Oxford University Gazette, 27 May 2004: Notices

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SPEECHES BY THE PUBLIC ORATOR

The following speeches were delivered by THE PUBLIC ORATOR in a Congregation held on Saturday, 22 May 2004, in presenting for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters

Mr IVON ASQUITH

Former Managing Director of the Academic Division,Oxford University Press

Si quis hoc sibi sumat, homines academicos interrogare qua re praecipue nobis Oxoniensibus superbiendum esse videatur, tum, credo, alii Academiae nostrae vetustate, alii doctrinae copia glorientur quae et ipsa praestantissima est et cum ceteris mortalibus communicata, haud pauci autem Preli nostri virtutes iactandas esse declarent; quos omnes, etiam si inter se aliquatenus discrepent, tamen incredibili modo consentire cognoscimus. nam de Prelo Oxoniensi, haud minus quidem quam de Academia ipsa, iisdem verbis uti libet quibus apud Maronem poetam pastor ille humanissimus de urbe Roma, qui

Haec tantum alias inter caput extulit urbes, inquit,
quantum lenta solent inter viburna cupressi.

quid enim? Academiae ipsius meritis, quae maxima esse nemo nescit, vix aut ne vix quidem cedit Preli academici auctoritas gloria vetustas; hoc autem inter se similitudine quadam conferuntur, quod neque hoc neque illa sine hominum excellentium cum opera deditissima tum iudicio sapientissimo adeo florere ullo modo posset. quorum hic quem produco nemini secundus dux exstitit et signifer, qui cum se annalium studio primum et hic et Londini contulisset, Prelo accessit, librorum historicorum provinciam accepit, quam diu otio quodam ne dicam somno consopitam ita excitavit ut brevi tempore libros plurimos proferret et eosdem praestantissimos, quorum nonnulli praemiis notabilioribus sunt insigniti, alii stilo austero conscripti lectoribus eruditioribus magis arridebant, alii etiam indoctioribus ita placebant ut doctrina saluberrima refertos dimitterent; ita numquam ex animo amisit noster Horatianum illud,

Omne tenet punctum qui miscuit utile dulci.

sed ne historia quidem diu huius virtutibus satis amplum praestitit campum, qui mox officiorum cursu honorifico peracto ad summum cacumen provectus librorum editores tam docte elegit, libros conscribendos tanto acumine curavit, rem denique pecuniariam tanta diligentia administravit, ut nescio an ullum iam sit in orbe terrarum prelum cuius et labores et benefacta cum hac nostra possint iure comparari. dies me deficiat si coner exponere quot optimae notae libros hic produxerit, sed ut de paucis omnino taceam ab animo impetrare non possum. liceat mihi igitur cum praeclarum illud linguae Anglicae thesaurum commemorare correctum, tum hominum nostratium vitas summa diligentia descriptas, tum denique voluminum copiam amplissimam et de legis studio et de omni scibili conscriptorum quibus Preli Oxoniensis et fisco et laudibus summa accessit amplitudo.

Praesento annalium sospitatorem diligentissimum, doctrinae fautorem perspicacissimum, et Preli et Academiae ministrum optime meritum, Ivon Asquith, ut admittatur honoris causa ad gradum Doctoris in Litteris.


Paraphrase

If anyone were to conduct an enquiry among the academics of Oxford and to ask them what was their special point of pride, then some, no doubt, would talk about the venerable age of the University, others of its outstanding achievements in scholarship and their communication to the rest of the world; many would surely claim as our especial glory the Oxford University Press. There would thus be some apparent disagreement on the surface, but really an extraordinary degree of unanimity; for we can say of the Press, no less emphatically than of the University, that (in the words of the cultivated shepherd in Virgil, speaking of the city of Rome in comparison with other cities)

For this of ours all others overtops
As does a mighty oak some lowly copse.

