• Thursday 15 March 2012
  • NO. 4983
  • VOL. 142


Respondents to advertisements are asked to note the following, which is an extract from the Terms and Conditions of acceptance of advertisements:

The University of Oxford and Oxford University Press accept no responsibility for the content of any advertisement published in the Gazette. Readers should note that the inclusion of any advertisement in no way implies approval or recommendation of either the terms of any offer contained in it or of the advertiser by the University of Oxford or Oxford University Press.


Gazette publication arrangements

Advertisers are asked to note that the final Gazette of Hilary term will be published on 22 March. Please note, however, that the 22 March issue will be limited to University business only, so will not contain classified advertisements. Publication for Trinity term will begin on 19 April. The usual deadline will continue to apply (see above).

Oxford Harmonic Society

Oxford Harmonic Society continues its 90th anniversary season with a rare performance of Carl Loewe's Passion Oratorio from 1847 - a deeply moving and lyrical rendition of the Easter story (7.30 pm, 31 March, Oxford Town Hall). Known mainly for his Lieder, Loewe’s Oratorio demonstrates he also wrote choral music of searing emotional depth and drama. Tickets: Oxford Playhouse (01865 305305, and on the door. For more information:

Craft courses

Ardington School of Crafts in Oxfordshire offers short courses in traditional and contemporary crafts led by experts and practising craftspeople. Courses include book binding, silverwork, stained glass, calligraphy, willow work, china restoration, quilting, icon painting, leatherwork, stone carving, felt making, crewel work, marbling, spinning, letter cutting in stone, curtain making, goldwork embroidery, upholstery and many others. Courses range from 1 to 5 days. Browse the website: or phone 01235 833433.

Oxford Chamber Music Society

Oxford Chamber Music Society concert at Holywell Music Room, Sunday 22 April at 3 pm. Britten Oboe Quartet (Nicholas Daniel) play Lutyens' O Absalom, Mozart Oboe Quartet and Cor Anglais Adagio, Francaix Cor Anglais Quartet and Schubert String Trio Movement. Tickets £18, free at door to 8–25s. Playhouse 01865 305305. Web:

Collaborative learning in young people

We are currently recruiting participants for a study of how young people may learn from one another. To participate, your child must be male, 8–10, 10–12 or 14–16 years old, and able to find a friend from the same age group who can come along to the Department of Experimental Psychology. The task is simple but fun; and both of them will be reimbursed (£20 each). For further information and to sign up, please visit

Coull String Quartet

Magdalen College School, 7 Apr., 7.30 pm, Magdalen College Chapel. The Coull String Quartet in Haydn's 'Seven Last Words'. Tickets £7 (£5 concessions). Email: or phone: 01865 242191.

Oxford University Newcomers' Club

The Oxford University Newcomers' Club at the University Club, 11 Mansfield Rd, OX1 3SZ, welcomes the wives, husbands or partners of visiting scholars, of graduate students and of newly appointed academic members of the University. We offer help, advice, information and the opportunity to meet others socially. Informal coffee mornings are held in the Club every Wed. 10.30–12 from 0th week to 9th week, both inclusive. Newcomers with children (0–4) meet every Fri. in term 10.15–11.45. We have a large programme of events including tours of colleges, museums and other places of interest. Other term-time activities include an art group, book group, informal conversation group, garden group, antiques group and an opportunity to explore Oxfordshire. Visit our website:

Antiques bought and sold

Antiques and decorative objects bought and sold. Fireplace-related items – grates, firetools, firebacks, fenders, nursery guards; 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century furniture; interesting and unusual items including silver, pictures, desks and library furniture, also garden items such as stoneware or seating. Please ring to sell, or to purchase visit us at Greenway Antiques, 90 Corn St, Witney, Oxon. Open Mon–Fri 9.30–5, Sat 10–5. Tel.: 01993 705026. Mobile: 07831 585014.

Restoration and conservation of antique furniture

John Hulme undertakes all aspects of restoration. Thirty years' experience. Collection and delivery. For free advice, telephone or write to the Workshop, 11A High St, Chipping Norton, Oxon, OX7 5AD. Tel.: 01608 641692.

