Notices

  • Thursday 1 November 2012
  • NO. 5004
  • VOL. 143

General notices

Committee on Animal Care and Ethical Review

Annual Report 2011–12

The University's local ethical review process, set up under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act, is required to report annually to Council and, through it, to Congregation. The process became operational on 1 April 1999 and continues to be applied to all animal-related research projects across the University.

The University is committed to the principles of local ethical review. The process, agreed by Council on the advice of the then Committee on Animal Care, has received the necessary Home Office endorsement. The multi-staged review process is designed to provide ethical advice with respect to project licence applications; to provide support and advice on animal welfare and ethical issues; to promote the use of ethical analysis to increase awareness of animal welfare issues; and to develop initiatives leading to the widest possible application of reduction, refinement and replacement strategies ("the 3Rs"). Reviews are undertaken of applications, amendments, current project licences, relevant management and training issues, care and accommodation standards for all work involving Oxford researchers in the UK, Europe and elsewhere. The promotion of the 3Rs takes place through the provision of information, training and a forum for discussion as a subcommittee of the Animal Care and Ethical Review Committee.

The Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act requires that research with animals is properly justified, that any alternatives are fully considered, and in all cases that animal suffering is minimised. The University's policy on the use of animals in scientific research requires that all those involved in animal-based research are proactive in pursuing the 3Rs and engage fully in the ethical review process. It also commits the University to providing standards of accommodation and care that exceed, wherever possible, the minimum standards required by legislation. The Director of Biomedical Services works with animal care staff and researchers to ensure that animal facilities are managed and maintained as efficiently and to as high a standard as possible. The Biomedical Sciences Building, which was completed in 2008–9, has raised standards of animal welfare through the provision of centralised, high-quality facilities for animals from the University's Science Area.

The University's Veterinary Surgeons are involved in the local ethical review process at all stages and are now integrated into Biomedical Services. The Veterinary Surgeons liaise with animal care staff and researchers and ensure that all aspects of animal health and welfare are considered at all stages of research projects. Refresher courses have been developed to ensure that researchers are kept informed of new developments, improvements in techniques and emerging best practice. A website and email list allow for opportunities to share resources and therefore reduce the number of animals used.

The ethical review process has reviewed project licence applications, amendments and ongoing work under licence, in addition to considering a range of more general issues. In each case, careful consideration is given to the balance of costs and benefits and the extent to which the principles of the 3Rs have been applied to proposals. The process itself is kept under review and aims to be as flexible as possible in order to ensure optimum effectiveness. The Committee on Animal Care and Ethical Review continues to monitor the ethical review process and a review of the University Gold Standard for animal care will be completed this year.

At the University of Oxford, animals are only used where there is no satisfactory alternative available, and where the Secretary of State has licensed the work after weighing its potential benefits against the adverse effects on the animals concerned. The University is a centre of expertise in a number of non-animal methods such as computer modelling, tissue culture, cell and molecular biology, and research with human subjects; but animal experimentation remains necessary in certain circumstances – these include the prevention and treatment of human diseases (including cancer, HIV, tuberculosis, Parkinson's, diabetes and heart failure); the study of host–parasite interactions (for example in malaria); where it is necessary to understand the interaction between systems (including the effects which chemical or neural changes may have on circulation, respiration or other functions); or where it is necessary to study behaviour or complex brain functions, for example, transplantation and musculoskeletal research. The involvement of a broad range of individuals in the ethical review process, including lay members and animal care staff, ensures that it remains proactive in pursuing the adoption of best practice, promoting a culture of care and encouraging education and training to enhance staff skills and raise awareness of ethical issues.

Department for Continuing Education

Open DayJanina Ramirez

The Department for Continuing Education is hosting an Open Day on 14 November. It's a day of free learning opportunities – lectures, workshops, information sessions and walking tours. There are more than 25 events across a range of subjects, including Creative Writing, History of Art, Literature, Languages, History and Local History, Archaeology, Philosophy, Economics, Maths, Biology and the Health Sciences.

