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Oxford University Gazette, 14 February 2008: Notices


University Gazette: publication arrangements

Because of difficulties caused by the date of Easter, the final Gazette of the present term will be published on Wednesday, 19 March.

The deadline for receipt of all items for inclusion in this Gazette will be midday on Monday, 10 March.

The Gazette of 19 March will be distributed to university buildings and colleges on the day of publication, and will be available on the Web in the morning of the same day.

Language Centre

Academic Writing (EAS)—writing a thesis or dissertation

The Language Centre is offering the above course in English for Academic Studies in ninth Week of Hilary Term, 10–14 March. 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 Hilary Term course. Topics dealt with include: writing a thesis introduction, discussion, conclusion and abstract, and reviewing the literature. The hours are 10 a.m.–1.15 p.m., Monday–Friday, and the cost is £100.

Intensive weekend courses in Trinity Term 2008

The Language Centre will be running weekend language courses during Trinity Term 2008. Italian and German will take place on 17–18 May at beginners' and lower intermediate levels. French and Spanish will take place on 31 May–1 June. French will run at beginners', lower intermediate and intermediate levels, and there will be a beginners' and a lower intermediate Spanish course. Each course will consist of eight hours' tuition, and last from 9 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Fees: £40 for students, £55 for visiting students, staff and spouses, £70 for others. Further details are available from the Language Centre.

Materials for Modern Languages Finalists

The Library maintains a complete set of Final Honour School Listening Comprehension Examinations questions and texts (Modern Languages) in audio and print format, dating back to 1978. In addition to the Listening Comprehension Examination, there are lists of Discourse Questions set over the past sixteen years. While some of the recent exams are on the OXAM Web site, many older papers are not. Other helpful materials include cinema and documentary films, back issues of newspapers and magazines, live satellite broadcasting and recent recordings of the news in several languages.

Information on all courses and activities may be obtained from James Matejtschuk at the Language Centre, 12 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT (telephone: Oxford (2)83360, e-mail:, Web pages

University of Oxford Staff Pension Scheme

Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2007

The Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2007 has now been published. Copies may be obtained on application to the Secretary to the Trustees of the University of Oxford Staff Pension Scheme, University of Oxford, 23–38 Hythe Bridge Street, Oxford OX1 2ET (telephone: Oxford 616164).

Centre for Portuguese Studies

Man of a thousand faces and one muse

A play of this title, with music and dance, will be performed at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, 27 February, in the Auditorium, St John's College.

This one-act play, written and directed by Mario Fedele, with performers Leonor Alcácer, António Abernú, Zi Plátano, and Ana Rá, is based on the work of Fernando Pessoa, one of the great poets of twentieth-century Portuguese literature.

The play is in English and Portuguese, but knowledge of Portuguese is not necessary. All members of the University are invited to attend.

Free tickets may be obtained by e-mailing to or, by 20 February, giving details of the address to which the ticket should be sent.

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