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Oxford University Gazette, 16 March 2006: Notices

CONSULTATIVE NOTICES

Proposals for Honorary Degrees to Be Conferred At the Encaenia in 2007 and for Degrees By Diploma

Members of Congregation are encouraged to suggest 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, which is available from Miss Noon's office (telephone: (2)70008, e-mail: jennifer.noon@admin.ox.ac.uk). The completed form should be sent to Miss Noon, University Offices, Wellington Square, by Friday, 12 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.

For the names of people on whom degrees by diploma and honorary degrees have recently been conferred please consult the University Calendar 2005–6 pp. 467–1.

This year's honorands are:

Professor P. Brown

Professor R. Gillon

Mr D.R. Holmes

Sir John Houghton

Professor Alison Lurie

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell

Mr Derek Walcott

Ms Marina Warner

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Review of the Proctors' Officers Scheme

The University is conducting a review of the arrangements in place since the disbanding of the University Police in 2002. It was agreed by Council in 2002 that an independent review committee should be set up after twelve months to review the revised arrangements. For a variety of reasons this review did not take place after twelve months (primarily because a new Marshal had only just been appointed) and so in November 2005 (eighteen months after the appointment of the new University Marshal), Council agreed to establish an independent review with the following terms of reference:

1. to review the effectiveness of the operation of the Scheme for the Proctors' Officers introduced in 2002;

2. to recommend any changes to those arrangements that seem desirable in the light of experience of the last three years and taking account of the potential consequences in terms of legal risks and liabilities.

It was agreed that the committee would comprise an external member as chairman and two internal members of the University with appropriate experience.

The members of the review committee are:

Lady Stephanie North (Chairman)

Dr John Landers, Principal of Hertford College (Assessor 1994–5)

Canon Dr Judith Maltby, Chaplain and Fellow, Corpus Christi College (Junior Proctor 2004–5)

The review committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference. These should be sent to the Secretary to the Review Committee, Amy Hadden, University Offices, Wellington Square (e-mail: amy.hadden@admin.ox.ac.uk), by Friday, 31 March.

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Medical Sciences Board

Review of the Physiological Sciences and Psychology, Philosophy and Physiology undergraduate courses

On behalf of the Medical Sciences Board, Professor Oliver Braddick will chair a committee to review the Physiological Sciences and Psychology, Philosophy and Physiology (PPP) undergraduate courses. The committee's terms of reference are:

To consider the Physiology and PPP undergraduate courses, and to advise the Medical Sciences Board as to whether these courses currently provide the best possible offering of undergraduate scientific education within the Division, outside of Psychology and medical education. The Review Panel will consider:

1. the current positioning of both courses in terms of UK undergraduate science education;

2. the positioning of both courses in terms of the Division's research and teaching portfolios;

3. the aims of the courses and the extent to which they are achieved;

4. the structure and integrity of the courses and whether they provide the optimum arrangement in terms of (a) teaching and examining resources (b) choice and attractiveness for students.

The Philosophy options within PPP are outside of the scope of the review.

The committee will report to the Divisional Educational Standards and Policy Committee.

The membership of the Review Committee will include:

Professor Oliver Braddick, Head of the Department of Experimental Psychology (Chairman)

Professor Anant Parekh, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics

Dr Clive Wilson, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics

Professor Dick Passingham, Department of Experimental Psychology

Professor Tony Gardner-Medwin, Department of Physiology, University College London

The review committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference. These should be sent to the Secretary to the Review Committee, Mrs Philippa O'Connor, Medical Sciences Office, Level 3, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU (e-mail: philippa.oconnor@medsci.ox.ac.uk), by Thursday, 6 April.

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GENERAL NOTICES

Library Estates Strategy: Further Report to Congregation From the Curators of the University Libraries

1. The Curators of the University Libraries undertook, in Trinity Term 2005, to report to Congregation on their plans for the reorganisation of the University's libraries in the short, medium and long-term.

2. Following Congregation's approval in Michaelmas Term 2005 of the allocation of the site at Osney Mead for an automated book depository, a detailed business case and plans were approved by Council subject to some further investigations, and an application for full planning permission is currently before the City Council. Subject to planning permission being obtained, it is expected that work on the depository will begin in spring 2006, with completion in autumn 2007.

