University Gazette, 17 April 2008: Notices
Review of the Proctors' Office
The General Purposes Committee of Council has established a Review of the Proctors' Office, in accordance with the University's standard practice of reviewing all departments and service units on a regular basis. The terms of reference and membership of the review panel are set out below.
The review panel's terms of reference are:
(a) to consider the operation of the Proctors' Office and its role in enabling the Proctors and the Assessor to fulfil their statutory duties;
(b) to consider the interaction of the Office with other services, divisions, departments and faculties, and colleges;
(c) to review the organisational and management structures of the Office, including the role of the Committee for the Proctors' Office;
(d) to consider the staffing, funding, and accommodation of the Office;
(e) to make recommendations to Council, bearing in mind the likely measure of available resources should funding be required to implement them.
The membership of the review panel is as follows:
Dr Ralph Walker, Fellow of Magdalen (Chairman)
Professor Adrian Briggs, Fellow of St Edmund Hall (vice-Chair of the Court of Summary Jurisdiction 2002–5)
Dr Stephen Goss, Fellow of Wadham (Senior Proctor 2006–7)
Dr Catherine Paxton, Senior Tutor, Merton College
Mrs Carolyn Fowler, Academic Registrar, Durham University
The review committee would welcome comments on matters within this remit. Comments should be sent to the secretary to the review panel, Mrs Ellen Hudspith, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (e- mail: firstname.lastname@example.org), by Wednesday, 21 May.
Proposals for Honorary Degrees to be conferred at the Encaenia in 2009 and for Degrees by Diploma
Members of Congregation are encouraged to suggest the names of people on whom such degrees might be conferred. Degrees by diploma are conferred on heads of state and royalty, and Encaenia honorary degrees are conferred at the University's annual ceremonial event. The Honorary Degrees Committee in considering possible honorands will focus on individuals in the following categories:
1. those of high academic distinction in the fields of research and scholarship of specific interest to the University of Oxford;
2. those distinguished in the visual, literary, musical, and performing arts;
3. those distinguished in business and industry;
4. those who have played a distinguished role in public life, for example in contributing to progress and change in society;
5. those who have made a significant contribution to the activities of the University of Oxford—such individuals would normally also fall into one of the categories above.
Within these categories, the committee will aim to produce a balanced list which takes account of the international dimension which characterises this University's activities.
Honorary degrees will not be conferred on anyone who holds, or who has retired from, a resident teaching, research, or administrative post within the University or in any college or other society, except in exceptional circumstances such as distinguished service outside the terms of his or her paid service or outstanding service well beyond the call of duty.
Nomination should be sent on the approved application form, which is available from Miss Noon's office on (telephone: Oxford (2)70008, e-mail: email@example.com). The completed form should be sent to Miss J.M. Noon, University Offices, Wellington Square, by Friday, 9 May 2008, under 'Strictly Confidential' cover.
While informal soundings within the University will often be desirable, every effort should be made to ensure that publicity is not at any stage given to any specific proposal for the conferral of an honorary degree. All nominations will be considered in strict confidence by the Honorary Degrees Committee, which submits its report to Council at the beginning of Michaelmas Term. After discussion, Council will report back to the Honorary Degrees Committee, which will arrive at a list of honorands to put to Congregation.
The names of people on whom degrees by diploma and honorary degrees have recently been conferred may be found in the University Calendar, 2007–8, pp. 497–501.
This year's honorands are:
Montek Singh Ahluwalia
Professor Thomas Nagel
Professor Bert Sakmann
Professor Sheila Widnall
Professor Ada Yonath
Graduate Skills Advisory Group
Skills Training Programmes
The Educational Policy and Standards Committee's Graduate Skills Advisory Group (chaired by Professor Edith Sim) helps to co-ordinate the skills training programmes of academic divisions and other departments. All areas of the Research Councils' Joint Statement on Transferable Skills Training are addressed, namely:
A. Research Skills and Techniques—statistics, data analysis, critical analysis
B. Research Environment—good research practice, ethics, copyright, funding
C. Research Management—project management, libraries, Information Technology
D. Personal Effectiveness—developing flexibility, independence, and initiative
E. Communication Skills—writing, teaching, presentation skills, public understanding
F. Networking and Team working—listening and feedback skills, working in teams
G. Career Management—effective curricula vitae, broadening horizons, 'Get That Job'
Transferable Skills Training is dovetailed with the University's activities as a Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). Training and advice is available to all postgraduate research students and postdoctoral and research fellows based in faculties, departments and colleges. Further details can be found at the following Web sites:
Other relevant Web sites
Skills Portal for Oxford University Researchers
The following new online courses are available from Trinity Term 2008:
1. Publishing in Arts
2. Publishing in Sciences
3. Project Management in the Research Context
4. Intellectual Property in the Research Context
5. Ethics 1: Good Research Practice
6. Ethics 2: Working with Human Subjects
7. Career Planning in the Sciences
8. Career Planning in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
9. Managing Your Research Supervisor/Principal Investigator
10. Selecting a Conference, Presenting and Networking
For details, see the University's Skills Portal: www.skillsportal.ox.ac.uk/.
The Estates Directorate wishes to inform members of the University that it publishes a regular newsletter, EcoFinance, the purpose of which is to provide 'cost-saving tips for university departments, which also help the environment'.
