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Oxford University Gazette, 26 October 2006: Notices


Michaelmas Term 2006

Amended notice

Sunday, 29 October, at 5.15 p.m. THE REVD CANON TIM DAKIN, General Secretary, Church Mission Society. (Ramsden Sermon.) At Jesus College.

Sunday, 5 November, at 10.30 a.m. PROFESSOR VALENTINE CUNNINGHAM, Fellow of Corpus Christi College. At St Mary's.

Sunday, 26 November, at 10.30 a.m. THE REVD PROFESSOR MICHAEL BANNER, Director, ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum, and Professor of Public Policy and Ethics in the Life Sciences, University of Edinburgh. (Sermon on the Sin of Pride.) At St Peter's College.

Sunday, 3 December, at 10 a.m. DR JOHANNES ZACHHUBER, Tutorial Fellow in Theology, Trinity College. (Sermon for Advent Sunday). At the Cathedral.

Note: This notice replaces the notice of University Preachers for Michaelmas Term published in the Gazette of 5 October, p. 113.

Professor Valentine Cunningham will deliver a University Sermon in place of Mr Jon Snow on Sunday, 5 November. Mr Snow will preach at St Mary's at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday, 26 November.

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Integrated Equal Opportunities Policy: Diversity and Equal Opportunities

The following statement of policy was approved by Council on 10 July 2006.

The University's aims

The University of Oxford will work to remove any barriers which might deter people of the highest ability from applying to Oxford, either as staff or students. The University aims to provide an inclusive environment which values diversity and maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its staff and students are respected to assist them in reaching their full potential.

The University's commitment

No prospective or actual student or member of staff will be treated less favourably than any other, whether before, during or after their study or employment at the University of Oxford on one or more of the following grounds, except when such treatment is within the law and determined by lawful requirements: age; colour; disability; ethnic origin; marital status; nationality; national origin; parental status; race; religion or belief; sex; sexual orientation; or length or type of contract (e.g. part-time or fixed-term). The University has approved a separate Race Equality Policy to meet the specific obligations of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act.

With regard to staff, this policy applies to (but is not limited to) advertising of jobs and recruitment and selection, to training and development, to opportunities for promotion, to conditions of service, benefits, facilities and pay, to health and safety, to conduct at work, to grievance and disciplinary procedures and to termination of employment.

With regard to students, this policy applies to (but is not limited to) admissions, to teaching, learning and research provision, to scholarships, grants and other awards under the University's control, to student support, to University accommodation and other facilities, to health and safety, to personal conduct and to student complaints and disciplinary procedures.

In order to realise its commitment, the University will:

  • promote the aims of this policy;
  • be proactive in eliminating discrimination, including harassment and bullying, through training and the production and dissemination of codes of practice and guidance;
  • have regard to its obligations under relevant legislation, including the requirement to carry out impact assessments in certain areas, and for its policies, codes of practice and guidance to mirror the same and be changed to meet the demands of new legislation;
  • whilst acknowledging that they are not legally binding, have regard to any Codes of Practice issued or adopted by the Commission for Equality and Human Rights;
  • make this policy, as well as all codes of practice and guidance available to all staff and students; and
  • regularly review the terms of this policy and all associated codes of practice and guidance.


Council and its major committees

It is the responsibility of Council and its major committees to provide mechanisms through which the University's strategic objectives for diversity and equal opportunities can be delivered and also to work in partnership with colleges to agree a fair and equitable division of responsibility under current and future equality legislation.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Personnel and Equal Opportunities)

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Personnel and Equal Opportunities) is appointed by Council to provide leadership in all matters relating to Equal Opportunities and to oversee the development of Equal Opportunities policy frameworks and their application in the collegiate University, working as appropriate with those colleagues and bodies, including those committees with responsibility for student matters, that have specific mandates.

