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Oxford University Gazette, 26 March 2009: Notices


Review of the Social Sciences Division

On behalf of Council and its committees, the Vice-Chancellor will chair a review of the Social Sciences Division. The terms of reference for the review are set out below. Initial meetings of the review committee are scheduled to take place on 20 and 21 May. The review committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference. These should be sent to Mrs Sally Vine, University Offices, Wellington Square (e-mail:, by Friday, 8 May.

1. To review divisional strategies in the light of the current internal and external climate, and the forecast for the medium and longer term

2. To review progress made in response to the division's strategic plans: five year plan, recent operating statements and any other divisional strategy documents as follows:

Review the division's mechanisms for promoting the excellence of academic activities in the faculties and departments which constitute the division, by reference to international standards of excellence, and in the context of the University's Strategic Plan and other strategic/policy documents. In particular, the division's mechanisms for ensuring:

(a) the quality and direction of the research of the division as a whole, including its promotion of interdepartmental, interdivisional and interdisciplinary activities, its research profile and strategy, and future challenges and opportunities;

(b) the overall quality and direction of undergraduate and graduate programmes offered within the division and the division's policy for the development, monitoring and quality assurance of those programmes, taking account of University policies in relation to:

  • 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 research training and provision for part-time study);
  • relationships with colleges;
  • student number planning;
  • quality assurance mechanisms;

(c) the division's work in relation to 'third-leg' activities.

3. Personnel

To review the division's approach to human resources issues, including:

  • academic employment issues;
  • recruitment and retention;
  • balance of teaching and learning in academic contracts;
  • major support staff issues;
  • career development;
  • equal opportunities.

4. Space and Capital Expenditure

Current and future plans, including:

  • new build/refurbishment;
  • laboratory and teaching space;
  • research equipment;
  • services including links with ASUC.

5. Finance

To consider the current and long-term financial position of, and funding arrangements for, the division, and its financial strategy.

6. Organisation and Administration

To review the organisation of the division, its management structures and the relationship between the faculties/departments and the division, and between the division and other university bodies and committees, including such matters as:

  • strategic planning;
  • leadership and management;
  • administration;
  • devolution of responsibilities between units within the division, and between the division and its units;
  • fundraising;
  • relationship (structural and operational) with:

    (a) cognate subject areas,

    (b) colleges,

    (c) national and international bodies, including research councils and funding bodies to which it is linked in teaching and research.

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Review of Visiting and Associate Students Within the University

A task force to review Visiting and Associate Students within the University, under the chairmanship of the Principal of Linacre, has been established, with the intention of reporting to the University Council before the beginning of Michaelmas Term 2009. The terms of reference and membership of the task force are set out below.

As part of its work, the task force has issued a questionnaire to all societies of the collegiate University. It is hoped that individual members of Congregation also will be willing to make submissions on the matters within the terms of reference of the review, and this notice serves as an invitation for them to do so.

Submissions should be sent electronically to the secretary of the task force by Friday, 8 May, at the following address:


Professor Paul Slack, Principal of Linacre (Chairman)

Professor Bernard Silverman, Master of St Peter's

Dr Ralph Walker, Magdalen

Miss Norma MacManaway, Somerville

Dr Stephen Goss, Wadham

Terms of Reference

The working party should consider and report to Council on the following matters:

1. The current role and status of Visiting Students in the University, taking into account inter alia the current and projected numbers of visiting students; their qualifications for study in the University; their distribution by college/PPH and the subject areas in which they study; the use made by them of libraries and laboratories and other facilities in faculties/department; the source of the teaching which is provided to them; the fees they pay to colleges/PPHs and to the University; and any implications for the academic standing of the University.

2. Against this background:

(a) whether the conditions currently set for admission to the Register of Visiting Students and the entitlements of Visiting Students remain appropriate, and whether it might be appropriate to augment or amend them;

(b) whether in line with the 'Size and Shape' policy for the University agreed by Council at its meeting on 16 June 2008, a limit should now be set annually by Council (in conjunction with the Conference of Colleges) on the number of Visiting Students to be admitted by colleges and PPHs;

(c) what a sensible baseline limit might be for the numbers of Visiting Students individual colleges and PPHs should take;

(d) whether numbers of Associate Students should also be subject to scrutiny in accordance with a policy to be determined jointly by Council and the Conference of Colleges.

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The University of Oxford Trade Mark and Domain Name Strategy

The University's Trade Mark and Domain Name Strategy has been amended to record the University's policy for the use of the domain. The strategy may also be found at

1. The University is concerned to protect the expressions 'Oxford University' and 'University of Oxford' in relation to the University's mainstream activities as an exempt charity: that is to say, teaching and research. Associated with the expressions is the version of the University's coat of arms which is reproduced on the front page of the Gazette ('the belted arms'). The University's central administration is protecting the belted arms and the expressions 'Oxford University' and 'University of Oxford' by means of registrations in the trade mark classes of relevance to teaching and research.

2. Oxford Limited—a wholly-owned subsidiary of the University—is engaged in merchandising the expressions 'Oxford University' and 'University of Oxford' and the belted arms on a variety of articles for consumer markets. Oxford Limited is protecting the expressions and the belted arms by means of trade mark registrations in the classes of relevance to those products.

3. Oxford University Press has used the word 'Oxford' as a brand for many years. It is protecting this use and the expression 'Oxford University Press' through the registration of trade marks in the classes of relevance to its business: that is to say, the classes which cover publishing services, published material and information services (in printed or electronic form).

4. The word 'Oxford' is of significant value to the business of OUP. Some of the main titles of the Press would be undermined were other parties in a position to publish the Oxford Series of this, or the Oxford Book of that. It is in the interests of the University as a whole to protect and develop the business of the Press. When the Press generates a surplus, such of that surplus as is not ploughed back into the business of the Press is applied to general University purposes. Therefore the University as a whole stands behind the Press in protecting the use by the Press of the word 'Oxford' in the furtherance of all its publishing activities. To support those activities, it has been agreed that authorisation should be sought from the Press where persons or entities within the control of the University wish to make use of the word 'Oxford' (whether on its own, within the expressions 'Oxford University' or 'University of Oxford', or otherwise) in connection with publishing services, published material or information services (whether in printed or electronic form). This requirement for authorisation has no application to academic exchanges on a non-commercial basis; to the production and distribution of prospectuses, alumni material or research / course information by the University, whether centrally or through departments; or to the University's central promotion of its core activities. In the case of a party with corporate capacity separate from the University, authorisation will entail a licence from the University in a form agreed by the Press.

5. In the case of publishing activities elsewhere in the University (that is, by entities within the University other than the Press) authorisation under paragraph 4 will be given provided that:

(a) the word 'Oxford' is used in conjunction with the full official name of the relevant entity (for example 'department of...', 'institute of...', 'faculty of...') and not an abbreviated name;

(b) the word 'Oxford' is not used in a title such as 'Oxford Series / Book / Review of...' or 'Oxford Studies in...'; and

(c) the entity does not, without the prior written consent of the central administration and the Press, apply to register trade marks which include the word 'Oxford': any registrations for which consent is given will be in the name of the University.

In the event of a dispute between the Press and another entity within the University over authorisation under paragraph 4 or consent under sub-paragraph (c), the Vice-Chancellor and the Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Press shall seek to resolve the dispute in accordance with the principles set out in this paper, failing which they shall agree on the name of a third party who shall determine the dispute, in accordance with the same principles.

6. The University encourages spin-out companies to use the word 'Oxford' in their names, in order to highlight the association with the University. However, it is necessary to put in place a licence from the University (the form of which has been agreed with the Press), so as to protect the interests of the Press in connection with its publishing business. No charge is made for these licences.

