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The Humanities Board is undertaking a review of the governance of the division. The review committee will be chaired by Sir Brian Smith, and its terms of reference are:

1. To review the operation and structure of the Humanities Division, its decision-making procedures, and its capacity to institute new policies efficiently, with reference to financial as well as academic matters (including research, teaching, and other academic concerns).

2. To review the functions and powers of the divisional board, faculty boards, faculties, and other bodies under the divisional board.

3. To consider the relationship between the division and the colleges.

4. To recommend such changes as they may think fit, including changes to the existing structures within the division.

The membership of the committee is as follows:

Sir Brian Smith

Professor Roger Ainsworth

Professor Rees Davies

Professor Elizabeth Fallaize

Professor Hugh Mellor

Professor Graham Richards

Professor David Womersley

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, Dr Peter Gambles, Humanities Divisional Office, 34 St Giles' (e-mail:, by Monday, 27 October.

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It is regretted that there is an error in Table IV, `Students in Residence, 2002–3: Division by College', published in the Student Numbers Supplement (Supplement (1) to No. 4667, 30 July).

The figures in the table should be amended to include within the figure for Kellogg College those students following part-time courses. This gives a total of 194 students at Kellogg, of which 178 are part-time. Sixty-three students are Postgraduate Arts, 131 Postgraduate Science. The total number of part-time students in other colleges is therefore 140.

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Course registration procedures 2003--4

Full details of all courses are available on the Web site at or by calling at the Language Centre in person. Please study them carefully before registering.

English for Academic Studies (EFL)

Classes start in Week 1 (week beginning 13 October). Registration will take place in Week 0 during normal office hours, 9.30 a.m--4.30 p.m.

OPAL (The Oxford Programme In Languages)

Classes start in Week 2 (week beginning 20 October). Application may be made at any time during opening hours in Week 0 or Week 1, preferably by the end of Wednesday, 15 October.

Languages for study and research 2003--4

Classes start in Week 2 (week beginning 20 October). Those who are eligible for priority, primarily those needing a language course for reasons of study or research, should obtain a priority registration form, which must be returned to the Language Centre in person by 6 p.m. on Wednesday, 15 October. Non-priority places will be allocated on a random selection basis at the end of Week 1, following the initial registration period of Monday, 13 October to Wednesday, 15 October. Registration forms may be handed in at the Language Centre (in person only; no posted, faxed or e-mailed registration forms will be accepted) at any time between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on these three days and must be checked by a member of the Language Centre staff before acceptance. Registrations received after 6 p.m. on Wednesday, 15 October, will automatically be allocated to the waiting list for a course if no places are available.

The Language Centre Library and Independent Study Area

The Library's collection of audio/video cassettes, books and computer programs covers over 130 languages. The Self-Study Area has rooms equipped with listening and viewing facilities for individual work and computer based learning resources. New users should aim to arrive shortly before 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. to register and attend an orientation session.

The Language Centre is open from 9.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m., Monday–Friday, during noughth week, and from 9.30 a.m. to 8 p.m. (6.30 p.m. on Friday) in full term, as well as from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday in full term.

Further details of all courses and activities may be obtained from the Information Officer, Angela Pinkney, at the Language Centre, 12 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT (telephone: (2)83360, e-mail:, Web pages at:

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Temporary Closure of Duke Humfrey's Library, December 2003

The Library regrets that it is necessary to close Duke Humfrey's Library to readers from 8 December 2003 until 5 January 2004.

It is necessary to remove asbestos from cupboards and other areas in the room, additional security measures need to be installed, and the cork floor tiles need to be sanded and resealed. When the August Bank Holiday Closed Week was abandoned a few years ago, the Library announced that reading rooms would have to be closed on a phased basis to enable maintenance work to be carried out.

Readers are asked to avoid ordering any early printed books, and medieval and early modern manuscripts during the period of closure. There will be limited fetching from the Selden End open shelves except for those periods when physical access to the shelves is not possible. In cases of difficulty or to request more information, contact the Superintendent of Duke Humfrey's Library, William Hodges (telephone: Oxford (2)77150, e-mail:

Other Central Bodleian reading rooms including the Modern Papers Room will remain open until the Christmas closed period, which will start at 5 p.m. on 23 December, and will reopen on Monday, 5 January.

The Library much regrets the inconvenience this closure for essential maintenance work will cause.

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The library at the Maison Française d'Oxford is a study and information centre for students of French and for all those interested in French culture and society.

It has a wide range of books (43,000 volumes) in history, literature, social sciences, arts, and other fields, as well as back issues of periodicals (including Le Monde and Libération), and a selection of videos and DVDs.

All members of the University are welcome to join the library and take advantage of its resources.

Opening hours: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Subscription free except for videos: £20 for the academic year (September–July).

Maison Française d'Oxford, Norham Road, Oxford OX2 6SE (telephone: Oxford (2)74224; e-mail:; Internet:

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Non-intensive Chinese classes (Mandarin) at beginner and intermediate levels for members of the University are held during full term at the following times in the Institute for Chinese Studies, Walton Street (room 206). The course books used are Practical Chinese Reader vols. I and II respectively, copies of which can be purchased from Blackwell's. Registration will take place in first week of Michaelmas Term, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Beginners' level: Monday, 5–6 p.m. Tutor: Song Yang.

Intermediate level: Wednesday, 5–6 p.m. Tutor: Fang Jing.

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13 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN

Telephone: Oxford (2)73200

Opening hours: Monday--Friday, 8.30 a.m.–8.30 p.m.