The distinction of Oxford University, great as it is universally admitted to be, yields hardly, if at all, to that of the Press, in age, reputation, or authority; and both have in common that they could not flourish as they have without the devotion and skill of outstandingly able people. Second to none among the leaders and inspirers of such people is the man whom I now present. Mr Ivon Asquith studied history at Oxford and London Universities. He joined the Press and took on its history list, which had for some time been allowed to become rather somnolent, if not actually asleep. He awoke it to such effect that within a short time books were forthcoming in large numbers and of outstanding quality, many of which proceeded to win major literary awards. Some were works of austerely scholarly cast, aimed at an academic readership; others were meant for a more popular market, combining solid instruction for the reader with an enjoyable read. Mr Asquith never lost sight of the saying of the poet Horace: `He wins all votes, who links delight with use'. Soon he outgrew history as his area, and after holding a series of important positions he reached the summit of his career as Managing Director of the Academic Division. He showed such ability in the appointment of members of staff, such flair in the choice of authors, and such scrupulous control of the financial side of operations, that one can hardly think, nowadays, of a press in the world which could stand comparison, in scale or in excellence, with our own OUP. A single day would hardly suffice, if I were to embark on a list of the outstanding publications for which Mr Asquith has been responsible; but I cannot bring myself to pass in silence over the revision of the Oxford English Dictionary, that treasure-house of the language, or the new and highly scholarly Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. In addition, he has overseen a flood of legal publications and indeed of books on every subject imaginable, which have greatly increased both the income and the reputation of the Press.

I present Mr Ivon Asquith, who has done so much for the study of history, who has been a perceptive supporter of scholarship of all kinds, and who has shown himself an outstanding agent both of the Press and of the University, for admission to the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters.


Mr PETER MOTHERSOLE

Former Managing Director of the English Language Teaching Division, Oxford University Press

In Bibliotheca Bodleiana, quam honoris causa nomino, scalae sunt lectoribus notissimae qua laborant homines doctrinae studiosi ut ad tabulatum supremum, Musarum arcem, Olympum ipsum curiositatis ascendant; quam qui aggrediuntur hanc sententiam in muro inscriptam lectitant, a Daniele Propheta repetitam: Plurimi pertransibunt, inquit vir Divina providentia instinctus, et multiplex erit scientia. quod promissum ut conservetur, Academiae autem ipsius commodis inserviatur, librorum copiam quam amplissimam desiderari nemo est quin intelligat, vinculo igitur necessario conligari hinc homines academicos hinc librorum artifices, neque enim illos sine his neque hos sine illis vel unum pedem progredi posse. nihil ergo Academiae optatius, nihil pretiosius, nihil magis necessarium dixeritis quam Prelum quo excudatur librorum copia doctrina saluberrima refertorum. haud obscurum est, quo ducat oratio: hic enim quem produco triginta paene annos Prelo adscriptus est nostro, de quo etiam meliori iure quam Flaccus poeta de Iove suo hoc proclamare possimus, Non viget quicquam simile aut secundum; et quidem huius egregiis laboribus plus fortasse quam cuiquam alteri acceptum referimus quod nomen Oxoniense ita toti orbi terrarum innotuit ut permulti, ni fallor, cum audierint prius de Prelo quam de ipsa Academia cogitent. librorum autem tot paene sunt genera quam hominum; hic, cum alia tractaverit plurima, tamen illi praecipue se contulit quod homines peregrinos linguam doceat nostram, quo beneficio nullum maius excogitari potest. quid si hoc aio, unius libelli, cui titulus Via Capitalis, exempla venisse plura quam quadrigenties centena milia? quis est nostrum quin hoc audito caput quodam modo titubare, menti autem numeri tam ingentes tenebras quasdam offudisse videantur? sed hic quae perfecit adeo solida ac vera sunt ut inter remotissimas gentes homines peregrini occurrant qui suam linguae nostrae notitiam alter alteri huius libelli editioni se debere profitentur, qui ita idem semper remansit ut persaepe mutatus sit atque correctus. animi mihi conscius essem ingratissimi, nisi hoc adderem: huius praecipue laboribus effectum esse ut Prelum nostrum Academiam ipsam, his temporibus paupertate et angustiis laborantem, pecunia amplissima iterum atque iterum sustentarit. sed hoc ipsum, cum sit maximum, tamen minoris est momenti quam quod linguae nostrae fines adeo promovit ut ceteras hodie longe superare videatur; quae omnia mehercle ita effecit hic ut numquam libellos promulgari iusserit quorum acumen genus dicendi doctrina nomine Oxoniensi non dignissima esse videantur.

Praesento virum cuius merita cum erga Prelum tum erga Academiam nostram sunt insignissima, linguae nostrae patronum potentissimum, rei pecuniariae magistrum egregium, Petrum Mothersole, ut admittatur ad gradum Doctoris in Litteris honoris causa.


