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Oxford University Gazette, 21 May 2009: Notices


THE PUBLIC ORATOR delivered the following speeches in presenting the recipients of Honorary Degrees in a Congregation held on Saturday, 9 May:

Degree of Doctor of Letters: Mr Roger Boning

Dicit Apostolus radicem omnium malorum esse pecuniae amorem; pecuniam tamen ipsam nos aestimare oportet stirpem esse e quo multa bona oriuntur, eosque laudare quorum opere divitiae creantur augentur custodiuntur. Itaque grato animo hodie hunc quem nunc produco honestamus; qui postquam litteris humanioribus apud Collegium Pembrochianum studuit (ecce, mea verba nullo libro utens bene intellegit), aliquot annos ad mensam nummulariam sedebat; tum ad prelum nostrum Oxoniense pervenit moxque totius rei pecuniariae administrator factus est. Forsitan putes hominem qui monetam percenseat umbrasque et secessum tabularii occupet necessario durum esse atque severum; quod huius indoles facile refellit. Et domi et apud exteras gentes velut bonus legatus nomen Oxoniae ornavit; nam inter omnes constat eum se comem alacrem humanum semper praebuisse; tamen et se ipsum et alios firmiter gubernavit. Dum preli aerario, ut ita dicam, per duo lustra praeest, reditus pecuniae triplicatus est; cuius partem ad tectum huius theatri renovandum dicavimus. Ibi pictor veritatis in doctrinam et scientiam descensum invidiaeque et malignitatis fugam repraesentare voluit; quare per allegoriam varias mulierum figuras effinxit, inter quas Arithmetice cerni potest, quae in hunc virum benignum benigno risu, ut mihi quidem videtur, etiamnunc despicit.

Praesento virum bonum negotii peritum, magnum huius universitatis amicum atque fautorem, Rogerum Carolum Boning, Collegii Pembrochiani et alumnum et quondam socium, ut admittatur honoris causa ad gradum Doctoris in Litteris.

Admission by the Vice- Chancellor

Et negotii et computationis magister insignissime, cuius labor huic academiae magnopere profuit, ego auctoritate mea et totius universitatis admitto te ad gradum Doctoris in Litteris honoris causa.


The Apostle declares the love of money to be the root of all evil; but we should think of money itself as the root from which spring many benefits, and we should praise those by whose efforts wealth is made, increased and protected. It is therefore with gratitude that we honour today the man whom I now present. He read Greats at Pembroke College (you see, he understands what I am saying without reference to the text), before spending some years in accountancy; he then joined Oxford University Press, rising in due course to the position of Group Finance Director. You may perhaps suppose that a man who counts the cash and haunts the gloomy interior of a counting-house is bound to be severe and sombre, but this man's character is the refutation of that. Both at home and in other lands he has been an admirable ambassador for Oxford: everyone reports that he has always shown himself to be lively, friendly and informal, though he has also been properly demanding of himself and his colleagues. During his decade at the head of the Press's finances, its surplus tripled; a part of that profit has been devoted to restoring the ceiling of this very theatre. The painter has there depicted truth descending upon the arts and sciences and putting malice and ignorance to flight; he has represented most of this through female allegorical figures, among whom one can make out Arithmetic, who at this very moment looks down upon our honorand, or so it seems to me, with a benign smile matching his own personality.

I present an honourable and admirable businessman, a great friend and bulwark of this University, Roger Charles Boning, alumnus and former fellow of Pembroke College, to be admitted to the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters.

Admission by the Vice-Chancellor

Notable master of both business and finance, whose work has greatly benefited this place of learning, I on my own authority and that of the whole University admit you to the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters.

