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Oxford University Gazette, 22 September 2005: Notices

GENERAL NOTICES

Curators of the University Libraries

Oxford University Library Services

A display describing proposals for a new automated book depository in the context of a longer-term estates strategy for the University Libraries is being mounted for members of the University. The display can be seen at the following times in the Van Houten Room, University Offices, Wellington Square.

Wednesday, 28 September (10 a.m.–7 p.m)

Thursday, 29 September (8 a.m.–7 p.m.)

Friday, 30 September (8 a.m.–3 p.m.)

All staff and students of the collegiate University are welcome. OULS staff will be in attendance to answer questions.

Material from the exhibition will be accessible electronically from 3 October at http://www.ouls.ox.ac.uk/news/buildings.

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Relocation of Department of International Development
(Queen Elizabeth House)

The Department of International Development has moved from 21 St Giles' to offices in Mansfield Road. The full address of the department is:

Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford, Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB (telephone: Oxford (2)81800, fax: Oxford (2)81801).

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Careers Advice Service for Contract Research Staff 2005–6

This service, provided by the University Careers Service at 56 Banbury Road, aims to encourage and enable academic-related research staff, employed directly by the University on fixed-term contracts (contract research staff), to make and implement well-informed decisions about their careers by:
  • providing impartial, professional, careers advice
  • supporting them in recognising and developing the attributes necessary for successful career development
  • enabling them to appreciate and explore the range of opportunities available
  • assisting them to clarify their values, interests, abilities and skills and to relate these to possible career options
  • providing access to a wide variety of careers information and resources to facilitate the formulation and implementation of career plans The service operates flexibly in an attempt to cater for individual personal needs, whether researchers are:
  • generally uncertain about the career options open to them
  • considering reviewing or changing their career direction
  • thinking about finding a new job in academia, commerce, industry, the public sector, or becoming self-employed, etc.
  • requiring practical advice on CV design, job search or interview/selection techniques

Following registration with the Service (which is free) individual researchers have access to confidential, one-to-one meetings with a careers adviser to help clarify personal and career objectives and to identify the main career options open to them. A variety of assessment tools are available to support the guidance process, including psychometric tests of abilities, the Myers- Briggs (Personality) Type Indicator and Prospects Planner, a computerised careers guidance system. Researchers may also drop-in to consult the Duty Adviser at the Careers Service to help resolve brief queries and make use of the wide range of careers resources in the well resourced Information Room. Short career briefings and longer career development workshops, designed specifically for contract research staff who are looking to review their career options or to brush up on their job search and interview skills, are run at various times throughout the year, and researchers also have access to activities in the student 'What's On' term programme of careers talks, short skills sessions and other events.

Full details of the service can be found on www.careers.ox.ac.uk/homepage/CRS. Unless otherwise indicated, to reserve a place on any of the career development workshops or seminars/briefings (which are run in conjunction with the Institute for the Advancement of University Learning, IAUL)) telephone, or e-mail, the IAUL on (2)86808, services@learning.ox.ac.uk.

Induction Seminar for New Contract Researchers (1.5 hours)

Tuesday, 25 October 2005, 12.30–2 p.m. (Week 3, MT)

Friday, 12 May 2006, 12.30–2 p.m. (Week 3, TT)

Professor Nigel Thrift, the new Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Chairman of the University's Contract Research Staff Working Group, will open this seminar welcoming new researchers to the University. A sandwich lunch will be provided.