Most events take place over lunchtime and in the early evening, and events are being kept short in the hope that staff of the University will attend more than one. We're also offering a sandwich lunch, an evening wine reception, and the opportunity to win free classes.

The Open Day takes place at Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square. Full descriptions of all events, together with registration details, are available on the Continuing Education website at: www.conted.ox.ac.uk/openday.

Appointments

Humanities

With the approval of the Humanities Board, the following appointments and reappointments have been made and titles conferred for the periods stated.

APPOINTMENTS

University Lecturer (ULNTF)

Oriental Studies

Henrietta Katherine Harrison, BA Camb, MA Harvard, DPhil Oxf, Professor of Modern Chinese Studies, Fellow of St Cross. In Modern Chinese Studies. From 1 September 2012 to 31 August 2015.

Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art

Anthony Marshall Gardner, BA MA Melbourne, PhD New South Wales, Fellow of Queen's. In Contemporary Art History and Theory. From 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2017.

Elizabeth Mary Price, BA Oxf, MA RCA, PhD Leeds, Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall. In Fine Art. From 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2017.

Corin Sworn, BFA Vancouver, MFA Glas, Fellow of St Anne's. In Fine Art. From 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2017.

University Lecturer

Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics

Edward Matthew Husband, BS Tennessee, PhD Michigan, Fellow of St Hugh's. In Psycholinguistics. From 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2017.

Medieval and Modern Languages

Elena Felicita Lombardi, MA PhD New York, Fellow of Balliol. In Italian. From 1 September 2012 to 31 August 2017.

Music

Jason Emery Stanyek, BM New York, MA PhD San Diego, Fellow of St John's. In Ethnomusicology. From 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2015.

Theology and Religion

David Nathan Lincicum, BA Whitworth, MA Wheaton, DPhil Oxf, Fellow of Mansfield. In New Testament Studies. From 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2017.

CUF Lecturer

Classics

Amin Benaissa, BA Yale, MSt DPhil Oxf, Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall. In Classics. From 1 September 2012 to 31 August 2017.

Gueorgui Kantor, MA Moscow, MPhil DPhil Oxf, Fellow of St John's. In Ancient History. From 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2017.

Luke Victor Pitcher, MSt DPhil Oxf, Fellow of Somerville. In Classical Languages and Literature. From 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2014.

English

Jane Elizabeth Griffiths, MA DPhil Oxf, Fellow of Wadham. In English Literature. From 1 September 2012 to 31 August 2017.

Sophie Louise Ratcliffe, BA Camb, MPhil DPhil Oxf, Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall. In Victorian Literature. From 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2017.

History

John-Paul Ghobrial, BA Tufts, MPhil Oxf, MA PhD Princeton, Fellow of Balliol. In Early Modern European History. From 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2017.

Sarah Mortimer, MSt DPhil Oxf, Student of Christ Church. In Early Modern History. From 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2014.

History and Theology and Religion

Philip Andrew Booth, BA MPhil PhD Camb. In Eastern Christianity. From 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2015.

Medieval and Modern Languages

Barry Murnane, BA Dub, PhD Gottingen, Fellow of St John's. In German. From 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2017.

Philosophy

Jeffrey Ketland, BA Camb, MA Warw, PhD LSE, Fellow of Pembroke. In Philosophy. From 1 September 2012 to 31 August 2014.

Ofra Magidor, BSc Jerusalem, BPhil DPhil Oxf, Fellow of Balliol. In Philosophy. From 1 October 2012 to the retiring age.

Christopher Gordon Timpson, BA BPhil DPhil Oxf, Fellow of Brasenose. In Philosophy. From 1 September 2012 to the retiring age.

Departmental Lecturer

Classics and Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics

Peter Jeffrey Barber, MPhil DPhil Oxf. In Comparative Philology. From 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2015.

