Oxford University Gazette, 16 December 2004: Notices


Contents of this section:

[Note. An asterisk denotes a reference to a previously published or recurrent entry.]

Return to Contents Page of this issue


Review of Economics

The Social Sciences Board is undertaking a review of the Department of Economics 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 Economics 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 strategy, resources, and management structures in the department/faculty, including: departmental strategic plans; staff recruitment, retention, and workload; accommodation and future space needs; finances; development; organisation and administration in the department/faculty; relations with other departments and with the colleges;

(iii) to review progress since the last review in 1998, 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 Resource Allocation Committee and the Educational Policy and Standards Committee as appropriate.

The membership of the committee is as follows:

Mr D.A. Hay, Head of the Social Sciences Division

Professor John Helliwell, University of British Columbia

Professor Hyun Shin, London School of Economics

Professor John Beath, St Andrews

Sir Alan Budd, Provost of Queen's College

Professor Kathy Sylva, Department of Educational Studies

Dr David Bevan, Department of Economics

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, Mrs Betsy Tyler-Bee, Social Sciences Division, 34 St Giles', by 20 January.

Return to List of Contents of this section


National Teaching Fellowship Scheme

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme is run by the Higher Education Academy on behalf of HEFCE. The scheme is intended to `celebrate excellence in teaching by recognising individuals who are outstanding as teachers and promoters of learning'.

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme was run for the first time in 2000. Individual awards of £50,000 are intended to enable fellowship holders to carry out a project related to teaching and learning during their fellowship year. The University currently has two fellowship holders.

In 2005, there will again be three categories of award: for `Experienced Staff' who have been teaching for more than six years, for `Rising Stars' who have been teaching for fewer than six years, and for `Learning Support Staff'. Initial selection of nominees is to be carried out by the institution. The University's nominee will be selected in accordance with the criteria specified by a panel appointed by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic). Given that the date for submission of nominations (26 February 2005) has only just been announced, the timetable is very restricted. The panel will therefore only seek a two-page outline of a submission by Friday, 21 January. It will aim to announce the individual to be nominated in each category by Friday, 28 January. The full submission should then be completed and sent to R.O Hughes, EPSC Secretariat, University Offices, Wellington Square by, at the latest, Friday, 18 February. Advice on preparing submissions will be available from the IAUL as below.

Information about the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme, including past winners of the award and the selection criteria, may be found on the Scheme's Web site (http://ntfs.ac.uk). Further information about the scheme may be obtained from the Institute for the Advancement of University Learning (telephone: (2)86808, e-mail: services@learning.ox.ac.uk) which has established a special Web page at http://www.learning.ox.ac.uk/iaul/IAUL+1+4.asp.

Return to List of Contents of this section

Computing Services

Academic Computing Development Team: Call for Proposals

The Academic Computing Development Team is a centrally funded group which collaborates with individuals and departments to develop high-quality technology-based resources. The ACDT's approach is successfully to enhance traditional teaching at the University through the use of IT, blending the best of both old and new.

In keeping with the University Teaching and Learning Strategy, which strongly encourages staff to use IT in teaching and learning `where it adds real value', the ACDT runs a biannual application process for staff and departments to propose their own ideas for development. Projects may range in size from provision of advice on planning an IT project to the design and development of a whole system, and they may involve more than one partner including academic, library, museum, and support staff. For this call the ACDT encourages applicants who wish to begin projects with a start date of March 2005 or September 2005.

Applications are invited for projects in the following areas: Collaboration in Teaching and Learning---projects in this category are related to teaching and/or the support of teaching, and will address the needs of more than one academic department or division. They may be based in a cross-disciplinary academic area or transferable skills development. Alternatively, they may be about the creation or further development of a generic tool (including improvements to the VLE, WebLearn).

Local Teaching Innovation---individual staff and departments are encouraged to submit their ideas for teaching and learning related projects. These can be grounded in specific subject areas, or may have a more general focus.

Research and Outreach---projects to publish or facilitate research online are encouraged in this category. Projects with an outreach element such as museum and schools liaison work are also welcomed.

Successful applicants will receive full support from the team to enable the development of the proposed initiative or resource. Depending on the nature of the project, this support may include: programming/technical development of a digital resource; research and feasibility studies; graphic and interface design, investigation of appropriate technical solutions; evaluation, assistance with legal and infrastructure issues (e.g. copyright, accessibility, choice of server platforms), advice on e-learning pedagogy; and project management.

Full details of the call and how to apply are available at www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/acdt/. The closing date for proposals is 21 December.

Completed forms and general enquiries regarding the proposal process should be directed to Sophie Clarke, ACDT Project Manager, Academic Computing Development Team, OUCS, 13 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN (telephone: (2)83428, e-mail: acdt@oucs.ox.ac.uk).

Those who are interested in submitting a proposal, but for whom the closing date above may present a difficulty, should contact Ms Clarke to discuss the matter.

Return to List of Contents of this section

Bate Collection of Musical Instruments

The Bate Collection of Musical Instruments will be closed from 8 December to 12 January inclusive for gallery refurbishment.

Enquiries about future openings and events should be made by e-mail to: bate.collection@music.ox.ac.uk, or by telephone to Oxford (2)76139.

Return to List of Contents of this section

University Counselling Service

The University Counselling Service will close after Friday, 17 December, and will reopen on Tuesday, 4 January. The opening hours for 4--7 January will be 9.30 a.m.--1.30 p.m. From noughth week (Monday, 10 January) onwards the usual opening hours will apply: 9.15 a.m.--5.15 p.m.

Return to List of Contents of this section

University Gazette: publication arrangements

This is the final Gazette of the present term. Publication for Hilary Term will begin on 13 January. The usual deadlines will apply.

Return to List of Contents of this section


Professorship of Clinical Geratology

ALASTAIR MITCHELL BUCHAN, BM, B.CH. (MA Cambridge), Professor of Neurology, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, and Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta Professor in Stroke Research, University of Calgary, has been appointed to the professorship. He took up his duties on 1 December 2004.

Professor Buchan is a fellow of Green College.

Professorship of Radiation Oncology and Biology

WILLIAM GILLIES MCKENNA (B.SC. Edinburgh, PH.D., MD Albert Einstein college of Medicine), Henry K. Pancoast Professor of Radiation Oncology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 April 2005.

In conjunction with this professorship, Professor McKenna will hold the position of Honorary MRC Director of the Radiation and Genome Stability Unit, Harwell and Honorary Director of the Gray Cancer Institute.

Professor McKenna will be a fellow of Wolfson College.

Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board

The Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Physics upon (i) DR K. TORIMITSU, currently working for the NTT Basic Research Laboratories in Japan, and an expert in the field of mesoscopic physics, and (ii) PROFESSOR EDMUND WILSON, honorary staff member, Education and Technical Training Division, CERN, Geneva, both for a period of three years from 1 January 2005.

Return to List of Contents of this section