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Oxford University Gazette, 21 April 2005: Notices

CONSULTATIVE NOTICES

Proposals for Honorary Degrees to be conferred at the Encaenia in 2006, and for Degrees by Diploma

Members of Congregation are encouraged to suggest to the Honorary Degrees Committee, chaired by Professor Burnett (St John's), the names of people on whom such degrees might be conferred. Degrees by diploma are conferred on heads of state and royalty, and Encaenia honorary degrees are conferred at the University's annual ceremonial event. The Honorary Degrees Committee in considering possible honorands will focus on individuals in the following categories:

1. those of high academic distinction in the fields of research and scholarship of specific interest to the University of Oxford;

2. those distinguished in the visual, literary, musical, and performing arts;

3. those distinguished in business and industry;

4. those who have played a distinguished role in public life, for example in contributing to progress and change in society;

5. those who have made a significant contribution to the activities of the University of Oxford—such individuals would normally also fall into one of the categories above.

Within these categories, the committee will aim to produce a balanced list which takes account of the international dimension which characterises this University's activities.

Honorary degrees will not be conferred on anyone who holds, or who has retired from, a resident teaching, research, or administrative post within the University or in any college or other society, except in exceptional circumstances such as distinguished service outside the terms of his or her paid service or outstanding service well beyond the call of duty.

Nominations should be sent on the approved application form, available from Miss Noon's office on (2)70008. The completed form should be sent to Miss Noon, University Offices, Wellington Square, by Friday, 13 May, under 'Strictly Confidential' cover.

While informal soundings within the University will often be desirable, every effort should be made to ensure that publicity is not at any stage given to any specific proposal for the conferral of an honorary degree. All nominations will be considered in confidence by the Honorary Degrees Committee, which submits its report to Council at the beginning of Michaelmas Term. After discussion, Council will report back to the Honorary Degrees Committee which will arrive at a list of honorands to put to Congregation.

The names of people on whom degrees by diploma and honorary degrees have recently been conferred may be found in the University Calendar 2004–5, pp. 459–65.

This year's honorands are:

Dame Gillian Beer
Sir William Castell
Sir Anthony Leggett
Mr Ken Loach
Ms Toni Morrison
Dr Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard
Ms Paula Rego
Sir Michael Rutter
Dr Oliver Sacks
Dr Manmohan Singh

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Inquiry into library resource requirements to support Slavonic and East European Studies

An Establishment Review of Oxford University Library Services staffing in January 2005 recommended that there should be 'a review of library provision in Slavonic Studies to ensure that current OULS provision is aligned with academic need, and to make recommendations on the future of the Bodleian and Taylor Institution Slavonic collections.'

The Curators have therefore established an inquiry with the following terms of reference:

1. To review the current library resources (book funds, space, staffing) for Slavonic Studies;

2. to make recommendations for library space for the short–medium term (2005–2010) and for the longer term (2010–) for Slavonic Studies, including: (a) the immediate future of the Slavonic Annexe collections following the opening of the Osney Mead Depository; (b) the balance between open shelf and remote stock held in the Depository; (c) the location of the open shelf collections prior to the occupation of the new Humanities Library on the Radcliffe Infirmary site;

3. to review the staffing costs and materials budgets (including electronic) and make recommendations on the total budget for Slavonic Studies for 2005–6 and its balance between staffing and materials, having regard to the allocations to other Humanities and Social Science subject allocations and the materials allocation formula, the overall OULS budget, and the overall OULS Staff Establishment Review recommendations;

4. to report to Curators of the University Libraries by 13 June 2005.

The membership of the inquiry committee is as follows:

Chairman: Professor Paul Slack, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Services and University Collections)

Curators: Mr W.G. Simpson

Humanities: Dr R.C.S. Walker and Dr Jan Fellerer

Social Sciences: Dr Carol Leonard

OULS: David Perrow, Acting Deputy Director, and James Legg, Head of Humanities Libraries/Taylor Institution Librarian

External: Professor J.M. Cooper

Secretary: Michael Heaney, OULS

The committee invites written submissions from interested parties, which should be sent to the secretary to the committee, Mr Michael Heaney, OULS, Osney One Building, Osney Mead, Oxford OX2 0EW, by 12 May. On consideration of the submissions the committee may wish to invite oral evidence to be received on 18 May.

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GENERAL NOTICES

Language Centre

Intensive weekend language courses in Trinity Term

The Language Centre will be running four weekend language courses in Trinity Term. Each course will consist of eight hours' tuition, and will last from 9 a.m.–1.30 p.m., 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.

