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CONSULTATIVE NOTICES

Arrangements concerning representations on any matter currently before Congregation are set out in `University Agenda' above. Notices to which a response is invited may also be found under `General Notices' below.

REVIEW OF EDUCATIONAL STUDIES

The Social Sciences Board is undertaking a review of the Department of Educational Studies as part of its programme of regular rolling reviews of units under its aegis. The Head of the 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 Educational 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 Educational 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 [in 1998–9] 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)
Dr Chris Davies, Department of Educational Studies
Sir John Hanson, Warden of Green College
Dr Mary Gregory, Department of Educational Studies
Professor Margaret Brown, King's College, London
Professor Gareth Rees, Cardiff University
Professor Judyth Sachs, University of Sydney

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, Mrs Betsy Smith, Social Sciences Division, 34 St Giles', by 13 February.

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REVIEW OF MATHEMATICS

As part of its system of rolling reviews of departments to be carried out every ten years, the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board has established a committee to review the Department of Mathematics. The terms of reference are as follows:

(a) to review progress made in response to the last General Board review and HEFCE teaching quality assessment, and to identify any further action required in the light of changed circumstances since those reviews;

(b) to review, by reference to international standards of excellence, and in the context of the University's mission statement and corporate plan, the quality of academic activities in the department, especially:

(i) the quality of the research of the department, including its participation in interdepartmental, interdivisional and interdisciplinary activities, its research profile and strategy, and future challenges and opportunities;

(ii) the quality of undergraduate and graduate programmes and their delivery

(including part-time M.Sc courses offered jointly with the Department for Continuing Education), and related issues including quality assurance mechanisms, proposals for new programmes, recruitment and access, resourcing;

(iii) the organisation of the department, its management structures and the relationship between the department and the division, including such matters as

(iv) the relationship (structural and operational) between units within the department, and between the department and cognate subject areas and colleges to which it is linked in teaching and research;

(c) to consider the financial position of, and funding arrangements for, the department. The review committee is chaired by Professor David Clary, FRS, Head of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division. The other members are Professor Gary Gibbons, FRS, Professor of Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge; Professor John Jones, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Warwick; Professor Dr Alain-Sol Sznitman, Department of Mathematics, University of Zürich; Professor John Toland, FRS, Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Bath, and Scientific Director, International Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Edinburgh; Professor Dr Helmut Neunzert, Technomathematics Group and Chair for the Mathematical Foundation of Physics and Technology, University of Kaiserslautern; Professor David Pettifor, FRS, Isaac Wolfson Professor of Metallurgy, Department of Materials, Oxford; Dr Peter Neumann, University Lecturer (CUF) in Mathematics and Fellow of Queen's College, Oxford.

The committee is in the process of inviting comments individually from senior and junior members of the department. Any other members of the University and members of the public who wish to submit comments in confidence on any issues covered by the committee's terms of reference are invited to send them to the secretary of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division, Dr A.M. Knowland, 9 Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PD (fax: Oxford (2)82571, e-mail: anne.knowland@admin.ox.ac.uk), as soon as possible, and in any case not later than 16 February.

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GENERAL NOTICES

PROCEDURES FOR DEALING WITH CASES OF FRAUD AND SUSPECTED FRAUD

1 Introduction

(a) For the purposes of this procedure, fraud is defined as an irregular or illegal act or series of acts characterised by a deliberate intent to conceal or falsely represent an act or a series of acts, resulting in the diversion of resources whether or not for personal gain for the benefit of an individual or group of individuals at a consequent loss to the University.

(b) The objective of this procedure is to safeguard the proper use of the University's finances and resources, including the finances and resources of its subsidiary companies. The University, which derives much of its income from public funds, benefactions and charitable organisations, has a particular responsibility to ensure that income and resources are used solely for the purposes intended.

(c) Fraud is a serious matter and the Council of the University is committed to ensuring that all cases of suspected fraud are investigated. Any member of staff, regardless of their position or seniority, against whom prima facie evidence of fraud is found will be subject to disciplinary procedures that may result in dismissal.

