Prizes, Grants, and Funding

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BOARD OF MANAGEMENT FOR THE GIBBS PRIZES

Prizes on the foundation of Mr Charles D.D. Gibbs will be offered in 2004. Details of all Gibbs Prizes are set out in full below in alphabetical order. Candidates are not required to make special application for Gibbs Prizes awarded on the results of coursework and public examinations, unless instructed to do so in the individual subject advertisement below.

Candidates for any prize must be members of the University who, at the time of taking the public examination or submitting the coursework on which the prizes are awarded, have not exceeded the twelfth term from matriculation. The University has, however, now approved legislation to enable Council to grant dispensation on grounds of protracted illness or other good reason, to a candidate who has exceeded the twelfth term from his or her matriculation.

Examiners may agree not to award a particular prize in any year if it is deemed that no candidate is of sufficient merit.

I Biochemistry

The prize in Biochemistry is awarded on the combined results of the examinations for Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry Parts I and II in the Honour School of Natural Science in Trinity Term 2004.

The value of the prize is £450 and the examiners have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £250 for meritorious work and up to three additional book prizes of £100.

II Biological Sciences/Zoology

The Gibbs Prize in Zoology will be awarded to a candidate offering the paper in Animal Biology in the examination in Biological Sciences in the Honour School of Natural Science in Trinity Term 2004. The value of the prize is £450.

The Examiners have the power to award up to two further prizes for meritorious work in Biological Sciences (to a total value of £550). Candidates offering any combination of the five papers in Biological Sciences are eligible for the subsidiary prizes.

III Chemistry

The prize in Chemistry is awarded on the results of the examination for Chemistry Part I in the Honour School of Natural Science in Trinity Term 2004.

The value of the prize is £450, and the examiners have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £250 for meritorious work and up to three additional book prizes of £100.

IV Classics

In order to be considered for a Gibbs Prize in Classics, candidates must

(i) have achieved a first-class result in Honour Moderations in Classics, Classics and English, Ancient and Modern History, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, or a distinction in Latin and/or Ancient Greek in the Preliminary Examination for Modern Languages;

(ii) have applied for a travel scholarship/studentship to the Committee for Oldham Scholarships, C.E. Stevens Studentships, and the Sunderland Fund.

V Earth Sciences

A prize of £180 is awarded on the basis of the quality and distinction of the field mapping report submitted in 2004 in the Final Honour School of Natural Science (Earth Sciences).

VI Engineering Science

A prize of £530 is divided equally between each of the members of the team submitting the best Design Project in 2004 for Part I of the Final Honour School of Engineering Science.

VII English Language and Literature

The prizes in English Language and Literature are awarded as follows.

Ten prizes, of £70 each, awarded on the results of Moderations in English Language and Literature in Trinity Term 2004.

(The same candidate may be awarded the Mrs Claude Beddington Literature Prize and a Gibbs Prize.)

Prizes of £100 each are awarded for the following papers in the examination for the Honour School of English Language and Literature:

(a) the best optional thesis;

(b) the best extended essay in Course I, Paper 7;

(c) the best extended essay in Course I, Paper 8;

(d) the best extended essay or optional thesis in Course II;

(e) the best overall performance in Course I of the Honour School; and

(f) the best overall performance in Course II of the Honour School.

Candidates in the Joint Schools with English are eligible for prizes. To take account of the problem of comparability between Joint Schools and Single Honours candidates' performances (as well as the fact that widening eligibility for the competition might prejudice the number of prizes available for Single Honours students), the examiners are asked to specify the top performances in each of the three Joint Schools for which prizes should be awarded.

VIII Geography and the Environment

The prize in Geography is awarded on the results of the examination for the Honour School of Geography in Trinity Term 2004.

The value of the prize is £450 and the examiners have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £250 for meritorious work and up to three additional book prizes of £100.

IX Law

The prize in Law is awarded on the best overall performance in examinations in Contract, Tort, Land and Trusts in the Final Honour School of Law in Trinity Term 2004.

The value of the prize is £500 and the examiners have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £300 for meritorious work, and up to three additional book prizes of £150 each.

X Materials

A prize of £190 will be awarded for the best performance in Part I of Materials Science or Part I of Materials, Economics and Management in Trinity Term 2004.

XI Mathematics

A prize of £400 is awarded on the results of the examination in the Honour School of Mathematical Sciences in Trinity Term 2004 and another prize of £400 on the results of the examination in the Honour School of Mathematics in Trinity Term 2004.

