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The Social Sciences Board is undertaking a review of the Faculty of Law as part of its programme of regular rolling reviews of units under its aegis. The Head of 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 the Faculty of Law 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 Law 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 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 Resources Committee and the Educational Policy and Standards Committee as appropriate.

The membership of the committee is as follows:

Mr Donald Hay, Head of the Social Sciences Division

Professor Ewan McKendrick, Pembroke College

Professor David Robertson, St Hugh's College

Professor Andrew Goudie, Master of St Cross College

Professor John Phillips, King's College London

Professor David Feldman, University of Cambridge

Professor Jane Stapleton, ANU

The review committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference. These should be sent to the secretary of the review committee, Ms M.A. Robertson, Social Sciences Division, 34 St Giles', by 11 June.

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Regulations relating to the use of IT facilities

The following regulations relating to the use of the University's IT facilities are made by the ICT Committee with the approval of Council. They may also be found at

ICTC Regulations 1 of 2002


Made by the ICTC on 6 June 2002

Approved by Council on 24 July 2002, and as

amended with effect from 17 October 2003

1. In these regulations, unless the context requires otherwise, `college' means any college, society, or Permanent Private Hall or any other institution designated by Council by regulation as being permitted to present candidates for matriculation.

2. University IT and network facilities are provided for use in accordance with the following policy set by Council:

(1) The University provides computer facilities and access to its computer networks only for purposes directly connected with the work of the University and the colleges and with the normal academic activities of their members.

(2) Individuals have no right to use university facilities for any other purpose.

(3) The University reserves the right to exercise control over all activities employing its computer facilities, including examining the content of users' data, such as e-mail, where that is necessary:

(a) for the proper regulation of the University's facilities;

(b) in connection with properly authorised investigations in relation to breaches or alleged breaches of provisions in the University's statutes and regulations, including these regulations;


(c) to meet legal requirements.

(4) Such action will be undertaken only in accordance with these regulations.

3. These regulations govern all use of university IT and network facilities, whether accessed by university property or otherwise.

4. Use is subject at all times to such monitoring as may be necessary for the proper management of the network, or as may be specifically authorised in accordance with these regulations.

5. (1) Persons may make use of university facilities only with proper authorisation.

(2) `Proper authorisation' in this context means prior authorisation by the appropriate officer, who shall be the Director of Oxford University Computing Services (`OUCS') or his or her nominated deputy in the case of services under the supervision of OUCS, or the nominated college or departmental officer in the case of services provided by a college or department.

(3) Any authorisation is subject to compliance with the University's statutes and regulations, including these regulations, and will be considered to be terminated by any breach or attempted breach of these regulations.

6. (1) Authorisation will be specific to an individual.

(2) Any password, authorisation code, etc. given to a user will be for his or her use only, and must be kept secure and not disclosed to or used by any other person.

7. Users are not permitted to use university IT or network facilities for any of the following:

(1) any unlawful activity;

(2) the creation, transmission, storage, downloading, or display of any offensive, obscene, indecent, or menacing images, data, or other material, or any data capable of being resolved into such images or material, except in the case of the use of the facilities for properly supervised research purposes when that use is lawful and when the user has obtained prior written authority for the particular activity from the head of his or her department or the chairman of his or her faculty board (or, if the user is the head of a department or the chairman of a faculty board, from the head of his or her division);

(3) the creation, transmission, or display of material which is designed or likely to harass another person in breach of the University's Code of Practice on Harassment;

(4) the creation or transmission of defamatory material about any individual or organisation;

(5) the sending of any e-mail that does not correctly identify the sender of that e-mail or attempts to disguise the identity of the computer from which it was sent;

(6) the sending of any message appearing to originate from another person, or otherwise attempting to impersonate another person;

(7) the transmission, without proper authorisation, of e-mail to a large number of recipients, unless those recipients have indicated an interest in receiving such e-mail, or the sending or forwarding of e-mail which is intended to encourage the propagation of copies of itself;

(8) the creation or transmission of or access to material in such a way as to infringe a copyright, moral right, trade mark, or other intellectual property right;

