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As part of the University's programme of regular reviews, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic) will chair a committee on behalf of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council to conduct this review during Hilary Term 2003.

The committee's terms of reference are:

(a) To review the educational policy and quality of learning and teaching in Computer Science 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 department's/sub-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 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 the departmental/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 U. Martin, School of Computer Science, University of St Andrews

Professor M. Paterson, Department of Computer Science, University of Warwick

Professor A.W. Roscoe, Computing Laboratory

Professor M. Sheeran, Computing Science Department, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Professor D. Sloan, Department of Mathematics, University of Strathclyde

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, Miss J.A. Muskett, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD, by Friday, 20 December.

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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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