3. As explained in the Curators' report to Congregation of 22 September 2005, 'A University Library for the Twenty-First Century' (http://www.ox.ac.uk/gazette/2005-6/supps/1_4743.htm), the new depository is the key unlocking other elements of the estates strategy, namely, in sequence, the creation from the existing Radcliffe Science Library (RSL) and Hooke Libraries of an integrated Science lending and reference library (para. 27), upgrading and redevelopment of the New Bodleian (paras. 20 and 21), and a new lending library for Humanities and Area Studies on the Radcliffe Infirmary site (paras. 22 to 24).

4. The Curators have established consultation groups with relevant faculty, divisional, student member and staff representatives for each of these projects. Membership and terms of reference were published in the Gazette of 10 November 2005 (http://www.ox.ac.uk/gazette/2005-6/weekly/101105/notc.htm). The first meeting of the Central Bodleian and Radcliffe Infirmary groups was held, jointly, on 28 November. The RSL group met on 9 March and has also been consulted by correspondence.

5. Planning for the project to modify the RSL and Hooke buildings is already well advanced, having been the subject of preliminary consultation with science departments early in 2005. As well as providing for the redesigned services to be delivered from the buildings, the project will effect necessary improvements in disabled access. A business case and funding have been approved by Council's Planning and Resource Allocation Committee. A display is being mounted in the RSL from 31 March and there will be presentations there on Tuesday, 4 April at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

6. The time limit on the National Archives' renewal of the Bodleian's licence to hold collections for the nation (March 2008), the window of opportunity afforded by the construction of the depository for decanting the New Bodleian collections during the proposed redevelopment, and the more distant planning horizon for the Radcliffe Infirmary site suggest that the next stage of the libraries estates strategy to be implemented should be the redevelopment of the New Bodleian. The need for this work was explained in outline in the earlier report, together with a vision of what might be achieved in greatly improving environmental conditions for Oxford's world-class special collections and upgrading and developing reader and public facilities to a standard found in research libraries in peer institutions. The preliminary concept has also been presented to the consultation group.

7. It is essential that any proposal for the New Bodleian should receive the strong support the University, not least because unequivocal endorsement will be essential in raising the funds required to undertake the proposed redevelopment of the Library.

8. The proposal put to Congregation for approval will, in addition to describing how the New Bodleian would be redeveloped, show how functions and activities proposed for the New Bodleian would interact with the roles of the Old Library, the Camera, the Examination Schools and teaching and research envisaged for the departments that move to the Radcliffe Infirmary.

9. In advance of detailed design, and in parallel with consideration of the issues just mentioned, work has begun to give architectural expression to the concept of the redeveloped New Bodleian as a Special Collections Library. This, in turn, will begin to give indicative costs and furnish conceptual drawings that will provide the basis for fundraising if Congregation supports the proposal. The Curators intend to report to Congregation with a developed proposal for the New Bodleian early in Michaelmas Term 2006, and this report will be accompanied by an exhibition.

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Rules Committee

Regulations for the Activities and Conduct of Student Members

Rules Committee Regulations as at 1 October 2006

(Rules Committee Regulations 1 of 2006)

The Rules Committee has carried out its annual review of the Regulations relating to the conduct of student members. The Committee has agreed that the Regulations effective for the year beginning 1 October 2006 should be substantially the same as those for 2005–6. The provisions relating to Clubs, Societies, and Publications have been changed slightly, in order (a) to add students registered to read for diplomas and certificates in the Department for Continuing Education to the list of institutions where students may be regarded as full members of student organisations and (b) to clarify aspects of the financial reporting requirements for student organisations registered with the Proctors.

In accordance with Statute XI (Part A, section 4) and Council Regulations 42 of 2002, the Rules Committee has agreed that the following regulations shall be in force for a year beginning on 1 October 2006 (to succeed Rules Committee Regulations 1 of 2005).


Part 1

Clubs, Societies, and Publications

1.1. Student members of the University who form a club or society, or an organisation for whatever purpose (including one for the publication of a journal, newspaper, or magazine), and who wish to use the name and/or Arms of the University in its title (or in the title of a journal, newspaper, or magazine), shall:

(1) register with the Proctors;

(2) obtain the consent of the Vice-Chancellor; and

(3) sign the University's standard form of trademark licence.