Diversity and Equal Opportunities Unit

The Diversity and Equal Opportunities Unit has the responsibility of considering all existing and emerging equality legislation with a view to identifying relevant issues, which are then translated into key university policies for approval by relevant bodies. The Unit provides information and guidance to divisions, departments and faculties to enable them to discharge their responsibilities and to support senior members of the University in showing leadership on diversity issues. The Unit facilitates central consultation with specific groups of staff and students. The Unit provides monitoring of key strategic issues and also drafts publications for approval by the relevant bodies as appropriate. The Unit also provides support services to staff and students with regard to harassment issues, childcare and disabilities and specific access needs.

Divisions, Departments and Faculties

Heads of Divisions, Departments and Chairs of Faculty Boards, of both academic and administrative departments, are responsible for the day to day implementation and delivery of the University's strategic objectives for diversity and equal opportunities in that Division, Department or Faculty in accordance with the guidance attached to this policy.

The University Estates Office

The University Estates office has primary responsibility for facilitating the accessibility of the University's buildings for disabled users, in collaboration with the Head of the Department or Faculty concerned.

All staff and students

This policy applies to all members of the University, both students and staff, whether permanent, temporary, casual, part-time or on fixed-term contracts, to job applicants, to student applicants, current and former students, to associate members and to visitors to the University.

These members of the University have a duty to act in accordance with this policy, and therefore to treat colleagues with dignity at all times and not to discriminate against or harass other students or members of staff, whether junior or senior to them.

The University expects all its staff and students to take personal responsibility for familiarising themselves with this policy and to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner at all times to respect equality of opportunity for all staff, students, applicants and visitors. The University regards any breach of this policy by any employee(s) or student(s) as a serious matter to be dealt with through its agreed procedures, which may result in disciplinary action.


The University of Oxford takes seriously any breach of this policy. Disregard of this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal. The University encourages any prospective or current student or member of staff who has a complaint concerning a breach of this policy to bring such a complaint to the University. The route for addressing a complaint is explained as part of each university policy.

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English, LASR and OPAL Courses

Most of the Language Centre's taught courses now have waiting-list places only. For French and German, applicants with a reasonable knowledge of the language (at least maintained good GCSE standard) may be eligible to join the Lambda project, which offers a programme of guided self-study and is described on the Web at For information about course availability, the Lambda project or to be placed on the waiting list, please contact, telephone (2)83360.

The Language Centre Library and Independent Study Area

The Library's collection of 25,000 audio/video cassettes, books and computer programs covers over 140 languages. The Independent Study Area has eighteen double rooms equipped with listening and viewing facilities for individual, pair and small group 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.

The Language Centre is open 9.30 a.m.–8 p.m., Monday–Thursday, 9.30 a.m.–6.30 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m.–1 p.m. on Saturday in full term.

Further details of all courses and activities may be obtained from the Language Centre, 12 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT (telephone: (2)83360, e-mail:, Web site:

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The Allegri String Quartet

THE ALLEGRI STRING QUARTET, in residency at the Faculty of Music, will hold a composition workshop on Monday, 30 October, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., in the Denis Arnold Hall, the Faculty of Music. The quartet will choose a piece to perform at their concert in Hilary Term. The workshop is free of charge and open to the public.

At 8 p.m. on the same day the quartet will give a concert in the Holywell Music Room. The programme is: Haydn, String Quartet, op. 76, no. 1; Bartók, String Quartet no. 6; Beethoven, String Quartet, op. 59, no. 3. Tickets, costing £12/£6, are obtainable from the Oxford Playhouse (tel. Oxford 305305), from, or at the door. The concert will be preceded by an open rehearsal, 2–4 p.m.

Enquiries should be directed to

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Harris Manchester College

Thursday lunch-time recitals

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: \

2 Nov.: Baroque Brass. Music by J.S. Bach, Corelli, and Handel (Stephen Cutting, trumpet, and Graham Howell, organ)

9 Nov.: French Fireworks. A recital of twentieth-century French music, including toccatas by Alain, Boëllmann, Dupré and Mulet (Myles Hartley, organ)

16 Nov.: La Musique Sacrée. Duruflé's Messe cum Jubilo and Vierne's Les Angélus (Richard Weston, bass)

23 Nov.: JSB @ HMC. Harris Manchester musicians perform works by J.S. Bach

30 Nov.: Memorial for the Planet Pluto (Alexander Hawkins, jazz piano)

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