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Oxford University Gazette, 1 June 2006: Notices


THE PUBLIC ORATOR delivered the following speech in a Congregation held on Saturday, 20 May, in presenting for the Honorary Degree of Master of Arts

Mr NEIL BUTTERFIELD, formerly Publishing Director, English Language Teaching, Oxford University Press

Quis dum prelum nostrum Oxoniense contemplatur admiratione non adficitur? Multae sane universitates scripta hominum doctorum edunt, una nostra libros in cunctis orbis terrarum regionibus publicat.

Omnibus in terris, quae sunt a Gadibus usque
Auroram et Gangen

libri Oxonienses doctrinam sapientiamque disseminant. Praeterea, inter cunctas gentes vix unam nostro tempore invenies apud quam populus linguam Anglicam discere non expetat. Huic quem nunc produco in primis id debetur, quod quantum ad libros de lingua Anglica discenda imprimendos vendendos pertinet, Prelum Oxoniense aliis Britannorum societatibus facile antecellit. Ipse novem annos lingua Anglica aliisque linguis iuventutem erudivit; tum in litoribus Sinus Persici doctores docere docuit; mox Oxoniam arcessitus sua prudentia industria peritia viginti fere annis mercaturam talium librorum decies multiplicare potuit. His libris vix credibile est quot homines utantur (intra unamquamque horam emuntur plus quam sescenti), hi in ludis centum viginti septem nationum leguntur. Itaque hic quem laudo non solum scientiam sermonis nostri 'multas per gentes et multa per aequora' transvexit, sed lucrum amplissimum huic Vniversitati attulit. Quamquam plerique ferunt homines doctos turrem eburneam habitare, satis intelleximus disciplinam iuventutis studiumque doctrinae copiis magnis et in maius semper crescentibus egere. Grato animo igitur eum laudemus qui pani nostro cottidiano buturum comparavit camposque laetificavit per quos grex academicus lascivire gaudet. Ipsum hoc Theatrum Sheldonianum fructum huius quaestus mox ostendet, quoniam propter munificentiam Preli Oxoniensis tectum magna illa Roberti Streater pictura rursus ornabitur. Dulce igitur est et decorum hoc in loco eum honestare qui tanta beneficia et nobis et plurimis ubique gentibus contulit.

Praesento magnum amicum scientiae, magnum Vniversitatis nostrae fautorem, Neil Butterfield, ut admittatur honoris causa ad gradum Magistri in Artibus.


Who is not moved to admiration at the thought of our Oxford University Press? Although many universities publish learned works, ours is the only one to produce books on every continent.

Let observation with extensive view,
Survey mankind, from China to Peru

(Johnson's paraphrase of Juvenal, Satire 10)

and it will encounter Oxford books spreading knowledge and enlightenment. Furthermore, in these days one will find scarcely a country in the world whose people are not eager to learn English. It has been under the charge of the man whom I now present that our press's business in English language teaching material has so greatly expanded that it is now the clear leader among British publishers. He himself spent nine years as an English and foreign language teacher; then he trained teachers in the Persian Gulf, but he was soon called back to Oxford, where across a period of some twenty years his judgement, energy and skill multiplied the trade in ELT materials tenfold. The number of people who use these materials is astonishing: more than six hundred items are bought every hour and they are used for teaching in 127 countries. And so our honorand has not only carried the knowledge of English speech (in Catullus' words) 'O'er many a race and many a sea', but has brought rich profits to this University. Although some people claim that dons live in an ivory tower, we understand very well that teaching and research need large and ever increasing resources. So let us offer grateful praise to a man who has provided butter for our daily bread and fertilised the fields in which the donnish flock likes to disport itself. The Sheldonian Theatre itself will soon display the benefit of these profits, as through the largesse of OUP it will soon be ornamented once more by Robert Streater's splendid painted ceiling. It is a very proper pleasure, therefore, in this place to bestow an honour on a man who has brought such advantage both to us and to a great many countries.

I present a great friend of knowledge and a great supporter of our University, Neil Butterfield, to be admitted to the honorary degree of Master of Arts.