1.2. The Vice-Chancellor will not consider applications for the use of the name and/or Arms of the University until the club, society, or organisation has been registered with the Proctors for two consecutive terms, and consent may be withdrawn as he or she thinks fit. Any consent granted by the Vice-Chancellor shall be withheld or withdrawn if the registration of the club, society, or organisation concerned lapses or is withdrawn or withheld by the Proctors.

1.3. A club, society, or organisation which does not wish to use the name of the University in its title may also register with the Proctors if it conforms with regulations 1.8–1.10 below.

1.4. The Proctors may not unreasonably withhold or withdraw registration.

1.5. (1) Failure to comply with these regulations may result in the club, society, or organisation being deregistered and/or fined an amount not exceeding £500 by the Proctors.

(2) These regulations shall also apply to any club, society, or organisation not currently registered with the Proctors but which has been so registered during any of the preceding three terms.

1.6. No member of the governing committee of a club, society, or organisation shall in organising an event or function, or otherwise, encourage or incite a breach of Statute XI or any regulation made under it.

1.7. (1) Each club, society, or organisation which registers with the Proctors shall be designated, as the Proctors see fit, to be:

(a) a non-sports club, society, or organisation ('non-sports club'); or

(b) a club, society, or organisation for sport ('sports club'); or

(c) an organisation for the publication of a journal, newspaper, or magazine, whether in hard copy or electronic format ('publication').

(2) Each such non-sports club and publication shall register with the Proctors through the Clerk to the Proctors, and each such sports club shall register with the Proctors through the Head of the Sports Department.

(3) In this regulation, 'non-sports club', 'sports club', and 'publication' mean the members of the club, society, or organisation concerned.

1.8. Each club, society or organisation which registers with the Proctors shall be entitled to apply to Oxford University Computing Services ('OUCS') to use Information Technology ('IT') facilities (e.g. e-mail and Web publication) in the name of the club, society or organisation. Where relevant facilities are allocated by OUCS it shall be the responsibility of the club, society or organisation concerned to:

(1) designated a person entitled to a university e-mail account (as defined by OUCS rules) to act as its IT Officer, whose duties shall include liaising with OUCS about the use of facilities allocated and passing on to his or her successor in office all records (in whatever format held) relating to the use of the facilities allocated;

(2) designate one of its members (who shall be either a student member or, exceptionally, a member of Congregation; and who may be, but need not necessarily be, the same as its IT Officer) to act as its principal Web-master, whose duties shall include maintaining an awareness of the University Guidelines for Web Information Providers and co-ordinating and regulating access to the web facilities used by the club, society or organisation;

(3) comply with regulations relating to the use of IT facilities provided by OUCS and with the guidelines published from time to time by OUCS for the use of IT facilities by student clubs, societies and organisations (including those guidelines relating to the operation of electronic mailing lists);

(4) ensure that all designated persons responsible for the IT resources of the club, society or organisation are competent to deal with the requirements of this section, and where necessary undertake training under the guidance of OUCS.

Non-sports clubs

1.9. (1) Each non-sports club which registers with the Proctors shall:

(a) establish a constitution and deposit a copy of it with the Proctors;

(b) act in accordance with the constitution established under (a) above;

(c) advise the Proctors promptly of any changes in the constitution established under (a) above;

(d) notify to the Proctors not later than the end of the second week of every Full Term the programme of meetings and speakers which has been arranged for that term (e.g. by sending them a copy of its term-card);

(e) appoint a president (or similar principal officer) who shall be a student member or a member of one of the other institutions listed in (l) below attending the institution for the purpose of undertaking a course of study (subject in the latter case to the member's signing, on election to office, an undertaking to abide by the provisions of these regulations and to accept the authority of the Proctors on club matters);

(f) appoint a secretary who shall be a student member or a member of one of the other institutions listed in (l) below attending the institution for the purpose of undertaking a course of study (subject in the latter case to a member's signing, on election to office, an undertaking to abide by the provisions of these regulations and to accept the authority of the Proctors on club matters) and who shall keep a proper record of its activities;

(g) appoint a treasurer who shall be a student member or a member of one of the other institutions listed in (l) below attending the institution for the purpose of undertaking a course of study (subject in the latter case to the member's signing, on election to office, an undertaking to abide by the provisions of these regulations and to accept the authority of the Proctors on club matters) and who shall keep a proper record of its financial transactions which shall be available for inspection at the request of the Senior Member appointed under (i) below or the Proctors; and shall forward to the Proctors by the end of the second week of each Full Term a copy of the accounts for the preceding term signed by the Senior Member for retention on the Proctors' files;

