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Oxford University Gazette, 15 October 2009: Notices


Bodleian Library: temporary move of Special Collections

In preparation for the refurbishment of the New Bodleian Library, which is expected to begin in 2010, a large proportion of Special Collections material currently stored there must be relocated temporarily, for protection during the period of the refurbishment.

During this period the Special Collections that are affected will be available for consultation at the Radcliffe Science Library (RSL). The Special Collections Reading Room in the New Bodleian Library will close in December 2009. A new Special Collections Reading Room will then open at the RSL.

Duke Humfrey's Library will continue to provide access to manuscripts and rare books not transferred to the Radcliffe Science Library.

A list of the transferred collections and fuller information is available on the Web site

Enquiries may be directed by e-mail to, or by telephone to Oxford (2)77046.

Francis Napier Fund

The University has received a generous bequest in the name of Francis Napier to help advance the education of physically disabled students under the age of eighteen. To provide for the effective use of the funds, the University has applied to the Charity Commission for a Scheme. The Charity Commission's notice concerning the proposed Scheme is reprinted below.

Charity Commission

Notice CSD-1161A

Charity: FRANCIS NAPIER FUND—4029892

Reference: C–233588–TKFA

A Scheme is a legal document made by the Charity Commission. It is proposed to make a Scheme which will provide for the governance of the charity.

A copy of the draft Scheme can be seen at:

The University of Oxford
University Offices
Wellington Square

or a copy can be obtained by sending a stamped addressed envelope to: Charity Commission Direct, PO Box 1227, Liverpool L69 3UG

quoting the above reference number or by visiting our Web site at:

Comments or representations on these proposals can be made to the Charity Commission within one month from the date of this notice, either by letter or by completing the form on our Web site.

Date 01 October 2009

Facilities Available to Retired Members of Staff of the University

Retired members of staff in receipt of a university pension (whether under or over seventy-five, and whether or not they are a member of a faculty or of Congregation) are able to obtain a retired staff card, which gives them access to a very wide range of facilities. Application for such a card can be made via a departmental or college administrator.

Provided a valid card is held, the privileges offered include continued access to university libraries, access to OUCS and its e-mail services, discounts at the Oxford University shop, and at the Ashmolean and Bodleian gift shops, free entrance to the Botanic Garden, the ability to apply for membership of the University Club on Mansfield Road, and discounted membership of the university sports club at Iffley Road. Retired staff are also welcomed at the Language Centre.

Circulation of the University Gazette to retired Senior Members of the University

Former members of Congregation resident in the United Kingdom can continue to receive copies of the University Gazette (as well as the University's staff newsletter Blueprint, and the Oxford Magazine), on application in writing to the Information Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD. In the case of those over the age of seventy-five such applications must be renewed at the beginning of each academic year.

Musical Events

Harris Manchester College


The following events will be given at 1.30 p.m. on Thursdays in the chapel, Harris Manchester College. Admission is free, with a retiring collection. Enquiries may be directed to Myles Hartley (e-mail:

15 Oct.: MYLES HARTLEY performs organ music by Fela Sowande (1905–87), Nigerian organist and jazz musician

22 Oct.: JOHN BUCKLEY, tenor: 'On this Island'—a celebration of English song with music by Finzi and Britten

St John's College

Celebrity Organ Recital

DAME GILLIAN WEIR, international concert organist, gives the second of the Celebrity Organ Recitals at 5.30 p.m. on Saturday, 7 November, in the chapel, St John's College. The performance will be on the historic Aubertin instrument, and will include works by Bach, Bruhns and Vierne.

Entry is free, with a retiring collection. Enquiries may be directed to

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Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Personnel and Equality)

SALLY L. MAPSTONE, MA D.PHIL Oxf, Fellow of St Hilda's College, Reader in Older Scottish Literature, has been appointed to the Pro-Vice-Chancellorship (Personnel and Equality) for five years from 13 October 2009.

Conferment and Reconferment of the Title of Visiting Professor

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences on M. BROWN, BM BS Sydney, currently Chair of Immunogenetics, Diamantina Institute of Cancer, Immunology and Metabolic Medicine, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia, for three years from 1 October 2009.

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board has reconferred the title of Visiting Professor in Engineering Science on JOHN R. BIRCH, B.SC PH.D Lond, currently at Lonza Biologics plc, for three years from 1 October 2009.

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