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Oxford University Gazette, 12 July 2007: Notices


Teaching and Learning Space Review Group

A working group has been set up by the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee and the Educational Policy and Standards Committee to review the provision of teaching and learning space in the University. The group aims to make strategic recommendations on the provision and use of teaching and learning space that will guide the University in meeting educational requirements effectively and efficiently.

Membership of the group includes representatives from academic divisions, the Buildings and Estates Subcommittee, EPSC, the Senior Tutors' Committee, students and departmental administrators.

The group will collect information and undertake specific consultations during the long vacation and Michaelmas Term 2007. The remit of the group is:

1. To assess the current quantity of teaching and learning space provided across the University, building on the work of the BESC study of teaching room provision.

2. To consider the future needs of the academic divisions (including their constituent faculties and departments) for teaching and learning space, taking into account possible changes in college provision.

3. To consider what would be required now and over time to make better use of existing teaching and learning space and to provide improved facilities to staff and students (e.g. graduate study space, networks, printing, videoconferencing).

4. To consider the most effective way to provide users with good information on space available and to promote sharing of space by cognate disciplines.

5. To take stock of recent developments in shared teaching space (such as the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre or the Manor Road Building) and to find a suitable pilot study to test software and organisation of shared teaching space.

6. To consider the plans for the future use of the Examination Schools and the Radcliffe Infirmary site for teaching and learning, and understand the implications of this for other teaching and learning space.

7. To identify consequential issues for the use of the Examination Schools in general.

8. To make recommendations on: systems for sharing information, reconfiguration of space, reuse of space and potential disposals of space.

9. To propose a policy framework to govern how the University might in future seek to manage its teaching and learning space.

The group welcomes suggestions and ideas, and invites anyone who wishes to draw its attention to a particular area to e-mail the secretary to the group, Judith Finch (e-mail:, preferably during the Long Vacation.

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Corrections to Notices of Appointment

1. The notice of appointment of Dr H. Peyton Young to the James Meade Professorship of Economics, published in the Gazette of 10 May (pp. 1127–8), incorrectly stated that Dr Young is Co-Director of the Center on Social and Economics Dynamics at the Brookings Institution.

Dr Young is a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, but is no longer Co-Director of the Center on Social and Economic Dynamics.

2. The title of Professor of Philosophy, conferred by the Vice-Chancellor on Dr R. Wedgwood, Fellow of Merton, on behalf of the Recognition of Distinction Committee, will take effect from 1 October 2007, not 1 July 2007, as stated in the Gazette of 14 June (p. 1284).

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Reconferment of the Title of Visiting Professor

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisional Board has reconferred the title of Visiting Professor in Zoology upon PROFESSOR SIR BRIAN FOLLETT for three years from 1 July 2007.

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