( h) not appoint several individuals jointly to hold any of the offices specified in (e), (f), and (g) nor allow any individual to hold more than one of these offices at a time;

(i) appoint a member of Congregation as Senior Member who shall, by virtue of holding that office, be a member of the non-sports club's committee;

(j) notify to the Proctors by the end of the second week of each Full Term the names of the members of its committee;

(k) notify the Proctors immediately of any changes in holders of the offices specified in (e), (f), and (g);

(l) admit to membership only members of the University, those whose names are on the Register of Visiting Students, and, at the discretion of its committee, students registered to read for diplomas and certificates in the University's Department for Continuing Education, members of Ruskin college, of Ripon College, Cuddesdon, and of the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, and members of the Westminster Institute of Oxford Brookes University who are registered to read for degrees or other qualifications validated by the University of Oxford;

(m) admit to membership, if it so wishes, other persons not being members of the University, or one of the institutions listed in (l) above, on condition that non-university members shall not constitute more than one-fifth of the total membership;

(n) if having a turnover in excess of £15,000 in the preceding year, or if owing to a change in the nature or scale of its activities confidently expecting to have such a turnover in the current year, submit its accounts for independent professional inspection and report by independent professional persons approved in advance by the Proctors; accounts shall be ready for independent professional inspection and report within four months of the end of its financial year and the costs of the independent professional inspection and report shall be borne by the non-sports club; if requested by the independent professional persons the non-sports club shall submit accounts and related material as a basis for a review of accounting procedures, the cost likewise to be borne by the non-sports club;

(o) maintain a register of members as specified by the club's constitution who shall elect or appoint the officers (including those specified in (e), (f), and (g)) and who shall have ultimate responsibility for the activities of the non-sports club; this register must be made available for inspection by the Proctors on request;

(p) notify the Proctors if the non-sports club ceases to operate or is to be disbanded, and at the same time submit a final statement of accounts. (2) Each officer of a non-sports club must, on relinquishing his or her appointment, promptly hand to his or her successor in office (or to another member of the club nominated by its committee) all official documents and records belonging to the club, together with (on request from the club's committee) any other property of the club which may be in his or her possession, and must complete any requirements to transfer authority relating to control of the club's bank account, building society account, or other financial affairs.

(3) In exceptional circumstances, at the request of a non-sports club, the Proctors shall have discretion to dispense from any of the requirements in (e)–(j) and (l)–(n) of paragraph (1) above, subject to such terms and conditions as they may from time to time see fit to impose.

Sports clubs

1.10. (1) Each sports club which registers with the Proctors shall:

(a) establish a constitution and deposit a copy of it with the Director of Sport; this constitution must include provisions approved by the Proctors on advice from the Area Safety Officer (Sport) relating to safety and insurance matters and must provide for the sports club to appoint a president (or similar principal officer), a secretary, and a treasurer as required by regulation 1.8 (1) (e), (f), (g), and ( h) above; must provide for the club to admit members as in regulation 1.8 (1) (l) and (m) above; must maintain a register of members as specified by the club's constitution; must notify the Proctors, through the Director of Sport, if the club ceases to operate or is to be disbanded, and at the same time submit a final statement of accounts; and must provide for the club to be run by a committee on which members of the University, both student and other, are in a majority;

(b) act in accordance with the constitution established under (a) above;

(c) advise the Proctors promptly, through the Director of Sport, of any changes in the constitution established under (a) above;

(d) be designated or redesignated by the Proctors, as they see fit after consulting the Sports Strategy Committee, to be a 'foundation sport', 'development sport', 'established sport', or 'recognised sport';

(e) appoint to its committee a Senior Member (who shall be a person who is a member of Congregation) through whom the club is accountable to the Proctors; in exceptional circumstances (e.g. if no suitable member of Congregation can be found), a recognised sports club may request that the Director of Sport be appointed as its Senior Member ex officio.

