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Oxford University Gazette, 18 May 2006: Notices



Sheldonian Theatre

At the Encaenia to be held in the Sheldonian Theatre on Wednesday, 21 June, the Curators of the Theatre propose to allot seats as follows, and subject to availability, to those who apply for tickets:

(a) One visitor's ticket each to Heads of Houses, Canons of Christ Church, members of Council, and certain other persons holding official positions in the University;

(b) One visitor's ticket to each Professor;

(c) One ticket to each member of Convocation (i.e. any matriculated member of the University on whom any degree of the University has been conferred, or any member of Congregation who does not hold such a degree).

Applications for tickets in the above categories, stating the name and standing of each person for whom a ticket is requested, should be made not later than Wednesday, 7 June, to the University Card Office, Examination Schools (e-mail: For security reasons, all requests for tickets should state the names of the persons for whom the tickets are intended.

Tickets for all other members of the University (i.e. those who have not been admitted to any degree of the University) will be distributed through college authorities; all applications for tickets in this category should be made to the college authorities and not to the University Card Office.

The gates and entrances to the Theatre will be opened at 10.45 a.m. and the proceedings will begin at 11.30 a.m. Holders of tickets are requested to be in their places inside the Theatre by 11.15 a.m.

All current members of the University are required to wear sub-fusc and full academic dress. Doctors will wear their robes and other graduates their hoods.

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University Library services: Introduction of admission charge for Divinity School

As part of the already established visitor tours and events programme, and to help the Bodleian Library fund the costs of opening to the public, the Curators of the University Libraries have approved the introduction from 1 June of a charge for admission into the Divinity School of the Library. No charge will be made to members of the University, alumnus and Bodleian card holders, who can show their cards on entry. They may also be accompanied by up to four guests free of charge.

The admission charge will be £2 per person. Children under the age of fourteen will be admitted free.

The Divinity School is open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and on Saturdays, 9 a.m.–4.30 p.m.

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Language Centre

Intensive Weekend Language Courses, Trinity Term 2006

The Language Centre will be running four weekend language courses in Trinity Term 2006. Each course will consist of eight hours' tuition and last from 9 a.m. to 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:

20–1 May: German (Beginners and Intermediate)

20–1 May: Spanish (Beginners and Lower Intermediate)

3–4 June: French (Beginners, Lower Intermediate and Upper Intermediate)

3–4 June: Italian (Beginners and Lower Intermediate)

The fee will be £38 for student members of the University and other full-time students, £49 for members of Congregation and members of staff and £60 to non-members.

Vacation Courses in English for Academic Studies

English for Academic Visitors

In July, the Language Centre is offering a three-week course for Academic Visitors. The general aim of the course is to improve participants' language skills so that they are able to make the most of their time in Oxford and to maximise the contribution that they are able to make in their field of expertise.

The course will help participants develop their English oral skills in academic and social situations and will focus on conversational skills, expressing ideas and opinions clearly, accurately and fluently, understanding spoken English and giving spoken presentations, as well as revising basic grammatical structures and improving pronunciation.

The course will be held between 3 July and 20 July, Monday–Thursday, 9.30 a.m.–1 p.m. The fee is £195.

Pre-sessional courses in English

Pre-sessional courses in English will be held from 24 July to 15 September, Monday–Friday, for four weeks or eight weeks (no classes on Wednesdays, except in the Bank Holiday week). More information can be found at nal2006.html.

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.

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, Web site:

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