• Thursday 19 January 2012
  • NO. 4975
  • VOL. 142

Consultative notices

Education Committee

Review of the Department for Continuing Education

The Education Committee will be conducting a review of the Department for Continuing Education. This review will take place on 17 and 18 April. Its terms of reference are as follows:

1. To review the quality of academic activities in the department by reference to:

  • international standards of excellence
  • national policy on the development of mature and part-time education as it relates to Oxford
  • action taken since the last review of the faculty/department in 2006
  • planning statements by the department and in the context of the University's mission statement and corporate plan.

In particular to consider the progress and present and future direction of the department's activities since the Education Committee review in 2006 and to review:

a) the role and function of the department within the University

b) the relationship (structural and operational) between units within the department, and between the department and divisions, faculties and departments (including cognate subject areas) and with colleges (with special reference to Kellogg College)

c) the quality of the teaching programmes and their delivery and related issues, including:

  • access and admission standards
  • curriculum design, programme structures and the current portfolio of courses (including the balance between matriculated and non-matriculated (both accredited and unaccredited), undergraduate and postgraduate, Public, Continuing Professional Development and International Programmes)
  • teaching, learning and assessment, together with mechanisms for quality assurance
  • the relationship between teaching and research
  • academic and pastoral support and guidance
  • the provision and use of learning resources (including staff resources)
  • specific arrangements for the pursuit of graduate studies (including research degrees and research training and provision)
  • mechanisms for ensuring quality, including the role of the Chairman of the Boards of Studies, and enhancement of the academic provision

d) the quality of the research of the department, including its participation in inter-departmental, inter-divisional and inter-disciplinary activities, its research profile and strategy, and future challenges and opportunities

e) the organisation of the department, its management and administrative structures, including such matters as:

  • strategic planning
  • academic and non-academic staff planning and recruitment
  • integration of the department, including Technology-assisted Lifelong Learning, international activities and administrative and financial support for academic programmes
  • student number planning
  • terms of appointment for academic staff, including career development and equal opportunities issues
  • accommodation and future space needs
  • fundraising.

2. To consider the current and long-term financial position of, and funding arrangements for, the department and its financial strategy.

3. To report and make recommendations for consideration by the Education Committee, which shall also take in to account views on the report provided by the Continuing Education Board, and by other University committees, including the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee and the Standing Committee of the Conference of Colleges.  

Membership of the committee is as follows:

Sir David Watson, Green Templeton (Chairman)
Dr Sally Mapstone (Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Continuing Education Board)
Professor Jane Humphries (divisional representative)
Professor Miriam Zukas, Professor of Adult Education and Executive Dean, Social Sciences, History and Philosophy, Birkbeck (external member)
Professor Ann Brewer, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Continuing Education, Sydney (external member)
Dr Adrian Stokes (representative of the department)

The Review Committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference, given above. These should be sent to the Secretary to the Review Committee, Dr Michael Redley (email:, if at all possible, by 9 March.

General notices

Urey Medal of the European Association of Geochemistry

Professor Alex Halliday, Head of Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences and Professor of Geochemistry, has been awarded the Urey Medal of the European Association of Geochemistry. The medal is awarded for outstanding contributions advancing geochemistry over a career.

MSc in Mathematics and the Foundations of Computer Science

The following additional courses have been approved for examination in 2011–12.

Section B

Schedule II

Additive Combinatorics

Categorical Quantum Mechanics

Machine Learning

Oxford DPhil Thesis Ditigisation

An invitation from Bodley's Librarian to all Oxford DPhil authors

Response to the Bodleian Libraries' call for DPhil theses to be digitised has been extremely good ( and if you have already proposed your thesis for digitisation, there is no need to contact us again). We are pleased to let you know that there is still an opportunity to have your thesis digitised and added to the Bodleian's digital collections at no charge; thanks to the generosity and vision of Dr Leonard Polonsky, the Bodleian Libraries are able to offer to digitise a number of Oxford DPhil theses. Theses in digital format are rapidly becoming ubiquitous, as scholars want to make their research widely available and easily find the work of others. This opportunity enables us to add to the growing Oxford digital thesis collection, and should result in new citations to your work.

Digital copies will be made available online in ORA (Oxford University Research Archive,, the university's principal online collection of research outputs produced by Oxford scholars. It offers high visibility for Oxford research. Wherever possible, the full text of research is made freely available for easy online access. You can find out more about Oxford digital theses at If you would like us to digitise your thesis and make it available in ORA, please reply to as soon as possible, with the information below:

  • your name (as it appears on your thesis)
  • the title of your thesis
  • the year of your thesis
  • if possible, the Bodleian shelfmark of your thesis on SOLO (eg MS.D.Phil. d.2804)(you may be able to find this at
  • an email (or postal) address where we can contact you (you will be informed if your thesis is digitised and the URL will be sent to this address).

