Notices

  • Thursday 28 July 2011
  • NO. 4961
  • VOL. 141

Consultative notices

Consultation on the government White Paper: invitation for comments

The government's White Paper on higher education, entitled Students at the Heart of the System, was published on the website of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on 28 June. It may be accessed at http://discuss.bis.gov.uk/hereform. The government invites comments on the overall policy direction set out in the White Paper and the impact that this will have on the higher education sector through a consultation period which opened on 28 June and will close on 20 September 2011. This notice sets out the process for submitting comments to a small group established by the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee to formulate the University's response to the White Paper (see further below).

The government's consultation period clearly poses problems for the collegiate University given that it falls directly over the long vacation when the usual decision-making committee structure will not be operating. The Planning and Resource Allocation Committee has therefore agreed to establish a small group to draft the formal response. This group will be chaired by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), with the other members being the Pro–Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources), the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), the Junior or Senior Proctor, two members of Council directly elected by Congregation, one representative from each division, one Conference representative and an OUSU representative. The membership of the group will be posted on the PRAS website at www.admin.ox.ac.uk/pras/oxonly/whitepaper once finalised.

Recognising the constraints imposed by the government's timetable, divisions, colleges and individual members of Congregation are invited to provide their comments to the group. Comments should be sent to whitepaper@admin.ox.ac.uk preferably by 31 July and at the latest by 15 August. Comments will not be published but will be taken into account by the group when drafting the University's response. The Vice-Chancellor will approve the response on behalf of Council by the deadline of 20 September, following which it will be shared with the collegiate University in the usual way.

Jesus College: revised statutes

The Committee on Statutes before the Privy Council, acting under authority delegated to it by Council, is minded to give consent on behalf of the University to the amendment to Statute II of Jesus College, approved by the Governing Body on 4 May 2011, in so far as such consent is required by Section 7 (2) of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923. The consent of the committee to the amendments to the Statutes will be effective eleven days after publication of this notice unless written notice of a resolution, signed by at least twenty members of Congregation and calling upon Council to withhold that consent, has been given to the Registrar by noon on Monday, 8 August.

The effect of the amendment is to revise objects clauses.

General notices

Gazette publication arrangements

This is the final Gazette of 2010–11. The first Gazette of 2011–12 will be published on 22 September, but will be limited to Council and Congregation business and changes to Examination Regulations. The first full issue of 2011–12 will be published on 29 September and the normal deadline will apply.

Changes to the online Gazette

From the start of the 2011–12 academic year, the online Gazette will contain all of the same content as the printed Gazette. This will include items currently omitted from the online version: notices of degrees by resolution; details of forthcoming examinations for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy and grants of leave to supplicate for higher degrees; and graduate prizes. Access to these items, which have until now been omitted from the online Gazette in order to comply with data protection rules regarding the publication of personal data outside the EU, will, in order to comply with the same rules, be restricted to those readers with a Oxford University username enabling them to use the Single Sign-On service (see www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/webauth/oxfordusername.xml for details of the Single Sign-On service).

Subscription arrangements 2011–12

The cost of a subscription to the Gazette for the academic year 2011–12 is as follows:

  • United Kingdom, first-class post: £81
  • United Kingdom, second-class post: £68
  • Elsewhere in Europe: £85
  • Outside Europe: £170

Subscription to the Gazette includes, at no further cost, all issues of Blueprint, the University's official newsletter, and the Oxford Magazine (twelve issues per year: see below concerning separate subscription to the Magazine).

How to pay

We prefer payment via our online shop. Please see www.ox.ac.uk/gazette/postalsubscriptioninformation for further details.

Payment by cheque: please send your name and full postal address, plus a cheque for the appropriate amount as detailed above, to: Gazette Subscriptions, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD.

Oxford Magazine


Subscriptions to the Oxford Magazine only are also available. The charges for 2011–12 are:

  • United Kingdom: £28
  • Elsewhere in Europe: £35
  • Outside Europe: £70

If you wish to subscribe to the Oxford Magazine only, please send your name and full postal address, plus a cheque for the appropriate amount as detailed above, to: Gazette Subscriptions, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD. Please note that payment by cheque is the only method available for Magazine-only subscriptions.

