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Oxford University Gazette, 12 May 2005: Notices

CONSULTATIVE NOTICE

Review of Statistics

On behalf of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic) will chair a committee to review the Department of Statistics. The committee's terms of reference are:

(a) to review the educational policy and quality of learning and teaching in the Department of Statistics by reference to international standards of excellence, taking into account, in the context of the University's mission statement and corporate plan, all factors relevant to the Department's practice and achievement in respect of: access and admissions; curriculum design and course structure; teaching, learning and assessment and, in particular, the relationship between teaching and research; academic and pastoral support and guidance; the provision and use of learning resources (including staff resources); specific arrangements for the pursuit of graduate studies (including research degrees and research training) and part time study; and relationships with colleges;

(b) to report and make recommendations to the Educational Policy and Standards Committee (EPSC) and the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee (PRAC) for consideration in consultation with the Divisional Board.

The report, or relevant sections of it, will be sent to the Academic Committee of the Conference of Colleges for information and comment to EPSC/PRAC.

The membership of the Review Committee is:

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic)—(Dr W.D.Macmillan) (Chairman)

Professor Peter Green, University of Bristol

Professor Lyn Thomas, University of Southampton

Professor James Zidek, University of British Columbia

Dr Peter Clifford, Department of Statistics

Dr Glenys Luke, Mathematics Institute

The review committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference. These should be sent to the joint secretary to the review committee, Mr R.O. Hughes, University Offices, Wellington Square, by Monday, 23 May.

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GENERAL NOTICES

Agreement between the Curators of the University Libraries and the Rhodes Trustees for the management of the Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House

On 26 July 2001 the Rhodes Trustees and the Curators of the University Libraries issued a joint statement (Gazette, No. 4594, 26 July 2001, pp. 1364–5) announcing their intention of modifying the terms of the agreement covering the housing of certain of the University's library collections in Rhodes House consequent upon both the removal to the Rothermere American Institute of the substantial American collections previously housed in the library at Rhodes House, and certain other developments planned by the Trust to mark the centenary of the Rhodes Scholarships. Since publication of that statement, the need for certain of the modifications then proposed has passed. Accordingly, and after further consultation between the Rhodes Trustees and the Curators, the existing agreement between the Curators of the Bodleian Library and the Rhodes Trustees on the operation of the library at Rhodes House (Gazette, No. 3965, 26 July 1984, pp. 921–2) will be replaced by the following new agreement effective from 1 August 2005.

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Agreement between the Curators of the University Libraries and the Rhodes Trust–Public Purposes Fund, registered charity 232492 ('the Rhodes Trust'), concerning the Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House

Preamble

This agreement between The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of The University of Oxford, acting through the Curators of the University Libraries ('the Curators') and The Rt Hon Lord Waldegrave of North Hill, Dame Ruth Deech, Lord Kerr of Kinlochard, Rosalind Hedley- Miller, Lord Fellowes, The Rt Hon Lord Butler of Brockwell, Julian Ogilvie Thompson, John Bell, Thomas Seaman, Roderick Eddington, the present Trustees of the Rhodes Trust, for themselves and for their successors from time to time as the Trustees of the Rhodes Trust ('the Trustees') is made in pursuance of the responsibility of the Curators of the University Libraries under Part 3 of Council Regulation 15 of 2002 [Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4634, 16 October 2002, p. 236].

Buildings and equipment

1. In this Agreement, the expression 'the Library' means the following portions of Rhodes House: the Grey Gallery, the adjacent book lift lobby, the archivists' room, the basement upper and lower stack areas, and the Rosebery Room, which shall serve as the library reading room. The land, buildings, furniture, and fixtures of the Library, are and shall remain the property of the Trustees. The Trustees shall be responsible for the repair and maintenance of their premises. The Director of University Library Services and Bodley's Librarian, or his nominee, shall notify the Warden of Rhodes House, on behalf of the Trustees, of any requests for repairs and maintenance in the Library.

2. Under this agreement the Trustees shall make the Library available to the Curators as and for the purpose of the Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies. The Library shall be under the control of the Curators, subject to the terms of this agreement and to the relevant University Regulations governing the Oxford University Library Services.

3. Provision and support of IT within the Library shall be under the control of the Curators.

Staff

4. The staff of the Library shall be appointed by, and be responsible for all matters connected with the management of the Library to, the Director of University Library Services and Bodley's Librarian and shall be contractually employed by the University.

Library Committee

5. There shall be a library committee which shall be a subcommittee of the University's Committee for Library Provision in Area Studies. Its terms of reference shall be to advise on library and service provision in the Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House, and to report, as appropriate, via the Committee for Library Provision in Area Studies and the Committee for Library Provision in History, to the Curators of the University Libraries.

Contents

6. The subject content of the works in the Library shall be determined by the Curators, in consultation with the Trustees, and shall for the present include the history—social, political and economic—of the territories of the British Commonwealth (exclusive of the Indian sub–continent), and of Africa south of the Sahara.

7. The Curators shall transfer to the Library such books as they may determine which bear primarily on the subjects covered by the Library, except the following: books published before 1760, books of exceptional rarity, and books belonging to special collections. The Curators shall have the right to recall books if it seems to them desirable.

