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Vacation Courses in English for Academic Studies (EFL)

Essentials of academic writing

21--4 June, Monday–Wednesday 9.30–11.45 a.m. and 1--3.15 p.m., Thursday 9.30 a.m.–12.45 p.m. Fee: 95.

English for Academic Visitors

5--22 July, Monday–Thursday 9.15 a.m.--12.45 p.m. Fee: 195.

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Pre-sessional courses in English

26 July-17 September, Monday–Friday for four weeks or eight weeks (no classes Wednesdays except Bank Holiday week).

Further details and booking information 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:

Language Centre Library

The library is open throughout the summer and provides facilities for language learning in over 130 languages. More information is available at

Language Centre opening hours during the summer:

Ninth Week (21--5 June): Monday–Friday, 9.30 a.m.–6.30 p.m.

Vacation: Monday–Friday, 8.30 a.m.–4.30 p.m.

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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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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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Technology Transfer

Ewert House, Ewert Place, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7SG

Isis Innovation Ltd is the technology transfer company of the University of Oxford, commercialising the research generated within and owned by the University. Established in 1988, Isis is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the University, founded to evaluate, protect, and market the University's intellectual property (where there are no pre-existing exploitation arrangements). In 2002, Oxford University Consulting became part of Isis, matching business consulting needs with University researchers. Isis provides researchers with commercial advice, funds patent applications and legal costs, negotiates exploitation and spin-out company agreements, and identifies and manages consultancy opportunities for University researchers. Isis works on projects from all areas of the University's research activities including the life sciences, physical sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Isis welcomes contact from any researcher interested in technology transfer and consultancy opportunities. Visit to learn more about Isis' activities, including its portfolio of technologies and spin-out companies, and to see the `Information for Oxford Researchers' resource.

For more information contact one of Isis' Group Heads: Linda Naylor, Life Sciences (telephone: (2)80910, e-mail:; David Baghurst, Physical Sciences (telephone: (2)80858, e-mail:; or Mark Taylor, Business Innovation and Consulting (telephone: (2)80824, e-mail:

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Museum of the History of Science

The following promenade concerts will be held at 3 p.m. on Sundays in the Museum of the History of Science. Admission is free.



Wolfson College

LAZAR GOSMAN, violin, and NATASHA KOVAL-PADEN, piano, will perform works by Bloch, Stravinsky, Shostakovitch, Elgar, Tchaikovsky, and Beethoven, at 5 p.m. on Sunday, 20 June, in the the Hall, Wolfson College. Tickets, costing 10 (students 4), are available from the college. The concert is given in aid of the Academic Research Centre Development Campaign.

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