Deferred term of office of external member of Council

The proposal to appoint Ms Jayne Almond as a member of Council for four years from Michaelmas Term 2011 was approved by Congregation on 19 August 2010. However, Council has agreed (with Ms Almond's consent) that the start of Ms Almond's four-year term of office on Council should be deferred from the beginning of Michaelmas Term 2011 to the beginning of Hilary Term 2012 (1 January 2012), in order to align it with her Chairmanship of the Audit and Scrutiny Committee.

Renumbering of regulations

Council Regulations 15 of 2002 is a large set of regulations governing 35 committees reporting directly to Council or one of its main committees. It is currently organised in three parts, each numbered separately. Part 3 alone has 140 regulations; when a change is made to insert a new regulation, all subsequent regulations need to be renumbered. As this is administratively cumbersome and presents difficulties for the implementation of a content management system for the online University legislation, Council has endorsed a revised numbering system, whereby each committee has its own numbered part. The regulations with the revised numbering will be available online from 28 July (at www.admin.ox.ac.uk/statutes/regulations/520-122.shtml).

Oxford Learning Institute

Training for Admissions Interviewing

The Oxford Learning Institute will offer the following training opportunities to those responsible for leading or assisting with undergraduate admissions interviewing in 2011:

  • A tutored online course, for those who expect to take a leading role in admissions interviewing, will be available from 3 August to 2 December (with new enrolments accepted until 25 November);
  • A non-tutored online course, for those assisting with admissions (e.g. graduate student 'helpers' or note takers) and experienced tutors who need an update, will be available from 3 August to 16 December.

N.B. A module on remote interviewing using Skype is now included in both the tutored and non-tutored courses.

  • Admissions interviewing practice sessions, for new interviewers who have completed the tutored online course, will take place on two half days (28 September and 18 November).

The collegiate University expects all those involved in interviewing candidates for admission to receive appropriate briefings on the process. The compulsory element of these briefings for new staff takes the form of an online course which takes about six hours to complete. New appointees may complete this online course before arriving in Oxford, if they wish to do so. The aim of the course is to show interviewers good practice in order to help them both to make better selections and to avoid claims of unfair treatment from disappointed candidates.

Practice interviews are also offered as an optional extra learning opportunity. To qualify to take part in practice interviews, participants must complete the online course by a deadline approximately three weeks beforehand.

We advise all teaching staff in colleges who have not been involved in interviewing, or have not previously taken this course, to ask senior colleagues whether they will be expected to interview this year and should therefore enrol. Departmental teaching staff may also wish to seek advice from line-managers or mentors on whether they are likely to be invited to become involved in admissions this year. Many who do not have a formal college association are nonetheless frequently invited to take part in college admissions processes because of their specific disciplinary expertise.

To book onto any of the above courses please go to the Learning Institute website at www.learning.ox.ac.uk/admissions and follow the links to the course you want. This page provides further information but if more is required, please telephone Kathryn Black on (2)86825.

Reports Issued By the Internal Auditors

The following reports issued by the Internal Auditors were accepted by the Audit and Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on 27 June.

Detailed reviews

  • Faculty of Linguistics
  • Faculty of Music
  • Budget setting and monitoring
  • Ashmolean Museum
  • Department of Biochemistry
  • VAT
  • Examination fees
  • Project Management Office review

Healthchecks

  • Faculty of Classics
  • School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies
  • Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • Cancer Epidemiology Unit
  • Department of International Development
  • Institute of Ageing
  • National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit
  • Structural Genomics Consortium
  • Biomedical Services
  • Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences

The executive summaries of these reports have now been posted on the intranet at www.admin.ox.ac.uk/councilsec/oxonly/auditrep. The full reports may be consulted by members of Congregation at the University Offices by arrangement with the Head of the Council Secretariat, Emma Rampton (email: emma.rampton@admin.ox.ac.uk, telephone: (2)70002).

UAS Conference 2011

The UAS Conference is a one-day training and information event for all those who are involved in administration across the University and colleges. The event, which will be held in the Examination Schools on Tuesday, 27 September, will consist of a series of workshops, presentations and training sessions, together with a range of information stands to browse during the course of the day. Further information is available at www.ox.ac.uk/uas_conference. Registration will open on the site in mid-August.

