• Thursday 21 June 2012
  • NO. 4994
  • 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 remaining Gazettes of Trinity term will be published on 28 June, 5 July and 19 July. Publication for Michaelmas term will begin on 20 September. Please note, however, that the first issue of next term will be limited to University business only, so will not contain classified advertisements; the first issue to publish classified advertisements will be that of 27 September. The usual deadline will continue to apply (see above).

Host families sought

Magna Carta College, private international business school in Oxford. Host families needed. Good-quality host families required for summer courses in Oxford. Mainly international students (over 18 years), with stays of between 1 and 3 weeks. Students have a full activity timetable, so normal host family rules apply. Contact:

Participants sought

I'm looking for participants with dyslexia to take part in a short research study. It consists of taking a high dose of omega-3 supplements for 28 days. The purpose of the study is to compare the effects of an omega-3 supplemented diet compared to a normal diet on a series of computer and paper-based tests, which take no longer than 2 hours in total (1 hour at the start of the month, 1 hour at the end). There is evidence to suggest that omega-3 is deficient in people with dyslexia, and there is emerging evidence that supplementing with omega-3 can help to improve deficits in dyslexia. You will be reimbursed for your time (around £10). For more information please email me at

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, 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 children will be reimbursed (£20 each). Please visit for further information.

Oxford Harmonic Society concert

Oxford Harmonic Society concludes its 90th anniversary season on a high note with Haydn's Creation on 30 June in the Sheldonian Theatre. Haydn’s oratorio weaves together musical drama and colour with inventive melodies to vividly depict scenes such as the chaos before creation and the first breaking of light. Tickets available on the door or from Oxford Playhouse (01865 305305, See for more information.

Watercolour painting

Traditional English watercolour painting: summer schools with artist and tutor Rebecca Hind, at Little Wittenham Nature Reserve, near Abingdon. Two 1-week courses commencing 9 and 16 July, working 10–5 Mon to Fri. Tuition is by demonstration and 1-to-1 in superb landscapes of meadow, woodland, water and gardens. Full details 01865 340633 or

Arts festival talk

Lady Antonia Fraser Pinter will appear at 6 pm on 5 July at the Examination Schools to discuss her 30-year relationship with the Nobel Prize winning dramatist Harold Pinter and a life lived at the heart of the British literary and theatrical scenes. This event is part of the MCS Arts Festival which also includes talks by Robert Winston and Gyles Brandreth. Tickets are available from 01865 305305 and

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 Wednesday 10.30–12 (excluding the Christmas vacation). 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 problem? Retired Oxford IT officer, with personality and sense of humour, offers services that your college or departmental IT staff cannot or will not provide in your own home. Anything supported – hardware, software, networking, phones and broadband, and, unlike many, extensive Apple Mac experience too. All of Oxfordshire covered; same-day service where possible and no call-out charge. Ring Bob on 01865 880600 or 07768 732123.

Registered childminder with 12 years' experience, close to Hinksey Park, has vacancies from Sept. School term times only. Tel: 07930 564846. Email:

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

Freelance copy-editors/proofreaders/publishing co-ordinators. Small specialist law publishing company requires freelance or part-time copy-editors, proofreaders and publishing co-ordinators. Please email giving details of previous experience, rates, time available, etc. Email: Lawtext Publishing Limited.

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:

Summertown/north Oxford – Sept to Dec. A beautiful 4/5-bedroom family house in north Oxford, close to Summertown restaurants, shops and sports centre. Fully equipped with parking and garden. Ideal for family. Available with optional cat! Non-smokers. Available 5 Sept–31 Dec; £3,900 pm including all bills and car. Contact or +44 7753 606360 for details and photos.

North Oxford: 2 attractive modern funished houses available from August. Ensuite, family bathroom, cloakroom, parking, small garden, excellent residential area. A 2-bedroom plus open plan study at £1,150 pcm, and a 3-bedroom plus loft conversion at £1,350 pcm plus utilities & council tax. Best suited to professional visiting academics. Tel 01865 516144 or email

Central/west Oxford: charming, well-looked-after Victorian mid-terrace house, 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sitting room with working fireplace, dining room, modern kitchen. Fully furnished, gch, small back garden. Five mins walk to city centre, colleges, station, schools, riverside. Friendly neighbourhood; £1,350 pcm, available starting Aug. Suitable for visiting academics, couple or family. No pets, no smoking, please. Contact Prof A Kahane, 020 88926263, 07931 301135, 07527 155529;

Delightful furnished detached 2-bedroom Cotswold stone cottage with living/dining room, wood-burning stove, modern kitchen and bathroom, small secluded garden, studio summerhouse in peaceful sought-after village of Wootton near Woodstock (7 miles north of Oxford). Suitable single professional or visiting academic couple. Non smokers only. No pets. Car essential. Deposit and references required. Available from 1 Aug, £850 pcm plus utilities and council tax. Contact

