Notices

  • Thursday 17 March 2011
  • NO. 4948
  • VOL. 141

Consultative notices

Proposals for Honorary Degrees to be conferred at the Encaenia in 2012, and for Degrees by Diploma

Members of Congregation are encouraged to suggest the names of people on whom such degrees might be conferred. Degrees by diploma are conferred on heads of state and royalty, and Encaenia honorary degrees are conferred at the University's annual ceremonial event. When considering possible honorands, the Honorary Degrees Committee will focus on individuals in the following categories:

1. those of high academic distinction in the fields of research and scholarship of specific interest to the University of Oxford;

2. those distinguished in the visual, literary, musical, and performing arts;

3. those distinguished in business and industry;

4. those who have played a distinguished role in public life, for example in contributing to progress and change in society;

5. those who have made a significant contribution to the activities of the University of Oxford—such individuals would normally also fall into one of the categories above.

Within these categories, the committee will aim to produce a balanced list which takes account of the international dimension which characterises this University's activities.

Honorary degrees will not be conferred on anyone who holds, or who has retired from, a resident teaching, research, or administrative post within the University or in any college or other society, except in exceptional circumstances such as distinguished service outside the terms of his or her paid service.

Nominations should be sent on the approved application form, which is available from Mrs C. Benton (telephone: (2)80107, email: ceri.benton@admin.ox.ac.uk) or can be downloaded by staff accessing the University website from the Oxford University Network (www.admin.ox.ac.uk/councilsec/hondegs). The completed form should be sent to Mrs C. Benton, University Offices, Wellington Square, by Friday, 6 May, under 'Strictly Confidential' cover.

While informal soundings within the University will often be desirable, every effort should be made to ensure that publicity is not at any stage given to any specific proposal for the conferral of an honorary degree. All nominations will be considered in strict confidence by the Honorary Degrees Committee, which submits its report to Council at the beginning of Michaelmas term. After discussion, Council will report back to the Honorary Degrees Committee, which will arrive at a list of honorands to put to Congregation.

The names of people on whom degrees by diploma and honorary degrees have recently been conferred may be found in the University Calendar, 2010–11, pp. 535–40.

Resolutions proposing this year's honorands are set out on p. 484 of the Gazette of 3 March 2011.

General notices

Gazette publication arrangements

This is the last full issue of the Gazette in Hilary term. An issue of the Gazette will be published on 24 March, but will be limited to Council and Congregation business and changes to Examination Regulations.

Publication for Trinity term will begin on 28 April. The deadline for receipt by the Gazette office of items for publication in the Gazettes of 28 April and 5 May will be brought forward because of the Easter office closure and the bank holidays on 29 April and 2 May:

  • deadline for receipt of items for issue of 28 April: noon on Wednesday, 13 April
  • deadline for receipt of items for issue of 5 May: noon on Wednesday, 20 April.


Counselling Service: relocation and Easter closure

The Counselling Service will be relocating on 14 and 15 April to 3 Worcester Street, Oxford, OX1 2BX. The office will be closed for business from the end of the day on Wednesday, 13 April. The service will remain closed for the Easter vacation and will reopen for appointments on Wednesday, 27 April.

The Counselling Service will endeavour to respond to email correspondence during the move as quickly as possible, although it will have a more limited capacity during this time.


Childcare Voucher Scheme

The University's Childcare Voucher Scheme enables parents employed by the University to save money on tax and national insurance by having money deducted from their salary and paid directly to their childcarer. The scheme is operated by Kidsunlimited and can be used for registered childcare facilities, such as childminders and crèche facilities, as well as after-school clubs and holiday playschemes.

Currently, basic-rate taxpayers who use the scheme can save £933 per year, while higher-rate taxpayers can save £1,225 per year. However, from 6 April 2011, changes in tax and national insurance mean that this extra saving for higher-rate taxpayers will no longer apply—the amount they can save will drop to £623 per year.  Higher-rate taxpayers should therefore register for the scheme before 6 April if they want to benefit from the higher level of savings.

