• Thursday 25 November 2010
  • No. 4936
  • Vol 141

Vacancies and retiring members

The lists below show the retiring member or members, and indicate the length of appointment, from MT 2010 unless otherwise stated.

Election 25 November

Contested Election

Medical Sciences Divisional Board

One person from among the members of the Faculty of Biochemistry, the Faculty of Physiological Sciences and the Faculty of Psychological Studies, of whom there shall be no more than one from each of the Department of Biochemistry, the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, the Department of Pharmacology and the Department of Experimental Psychology, elected jointly by the members of the Faculty of Biochemistry, the Faculty of Clinical Medicine, the Faculty of Physiological Sciences and the Faculty of Psychological Studies.

Professor J.N.P. Rawlins, Wolfson MT 2014

The following nominations have been received:

O.J. Braddick, MA PhD Camb, MA Oxf, Fellow of Magdalen, Department of Experimental Psychology, Faculty of Psychological Studies

Nominated by:

K.E. Davies, Hertford, Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics

B.J. Rogers, Pembroke, Psychological Studies

I. Tracey, Pembroke, Anaesthetics

N. Yeung, University College, Experimental Psychology

Candidate statement:

I have been Head of Experimental Psychology since 2001, actively engaged in divisional governance on the Planning and Resources Committee (2001–2006), Educational Strategy Group (2005), chairing the Review of Physiological Sciences FHS (2006), and a Board member (2008–2010).

The Division works in a complex and demanding context, requiring relationships with the NHS as well as with other Divisions and Colleges, and needing to sustain excellence in diverse research and teaching areas. I would seek a balanced integration of these areas in Board discussions, keeping in view the diversity of the Division's activities. I believe the defining characteristic of a University is the synergy between research and undergraduate and graduate teaching, each activity gaining strength from the others.

I would be the only member of Experimental Psychology on the Board, bringing a special interest in neuroscience (a key strategic area for the Division but not strongly represented on the current Board), and in educational aspects of the Division's mission going beyond preclinical and clinical medicine. However, I believe my record on the Board will show that I take a broad and collegial view in promoting the interests of the Division as a whole.

The Division derives strength from internal and external interdisciplinary links. I greatly value such links in my own research (with Paediatrics) and between Experimental Psychology and other basic and clinical sciences, social sciences and humanities. I would aim to promote such links that allow the Division to benefit fully from Oxford's range of intellectual strengths.

Mark S.P. Sansom, MA DPhil Oxf, Student of Christ Church, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Biochemistry

Nominated by:

I.D. Campbell, St John's, Biochemistry

R.A. Dwek, Exeter, Biochemistry

J.A. Hodgkin, Keble, Biochemistry

E.J.C. Mellor, Queen's, Biochemistry

K.A. Nasmyth, Trinity, Biochemistry

D.J. Sherratt, Linacre, Biochemistry

Candidate statement:

Qualifications. I have held a joint appointment in Oxford for 19 years with a UL in Molecular Biophysics, and a Studentship in Biochemistry at Christ Church. I have undertaken a range of administrative duties. At University level I chaired the Oxford Supercomputing Centre (OSC), and I have been actively involved in (and currently co-direct) the Wellcome Trust Structural Biology graduate programme. Within Biochemistry, I have acted as head of the Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics for one year, and currently head the Research Laboratory of Molecular and Systems Biochemistry, one of five groupings within the Department responsible for research strategy and space planning. Within Christ Church I have held a number of posts, including Tutor for Graduates. Nationally, I have chaired the HECToR Science Board, responsible for the procurement of the UK national supercomputer. I therefore appreciate the competing academic and financial pressures within the University at all levels, and have wide experience of the development of large scale resources and training across the physical/biomedical sciences interface.

Reasons. There is a need to fully integrate research and teaching (both graduate and undergraduate) in order to maintain Oxford medical sciences as world-leading. During a period of transitions in funding models, we need to develop a strategy that supports research spanning from the fundamental to the translational. Within this context, we need to maintain high academic standards whilst developing innovative and well-resourced models of graduate student training.

General notes:

The nomination period for this election closed at 4 p.m. on Thursday, 28 October 2010.

The following members of Congregation are entitled to vote in this election: members of the Faculty of Biochemistry, the Faculty of Clinical Medicine, the Faculty of Physiological Sciences and the Faculty of Psychological Studies. Ballot papers were sent out to voters during the week of 8 November. Completed ballot papers must be received by the Elections Office not later than 4 p.m. on 25 November 2010.

