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Oxford University Gazette, 24 February 2005: Notices


Review of taught graduate courses

The Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council has established a working party to review the provision of taught graduate courses across the collegiate university. The members of the working party are:

Professor D.B. Robertson (Department of Politics and International Relations) (Chairman)
The Warden of Green College
Ms J. Innes (Faculty of Modern History)
Dr S. Mazey (Senior Tutor, Keble College)
Professor J.N.P. Rawlins (Department of Experimental Psychology)

The terms of reference for the review are:

To investigate and report to EPSC on:

(a) the present range of provision of postgraduate taught courses within the University in comparison with major UK and international competitors;

(b) criteria for admission and standards of expectation for successful PGT applicants in comparison to undergraduate and postgraduate research students (including the contribution of PGT students to the University's widening access agenda);

(c) patterns of syllabus, teaching and assessment across PGT courses, with special reference to provision made for individual tuition/supervision in addition to classes, seminars, and lectures;

(d) the complementarity of provision made for PGT students by faculties/departments and by colleges (and the possibility of an enhanced involvement by the latter);

(e) the pattern of destinations for PGT students and in particular the conversion rate from PGT to postgraduate research;

(f) any other aspects of PGT provision within the University which the working party considers should be drawn to the attention of EPSC.

The review committee has already sought comments from colleges, and, in the light of these, is now consulting divisions, faculties, and departments. It would also welcome written comments from any members of the University on matters falling within its terms of reference. These should be sent to Mr Charles Shaw, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (e-mail:, by Friday, 18 March.

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Language Centre

Academic Writing (English for Academic Studies)—Writing a Thesis or Dissertation

The Language Centre is offering the above course in English for Academic Studies in ninth week of Hilary Term, 14–18 March. This one-week/fifteen-hour intensive course is specially designed to enable those with heavy schedules to take the course in academic writing. The programme is the same as that covered in the Hilary term-time course. Topics dealt with include: writing a thesis introduction, discussion, conclusion and abstract, using sources and citation. The hours are 9.30 a.m.–12.45 p.m., Monday–Friday. The cost is £95.

Library and Self-Study Area

The librarian keeps a list of suitably qualified and experienced people who have skills in translation, interpreting and thesis editing to be able to respond to requests seeking such expertise. If you are interested in being on this list, please contact her on

Further details and booking information for the Academic Writing course and all other Language Centre courses and activities may be obtained from the Information Officer, Angela Pinkney, at the Language Centre, 12 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT (telephone: (2)83360, e-mail:, Web site:

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CHRISTOPHER JOHN WICKHAM, BA, D.PHIL., Professor of Medieval History, University of Birmingham, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 October 2005.

Professor Wickham will be a fellow of All Souls College.


IAN LOADER (LL.B. Sheffield, M.SC. Cambridge, PH.D. Edinburgh), Professor of Criminology, Keele University, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 July 2005.

Professor Loader will be a fellow of All Souls College.

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