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Oxford University Gazette, 3 December 2009: Notices


Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences Board/Education Committee Review of the Mathematical Institute

The Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences Board is undertaking a review of the Mathematical Institute jointly with the Education Committee, as part of Council's programme of rolling reviews of departments. The review will be chaired by the Head of Division, Professor Alex Halliday, and will take place on 1 March and 2 March 2010.

The Review Committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference, given below. These should be sent to the MPLS Divisional Secretary and joint secretary to the Review Committee, Ms Mary Ann Robertson (e-mail:, by Monday, 18 January.

The Review Committee's membership is:

Professor Alex Halliday, FRS, Head of the MPLS Division (Chairman);

Professor Ken Brown, Professor of Mathematics, University of Glasgow;

Professor David Abrahams, Beyer Professor of Applied Mathematics, University of Manchester;

Professor Gilbert Strang, Professor of Mathematics, MIT;

Professor John Roe, Professor of Mathematics, Penn State;

Professor Wendelin Werner, Professor of Mathematics, Université Paris-Sud XI;

Professor Dame Kay Davies, Dr Lee's Professor of Anatomy and Head of the Department of Physiology, Anatomy, and Genetics;

Dr Brian Stewart, Mathematical Institute;

Dr Patrick Baird, Department of Physics.

The terms of reference of the 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 departmental and divisional levels, and in the context of the University's Mission Statement and Strategic 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 Sciences Division, including such matters as:

  • strategic planning (including relationship to the divisional five-year plan and the University's Strategic Plan);
  • academic and non-academic staffing and recruitment;
  • student number planning;
  • terms of appointment for academic staff, including career development and equal opportunities issue;
  • 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.

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University of Oxford Staff Pension Scheme: Report and Accounts for the eight months to 31 March 2009

The Report and Accounts of the Scheme for the eight months to 31 March 2009 has now been published. Copies may be obtained on application to Sam Ellis, the Secretary to the Trustees of the University of Oxford Staff Pension Scheme, University of Oxford, 23–38 Hythe Bridge Street, Oxford OX1 2EP (telephone: Oxford 616164).

Gazette publication arrangements

The final Gazettes of Michaelmas Term will be published on 10 and 17 December. Publication for Hilary Term will begin on 14 January. The usual deadline arrangements will apply.

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Professorship of Materials Modelling

NICOLA MARZARI, LAUREA Trieste, PH.D Camb, Associate Professor of Computational Materials Science, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA, has been appointed to the Professorship of Materials Modelling in the Department of Materials with effect from 1 February 2010. Professor Marzari will be a fellow of St Anne's College.

Conferment of the Title of Visiting Professor

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Neurosciences on P. QUIRION, B.SC M.SC PH.D Sherbrooke, currently Vice-Dean, Life Sciences and Strategic Initiatives, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, for three years from 1 November 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:

Professorship of General Practice

                                       Appointed by

        The Master of St Catherine's   Mr Vice-Chancellor [1] 
        Professor D. Matthews          ex officio
        Professor P. Rothwell          Council
        Professor A. Knottnerus        Council
        Professor A.-L. Kinmonth       Medical Sciences Board
        Dr T. Lancaster                Medical Sciences Board
        Professor Sir John Bell        Medical Sciences Board
        Professor N. Mathers           Medical Sciences Board
        Dr S. Richards                 Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals 
                                        NHS Trust (ORHT)
        Dr B. Wee                      Harris Manchester 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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