(9) private profit, except to the extent authorised under the user's conditions of employment or other agreement with the University or a college; or commercial purposes without specific authorisation;

(10) gaining or attempting to gain unauthorised access to any facility or service within or outside the University, or making any attempt to disrupt or impair such a service;

(11) the deliberate or reckless undertaking of activities such as may result in any of the following:

(a) the waste of staff effort or network resources, including time on any system accessible via the university network;

(b) the corruption or disruption of other users' data;

(c) the violation of the privacy of other users;

(d) the disruption of the work of other users;

(e) the introduction or transmission of a virus into the network;

(12) activities not directly connected with employment, study, or research in the University or the colleges (excluding reasonable and limited use for social and recreational purposes where not in breach of these regulations or otherwise forbidden) without proper authorisation.

8. Software and computer-readable datasets made available on the university network may be used only subject to the relevant licensing conditions, and, where applicable, to the Code of Conduct published by the Combined Higher Education Software Team (`CHEST').

9. Users shall treat as confidential any information which may become available to them through the use of such facilities and which is not clearly intended for unrestricted dissemination; such information shall not be copied, modified, disseminated, or used either in whole or in part without the permission of the person or body entitled to give it.

10. (1) No user may use IT facilities to hold or process data relating to a living individual save in accordance with the provisions of current data protection legislation (which in most cases will require the prior consent of the individual or individuals whose data are to be processed).

(2) Any person wishing to use IT facilities for such processing is required to inform the University Data Protection Officer in advance and to comply with any guidance given concerning the manner in which the processing may be carried out.

11. Any person responsible for the administration of any university or college computer or network system, or otherwise having access to data on such a system, shall comply with the provisions of the `Statement of IT Security and Privacy Policy', as published by the ICT Committee from time to time.

12. Users shall at all times endeavour to comply with guidance issued from time to time by OUCS to assist with the management and efficient use of the network.

13. Connection of computers, whether college, departmental, or privately owned, to the university network is subject to the following additional conditions:

(1) (a) Computers connected to the university network may use only network identifiers which follow the University's naming convention, and are registered with OUCS.

(b) In particular all such names must be within the domain

(c) Any exception to this must be authorised by the Director of OUCS, and may be subject to payment of a licence fee.

(2) (a) The administrators of computers connected to the university network are responsible for ensuring their security against unauthorised access, participation in `denial of service' attacks, etc.

(b) The University may temporarily bar access to any computer or sub-network that appears to pose a danger to the security or integrity of any system or network, either within or outside Oxford, or which, through a security breach, may bring disrepute to the University.

(3) (a) Providers of any service must take all reasonable steps to ensure that that service does not cause an excessive amount of traffic on the University's internal network or its external network links.

(b) The University may bar access at any time to computers which appear to cause unreasonable consumption of network resources.

(4) (a) Hosting Web pages on computers connected to the university network is permitted subject to the knowledge and consent of the department or college responsible for the local resources, but providers of any such Web pages must endeavour to comply with guidelines published by OUCS or other relevant authorities.

(b) It is not permitted to offer commercial services through Web pages supported through the university network, or to provide `home-page' facilities for any commercial organisation, except with the permission of the Director of OUCS; this permission may require the payment of a licence fee.

(5) Participation in distributed file-sharing networks is not permitted, except in the case of the use of the facilities for properly authorised academic purposes when that use is lawful and when the user:

(a) in the case of services under the supervision of OUCS, has demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Director of OUCS or his or her nominated deputy that the user has obtained prior written authority for the particular activity from the head of his or her department or the chairman of his or her faculty board; or

(b) in the case of services provided by a college or department, has demonstrated to the satisfaction of the nominated college or departmental officer that the user has obtained prior written authority for the particular activity from the head of that college or department.

(6) (a) No computer connected to the university network may be used to give any person who is not a member or employee of the University or its colleges access to any network services outside the department or college where that computer is situated.

(b) Certain exceptions may be made, for example, for members of other UK universities, official visitors to a department or college, or those paying a licence fee.