(d) The University reserves the right to seek redress via civil proceedings against individuals whose fraudulent acts have resulted in financial loss to the University.

(e) The University reserves the right to involve the police in any case of fraud or suspected fraud at any stage of an investigation.

(f) The attention of staff is drawn to the University's financial regulations (http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/finance/finregs/index.shtml).

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2 Reporting suspected fraud

(a) Any member of staff who suspects that a fraud has been committed must report the matter immediately to the office of the Chief Internal Auditor (telephone: (2)70185). (If it is the Chief Internal Auditor who is suspected of fraud, the matter must be reported to the Registrar and the Chairman of the Audit Committee.) The office of the Chief Internal Auditor will then advise the Registrar, the Director of Finance, the Head of Personnel Services and the head of department/faculty board chairman or the head of division of the suspected fraud. No other action should be taken, and no investigation should commence, without the explicit approval of the Director of Finance, as this may prejudice any subsequent action that the University may wish to take.

(b) An individual reporting a suspected fraud will not be penalised and will be protected from unwarranted detriment where the report is made in good faith and in the reasonable belief that the information reported is substantially correct (see the University's Code of Practice and Procedure on Public Interest Disclosure: http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/ps/codes/hcdoc040.shtml). The University will treat all such reports in a confidential manner. In some cases, however, for the investigation to be carried out fully and for appropriate action to be taken, it may be necessary for the identity of the individual making the report to be disclosed. The individual will be advised before such disclosure is made.

(c) An investigation under this procedure is will be treated as an investigation under the first part of the University's Code of Practice and Procedure on Public Interest Disclosure.

(d) In the event of any employee making malicious or vexatious allegations, disciplinary action may be taken against the employee concerned.

(e) Any person who believes that his or her concerns have not been fully investigated and dealt with under this procedure may request a review under the provisions of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1999 (see the University's Code of Practice and Procedure on Public Interest Disclosure).

(f) It is essential that all those involved in a case of suspected fraud (including the person who reported the matter) observe the strictest confidentiality consistent with operating this procedure.

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3 Action to be taken when fraud is suspected

(a) Any individual who is suspected of fraud will, subject to clause 3(b) below, be suspended immediately on the currently appropriate rate of pay pending a full investigation. In some cases it may also be necessary to suspend other staff in order to conduct a proper investigation. The suspension of a member of staff does not constitute a finding of misconduct against him or her. Any staff suspended as a result of suspected fraud will be informed of the reason for the suspension.

(b) Personnel Services must be consulted before any staff member is suspended, and on the conduct of the investigation. No one person, acting only on his or her own volition, may move to suspend a member of staff suspected of fraud.

(c) Individuals suspended for suspected fraud or to enable a proper investigation to be carried out will normally be required to leave the University's premises immediately and will not be permitted to return to the premises, to make contact with staff or witnesses, or to act/trade on behalf of the University, unless given express permission to do so by the relevant university authorities, during the period of suspension. Any infringement of this requirement will be treated as a disciplinary offence.

(d) The Registrar and the Director of Finance will decide whether the police should be involved at any stage of each fraud investigation, on the basis of recommendations made by the office of the Chief Internal Auditor and with the advice of the University Marshal.

(e) In cases where the police are involved, the University reserves the right to proceed with its own disciplinary procedures when it would be reasonable to do so, bearing in mind the staff members' rights to a reasonable investigation, to defend him/herself, and to a fair and impartial hearing.

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4 The conduct of the investigation

(a) The office of the Chief Internal Auditor will ensure that all fraud investigations take account of appropriate professional practice, and guidance issued by HEFCE. The Chief Internal Auditor will also ensure that an appropriate fraud response plan detailing the Internal Audit service's procedures is in place and is reviewed regularly.

