Notices

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

Consultative notices

Proposals for Honorary Degrees to be conferred at the Encaenia in 2013, 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 those categories, the committee will aim to produce a balanced list, which takes account of the international dimension that characterises this University's activities. The committee therefore encourages the nomination of individuals of conspicuous distinction who represent the diversity of human achievement, with particular reference to gender, ethnicity and discipline.

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/committees/hondegs). The completed form should be sent to Mrs C Benton, University Offices, Wellington Square, by 27 April 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, 2011–12, pp. 545–9.

This year's honorands are:

Baroness (Elizabeth Lydia) Manningham-Buller

Mr David John Moore Cornwell (John le Carré)

Professor Drew Gilpin Faust

Sir Howard Stringer

Professor Charles Margrave Taylor

Dr Henry Joseph Macaulay Barnett

Professor William Daniel Phillips

General notices

Gazette publication arrangements

This is the final full Gazette of Hilary term. A further issue will be published on 22 March, but this will be limited to Council and Congregation business and changes to Examination Regulations. Publication for Trinity term will begin on 19 April. The usual deadline arrangements will apply.

MSc in Neuroscience

Approval deadlines

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

Module B3 – Sensory systems: 8 June

Module C3 – Genes, circuits and behaviour: 11 June

Module C2 – Molecular neuroscience: 20 June

Module A3 – Neuroscience and clinical mental health: 25 June

Submission deadlines

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

Module B3 – Sensory systems: 18 June

Module C3 – Genes, circuits and behaviour: 22 June

Module C2 – Molecular neuroscience: 2 July

Module A3 – Neuroscience and clinical mental health: 9 July

Launch of Cyber Security Centre

The Department of Computer Science is launching its Cyber Security Centre on 26 March. This interdisciplinary centre will bring together experts from a number of departments in Oxford and the wider world to address the cybersecurity challenges of the twenty-first century. For more information on the centre, see: www.cs.ox.ac.uk/cybersecurity.

Appointments

BP Professorship of Information Engineering

Paul Newman, MEng Oxf, PhD Sydney, Reader in Engineering Science, Department of Engineering Science, and Fellow of New College, has been appointed to the BP Professorship of Information Engineering in the Department of Engineering Science with effect from 1 April 2012.

Dr Newman will be a fellow of Keble.

Social Sciences

Reappointments

Professor M Ellison, MPhil Oxf, PhD European University Institute, Fellow of Exeter. University Lecturer in Economics. From 1 April 2012 to the retiring age.

Dr R Esteves, MA Porto, PhD California, Fellow of Brasenose. University Lecturer in Economics. From 1 September 2012 to the retiring age.

Visiting Professorships

Social Sciences

On the recommendation of the Faculty of Law, the Social Sciences Division has reconferred on Lord Hoffmann the title of Visiting Professor for three years from 26 April 2012.

On the recommendation of the Department of Education (Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment), the Social Sciences Division has reconferred on Professor D Andrich the title of Visiting Professor of Educational Assessment for two years from 1 May 2012.

On the recommendation of the School of Geography and the Environment, the Social Sciences Division has reconferred on Lord Norman Foster the title of Visiting Professor for two years from 3 February 2012.

Recognition of Distinction

Humanities

Dorr, C, BA MA Cork, PhD Princeton, Senior Faculty Lecturer in the Faculty of Philosophy. Professor of Philosophy with immediate effect.

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Hay, S,  DPhil Oxf, Reader in Infectious Disease Epidemiology. Professor of Epidemiology with effect from 1 February 2012.

Nomerotksi, A, MSc Novosibirsk, PhD Padua, University Lecturer in Particle Physics and Fellow of Jesus. Professor of Physics with effect from 1 March 2012.

Social Sciences

Jeffrey, C, MA PhD Camb, University Lecturer in Geochronology and Fellow of St John's. Professor of Development Geography with effect from 16 February 2012.

Electoral Boards

Composition of an Electoral Board

Corrigendum: The composition of the electoral board to the post below, proceedings to fill which are currently in progress, is as follows (this was given incorrectly in the Gazette of 8 March, No. 4982):

Chichele Professorship of Public International Law

  Appointed by
Dr S Mapstone (Pro-Vice-Chancellor) Mr Vice-Chancellor1
The Warden of All Souls ex officio
Professor C Chinkin Council
Professor A Briggs Council
Professor R Goodman Social Sciences Division
Professor A Boyle
Faculty of Law
Professor T Endicott Faculty of Law
Mr D Akande Faculty of Law
Professor G Goodwin-Gill All Souls
1Appointed by Mr Vice-Chancellor under the provisions of Statute IX, Sect. 10 and 11 (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002, p. 108).