• Thursday 24 May 2012
  • NO. 4990
  • VOL. 142

Consultative notices

Task Force on Academic Employment

The task force has completed its work and has been discharged. Its final report on academic duties and other issues was published as a supplement to the Gazette on 25 January. Council has endorsed the recommendations in this report, which will now be taken forward through the permanent committee structures of the collegiate University. The Personnel Committee has issued a consultative paper (published at on the matters covered by the task force’s final report, and individual academics are invited to respond to this by emailing by 2 July.

Full details of the work of the task force, and a link to its previous proposals on merit pay and titles which were adopted by Congregation in 2010, may be found at

General notices

Gazette publication arrangements

The deadline for items to appear in the Gazette of 7 June will be brought forward to noon on Friday, 25 May. This is because of the extended bank holiday for the Queen's Jubilee on 4 and 5 June.


Sheldonian Theatre

At the Encaenia to be held in the Sheldonian Theatre on 20 June the Curators of the theatre propose to allot seats as follows, and subject to availability, to those who apply for tickets:

(a) one visitor's ticket each to Heads of House, Canons of Christ Church, members of Council and certain other persons holding official positions in the University

(b) one visitor's ticket to each Professor

(c) one ticket to each member of Convocation (ie any matriculated member of the University on whom any degree of the University has been conferred or any member of Congregation who does not hold such a degree).

Applications for tickets in the above categories, stating the name and standing of each person for whom a ticket is requested, should be made no later than 6 June to the University Card Office, Examination Schools (email: For security reasons, all requests for tickets must state the names of the persons for whom the tickets are intended.

Tickets for all other members of the University (ie those who have not been admitted to any degree of the University) will be distributed through college authorities. All applications for tickets in this category should be made to the college authorities and not to the University Card Office.

The gates and entrances to the theatre will be opened at 10.45 am and the proceedings will begin at 11.30 am. Holders of tickets are requested to be in their places inside the theatre by 11.15 am.

All current members of the University are required to wear subfusc and full academic dress. Doctors will wear their robes and other graduates their hoods.

St John's

Medieval Vestments

The college intends to open to the public its collection of medieval vestments on Saturday, 9 June, from 2 pm until 5 pm.  The collection is displayed in the Garden Quadrangle and entrance, free of charge, will be via the Main Lodge.


Deputy Steward

Bernard John Taylor, MA Oxf, FRSC, Honorary Fellow of St John's, who has been appointed by the Chancellor as Deputy Steward of the University, attended at the University Offices on 2 May and was duly admitted to office.


Numata Professorship of Buddhist Studies

Stefano Zacchetti, Laurea PhD Ca’ Foscari, Tenured Lecturer, Department of Asian and North African Studies, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, has been appointed to the Numata Professorship of Buddhist Studies in the Faculty of Oriental Studies with effect from 1 July 2012.

Dr Zacchetti will be a fellow of Balliol.

Medical Sciences

Professorship of Pathology

Matthew Freeman, BA Oxf, PhD Imp Lond, Head, Division of Cell Biology, Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, has been appointed to the Professorship of Pathology in the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology with effect from 1 January 2013.

Dr Freeman will be a fellow of Lincoln.

Professorship of Primary Care Health Sciences

Richard James Magnus McManus, BSc Imp Lond, MB BS St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, MSc PhD Birm, Senior Clinical Researcher, Department of Primary Care Health Sciences; General Practitioner, Greenridge Surgery, Birmingham; and Honorary Consultant in Primary Care, South Birmingham Primary Care Trust, has been appointed to the Professorship of Primary Care Health Sciences in the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences with effect from 1 April 2012.

Professor McManus will be a fellow of Green Templeton.

Visiting Professorships

Social Sciences

On the recommendation of the School of Geography and the Environment, the Social Sciences Division has conferred on Professor S Diaz the title of Visiting Professor for one year from 1 May 2012.

Electoral Boards

Composition of an Electoral Board

The composition of the electoral board to the post below, proceedings to fill which are currently in progress, is as follows:

Andreas Idreos Professorship of Science and Religion

  Appointed by
Professor I Walmsley Mr Vice-Chancellor1
The Principal of Harris Manchester ex officio
Dr D Alexander Council
Professor G A D Briggs Council
Professor S West Humanities Division
Professor S Foot Theology Board
Professor N-H Gregersen Theology Board
Professor B Leftow Theology Board
Professor D Matthews Harris Manchester

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).

Musical Events


6 pm, 5 June: Phantasm with Elizabeth Kenny, Lute, perform Dowland: Lachrimae and Lawes: Consorts. Tickets: £10 (£5 students) from or 07952 223218. Phantasm, directed by Professor Laurence Dreyfus, is Consort-in-Residence at Magdalen.


Bodleian Libraries

Jain Treasures at the Bodleian

19 May–1 July: Original manuscripts preserved at the Bodleian Library together with photographs of manuscripts preserved at the Wellcome Trust, London. Part of the Jainpedia project, managed by the Institute of Jainology, London, with partner institutions. Admission free.