Also, please respond to the following:

  • Do you grant the Bodleian Libraries permission to digitise the print copy of your thesis and make the digital copy available online in ORA? YES/NO
  • I agree to be bound by the terms of the ORA Grant of Non-exclusive Licence ( and I warrant that, to the best of my knowledge, making my thesis available on the internet will not infringe copyright or any other rights of any other person or party, nor contain defamatory material. I AGREE/I DISAGREE

If you already have a digital copy of your thesis which you would like to deposit in ORA, please contact

I very much hope you will take advantage of this exciting opportunity.



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


University Lecturer (NTF)


Peter Charles Nicholas Stewart, BA MPhil PhD Camb. Fellow of Wolfson. Director of the Classical Art Research Centre. In Classical Art and Archaeology. From 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2014.

Oriental Studies

Dirk Meyer, MA PhD Leiden. Fellow of Queen’s. In Chinese Philosophy. From 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2012.

University Lecturer


Matthew Bevis, BA Brist, MPhil Glas, PhD Camb. Fellow of Keble. In English Literature. From 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2016.

CUF Lecturer


Adrian David Kelly, BA MA Melbourne, DPhil Oxf. Fellow of Balliol. In Greek Literature. From 1 November 2011 to 30 September 2013.


Hannah Sullivan, BA Camb, PhD Harvard. Fellow of New College. In Modern English Literature. From 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2016.


Grant Peter Tapsell, MPhil PhD Camb, MA Oxf. Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall. In History. From 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2016.


Alison Elizabeth Hills, BA MPhil PhD Camb. Fellow of St John’s. In Philosophy. From 1 October 2011 to the retiring age.

Departmental Lecturer

Classics, History and Archaeology

Philipp Niewöhner, MA PhD Mainz. In Byzantine Archaeology and Material Culture. From 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2014.

Classics and Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics

Peter Barber, MPhil DPhil Oxf. In Classical Philology and Linguistics. From 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2012.


John Joseph McTague, BA MSt DPhil Oxf. In Eighteenth-century English Literature. From 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2012.


Clare Mary Copeland, MA MSt DPhil Oxf. In Early Modern History. From 30 September 2011 to 29 September 2012.

Julie Esther Marfany, MSc Oxf, PhD Camb. In Economic and Social History. From 1 October 2011 to 30 April 2015.

Colin William Reid, BA MA PhD Belf. In Modern Irish History. From 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2012.

Oriental Studies

Toufoul Abou-Hodeib, MA Amsterdam, PhD Chicago. In Modern History of the Middle East. From 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2012.


Matthew David Kirkpatrick, MA MSt DPhil Oxf. In Christian Ethics. From 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2012.


University Lecturer


Nicholas Halmi, BA Cornell, MA PhD Toronto. Fellow of University College. In English Literature of the Romantic Period. From 1 January 2012 to the retiring age.

Kirsten Eleanora Shepherd-Barr, Grunnfag Oslo, BA Yale, MA DPhil Oxf. Fellow of St Catherine’s. In English and Drama. From 1 September 2012 to the retiring age.

CUF Lecturer


Rhodri Lewis, MA MSt DPhil Oxf. Fellow of St Hugh’s. In English Language and Literature. From 1 October 2012 to the retiring age.


Medieval and Modern Languages

Rosa Bercero, BA Saragossa. In Spanish. From 1 May 2012 to the retiring age.

Visiting Professorships

Social Sciences

On the recommendation of the School of Geography and the Environment, the Social Sciences Division has re-conferred on Professor M Edmunds, BSc PhD Liv, the title of Visiting Professor of Water Science for a further three years from 12 January 2012.

Musical Events

Balliol Musical Society

The Balliol Concerts

The following concerts take place on alternate Sundays at 9 pm. Admission free and all welcome. Further programme information:

22 Jan.: Anna Douglass, horn, Eleanor Corr, violin, and Thomas Jesty, piano. Music by Beethoven, Brahms, Krol and Strauss.

5 Feb.: Tommy Usborne Memorial Concert: The RTE Vanbrugh Quartet: Gregory Ellils, violin, Keith Pascoe, violin, Simon Aspell, viola, Christopher Markwood, violoncello. Music by Beethoven, Pärt and Schubert.

19 Feb.: John Farmer Memorial Concert: Sarah Williamson, clarinet, and John Reid, piano. Music by Martinu, Pärt, Poulenc, Messager and Brahms.

4 Mar.: Balliol Members’ Concert: a selection of works performed by current students of Balliol College.


Saïd Business School

'Environmental Improvisations,' an exhibition of sustainable photography by Dr Stanislav Shmelev, until 27 January, Saïd Business School.