Degree of Master of Arts: Mr Antony Charles Willis

Quamvis dicere soleamus nos qui in hac universitate studemus omnes unius litterarum reipublicae esse cives, tamen ei qui de rebus gestis vel de poetis vel de moribus hominum scribunt plerumque solitarii laborant. Sed qui naturam rerum scrutantur, eis necesse est communiter operari; aetas nec in umbris cellae vel bibliothecae sed in officinae luce est terenda. Ecce vir qui cum conlegis commentarios plus quam centum triginta exaravit, auxilioque suo homines doctos innumerabilibus modis adiuvit. Hac in urbe apud ludum Collegio Mariae Magdalenae adiunctum educatus, ad facultatem nostram biochimiae pervenit, mox artis ordinis proteinorum explicandi fiebat peritissimus, postea novam artem spectrometriae didicit atque docuit. Neque domi solum consilium dedit, qui etiam viris doctis Daniae Hiberniae Americae Australis saepissime profuit. Socii cum ingenium eius laudant tum indolem magna admiratione spectant; constat numquam pavore ira rarissime affici, demum rebus et in arduissimis aequam mentem tenere. Comis atque apertus, tamen unam rem tenet occultam: speciem oris eius sine barba nemo novit nisi fortasse mater. Labore strenuus, otio scit bene frui: vina praesertim Hispaniae acri iudicio aestimare dicitur, et inter piscatores altum locum occupare (apte hic homo barbatus barbum in primis harundine sua captat). Licet annos abhinc plus quam quadraginta in officinas nostras intraverit, nec adhuc rude vult donari, immo post absentiam redit ut qua sollertia pisces fallit vinum examinat, ea proteinorum naturam atque ordinem semper melius intellegat.

Praesento adiutorem sapientem, sedulum rerum naturae indagatorem, Antonium Willis, ut admittatur honoris causa ad gradum Magistri in Artibus.

Admission by the Vice-Chancellor

Amice dilecte, cuius auxilium viris doctis et huius academiae et aliarum magnum usum attulit, ego auctoritate mea et totius universitatis admitto te ad gradum Magistri in Artibus honoris causa.


Although we are in the habit of saying that all of us who study in this university are citizens of one republic of letters, those who write about history or literature or work in the social sciences for the most part do their research on their own. Natural scientists, on the other hand, need to work collectively; their lives must be spent not in the gloom of a study or library but under the bright lights of a laboratory. Here is a man who has collaborated in the authorship of more than 130 papers and supported the research of other scientists in countless ways. After an education here in Oxford at Magdalen College School he joined the Department of Chemistry and became expert in the sequencing of proteins; at a later date he brought the developing science of mass-spectrometry into his laboratory. It is not in this country alone that his support has been valued: experts in Denmark, Ireland and Uruguay, for example, owe a great deal to his contributions. To their praise of his abilities his colleagues add admiration for his character: he is famous for never panicking, scarcely ever being cross, and keeping calm in even the most testing crisis. Though friendly and open, he preserves one secret: only his mother knows what he looks like without a beard. For all his dedication to his work, he knows how to use his free time: he is said to be a fine connoisseur of wine, Rioja especially, and to rank very high in the angling fraternity (fittingly enough, this bearded man's speciality as an angler is the barbel, the bearded fish). Although more than forty years have passed since he first joined the Biochemistry department, he is not yet ready for retirement; instead, after an absence contracted to the Medical Research Council he returns to us to continue his service in protein characterisation and sequencing with the same expertise that be brings to tricking fish and judging wine.

I present an expert collaborator, a devoted scientific investigator, Antony Willis, to be admitted to the honorary degree of Master of Arts.

Admission by the Vice-Chancellor

Well beloved friend, from whose support the scientists of this and other institutions have derived great benefit, I on my own authority and that of the whole university admit you to the honorary degree of Master of Arts.

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Review of Aspects of the Pitt Rivers Museum and the University Museum of Natural History

Following Council's approval in Michaelmas Term of the report of the Services Funding Working Group on the University's museums and scientific collections, the General Purposes Committee of Council has approved the setting up of a review:

1. To examine the potential for greater collaboration between the Museum of Natural History and the Pitt Rivers Museum, including their organisation and administration, in the context of the recommendations of the report of the Services Funding Working Group approved by Council.

2. If appropriate, to make recommendations to Council in the light of the review's findings; such recommendations to include estimates of budgetary implications.

The review committee will be chaired by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education, Academic Services and University Collections) (Professor McKendrick) and will comprise in addition two Visitors of each of the Museum of Natural History and the Pitt Rivers Museum; the chairman of the Committee for Museums and Scientific Collections (the Master of St Cross); and two external members.

Comments to the review committee are welcome, whether from organisational units or from individual members of the collegiate University. These should be sent by Monday, 15 June to Professor E.G. McKendrick (e-mail: or Mr C.M.M. Shaw (e-mail: at the University Offices, to whom any queries regarding the review may be directed.

