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Oxford University Gazette, 21 January 2010: Notices


Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences Board/Education Committee Review of the Oxford University Computing Laboratory

The Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences Board is undertaking a review of the Oxford University Computing Laboratory 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 17 and 18 May.

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, 22 February.

The Review Committee's membership is:

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

Professor Peter Buneman, FRS, Professor of Database Systems, University of Edinburgh;

Professor Muffy Calder, Professor of Formal Methods, University of Glasgow;

Professor Javier Esparza, Chair for Foundations of Software Reliability and Theoretical Computer Science, Technical University of Munich;

Professor Stephen Pulman, Oxford University Computing Laboratory;

Professor Steve Rawlings, Department of Physics;

Professor Ewan McKendrick, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education).

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/corporate 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/corporate plan);
  • academic and non-academic staffing and recruitment;
  • student number planning;
  • terms of appointment for academic staff, including career development and equal opportunities issues;
  • 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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Musical Events

Harris Manchester College

The following events will be held at 1.30 p.m. on Thursdays in the chapel, Harris Manchester College. Admission is free, with retiring collection. Further information may be obtained from Myles Hartley (e- mail:

21 Jan.: LAURELLE ROND, voice and clarsach, and DEB WILSON, voice, perform songs by Robert Burns.

28 Jan.: MYLES HARTLEY, organ, performs Dvorák's ninth symphony, 'From the New World'.

St Hilda's College

Lunchtime Recital Series

The following thirty-minute recitals will be given at 1.15 p.m. in the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda's College. Admission is free. Further details can be found on the JdP Web site,

Thur 21 Jan.: Music for theorbo by Italian masters of the seventeenth century, with RICHARD MACKENZIE.

Thur. 28 Jan.: Lieder, arias and duets for sopranos with ANNA SIDERIS and AMY WILLIAMSON, and JONATHON SWINARD (piano).

Wed. 3 Feb.: Beethoven's Piano sonata op. 14, no. 2, with MARK KAHN (piano); also Gurney, Bantock and Britten's folksong arrangements for soprano and harp with LUCY COX and MARY BARCLAY.

Thur. 11 Feb.: Visiting Artists' recital and masterclass with the AGON PIANO TRIO: 1.15 p.m., Shostakovich's Piano trio no. 2 in E minor, op. 67; 2.15–3.45 p.m., Masterclass on Arensky's Piano trio in D minor with the University-based BRANDUKOV PIANO TRIO.

Wed. 17 Feb.: Lieder by Wolf, Beethoven and Schubert with BEN LINDLEY (baritone); also Handel's Violin sonata in F, and Hubay's Bolero with ALEXANDRA KNIGHT (violin).

Wed. 24 Feb.: THE TRONDHEIM JUNIOR SOLOISTS perform music for string orchestra by Vivaldi, Piazzolla and Rautavaara.

Wed. 3 Mar.: THE BRANDUKOV PIANO TRIO performs Arensky's Piano trio in D minor.

St John's College

Kendrew Concert

Violin and piano works by Brahms, Schumann, and Schubert will be performed at 3 p.m. on Sunday, 24 January, in the Auditorium, St John's College. Tickets, in the form of a programme leaflet, may be obtained from the college lodge.

Celebrity Organ Recital

WOLFGANG ZERER (Organ Recitalist, Germany), will give this term's Celebrity Organ Recital at 5.30 p.m. on Saturday, 6 February, in St John's College.

The programme will include works by J.S. Bach, Dietrich Buxtehude, and François Couperin. Entrance to the recital is free, with a retiring collection. Enquiries and requests for ticket reservations may be addressed to

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Conferments and Reconferment of the Title of Visiting Professor

The Social Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor of Law (on the recommendation of the Faculty of Law) on JUSTICE KATE O'REGAN, BA LL.B Cape Town, LL.M Sydney, PH.D Lond, from 1 January 2010 until 31 December 2012.

The Social Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor of Geography (on the recommendation of the School of Geography and the Environment) on ERAN FEITELSON, BA MA Jerusalem, PH.D Johns Hopkins, for the academic year 2009–10.

The Social Sciences Board has reconferred the title of Distinguished Visiting Professor in Internet Studies (on the recommendation of the Oxford Internet Institute) on MANUEL CASTELLS, MAÎTRISE DIPL Paris, PH.D Madrid, from 1 January 2010 until 31 December 2010.

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