(c) Areas of doubt should be discussed with the Registration Manager at OUCS.

14. (1) If a user is thought to be in breach of any of the University's statutes or regulations, including these regulations, he or she shall be reported to the appropriate officer who may recommend to the appropriate university or college authority that proceedings be instituted under either or both of university and college disciplinary procedures.

(2) Access to facilities may be withdrawn under section 46 of Statute XI pending a determination, or may be made subject to such conditions as the Proctors or the Registrar (as the case may be) shall think proper in the circumstances.

Examining Users' Data

15. All staff of an IT facility who are given privileged access to information available through that facility must respect the privacy and security of any information, not clearly intended for unrestricted dissemination, that becomes known to them by any means, deliberate or accidental.

16. (1) System Administrators (i.e. those responsible for the management, operation, or maintenance of computer systems) have the right to access users' files and examine network traffic, but only if necessary in pursuit of their role as System Administrators.

(2) They must endeavour to avoid specifically examining the contents of users' files without proper authorisation.

17. (1) If it is necessary for a System Administrator to inspect the contents of a user's files, the procedure set out in paragraphs (2)--(5) below must be followed.

(2) Normally, the user's permission should be sought.

(3) Should such access be necessary without seeking the user's permission, it should, wherever possible, be approved by an appropriate authority prior to inspection.

(4) If it has not been possible to obtain prior permission, any access should be reported to the user or to an appropriate authority as soon as possible.

(5) For the purposes of these regulations `appropriate authority' is defined as follows:

(a) in the case of any university-owned system, whether central or departmental: if the files belong to a student member, the Proctors; if the files belong to any member of the University other than a student member, the Registrar or his or her nominee; or, if the files belong to an employee who is not a member of the University, the head of the department, college, or other unit to which the employee is responsible, or the head's delegated representative;

(b) in the case of a departmental system, either those named in (a) above, or, in all circumstances, the head of department or his or her delegated representative;

(c) in the case of a college system, the head of the college or his or her delegated representative.

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Musical events

Queen's College

Organ Recitals

The following recitals will be given at 1.10 p.m. on Wednesdays in the chapel, Queen's College. Admission is free, with a retiring collection.

Further details may be found at

5 May: CHRISTOPHER BUCKNALL, Lincoln College

12 May: ANDREW REID, Westminster Abbey

19 May: HENRY FAIRS, London


2 June: MARK WILLIAMS, St Paul's, London

9 June: DANIEL TURNER, Queen's College

16 June: IAIN QUINN, Yale University

Music for Ascension Day

A service with music for Ascension Day will be held at 8 a.m. on Thursday, 20 May, in the Back Quad, Queen's College.


THE CHOIR OF QUEEN'S COLLEGE will give a concert at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday, 10 June. Music by Howells and Leighton will be performed in the chapel, followed by madrigals and part-songs in the Fellows' Garden. Admission will be by programme (£6/£4), to include wine. Programmes may be reserved by e-mailing:

St John's College and the Centre for Portuguese Language/Instituto Camoes

The Portuguese guitar—two centuries of popular music

PEDRO CALDEIRA CABRAL (Portuguese guitar/cittern) and JOAQUIM ANTÓNIO SILVA (guitar) will play a selection of pieces by Portuguese composers at 8 p.m. on Saturday, 5 June, in the Garden Quadrangle Auditorium, St John's College.

Admission is free, and can be reserved by obtaining a programme from the porters' lodge, St John's. Each programme will be valid as an admission ticket until 7.50 p.m. Any remaining vacant seats will be filled from the door during the last ten minutes before the concert starts.

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Address: 13 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN
Telephone: Oxford (2)73200
Opening hours: opening hours: Monday--Friday, 8.30 a.m.–8.30 p.m.