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Sheldonian Theatre

At the Encaenia to be held in the Sheldonian Theatre on Wednesday, 24 June, the Curators of the Theatre propose to allot seats as follows, and subject to availability, to those who apply for tickets:

(a) One visitor's ticket each to Heads of Houses, Canons of Christ Church, members of Council, and certain other persons holding official positions in the University;

(b) One visitor's ticket to each Professor;

(c) One ticket to each member of Convocation (i.e. any matriculated member of the University on whom any degree of the University has been conferred, or any member of Congregation who does not hold such a degree).

Applications for tickets in the above categories, stating the name and standing of each person for whom a ticket is requested, should be made not later than Wednesday, 10 June, to the University Card Office, Examination Schools (e-mail: For security reasons, all requests for tickets must state the names of the persons for whom the tickets are intended.

Tickets for all other members of the University (i.e. those who have not been admitted to any degree of the University) will be distributed through college authorities. All applications for tickets in this category should be made to the college authorities and not to the University Card Office.

The gates and entrances to the Theatre will be opened at 10.45 a.m. and the proceedings will begin at 11.30 a.m. Holders of tickets are requested to be in their places inside the Theatre by 11.15 a.m.

All current members of the University are required to wear subfusc and full academic dress. Doctors will wear their robes and other graduates their hoods.

Brasenose College

Quincentenary Exhibition, 21 May–26 June

To mark five hundred years since the college's foundation, there will be an exhibition of pictures (including Turner's watercolour of the college on loan from the Ashmolean), archives from the twelfth century onwards, silver, rare books, autograph material (including pieces by John Buchan, Edward VIII, and Alice Liddell), some original work by Fine Art students, and a collection of Noses. Open daily 10–11.30 a.m. and 2–5 p.m. in the Old Cloisters. Admission free (subject to usual £1 admission charge to the college for non- members of the University).

Mathematics and Philosophy

Reunion to mark forty years of Mathematics and Philosophy, 4–5 July

To mark forty years of the University's Mathematics and Philosophy degree, a reunion of staff and student alumni of the course is taking place in Oxford on Saturday, 4 July, and Sunday, 5 July. The programme for the MP40 event includes: lectures by the first two holders of the Chair of Mathematical Logic, Professor Dana Scott and Professor Angus Macintyre (jointly with the annual Mathematics alumni event); a celebratory dinner on 4 July; and a one-day meeting on 5 July with talks by alumni of the course working in academia.

Staff who have been involved with the course in an academic or an administrative role are invited to join some or all of the weekend's events. They are also encouraged to pass news of the MP40 celebrations on to others who have had a connection with the Mathematics and Philosophy degree but who are no longer at the University.

Full details of the programme, including booking information, can be found at, and the event's organisers can be contacted via

Language Centre: Essentials of Academic Writing

This one-week, fifteen-hour intensive course will be held between Monday, 22 June, and Friday, 26 June inclusive, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. daily. It is specially designed to enable those with heavy schedules to take the course in academic writing. The programme is similar to that covered in the Michaelmas Term course. Topics dealt with include: linking ideas, information order, tenses, hedging, the use of personal and impersonal forms.

Registration for this course should be arranged with the Language Centre (e-mail:, telephone: Oxford (2)83360). The registration fee is £100.

St John's College

Concert by the London Bulgarian Choir

THE LONDON BULGARIAN CHOIR will perform at 8 p.m. (doors open 7.15 p.m) on Saturday, 23 May, in the Auditorium, St John's College. The event, which is sponsored by the Kendrew bequest, is a rare opportunity to hear this award-winning choir perform in Oxford.

The group is directed by native Bulgarian singer Dessislava Stefanova, former member of the renowned Philip Koutev Bulgarian folk ensemble.

Tickets (free of charge) are available from the St John's College Lodge, or by e-mailing

The London Bulgarian Choir Web site is at

Celebrity Organ Recital

GUSTAVO DELGADO will give the inaugural Celebrity Organ Recital on the new Aubertin organ in the chapel, St John's College, at 5.30 p.m. on Saturday, 23 May. Entrance is free, with a retiring collection for charities.

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Recognition of Distinction

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

M.S. TSIANTIS, BA Athens, MA D.PHIL Oxf, University Lecturer in Plant Sciences and Fellow of Wadham College: Professor of Plant Development Genetics, with immediate effect.

Bampton Lecturership 2010–2011

The Electors to the Bampton Lecturership have appointed FRANCES M. YOUNG, Emeritus Professor, University of Birmingham, to the lecturership for the academic year 2010–11.

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