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Oxford University Gazette, 5 March 2009: Notices

CONSULTATIVE NOTICES

Proposals for Honorary Degrees to be conferred at the Encaenia in 2010, 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.

Nominations should be sent on the approved application form, which is available from Mrs C. Benton (telephone: (2)80107, e-mail: ceri.benton@admin.ox.ac.uk). The completed form should be sent to Mrs C. Benton, University Offices, Wellington Square, by Friday, 8 May, 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, 2008–9, pp. 515–20.

This year's honorands are:

Fazle Hasan Abed

Santiago Calatrava Valls

Natalie Zemon Davis

Erwin Louis Hahn

Barry James Marshall

Philip Nicholas Outram Pullman

Mitsuko Uchida

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Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board/Education Committee Review of Earth Sciences

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board is undertaking a review of Earth Sciences jointly with the Education Committee of Council, as part of a programme of rolling reviews under joint aegis. The review will be chaired by the Head of Division, Professor Halliday, and will take place on 28 and 29 April. The review committee's terms of reference 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 levels, and in the context of the University's mission statement and Strategic Plan.

In particular:

(a) the quality of the research of the department, including its participation in interdepartmental, inter-divisional 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;
  • relationships with colleges;
  • quality assurance mechanisms;

(c) the organisation of the department, its management structures, and the relationship between the department and the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division, including such matters as:

  • strategic planning (including relationship to the divisional five-year plan and the University's Strategic Plan;
  • academic and non-academic staffing and recruitment;
  • student number planning;
  • terms of appointment for academic staff, including career development and equal opportunities issue;
  • 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 review committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference. These should be sent to the Divisional Secretary and joint secretary to the review committee, MaryAnn Robertson (e-mail: maryann.robertson@mpls.ox.ac.uk), by Wednesday, 25 March.

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Medical Sciences Board/Education Committee Review of the Departments of Clinical Neurology, Ophthalmology, and Anaesthetics

The Medical Sciences Board is undertaking a review of the Departments of Clinical Neurology, Ophthalmology, and Anaesthetics jointly with the Education Committee of Council, as part of a programme of rolling reviews under joint aegis. The review will be chaired by the Head of Division, Professor Alistair Buchan, and will take place on 7 and 8 May. The review committee's terms of reference are:

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

  • international standards of excellence;
  • action taken since the last review of the department (where appropriate);
  • planning statements at department and divisional level, and in the context of the University's mission statement and Strategic Plan.

In particular:

(a) the quality of the research of the departments, including their participation in interdepartmental, inter-divisional and interdisciplinary activities, their research profiles and strategies, and future challenges and opportunities;

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

  • access and graduate recruitment;
  • progression and achievement;
  • curriculum design and programme structure (taught only);
  • 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 undergraduate teaching and its relationship with graduate provision and research;

(d) the organisation of the departments, their management structures and the relationship between the departments and the division, the management of operational matters such as:

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

(e) the relationship (structural and operational) between units within the departments, and between the departments and cognate subject areas and colleges to which they are linked in teaching and research, and between the departments and relevant external bodies.

2. To consider the current and long-term financial position of, and funding arrangements for, departments, and their financial strategies.

The review committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference. These should be sent to the Divisional Secretary, Dr David Bryan (e-mail: david.bryan@medsci.ox.ac.uk), by Wednesday, 8 April.

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Registrar's Review of Personnel-related Services

The University aims 'to attract, develop, reward and retain academic staff of the highest international calibre, and to make the University of Oxford and its colleges employers of choice for all staff in the international, national, and local environments' (Strategic Plan, Objective IV). Operational responsibility for personnel matters for the University is largely devolved and vested in numerous academic staff and administrators. They draw on the expertise of a range of specialist personnel-related units, within the University Administration and Services, which support the University in its role as an employer. The Registrar has commissioned an integrated review, at a strategic level, of the staff-related activities and responsibilities of the following units:

  • Personnel Services Department
  • Occupational Health Service
  • Equality and Diversity Unit
  • Safety Office
  • Oxford Learning Institute

Information on these units can be found at www.ox.ac.uk/staff/central.html

Where appropriate, the review will also consider working relationships with other units such as Payroll, Pensions, Staff Records, the Legal Services Office, the Public Affairs Directorate (internal communications), the Council Secretariat, and the University Club and Sports.