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 from 9 a.m.–4.45 p.m., Monday–Friday (except Thursday, 9.30 a.m.–4.45 p.m.). Telephone: Oxford (2)73200, fax: (2)83401, e-mail:

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. Advisors 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 E-mail:; 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

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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 /

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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

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Printing facilities

OUCS operates a colour printing service from a wide range of PC and MAC applications onto laserprinters 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 only 21 pounds for an A0 poster. To find out more see

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Oxford University Computer Emergency Response Team (OxCERT) responds to break-ins, system compromises and network abuse 9 a.m.--5 p.m., Monday--Friday; other times on a best efforts basis. E-mail:; voicemail: Oxford (2)82222; Web:

(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

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OUCS offers an extensive programme of practical IT courses, covering introductory and specialised uses of computers, common operating systems, and popular application software. See details and bookings are available online at

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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, and Wednesday in Hilary term, and Thursday in Trinity term between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at OUCS. See

IT Learning Programme

Full details on all courses can be found at, where it is also possible to book online. Any queries regarding the IT Learning Programme can be addressed to:


Working with Word

Word 2000: Styles and Table of Contents. Monday, 10 May, 12.30 p.m.

Word 2000: Mail Merge. Monday, 17 May, 12.30 p.m.

Word 2000: Tables, Tabs and Indents. Monday, 24 May, 12.30 p.m.

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Electronic Resources Awareness

A Gateway to Library Riches: Searching Online Catalogues. Tuesday, 4 May, 12.30 p.m.

Exploiting Electronic Resources in Teaching and Learning. Tuesday, 11 May, 12.30 p.m.

Online Maps. Tuesday, 18 May, 12.30 p.m.

British Census Data Online (CASWEB). Tuesday, 1 June, 12.30 p.m.

Databases for Education. Tuesday, 8 June, 12.30 p.m.

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Getting Started with Linux

Linux. An Introduction. Wednesday, 5 May, 12.30 p.m.

Linux. Web and E-mail. Wednesday, 12 May, 12.30 p.m.

Linux: Office Software. Wednesday, 19 May, 12.30 p.m.

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Linux Further

Command Line. Wednesday, 26 May, 12.30 p.m.

Text Editors. Wednesday, 2 June, 12.30 p.m.

Shell Scripting. Wednesday, 9 June, 12.30 p.m.


Searching Remote Databases Using End

Note. Wednesday, 19 May, 12.30 p.m.

Importing Reference Data into End

Note. Wednesday, 26 May, 12.30 p.m.

Subject Bibliographies. Wednesday, 9 June, 12.30 p.m.

Using EndNote to Manage Images. Wednesday, 16 June, 12.30 p.m.

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Weblearn: Managing Study Areas. Monday, 10 May,12.30 p.m.

Weblearn: Group Communications Rooms. Monday, 17 May, 12.30 p.m.

Weblearn: MCQ (Multiple-choice Question) Papers. Monday, 24 May, 12.30 p.m.

Weblearn: Questionnaires. Monday, 7 June,12.30 p.m.

Weblearn for Floor Managers. Tuesday, 8 June 2 p.m.

Weblearn: Pigeon Holes. Monday, 14 June, 12.30 p.m.

Weblearn: Short Answer Papers. Monday, 21 June. 12.30 p.m.

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Note: the figure in round brackets shows the number of sessions of the course.

Foundation Courses

IT Skills: The Essentials (4). Tuesday, 4–25 May, 9.15 a.m.

Word Processing

Word for your Thesis, Reports and Long Documents (2). Tuesday, 4 and 11 May, 9.15 a.m.; Tuesday, 25 May and 1 June, 2 p.m.; Monday, 7 and 14 June, 5.30 p.m.


Excel 2000: Essential Spreadsheets (2). Wednesday, 19 and 26 May, 9.15 a.m.

Spreadsheets for Data Management (2). Wednesday, 9 and 16 June, 9.15 a.m.

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Computer Operating Systems

Apple Macintosh: An Introduction (1). Wednesday, 2 June, 2.p.m.

Apple Macintosh: Further Use (1). Wednesday, 9 June, 2.p.m.

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Web Publishing

HTML: An Introduction (2). Thursday, 13 and 20 May, 2 p.m.; Monday, 17 and 24 May, 5.30 p.m.; Wednesday, 2 and 9 June, 9.15 p.m.

