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Oxford University Gazette, 24 September 2009: Notices
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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.

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Index to the Gazette, 2008–9

An index to the Gazette, 2008–9 (Vol. 139) is now available, and a copy will be supplied to any member of the University, without charge, on application to the Gazette Office, University Offices, Wellington Square (e-mail:

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Research Services funding for research

The University subscribes to, an online research funding opportunities database which may be of assistance to members of the University seeking funding for postdoctoral research. allows the user to:

  • build custom searches across a range of criteria and see funding opportunities relevant to the user;
  • bookmark and save searches and interesting funding opportunities and share them with colleagues;
  • browse tailor-made searches and funding opportunities selected for the user's division, department or work area;
  • set up weekly e-mail alerts of new funding opportunities—from the user's own searches and/or from tailored searches set up for his or her division, department or work area.

This service is open to all members of the University. Free accounts can be set up through .

Further information, user guides, and details of training sessions can be found at

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The University's itunes U Website

One million downloads have now been made from the University's site on iTunes U—a free website featuring more than 500 audio and video podcasts about the University.

The University also currently occupies the number one spot in the global iTunes U top downloads chart, with philosophy lecturer Marianne Talbot's 'Romp through the history of philosophy'.

The site contains public lectures, interviews with leading academics and important visitors, and advice on how to apply to the University. There have been more than 30,000 downloads of admissions-related material alone. The site was judged Website of the Year 2008 by the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and was short-listed for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2009. On 7 October it will be celebrating its first anniversary. pThe site contains 264 hours of material in total, on 163 themed 'feeds'. Visitors to the site can subscribe to feeds that interest them, in order to receive automatic updates when new podcasts are added. Three-quarters of the podcasts are audio, and one quarter are video. The site can be found at (or e-mail:

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Events Marking Black History Month

The following events, open to all members of the University, have been arranged by the University's Equality and Diversity Unit.

Thur. 1 Oct.: Why Celebrate Black History Month? Lecture Theatre, University Natural History, 5–7 p.m. Questions about Black History can be asked of an expert panel including Mia Morris, founder of Black History 365 Magazine, photographer Robert Taylor, and historian Stephen Tuck. Questions can be tabled in advance (e-mail:

Mon. 5 Oct.: Black Images, with visual artist Ingrid Pollard, Seminar Room, Pitt Rivers Museum, 4–5 p.m. Ingrid Pollard will present the concept of 'race' through visual images and her work as a groundbreaking artist in the field of photography.

Sun. 11 Oct.: Exploration and understanding through poetry, with Kuumba Nia Arts, Oxford Playhouse, 2.30–4.30 p.m. A 'taster' of African and African diaspora cultures through poetry and storytelling performances. There will be opportunities to take part in using African and Caribbean storytelling techniques and to explore source materials from diverse African and Caribbean cultures. Booking is essential, through

Mon. 12 Oct.–Fri. 16 Oct.: Black History Month Breakfast, with an opportunity to sample some Caribbean flavours, Oxford University Club, Mansfield Road, 7.30–10.30 a.m. Breakfast will be available on a 'first come, first served' basis. (Those attending will have to pay for their own breakfast)

Sat. 17 Oct.: Spotlight on African objects, Pitt Rivers Museum, 2.30–3.30 p.m. Helen Adams (Special Projects Officer) and Jeremy Coote (Joint Head of Collections) will talk about African arms and armour, and the histories and meanings of other African objects on display. Booking is not necessary, and the event is suitable for all ages.

Tue. 20 Oct.: Black Oxford: students past and present, New College, 5–6.30 p.m. There have been black students in Oxford since the 1870s, many of whom went on to play key roles in public life both in the UK and overseas. At this talk a panel of former and current students will discuss the experiences of black scholars in the University, then and now. The event will include an overview of well-known black alumni, insights into current student politics and a reading of a short story by former New College student, Dambudzo Marechera.

Tue. 27 Oct.: screening of film Sisters in Law, and talk with director Kim Longinotto, Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's, 7–9.30 p.m. Winner of the Prix Art et Essai at the Cannes Film Festival and screened to acclaim at more than 120 festivals around the world, Sisters in Law is the bestselling documentary from internationally renowned director Kim Longinotto and Florence Ayisi. It depicts a Cameroon courtroom where a female judge and prosecutor dispense justice with equal parts wit, wisdom and wisecracks. Extraordinary stories unfold as defendants admit their guilt under cross-examination. The movie reveals African mores at a pivotal moment, when brutal traditions collide with twenty-first-century justice.

Thur. 29 Oct.: Race Equality Network Launch, Okinaga Room, Wadham, 12 noon–2 p.m. Following a nine-month consultation, the Race Equality Network will be officially launched, at Wadham College. The keynote speaker will be Dr Karen Chouhan. Booking is essential, through

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Goldsmiths' Professorship of English Literature

LAURA MARCUS, BA Warw, MA PH.D Kent, Regius Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, University of Edinburgh, has been appointed to the Goldsmiths' Professorship of English Literature in the Faculty of English Language and Literature with effect from 4 January 2010.

Professor Marcus will be a fellow of New College.

Social Sciences Board: Departmental headships

The Social Sciences Board has made the following appointments to departmental headships:

DR T.W. CHAN: Head of the Department of Sociology, for three years from 1 September 2009.

PROFESSOR W. DUTTON: Head of the Oxford Internet Institute, for four years from 1 October 2009 (reappointment).

PROFESSOR A. EDWARDS: Head of the Department of Education, for four years from 1 January 2010.

PROFESSOR D. GELLNER: Head of the School of Anthropology, for three years from 1 October 2009.

PROFESSOR I.S. LOADER: Director of the Centre for Criminology, for three years from 1 October 2009 (reappointment).

PROFESSOR A. WILSON: Director of the Institute of Archaeology, for two years from 1 October 2009.

Conferments of the Title of Visiting Professor

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Particle and Accelerator Physics on EMMANUEL TSESMELIS, B.SC M.SC Melbourne, PH.D Dortmund, MAIP, currently Senior Physicist, CERN, for three years from 1 September 2009.

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Experimental Psychology on J. DUNCAN, BA D.PHIL Oxf, currently Assistant Director, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, for three years from 1 September 2009.

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Molecular Medicine on J. KNOWLES, B.SC East Ang, PH.D Edin, currently President of Group Research, F. Hoffman-La Roche Ltd, Basle, for three years from 1 September 2009.

Recognition of Distinction

The Vice-Chancellor has conferred the following title on behalf of the Recognition of Distinction Committee:

C.M. HEYES, B.SC PH.D Lond, MA Oxf, Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College: Professor of Psychology, with immediate effect.

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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:

Iveagh Professorship of Microbiology

                                   Appointed by

    Mr Vice-Chancellor             ex officio   
    The Principal of Linacre       ex officio
    Professor Sir John Bell        Council
    Professor Jean Beggs           Council
    Professor Tim Peto             Medical Sciences Board
    Professor Kim Nasmyth          Department of Biochemistry
    Professor Jane Mellor          Department of Biochemistry
    Professor John Diffley         Department of Biochemistry
    Dr Nicole Zitzmann             Linacre College

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