8. Books and manuscripts presented specifically to the Library or purchased out of funds provided by the Trustees for that purpose shall be the property of the University, and shall normally be kept in the Library unless the Curators shall otherwise determine. Such books shall be stamped in accordance with Bodleian Library practice with a distinctive stamp and shall bear a special book-plate.

9. No books shall be removed from the Library except by an official of the Bodleian Library for library purposes which shall in appropriate cases include interlibrary loan arrangements. The books may be transferred, at the discretion of the Director of University Library Services and Bodley's Librarian, from Rhodes House to other constituent parts of Oxford University Library Services. Conversely, books from other libraries may be temporarily transferred to the Library for the use of readers or staff.

10. The Trustees may, after consultation with the Curators, deposit in the Library books, documents, and manuscripts, or other similar materials belonging to them, but such items shall not become the property of the University unless the Trustees so indicate.

Admission

11. Readers shall be admitted to the Library in accordance with the regulations governing admission to the Bodleian Library.

Opening hours

12. Any change to the times of the opening and closing of the Library shall be subject to agreement between the Curators and the Trustees.

Security/health and safety

13. (a) The Curators shall, by agreement with the Trustees, and after consultation with the library committee (see clause 5), make and publish regulations to ensure the safety and security of Library materials and property within the Rosebery Room.

(b) Subject to (a) above, and to the last sentence of this sub-clause, the Director of University Library Services and Bodley's Librarian, or his nominee, shall have overall responsibility for the safe custody of material in the Library, and for its preservation in good condition. He or she will carry out appropriate risk assessments, and put in place the necessary procedures in case of fire. The Trustees shall not be liable for any loss of or damage to material in the Library, save to the extent that such loss or damage is attributable to the Trustees' breach of this agreement; or to the act or omission of the Trustees, or of persons under the Trustees' control. However, the Trustees recognise that the Curators do not insure their materials, or materials under their control; and the Curators shall not be liable to the Trustees for any loss of or damage to material, save to the extent that such loss or damage is attributable to the Curators' breach of this agreement; or to the act or omission of the Curators, or of persons under the Curators' control.

Finance

14. The Curators shall make to the Trustees an annual payment of £63,000 by means of quarterly instalments in arrears, increased by 3 per cent compound per annum for each year after the first. The Trustees shall be responsible for, and for the cost of maintenance of, fabric and furnishings, including rates, taxes, repairs, heating, lighting, cleaning, wiring, etc bearing in mind the conditions required within the Library in order to ensure the preservation of the collections. The Curators shall consult with, and seek the agreement of, the Trustees, on the acquisition of any collections which might be of a scale to imply significant expenditure in respect of their housing. 15. The Curators shall be responsible for, and for the cost of:

(a) salaries and wages of Library staff, as defined in clause 4;

(b) (subject to clause 14) the addition, through purchase, legal deposit or gift, of such books, periodicals, manuscripts and other materials as they may determine;

(c) (subject to clauses 13 and 14) the conservation of books, periodicals, manuscripts and other materials transferred by them to the Library; and of those purchased from funds provided by the Curators;

(d) the transfer of library materials between the Library and the Bodleian or other libraries, as appropriate, in Oxford University Library Services;

(e) stationery, postage, telephone charges (excluding capital expenditure), and other incidental expenses of administration;

(f) provision and support of IT equipment within the Library.

Duration

16. This Agreement shall take effect on 1 August 2005 ('the Commencement Date') and continue in force for an initial period of three years and may be renewed for further periods each not exceeding two years, subject to the agreement of both parties. However, the provisions of the Agreement may be amended at any time by consent of the parties, and any such amendments shall be published in the Gazette. 17. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties for the operation and use of the Library, and supersedes all earlier documents and understandings. Any variation of this Agreement shall be in writing, and signed by authorised signatories for both parties.

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Language Centre

Intensive weekend language courses in Trinity Term 2005

The Language Centre is running four weekend language courses in Trinity Term 2005. Each course will consist of 8 hours tuition and last from 09.00-13.30 with a half-hour break on both Saturday and Sunday. The emphasis will be on speaking and listening. The courses are as follows:

21–2 May Italian (Beginners and Lower Intermediate)

21–2 May German (Beginners and Intermediate)

4–5 June French (Beginners, Lower Intermediate and Upper Intermediate)

4–5 June Spanish (Beginners and Lower Intermediate)

The fee will be £35 for student members of the University and other full-time students, £45 for members of Congregation and members of staff and £55 to non-members.

Library and independent study area

The library provides facilities for language learning in over 130 languages. More information is available at www.lang.ox.ac.uk/library/.

Further details and booking information for the weekend courses and all other Language Centre courses and activities may be obtained from the Language Centre, 12 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT (telephone: Oxford (2)83360, e-mail: admin@lang.ox.ac.uk, Web pages: www.lang.ox.ac.uk).

In full term the Language Centre is open weekdays 9.30 a.m.–8 p.m. (6.30 p.m. on Friday) and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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APPOINTMENT

The Medical Sciences Board has reconferred the title of Visiting Professor of Experimental Psychology on J. ATKINSON (B.SC. Bristol, PH.D. Cambridge), Professor of Psychology and Vice-Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences, University College London, and member of the Medical Research Council Senior External Scientific Staff, for a period of three years from 1 April 2005.

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