Paraphrase

In the Bodleian Library, a place not to be mentioned without reverence, there is a staircase, well known to readers, up which scholars toil on their way to the top floor, that strong-hold of the Muses, that veritable paradise of the inquisitive. Those who climb it find inscribed on the wall these words from the Prophet Daniel: `Very many shall pass through, and knowledge shall be multiplied'. It is clear that the fulfilment of this inspired utterance, no less than the urgent needs of the University, calls for the constant production of a great stream of books. It follows that there is a most intimate link connecting, on the one side, academic persons and, on the other, those who actually publish books: neither, in fact, can advance without the other. Nothing, therefore, is more desirable for a University, nothing more precious, nothing indeed more vitally necessary, than a Press to publish books full of sound learning. The tendency of these remarks is easy to see. I am presenting a man who was attached for more than thirty years to the OUP, a Press of which we might truthfully say what the poet Horace says of Jupiter himself: None can its equal be, nor yet its second. It is due to the labours of Mr Peter Mothersole, whom I now present, more perhaps than to anyone else, that the name `Oxford' has become so famous internationally that to many people, I fancy, it would bring the Oxford University Press to mind sooner than the University itself. Books are as various as people. Mr Mothersole has been active in many areas of publishing, but he has been especially associated with that branch which teaches English as a foreign language. It is impossible to think of an activity more important. What is our reaction, when we hear that a single such publication, Headway, has sold more than forty-four million copies? Such colossal numbers make one's head reel and one's mind giddy. This achievement is so genuine and so solid that in the most far-flung places natives appear and claim to have learnt their English from one or another edition of this publication, which has been repeatedly revised while retaining its original character. It would be an act of great ingratitude if I did not add that it is to Mr Mothersole's activities, above all, that the University, in this period of poverty and retrenchment, has received from the OUP repeated and very substantial financial subsidies. That is a benefit of enormous significance; but even that is less historically important than the fact that our honorand has been responsible for the massive extension of the reach of the English language, which now far outstrips that of any other in the world; and I add that he has achieved it while insisting that all the English Language Teaching publications of the Press should be of a standard, in accuracy, information, and style, which is worthy of the name of Oxford.

I present a most successful champion of our language, an outstanding figure in finance, Mr Peter Mothersole, who has a strong claim on the gratitude both of the Press and of the University, for admission to the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters.

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GENERAL NOTICES

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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OXFORD CENTRE FOR COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE

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 http://www.cogneuro.ox.ac.uk.

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: admin@cogneuro.ox.ac.uk).

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ISIS INNOVATION LTD

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 www.isis-innovation.com 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: linda.naylor@isis.ox.ac.uk); David Baghurst, Physical Sciences (telephone: (2)80858, e-mail: david.baghurst@isis.ox.ac.uk); or Mark Taylor, Business Innovation and Consulting (telephone: (2)80824, e-mail: mark.taylor@isis.ox.ac.uk).

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY CAREERS SERVICE

Careers Advice Service for Contract Research Staff

This service, provided by the University Careers Service at 56 Banbury Road, aims to encourage and enable academic-related research staff, employed directly by the University on fixed-term contracts (contract research staff), to make and implement well-informed decisions about their careers by:

* providing impartial, professional, careers advice

* supporting them in recognising and developing the attributes necessary for successful career development

* enabling them to appreciate and explore the range of opportunities available

* assisting them to clarify their values, interests, abilities and skills and to relate these to possible career options

* providing access to a wide variety of careers information and resources to facilitate the formulation and implementation of career plans

The service operates flexibly in an attempt to cater for individual personal needs, whether researchers are:

* generally uncertain about the career options open to them

* considering reviewing or changing their career direction

* thinking about finding a new job in academia, commerce, industry, the public sector, or becoming self-employed, etc.

* requiring practical advice on CV design, job search, or interview/selection techniques

Following registration with the Service (which is free) individual researchers have access to up to four, confidential, one-to-one meetings with a careers adviser to help clarify personal and career objectives and to identify the main career options open to them. They may also drop-in to see the Duty Adviser at the Careers Service to help resolve brief queries and make use of the wide range of careers resources in the well resourced Information Room, including the Prospects Planner computerised careers guidance system. Psychometric ability testing and personality type profiling for career development purposes (using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) can also be arranged on an ad hoc basis. In addition, two one-day career development workshops, designed specifically for contract research staff who are looking to review their career options or to brush up on their job search and interview skills, are run at various times throughout the year, and researchers also have access to activities in the student `What's On' term programme of careers talks, short skills sessions and other events.

Full details of the service (including how to register and book confidential career discussions) can be found on www.careers.ox.ac.uk. To reserve a place on any of the career development workshops or seminars/briefings below (which are run in conjunction with the Institute for the Advancement of University Learning), contact the IAUL (telephone: Oxford (2)86808, e-mail: services@learning.ox.ac.uk).