This interactive and informal seminar will provide you with an opportunity to ask questions arising from your time at Oxford and also give you an introduction to the career and professional development opportunities available for contract research staff at the University. You will gain an overview of the developing national and local context of research work and contractual issues related to being a contract researcher, including the Fixed Term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002 and the University's procedures on the expiry of fixed term contracts will be clarified. Staff from Oxford University Careers Service and the Institute for the Advancement of University Learning will facilitate the session and it is hoped that it will assist you in considering and planning, from an early stage in your career at Oxford, what professional and career development resources you might wish to access. The seminar will be held on the following dates (venues will vary, although content will be similar):

Career 'Kick-Start' briefings for Contract Research Staff (35 minutes)

Informal drop-in sessions of around thirty-five minutes, especially for those busy researchers who have thought about reviewing their career path or professional development from time to time, but have not yet found the opportunity. Each session will include a short input from the University Careers Service covering questions such as: Context and career ladders for researchers at Oxford? Where am I with my career? Is there a model I can use to help me reflect on my career options? What resources for career and professional development can I tap into via the Careers Service and the Institute for the Advancement of University Learning (IAUL)? Are there any procedures to support research staff approaching the end of fixed-term contracts?

No need to book, just turn up and bring your questions and comments. For lunchtime sessions, please bring a sandwich and something to drink. Session dates, times and venues will be posted on the Careers Service Web site and also notified to researchers, where possible, via e-mail.

Supporting Research Staff—A Briefing for Research Supervisors, Group Leaders and Administrators (1.5 hours)

Tuesday, 18 October 2005, 12.30–2 p.m.

Tuesday, 17 January 2006, 12.30–2 p.m.

This short briefing session is designed to enable those with supervisory or managerial responsibility for University-employed contract research staff to become up to date with developments relating to contract research staff, and how best to support their professional and career development. It will provide an overview of the key issues arising from recent reports and initiatives at both national and local level, as well as clarification of the implications of the Fixed Term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002. Information about the professional development opportunities provided by the Institute for the Advancement of University Learning for researchers and the careers advice service offered by Oxford University Careers Service will also be given.

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Career Review and Planning Workshop for Contract Research Staff (one day)

Wednesday, 26 October 2005, 9.15 a.m.–4.30 p.m. (Week 3, MT)

Friday, 2 December 2005, 9.15 a.m.–4.30 p.m. (Week 8, MT)

Friday, 20 January 2006, 9.15 a.m.–4.30 p.m. (Week 1, HT)

Friday, 24 February 2006, 9.15 a.m.–4.30 p.m. (Week 6, HT)

Wednesday, 26 April 2006, 9.15 a.m.–4.30 p.m. (Week 1, TT)

Friday, 30 June 2006, 9.15 a.m.–4.30 p.m. (Vacation)

This workshop has been designed specifically for academic-related contract research staff employed by the University, at any stage in their career, who want to step back and review what their future options might be, in or outside of Academia. Through a combination of short individual exercises and small (informal) group discussions participants will be encouraged to build up a picture of the relevant factors relating to their own career and to explore key aspects of effective career decision making. To enable this all participants will be asked to complete the Myers–Briggs Personality Type Indicator (MBTI), which gives insights into personal, team working and career decision making style, prior to the session and feedback will be given during the workshop. In addition, career motivations, the identification of transferable skills and factors affecting job mobility in the academic research and wider employment environments will be considered. Towards the end of the day participants will be encouraged to draw together the insights gained from the various exercises into the beginnings of a realistic personal career plan and to consider what further action they might wish to take. Relevant resources will be highlighted and one-to-one follow up career discussions can be used to develop and focus ideas and to access further resources regarding particular career options.

There will usually also be the opportunity to explore the wide range of careers resources available for use by contract research staff at the Careers Service.

Job Search and Interview Skills Workshop for Contract Research Staff (one day)

Friday, 4 November 2005, 9.15 a.m.–4.45 p.m. (Week 4, MT)

Wednesday, 14 December 2005, 9.15 a.m.–4.45 p.m. (Vacation)

Wednesday, 1 February 2006, 9.15 a.m.–4.45 p.m. (Week 3, HT)

Wednesday, 22 March 2006, 9.15 a.m.–4.45 p.m. (Vacation)

Thursday, 4 May 2006, 9.15 a.m.–4.45 p.m. (Week 3, TT)

Wednesday 12 July 2006 9.15 a.m.–4.45 p.m.Vacation

This workshop has been designed specifically for academic-related contract research staff employed by the University, and is particularly suitable for those who are considering or seeking alternative employment, and wish to brush up on the practicalities involved. While more emphasis is given to finding employment outside academic research, those intending to apply for posts in academia may also find the programme useful.

