• Thursday 14 March 2013
  • NO. 5019
  • VOL. 143


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 this is the last Gazette of Hilary term to carry classified advertisements, as the 21 March issue will be limited to University business only. Publication for Trinity term will begin on 18 April. The usual deadline will continue to apply (see above).

Inspiring Craft Courses

Try something new this spring – Ardington School of Crafts offers short courses with practising craftspeople in beautiful surroundings near Wantage. 150 courses between 1 and 3 days, from stained glass and silver jewellery to textiles and carving, all held in our well-equipped workshops. Unearth your hidden talents and discover why people keep coming back to Ardington School of Crafts. Gift vouchers available. See: Tel: 01235 833433.

Oxford Book Fair

PBFA Oxford Book Fair, Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, Gypsy Lane. Sat 20 Apr, 12–6 and Sun 21 Apr, 10–4. Admission £2. The Annual Oxford Book Fair. Vast selection of antiquarian and collectable books, prints and ephemera with over 90 exhibiting booksellers from the far north to the deep south. Information:, 07703 652965.

Health Matters talks

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust presents Health Matters talks at 7.30pm on the last Tuesday of the month at Science Oxford, 1–5 London Place, OX4 1BD. 26 Mar: Dr Jean Christensen, Oxtext Project Manager, and Lily McPeake, True Colours Development Coordinator: 'Oxtext and True Colours – self-monitoring for bi-polar disorder using web-based technology'. The talks follow an interactive format with a 45-min talk followed by a 45-min Q&A session, aimed at those with a personal or professional interest in the topic. Admission: £5 (free for members of Science Oxford or Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust). See; for free membership of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, email

Research participants sought

The Oxford Pregnancy Study is investigating how anxiety during pregnancy may affect mums and babies. We are currently recruiting women who are pregnant for the first time, are between 18 and 40 years old and speak English fluently. Participation in the study will take approximately 2 hours in total, and all participants will be reimbursed for time and travel expenses. For more information about this study, please email, or telephone 01865 316109.

We would like to invite teenagers to participate in a study that looks at social skills development during the teenage years. The study, which will be at the Department of Experimental Psychology, will last approximately 1 hour and participants will be given a £5 Amazon gift voucher. Interested? Contact for more information.

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 a book group, informal conversation group, garden group, antiques group, opportunity to explore Oxfordshire and an opportunities in Oxford group. 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 on 07976 261850 or 0845 458 2980.

Car/taxi service. Professional, reliable service for business or pleasure. Superb brand new Seat Alhambra: luxury combined with versatility. Panoramic roof, leather seats, air conditioned, lots of luggage room. Also available: luxury Audi A8 limousine with beige leather seats and air suspension to waft you to your destination in comfort and style. Alhambra prices: Heathrow £75; Eurostar £95; Cambridge £125. For more prices or advice: Tel: 01865 778608/07917 566077. Accounts welcome.

Hope Services is a family-run typesetting company established more than 35 years ago. Based in the heart of Oxfordshire, we specialise in the styling and production of published material. We regularly work on all types of publications including early learning teaching titles; single-author, first-time novels and novellas; academic law books and journals; and social, financial and technical reports. We would be happy to discuss and develop your ideas, and provide you with an individual quote. Please feel free to contact us at Hope Services (Abingdon) Ltd. Tel: 01235 530439. Web: Email:

Frances Carroll Nutrition. I am a qualified, regulated and insured nutrition practitioner skilled at identifying nutrient imbalances and correcting them to optimise health. I see people with a wide range of conditions. Most common include mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, stress and panic attacks, those in pain and those wishing to lose body fat. See:;;;

Domestic services

DP Gardening Services. RHS-trained gardener available across Oxfordshire. Carry out garden makeovers if selling or renting out your property or just taming your wilderness! All aspects of garden services including hard landscaping. Fully insured, friendly advice, free estimates (within 5 mile radius of OX5). Member of Buy with Confidence scheme. Excellent references. Contact Debbie Payne on 07810 420711 (mobile) or for more information.

Need a gardener? Free estimates. Grass-cutting, pruning, lopping, hedge-trimming, weeding, planting, leaf-sweeping, clearing, tidying, building maintenance. Martin Smith – garden and building maintenance. Contact me on: 07794 320574/01869 244148. Or email:

Situations vacant

Carer required: registered nurse or qualified carer sought for 4 evenings per week in Iffley Village (direct bus access) to look after sociable grandmother with dementia. Responsibilities (2 hours per evening, including at least one at weekend): preparing and clearing supper using supplied ingredients, conversation and reading, general health oversight. Applicants should have demonstrated reliability and engaging personality. Rate £15 per hour, dinner provided. Contact: 07813 158511.