(f) unless designated by the Proctors to be a 'recognised sport' in accordance with (d) above, present to the Proctors, through the Director of Sport, annual accounts together with a copy of the club's current constitution and list of officers (such accounts to be submitted not later than one month after the end of the financial year to which they relate), subject to the following conditions:

(i) during the first year of registration, a club may be required by the Proctors to submit termly accounts;

(ii) if having a turnover in excess of £40,000 in the preceding year, or if owing to a change in the nature or scale of its activities confidently expecting to have such a turnover in the current year, a sports club must submit its accounts for independent professional inspection and report by independent professional persons approved in advance by the Proctors;

(iii) accounts shall be ready for audit within one month of the end of its financial year and the costs of the independent professional inspection and report shall be borne by the sports club; if requested by the independent professional persons, the sports club shall submit accounts and related material as the basis for a review of accounting procedures, the costs likewise to be borne by the sports club;

(g) ensure that all paid and unpaid club administrative and coaching appointments are ratified by the Sports Strategy Committee and that all coaches are accredited where appropriate by the relevant national governing body.

(2) Each officer of a sports club must, on relinquishing his or her appointment, promptly hand to his or her successor in office (or to another member of the club nominated by its committee) all official documents and records belonging to the club, together with (on request from the club's committee) any other property of the club which may be in his or her possession, and must complete any requirements to transfer authority relating to control of the club's bank account, building society account, or any other financial affairs.

(3) Any registered sports club may apply to the Proctors, through the Sports Strategy Committee, for permission to co-operate in the establishment of a federal structure or representative team.

(4) There shall be only one registered club for each sport, with the possibility of the club being federal in nature.

(5) In exceptional circumstances, at the request of a sports club submitted through the Director of Sport, the Proctors shall have discretion to dispense from the requirements of any of (a)–(g) of paragraph (1) above, subject to such terms and conditions as they may from time to time see fit to impose.

Publications

1.11. (1) A publication which registers with the Proctors shall:

(a) notify to the Proctors by the end of the second week of each Full Term the names of its editor or editors and the names of any other persons who have agreed to assume financial responsibility, and shall promptly notify to the Proctors any changes in its editor or editors;

(b) appoint a member of Congregation as its Senior Member who shall be kept informed of the activities of the publication;

(c) keep a proper record of its financial transactions which shall be available for inspection at the request of the Senior Member or the Proctors; and forward to the Proctors by the end of the second week of each Full Term a copy of the accounts for the preceding term signed by the Senior Member for retention on the Proctors' files;

(d) inform the Proctors when publication ceases and in doing so present a financial statement; and

(e) in the event of having a turnover in excess of £15,000 in the preceding year, or if owing to a change in the nature or scale of its activities confidently expecting to have such a turnover in the current year, shall submit its accounts for independent professional inspection and report by independent professional persons approved in advance by the Proctors; accounts shall be ready for independent professional inspection and report within four months of the end of the financial year of the publication; if requested by the independent professional person, the publication shall submit accounts and related materials as a basis for accounting procedures, the cost likewise to be borne by the publication.

(2) In exceptional circumstances, at the request of a publication, the Proctors shall have discretion to dispense from the requirements of (b) and (c) of paragraph (1) above, subject to such terms and conditions as they may from time to time see fit to impose.


Part 2

Motor Vehicles

2.1. No student member shall park a motor vehicle on any land of the University without the express permission of the person or body which has charge of that land.

2.2. A motor vehicle parked without such permission may be wheel-clamped or towed away, and a penalty charge may be incurred.


Part 3

Defacement of Property and unauthorised Advertisements

3.1. No student member shall intentionally or recklessly and without lawful authority, within six miles of Carfax:

(1) deface any building, wall, fence, or other structure by inscribing on it any writing or posting on or attaching to it any bill;

(2) display any advertising material in a public place.


Part 4

Behaviour after Examinations

4.1. (1) No student member, other than a candidate presenting himself or herself for examination, shall, at any time between the hours of 12.15 and 1 p.m. or 5.15 and 6 p.m., or between fifteen minutes before and thirty minutes after the scheduled time for the completion of a Public Examination of the University for ten or more candidates, in the company of one or more other persons either:

(a) gather without the prior permission of the Proctors in a public thoroughfare within 300 metres of any place where such an examination is being, or has just been, held; or

(b) having gathered in a public thoroughfare within one mile of any such place, fail to disperse after having been requested to do so by one or more of the Proctors, the Marshal, or their staff.

(2) For the purpose of this regulation, persons shall be regarded as having gathered if they assemble, or form part of an assembly, in such a way as to cause, or to be likely to cause, obstruction of a public thoroughfare.

4.2. (1) No student member shall, in any place or thoroughfare to which members of the general public have access within six miles of Carfax, throw, pour, spray, apply, or use any thing or substance in a way which is intended, or is likely, (a) to cause injury to any person, or (b) to cause damage to, or defacement or destruction of, any property, or (c) to cause litter.

