playhouse, tel. 305305, or from (further details at

Hertford College

THE HERTFORD BRUCKNER ORCHESTRA will perform Bruckner's Symphony no. 5 in B flat, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, 8 March, in the University Church, by kind permission of the Vicar and the Parochial Church Council. (Tickets £5/£3 from Tickets Oxford at the Playhouse, tel. 305305, or at the door.)

Queen's College

THE CHAPEL CHOIR of Queen's College will perform sacred music from the sixteenth and twentieth centuries, including works by Tallis, Byrd, Victoria, and Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb, at 8.15 p.m. on Thursday, 6 March, in the chapel, Queen's College. (Tickets £5/£3. Admission by programme at the door. To reserve a programme, e-mail:

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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 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:

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)
Thursday, 3 April 2003, 9.30 a.m.–4.30 p.m. (Vacation)
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)

Tuesday, 11 March 2003, 9.30 a.m.–4.30 p.m. (Week 8, HT)
Wednesday, 9 April 2003, 9.30 a.m.–4.30 p.m. (Vacation)
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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