The examiners in the Honour School of Mathematics have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £200.

A prize of £200 is available for the best performance in the Mathematics papers in the Honour School of Mathematics and Philosophy in Trinity Term 2004.

XII Medieval and Modern Languages

A prize of £500 is awarded on the results of the examination for the Honour School of Modern Languages in Trinity Term 2004.

A prize of £500 is awarded for the best overall performance in the Modern Language in one of the joint Honour Schools involving Modern Languages with another subject (i.e. Classics and Modern Languages, English and Modern Languages, Modern History and Modern Languages, Philosophy and Modern Languages, European and Middle Eastern Languages) in Trinity Term 2004. Modern Languages examiners for the joint schools are asked to confer over the award of that prize.

In addition, prizes of £100 each are available for the two best performances in the Preliminary Examination in Modern Languages in Trinity Term 2004 in any of Czech (with Slovak), French, German, Italian, Modern Greek, Portuguese, Linguistics.

(Note: a Gibbs Prize is not available in the language in which the Beddington Prize is being offered.)

XIII Modern History

The prize in Modern History is awarded on the results of the examination for the Honour School of Modern History and associated joint Honour Schools in Trinity Term 2004.

The Gibbs Prize is £450. The examiners have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £250 for meritorious work, and up to seven additional book prizes of £100.

XIV Music

Prizes are awarded, provided that there be candidates of sufficient merit, on the results of the examination for the Honour School of Music in Trinity Term 2004. The Music Faculty Board agreed, when making its recommendation about the Gibbs Prizes, that the examiners should be able to recommend the number and level of prizes to be awarded in any one year. This was to allow flexibility for variation in comparative performance to be taken into account in different years.

XV Oriental Studies

Three prizes, each of £233, are awarded on the results of Moderations either in Oriental Studies (Chinese) or in Oriental Studies (Japanese) or in Oriental Studies (Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies) in Trinity Term 2004.

XVI Philosophy

Gibbs Prizes in Philosophy, of up to £100 each, are awarded for outstanding performance in the Philosophy papers in each of the seven joint Honour Schools involving Philosophy (Literae Humaniores; Philosophy, Politics, and Economics; Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology; Mathematics and Philosophy; Physics and Philosophy; Philosophy and Modern Languages; and Philosophy and Theology).

The examiners shall have the power to make proxime accesserunt awards for meritorious work.

No candidate shall be awarded both a Henry Wilde Prize and a Gibbs Prize in the same examination.

XVII Physics

The Prizes available in 2004 are as follows.

The Gibbs Prize for Performance in the Physics Final M.Phys. Examination (£250). Gibbs Prize for the best use of experimental apparatus in an M.Phys. project (£100).

A Gibbs Prize for practical work in Parts A and B of the M.Phys. examination (£50), a Gibbs Prize for practical work in Parts A and B of the BA examination (£50).

A Gibbs Prize of up to £100 in value may be awarded, provided there are candidates of sufficient merit, for the best performance in the Physics Department's speaking competition in 2004.

No candidate shall be awarded both the Scott Prize and the main Gibbs Prize for performance in the Physics Final M.Phys. in the same examination.

XVIII Physiological Sciences

A prize of £200 is awarded on the results of each of the following examinations: Parts I and II of the First Examination for the Degree of Bachelor of Medicine in Hilary and Trinity Terms 2004. The examiners shall, in each case, have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £100 for meritorious work.

A prize of £100 is awarded on the results of the Preliminary Examination in Physiological Sciences in Trinity Term 2004.

Two prizes, of £200 each, are awarded on the results of the examination in the Honour School of Physiological Sciences in Trinity Term 2004. Providing there are candidates of sufficient merit, one will be awarded to a candidate intending to proceed to the clinical course in medicine at Oxford; the other will be awarded to a Physiological Sciences student not on the Medical Register. No candidate shall receive both the main Martin Wronker Prize in Medicine and the Gibbs Prize.

XIX Politics

The Gibbs Prize in Politics (£300) is awarded on the basis of the best Politics written papers only in the examinations for the Honour Schools of Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and Modern History and Politics.

In addition, the Gibbs Thesis Prize in Politics (£300) is awarded for the best Politics thesis or supervised dissertation submitted in the same examinations.

In each case, the examiners have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £150 for meritorious work.