Web Publishing: Essential Skills (5). Monday, 10 May--14 June, 2.p.m. (Session will not run Bank Holiday 31 May);Tuesday, 18 May--15 June, 9.15 a.m.

Web Publishing: Creating Interactive Web Pages (3). Monday, 7--21 June, 2.p.m.

Dreamweaver MX 2004 Essentials (2). Monday, 10 and 17 May, 2 p.m.

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Database Design (1).Wednesday, 5 May, 9.15 a.m.

Access Essentials (3). Wednesdays, 12--26 May, 9.15 a.m.

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Bibliographic Databases

EndNote for Creating Bibliographies (1). Tuesday, 18 May, 2.p.m.; Tuesday, 8 June, 2 p.m.


Note: Styles and Customising Citation Formats (1). Tuesday, 25 May, 2 p.m.

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Statistics and Mathematics

SPSS for Windows: An Introduction (2). Thursday, 3 and 10 June, 2 p.m. Matlab: An Introduction (6). Friday, 30 April--4 June, 5 p.m.

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Java Programming (6). Tuesday, 4 May--8 June, 2 p.m.

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Multimedia and Graphics

Flash: An Introduction (1). Wednesday, 12 May, 2 p.m.

Photoshop: Working with Digital Images—Basic (1). Thursday, 6 May, 2 p.m.; Tuesday, 11 May, 2 p.m.

Photoshop: Working with Digital Images ` Further (1). Thursday, 13 May, 2 p.m.; Tuesday, 18 May, 2 p.m.

Illustrator: An Introduction (3). Monday, 7--21 June, 9.15 a.m.

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Publishing and Presentation

PowerPoint: Creating Presentations (2). Thursday, 6 and 13 May, 5.30 p.m.; Mondays, 10 and 17 May, 9.15 a.m.; Tuesdays, 8 and 15 June, 9.15 a.m.

PowerPoint: Advanced Topics (1). Monday, 24 May, 9.15 a.m.; Tuesday, 22 June, 9.15 a.m.

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Drop-in sessions for past students of some of our courses. You can bring along your course handbooks and problems and we will be available to guide you through the work. The sessions are not intended for specific problems that go significantly beyond the course you attended—we recommend coming along on a more advanced course, or contacting the OUCS Help Centre—but we will help you to understand the course material more thoroughly and show you where you can apply it. Thursday, 6 May--Thursday 17 June, 9.30 a.m.--1 p.m.

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European Computer Driving Licence

ECDL: Drop-in Sessions. Thursday, 6 May--17 June 2004; Wednesday, 23 June; Thursday, 1 July, 9.30 a.m.--1 p.m.

ECDL: Intensive (5 days). Monday--Friday, 12 July--16 July 9.15 a.m.--5 p.m.

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PHP and MySQL: Developing Interactive Web Pages. Tuesday, 11--25 May, 9.15 a.m.--5 p.m. (3 days)

Photoshop in Focus. Thursday, 3 June and Friday, 4 June 9.15 a.m.--5 p.m. (2 days)

Dreamweaver MX 2004 Essentials. Monday, 24 May, 9.15 a.m.--5 p.m. (1 day)

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Word for Admininistrative Staff: Advanced Features. Monday, 28 June, 9.15 a.m.--5 p.m. (1 day)

Dreamweaver MX 2004 Essentials for Administrative Staff. Thursday, 1 July, 9.15 a.m.--5 p.m. (1 day)

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ANDREW WILSON, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Wolfson College and University Lecturer in Roman Archaeology, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 October 2004. Dr Wilson will be a fellow of All Souls College.

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On the recommendation of the Medical Sciences Board, Council has assigned the University Laboratory of Physiology to J.C. ELLORY, MA, D.SC. (B.SC., PH.D. Bristol), Fellow of Corpus Christi College and Professor of Physiology, for a period of three years from 1 October 2004.

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DAVID STEPHEN GARFIELD THOMAS, MA, D.PHIL., Professor of Geography, University of Sheffield, who has been appointed to the professorship, will now take up his duties on 1 August 2004.

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