THE PUBLIC ORATOR delivered the following speech in a Congregation held on Thursday, 29 September 2005, in presenting for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Civil Law

The MOST REVD AND RT. HON. ROWAN DOUGLAS WILLIAMS, Lord Archbishop of Canterbury

Vanitas vanitatum, dixit Ecclesiastes, omnia vanitas; et biblia sacra aliis etiam locis monent fallacem et caducam esse huius mundi gloriam. Atqui munus episcopale aliquid splendoris habet, ita ut illud 'nolo episcopari' parum sincere dici olim videretur. Nostra autem aetate sacerdotibus minus lautitiae est, plus oneris; quapropter is maxime laudandus est qui cum vitam umbratilem inter lucos academiae degere possit, tamen curam ecclesiae administrandae suscipere non recusat. Archiepiscopum Cantuariensem porro contraria coniungere oportet: inter ministros Reginae primum locum tenet, sed mundum debet contemnere; altissimus est et humillimus, pastor pastorum, servorum Dei servus. O fortunatos nos qui, cum ecclesiam circumstant magnae difficultates, ducem ac rectorem habemus tot virtutes praebentem tamque diversas. Res enim et divinas et humanas complectitur: cum libros de theologia altos atque acutos exaravit, tum carmina composuit quae multo lepore multaque subtilitate condiuntur. Verus est vates, quoniam de Deo stilo quodam lyrico scribit, in locis et in hominibus spiritum divinum invenit. Ecce sacerdos magnus: mentem theologi habet, risum viri sancti, poetae oculum, barbam prophetae. Satis intellegit gradum doctoris honoris causa datum parvi aestimandum et inter eas vanitates de quibus scripsit Ecclesiastes ponendum; laudes nostras non poscit, poscit preces. Iustum tamen et decorum est nos virum bonum et sapientem quatenus possumus honestare; quapropter hoc pignus caritatis signumque spei animo laeto tribuimus.

Praesento ducem ecclesiae firmum et prudentem, pastorem lenem et attentum, praedicatorem facundum atque acutum, theologum alta mente praeditum, poetam lepidam, Rowan Williams, Archiepiscopum Cantuariensem, Collegii de Wadham alumnum et socium honoris causa adscriptum, in hac Universitate olim Sacrae Theologiae Professorem Aedisque Christi Canonicum, ut admittatur honoris causa ad gradum Doctoris in Iure Civili.


Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, all is vanity; and in various places the Bible warns us that the glory of this world is deceitful and transitory. And yet the office of bishop has a certain splendour about it, so that the traditional 'nolo episcopari' used once to seem somewhat insincere. But these days a prelate's life is less gracious and more burdensome, and so that man is especially to be praised who has the chance to spend his life in the shady groves of academe, and yet consents to undertake the business of administering the church. Moreover, the Archbishop of Canterbury has to unite opposites: he holds the first place among the Queen's ministers in the order of precedence, and yet is required to despise worldly success; he is most exalted and most lowly, the shepherd of the shepherds, the servant of the servants of God. We are indeed fortunate that at a time when the church faces difficult challenges, we have a guide and governor who exhibits so many and various virtues. His writings embrace both divinity and human life, since as well as producing profound and penetrating theological studies he has written poems of subtle and delicate feeling. The Latin word 'vates' means both bard and seer; he merits that label, since he writes about God with a poetic imagination, while his verse finds the spirit of God in people and places. 'Behold the great priest': he has the mind of a theologian, a saintly smile, the eye of a poet, and the beard of a prophet. He knows that an honorary doctorate is to be reckoned of small worth and to be classed with that vanity of which Ecclesiastes wrote; he asks not for our praise but for our prayers. Yet it is right and proper that we should bestow such honours as are in our power on a good and wise man; and so it is with sincere warmth that we offer him this pledge of our affection and symbol of our hope.

I present a firm and sagacious leader of the church, a gentle and dedicated pastor, an eloquent and penetrating preacher, a deep theologian and a charming poet, Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, alumnus and Honorary Fellow of Wadham College, formerly Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity in this University and Canon of Christ Church, to be admitted to the honorary degree of Doctor of Civil Law.