(b) All reports of suspected financial irregularities or fraud will be investigated by the University's Internal Audit service. The Internal Audit service has unrestricted right of access to all vouchers, documents, books of account, computer data, and any other information which it considers relevant to its inquiries and which is necessary to fulfil its responsibilities. This includes the right to verify assets and to have direct access to any employee or person responsible for the administration or management of university funds with whom it is felt necessary to raise and discuss such matters (see Council Regulations 43, Part 3, Sect. 8.c) In cases that involve or may involve students, the Proctors will be informed by the Internal Audit service at an early stage.

(c) Fraud investigations shall be completed in a timely manner. The office of the Chief Internal Auditor will be responsible for ensuring that the Director of Finance and the Head of Personnel Services, and the Proctors in any cases involving students, are kept informed of the progress of the investigation.

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5 The results of the investigation

(a) The Chief Internal Auditor will prepare a report on the suspected fraud that will be sent to the Registrar, the Director of Finance and the Head of Personnel Services, and to the Proctors in any cases involving students. The report may also be sent to the individual's head of division, head of department and/or line manager as appropriate. If the Vice- Chancellor is the employee under investigation, the report will be sent to HEFCE.

(b) The individual or individuals concerned will be informed of the outcome of the investigation when it has been completed.

(c) If the investigation concludes that there is prima facie evidence of fraud, then the matter will be referred under the University's disciplinary procedures (for staff under the jurisdiction of the Visitatorial Board as set out in Part D of Statute XII of the University's Statutes; for all other staff as set out in the relevant staff handbook). It will be the responsibility of the duly authorised person under those procedures to take forward the disciplinary process. Personnel Services must be consulted on all aspects of the process.

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6 Reporting requirements

(a) All fraud investigations will be reported to the University's Audit Committee by the Chief Internal Auditor, who will submit a report describing the incident and the outcome of the investigation, any subsequent disciplinary process, the action taken against the individual or individuals involved if the fraud was proven to have taken place, and any measures taken to prevent a recurrence of a similar fraud.

(b) Under the HEFCE Audit Code of Practice (HEFCE 02/26 paragraphs 19 and 20) the HEFCE Chief Executive will be notified by the Vice-Chancellor, as the University's Accounting Officer, of any attempted, suspected or actual fraud where:

(i) the sums involved are, or are potentially, in excess of £10,000;

(ii) the particulars of the fraud are novel, unusual or complex; or

(iii) there is likely to be public interest because of the nature of the fraud or the people involved.

(c) In cases where fraud has resulted in disciplinary action and the police have not been involved, the Registrar will provide HEFCE with an explanation of this course of action.

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7 Future references

All requests for references for individuals known to have been disciplined or dismissed for fraud must be referred to Personnel Services for advice on how to respond. In no circumstances must any person provide a reference for a member of staff whom they know to have been dismissed for fraud without first consulting Personnel Services.

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APPROVAL TO HOLD OUTSIDE APPOINTMENTS

Guidelines on the holding of outside appointments

These guidelines outline new procedures for obtaining approval to hold outside appointments. No changes have been made to the University's policy, nor to the individuals and types of appointment covered by the policy.

All university employees, with the exception of CUF lecturers, are required to obtain approval for the holding of any outside appointment. The following do not count as outside appointments for this purpose (see Council Regulations 24, Sect. I, § 5.A, cll. 10–11):

The University permits its employees to hold outside appointments without deduction of stipend subject to the following conditions:

Outside appointments can take a number of different forms, such as consultancy, private professional practice, expert witness and non-executive directorships. (Approval will not be given for the holding of executive directorships). These are activities carried out outside the University and are contracted for from the individual's personal address. University letterhead, facilities and premises should not be used without the University's express permission.

Certain types of activity involving consultancy/services to industry may be carried out within the University and may be included, where appropriate, within projects funded by externally-funded research grants and contacts. These are described below.

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Procedures for applying for approval to hold outside appointments

(a) Applicants must complete an application form (form OA1, available on the University's Web site at http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/ps/outappts.shtml, or in hard copy from departmental administrators/faculty board secretaries).