(2) No student member shall be in possession of any thing or substance with intention to commit an offence under paragraph (1) above.


Part 5

Overseas Activities

5.1. (1) No student member shall participate in any sports tours which involve overseas travel during Full Term or the Thursday and Friday immediately preceding Full Term without the prior permission of:

(a) the Senior Tutor of that member's college, society, Permanent Private Hall, or other designated institution; and

(b) the Proctors.

(2) The written permission of the Senior Tutor shall accompany any request to the Proctors.

5.2. No student member shall participate in any activity overseas organised by a club, society, or organisation registered with the Proctors, whether during term-time or vacation, unless the plans for that activity have been notified at least one calendar month in advance of the date of departure from the United Kingdom to (in the case of sports clubs) the Director of Sport or (in the case of non-sports clubs and publications) the University Marshal. 5.3. Each student member participating in such activities overseas shall observe any conditions imposed by the Proctors on the recommendation as the case may be of the Director of Sport or the University Marshal, e.g. relating to the deposit of contact addresses, fulfilment of health, safety, and insurance requirements, and stipulation of coaches, trainers, or Senior Members to accompany the trip.


Part 6

Rowing on the River

6.1. No student member (other than a student member currently in residence at All Souls College, Kellogg College, Linacre College, Nuffield College, St Antony's College, St Cross College, Templeton College, or Wolfson College) shall participate in rowing on the river except in a single skull between the hours of 8.30 a.m. and 1 p.m. from Monday to Friday inclusive during Full Term without the prior permission of the Proctors.

6.2. No student member shall knowingly breach any regulation or instruction made by or on the authority of the Director of Sport or the Area Safety Officer (Sport), by Oxford University Rowing Clubs with the consent of the Proctors, or by a responsible external body such as the National Rivers Authority, relating to safety on the river.

6.3. The organisers of any rowing competition for any college, society, Permanent Private Hall, or other designated institution (or between a number of such foundations) which is to be held within six miles of Carfax shall submit to the Proctors not less than twenty-one days before the date of the proposed competition an Event Plan and Risk Assessment, and shall observe such conditions relating to the running of the competition as may be specified by the Proctors (who shall take advice from the University Marshal and the Area Safety Officer (Sport)).

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Language Centre

Library and Independent Study Facilities

The Library's collection of audio/video cassettes, books and computer programs covers over 135 languages. The independent-study area has rooms equipped with listening and viewing facilities, including DVD and VHS video players plus live satellite broadcasting, for individual work and computer based learning resources. New users should aim to arrive shortly before 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. to register and attend an orientation session.


Special Materials for Modern Linguists Preparing for Examinations

In addition to the resources listed above, the Library and Independent Study area has an extensive collection of materials which will prove useful for Modern Linguists preparing for the Listening Comprehension and Oral components of the Final Examination. These include audio recordings and transcripts of past examinations and lists of Discourse Questions, plus specially prepared video materials and dossiers of newspaper clippings on relevant issues.


Opening Hours in Vacation

During the vacation the Library is open Monday–Friday, 9.30 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2–5.30 p.m., except during the Easter period. The Library is closed from 8 April to 17 April inclusive.


Intensive weekend courses in Trinity Term 2006

The Language Centre will be running weekend language courses in French, German, Italian and Spanish during Trinity Term 2006. Each course will consist of eight hours' tuition and last from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Further details will be available shortly and booking will open after Easter.

Further details of all courses and activities may be obtained from Rebecca Landless at the Language Centre, 12 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT (telephone: (2)83360, e-mail: admin@lang.ox.ac.uk, Web pages: www.lang.ox.ac.uk).

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University Counselling Service

Easter Vacation arrangements

The University Counselling Service will be open in tenth week from 9.15 a.m. to 4 p.m., and in eleventh week and twelfth week from 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. The service will then be closed from Monday, 10 April, to Monday, 17 April inclusive, and will reopen on Tuesday, 18 April (noughth week), 9.15 a.m.–5.15 p.m.

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APPOINTMENT

Professorship of Old Age Psychiatry

KLAUS PETER EBMEIER (MD Aberdeen), Professor of Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh, and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, Lothian Health Board, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 August 2006.

Professor Ebmeier will be a fellow of Linacre College.

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