Services offered

Big or small, we ship it all. Plus free pick up anywhere in Oxford. Also 24-hour photocopying, private mailing addresses (24-hour access and mail forwarding worldwide), binding, fax bureau, colour photocopying, mailing services and much more. Contact or visit Mail Boxes Etc., 266 Banbury Rd, Oxford. Tel.: 01865 514655. Fax: 01865 514656. Email: Also at 94 London Rd, Oxford. Tel.: 01865 741729. Fax: 01865 742431. Email:

Tree surgery. Town and Country Trees Ltd, established in 1993, providing practical help and advice in all aspects of tree and shrub maintenance throughout Oxfordshire and surrounding areas. Dedicated and environmentally sympathetic practitioners in tree care and preservation. Contact Paul Hodkinson 07976 261850 or 0845 458 2980.

Airport/taxi service. Highly reliable service, 20 years' experience of getting you to the airport stress free. Business or pleasure. Comfortable Mercedes saloon or Volvo Estate and 7-passenger XLWB Mercedes for those with lots of luggage. Child seats available. Fully licensed and insured. Sample car prices: Oxford to Heathrow, from £73; Eurostar, £95; Cambridge, £120. Call Clive Roberts to discuss your needs or for advice. Account customers welcome. Mobile: 07917 566077. Home: 01865 778608. Email:

Computer Assistance is here to help you. Fix screens, viruses, etc. We can solve email and broadband issues. In business 16 years. Tel.: 01865 451177. Web:

Do you have an academic text book idea? The Apple iBooks format is the first to feature interactive elements for an immersive learning experience, designed for the education market. Over 100 million iPads will be sold this year, many to students looking for new ways to learn – an exciting opportunity for educational texts to become widely available without being commissioned by a heavyweight publisher. To discuss your ideas contact:

Domestic services

Carpet/upholstery/rug cleaning by Grimebusters, Oxfordshire's local specialists. Domestic, commercial and college. We offer you the latest wet or dry cleaning systems at highly competitive rates. Fully insured, trained and NCCA approved. Free estimates and friendly advice. Tel.: 01865 726983 / 01235 555533 / 01993 868924.

Tidy Outlook services: garden maintenance including grass cutting, hedge trimming, pruning, lopping, weeding and garden clearance. Friendly family service, weekly, fortnightly, monthly or just one visit. Fully insured, free estimates, small jobs welcome. Please tel. 01865 891749 or 01235 532136.

Situations vacant

IT Administrator – NaturalMotion. OU spin-out company requires full-time IT administrator to handle first- and second-line IT support duties in our Oxford office and remote sites. This role consists of: working through assigned support tasks in priority order; logging new telephone and walk-up requests; hardware and software deployment; account management; writing/maintaining documentation. Required skills/experience: a degree or 2 years’ relevant experience; analytical approach to problem solving; solid grasp of tuning and configuring Windows; good knowledge of PC hardware maintenance/procurement; understanding of common network technologies; familiarity with OS X. Some Linux,  server hardware and telecoms experience would be beneficial. Ideal for someone with a keen interest in computing  who genuinely enjoys helping people solve IT problems.  We offer the opportunity to join a growing company in a high-tech industry, with exposure to new hardware and the opportunity for travel to our remote offices. See for more information.

A leading international business school in Oxford is looking for literature experts to teach/lecture in the mornings during the month of Aug. on its lively summer school. We are particularly looking for experts on the following writers: William Shakespeare, J R R Tolkien, C S Lewis, Lewis Carroll and Philip Pullman. Generous hourly teaching rates apply. For more information please contact Sophia Vänttinen-Newton at

Experienced copy editor. Our company is looking for freelance copy editors to help edit research papers by non-native English authors. Requirements: native English speaker, a postgraduate degree, experience in academic writing/editing. Currently, we seek editors mainly from the following fields: Medicine, Biosciences, Chemistry and Engineering. Please contact: for details.

Situations sought

Experienced writer, researcher and editor seeking employment. Modern and contemporary art a speciality. Email: Tel.: 01865 510705.