(b) Applicants whose salaries are funded from externally funded research grants or contracts, or who are Principal Investigators or Co-Investigators on outside-sponsored projects, must adhere to the terms and conditions stipulated by or agreed with the sponsor and, if necessary, seek written approval from the sponsor. [3] Research Services is able to provide advice on the terms and conditions of externally-funded research grants and contracts held by the University (telephone: (2)70143).

(c) Where it is appropriate for the outside appointment to be covered by a contract or letter of agreement, and particularly when the external organisation requires a written agreement to cover a consultancy, applicants must arrange for the terms governing the outside appointment to be scrutinised by Research Services in advance of signature. (All applicants are, in fact, advised to stipulate in writing the terms which will govern their outside activities for an external organisation, not least to limit their personal liability.) The University's legal advisers have drafted a standard personal consultancy document which serves as a useful starting point for discussions around the terms of a consultancy appointment. This is available from Research Services (telephone: (2)70143) or on the Research Services Web site at http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/rso/oxonly/agreements/pcaform.htm.

(d) Research Services scrutinise the terms of an agreement in order to consider their compatibility with the University's interests as employer. The office cannot advise the employee on the terms from the employee's standpoint; and the employee should take his or her own advice unless he or she makes use of Oxford University Consulting Ltd (see paragraph 8 below).

(e) Applicants must obtain the approval of their direct line manager where relevant.

(f) When Research Services has confirmed in writing that the terms proposed to govern the outside appointment meet the University's minimum requirements and the necessary approvals have been obtained from the relevant line manager or sponsor (as appropriate), applicants should submit the completed form to their head of department, who will be asked to sign to confirm that he/she is content to approve the outside appointment in the context of the applicant's university duties. Heads of department who themselves wish to hold outside appointments must submit their application forms to their head of division for approval. Heads of Division should submit applications to the Vice-Chancellor.

(g) If the above procedures are followed and the relevant approvals obtained, applicants will be granted insurance cover for the outside appointment in question under the University's professional indemnity insurance policy, subject to the limitations of that policy. Details may be obtained from the Insurance Officer, Mr G.C. Waite (telephone: (2)80307).

Consultancies within research grant applications and contracts

The holding of a consultancy may be included where appropriate within research grant applications and contracts. Where consultancies are included in this way and provision is made through the payroll to pay staff for such work, the Outside Grants (OG) form should itemise, among the costs of the project, the costs of the consultancy payment (including employers' on-costs). Indirect costs should also be calculated on the total cost of the project, including the fee for the consultancy. Research Services (telephone: (2)70143) will be able to advise on the most appropriate form of agreement to cover consultancies attached to research grants or contracts. Time spent on such consultancies will count towards the thirty-day limit.

Other services to industry and outside bodies

Not all work for outside bodies is governed by a contract with an external sponsor under the University's research grants and contracts procedures. Some is likely to be `service' work, i.e. the provision of a service to an external organisation which is not of academic benefit but which makes use of spare capacity in a department in return for payment. Such arrangements should nevertheless be covered by an agreement approved by the head of department which is drawn up in consultation with the departmental administrator and (for tax reasons) with the Finance Division. If the service agreement proposed by the outside body includes terms and conditions relating to intellectual property or confidentiality of information, or does not incorporate the University's standard disclaimer of liability, this will require an authorised signature on behalf of the University. In such cases, the agreement should be forwarded to Research Services which is required to ensure that appropriate disclaimers of liability have been issued in connection with the provision of services to industry and other outside bodies. Where appropriate, as with consultancies within research grant applications and contracts, a payment may be made through the payroll to individuals for the additional work undertaken in performing the services. It is expected that the head of department will decide on an appropriate fee to be paid to the individual based on the time spent (which again will count towards the thirty-day per year limit). The instructions to the Finance Division to make such payments are processed through Research Services. In such cases, where an agreement has been made with University in respect of the service, it is not expected that a further personal consultancy agreement with the academic concerned will be necessary.