There is also a Gibbs First Public Examination Prize (£200) available for the best Politics written paper in the Preliminary Examination in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, or Honour Moderations in Modern History and Politics. The examiners have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £100 for meritorious work.

XX Psychological Studies

A prize of £175 is awarded on the results of the examination in Trinity Term 2004 in the Honour School of Experimental Psychology. The examiners shall have the power to make a proxime accessit award of £75.

A prize of £175 is awarded on the results of the examination in Trinity Term 2004 for the Honour School of Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology. The examiners shall have the power to make a proxime accessit award of £75.

A prize of £75 is awarded for the best Research Project submitted in Hilary Term 2004 in the examination for the Honour School of Experimental Psychology or the Honour School of Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology.

A prize of £75 is awarded for the best Library Dissertation submitted in Hilary Term 2004 in the examination for the Honour School of Experimental Psychology or the Honour School of Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology.

A prize of £50 is awarded for the best practical portfolio in Psychology submitted in Hilary Term 2004 in the examination for the Honour School of Experimental Psychology or for the Honour School of Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology.

No candidate shall receive more than one Gibbs Prize in the same examination. No candidate shall receive both the main Martin Wronker Prize in Medicine and a Gibbs Prize in the same examination. It shall be open to the examiners to award to the same candidate both a Gibbs Prize and the George Humphrey Prize.

XXI Theology

A prize of £275 may be awarded on the results of the examination for the Final Honour School of Theology in Trinity Term 2004. No candidate may be awarded both the Denyer and Johnson Prize and a Gibbs Prize in the same examination.

A prize of £275 may be awarded for the best performance in Theology in the Honour School of Philosophy and Theology in Trinity Term 2004.

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HULME UNIVERSITY FUND

The steering committee which makes recommendations for grants from the Hulme University Fund now invites applications for the 2004–5 awards.

Under the Scheme for the Hulme Fund, Brasenose College applies one-third of the income which it receives from the relevant trust for the promotion of education and research in the University by grants designed to relieve the `special needs of university faculties or institutions' or to promote `the special purposes of any study or research pursued in or connected to the University'. The college is required to have regard to proposals made by Council, whose approval is also required for grants.

Each year the committee decides on a particular theme and invites appropriate applications. This year, the topic chosen for 2004–5 is `Communicating science to the layperson'. The total amount available to be committed in grants will be approximately £25K, and the size of grants is normally up to £5–£6K. Attention is drawn particularly to the restrictions of the fund to `special needs' and `special purposes': it is not intended to support normal departmental commitments or items which might properly be charged to general university funds. Nor for that matter does it support what might be classed as `luxury items'. Applications should therefore make clear why the case is considered to be `special' and a `need'. It would also be acceptable for a grant to be used as part of a package of support where funds for a particular project are drawn from different sources, and the committee will also consider applications where the ability to carry out the project is dependent on the success of funding applications still under consideration by other bodies. There is no set timetable for completion of expenditure, and approved grants can be claimed as expenditure is incurred. The closing date is 19 April, and the results of applications should be known the following term. Applications should be made in writing (or may be e-mailed) to the Secretary of the Steering Committee, Ms Geraldine Martin, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (e-mail: geraldine.martin@admin.ox.ac.uk), giving details of the project, the costs involved, and any other sources of funding available or being sought.

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OPPENHEIMER FUND

The Oppenheimer Fund provides grants to assist the academic exchange of senior members between the University of Oxford on the one hand and universities and similar institutions of higher education in the Republic of South Africa on the other.

Applications are invited from senior members of the University who wish either to visit one or more universities in South Africa or to invite a staff member from a South African university to Oxford. Grants may be awarded to assist with living expenses for a maximum of six months, and travel costs. Visits for the sole purpose of attending a conference will not normally be eligible for support from the fund. The maximum level of grants is likely to be up to £1,000 per month for subsistence and up to £700 for the cost of travel between Oxford and South Africa.

Applications for grants from the Fund should include a statement of the purpose of the proposed visit (including an outline of any research to be carried out during the visit), duration and estimated costs, details of any other available sources of funding, and, in the case of visits to Oxford, a curriculum vitae of the staff member it is proposed to invite and a letter of support from a senior member at Oxford. The closing date for applications is 14 May.

Applications and any enquiries about the fund should be sent to James Tibbert, International Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (telephone: (2)70134).

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