An interactive day, it will explore the skills and techniques used in searching for jobs effectively, finding sources of job information, utilising networking techniques, and writing appropriate CVs and covering letters. Emphasis will be given to understanding the processes which UK employers are increasingly using to select staff, and the importance of tailoring applications and approaches accordingly. Participants will also explore the skills and attributes required for effective performance at interview: preparation, self-presentation, how to deal with typical interview questions, etc. Where possible, supportive practice in applying interview techniques will normally form part of the day, and there will usually be the opportunity to explore the wide range of careers resources available for use by contract research staff at the Careers Service. Previous participants have often built on this workshop by using one-to-one career discussions to review intended applications and to practise for interviews.

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APPOINTMENTS AND ASSIGNMENT

Heads of Division

KEITH BURNETT, CBE, MA, D.PHIL., FRS, Fellow of St John's College, Professor of Physics and Chairman of Physics, has been appointed to the Headship of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division, and took up his duties on 1 September 2005.

SALLY SHUTTLEWORTH, Professor of Modern Literature, and formerly Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Sheffield, has been appointed to the Headship of the Humanities Division and will formally take up her duties on 1 August 2006. Professor Shuttleworth will be a fellow of St Anne's College.

MICHAEL JAMES SPENCE, MA, D.PHIL. (BA, LL.B. Sydney), Fellow of St Catherine's College and University Lecturer (CUF) in Law, has been appointed to the Headship of the Social Sciences Division with effect from 1 October 2005.


Coulson Professorship of Theoretical Chemistry

DAVID EDWIN LOGAN, MA (MA, PH.D. Cambridge), Fellow of Balliol College and Professor of Chemistry, has been appointed to the Coulson Professorship of Theoretical Chemistry with effect from 1 October 2005.

Professor Logan will be a fellow of University College.


Watts Professorship of Psychology

JOHN NICHOLAS PEPYS RAWLINS, MA, D.PHIL., Sir Jules Thorne Tutorial Fellow of University College and Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 October 2005, or such later date as may be agreed.

Professor Rawlins will be a fellow of Wolfson College.


Wilde Professorship of Mental Philosophy

MARTIN KINSEY DAVIES, B.PHIL, D.PHIL. (BA Monash), Professor of Philosophy, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 October 2006 or such earlier date as may be arranged.

Professor Davies will be a fellow of Corpus Christi College.


Professorship of Computing Science

GEORG GOTTLOB (DIPL.-ING., DR Vienna University of Technology), Professor of Computer Science, Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), and Chairman of the Information Systems Department, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 January 2006.

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


Two Professorships of Educational Studies

HERBERT W. MARSH (BA Indiana, MA, PHD UCLA, DSC Western Sydney), Research Professor of Educational Psychology and Director of Self-concept Enhancement and Learning Facilitation Research Centre, University of Western Sydney, has been appointed to a Professorship of Educational Studies with effect from 1 February 2006.

Professor Marsh will be a fellow of St Cross College.

TEREZINHA NUNES (BS Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, MA, PH.D. City University of New York), Professor of Psychology and Head of Department, Oxford Brookes University and British Academy Research Reader, has been appointed to a Professorship of Educational Studies with effect from 1 October 2005.

Professor Nunes will be a fellow of Harris Manchester College.


George Eastman Visiting Professorship 2007–8

FREDERICK SCHAUER (AB, MBA Dartmouth College JD Harvard), Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, has been appointed to the professorship for the academic year 2007–8.

Professor Schauer will be a fellow of Balliol College.


Conferments of the title of Visiting Professor

The Life and Environmental Sciences Board has approved the conferment of the title of Visiting Professor in Geography on DR T.E. DOWNING for three years from 1 April 2004.

Note: this has not been announced previously due to an administrative oversight.

The Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Physics upon DR JOHN SINGLETON, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, for a period of three years from 1 August 2005.

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor of Molecular Radiobiology on P. WARDMAN (B.SC., PH.D., D.SC. Leeds), Research Fellow at the Gray Cancer Institute, Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, for a period of three years from 1 September 2005.

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor of Advanced Technology on B. VOJNOVIC, Senior Scientist at the Gray Cancer Institute, Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, for a period of three years from 1 September 2005.


Reconferments of the title of Visiting Professor

The Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board has reconferred the title of Visiting Professor in Engineering Science upon PROFESSOR ANDREW BLAKE, F.R.ENG., Senior Research Scientist, Microsoft Research, Cambridge, for a period of five years from 1 October 2005.

The Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board has reconferred the title of Visiting Professor in Physics upon DR DAVID DEUTSCH, MA, D.PHIL., former research fellow of Wolfson College, for a period of five years from 1 November 2005.


Recognition of Distinction

The following titles have been conferred by the Vice-Chancellor on behalf of the Recognition of Distinction Committee:

D.E. MANOLOPOULOS, MA, University Lecturer in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry and Fellow of St Edmund Hall: Professor of Theoretical Chemistry, with effect from 1 July 2005.

L.J. MASON, MA, D.PHIL., Reader in Mathematics and Fellow of St Peter's College: Professor of Mathematics, with effect from 1 October 2005.

N.M.J. WOODHOUSE, MA, Reader in Mathematics and Fellow of Wadham College: Professor of Mathematics, with effect from 1 October 2005.


Assignment of Department of Paediatrics

The Medical Sciences Board has assigned the Department of Paediatrics to P.B. SULLIVAN, MA, Fellow of Magdalen (B.SC., MB, CH.B., DM Manchester) and University Lecturer in Paediatrics, for a period of one year from 1 October 2005.

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ELECTORAL BOARDS

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

Waynflete Professorship of Chemistry

 
                                        Appointed by

Mr Vice-Chancellor                      ex officio
The President of Magdalen               ex officio
Professor Dame Jean Thomas              Council
Professor F. Diederich                  Council
Professor P. Kocienski                  Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Board
Professor K. Burnett                    Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Board
Dr J. Robertson                         Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Board
Professor W.G. Richards                 Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Board
Professor T. Donohoe                    Magdalen College


Waynflete Professorship of Metaphysical Philosophy

 
                                        Appointed by

Mr Vice-Chancellor                      ex officio
Professor T. Williamson                 Council
Professor S. Yablo                      Council
Dr R.C.S. Walker                        Humanities Board
Dr A. Avramides                         Philosophy Board
Professor M.K. Davies                   Philosophy Board
Professor B. Stroud                     Philosophy Board
Dr E.M. Fricker                         Magdalen College
Professor O.P. Taplin                   Magdalen College


Professorship of Old Age Psychiatry

 
                                        Appointed by

The Principal of Somerville             Mr Vice-Chancellor [1]
The Principal of Linacre                ex officio
Professor M.A. Ron                      Council
Dr K. Fleming                           Medical Sciences Board
Professor A.D. Smith                    Council
Professor G. Goodwin                    Medical Sciences Board
Professor A.M. Buchan                   Medical Sciences Board
Dr T. Dening                            Medical Sciences Board
Mr M. Hobbs                             Oxford Mental Healthcare Trust
Professor M. Williams                   Linacre College


Professorship of Social Anthropology

 
                                        Appointed by

The Warden of Merton                    Mr Vice-Chancellor [1]
The President of Magdalen               ex officio
Professor R. Goodman                    Council
Professor J.D.Y. Peel                   Council
Professor Dame Marilyn Strathern        Life and Environmental Sciences Board
Dr C. Gosden                            Life and Environmental Sciences Board
Professor N. Thrift                     Life and Environmental Sciences Board                   
Professor D.J. Parkin                   Life and Environmental Sciences Board
Dr C. Harris                            Magdalen 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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