Financial arrangements

The University does not generally seek details of remuneration which applicants are to receive under arrangements for outside appointments, but reserves the right to request to be provided with such details in certain circumstances e.g. in the light of any potential conflict of interest with the outside appointment. Applicants wishing exceptionally to make a case to spend a total of more than thirty days in any one year on outside appointments will be required to provide details of remuneration.

Use of computing facilities

University IT and network facilities, including software, are provided for use for educational purposes only, in accordance with the `University Rules for Computer Use', which may be found on the University Web site at http://www.ox.ac.uk/it/rules/rules.html.

Monitoring and reporting

(a) Heads of department are responsible, through their departmental administration, for keeping records of the number of days spent on outside appointments by all staff (regardless of staff group) in their departments.

(b) Heads of department will report their approvals of outside appointments, and the basic details of the outside appointments, to their divisions on an annual basis, by the end of July each year.

(c) Divisions are responsible, through their divisional administration, for monitoring and coordinating information relating to all approvals for outside appointments submitted by departments within their remit, and for making an annual return to the Personnel Committee by the end of September each year.

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Oxford University Consultancy Ltd

The University has established a wholly-owned subsidiary company, Oxford University Consultancy Ltd, to help members of the University to market their expertise to outside bodies, to negotiate commercial terms and payment on behalf of individuals, and to manage the administration associated with consultancy. OUC Ltd offers a professional service for academics and departments throughout the University, which will identify consultancy and related opportunities with local, national and international companies and organisations. Details of this service may be obtained by telephone ((2)80829) or by e-mail at enquiries@consulting.ox.ac.uk.

Members of the University choosing to use the services of OUC Ltd must still follow the internal procedures for University approval of their outside appointments as outlined in these guidelines; OUC Ltd will, however, assist the process on behalf of the individuals concerned.

Footnotes

[1] Approval for cases where the proposed commitment exceeds thirty days may still be sought; in such cases the department will refer the request to the divisional board and if it is approved a deduction in university stipend will be made. Partial or full secondment may be more appropriate for particularly time-consuming outside appointments.
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[2] Faculty board chairman in non-departmentally organised subjects, head of division in the case of heads of departments.
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[3] The Wellcome Trust's grant conditions, for example, include stringent conditions relating to the holding of consultancies and these apply equally to individuals who are in receipt of Wellcome Trust research grants, as well as to those whose salaries are paid from Wellcome Trust grants.
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LANGUAGE CENTRE

Language courses

The Language Centre offers classes in nine popular languages at most levels on its Languages for Study and Research Programme as well as a wide range of courses in English for Academic Studies. Most courses continue from Michaelmas Term. If you have a particular requirement or interest now, please check the Web site for the courses on offer, then call in to find out availability and put your name on the waiting list.

The Language Centre Library and Independent Study Area

The Library's collection of audio/video cassettes, books, and computer programs covers over 130 languages and live TV is available in some languages. The Library also maintains a collection of Oxford University Faculty of Modern Languages Final Listening Comprehension Examination passages/questions from previous years. 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 (not available Saturday).

The Language Centre is open 9.30 a.m.–6.30 p.m., Monday–Friday during noughth week and 9.30 a.m.--8 p.m. (6.30 p.m. on Friday) in full term, as well as 10 a.m.- -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: admin@lang.ox.ac.uk, Web pages: www.lang.ox.ac.uk).

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SCHOOL OF ARCHAEOLOGY

Intensive German classes for archaeologists

A week of intensive German classes for archaeologists, for beginners and intermediate learners, will be held in the Institute of Archaeology in ninth week of Hilary Term (15–19 March). Enquiries should be directed to the Receptionist, the Institute of Archaeology (telephone: (2)78240, e-mail: liz.strange@arch.ox.ac.uk), from whom registration forms may also be obtained. The course tutor will be Gertrud Seidmann, Research Associate, the Institute of Archaeology.