THE PUBLIC ORATOR delivered the following speech in a Congregation held on Thursday, 29 September 2005, in presenting for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters

Mr KEN LOACH, Film Director

Plato in libro qui Respublica inscribitur dicit homines esse similes captivis vinctis et in spelunca inclusis qui imagines igni post terga ardenti proiectas aspiciant; existimat enim nos nihil quod verum sit percipere, immo inter umbras umbrarum versari, nisi mens philosophiae luce foveatur. Hic tamen adest cuius ars illi doctrinae repugnare videtur, quandoquidem imaginibus in scaenam proiectis gaudia dolorem discursus hominum ut re vera sunt patefacit. Nam licet plerique artem artis gratia sequendam esse credant, hic bene intellegit fabulas imprimis cinematographicas animos spectatorum non solum delectare posse sed etiam movere docere arrigere. Itaque ex quo tempore fabulas de curribus littera Z notatis docuit, semper exprimere voluit quid faciat inopia, casus quam duros et asperos plebs plerumque patiatur. Homines infimo loco natos, qui ab aliis faex vel sentina populi vocari solent, hic ut misericordia dignos repraesentavit: quapropter ad trivium ivit; Catharinam domum arcessivit; pretium carbonis examinavit. Lucretius in poemate suo vaccam mortem vituli dolentem dolori matris humanae comparat; hic res adversas mulieris narrat quae propter contemptum vel misericordiam vacca misella vocitetur. Scit mores hominum saepe vi egestatis detorqueri et in pessum ire, tamen spei non omnino obliviscitur, quippe qui narraverit puerum rebus angustis vexatum nonnullam voluptatem in exercitatione accipitris esse adeptum. Cum machinam suam photographicam nuper ad Americam portavisset, illud Horatianum,

Caelum non animum mutant qui trans mare currunt,

verum esse monstravit; nam in fabula cui titulus Panis et Rosulae docuit quibus modis locupletiores inter Californienses advenis humilibus abutantur.

Praesento virum artis cinematographicae peritissimum, iniquitatis animadversorem fervidum, vitae hominum scrutatorem misericordem, Ken Loach, Collegii Sancti Petri et alumnum et socium honoris causa adscriptum, ut admittatur honoris causa ad gradum Doctoris in Litteris.


In the Republic Plato says that men are like prisoners chained in a cave looking at images thrown by a fire that is burning behind their backs; for he supposed that what we human beings perceive is not reality, but rather that we move among the shadows of shadows, unless our minds are enabled by the light of philosophy. Here, however we have a man whose work seems to contradict that Platonic doctrine, as the images which he projects on to the screen go for realism in their depiction of the joys, sorrows and various activities of men and women. For although many people believe that art for art's sake is the thing, he recognises that film especially has the power not only to give audiences pleasure but also to stir, enlighten and challenge them. Ever since the early days when he worked as a director on Z Cars, he has always wanted to show the effects of poverty and the rough, tough circumstances that ordinary people too often have to endure. In his work he has shown pity for people at the bottom of the heap, dismissed by others as the dregs of society; and so he has gone Up the Junction, he has bidden Cathy Come Home, and he has weighed up The Price of Coal. In his great poem Lucretius compares the grief of a cow for the death of her calf to the grief of a human mother; our honorand, for his part, depicts the misfortunes of a woman who gets called, with a mixture of pity and contempt, Poor Cow. He appreciates that human nature can often enough be warped and debased by the effects of deprivation, but he does not altogether lose sight of hope. He has, for example, given us the story of a boy living in a narrow and unsympathetic environment who finds a degree of fulfilment in training a kestrel. Although he has more recently carried his camera over to America, he has demonstrated the truth of the Horatian tag,

They change their sky but not their heart who speed across the sea,

since in his film Bread and Roses he has shown the exploitation of low-paid immigrant workers by affluent Californians.

I present a luminary of the film director's art, passionate in his indictment of injustice, compassionate in his examination of human life, Ken Loach, graduate and honorary fellow of St Peter's College, to be admitted to the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters.

Note: it is regretted that through oversight the Public Orator's speeches for Dr Williams and Mr Loach were omitted from the Gazette in Michaelmas Term.

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Governance Question Time

The first of a number of meetings at which members of the Governance Working Party will be available to discuss the White Paper's recommendations and to answer questions will be held on the following days:

Thursday, 8 June, 4–5 p.m., Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum

Thursday, 15 June, 11 a.m.–12 noon, Seminar Room A, Saïd Business School

Each session will be moderated by the Master of University College and will last for one hour. Members of Congregation, staff of the University and the colleges, and students are invited to attend.

As space is limited, those wishing to participate are asked to register their interest by e-mail to, stating name, college/department affiliation, University Card number, and the date of the session they wish to attend. Questions will be taken from the floor and need not be submitted in advance.

For the benefit of those unable to attend the sessions will be webcast and archived at

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Physics Technical Services: Open Day

Physics Technical Services will hold an open day on Thursday, 8 June, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., in the Denys Wilkinson Building, Keble Road, and the Clarendon Laboratory, Parks Road.