The review is being undertaken by a panel comprising:

Dr John Landers, Principal, Hertford College (Chairman);

Professor Ewan McKendrick, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education, Academic Services and University Collections);

Mrs Valerie Moar, Head of Administration, Gray Institute for Radiation Biology and Oncology;

Professor Roger Goodman, Head of the Social Sciences Division;

Ms Alice Perkins, external member of PRAC and Council;

Dr Sally Mapstone, Chair of the English Faculty Board, Fellow of St Hilda's College;

Ms MaryAnn Robertson, Divisional Secretary of the Mathematics, Physical and Life Sciences Division;

Academic representative from the Medical Sciences Division—to be appointed.

Dr Catherine Paxton is Secretary to the Review.

The panel will review and report with recommendations to the Registrar on the efficiency and effectiveness of personnel-related services with particular reference to:

1. the range of activities that should be encompassed within a personnel function, broadly conceived, and the most effective management arrangements for such a function;

2. the related activities that would fall outside a personnel function but with which a specified working arrangement would be appropriate;

3. the structure that supports the management of areas relating to personnel, and how that structure is managed, operated, and integrated in the light of devolution to the University's divisions, departments and faculties, including the level at which particular personnel-related activities are most effectively undertaken;

4. the skills and competences required by those involved in a personnel function;

5. the development and implementation of personnel policy, and the subsequent audit of compliance within the University;

6. the case management of individual employment-related cases;

7. the effectiveness of personnel record systems, noting the work currently underway on the commissioning of a new Human Resources Information System.

The panel will report to the Registrar before the end of 2008–9.

The review panel invites submissions for its consideration by Friday, 8 May, via e-mail if possible, to the panel Secretary, Dr C. Paxton, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (e-mail: catherine.paxton@admin.ox.ac.uk).

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GENERAL NOTICES

University Gazette: publication arrangements

The remaining Gazettes of Hilary Term will appear on 12, 19, and 26 March. Publication for Trinity Term will begin on 23 April. The usual deadline arrangements will apply.

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Research Services

Changes to funding opportunities database

The University will upgrade to a new, more sophisticated version of ResearchResearch.com, the online funding opportunities database, on 9 March. Changes include a more contemporary and user-friendly interface with improved speed and search functionality; the ability to set-up e-mail alerts based on saved search criteria, and workgroups: home pages where tailored search criteria and lists of selected funding opportunities can be saved for different groups, such as divisions, departments, or research groups/themes. Users can browse and save funding opportunities of interest or subscribe to personal or workgroup e-mail alerts. This service is open to all members of the University.

Further information about the new service and training sessions can be found at www.admin.ox.ac.uk/rso/oxonly/findfunding/rr_update.shtml.

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University of Oxford Staff Pension Scheme

Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2008

The Report and Accounts of the Scheme for the year ended 31 July 2008 has now been published. Copies may be obtained on application to Sam Ellis, 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).

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Pitt Rivers Museum

The Museum will reopen, following capital redevelopment, on Friday, 1 May, at 10 a.m.

Hours of opening are Monday, 12 noon–4.30 p.m.; Tuesday–Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, 10 a.m.–4.30 p.m. Admission is free.

The Upper Gallery (top floor) will remain closed until spring 2010.

Access to the Pitt Rivers Museum is through the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road.

Details of the opening programme and future exhibitions will be available on the Museum's Web site prior to the reopening (www.prm.ox.ac.uk).

Enquiries: telephone: Oxford (2)70927; fax: (2)70943; e-mail: prm@prm.ox.ac.uk.

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Harris Manchester College

Lunch-time organ recital

MYLES HARTLEY will perform the complege organ works of John Ireland, at 1.30 p.m. on Thursday, 5 March, in the chapel, Harris Manchester College. Admission is free, with a retiring collection.


Performance of oratorio

The choirs of Harris Manchester College and Pembroke College, with guests from Oxford colleges, churches and chapels, will perform Stainer's Crucifixion, at 5.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 11 March, in the chapel, Harris Manchester College. Admission is free, with a retiring collection.

Laurence Lyndon-Jones, conductor; Michael Enright, bass; Robin Whitehouse, tenor; Myles Hartley, organ.

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APPOINTMENTS

Conferment of the Title of Visiting Professor

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Neuroradiology on A.G. SORENSEN, BS, MD, MS, currently Associate Professor of Health Sciences and Technology and Member of the Faculty of the Harvard–MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Charlestown, Massachusetts, for three years from 1 May 2009.


Wardenship of Rhodes House

DONALD JOHN MARKWELL, B.ECON Queensland, M.PHIL D.PHIL Oxf, currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) of the University of Western Australia and formerly Fellow and Tutor in Politics of Merton College, has been appointed to be Wardenship with effect from 1 July 2009.

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