Houses to let

An Englishman's home is his castle – so the saying goes. We cannot pretend we have too many castles, but if you seek quality rental accommodation in Oxford or the surrounding area, we can help. QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents, specialising in lettings to academics, medical personnel and other professionals. We aim to offer the friendliest and most helpful service in Oxford. Visit for details of all properties available. Or phone, fax or email with your requirements and we will do whatever we can without obligation. Tel.: 01865 764533. Fax: 01865 764777. Email:

Live in comfort near the Thames, a short walk to the river, city centre and University. Beautiful, eclectic Victorian house, 4 bedrooms, large split-level living room, dining room, modern and fully equipped kitchen. First floor: hi-spec bathroom with spacious shower, free-standing bath, double sinks, bidet, WC. Second floor: shower room with WC. South-facing garden. Residents' parking, bicycle(s), WiFi. Available: end June to beginning Sept. Price negotiable. Tel.: +44(0)1865 725193.

East Oxford: charming, comfortably furnished 3-bed house available end-May for 6 months; 2 double bedrooms, 1 single, loft study, large kitchen, secluded garden; quiet, safe, sought-after road in friendly community. Close to nature reserve and river. Would suit visiting academics/family; £1,500 pcm inclusive all bills and WiFi access. Would reduce to have our friendly cats looked after in their own home! Contact Nicole 07747 610359;

Beautifully restored house (18th cent.), centre of pretty village, 6 miles Oxford. Four bedrooms, 3 sitting rooms, farmhouse kitchen, dining room, large study, all mod cons, garden, cleaner. Village all services; good range of shops. Excellent 24-hour bus service; 20 mins. Oxford centre from door. Car hire possible. Perfect for visiting academic family. Available 19 July–28 Aug., £500 p.w. Contact:; 01865 483951 (work); 01865 880142 (home).

Four-bedroom family house to let in Iffley Fields from 1 Apr. Double-fronted Victorian property with lovely garden. Quiet residential street within walking distance of city centre. Three reception rooms, large kitchen, study and garage. Unfurnished; £2,000 pcm. Available 1 Apr. Please contact 07793 627716 or email

Five-bedroom family house in Iffley available for next academic year. Lovely location on edge of beautiful village near the river with easy access to central Oxford (1.5 miles). Immaculate condition, fully furnished, WiFi, phone, piano, all mod cons. Great outlook to rear over meadow and hills. Academic family abroad for sabbatical year from mid-Aug.; £2,500 pm. Contact:

Three-bedroom, Victorian terraced house with garden on quiet street in east Oxford. Near river, for quick and beautiful bike ride into town. Available 1 Apr. 2012 until June 2013. Fully furnished accommodation over 3 floors. Living room has TV, fireplace. One and a half bathrooms. Kitchen opens onto large, south-facing, family-friendly garden with outdoor patio. Close to University, hospitals. Ideal for visiting academics/family; £1,500 pcm. See: Email:

Great north Oxford family home: 3 double bedrooms, fully equipped and furnished, all mod cons. Includes all bills, gardener and cleaner. Available first 2 weeks Apr.; £650 pw. More info:

Flats to let

University Land Agent's and Accommodation Office

The University Land Agent's and Accommodation Office maintains registers of University housing, and of private rental accommodation, available to full-time students, academic visitors, and some employees of the University. See

Visiting Oxford? We have studio, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments conveniently located for the various colleges and University departments, available for 1 week to several months. Apartments are serviced, linen provided, rental includes all bills. Most of our guests are visiting academics like you. Details, photos and prices on our website: Email: or tel.: 01993 811711.

