Oxford University Gazette, 3 May 2007: Notices
Review of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division
On behalf of Council and its committees, the Vice-Chancellor will chair a review of the MPLS Division. The terms of reference for the review are set out below. Initial meetings of the review committee are scheduled to take place at the end of Trinity Term. The review committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference. These should be sent to the assistant secretary of the review committee, Mr Richard Hughes, University Offices, Wellington Square (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org), by Friday, 22 June.
1. To review divisional strategies in the light of the current internal and external climate, and the forecast for the medium and longer term
2. To review progress made in response to the division's strategic plans: five year plan, recent operating statements and any other divisional strategy documents as follows:
Review the division's mechanisms for promoting the excellence of academic activities in the faculties and departments which constitute the division, by reference to international standards of excellence, and in the context of the University's Corporate Plan and other strategic/policy documents. In particular, the division's mechanisms for ensuring:
(a) the quality and direction of the research of the division as a whole, including its promotion of interdepartmental, interdivisional and interdisciplinary activities, its research profile and strategy, and future challenges and opportunities;
(b) the overall quality and direction of undergraduate and graduate programmes offered within the division and the division's policy for the development, monitoring and quality assurance of those programmes, taking account of University policies in relation to:
(c) the division's work in relation to 'third-leg' activities.
To review the division's approach to human resources issues, including:
4. Space and Capital Expenditure
current and future plans, including:
To consider the current and long-term financial position of, and funding
arrangements for, the
division, and its financial strategy.
6. Organisation and Administration
To review the organisation of the division, its management structures and the relationship between the faculties/departments and the division, and between the division and other university bodies and committees, including such matters as:
(a) cognate subject areas,
(c) national and international bodies, including research councils and funding bodies to which it is linked in teaching and research.
Humanities Division/EPSC Review of Oriental Studies
The Humanities Division and the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council will jointly conduct a review of Oriental Studies in week eight of Trinity Term. The review committee's terms of reference are:
1. To review the quality of academic activities in the faculty, by reference to:
(a) the quality of the research of the faculty, including its participation in interdepartmental, interdivisional and interdisciplinary activities, its research profile and strategy, and future challenges and opportunities;
(b) the quality of undergraduate and graduate programmes and their delivery and related issues, including:
(c) the organisation of the faculty, its management structures and the relationship between the faculty and the division, including such matters as:
(d) the relationship (structural and operational) between units within the faculty, and between the faculty and cognate subject areas and colleges to which it is linked in teaching and research.
2. To consider the current and long-term financial position of, and funding arrangements for the faculty and its financial strategy.
The review committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference. These should be sent to the joint secretary to the review committee, Mr Richard Hughes, University Offices, Wellington Square (e-mail: email@example.com ), by Friday, 8 June.
Revision to the Code of Practice for the University of Oxford: RAE 2008
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.
In 2006 Oxford's code was developed, and disseminated through various routes, including a Gazette announcement in June (see Gazette of 8 June 2006, Vol. 136, p. 1202). During 2006 initial steps were taken to develop Oxford's return, through a 'dry run' exercise. Work has taken place in the light of the findings of the 'dry run' to review Oxford's code. The purpose of this notice is to confirm that the RAE Project Board has approved minor revisions to Oxford's code of practice for Oxford, and to inform staff that it is available at www.admin.ox.ac.uk/pra/oxonly/rae/oxcop.shtml.
The over-arching principle of the code is unchanged: that each member of staff who is eligible to be included in Oxford'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 member of staff who wishes to receive a version of the code in hard copy should contact the Planning, Resource, and Alloction Section (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). Alternative format versions, for disabled users, will be available on request from Judith Finch, Diversity and Equal Opportunities Officer (telephone: Oxford (2)70078, e-mail: email@example.com).
Oxford University Press
Discount for members of the University at the OUP Bookshop ('The Bookshop')
Oxford University Press announces that from 1 May all members of the University will be entitled to a discount of 10 per cent at the OUP Bookshop, 116 High Street, on production of a University Identity Card or Alumni Card. This offer excludes the already discounted 'special offers' collection.
The bookshop has been renamed 'The Bookshop, Oxford University Press', and to coincide with this a new Web site is now available at www.oupbookshop.co.uk. The bookshop also hopes to introduce a regular 'Book Information' feature, centred around the University's publishing programme from Oxford University Press. Further details of this will be available in due course at the bookshop's Web site.
Intensive Weekend Language Courses in Trinity Term 2007 (Saturday and Sunday mornings)
The Language Centre will be running four weekend language courses in Trinity Term 2007. 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:
May 1920: German (Beginners and Intermediate)
May 1920: Italian (Beginners and Lower Intermediate)
June 23: French (Beginners, Lower Intermediate and Intermediate)
June 23: Spanish (Beginners and Lower Intermediate)
Fees: £40 for student members of the University and other full-time students, £55 for visiting students, staff and spouses, £70 for others.
The pre-sessional courses are designed for overseas graduate students who are about to start a university course in an English-speaking country. They run from 23 July to 14 September 2007. Students can attend full-time for either four weeks or eight weeks. Classes are held from Monday to Friday (with trips instead of classes on Wednesdays, except for Bank Holiday week). Further information can be found at www.lang.ox.ac.uk/eas/presessional2007.html.
If you already have some knowledge of a language, a class at the Language Centre could maintain or extend your language skills. There are some spaces in classes at lower intermediate level or above for German, Modern Greek, Italian, and Welsh and in more advanced classes for Russian and Spanish.
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 or James Matejtschuk at the Language Centre, 12 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT (telephone: Oxford (2)83360, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web site: www.lang.ox.ac.uk).
Pitt Rivers Museum
Improvements to services, from 1 May
On 1 May the Pitt Rivers Museum reaches a milestone in its redevelopment programme, and accordingly is improving its services as follows:
Further information on the Museum can be found at www.prm.ox.ac.uk
Andrew Chamblin Memorial Concert
The inaugural Andrew Chamblin Memorial Concert will take place at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday, 10 May, in Christ Church Cathedral, and will be given by the internationally renowned organist, Thomas Trotter. Mr Trotter will play a number of organ pieces by Mozart, Handel and Bach. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Enquiries should be directed to email@example.com.
Harris Manchester College
The following recitals will be given at 1.30 p.m. on Thursdays in the chapel, Harris Manchester College. Admission is free, with a retiring collection for the college's Organ Restoration Fund. Enquiries should be directed to Myles Hartley (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
10 May: MYLES HARTLEY performs organ works by Orlando Gibbons, and music in homage of Charles Villiers Stanford
17 May: MYLES HARTLEY performs Messiaen's Four Meditations for Organ, L'Ascension, and chorales by Bach
24 May: RECITAL OF ORGAN AND CHORAL MUSIC by musicians from Harris Manchester College to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Charles Wesley
31 May: MYLES HARTLEY performs organ works by Elgar, including the Organ Sonata
7 June MARTHA SCHWEHN, oboe, and MYLES HARTLEY, organ and piano: concert of French music, including the Oboe Sonata by Saint-Saëns and an organ transcription of Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
14 June: THE COPERARIO PLAYERS perform music for viols from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
COMPOSITION OF ELECTORAL BOARDS
Rolls-Royce/Royal Academy of Engineering Professorship of Computational Aerothermal Engineering
Appointed by The Principal of St Hugh's Mr Vice-Chancellor  The Principal of Lady Margaret Hall ex officio Professor J.J. McGuirk Council Professor A. Arts Council Professor P. Ligrani Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board Professor R.C. Darton Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board Professor W.N. Dawes Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board Dr D. Clarke Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board Dr N. Hankins Lady Margaret Hall 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).