Immaculate totally refurbished 2-bedroom terraced house in very quiet central OX3 location in Headington. Can sleep 6 with sitting room sofa bed, £650 pw. Available 26 June–20 July and 3–31 Aug. New fully integrated kitchen with induction hob, dishwasher and washing machine. New bathroom suite with separate shower. New solid oak floors throughout. South-facing garden. Wi-Fi internet. Photos: Email:

Three-bedroom house to let in Summertown (Cunliffe Close). Small garden, off-street parking, quiet location close to shops, sports centre and bus stop to city centre. Currently unfurnished with spacious built-in cupboards, but could also be furnished. Ideal for family, but no smokers or pets. Available from Aug or Sept for minimum of 9 months, with possibility to extend; £1,250 pcm. Contact

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

North Oxford furnished and equipped apartments. Central north: 1 bedroom at £850 from September, 2 bedrooms £975 from August. North: 2 bedroom at £850 ground floor, £870 first floor, excluding utilities and council tax if applicable. Best suited to professional and visiting academics. Tel 01865516144 or email

Upper Wolvercote. For rent, a newly decorated u/f 1-double-bedroom top-floor flat. Gch, secondary glazing, good storage and white goods. Suit n-s single professional/couple, £640 pcm. Tel: 07762 019373.

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:

View the best Oxford property rentals now,, Finders Keepers, or call 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 435229, email:, or visit:

Flat-share. Central/north Oxford. Large room in a quiet, spacious, sunny flat. Non-smoker. Two toilets. Broadband, washing machine, television, DVD/video player, ample storage, off-street parking. Suitable for visiting academic, postgraduate student or professional; £395 pm plus contribution to utilities. Tel.: 01865 511555 or 07866 653619. Email:

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.

Norwegian visiting academic couple, on sabbatical in Oxford for a second time with 2 boys aged 11 and 13, seeks furnished 3-bedroom house/flat in north Oxford/Summertown area to rent for 4 months from Sept to Dec. Please email

Five College (Amherst, Massachusetts) academic, his wife and nephew need Oxford flat or house to rent beginning 1 July, for at least 6 and as many as 9 months. 2 or 3 bedrooms and other basic domestic facilities required, as well as privacy and freedom for occasional reception of guests and colleagues, easy access to Oxford city and the colleges. Please contact: or

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 pw. Visit us at or contact or 07710 463715.

South of France. Charming, soigné apartment in newly restored village house in picturesque Junas (between Nimes and Montpellier) for short lets all through the year. Two en suite double bedrooms, secluded courtyard with small pool. Ideal writer's retreat. Beautiful countryside. Email: Web:

Southern Burgundy – L'Escalier, a simple house in the charming medieval village of St Gengoux-le-National. Sleeps 4 (2 double bedrooms), bathroom and a comfortable ground floor. Convenient for Tournus and Cluny, halfway between Chalon-sur-Saône and Mâcon, ideal for the Côte Chalonnaise and Mâconnais vineyards. A tranquil area with good walking and cycling or ideal for a quiet working break. £200–£350 per week. Contact 01865 768069, 07535 296614,, email

Scotland, Dumfriesshire, charming 18th-century riverside former schoolhouse in quiet glen, near Drumlanrig, surrounded by wonderful country. Sleeps 7 (2 twin rooms, 1 double, an unusual box bed and 2 bathrooms). Open fires, lovely views and sheltered walled garden. Lots to do and see in the area. See pictures and more information at Contact: or tel: 07836 763701.

Picturesque Pitlochry. Newly refurbished detached 3-bedroom bungalow in Moulin, 5 mins from Pitlochry. Secluded garden, ample parking, with views of Ben Vrackie and Craigower. Spacious, contemporary and comfortable, fully furnished and centrally heated. Equipped to high standard. Good base for walking, fishing, golf, cycling, canoeing. Conveniently situated for exploring Highlands. Sleeps 6. Open all year, dog welcome, no smoking. Short breaks available. Details:

Property for sale

House for sale or rent: Lovely Oxford house with self-contained flat, for sale or rent in Hilltop Rd. Parking. Hall, sitting room with fireplace, toilet, kitchen/dining/2nd sitting area with French doors to garden. Upstairs: shower/toilet, 3 bedrooms (or 1 double, 1 single with balcony and en suite, and study). Property also has beautiful flat on 2 floors, see website photos: House rental £1,500 pcm. Flat £950 pcm. Property sale £750,000. Email: Tel.: 01865 604196.

Southwest France, for sale: lovely secluded farmhouse, glorious surroundings close to beautiful Cathars village Najac (2km) in unspoilt conservation  Aveyron valley 1.5 hours northeast of Toulouse within easy reach of St Antonin-Noble-Val, Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Belcastel, Conques, Estaing, Roquefort, Cordes-sur-Ciel (music festival). 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, pretty sitting room leading to big terrace, superb pool, wonderful views across wooded valley to Najac chateau, attractive garden with unusual trees and pond, wildlife plentiful; £320,000. Contact:; 07712 528539.