Physics Technical Services provides a wide range of support to all facets of the department's research. This has resulted in skills, expertise and facilities that may not be readily available elsewhere in the University and in some cases are unique. The Open Day has been arranged to showcase these services and raise awareness of their availability within the University.

All university and college personnel and research students who believe that Physics Technical Services may be relevant to their work are invited to view the facilities and talk with the support staff. No appointments are necessary and the directions to the various facilities will be signed from the main entrance of each building.

Further details may be found at

The Technical Services participating are:

Denys Wilkinson Building

Media Services Unit: comprehensive photographic/digital imaging and reprographic facilities

Mechanical Workshop: extensive computer-controlled/standard machining and associated workshop facilities

Mechanical Design Office: wide-ranging computer-aided design (CAD) and analysis capabilities

Electronics Group: extensive electronics design with CAD, manufacturing and testing facilities for devices, modules and equipment

Thin Film Facility: pure metal and compounds deposition in single or multilayer stacks for use in the optical, semiconductor and other research fields

Photofabrication Unit: chemical milling of prototype circuits (rigid board, flexible, multilayer, high resolution) and similar items up to 1 metre using a variety of materials

Clarendon Laboratory

Magnet Group: comprehensive magnet technology (superconducting and normal state). Cryogenic engineering and materials especially non-metals/adhesives/composites

Helium Liquefaction and Cryogenic Facility: liquid Helium production and distribution, cryogenic storage

Materials Preparation Facility: a range of facilities for the cutting and polishing of single crystals (including X-ray orientation) and other research materials

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Oxford University Computing Services

Learning Technologies Group: proposals sought

The Learning Technologies Group is looking for proposals for new IT tools, resources and projects at the University, and would like senior members of the University to put forward suggestions, or problems which are in need of a solution. Suggestions may be in the form of a general facility for everybody to use, or something more specific to support an individual's research or teaching.

In return the LTG can provide with advice and useful information where appropriate, and for some suggestions will be able to take on their development, either for the University as a whole to use, or to offer substantial practical help, from experienced developers, free of charge, to assist individual research or teaching. As a result of last year's scheme work is under way on OxCort (Oxford Colleges On-line Reports for Tutorials), new reading list software and a dedicated database for the museums to co-ordinate their team of volunteers. The ideas put forward will also be used to influence future work in OUCS and the Learning Technologies Group.

Suggestions can be made online at, or by following the link on the Webmail news page and the OUCS homepage. Alternatively, e-mail your suggestion directly to (include name and department/faculty in the message).

This initiative is also the entry route into this year's Academic Computing Development Team Call for Proposals, which is usually circulated at this time of year (see below). Those who submit a proposal to the aforementioned scheme are requested to fill in the Suggestions Form; their idea will be considered for development assistance from there, or they will be referred to the ACDT.

Academic Computing Development Team: Call for Proposals

This notice is for the attention of groups or individuals who are looking to put in a project proposal to Academic Computing Development Team. After a successful trial in summer 2005, a two-stage process is again being used. Initial ideas for projects are being collected online in conjunction with a wider survey for IT development suggestions at the University. In the first instance, interested parties should fill in the online form at or e-mail the team directly at The ideas collected will then each be considered individually and full proposals invited where appropriate.

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Hope Professorship of Zoology (Entomology)

HUGH CHARLES JONATHAN GODFRAY, MA (PH.D. London), FRS, Honorary Fellow of St Peter's College, Professor of Evolutionary Biology, Imperial College London, and Director, NERC Centre for Population Biology, and Head, Division of Biology, Imperial College London, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 November 2006.

Professor Godfray will be a fellow of Jesus College.

Readership in Transport Studies

DAVID BANISTER (BA Nottingham, PH.D. Leeds), Professor of Transport Planning, the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, has been appointed to the readership with effect from 1 October 2006.

The title of Professor of Transport Studies has been conferred on him, on behalf of the Recognition of Distinction Committee, with effect from the same date.

Professor Banister will be a fellow of St Anne's College.

Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology

The Medical Sciences Board has assigned the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology to J.M. TIFFANY, MA (MA, PH.D. Cambridge), Fellow of St Cross College and University Lecturer in Ophthalmological Biochemistry, from 1 April 2006 until 30 September 2006.

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