Ethical letting? College and County have quietly established themselves as a contemporary lettings and property management company with a more European, partnership approach within the Oxford market. We look after more than 250 properties within the city and are experienced in meeting the needs of academics both as clients and applicants. For more information, call 01865 722722 or go to

Charming 2-bedroom flat in north central Oxford (Bardwell Rd), fully furnished, quiet, off-street parking and garage. Best suited to professionals and academics; £1,050 pcm plus utility bills and council tax. Tel.: 01235 770904, evenings. Email:

To let immediately. Spacious, first-floor, 1-bedroom apartment in purpose-built, quiet, professional building, Summertown, north Oxford, OX2 7LU. Separate reception, kitchen, bathroom, double bedroom and large storage closet. Wooden floors throughout. Private parking space. South facing, looking on to beautiful shared garden. Furnished/unfurnished negotiable, £830 pm. Tel.: 07768 687472, 01223 892718 (evening). Email:

Accommodation offered

Visiting academics welcomed for short or long stays in comfortable home of semi-retired academic couple, situated in quiet, exclusive, leafy central north Oxford within walking distance of main University buildings, town centre, parks, river, shops and restaurants. Rooms have colour TV, tea, coffee, kettle, refrigerator, microwave, free wireless broadband and central and independent heating. Very moderate terms. Linen, cleaning and breakfast included. Tel./fax: 01865 557879. Email:

Not sure where to live? Read and watch our great Navigator Guides with guide rents, videos, bar and area reviews. Web: Tel.: 01865 200012.

Scott Fraser – market leaders for quality Oxfordshire property. Selling or letting, buying or renting, we are here to help. Visit for more information or call: Oxford sales: 01865 759500; Witney sales: 01993 705507; Headington lettings: 01865 761111; Summertown lettings: 01865 554577; East Oxford and student lettings: 01865 244666; Witney lettings 01993 777909.

Academics, parent or students looking for a nice place to stay: short- or long-term B&B or self-catering rooms/apartments. High-quality accommodation in welcoming private homes in many Oxford locations and surrounding area. B&B from £25/night, £170/week, all inclusive. Long-term discount available. TV, free wireless Internet, tea/coffee facilities, use of microwave. Linen and weekly laundry service. For information, tel.: 01865 481489 (01865 435229 out of hours), email:, or visit:

Room for rent outside Geneva in shared house near lake. Own bathroom, own toilet, shared kitchen, use of separate office, TV, Wi-Fi. Would suit graduate or researcher; 700 CHF pm. Contact:

Accommodation sought

University Accommodation Office

Landlords – do you have a spare room, flat or house to let? Oxford University Accommodation Office seeks all types of short and long-term accommodation for students, academic visitors, postdocs and members of the University. Our new quick and easy Studentpad software allows landlords to quickly advertise properties online, amend details and upload photos. See: For information: 01865 280811.

Going abroad? Or just thinking of letting your property? QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents and property managers. We specialise in lettings to academics, professionals and their families, and have a constant flow of enquiries from good-quality tenants seeking property in the Oxford area. For details or informal help and advice without obligation, contact us. Tel.: 01865 764533. Fax: 01865 764777. Email: Or visit our website,, to see how we could be marketing your property.

Milton Friedman the landlord would hate increasing rental legislation, but would inflation boosting his rental income cause him sleepless nights? Finders Keepers – negotiating buy-side demand for Oxford’s economists for 35+ years. Tel.: 01865 200012. Web:

Female postgraduate/college lecturer seeks room in shared, family and/or academic home. Extremely clean, tidy and responsible. Non-smoker. Able to move in any time between June and Sept. One-beds/studios also suitable. Flexible as to area and budget. Please email

Self-catering apartments

OxfordShortlets offers a portfolio of high-quality, self-catering, short-let properties as an excellent alternative to hotel, guesthouse or bed and breakfast accommodation in Oxford and surrounding villages. Wide selection of quality homes available for short-stay lets from 1 week to several months. OxfordShortlets caters for professional individuals, groups or families visiting Oxford for holiday, business, academic and relocation purposes or for temporary accommodation between homes. Tel.: 01865 311696. Fax: 01865 511010. Email: Web:

Sustainable short-term accommodation in Summertown. The Oxford EcoFlat is a 2-bedroom flat in Summertown, north Oxford, accommodating up to 4 people with private garage and communal garden. The flat has been eco-renovated to create a light, healthy, energy efficient living space. Two mins. walk to shops and cafés and 10 mins. by bus to city centre. From 3 nights to 6 months. Serviced and fully equipped. Contact:, 07798 725077.

