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Oxford University Gazette, 19 March 2009: Notices


Oxford University Library Services: Acquisition of site for Bodleian book- storage facility

The University has purchased a fifteen-acre site in South Marston, close to Swindon, for the construction of a book-storage facility for the Bodleian Library. The proposed new facility will provide essential space and better conditions to house the Bodleian's collections, allowing the Library to act as a library of record and retain print collections for current and future generations of readers. The purpose-built facility will provide storage for up to eight million volumes, including enough space for sixteen years of projected growth.

The decision to site the facility outside Oxford has been informed by the new academic strategy for the libraries. This focuses on increasing the overall speed of access to information by providing direct access to high-demand print collections, increased online access to materials, electronic document delivery, and expanded inter-library loans. As a result of this strategy, the South Marston storage facility will be used to house predominantly low-use items, many of which have electronic copies available. It is envisaged that the facility will fulfil approximately 200,000 requests per year, which is a reduction of more than 50 per cent over its previously anticipated use.

The new facility will also enable the New Bodleian to be redeveloped as a modern special collections library and research centre by providing temporary storage for 800,000 volumes during the Library's four-year refurbishment programme. While the South Marston facility will be used to house predominantly low-use items, the Radcliffe Science Library will become the temporary home for a high proportion of the New Bodleian's high-demand volumes and special collections, which will have the benefit of retaining high-value and high-use items in central Oxford. Subject to planning permission and the necessary University approvals, construction will begin in August 2009, with the facility due to become operational in Michaelmas Term 2010. Further information can be found at

Note: The Annual Report of the Oxford University Library Services for 2007–8 is published as a supplement in this Gazette ( Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4875).

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University Counselling Service

The University Counselling Service will be open from 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. from Monday, 23 March (week 10) until Wednesday, 8 April (week 12). The service will close for the Easter vacation from Thursday, 9 April until Friday, 17 April, and will reopen on Monday, 20 April (noughth week), when the opening hours will be 9.15 a.m.–5.15 p.m.

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Musical Events

Christ Church

Andrew Chamblin Memorial Concert

The third Andrew Chamblin Memorial Concert will take place at 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 5 May, in Christ Church Cathedral, and will be given by the internationally renowned organist DR JENNIFER BATE, OBE, FRCO. Dr Bate will play a number of organ pieces by Bach, Buxtehude, and Mendelssohn. Admission is free and open to all members of the University. Enquiries may be directed to

Wolfson College

EMILY KENWAY (mezzo-soprano) and ANNA TETSUYA (piano) will perform works by Handel, Schubert, Thomas, Howells, and Britten, at 5.30 p.m. on Saturday, 28 March, in Wolfson College. Admission costs £5 (concessions £3); proceeds are in aid of the African Medical and Research Foundation.

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Conferments and Reconferment of the Title of Visiting Professor

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Computer Science on ASHWIN SRINIVASAN, BE PH.D New South Wales, Research Staff Member, IBM India Research Laboratory, for three years from 1 March 2009.

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board has reconferred the title of Visiting Professor in Inorganic Chemistry on PROFESSOR WILLIAM I.F. DAVID, MA D.PHIL Oxf, C.PHYS, F.INST.P, FIMMM, currently STFC Senior Fellow, ISIS Facility, for three years from 1 July 2008.

On the recommendation of the Board of the Faculty of Law, the Social Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor on PROFESSOR DEREK WYATT, MA LL.M Camb, from 1 October 2009 to 30 September 2012.

On the recommendation of the Department of Education, the Social Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in the Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment on PROFESSOR JOHN GARDNER, B.SC, M.SC, PH.D, PGCE, Queen's College, from 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2011.

Recognition of Distinction

The Vice-Chancellor has conferred the following titles on behalf of the Recognition of Distinction Committee:

T. BRUNNER, MD HABIL Erlangen, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Radiation Oncology and Biology: Professor of Translational Clinical Oncology, with effect from 1 February 2009.

P.R.V. JOHNSON, MB CH.B Edin, MA Oxf, MD Leic, FRCS, FRCS Edin, Reader in Paediatric Surgery and Fellow of St Edmund Hall: Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, with effect from 1 February 2009.

M.R. MIDDLETON, BA Camb, BM B.CH Oxf, PH.D Manc, Consultant in Medical Oncology: Professor of Experimental Cancer Medicine, with effect from 1 February 2009.

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