EcoFinance is published six times annually, in alternate months. It can be found at www.admin.ox.ac.uk/est ates/environment/ecofin.shtml. A mailing list is also maintained, to which new issues are e-mailed on publication. Those wishing to be added to the mailing list should e-mail to Kate Aydin of the Estates Directorate (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Listing of Professors and Readers Emeritus in the University Calendar
The Editor of the University Calendar would be grateful to hear from current or retired members of Congregation concerning any omissions or errors in the listing of Professors and Readers Emeritus in the Calendar. Any omissions or errors will be corrected for the 2008–9 edition, now in preparation.
(www.admin.ox.ac.uk/statutes/regulations/185-084.shtml), any person who has retired over the age of sixty from a professorship or readership, including a personal or titular professorship or readership, is entitled to hold the title of Professor Emeritus or Reader Emeritus, as appropriate.
The current listing of Professors and Readers Emeritus may be seen in the following ways: (i) in the University Calendar, 2007, pp. 171–80; (ii) at www.ox.ac.uk/gazette/calendar/ (includes also the proposed additions to the lists for the new edition); (iii) a copy will be sent to any current or retired member of Congregation who applies to the Gazette, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (e-mail: email@example.com).
The following organ recitals will be given at 1.10 p.m. on Wednesdays in the chapel, Queen's College. Admission is free, with a retiring collection.
23 April: Charlotte Phillips, Queen's
30 April: Francesca Massey, Peterborough Cathedral
7 May: Peter King, Bath Abbey
14 May: Gareth Perkins, Paignton Parish Church
21 May: Andrew Reid, Peterborough Cathedral
28 May: Siu-Wai Ng, London
4 June: Nicholas Prozzillo, Brasenose
11 June: Antonio Caporaso, Benevento, Italy
Music for a Summer Evening
This concert, marking the fiftieth anniversary year of the death of Ralph Vaughan Williams, will take place from 7.30 p.m. on Thursday, 5 June, in the chapel and Provost's Garden, Queen's College. The programme will include Five English Folksongs and Three Shakespeare Songs. Admission will be by programme, costing £8 (concessions £6; students of Queen's £5). Reservation requests should be directed to Rosemary Rey (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Conferment and Reconferments of the Title of Visiting Professor
The Social Sciences Board, on the recommendation of the Oxford University Centre for the Environment, has conferred the title of Visiting Professor on PROFESSOR PAUL WHITEHEAD, B.SC Lough, M.SC Manc, PH.D Camb, from 11 March 2008 to 10 March 2011.
The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board has reconferred the title of Visiting Professor in Physics on DR RICHARD WALKER, BA, M.SC, PH.D, Technical Director, Diamond Light Source Ltd., for three years from 1 March 2008.
The Medical Sciences Board has reconferred the title of Visiting Professor in High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) on G. TER HAAR, MA D.SC Oxf, PH.D Lond, for three years from 1 May 2008.
The Medical Sciences Board has reconferred the title of Visiting Professor in Systems Engineering on B.J. ANDREWS, B.SC R'dg, M.SC Sheff, PH.D Strath, for five years from 1 March 2008.
Headships of Departments and Sub-departments
The Social Sciences Board has made the following appointments:
PROFESSOR W. BEINART: Acting Head of the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies from 1 April to 30 September 2008.
PROFESSOR W. DUTTON: reappointed as Head of the Oxford Internet Institute from 1 October 2008 for a further term of office.
PROFESSOR J. FOWERAKER: Head of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies for three years from 1 October 2008.
PROFESSOR J. FURLONG: reappointed as Head of the Department of Education for five years from 1 April 2008.
PROFESSOR J. GERSHUNY: Head of the Department of Sociology for three years from 1 October 2008.
PROFESSOR D.S.G. THOMAS: Head of the Oxford University Centre for the Environment for three years from 1 July 2008.
The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board has conferred the Headship of the Sub-department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics upon PROFESSOR P.L. READ, B.SC Birm, MA Oxf, PH.D Camb, Professor of Physics and Fellow of Trinity College, for five years from 1 August 2008.
Chairmanship of the Committee for Comparative Philology, Linguistics, and Phonetics
From Trinity Term the Chairman of the Committee for Comparative Philology, Linguistics, and Phonetics, will be PROFESSOR ADITI LAHIRI, MA MA PH.D Calcutta, PH.D Brown, Somerville College.
Dr Lee's Professorship of Chemistry
Appointed by Professor A. Monaco Mr Vice-Chancellor  The Rector of Exeter ex officio Professor J. Wark Council Professor M. Pilling Council Sir David King Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences Board Professor A.N. Halliday Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences Board Professor S.E. Davis Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences Board Professor G. Hancock Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences Board Professor C. Amatore Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences Board Professor J. Brown Exeter College
Simonyi Professorship of the Public Understanding of Science
Appointed by Mr Vice-Chancellor ex officio The Warden of New College ex officio Dr A. Barry Council Lord Winston Council Professor J. Durant Council Professor A. Halliday Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board Dr R. Lingwood Continuing Education Board Professor C. Blakemore Medical Sciences Board Professor D.W. Clarke New College
 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).