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Oxford University Gazette, 8 June 2006: Notices

GENERAL NOTICES

Research Assessment Exercise 2008: Code of Practice for the University of Oxford

The Guidance on submissions for the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) was published in June 2005, and can be found at www.rae.ac.uk/pubs/2005/03/. Included in Annex G of the Guidance is the requirement that in making a submission to the funding bodies, the head of each submitting higher education institute will confirm that the HEI has 'developed, adopted and documented' an appropriate internal code of practice, which attends to all relevant equal opportunities legislation in force on the census date.

Work has been taking place since the Guidance was published to determine how preparations for the exercise should take place at Oxford. The purpose of this notice is to confirm that the RAE Project Board has approved a code of practice for Oxford, and to inform staff that it is available at www.admin.ox.ac.uk/pra/oxo nly/rae/oxcop.shtml.

The overarching principle of the code is that each member of staff who is eligible to be included in the University's submission should readily be able to find information on how a decision is taken, who will be taking the decision, how the decision can be discussed, and the outcome of any such discussion.

A 'hard copy' of the code may be obtained from the Planning and Resource Allocation Section (e-mail: rae.2008@admin.ox.ac.uk). Alternative format versions, for disabled users, will be available on request from Judith Finch, Diversity and Equal Opportunities Officer (telephone: Oxford (2)89821, e-mail: judith.finch@admin.ox.ac.uk).


Taylor Institution

Cleaning and maintenance work is now being carried out to the exterior of the Taylor Institution building in St Giles', involving the erection of scaffolding. The work is due for completion by 1 September.

While work is being carried out on the façade, the Taylorian's main gates will remain closed, and access to the building is from Beaumont Street (up the steps into the Ashmolean/Taylorian courtyard; disabled access is via the Ashmolean ramp).


Friends of the Oxford Botanic Garden

The following events have been arranged by the Friends of the Oxford Botanic Garden, in aid of the appeal to buy Palmers Leys, pasture and woodland next to the Harcourt Arboretum. Enquiries should be directed to postmaster@obg.ox.ac.uk. Bookings may be made by cheque to FOBG, Oxford Botanic Garden, Oxford OX1 4AZ.

30 June, 6 p.m.: an evening reception at Long Leys Farm, Cumnor (by kind invitation of Professor James Fenton). Tickets cost £15.

29 July, 6 p.m. for 7 p.m.: 'Jazz in a summer meadow', at the Harcourt Arboretum, with Natalie Williams and the Tim Dawes Band. Tickets: adults £10, children £5, family (two adults and two children) £25.

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ELECTORAL BOARD

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

Michael Davys Professorship of Neuroscience

                               Appointed by

Dr W.D. Macmillan             Mr Vice-Chancellor [1]
The Warden of Merton          ex officio
Dr K. Fleming                 Council
Professor T.W. Robbins        Council
Professor O. Braddick         Medical Sciences Board
Professor J.N.P. Rawlins      Medical Sciences Board
Professor P. Harrison         Medical Sciences Board
Professor M. Owen             Medical Sciences Board
Professor G. Goodwin          Merton 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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