Bodleian Libraries

Long Vacation: Radcliffe Camera opening hours

The Upper Camera will be closed for re-flooring work until Mon., 3 Oct. A fetching service from open shelf material will be provided on weekdays.

The Lower Camera will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays until Sat., 1 Oct. (closed Sat., 27 to Mon., 29 Aug. inclusive).

The Upper and Lower Camera will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon., 3 Oct. to Fri., 7 Oct. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., 8 Oct.

Other libraries have various opening hours during the long vacation and readers should check before visiting them at www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

SOLO - a new version of the Bodleian Libraries' catalogue

On 22 July the Bodleian Libraries launched a new version of SOLO. This integrates the former OLIS  and can be searched by anybody anywhere in the world. Registered readers need to use only one interface to locate and order collections, renew loans and holds, check their patron record, etc. Once signed on to SOLO, Oxford members working off-campus will have seamless access to subscription e-resources without having to sign on again.

Signing on to SOLO after 22 July

Oxford members should sign on with their Single Sign On details (www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/webauth/oxfordusername.xml); non-Oxford members will continue to sign on with their Library Card barcode and associated password. A guide to SOLO is available online (http://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/solo) and training workshops will be available (www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/services/training/solo-workshops); library staff can also assist with any enquiries or problems.

Alexander Library of Ornithology

Relocation

The Alexander Library of Ornithology is relocating to new space on the ground floor within the Department of Zoology during July and August.

The Library is closed to visitors until Monday, 5 September. Some limited access to certain parts of the collection may be possible from 22 August. Please contact the Library if you have an urgent request and we will do our best to locate the material you require. If you are unable to get a reply, and you have an urgent enquiry, please contact Enquiries at the Radcliffe Science Library and your message will be forwarded to the Alexander Library.

MSc in Neuroscience

The following deadlines will apply in 2011–12.

  • Qualifying examination: Wed., 7 December 2011.
  • Poster presentation of Project 1: Wed., 21 March 2012.
    • Submission of Dissertation 1: Fri., 13 April 2012.
  • Oral presentation of Project 2: Fri., 3 August 2012.
    • Submission of Dissertation 2: Fri., 17 August 2012.
  • Viva voce exams: Wed., 12 September and Thur., 13 September 2012.

Appointments

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Personnel and Equality)

Stephen John Goss, MA DPhil Oxf, Director, Oxford Learning Institute, Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Personnel and Equality), University Lecturer in Pathology and Tutorial Fellow in Medicine, Wadham, has been appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Personnel and Equality) with effect from 1 October 2011.

Humanities

With the approval of the Humanities Board, the following appointments and reappointments have been made and titles conferred for the periods stated.

Appointments

CUF Lecturer

Classics

Felix Johannes Budelmann, BA UCL, PhD Camb. Fellow of Magdalen. In Greek and/or Latin Languages and Literature. From 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2013.

Philosophy

Anil Daniel Gomes, BPhil DPhil Oxf. Fellow of Trinity. In Philosophy. From 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2014.

Reappointments

University Lecturer (NTF)

Oriental Studies

Elizabeth Anne Frood, BA MA Auckland, DPhil Oxf. Fellow of St Cross. In Egyptology. From 1 July 2011 to the retiring age.

Grocyn Lecturer

Classics

Juliane Kerkhecker, MA Oxf, Staatsexamen Tübingen. Fellow of Oriel. From 1 September 2011 to the retiring age.

Conferment of Title

CUF Lecturer

History

Alexandra Mary Gajda, BA DPhil Oxf. Fellow of Jesus. In Early Modern History. From 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2016.

Philosophy

Jeffrey Sanford Russell, BA BSc Stanford. Fellow of Magdalen. In Philosophy. From 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2016.

Michail M. Peramatzis, BA MA Athens, DPhil Oxf. Fellow of Worcester. In Philosophy. From 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2016.

Josh Parsons, BA Victoria University of Wellington, PhD ANU. Fellow of Corpus Christi. In Philosophy. From 1 December 2011 to 30 November 2014.

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board has conferred the Headship of the Sub-department of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry upon Mark Brouard, MA DPhil Oxf, Professor of Chemistry and Fellow of Jesus, for a period of five years from 1 July 2011.

