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Letter from the Registrar and the Chairman of Trustees

Important Notice about Changes to the Scheme

We are writing to let you know about some changes to your pension scheme which have recently been agreed by the University and the Trustees of OSPS.

You will have heard about the difficulties pension funds are experiencing because of the adverse stock market conditions over the last three years. It will come as no surprise to learn that OSPS has suffered the same difficulties.

Nevertheless, we are delighted to report that the University, unlike many employers in recent times, has concluded that it should maintain OSPS so that its non-academic employees who join the Scheme can continue to enjoy the benefits that the Scheme provides. However, the University's resources are limited, as are those of other employers participating in the Scheme. In renewing its commitment to the Scheme, the University has recognised that some changes must be made to OSPS to improve further the Scheme's security.

During 2003, the University carried out a thorough review of OSPS to consider its future security. Discussions have been held with the University's professional advisers (including the actuary who is responsible for advising the University and the Trustees on the contribution rates required to fund the Scheme), the Trustees of OSPS, other employers participating in OSPS and employee representatives. As a result, the following package of changes has been agreed.

We are sure you will appreciate the need to improve the security of the Scheme and these measures will help to achieve that. Contribution rates will continue to be monitored by the Scheme's actuary. These measures, together with a return to a positive investment experience, will help ensure the future of OSPS.

The Pensions Office will be writing to those who contribute maximum Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs) to inform them about the choices available to them to keep their overall contribution level within permitted limits. If you have any questions about this letter, please contact the OSPS help desk---telephone (2)70155, or e-mail

For more information about OSPS, please look up the University's pensions Web site,

MR D.R. HOLMES                                      DR S.R. PORTER 
Registrar                                              Chairman of 
                                                   Trustees of OSPS

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The Senior Proctor has nominated the following as additional Pro-Proctors for the remainder of Proctorial year 2003--4:

B.J. THOMPSON, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Somerville

D.J. PATERSON, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Merton

Dr Thompson was admitted to office by Mr Vice-Chancellor on 3 March 2004 and Professor Paterson was admitted by Dr W.D. Macmillan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic), on 4 March 2004.

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Academic Writing Course (EAS) in Trinity Term (noughth week)

The Language Centre is offering an intensive academic writing course in English for Academic Studies in noughth week of Trinity Term, 19--23 April. The fifteen-hour course on writing a thesis or dissertation is designed to enable those with busy schedules to cover the material given in the Hilary term-time course in more convenient form. Topics include: writing a thesis introduction, discussion and abstract, using citations and metadiscourse. The hours are 9.30 a.m. to 12.45 p.m., Monday--Friday, and the cost is £95.

Intensive weekend courses, Trinity Term

The Language Centre will be running four weekend language courses in Trinity Term. Each course will consist of eight hours' tuition and last from 9 a.m. to 1.30 p.m., with a half-hour break on both Saturday and Sunday. The emphasis will be on speaking and listening.

The courses are as follows:

22--3 May: Italian (Beginners and Lower Intermediate)

22--3 May: German (Beginners and Intermediate)

5--6 June: French (Beginners, Lower Intermediate, and Upper Intermediate)

5--6 June: Spanish (Beginners and Lower Intermediate)

The fee will be £35 for student members of the University and other full-time students, £45 for members of Congregation and members of staff, and £55 to non-members.

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

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

L'Oréal Professorship of Marketing

                                                   Appointed by 

Mr Vice-Chancellor                                 ex officio
The Provost of Worcester                           ex officio
Professor C. Mayer                                 Council
Professor L.-G. Matsson                            Council
Mr D.A. Hay    Social Sciences Board
Professor A. Hopwood                               Saïd Business School
Dr J. Reynolds                                     Saïd Business School
Professor S.E. Llwellyn                            Saïd Business School
Dr S.G.B. Cowan                                    Worcester College

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