Houses to let

An Englishman's home is his castle – so the saying goes. We don't have too many castles, but we do have a constant supply of good-quality property to rent in Oxford city. QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents, specialising in letting to academics and other professionals. We aim to provide the friendliest professional service in the city. Visit:, call: 01865 764533, or email:

Central Oxford, Western Rd. Pleasant Victorian house with garden, in quiet friendly street, 7 mins walk city centre. Three bedrooms, large kitchen/diner, study, lounge, garden room, working fireplaces, all appliances and WiFi. Furnished and equipped. Available now, long or short let. Rent £1,900 pcm. Deposit and references required. Tel: 0207 368 6667. Email:

Sattentau ad small Charming 5-bedroom/3-bathroom Victorian house for rent in peaceful west Oxford conservation area of Osney Island. Large open-plan living room and kitchen/dining area. All modern appliances. Large garden, view of River Thames. Rapid access to river walks along towpath in each direction, 15 mins' walk to town centre, 5 mins' walk to train station, excellent bus service into town. Available Aug/Sept, £2,000 pcm negotiable. Contact Quentin at:

Beautifully restored house (18th century), centre of pretty village, 6 miles from Oxford. Four bedrooms, 3 sitting rooms, farmhouse kitchen, dining room, large study, all mod cons, garden, cleaner. Village all services; good range of shops. Excellent 24-hour bus service; 20 mins to Oxford centre from door. Car hire possible. Perfect for visiting academic family. Available 28 Mar–10 Apr and 18 Jul–25 Aug, £450 pw. Contact:; 01865 483951 (work); 01865 880142 (home).

Fully furnished family home: 3 bedrooms, large living room, kitchen, dining room and conservatory. Further 1-bedroom annexe with toilet and shower (can be used as an office) and landscaped garden in quiet location. Montagu Rd, Botley, Oxford; 2 miles from city centre. Easy access to shops and train station; £1,500 pcm. Available in Jul. Tel: 01865 861655. Mobile: 07910 395506. Email:

Lovely cottage in Wolvercote with stunning views over Port Meadow from Apr–Sept; 3 beds, 2 bath, kitchen with open fire, WiFi, bus to centre of Oxford every 15 mins, village pub and shop, peaceful and inspiring location. Perfect for visiting academics; £1,800 pm. Contact:

Jericho: modern 2-bedroom flat, furnished, 1 Jul for 1 year or more. Two full bathrooms, 1 en suite, living/dining, large terrace, all appliances (dishwasher, stove, oven, washer/drier, fridge, freezer), under-floor heating, indoor parking. Catchment for best schools, walk to University, coach station, train station. Quiet, near Port Meadow, shops, etc; £1,635 pcm. Email: Tel: 613 745 1368 (Canada).

Just north of Oxford – available now – £1,295 pcm. This rarely available property has a wealth of period features and has been newly refurbished. Two bedrooms and fully furnished with easy access to the ring road and Oxford city centre. Suit a professional couple wanting peace and quiet. For further details see, ref: 4378 or call 01865 311011.

Wytham Village, available now, £1,275. This is a mid-terrace thatched cottage in a popular village. Recently refurbished with 2 bedrooms and cosy living room. Village store/pub and picturesque country walks. For further details see, ref: 4586 or call 01865 311011.

Beautiful barn (furnished) to let in Great Milton. One double bedroom, bathroom, large living area and kitchen. Gallery study. C/h. Small garden and garage. Suit quiet tenants, visiting academics. Hourly bus service to Oxford, or car. Regret unsuitable for children or pets; £600 pcm plus bills. References please. Tel: 01844 279202, evenings.

House swap/let

Sydney, Australia. Aug 2013–Jul 2014. Offering a stylish, sunny 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home, private garden, opposite parkland, 300m to water's edge, convenient to Sydney CBD. Direct buses to city, Sydney University, UTS. Macquarie University and UNSW also easily reached. Seeking 3-bedroom, 2-WC accommodation in Summertown, near the Cherwell, for swap or for rent. View at  Email for more information:

Flat swap

Looking for flat exchange Madrid/Oxford for Jun–Sept. I am a teacher–researcher at University Complutense. I have a Research Scholarship for 4 months. I live in the centre of Madrid (Argumosa), close to Museums and National Library, to Atocha Station (train departures to all Spain). Two rooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 living-room, kitchen. Second floor without elevator. Area lively but flat and neighbours are very quiet. Email:

Flats to let

University Accommodation Office

The University Accommodation Office maintains registers of University housing, and of private rental accommodation, available to full and part-time students, academic visitors and employees of the University. See

Charming 2-bedroom flat in north central Oxford (Bardwell Rd), fully furnished, quiet, off-street parking and garage. Best suited to professionals and academics, £1,100 pcm excluding utility bills and council tax. Tel: 01235 770904 evenings or email:

Short lets: studios (double and single) available now. One-bedroom flat from Apr. On Iffley Rd near University sports ground, gym and pool, Cowley Rd shops and restaurants and High St for town and colleges. On Science Park bus route and handy for Oxford Brookes main campuses. Self-contained, fully furnished including washer/drier, TV/DVD/CD, c/h. All inclusive – utilities, wireless broadband, council tax, off-road parking, weekly cleaning and linen. Enquiries:

Delightful new-build coach house flat to let in Littlemore, Oxford. Eco design, with heat pump, cheap to run. Very light. One very large bedroom/study/office, own front door, decent lounge/dining area, equipped kitchen (all new appliances), sunny balcony, parking area. Will be let fully furnished for 1 year from mid-May. Suit mature student/academic/working couple. For further details or to view contact: Laura Davis 07813 424731, email:

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:

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:

Penny and Sinclair: the inherent flexibility of a short let means you don't have to compromise. Whether it's a week's holiday with your family, or visiting the University, Penny & Sinclair have premium short-let accommodation to meet your needs at weekly rates inclusive of utilities. The perfect alternative to hotel accommodation, we have many Oxford self-catering properties designed and furnished to a high specification. Please contact us on 01865 318018 or email

Accommodation offered in converted barn in the pretty village of Tackley, approximately 12 miles north of Oxford, 10 mins by train from Tackley station, or ½ hour by car. Off-street parking, village shop, pub, lovely walks. Double room with own separate WC and bathroom, plus a small, private sitting room/study. Television, wireless broadband, c/h. Linen and cleaning included. Share kitchen with owner; £120 pw. Contact: or 01869 331513.

Bright double room in cute mid-terraced house. Has garden and on-street parking. Available from end of Mar; £650 pcm all bills incl. N/s, share with 30-something live-in landlady. Located New Marston, ideal for hospitals, universities, shops and bus stops for city centre. Suitable for single professional/mature student. Please email Jacqui:

Weekday accommodation: single room in 3-bedroom house in Islip village, nr Kidlington. To share with 1 other. Six miles from city centre. Off-street parking. If required, linen provided and laundered. Please email for further information or if interested.

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 Studentpad software allows landlords to quickly advertise properties online, amend details and upload photos. See: For information: 01865 280811.

House wanted to rent for next academic year. Academic/writing couple with 2 daughters (11 and 13) looking for a furnished house in north Oxford, Wolvercote or Marston for 1 year (or 11 months) from Aug/Sept. If you are thinking about leaving Oxford for a sabbatical year, for example, and want very responsible family to rent and look after your house, please get in touch (

Professor seeking a flat in Oxford for Jun, or Jun and Jul. If you will be away from home during that time, please consider renting to me. I have spent many summers in Oxford and can furnish references from previous landlords. I am clean, responsible and easy to track down at Would pay up to £1,200 pm for an especially nice place. Andrea McDowell. Email:

Mature Italian academic looks for quiet, comfortable accommodation, term time only. If interested please write

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:

Visiting Oxford? We have studio, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments conveniently located for the various colleges and University departments, available from 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.

Holiday lets

Midhurst. Romantic, primitive, 2-bedroom gamekeeper’s cottage up a muddy farm track in national park at the foot of the South Downs. Open fire, polished floor, simple kitchen; dishwasher, washing machine; broadband, no TV, large study. On own 190-acre organic farm – woods, valleys, river, bluebells, deer. Available weekends; discounts for junior academics. 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, bathing, bird watching. Beautiful beach perfect for bucket and spade family holidays. Short winter breaks available from £200. Tel: 01865 558503 or 07917 864113. Email: See:

Crete. Rethymno. Villa built in lovely rural setting, on top of a hill, 12km from the centre of the town. Provides a superb and peaceful holiday. Spectacular sea, country views. Separated storeys, sleeps 6 on the ground and 4 on the first. Car available. Barbeque area and swimming pool. Ideal for writing, painting, trekking. For details please contact:

Le Marche, central Italy. Tastefully converted 18th-century stone farmhouse set in approx 2 acres on edge of Sibillini National Park. Sleeps 12. Private 11m pool. Breathtaking views of Sibillini mountains and rolling hills below. Hilltop villages, restaurants with authentic cuisine. Area offers hiking, canoeing, fishing, riding, rock climbing; 45 mins from beaches, 1 hour Ancona airport. Available Jul–Sept. Tel: 01865 513739, email:

Burgundy (Vézelay): old and spacious house available for short lets in heart of medieval town, close to 12th-century basilica. Excellent walking country. Also cycling, riding, kayaking, etc. Within Morvan National Park. Flexible rates. Suitable for a couple, for family holidays and for groups of up to 12. See pictures and more information at Contact: or 07980 305775.

Cornwall holiday cottage, Porthleven. A 2-bedroom (sleeps 4) cottage available for holiday lets. Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Five min walk to Porthleven Harbour with its vibrant shopping area and eating places, including a Michelin-starred restaurant. Close to St Ives, Falmouth, and the Lizard peninsula. Dogs accepted. Discounts available for University staff. Please contact for more information.

Lot, France. Simple cottage in quiet rural village in beautiful valley. Sleeps 4 (2, 1+1) and more rustic independent 4 (2+2 bunk beds). Private garden. Walking, cycling (bikes available including tandem), canoeing. Flowers and butterflies. Varied visits, eg Rocamadour, St Cirq Lapopie. Rent: £400 pw Jul/Aug; £200 pw/£350 per fortnight at other times. For more details/photos, see website: or email: Possibility French tuition (CEE, scholarship, GCSE).