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Oxford University Gazette, 19 November 2009: Notices


Joint Social Sciences Board/Education Committee Review of the Department of Sociology

Terms of Reference

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 department and divisional level, and in the context of the University's Mission Statement and Stratetic 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 (including research degrees and research training and provision for part-time study);
  • relationships with colleges;
  • quality assurance mechanisms;

(c) the organisation of the department, its management structures and the relationship between the department and the division, including such matters as:

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

The review committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference. These should be sent to the secretary of the review committee, Dr Bridget Taylor (e- mail:, Social Sciences Division, Hayes House, 75 George Street, Oxford OX1 2BQ, by Friday, 22 January.

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Language Centre: Key Issues in Academic Writing

This one-week/fifteen-hour intensive course, to be held 7–11 December (week 9 of Michaelmas Term), 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, signalling logical relations, choosing tenses, expressing levels of certainty and taking an appropriate stance.

The course will be held Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. The course fee is £100.

Further details about this course and other facilities may be obtained from the Language Centre, 12 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT (telephone: (2)83360, e-mail:, Web site:

Queen's College

Choral performance

THE CHOIR OF QUEEN'S COLLEGE, directed by Owen Rees, will peform the Brahms Requiem at 7.30 p.m. on Saturday, 28 November, in the college chapel. Tickets, costing £12, (concessions £8, students £4), may be obtained from Anne Bevan (e-mail: Admission is free for members of the college.

Choral services and recitals in the college chapel

Choral Services are held as following during full term: sunday 6.15 p.m.; wednesday and Friday 6.30 p.m.

Organ recitals are held at 1.10 p.m. on Wednesdays during full term.

Eglesfield Musical Society lunchtime recitals are held at 1.30 p.m. on Saturdays during full term.

Further details may be found on the college Web site,

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Professorship of Molecular and Population Genetics

IAN TOMLINSON, BM Brist, BA MA PH.D Camb, BM B.CH Oxf, Professor of Molecular and Population Genetics, Nuffield Department of Medicine, Honorary Consultant in Clinical Genetics, Oxford Regional Genetics Service and Visiting Professor in Cancer Genetics, Institute of Cell and Molecular Science, Bart's and the London Medical School, Queen Mary College, London, has been appointed to the Professorship of Molecular and Population Genetics in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine with effect from 1 October 2009.

Professor Tomlinson will be a fellow of Queen's College.

Recognition of Distinction

On behalf of the Recognition of Distinction Committee, the Vice-Chancellor has conferred the title of Professor of Mathematics on CORNELIA DRUTU, DEA PH.D Paris-Sud, University Lecturer in Topology and Fellow of Exeter College, with effect from 1 October 2009.

The following title change has been agreed by the Vice-Chancellor on behalf of the Recognition of Distinction Committee, with immediate effect: W. YIP, BA UC Berkeley, PH.D MIT, Division of Public Health and Primary Care: Reader in Health Policy and Economics.

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