• Thursday 1 December 2011
  • NO. 4972
  • VOL. 142

Consultative notice

Social Sciences Board/Education Committee

Review of the Department of Politics and International Relations

The Social Sciences Board and the Education Committee will jointly conduct a review of the Department of Politics and International Relations, as part of Council's programme of rolling reviews of faculties and departments. This review will take place on 6 and 7 February 2012.

The review committee's terms of reference are:

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

  • international standards of excellence
  • action taken since the last review of the department
  • planning statements at department and divisional level, and in the context of the university's mission statement and corporate plan.

In particular:

(a) 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

(b) the quality of undergraduate and graduate programmes and their delivery and related issues, including:

  • access and admissions
  • curriculum design and programme structure
  • teaching, learning and assessment
  • 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 for part-time study)
  • relationships with colleges
  • quality assurance mechanisms

(c) the organisation of the department, its management structures and the relationship between the department and the division, including such matters as:

  • strategic planning (including relationship to the divisional five-year plans and the university's Corporate Plan)
  • academic and non-academic staff planning and recruitment
  • student number planning
  • terms of appointment for academic staff, including career development and equal opportunities issues
  • accommodation and future space needs
  • fundraising

(d) the relationship (structural and operational) between units within the department, and between the department and cognate subject areas and colleges to which it is linked in teaching and research.

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

The Review Committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference, given above. These should be sent to the joint secretary to the Review Committee, Rachel Meyrick (email:, by 13 January.

General notices

Gazette publication arrangements

The final Gazette of Michaelmas term will be published on 8 December. Publication for Hilary term will begin on 12 January. The usual deadline arrangements will apply.

Audit and Scrutiny Committee Annual Report 2010–11

The Annual Report of the Audit and Scrutiny Committee for 2010–11 has now been posted on the intranet at

Report Issued by the Internal Auditors

The following report issued by the Internal Auditors was accepted by the Audit and Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on 7 November 2011:

Focused review

Risk Management

The executive summary of this report has now been posted on the intranet at The full report may be consulted by members of Congregation at the University Offices by arrangement with the Head of the Council Secretariat, Emma Rampton (email:, telephone: (2)70002).

Industrial action

A number of academic and academic-related staff may have participated in strike action organised by the UCU on 30 November. Those members of staff who did participate are asked to complete a payroll deduction form and send it to the Payroll Office. The form gives authorisation for the deduction of one day's pay (calculated on the basis of 1/345 of annual salary). It can be downloaded from the Finance Division's website at

Visiting Professorships

Medical Sciences

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Epidemiology on L Li, MPH MD Beijing, FFPH, for a period of three years from 1 October 2011.

The Medical Sciences Board has re-conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Tropical Medicine on C Sibley, BA MA MS PhD, currently Affiliate Professor, Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, for a further period of five years from 1 November 2011.

Social Sciences

On the recommendation of the Saïd Business School, the Social Sciences Division has reconferred on Richard Barker the title of Visiting Professor of Accounting for one year from 1 October 2011.

Musical Event

St Stephen's House

There will be a concert by European Union Baroque Orchestra at St John the Evangelist  Church, 109A Iffley Road, 18 December, 6 pm. Music by Locatelli, Sammartini, Teleman, Bach and more; £15 (£10) available at Oxford Playhouse or contact Michele Smith: