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Oxford University Gazette, 20 November 2008: Notices

CONSULTATIVE NOTICES

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

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board is undertaking a review of Engineering Science 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 28–29 January. 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/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;
  • 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 Science Division, including such matters as:

  • strategic planning (including relationship to the divisional five-year plan and the University's strategic/corporate plan;
  • academic and non-academic staffing and recruitment;
  • student number planning;
  • terms of appointment for academic staff, including career development and equal opportunities issues;
  • 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 Friday, 19 December.

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Social Sciences Division/Education Committee Review of the School of Geography and the Environment 1

The Social Sciences Board is undertaking a review of the School of Geography and the Environment (SoGE) 1 jointly with the Education Committee (EdC), as part of the programme of regular rolling reviews of units under its aegis. The Head of Division, Professor Goodman, will chair the review committee. The terms of reference for this joint EdC/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 2 and operational 3 ) 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 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.

Membership

The membership of the committee is as follows:

Professor Goodman, Head of the Social Sciences Division

Professor Fallaize, Education Committee

Professor Amin, University of Durham

Professor Macdonald, UCLA

Professor Richards, University of Cambridge

Professor Gosden, divisional representative

Professor Viles, Worcester 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, Ms Bhee Bellew (e-mail: bhee.bellew@socsci.ox.ac.uk, Social Sciences Division, Hayes House, 75 George Street, Oxford OX1 2BQ, by Friday, 19 December.

Footnotes:

1 New title subject to agreement by Council.
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2 For example, governance arrangements.
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3 For example, infrastructure and administrative support.
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GENERAL NOTICES

Indexes to the Gazette

The current issue of the Gazette includes an index to Volume 138 (2007–8).

Indexes to Vol. 137 (2006–7), Vol. 136 (2005–6), and some earlier years, may be obtained by members of the University, without charge, upon application to the University Gazette, Publications and Web Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (e- mail: gazette@admin.ox.ac.uk).


New Graduate Supervision System: Introductory Meetings

Introductory sessions to the new Graduate Supervision System, for supervisors and directors of graduate studies, will be held as follows. The meetings will provide an initial look at the new online reporting tool, being launched for Michaelmas 2008 term reporting.

The demonstration and talk will include a review of the new dashboard, system access, how to submit a report, and reporting timeline. The presentation will last for forty to sixty minutes, and will be a followed by a question-and-answer session.

Further information may be obtained from divisional offices. Enquiries may also be directed to StudentSystems.training@admin.ox. ac.uk.

Note: the session for Continuing Education will take place on 2 December, and not, as previously announced, on 3 December.

Medical Sciences

24 Nov. and 26 Nov., 10 a.m.–12 noon: Medical Sciences: Seminar Room 1, Teaching Suite, West Wing/Children's Hospital, John Radcliffe Hospital (level 2).

27 Nov.: Lecture Theatre, Department of Pharmacology.

Social Sciences

25 Nov., 10 a.m.–12 noon, Seminar Room C, Law Faculty.

Humanities

27 Nov., 10 a.m.–12 noon, Lecture Theatre, Classics Centre.

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

26 Nov., 2.15–4 p.m., Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Clarendon Laboratory.

Continuing Education

2 Dec., 3.30 p.m.: Pickstock Room, Rewley House.


Ashmolean Museum

Temporary closure

The Ashmolean Museum, and the museum café, will be closed to the public from 23 December 2008 until November 2009, while the final phase of the museum's redevelopment is completed. The museum shop will remain open as usual.

The Western Art Print Room will be closed to the public but will remain open to specialist visitors, by appointment.

Enquiries may be directed to Susia Gault, Ashmolean Museum (e- mail: susie.gault@ashmus.ox.ac.uk).


Oxford Teaching Awards 2007–8

Corrigendum

The following award was presented on Thursday, 16 October, at a reception in Rhodes House in the presence of the Vice-Chancellor. The award was presented by Mr John Denham, MP, Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

Social Sciences Division

Dr Romola Davenport

School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography

Citation: Dr Davenport, who teaches in the Institute of Human Sciences, is being recognised for outstanding teaching and commitment to teaching, in particular for her ability to convey what is required in written work through thorough and clear feedback, particularly in such a diverse interdisciplinary subject. This clear guidance was of fundamental importance to the students who nominated her.

Note: this replaces the announcement concerning Dr Davenport published in Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4857, p. 226, which contained some minor errors.


St John's College

'Lifelines'

JANET SUZMAN, actress, and CHRIS MANN, singer-poet: 'Lifelines'—an experience of poetry, music, and art, reflecting on nature and evolution, the Auditorium, St John's, 7.30 p.m., on Saturday, 29 November. Tickets, costing £10 (including wine), will be available in advance at the college lodge, and at the door; proceeds are in aid of a South African youth charity.

Opening of collection of medieval vestments

The college intends to open to the public its collection of medieval vestments on Saturday, 29 November, 2–5 p.m. The collection is displayed in the Garden Quadrangle and entrance, free of charge, will be via the Main Lodge.

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