Career Development Workshops

The following workshops, provided as part of the Careers Advice Service for Contract Research Staff, supplement the individual careers guidance and information provisions available.


Career Review and Planning for Contract Research Staff

Tuesday, 15 June 2004, 9.30 a.m.--4 p.m. (Week 8, TT)
This workshop has been designed specifically for academic-related contract research staff employed by the University. It is particularly suitable for researchers, at any stage in their career, who are starting to consider what their future options might be. It will provide participants with the opportunity to step back and reflect on their careers in the context of their personal experience and factors in the academic research and wider employment environment. Through a combination of short individual exercises and small (informal) group discussions participants will be encouraged to explore the key aspects of effective career decision making. This will include reviewing motivations and transferable skills and considering factors affecting job mobility. By the end of the day each participant should be in a position to further their career objectives by beginning development of a realistic personal career plan. Previous participants have often built on this workshop by using one-to-one career discussions to develop and focus their ideas and to access further resources regarding particular career options. There will usually also be the opportunity to explore the wide range of careers resources available for use by contract research staff at the Careers Service.


Job Search and Interview Skills for Contract Research Staff

 

Friday, 2 July 2004, 9.30 a.m.--5 p.m. (Vacation)
This workshop has been designed specifically for academic-related contract research staff employed by the University and is particularly suitable for those who are considering, or seeking, alternative employment and wish to brush up on the practicalities involved. While more emphasis is given to finding employment outside academic research, those intending to apply for posts in academia may also find the programme useful.

An interactive day, it will explore the skills and techniques used in searching for jobs effectively, finding sources of job information, utilising networking techniques, writing appropriate CVs, and covering letters. Emphasis will be given to understanding the processes which UK employers are increasingly using to select staff and the importance of tailoring applications and approaches accordingly. Participants will also explore the skills and attributes required for effective performance at interview: preparation, self-presentation and how to deal with typical interview questions, etc. Where possible, supportive practice in applying interview techniques will normally form part of the day and there will usually be the opportunity to explore the wide range of careers resources available for use by contract research staff at the Careers Service. Previous participants have often built on this workshop by using one-to-one career discussions, to review intended applications and to practice for interviews.

Note: the content of the above workshops may be varied in the light of feedback and other workshops may be added in due course.

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APPOINTMENTS

MARSHAL FOCH PROFESSORSHIP OF FRENCH LITERATURE

MICHAEL HUGH TEMPEST SHERINGHAM (BA, PH.D. Kent at Canterbury), Professor of French, Royal Holloway, University of London, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 October 2004.

Professor Sheringham will be a fellow of All Souls College.

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J.R.R. TOLKIEN PROFESSORSHIP OF MEDIEVAL ENGLISH LITERATURE AND LANGUAGE

VINCENT ANTHONY GILLESPIE, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of St Anne's College and Reader in English Language and Literature, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 October 2004. Dr Gillespie will be a fellow of Lady Margaret Hall.

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PROFESSORSHIP OF RUSSIAN

ANDREI L. ZORIN (MA, PH.D. Habilitation, Moscow State University), Professor of Russian, Russian State University for Humanities (RGGU), Moscow, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 October 2004.

Professor Zorin will be a fellow of New College.

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AREA STUDIES

The Social Sciences Board has appointed PROFESSOR R. GOODMAN, Fellow of St Antony's College and Nissan Professor of Japanese Studies, as Head of Area Studies for two years from 1 October 2004.

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QUEEN ELIZABETH HOUSE

The Social Sciences Board has appointed PROFESSOR B. HARRISS-WHITE, Fellow of Wolfson College and University Lecturer in Agricultural Economics, to the Directorship of Queen Elizabeth House for three years from 1 October 2004.

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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.

PROFESSORSHIP OF MATHEMATICAL BIOLOGY


                                                 Appointed by

Professor S.D. Iversen                           Mr Vice-Chancellor [1]
The President of St John's                       ex officio
Professor M. Ferguson                            Council
Professor C.A. Gilligan                          Council
Professor D.C. Clary                             Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board
Professor M.C. Mackey                            Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board
Professor S.J. Chapman                           Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board
Professor J.M. Ball                              Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board
Dr A.J. Boyce                                    St John's College
[1] Appointed by Mr Vice-Chancellor under the provisions of Sects. 10 and 11 of Stat. IX (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002, Vol. 133, p. 108).

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