• Thursday 31 May 2012
  • NO. 4991
  • VOL. 142

General notices

Gazette publication arrangements

The deadline for items to appear in the Gazette of 7 June was brought forward to noon on Friday, 25 May, because of the Jubilee bank holidays. The next issue for which we are accepting notices for publication is that of 14 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.


Rules Committee Regulations 1 of 2012

The following corrections have been made to the Rules Committee Regulations 1 of 2012, published as Supplement (1) to Gazette No 4986 and included in Gazette No 4987, 3 May 2012:

  • The numbering for regulations 1.5 and 1.7 has been reinserted (no text was missing, but the paragraph numbers were omitted);
  • A footnote has been added to regulation 5.2 to note that the name of the organisation formerly known as the Amateur Rowing Association has changed to British Rowing.

The full text is available at and the pdf version of the Gazette supplement at has been corrected.



Laudian Professorship of Arabic

Julia Margaret Bray, BA DPhil Oxf, Professor of Medieval Arabic Literature, Département d’Études Arabes, UFR Langues, Littératures et Civilisations Étrangères-Langues Étrangères Appliquées, Université Paris 8 – Saint Denis, France, has been appointed to the Laudian Professorship of Arabic in the Faculty of Oriental Studies with effect from 1 September 2012.

Professor Bray will be a fellow of St John's.

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Savilian Professorship of Astronomy

Steven Andrew Balbus, SB MIT, PhD Berkeley, Professeur des Universités, Classe Exceptionelle, Member, Institut Universitaire de France, Department of Physics, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, has been appointed to the Savilian Professorship of Astronomy in the Sub-department of Astrophysics with effect from 1 September 2012.

Professor Balbus will be a fellow of New College.

Medical Sciences


The following notice was included in the Gazette of 24 May under the erroneous title of 'Professorship of Primary Health Care Sciences'

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.

Social Sciences

Professorship of Education

Steve Strand, BA PhD Plym, Professor of Education, University of Warwick, has been appointed to the Professorship of Education in the Department of Education with effect from 1 January 2013.

Professor Strand will be a fellow of St Cross College.

Musical Events


The Choir of The Queen's College, directed by Dr Owen Rees, perform "Music for a Summer's Evening" at 7.30 pm on Saturday, 9 June, in the chapel and Provost's Garden (weather permitting): Morten Lauridsen's Madrigali – Six 'Fire Songs', and Jonathan Dove's Vast Ocean of Light and Seek Him that maketh the Seven Stars, followed by madrigals and part-songs

Tickets, including two glasses of wine or soft drink: £15, £10 (concessions) and £5 (students), from or Oxford 279125.