Notices

  • Thursday 3 November 2011
  • NO. 4968
  • VOL. 142

Consultative notices

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division/Education Committee

Review of the Department of Chemistry

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisional Board is undertaking a review of the Department of Chemistry with the Education Committee, as part of Council's programme of rolling reviews of departments. The review will be chaired by the Head of Division, Professor Alex Halliday, and will take place on 14 and 15 May 2012.

The Review Committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference given below. These should be sent to the MPLS Divisional Secretary and joint secretary to the Review Committee, Dr Saira Shaikh (email: saira.shaikh@mpls.ox.ac.uk) by 5 December.

The terms of reference of the review 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 departmental and divisional levels, and in the context of the University's mission statement and strategic/corporate plan.

In particular:

(a) the quality of the research of the department, including its participation in interdepartmental, interdivisional and interdisciplinary 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;
  • relationships with colleges;
  • quality assurance mechanisms;

(c) the organisation of the department, the management structures and the relationship between the department and the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division, including such matters as:

  • strategic planning (including relationship to the divisional five-year plan and the University's strategic/corporate plan);
  • academic and non-academic staffing and recruitment;
  • student number planning;
  • terms of appointment for academic staff, including career development and equal opportunities issues;
  • 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.

Review of the Department of Materials

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisional Board is undertaking a review of the Department of Materials with the Education Committee, as part of Council's programme of rolling reviews of departments. The review will be chaired by the Head of Division, Professor Alex Halliday, and will take place on 8 and 9 March 2012.

The Review Committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference given below. These should be sent to the MPLS Divisional Secretary and joint secretary to the Review Committee, Dr Saira Shaikh (email: saira.shaikh@mpls.ox.ac.uk) by 5 December.

The terms of reference of the review 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 departmental and divisional levels, and in the context of the University's mission statement and strategic/corporate plan.

In particular:

(a) the quality of the research of the department, including its participation in interdepartmental, interdivisional and interdisciplinary 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;
  • relationships with colleges;
  • quality assurance mechanisms;

(c) the organisation of the department, the management structures and the relationship between the department and the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division, including such matters as:

  • strategic planning (including relationship to the divisional five-year plan and the University's strategic/corporate plan);
  • academic and non-academic staffing and recruitment;
  • student number planning;
  • terms of appointment for academic staff, including career development and equal opportunities issues;
  • 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.

Appointments

University Museum of Natural History

Directorship of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Paul Smith, BSc Leic, PhD Nott, Professor of Palaeobiology, Head, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences and Director, Lapworth Museum of Geology, Birmingham, has been appointed to the Directorship of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History with effect from January 2012.

Professor Smith will be a fellow of Kellogg.

Medical Sciences

Reappointment

University Lecturer (Medical): Nephrology

Christopher William Pugh, BM BCh MA DPhil Oxf, FRCP, FMedSci, Fellow of Kellogg and University Lecturer (Medical) in Nephrology, has been reappointed until the retiring age, with effect from 1 December 2011.

Exhibitions

Keble

Art exhibition and storytelling

Joy Richardson will organise an art exhibition and storytelling evening, 6.30–8.30 pm on 18 November, and noon–6 pm on 19 and 20 November at Kellogg.

Subject: 'War and peace – surviving conflict'