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Call for proposals, winter 2003

The Academic Computing Development Team invites proposals from Oxford University staff for the development of IT-based teaching or research projects. The ACDT is part of the OUCS Learning Technologies Group, and has been developing projects for five years. The Development Team has a multidisciplinary remit, and proposals are invited from staff members within any division for projects to be developed during the year 2004--5. The ACDT encourages applicants who wish to begin projects with a start date of April 2004 or November 2004.

Projects may be based in any subject area and can have either a teaching or research focus. Examples of the types of projects which might be considered appropriate are: Web-based teaching and learning materials; dissemination of rare or difficult to access materials; innovative methods of using IT to support traditional teaching; and the design and development of software. Projects may range in size from provision of advice on planning an IT project to the design and development of a whole system. They may involve more than one partner including academic, library, museum, and support staff. The ACDT has already developed a number of successful projects, details of which can be found on the `About our projects' section of the Web site.

Further details, guidance on how to propose a project, and an application forms may be obtained from Questions should be directed to Sophie Clarke, ACDT Project Manager, OUCS, 13 Banbury Road (telephone: Oxford (2)83428, e-mail:

The closing date for proposals is Friday, 19 December.

Note: if the project will involve the use of substantial amounts of material held in Oxford libraries, the organisers are strongly encouraged to contact the Oxford Digital Library Development Fund (telephone: Oxford (2)80045, e-mail: The ACDT will be working collaboratively with ODL but chiefly on the development of interfaces and learning environments that utilise ODL materials.

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French, Italian, and Spanish: Catch-Up—Brush Up Courses in Week 9 (8–12 December)

The Language Centre is offering a series of sixteen-hour intensive courses in French, Italian, and Spanish in week 9 for those still on waiting lists and for those who wish to refresh their language skills. Details of times and levels, and of how to apply, may be found on the the Language Centre Web site,, or obtained from the Information Officer. The classes are filling up quickly but there are still places at the lower intermediate levels, which take place in the afternoon, and through cancellations.

Further details of all courses, including the English for Academic Studies programme in week 9, and other Language Centre activities, may be obtained from Angela Pinkney, Information Officer, Language Centre, 12 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT (telephone: (2)83360, e-mail:, Web pages

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PETER JOHN RATCLIFFE, FRS, MA status (BA, MB, CH.B., MD Cambridge), Senior Research Fellow, Jesus College, Professor of Medicine and Academic Director of Renal Medicine, and Honorary Consultant Physician, Oxford Radcliffe Trust, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 January 2004.

Professor Ratcliffe will be a fellow of Magdalen College.

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The Humanities Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor of Modern History on A.B. WORDEN, MA, D.PHIL. (MA, PH.D. Cambridge), recently retired from the Professorship of Early Modern History, University of Sussex, for a period of three years from 1 December 2003.

The Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Physics upon DR M.H.R. HUTCHINSON, Head of the Central Laser Facility of CLRC, for a period of three years from 1 December 2003.

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