For more information, please contact the Elections Office (elections.office@admin.ox.ac.uk).

Election 2 December

Contested Election


Vacancy: One

One member of Congregation, not necessarily being members of any division and not in any case being nominated in a divisional capacity, who shall be elected by Congregation.

Dr A.W.M. Graham, Balliol From HT 2011 To MT 2013

Full details of Council's remit, composition, functions and powers can be found at: http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/statutes/783-121.shtml. Enquiries may be directed to the Head of the Council Secretariat (emma.rampton@admin.ox.ac.uk).

The following nominations have been received:

Tony Brett, MA Oxf, Computing Services

Nominated by:

K.M. Craddock, OUCS

D.C. Hastings, OUCS

W. Horn, OUCS

S.D. Lee, Merton, Faculty of English, OUCS

H.F. Morton, Somerville

M.J. Parrott, Brasenose

Candidate statement:

  • Head of IT Support Staff services in Oxford University Computing Services, where I have worked since 2003.
  • Institute of Molecular Medicine IT Manager 1993–1998
  • Corpus Christi (Oxford) IT Manager 1998–2003
  • Matriculated, Corpus Christi (Oxford) 1989, BA (hons) 1993, MA 1998

As a long-standing academic-related member of Congregation I offer the perspective of this institution’s increasing number of academic-related staff to Council if elected. With the increasing emergence of 'third space'1 professionals in the higher education sector I believe I would bring strategic advantage to Council in contributing to governance that balances the professional, academic and administrative needs of our world-leading institution with the management of its finances, services, and property.

I have a wide remit across the whole Collegiate University providing strategic direction to all units on ICT matters. I sit on divisional and departmental IT Committees and have conducted large- and small-scale reviews of IT provision in several departments and colleges. I regularly challenge units to ensure their IT strategy is in line with, and driven by, their overall strategy and aims. I am responsible to around 650 IT Support Staff at every level of seniority in all parts of the Collegiate University of Oxford. As a member of Oxford City Council I offer a unique insight into the civic context of our University.

1 Whitchurch, C. 'Shifting Identities and Blurring Boundaries: the Emergence of Third Space Professionals in UK Higher Education'. Higher Education Quarterly, Volume 62, No. 4, October 2008, pp. 377–396.

Sarah E. Thomas, AB Smith College, MA PhD Johns Hopkins, MA Oxf, MS Simmons College, Fellow of Balliol, Bodleian Libraries

Nominated by:

C.A. Lewis, Dean of Christ Church, Faculty of Theology

F.A. Cairncross, Rector of Exeter

R.W. Ainsworth, Master of St Catherine's, Faculty of Engineering Science

K.E. Davies, Hertford, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics

W.S. James, Brasenose, Dunn School of Pathology

R. Ovenden, St Hugh's, Bodleian Libraries

S.P. Perry, Balliol, Faculty of English

A.E. Trefethen, Oxford E-Research Centre

Candidate statement:

As Bodley's Librarian I have the privilege of serving the entire University of Oxford as well as providing a service for the 'Republic of the Learned'. I would bring this same multi-lateral orientation to the responsibilities of Council. The role of Oxford's university librarian gives me a broad perspective on the university and requires me to understand and balance the needs of a variety of sectors in shaping our information policies and practices. A complex organisation, the Bodleian Libraries are one of the largest departments in the university and offer regular opportunities to interact with all divisions as well as the administrative, financial, legal, and other services of the university, such as estates and IT.

Now in my fourth year at Oxford, I have substantial experience as a member of the Buildings and Estates Subcommittee and of the Personnel Committee. As a professorial fellow at Balliol I have gained a deep appreciation of the value of the collegiate university.

My library career began at Harvard's Widener Library and I subsequently held positions at Johns Hopkins, Stanford, the Library of Congress, and Cornell, where I was University Librarian for a decade and adjunct professor of German. I hold an A.B. in German from Smith College, a M.S. in Library Science from Simmons College, and a Ph.D. in German from Johns Hopkins and have studied at universities in Hamburg, Freiburg, and Frankfurt. These diverse experiences would provide a useful foundation of reference on which to build contributions to Council.

General notes:

The nomination period for this election closed at 4.00 p.m. on Thursday 4 November 2010.

All members of Congregation are entitled to vote in this election. Ballot papers were sent out to voters during the week of 15 November. Completed ballot papers must be received by the Elections Office not later than 4.00 p.m. on 2 December 2010.

For more information, please contact the Elections Office (elections.office@admin.ox.ac.uk).