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Oxford University Gazette, 24 January 2008: Notices

CONSULTATIVE NOTICES

Joint Social Sciences Division/EPSC Departmental Reviews

School of Anthropology

The Social Sciences Board is undertaking a review of the School of Anthropology jointly with EPSC, as part of the programme of regular rolling reviews of units under its aegis. The Head of Division, Dr M.J. Spence, will chair the review committee. The terms of reference for this joint EPSC/Divisional review are:

1. To review the quality of academic activities in the department, by reference to:

  • international standards of excellence;
  • action taken since the last review of the department;
  • planning statements at department and divisional level, and in the context of the University's mission statement and corporate plan. In particular:

(a) the quality of the research of the department, including its participation in interdepartmental, interdivisional, and interdisciplinary activities, its research profile and strategy, and future challenges and opportunities;

(b) the quality of undergraduate and graduate programmes and their delivery and related issues, including:

  • access and admissions;
  • curriculum design and programme structure;
  • teaching, learning and assessment;
  • the relationship between teaching and research;
  • academic and pastoral support and guidance;
  • the provision and use of learning resources (including staff resources);
  • specific arrangements for the pursuit of graduate studies (including research degrees and research training and provision for part-time study);
  • relationships with colleges;
  • quality assurance mechanisms;

(c) the organisation of the department, its management structures and the relationship between the department and the division, including such matters as:

  • strategic planning (including relationship to the divisional five-year plans and the University's Corporate Plan);

    —academic and non-academic staff planning and recruitment;

    —student number planning;

  • terms of appointment for academic staff, including career development and equal opportunities issues;
  • accommodation and future space needs;
  • fundraising;

(d) the relationship (structural and operational) between units within the department, and between the department and cognate subject areas and colleges to which it is linked in teaching and research.

2. To consider the current and long-term financial position of, and funding arrangements for, the department, and its financial strategy.

3. To pay particular attention to the Human Sciences programme, reviewing its current operations and giving consideration to future investment and expansion of activities, including the potential for postgraduate courses and research programmes.

4. To give consideration to the administrative and support staff structure of the department to ensure that this is fit for purpose and adequately supports its priorities.

The membership of the committee is as follows:

Dr M.J. Spence, Head of the Social Sciences Division

Professor J Johns, EPSC (nominee on behalf of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Chair of EPSC)

Professor C. Stafford, LSE

Professor A.W. Geertz, Aarhus University

Third external member (to be announced)

Professor R. Goodman, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (divisional representative)

Dr D. Gellner, Wolfson College (departmental representative)

The review committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference. These should be sent to the secretary of the review committee, Dr Saira Shaikh, Social Sciences Division, 34 St Giles', by Wednesday, 20 February.


Institute of Archaeology and the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art

The Social Sciences Board is undertaking a review of Archaeology (the Institute of Archaeology and RLAHA) jointly with EPSC, as part of the programme of regular rolling reviews of units under its aegis. The Head of Division, Dr M.J. Spence, will chair the review committee. The terms of reference for this joint EPSC/divisional review are:

1. To review the quality of academic activities in the department, by reference to:

  • international standards of excellence;
  • action taken since the last review of the department;
  • planning statements at department and divisional level, and in the context of the University's mission statement and corporate plan. In particular:

(a) the quality of the research of the department, including its participation in interdepartmental, interdivisional and interdisciplinary activities, its research profile and strategy, and future challenges and opportunities;

(b) the quality of undergraduate and graduate programmes and their delivery and related issues, including:

  • access and admissions;
  • curriculum design and programme structure;
  • teaching, learning and assessment;
  • the relationship between teaching and research;
  • academic and pastoral support and guidance;
  • the provision and use of learning resources (including staff resources);
  • specific arrangements for the pursuit of graduate studies (including research degrees and research training and provision for part-time study);
  • relationships with colleges;
  • quality assurance mechanisms;

(c) the organisation of the department, its management structures and the relationship between the department and the division, including such matters as:

  • strategic planning (including relationship to the divisional five-year plans and the University's Corporate Plan);

    —academic and non-academic staff planning and recruitment;

    —student number planning;

  • terms of appointment for academic staff, including career development and equal opportunities issues;
  • accommodation and future space needs;
  • fundraising;

(d) the relationship (structural and operational) between units within the department, and between the department and cognate subject areas and colleges to which it is linked in teaching and research.

2. To consider the current and long-term financial position of, and funding arrangements for, the department, and its financial strategy.

The membership of the committee is as follows:

Dr M.J. Spence, Head of the Social Sciences Division

Professor Sarah Whatmore, EPSC (nominee on behalf of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Chair of EPSC)

Professor M. Fulford, Department of Archaeology, University of Reading

Professor K. Kristiansen, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Goteborg University

Third external member (to be announced)

Dr Amy Bogaard (departmental representative)

Professor J. Furlong, Education (divisional representative—subject to confirmation)

The review committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference. These should be sent to the secretary of the review committee, Ms Jane Dale, Social Sciences Division, 34 St Giles', by Wednesday, 20 February.

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APPOINTMENTS

David Phillips Professorship of Molecular Biophysics

DAVID BARFORD, B.SC Brist, D.PHIL Oxf, Professor of Molecular Biology and Co-Chairman, Section of Structural Biology, Chester Beatty Laboratories, Institute of Cancer Research, London, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 October 2008.

Professor Barford will be a fellow of Corpus Christi College.


Recognition of Distinction

On behalf of the Recognition of Distinction Committee the Vice-Chancellor has conferred the title of professor on J. MICHIE, BA D.PHIL Oxf, M.SC Lond, incoming Director of the Department for Continuing Education and President of Kellogg College, with effect from 1 April 2008.

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ELECTORAL BOARD

The composition of the electoral board to the post below, proceedings to fill which are currently in progress, is as follows:

Chichele Professorship of Social and Political Theory

                                          Appointed by

            The Principal of St Hugh's    Mr Vice-Chancellor [1]
            The Warden of All Souls       ex officio
            Professor D. Miller           Council
            Professor S. Mendus           Council
            Professor M. Freeden          Social Sciences Board
            Dr M. Philp                   Department of Politics and 
                                            International Relations
            Professor W. Kymlicka         Department of Politics and 
                                            International Relations
            Mr D. Parfit                  Humanities Board
            Professor C. Hood             All Souls College

[1] 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).

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