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Weekly courses

Most courses continue from Hilary Term. There are a few places available, particularly at higher levels. New courses are starting in Beginners French, Italian and Spanish; places on them will be offered initially to those who have already registered. Applications to be placed on the waiting lists can be made by calling at the Language Centre between 9.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m., Monday–Friday.

Further details and booking information for the weekend courses and all other Language Centre courses and activities may be obtained from the Assistant Information Officer, Virgil Rennolds, 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). The Language Centre is open 9.30 a.m.–6.30 p.m., Monday–Friday, during noughth week, and 9.30 a.m–8 p.m

(6.30 p.m. on Friday) in full term, as well as 10 a.m.–1 p.m. on Saturday in full term.

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Social Science Library

Change of opening hours, Trinity Term

In response to reader comments and usage statistics, the Social Science Library will trial later Sunday opening hours.

During weeks 0–9, Trinity Term (17 April–19 June), the Social Science Library will open from 12 noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Saturday opening hours will continue to be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The success of this trial will be monitored and readers will be consulted.

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Organ recitals

Magdalen College

Organ recitals will be held at 5.25 p.m. on Saturdays in the chapel, Magdalen College. Admission is free.

30 Apr.: Duncan Ferguson, Assistant Organist-elect, St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh

7 May: Elani Keventsidou, Royal Academy of Music

14 May: Shean Bowers, Organ Scholar, Liverpool Cathedral

21 May: Stephen Disley, Assistant Organist, Southwark Cathedral

28 May: Gabriele Damiani, St Edward's School, Oxford

4 June: Richard Pinel, Organ Scholar, Magdalen College

11 June: Jessica Cottis, Royal Academy of Music

18 June: Arthur Wills, OBE, formerly Organist, Ely Cathedral

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Queen's College

Organ recitals

Organ recitals will be held 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 on the college Web site, http://www.queens.ox.ac.uk.

27 Apr.: Tom Wilkinson, Queen's College

4 May: Andrew Smith, London

11 May: Edward Whiting, All Saints', Northampton

18 May: David Bednall, Wells Cathedral

25 May: Matthew Owens, Wells Cathedral

8 June: Iestyn Evans, London

15 June: George Parsons, London

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APPOINTMENTS

Conferments of the title of visiting professor

On the recommendation of the Departments of Sociology and Politics and International Relations, the Social Sciences Board has conferred the title of International Visiting Professor of Political Sociology on DR ROBERT C.A. ANDERSON (BA, MA, Honours Diploma Western Ontario, PH.D. McMaster), for the period 1 April–1 September 2005.

The Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Physics on DR MATTHEW MOUNTAIN (B.SC., PH.D.), ARCS, DIC, FRAS, Director, Gemini Observatory, Hawaii, for a period of three years from 1 May 2005.

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Reconferments of the title of visiting professor

The Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board has reconferred the title of Visiting Professor in Physics on (1) PROFESSOR GERD MATERLIK, Director of DIAMOND at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, for a further period of five years from 1 April 2005, and (2) PROFESSOR S.J. ROSE, Head of Plasma Physics, AWE, for a further period of five years from 13 June 2005.

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ELECTORAL BOARDS

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

Barnett Professorship of Social Policy


                                        Appointed by

The Provost of Queen's                  Mr Vice-Chancellor [1]
The Master of St Cross                  ex offico
Professor J. Bradshaw                   Council
Professor A. Sinfield                   Council
Mrs T. Smith                            Department of Social Policy and
                                        Social Work
Professor M. Noble                      Department of Social Policy and
                                        Social Work
Professor J. Millar                     Department of Social Policy and
                                        Social Work
Mr D. Hay                               Social Sciences Board
Professor W. James                      Green College

Professorship of Social Policy


                                        Appointed by

The Provost of Queen's                  Mr Vice-Chancellor [1]
Warden of Green College                 ex offico
Professor J. Bradshaw                   Council
Professor A. Sinfield                   Council
Mrs T. Smith                            Department of Social Policy and
                                        Social Work
Professor M. Noble                      Department of Social Policy and
                                        Social Work
Professor J. Millar                     Department of Social Policy and
                                        Social Work
Mr D. Hay                               Social Sciences Board
Professor G. Walford                    Green College

[1] Appointed by Mr Vice-Chancellor under the provisions of Sects. 10 and 11 of Statute IX (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002, Vol. 133, p. 108).

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