These changes only apply to parents joining the scheme on or after 6 April 2011. They do not affect parents already participating in the scheme.  

Further information is available on the Childcare Services website at www.admin.ox.ac.uk/eop/childcare/voucherscheme.

MSc in Neuroscience

Trinity term 2011

Approval deadlines

Essay topics must be approved by the appropriate module organiser before the deadlines given below:

Module B3—Sensory Systems: Wednesday, 8 June

Module C3—Genes, Circuits and Behaviour: Monday, 13 June

Module B2—Computational Neuroscience: Wednesday, 15 June

Module A3—Neuroscience and Clinical Mental Health:  Monday, 20 June

Module C2—Molecular Neuroscience: Friday, 24 June

Submission deadlines

Essays must be submitted online by noon (UK time) on the deadlines given below:

Module B3—Sensory Systems: Friday, 17 June

Module C3—Genes, Circuits and Behaviour: Friday, 24 June

Module B2—Computational Neuroscience: Wednesday, 29 June

Module A3—Neuroscience and Clinical Mental Health:  Monday, 4 July

Module C2—Molecular Neuroscience: Friday, 8 July


MSt in Theology (New Testament)

New Testament Texts in Greek paper

The set texts for the paper 'New Testament Texts in Greek' are as follows: Colossians, James, and 1–2 Thessalonians

Appointments

Pearson Professorship of Educational Assessment and Directorship, Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment    

Jo-Anne Baird, BA Strathclyde, MBA Surrey, PhD Reading, Professor in Educational Assessment, University of Bristol, has been appointed to the Pearson Professorship of Educational Assessment and Directorship, Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment, in the Department of Education, with effect from 1 October 2011.

Professor Baird will be a fellow of St Anne's College.

Strathclyde

Chichele Professorship of Economic History

Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke, BA Dublin, MA PhD Harvard, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and IIIS, Trinity College, Dublin, has been appointed to the Chichele Professorship of Economic History-elect within the History Faculty with effect from 21 March 2011, initially on a part-time basis. He will take up the Chichele Professorship of Economic History full time with effect from autumn 2011.

Professor O'Rourke will be a fellow of All Souls College from 1 October 2011.

Professorship of Biomedical Engineering

Julia Alison Noble, MA DPhil Oxf, Titular Professor of Engineering Science, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Engineering Science and Fellow of Wolfson, has been appointed to the Professorship of Biomedical Engineering in the Department of Engineering Science with effect from 4 April 2011.

Professor Noble will be a fellow of St Hilda's College.

Reappointments

Social Sciences

Professor T. Kariya, BA MA Tokyo, PhD Northwestern. Fellow of St Antony's. University Lecturer in the Sociology of Japanese Society. From 1 March 2011 to the retiring age.

Dr H. Hamill, MA MSc DPhil Oxf, MA St And. Fellow of St Cross. University Lecturer in Sociology. From 1 March 2011 to the retiring age.

Dr P. Montgomery, BA Keele, MSc DPhil Oxf. Fellow of Green Templeton. University Lecturer in Evidence-based Intervention. From 1 September 2011 to the retiring age.

Dr J. McNicholl, MSc PGCE Oxf. Fellow of St Cross. University Lecturership in Educational Studies (Science). From 1 September 2011 to the retiring age.

Professor G.C. Edwards III, BA Stetson, MA PhD Wisconsin-Madison. Fellow of Balliol. Election to John G. Winant Professorship of American Government for the period 1 September 2012 to 22 June 2013.

Dr I. Daniels, BA Leuven, MA Nara Women's University Japan, PhD Lond. Fellow of St Cross. University Lecturer in Social Anthropology. From 1 October 2011 to the retiring age.

Dr B. Javorcik, BA Rochester, PhD Yale. Fellow of Christ Church. University Lecturer in Economics. From 1 October 2011 to the retiring age.