Academic Computing Development Team

The Academic Computing Development Team (ACDT) works collaboratively with individuals or groups of academics to develop technology-based teaching and/or research resources. The ACDT holds a twice yearly proposal process to choose the projects it will take on for development (the next call is in November). See the Web site for information on previous projects, and how to apply once the call is announced:


OUCS offers an extensive programme of practical IT courses, covering introductory and specialised uses of computers, common operating systems, and popular application software. Full details of the OUCS IT Learning and Training programme can be found at where it is also possible to book online. A printed copy of all the training courses can be obtained by e-mailing Details and bookings are available online at

Digital Projects in Oxford

Digital Projects in Oxford is a series of informal lunchtime talks which present information about electronic projects at the University of Oxford. The series is organized by the Learning Technologies Group. Lecture Room 1, OUCS, 13 Banbury Road, Wednesdays, 12.45–1.45 p.m. between weeks 1 and 8 . Further details can be found at:

European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)

The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) establishes standards for everyone who uses a computer in either a professional or personal capacity. It is a qualification that verifies a person's competence, declares their computer skills and makes them readily mobile within business and across the European Union. Drop-in training sessions run during Michaelmas Term on Tuesdays from 7 October to 2 December between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Personal assistance is available during this time for any queries with the ECDL. No booking is required. For further information about the ECDL at OUCS contact Ian Miller at OUCS on (2)83435, or e-mail

ECDL Advanced

Four individual modules are now available covering Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Databases and presentations. These modules explore the richness and complexities of the various packages and examines their use within complex documents. OUCS runs regular training days or candidates can attend the relevant OUCS courses prior to taking the tests. Specific training days are taking place during Michaelmas on 29 October for Spreadsheets and Word Processing, and on 16 December for Databases and Presentations. Contact Ian Miller at OUCS on (2)83435, or e-mail for more details.

Help Centre

The Computing Services Help Centre is open between 8.30 a.m. and 8.30 p.m. It provides a variety of specialist equipment (scanners, zip drives) as well as access to terminals for e- mails, Web browsing, and use of specialist or standard software. Advisers are on hand between 8.30 a.m. and 8.30 p.m. Monday–Friday to answer queries, and hardware support can be sought through a booking system. See (e-mail:, or telephone: (2)73200).

HFS: Hierarchical File Server

The HFS is a centrally funded service providing backup and archive services to senior members, postgraduates and staff. To protect your data on the HFS, you can register on-line, then install and configure the software on your computer. See

IT Support Staff seminars

A series of seminars organised by the ITS3 section at OUCS, the themes are predominantly aimed at IT Support Staff but all are welcome to attend. Thursdays, Lecture Room 2, weeks 1--8. See for details.

NSMS: The Network Systems Management Services

NSMS provides a variety of chargeable IT support services to the University and its associated institutions. It can manage file servers, workstations, anti-virus software installations, holiday cover for support staff, Web services, and Web-based conference registration. See

Personal Computer Maintenance Service

We offer a very competitively priced maintenance service for PC and Macintosh personal computers, as well as their printers and other peripherals. It is available to University Institutions, Colleges and to University members on a personal basis for their privately owned equipment, including a discount for students. Full details can be found at

Printing facilities

OUCS operates a colour printing service from a wide range of PC and MAC applications onto laserprinters or a large format inkjet printer, from A4 to A0 paper sizes. The poster printing service is the most popular, with choices of heavy-coated or glossy paper for the largest print. Prices start at only £21 for an A0 poster. To find out more see


Oxford University Computer Emergency Response Team (OxCERT) responds to break-ins, system compromises, and network abuse 9 a.m.--5 p.m., Monday--Friday, and at other times on a `best efforts' basis. E-mail:; voice-mail: Oxford (2)82222;

(Note: OxCERT does not handle virus related problems unless they have a major impact on e-mail servers or the network infrastructure. Virus incidents and assistance—see


The Computing Services Shop provides a counter service for the sale and distribution of computer hardware, software, consumables, and stationery. All current members of the University are entitled to use the Shop; however, sales of software are restricted to full members. The Shop is just inside the main entrance to OUCS. Opening hours are 9 a.m.–4.45 p.m. Monday–Friday (except Thursdays: 9.30 a.m.–4.45 p.m.). Telephone Oxford (2)73200; fax Oxford (2)83401; see, or e-mail

Working lunch

Working Lunch is designed for academics to get together and examine various aspects of teaching including such things as using a Virtual Learning Environment, Introduction to HTML, and posting course notes on the Web. This term, the series focuses on building Web sites. Working lunch runs in weeks 2 to 8 on Fridays between 12.30 and 1.30 p.m. in Lecture Room 1 at OUCS, 13 Banbury Road.

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Club membership is free to all university staff, graduates, and university visitors. Halifax House is now closed. The new Club building in Mansfield Road is expected to open at Easter 2004.

During the interim period an information and booking service for the sports facilities will operate from the Department of Biochemistry The telephone number is unchanged and will remain (2)71044. Regularly updated information is available on the Club's web page:

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The Oxford University Society (OUS) is the official alumni organisation of the University of Oxford. Its object is to advance the interests of the University of Oxford. All who have matriculated at the University, or who have engaged in academic work in the University or in any college, are eligible for free membership.

The Society supports a world-wide network of over 100 branches, run by volunteers. Branch events usually have an educational, intellectual, and enjoyable social dimension, frequently with a visitor from Oxford as speaker. Events help to bring members together and keep them better informed about the contemporary University.

Details of branches and forthcoming events can be found on the Society's Web pages,

The Society's address is: Oxenford House, Magdalen Street, Oxford OX1 3AB (telephone: Oxford (2)88088, fax: (2)88086).

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STEVEN RAYNER (BA Kent, PH.D London), Director, ESRC Science in Society Programme, and Professor of Science in Society, the Saïd Business School, has been appointed to the professorship and directorship. He took up his duties on 15 September 2003.

Professor Rayner will be a fellow of Keble College.

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