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WIDOWS OR WIDOWERS OF FORMER MEMBERS OF THE UNIVERSITY'S PENSION SCHEMES

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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ST JOHN'S COLLEGE AND COLIN CAR

COLIN CARR will perform the following Bach suites for cello at 8.30 p.m. on Saturdays in the Hall, St John's College.

17 Jan.: No. 1 in G major, no. 3 in C major, and no. 5 in C minor.

24 Jan.: No. 2 in D minor, no. 4 in E flat major, and no. 6 in D major.

Admission is free. Programmes for each concert will be available from the porters' lodge at St John's. Each programme will be valid as an admission ticket until 8.20 p.m. Any vacant seats will be filled from the door during the last ten minutes before the concert starts.

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY COMPUTING SERVICES

Address: 13 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN Telephone: Oxford (2)73200 Fax: (2)83401 Web: http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk Opening hours: Monday--Friday, 8.30 a.m.–8.30 p.m.

Shop

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)7320, fax:

(2)83401, e-mail: shop@oucs.ox.ac.uk.

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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 www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/help/. E-mail: help@oucs.ox.ac.uk; tel.: (2)73200.

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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 www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/maintenance/.

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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 /www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/nsms/.

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HFS: Hierarchical File Server

The HFS is centrally funded service providing backup and archive services to senior members, postgraduates and staff. To protect your data on the HFS, you can register online, then install and configure the software on your computer. See www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/hfs/.

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Printing facilities

OUCS operates a colour printing service from a wide range of PC and MAC applications onto laser printers 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 £21 for an A0 poster. Further details: www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/printing/colour/.

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Security

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 on a `best efforts' basis at other times. E-mail: oxcert@ox.ac.uk; voice-mail: (2)82222; www.ox.ac.uk/it/compsecurity/oxcert/

(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 www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/viruses/.)

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European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)

OUCS is a training and testing centre for the European Computer Driving Licence. Drop-in sessions for the ECDL take place every Tuesday in Michaelmas Term, every Wednesday in Hilary Term, and every Thursday in Trinity Term, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., at OUCS (see www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ecdl/). OUCS is also a testing and training centre for all four ECDL Advanced certificates which run periodically. For further details e-mail: ecdl@oucs.ox.ac.uk.

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Courses

Full details on all courses can be found at http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/courses/, where it is also possible to book online. Any queries regarding the IT Learning Programme can be addressed to: courses@oucs.ox.ac.uk.

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APPOINTMENTS

PROFESSORSHIP OF ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC POLICY

SARAH JANE WHATMORE (BA, M.PHIL, PH.D. London, D.SC. Bristol), Professor of Environmental Geography, Geography Discipline, the Open University, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 July 2004.

Professor Whatmore will be a fellow of Linacre College.

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PROFESSORSHIP OF HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

LINDA MARGARET MCDOWELL (BA Cambridge, M.PHIL., PH.D. London), Professor of Economic Geography, University College London, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 September 2004.

Professor McDowell will be a fellow of St John's College.

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PROFESSORSHIP OF STATISTICS

STEFFEN LILHOLT LAURITZEN (CAND.STAT., LIC. STAT., DR.SCIENT. Copenhagen), Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Aalborg University, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 May 2004.

Professor Lauritzen will be a fellow of Jesus College.

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ELECTORAL BOARD

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

MARSHAL FOCH PROFESSORSHIP OF FRENCH LITERATURE

                                                                                                  
Appointed by 

Mr Vice-Chancellor                      ex officio
The Warden of All Souls                 ex officio
Professor M.K. Atack                    Council
Professor D. Knight                     Council
Professor A. Viala                      Council of the University  of Paris
Professor B. Marchal                    Council of the University  of Paris
Dr R.C.S. Walker                        Humanities Board
Professor E. Fallaize                   Modern Languages Board
Professor C. Howells                    Modern Languages Board
Professor I. Maclean                    All Souls College

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