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Oxford University Gazette, 17 June 2010: Notices


THE PUBLIC ORATOR delivered the following speech in a Congregation held on Saturday, 12 June, in presenting for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters


Doctos quidem homines qui hic student et iuventutem erudiunt alii aliter forsitan aestimare possint, sed prelum nostrum omnium excitat admirationem. Multae quidem universitates ad scientiam et sapientiam latius diffundendam libros edunt; nulla nisi nostra officinas in cunctis orbis terrarum partibus habet. Praeterea prelum Oxoniense magnum pecuniae reditum advehit; e quo fiscum nomen Iohannis Fell ferentem creare et ipsum huius theatri tectum reparare potuimus. Qui igitur huic negotio praesit, id est maximi momenti et ponderis; gubernatore opus est prudentissimo, qui et arcana tabularii scit interpretari et nostrum propositum scientiae augendae et disseminandae comprehendat. Ecce vir qui et hoc et illud optime fecit. In iuventute apud Collegium Sancti Iohannis historiae incubuit et in opere de exercitu Cromwelliano exarato explicavit qua ratione milites regerentur et populo imperarent. Ab hoc studio forsitan artem hominum ducendorum acquisiverit; certum est eum doctrinam non propter nummos sed ipsius gratia petitam magni aestimare didicisse. Eo auctore lucrum preli maximopere auctum est, ita tamen ut existimatio eius simul augeatur. At si putas negotiatorem necessario torvum et ferocem esse, hunc virum conspice: vocem praebet sedatam, mentem lucidam, animum in quocumque discrimine tranquillum; ipsa barba non prophetarum vel archiepiscoporum more hispida est sed elegans atque munda. Cum dignitate otium sibi voluit Cicero; dignitatem hic vir semper habuit, otio optime merito speramus ut diu fruatur.

Praesento negotiatorem sine ostentatione strenuum sedulum sagacem, Henricum Michaelem Reece, Preli Oxoniensis quondam praesidem et legatorum a manu scribam, Collegii Sancti Iohannis Baptistae alumnum, Collegii Iesu quondam socium, ut admittatur honoris causa ad gradum Doctoris in Litteris.

Admission by the Vice-Chancellor

Bibliopola excellentissime, cuius ab industria magnum fructum accepimus, ego auctoritate mea et totius Universitatis admitto te ad gradum Doctoris in Litteris honoris causa.


People may perhaps have a variety of views about the dons who study and teach here, but our press excites the admiration of everybody. Many universities publish books to disseminate knowledge and thinking, but only ours has branches across the entire world. It also turns a very large profit, one that has enabled us to set up the John Fell Fund and indeed to restore the roof of this Sheldonian Theatre. The chief management of this business is accordingly a matter of very great importance: it demands a director of the highest capacity, able both to comprehend the mysteries of finance and to appreciate our purpose of increasing and communicating knowledge. Here is a man who has admirably performed both functions. As a young man he studied history at St John's College and wrote a thesis which examined the organisation of Cromwell's army and the structure of military rule. It may be that these studies taught him about the art of leadership; it is certain, anyway, that he learnt to put a high value on learning pursued not for material gain but for its own sake. Under his direction the profits of the press increased enormously, but in a way that also increased its reputation. However, if you suppose that a businessman is bound to be scowling and aggressive, take a look at him: his voice is soft, his mind clear, his temperament calm no matter what the crisis; even his beard is not shaggy in the style of an Old Testament prophet or an archbishop, but neat and elegant. Leisure with distinction was Cicero's ideal; this man has always had the distinction, and we hope that he will long enjoy the leisure that he has so amply deserved.

I present a man of affairs who is energetic, hard working and shrewd without show, Henry Michael Reece, former Chief Executive of Oxford University Press and Secretary to the Delegates, graduate of St John's College and former Fellow of Jesus College, to be admitted to the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters.

Admission by the Vice-Chancellor

Outstanding publisher, whose labours have brought us great benefits, I on my own authority and that of the whole University admit you to the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters.

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Gazette publication arrangements

The final Gazettes of 2009-10 will be published on 25 June, 1 July, and 22 July. The first Gazette of 2010–11 will be published on 23 September, but will be limited to Council and Congregation business. The first full issue for 2010–11 will be published on 30 September. The usual deadlines will apply throughout.

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Musical Events

Harris Manchester College

HARRIS MANCHESTER MUSICIANS will perform classic Broadway showsongs at 1.30 p.m. on Thursday, 17 June, in the chapel, Harris Manchester College. Admission is free, with a retiring collection. Enquiries may be directed to Myles Hartley (e-mail:

Queen's College

THE CHOIR OF QUEEN'S COLLEGE and THE CHAPEL CHOIR OF GIRTON COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE, will perform music by Taverner, Tallis, Byrd, Gibbons, Purcell, Morales, Padilla, and Patino, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, 19 June, in the chapel, Queen's College. Tickets, costing £8 (concessions £5) will be available at the door, or may be obtained from Mrs Anne Bevan (e-mail:

Friends of the Bodleian summer event

NEW CHAMBER OPERA (dir. Michael Burden), accompanied by THE BAND OF INSTRUMENTS (cond. Steven Devine), will perform Erismena, Princess of Media, by Francesco Cavalli,at 6.30 p.m. on Saturday, 10 July, in the Warden's Garden, New College. Tickets cost £40, to include a pre-performance glass of wine. There will be an interval of seventy-five minutes, to enjoy a picnic in the cloisters.

Enquiries and bookings: telephone Oxford (2)77234, or visit

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Headship of the Department of Physics

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board has conferred the Headship of the Department of Physics on J.F. WHEATER, MA D.PHIL Oxf, Reader in Physics and Fellow of University College, for five years from 1 September 2010.

Headship of the Sub-department of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board has conferred the Headship of the Sub-department of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry on PROFESSOR T.P. SOFTLEY, MA Oxf, PH.D S'ton, Professor of Physical Chemistry and Fellow of Merton College, for five years from 1 October 2010.

Headship of the Department of Social Policy and Social Work

The Social Sciences Board has reappointed PROFESSOR P.A. KEMP to the Headship of the Department of Social Policy and Social Work for three years from 1 October 2010.

Headship of the School of Archaeology

The Social Sciences Board has reappointed PROFESSOR H. HAMEROW to the Headship of the School of Archaeology for three years from 1 October 2010.

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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:

Ieoh Ming Pei Professorship in Islamic Art and Architecture

                                           Appointed by

    Dr S. Mapstone (Pro-Vice-Chancellor) Mr Vice-Chancellor [1]
    The President of Wolfson             ex officio
    The Director of the Khalili Centre 
        (Professor J. Johns)             ex officio 
    Professor D. Abouseif                Council 
    Mr L. Monreal                        Council 
    Dr L. Treadwell                      Council 
    Professor S. Shuttleworth            Humanities Board 
    Professor R. Hillenbrand             Oriental Studies Board
    Professor J. Allan                   Oriental Studies Board
    Dr J. DeLaine                        Wolfson College 

[1] Appointed by Mr Vice-Chancellor under the provisions of Statute IX, Sect. 10 and 11 (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002, p. 108).

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