7. If a department, faculty, unit, institute or other grouping within the University wishes to use a logo other than one of the marks referred to in paragraphs 1–3, this may be permitted, provided that:

(a) the mark is used in conjunction with the words 'Oxford University' or 'University of Oxford' and (where appropriate) the belted arms: this may be within expressions such as 'The Oxford University Centre / Institute of...';

(b) the use of the mark is consistent with any visual identity guidelines adopted by the University and this Trade Mark and Domain Name Strategy;

(c) the trade mark agents acting for the University (currently Rouse and Co) confirm that there is no likelihood of conflict with any other marks registered in the name of the University;

(d) the department or whatever requesting the registration covers all the costs involved, including those connected with the maintenance, assertion and defence of the marks; and

(e) approval is given by the Registrar.

8. The University's policy with regard to Internet domain names follows a similar pattern:

(a) the Press registers in the relevant generic and country code Top Level Domains ('TLDs') in order, where possible, to protect its 'Oxford' brand: using the registered trade marks, the Press would normally challenge a domain name which includes the word 'Oxford', if it is used in connection with publishing services, published material or information services;

(b) similarly the central administration registers in order, where possible, to protect 'Oxford University' and 'University of Oxford'. The administration has acquired the available names in ,.org ,.net ,.com ,.biz ,.eu generic TLDs; but its only registrations in country-code TLDs are in the UK. The University's policy is that all University activities (other than those within OUP's remit) should be presented within the domain. Oxford University Computing Services ('OUCS') is solely responsible for controlling and its sub-domains. Any department, faculty, unit, institute or other grouping within the University (except OUP) which wishes to make use of any other domain should refer to OUCS for approval (which in general will be granted only in connection with projects which have a wider reach than the University, and which need a distinct and identifiable presence).

9. Only the one firm of trade mark agents is used in relation to both trade marks and domain names. Their costs are apportioned as follows:

(a) where it is a case of the word 'Oxford' on its own, OUP takes the decisions and pays the costs;

(b) where it is a case of 'Oxford University', 'University of Oxford' or the belted arms within Oxford Limited's field, Oxford Limited takes the decisions and pays the costs;

(c) where it is a case of 'Oxford University', 'University of Oxford' or the belted arms in relation to teaching or research, the central administration takes the decisions and pays the costs;

(d) where it is a case of 'Oxford University' or 'University of Oxford' in other fields, decisions will be made jointly by the Press, the central administration and Oxford Limited, both on the question of whether to take action and on the apportionment of the costs.

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Queen's College

A CAPELLA PORTUGUESA will perform the Victoria Requiem at 8 p.m. on Thursday, 2 April, in Queen's College. Admission will be by programme, costing £13, £9 concessions, £5 students). Reservation requests can be directed to (telephone: Oxford (2)79173).

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Conferments of the Title of Visiting Professor

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Drug Discovery and Therapeutics on G. COOPER, B.SC., B.SC (HUM BIOL), MB, CH.B, D.PHIL Oxf, DIP.OBST, FRCPA, FRSNZ, currently Professor in Biochemistry and Clinical Biochemistry with joint appointments to the School of Biological Sciences, and the Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Auckland, for three years from 1 April 2009.

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Immunology on B.D. WALKER, BA Colorado, MD Case Western Reserve, currently Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, for five years from 1 July 2009.

Recognition of Distinction


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

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 Paediatric Surgery, with effect from 1 February 2009.

Note: this replaces the notice concerning Professor Johnson published in the Gazette of 19 March, p. 000, in which the conferred title was given incorrectly.

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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:

David Phillips Professorship of Molecular Biophysics

                                           Appointed by

            The President of St John's     Mr Vice-Chancellor [1]
            Professor C. Ellory            Corpus Christi College
            Professor Sir John Bell        Council
            Professor Dr W. Kuhlbrandt     Council
            Professor K. Nasmyth           Medical Sciences Board
            Professor D. Stuart            Medical Sciences Board
            Professor F. Ashcroft          Medical Sciences Board
            Dr J.W. Lowe                   Medical Sciences Board
            Dr M.R. Wormald                Corpus Christi College

[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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