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board has conferred the Headship of the Sub-department of Organic Chemistry upon Christopher Schofield, BSc Manc, MA DPhil Oxf, Professor of Organic Chemistry and Fellow of Hertford, for a period of five years from 1 July 2011.

Medical Sciences

University Lecturer

Biomedical Sciences

Stephanie Cragg, MA Camb, DPhil Oxf, Fellow and Tutor in Medicine, Christ Church, and University Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences, has been reappointed until the retiring age with effect from 1 October 2011.

Experimental Psychology

Gaia Scerif, BSc St Andrews, PhD London, Fellow and Tutor in Psychology, St Catherine's, and University Lecturer in Experimental Psychology, has been reappointed until the retiring age with effect from 1 October 2011.

Nicholas Yeung, BA Oxf, PhD Camb, Fellow and Praelector in Psychology, University College, and University Lecturer in Experimental Psychology, has been reappointed until the retiring age with effect from 1 October 2011.

Visiting Professorships

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisional Board has reconferred the title of Visiting Professor in Inorganic Chemistry upon William I.F. David, MA DPhil Oxf, CPhys FInstP FIMMM, STFC Senior Research Fellow at ISIS Facility, for a period of three years from 1 July 2011.

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisional Board has reconferred the title of Visiting Professor in Mechanical Engineering upon David Rugg, BSc Birmingham, PhD Sheffield, FIM, CEng, Senior Materials Specialist at Rolls Royce plc, for a period of three years from 1 July 2011.

Medical Sciences

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Molecular Biophysics on S.E.V. Phillips, BSc PhD London, currently Director, Research Complex at Diamond and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory for a period of three years from 1 July 2011.

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) on G. ter Haar, MA DSc Oxf, PhD London; for a period of five years from 1 May 2011.

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Human Immunology on Xiao-Ning Xu, currently Head of China Novartis Institute of Vaccine Research; for a period of three years from 1 May 2011.

The Medical Sciences Board has re-conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Translational Neurosciences on M. During, BSc MD DSc Auckland, FRACP (Australia), FACP (USA), for a period of three years from 1 June 2011.

The Medical Sciences Board has re-conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Public Health Epidemiology on K. McPherson, MA BA Camb, PhD Lond, for a further period of five years from 1 Dec 2011.

Electoral Boards

Composition of an Electoral Board

Professorship of Pathology

The composition of the electoral board to the post below, proceedings to fill which are currently in progress, is as follows:

  Appointed by
Mr Vice-Chancellor ex officio
The Rector of Lincoln ex officio
Professor R. Laskey Council
Professor Sir John Bell Council
Professor A. Buchan Medical Sciences Divisional Board
Professor Dame Kay Davies Medical Sciences Divisional Board
Professor Sir Tim Hunt Medical Sciences Divisional Board
Dr Chris Norbury Medical Sciences Divisional Board
Professor N. Barclay Lincoln

Exhibitions

Pitt Rivers Museum

Admission, exhibitions and events free.  Access via the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PW. Opening hours: 10 a.m.–4.30 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday; noon–4.30 p.m. Monday. For more information see: www.prm.ox.ac.uk.

Special Event:

Behind the Conservation Curtain

Oxford Open Doors: Saturday, 10 September

A rare opportunity to be guided through the Pitt Rivers' conservation studio. Your chance to explore objects through the eyes of our experienced ethnographic conservators. 45-minute sessions at 11 a.m. and noon. Suitable for adults and children over 12. Tours are free, but numbers are limited and must be booked in advance. Please ring 01865 270927 for reservations.

Exhibitions:

Made for Trade

Until 27 January 2013

From local markets to global networks: insights into the world of trade.

The exhibition forms part of a five-year project involving ten major European ethnography museums, entitled 'Ethnography Museums and World Cultures—RIME'. The project is funded with support from the European Commission.

People Apart: Cape Town Survey 1952

Photographs by Bryan Heseltine: until 8 January 2012

An extraordinary collection of photographs of South Africans providing a rich and intimate description of life in a number of townships and areas of Cape Town. This exhibition is in conjunction with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies of British Art and Birmingham City University.

Ghost Forest: A Year in Oxford

Extended until 31 July 2012

Angela Palmer's striking exhibition featuring ten immense rainforest tree stumps from Ghana on the lawn in front of the museum buildings. See: www.ghostforest.org.