English

Giles Edward Bergel, BA Newc, MA PhD Lond. In Bibliography and Textual Criticism. From 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2015.

Caroline Susannah Maclean, BA MSt Oxf, MA PhD Birkbeck. In Twentieth- and Twenty-first-century Literature. From 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2013.

Anja Susanne Wagner, MA PhD Freiburg. In English Language. From 1 September 2012 to 31 August 2015.

History

James Gordon Kennaway, BA LSE, MMus KCL, PhD UCLA. In the History of Medicine. From 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2013.

Eyal Poleg, BA MA Jerusalem, PhD QMUL. In Medieval History. From 1 September 2012 to 31 August 2013.

Elina Mary Screen, BA MPhil PhD Camb. In Early Medieval History. From 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2015.

Hugo Service, BA MPhil PhD Camb. In Modern European History. From 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2014.

Richard Stephen Sowerby, MA MLitt St And. In Early Medieval History. From 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2013.

Geraint Llyr Thomas, BSC LSE, MPhil PhD Camb. In the Nineteenth- and Twentieth-century History of the British Isles. From 1 October 2012 to 30 June 2013.

Hannah Margaret Williams, BA Sydney, MA PhD Courtauld. In the History of Art. From 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2013.

Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics

Louise Jane Mycock, BA Durh, MA PhD Manc. In Syntax. From 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2013.

Medieval and Modern Languages

Irène Salas, BA MA Paris. In Early Modern French. From 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2015.

Oriental Studies

Marie Astrid Legendre, BA MA Sorbonne. In Early Islamic History. From 1 September 2012 to 31 August 2013.

Adam Mestyan, MA PhD Budapest. In Modern History of the Middle East. From 1 September 2012 to 31 August 2013.

Andreas Winkler, BA MA PhD Uppsala. In Egyptology. From 1 September 2012 to 31 August 2013.

Theology and Religion

William Joseph Kynes, BA Charlottesville, MDiv Louisville, MLitt St And, PhD Camb. In Old Testament Studies. From 1 October 2012 to 31 July 2013.

Mary Louise Marshall, BA MSt DPhil Oxf. In New Testament Studies. From 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2014.

Instructor

Medieval and Modern Languages

Silvia Vazquez-Fernandez, BA Santiago de Compostela, MA Exeter. In Spanish. From 1 October 2012 to 30 June 2013.

REAPPOINTMENTS

University Lecturer (ULNTF)

History and School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies

Sho Konishi, BA MA Georgetown, MA Oxf, PhD Chicago, Fellow of St Antony's. In History of Modern Japan. From 1 September 2012 to the retiring age.

Oriental Studies

Dirk Meyer, MA PhD Leiden, Fellow of Queen's. In Chinese Philosophy. From 1 October 2012 to the retiring age.

CONFERMENT OF TITLE

CUF Lecturer

History

Jonathan Bruce Parkin, MA Oxf, PhD Camb, Fellow of St Hugh's. In History. From 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2017.

Visiting Professorships

Medical Sciences

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor of Surgical Education on Professor R Canter, PhD, FRCS, FRCS (Otol), FRCS (Edin) ad hominem, for a further period of 3 years from 2 October 2012.

Recognition of Distinction

Medical Sciences

The following title has been conferred on behalf of the Recognition of Distinction Committee:

Ahmed, A A, MB BCh MS MD Ain Shams, Cairo, PhD Camb, Clinical Reader in the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Fellow of St Hugh's. Professor of Gynaecological Oncology, with effect from 1 October 2012.

Other Events

Magdalen

Remembrance Sunday Sermon

The Ven Barry Hammett, CB, former Chaplain of the Fleet and Archdeacon for the Royal Navy, will preach a sermon on 11 November for Remembrance Sunday at the Sung Eucharist, Magdalen Chapel. The service begins with the Ceremony of Remembrance at 10.55 am.