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Oxford University Gazette, 19 February 2009: Notices


Vice-Chancellor's Question Time

The Vice-Chancellor's next Question Time session will take place on Thursday, 5 March. This is the seventh event in the Vice-Chancellor's Question Time series, which launched in February 2006, and is an opportunity for members of the collegiate University to discuss current University issues with the Vice-Chancellor.

The hour-long event will be chaired by the Principal of St Anne's College, Tim Gardam. It will be held in the Upper Seminar Rooms of the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre in the University Science Area. The session will start at 3 p.m. and refreshments will be available from 2.30 p.m.

As space is limited, entry will be on a first-come first-served basis. Places can be reserved, and questions submitted in advance, by e-mail to

A downloadable recording will be available after the event at

Oxford Online Debates

The Oxford Online Debates continue this term with the proposition that 'Poetry is beautiful, but science is what matters'.

Members of the University can view the debate and post comments at

The proposition is being proposed by PROFESSOR PETER ATKINS, Fellow of Lincoln College and Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, and opposed by DR PETER MCDONALD, Christopher Tower Student in Poetry in the English Language, Christ Church.

The debate is moderated by Professor Sally Shuttleworth, Head of Humanities Division. It will conclude with a public vote, 2–6 March.

Previous termly Oxford Online Debates can be viewed at

University Church

Fundraising concert in aid of Development Appeal

A fund-raising concert will be held in the University Church on Friday, 20 February, from 7.30 p.m. ISOBEL WHITE, harp, KIT GARNER, trumpet, and CORRINA CONNOR, cello, will perform music by Glinka, Bach, Purcell, Takamitsu, and Pierné. Admission at the door costs £10/£5.

Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art

Blue Blood

The film Blue Blood will be shown at 4.30 p.m. on Friday, 27 February, in the Auditorium, Magdalen College. Director Stevan Riley will introduce the film and take part in a discussion afterwards.

Blue Blood follows a group of Oxford students in the run-up to the Varsity boxing match, and stars Charles Ogilvie (Magdalen and the Ruskin School).

'Ruskin Shorts'

A selection of short films by tutors and students from the Ruskin School will be shown from 4 p.m. on Friday, 20 February, in the Phoenix Picture House, Jericho. (tickets available at The screenings will be followed by an informal discussion in Freuds restaurant, 6–8 p.m.

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Pro-Vice-Chancellorship (Research)

IAN ALEXANDER WALMSLEY, B.Sc Lond, Ph.D Rochester, Fellow of St Hugh's College, Hooke Professor of Experimental Physics and Head of Sub-department of Atomic and Laser Physics, Department of Physics, has been appointed to the Pro-Vice-Chancellorship (Research) with effect from 1 April 2009.

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Conferment of the Title of Visiting Professor

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Materials on ROBERT FALSTER, BS, MS, PH.D, currently Senior Fellow at MEMC Electronic Materials Inc., for three years from 1 February 2009.

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

Wolfson Professorship of Materials

                                      Appointed by

        The Warden of Merton          Mr Vice-Chancellor [1]
        The Principal of 
            St Edmund Hall              ex officio
        Professor Dr 
            Reiner Kirchheim            Council
        Professor J. Langdale         Council
        Professor A. Halliday         Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board
        Professor C. Grovenor         Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board
        Professor P. Grant            Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board
        Professor T. Cheetham         Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board
        Professor S. Roberts          St Edmund Hall
[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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