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Oxford University Gazette, 24 May 2007: Notices

CONSULTATIVE NOTICE

Committee on Statutes before the Privy Council

Notice of proposed consent to amendments to college statutes

Merton College

The Committee on Statutes before the Privy Council, acting under authority delegated to it by Council, is minded to give consent on behalf of the University to the amendments to Statute III of Merton College, as approved by the Governing Body on 1 November 2006, in so far as such consent is required by Section 7 (2) of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923. This consent will be effective eleven days after publication of this notice unless written notice of a resolution, signed by at least twenty members of Congregation, calling upon Council to withhold that consent, has been given to the Registrar by noon on Monday, 4 June 2007. The effects of the amendments are top revise provisions relating to Official and Supernumerary Fellows and create a further category of fellows.

Oriel College

The Committee on Statutes before the Privy Council, acting under authority delegated to it by Council, is minded to give consent on behalf of the University to the amendments to Statutes II and VII of Oriel College, as approved by the Governing Body on 11 October 2006, in so far as such consent is required by Section 7 (2) of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923. This consent will be effective eleven days after publication of this notice unless written notice of a resolution, signed by at least twenty members of Congregation, calling upon Council to withhold that consent, has been given to the Registrar by noon on Monday, 4 June 2007. The effects of the amendments are to remove outdated provisions relating to unmarried fellows and tutors.

Trinity College

The Committee on Statutes before the Privy Council, acting under authority delegated to it by Council, is minded to give consent on behalf of the University to the amendments to Statute II of Trinity College, as approved by the Governing Body on 15 March 2004, in so far as such consent is required by Section 7 (2) of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923. This consent will be effective eleven days after publication of this notice unless written notice of a resolution, signed by at least twenty members of Congregation, calling upon Council to withhold that consent, has been given to the Registrar by noon on Monday, 4 June 2007. The effects of the amendments are to alter the criteria for admission to Honorary Fellowships.

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GENERAL NOTICES

Language Centre

Intensive Weekend Language Courses, 2–3 June (Saturday and Sunday morning)

The Language Centre will be running two weekend language courses at the end of Sixth Week. 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:

French (Beginners, Lower Intermediate and Intermediate)

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.

Vacation Courses in English for Academic Purposes

Key Issues in Academic Writing

Week 9, Trinity Term (18–22 June), Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–1.15 p.m.

This one-week, fifteen-hour intensive course is specially designed to enable those with heavy schedules to take the course in academic writing.

The programme is similar to that covered in the Trinity Term course. Topics dealt with include: expressing levels of certainty, taking an appropriate stance, linking ideas, language patterns, signalling logical relations and variations in academic writing. Course fee: £98.

Pre-sessional courses

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. 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).

More information can be found at www.lang.ox.ac.uk/eas/presessio nal2007.html.

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: (2)83360, e-mail: admin@lang.ox.ac.uk, Web pages: www.lang.ox.ac.uk).

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Computing Services

Academic Computing Development Team: Call for Proposals

The Academic Computing Development Team (ACDT) is a centrally funded group which collaborates with individual staff and departments to develop high-quality technology-based resources. The ACDT's approach is successfully to enhance traditional teaching at the University through the use of IT, blending the best of both old and new.

In keeping with the University Teaching and Learning Strategy, which strongly encourages staff to use IT in teaching and learning 'where it adds real value', the ACDT runs a biannual application process for staff, departments and other academic groups to propose their own ideas for development (usually for free) by the ACDT.

A two-stage process is again being used. Initial ideas for projects are being collected online. In the first instance, interested parties should fill in the online form at acdt.oucs.ox.ac.uk/suggest/ or e-mail the team directly at acdt@oucs.ox.ac.uk (name and department/faculty should be included in the message). The ideas collected will then each be considered individually and full proposals applications invited where appropriate.

The suggestions box will close on 30 June, and the final date for receiving completed full proposal applications will be 16 July.

For this call the ACDT encourages applicants who wish to begin projects with a start date of September 2007 or March 2008.

Applications are invited for projects in the following areas, though other project ideas will be considered:

Collaboration in Teaching and Learning. Projects in this category are related to teaching and/or the support of teaching, and will ideally address the needs of more than one academic department or division. They may be based in a cross-disciplinary academic area or transferable skills development. Alternatively, they may be about the creation or further development of a generic tool.

Local Teaching Innovation. Individual staff and departments are encouraged to submit their ideas for teaching and learning related projects. These can be grounded in specific subject areas, or may have a more general focus.

Research and Outreach. Projects to publish or facilitate research online are encouraged in this category. Projects with an outreach element such as museum and schools liaison work are also welcomed.

Successful applicants will receive full support from the team to enable the development of the proposed initiative or resource. Depending on the nature of the project, this support may include: programming/technical development of a digital resource; research and feasibility studies; graphic and interface design, investigation of appropriate technical solutions; evaluation, assistance with legal and infrastructure issues (e.g. copyright, accessibility, choice of server platforms), advice on e-learning pedagogy; and project management.

Full details of the call, how to apply, and examples of past projects are available at www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/acdt/.

General enquiries regarding the proposal process should be directed to Paul Groves, ACDT Project Manager, Academic Computing Development Team, OUCS, 13 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN (telephone: (2)73290, e-mail: acdt@oucs.ox.ac.uk).

Those who are interested in submitting a proposal, but for whom the closing date above may present a difficulty, should contact Mr Groves to discuss the matter.

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APPOINTMENTS

Appointment of Head of Diversity and Equal Opportunities

DR FELICITY COOKE, currently Senior Assistant Registrary and Head of Equality and Diversity, University of Cambridge, has been appointed as Head of Diversity and Equal Opportunities.

Dr Cooke will take up her appointment on 11 June 2007.


Recognition of Distinction

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

C.S. CHAPMAN, MA Oxf, Fellow of Linacre: Professor of Accounting, with effect from 1 May 2007.

R.I.M. DUNBAR, BA Oxf: Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology, with effect from 1 October 2007.

J. KRISTENSEN, MA Oxf, Fellow of Magdalen: Reader in Pure Mathematics, with effect from 1 January 2007.

D. SOSKICE, MA Oxf, Fellow-elect of Nuffield: Professor of Comparative Political Economy, with effect from 1 October 2007.

R. VAN DER PLOEG, Deputy Director of OxCarre: Professor of Economics, with effect from 1 January 2008.

G.K. WILCOCK, BM B.CH DM Oxf: Professor of Geratology, with effect from 1 May 2007.

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