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Oxford University Gazette, 17 March 2005: Notices



1. As part of the University's programme of regular departmental reviews the Departments of Biochemistry, Plant Sciences, and Zoology will be reviewed during Trinity Term 2005 by a panel appointed by Council's Educational Policy and Standards Committee and the Life and Environmental Sciences Board. The panel's terms of reference are:

1. To review progress made in response to the last General Board review and HEFCE teaching quality assessments, and to identify any further action required in the light of changed circumstances since those reviews.

2. To review the quality of academic activities in the departments, by reference to international standards of excellence, and in the context of the University's mission statement and corporate plan. In particular:

(a) the quality of the research of the departments, including their participation in interdepartmental, interdivisional, and interdisciplinary activities, their research profile and strategy, and future challenges and opportunities;

(b) the quality of undergraduate and graduate programmes and their delivery and related issues, including:

  • access and admissions;

  • curriculum design and programme structure;

  • teaching, learning, and assessment;

  • 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 provision for part-time study);

  • relationships with colleges;

  • quality assurance mechanisms;

(c) the organisation of the departments, their management structures, and the relationship between the departments and the Division, including such matters as:

  • strategic planning;
  • academic and non-academic staff planning and recruitment;
  • student number planning;
  • terms of appointment for academic staff, including career development and equal opportunities issues;
  • accommodation and future space needs;
  • fund-raising;

(d) the relationship (structural and operational) between units within the departments, between the three departments, and between the departments and cognate subject areas and colleges to which they are linked in teaching and research.

3. To consider the financial position of, and funding arrangements for, the departments.

Anyone wishing to make a submission to the review panel should send it by Friday, 15 April, to the Divisional Secretary, Dr M.S. Edwards, Life and Environmental Sciences Divisional Office, 9 Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PD.

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Standard electronic mail addressing

Most departments and colleges of the University have at least two and in some cases three different identities on the Internet: a short form (such as and a long form (such as These alternate forms are currently both used in the standard e-mail addresses used to route electronic mail to and from members of the University. The situation is further complicated by the fact that some departments and colleges use an entirely different identity for their main Web page address.

The purpose of standard electronic mail addressing is to make e-mail addresses consistent and memorable: the existence of multiple alternative forms for the same address is often confusing and can cause unnecessary technical problems. From the end of the current academic year, therefore, OUCS will no longer be creating e-mail addresses in the 'long form', and has initiated a process to make it easier for those using such forms to switch over to exclusive use of the new standard forms. It is anticipated that this process will last at least three years.

Details of this process and the timetable envisaged are available from mail/addresses; furthermore all IT Support Staff have now been fully briefed on what is planned.

Administrators, departmental heads, and heads of house are requested to review the names currently used to identify their unit and let OUCS know if they would prefer their standard form to be something other than the existing 'short form'. Notice of any required change should be sent to as soon as possible, preferably before 30 April.

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The composition of the electoral board to the post below, proceedings to fill which are currently in progress, is as follows.

Peter Moores Deanship of the Saïd Business School and Professorship of Management Studies

                                         Appointed by
Mr Vice-Chancellor                      ex officio
The Principal of St Edmund Hall         ex officio
Mr B. Taylor                            Council
Professor C. Mayer                      Council
Mr D.A. Hay                             Social Sciences Board
Professor R. Westbrook                  Saïd Business School
Dr S. Dopson                            Saïd Business School
Professor G. Bain                       Saïd Business School
Dr D. Tsomocos                          St Edmund Hall

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