Holiday lets

Midhurst. Romantic, primitive, 2-bedroom gamekeeper's cottages at foot of South Downs: fires, polished floors, simple kitchens, many books, internet access, no TVs (writers' haven) – or for bigger groups, a gorgeous, antique-filled, unspoiled (but very comfortable) 5-bedroom 17th-century farmhouse. On own organic farm – woods, valleys, river, bluebells, wildlife. Available weekends; low winter prices; big Oxford discount. Pictures at or email

Cornwall, cottage and restored chapel in quiet hamlet on South-west Coastal Footpath within 100m of the sea and minutes from Caerhays and Heligan. Each property sleeps 6. Comfortably furnished, c.h., wood burner and broadband. Ideal for reading, writing, painting, walking. Short winter breaks available from £200. Tel.: 01865 558503 or 07917 864113. Email: See:

Greek island holidays. Since 1992, Thalpos Holidays has been personally selecting holiday properties and locations for independent travellers and their families. Villas with private pools and charming cottages by the sea in Skopelos, Skiathos, Alonissos, Corfu, Paxos, Lefkas, Kefalonia, Zante and, new for this year, coastal locations in the southern Peloponnese. Prices start from £65 per night! Visit us at or contact us at Tel.: +30 24240 29036.

Cornwall, 2-bed detached cottage in pretty, historic Lostwithiel, 5 miles north of Fowey on Cornwall's south coast, 5 miles east of the Eden Project. Sleeps 4, cosy sitting room with wood burner, new kitchen, washing/drying facilities, satellite TV, children's playroom, high chair and cot, towels/bed linen provided. Rates from £320 p.w. Visit us at or contact or 07710 463715.

French house situated in the quiet village of Rodes, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, La Maison aux Volets Bleus is a fully furnished holiday home for up to 6 people. The location offers visitors fantastic walking, excellent beaches and the beautiful and varied scenery of the Roussillon wine region. Available all year round. Visit the website at and/or contact Tim Davies on 01865 343558 or

Dordogne holiday rental. Stone house with pool, patio, terrace, table tennis in 2 acres of garden, with fabulous 270-degree panorama. Views to cliffs of the Dordogne. Sleeps 10 in 6 bedrooms, 2 shower rooms, dishwasher, washer, drier. 'We were very happily surprised by the magnificent house and brilliant view. Really, a perfect holiday'; £350–£1,100 pw. Private owner. Details: 01223 353603 or

Burgundy (Vézelay): old and spacious house available for short lets in heart of medieval town, close to 12th-century basilica. Excellent walking country. Also cycling, riding, kayaking, etc. Within Morvan National Park. Flexible rates. Suitable for a couple, for family holidays and for groups of up to 12. See pictures and more information at Contact: or 07980 305775.

Lot, France. Simple cottage in quiet rural village in beautiful valley. Sleeps 4 (2, 1+1), and full independent accommodation (2, +2 bunk beds). Private garden. Walking, cycling (some bikes available including tandem), canoeing. Flowers and butterflies. Varied visits eg Rocamadour, St Cirq Lapopie; £400 pw July, Aug.; £200 pw/£350 fortnight at other times. For more details, photos see website: or email:

Ashburn Cottage, Loch Fyne, west coast of Scotland. Spacious house on the shores of beautiful Loch Fyne. A place to relax, unwind and explore this stunning area. Comfortably furnished; 2 sitting rooms (1 with a wood burning fire, 1 with a balcony overlooking the loch), large kitchen/diner, 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Enclosed garden and parking. Call 07929 883762 or email for availability and rates. See: (Relax, unwind, enjoy...)

Property for sale

France, Pyrenees Orientales, Perpignan 30 mins., Prades 2 mins., Barcelona 2 hours. Sun, sea, mountains, lovely friendly village setting with views. Superb, newly renovated 3-bed 3-bath village house, light and sunny, with easy productive garden. Beautiful furniture, quality equipment. River, birdsong, microclimate, wild swimming. Everything included for £292,000 (€343,000). Photos and details or contact, 07765 286095.