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  • Thursday 23 May 2013
  • NO. 5026
  • VOL. 143

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Miscellaneous

BrainBank

UK Brain Bank for Autism and Related Developmental Research, JR  

The developing brain is altered in autism but neuroscientists do not know how or why. Research is needed to understand the causes and biological basis of autism, to develop better interventions to improve the lives of those directly affected by it. Such critical research is hindered by the scarcity of donated human brain tissue. Control tissue, donated by people who do not have autism, is needed for comparison just as much as donations by people who do – and the NHS organ donor scheme does not include brain donation. We particularly want younger people to consider making a pledge to donate their brain after death (the further the brain is from its inception, the more difficult it is to understand the process of its development, so we do not take donations from people over 65 not directly affected by autism). See www.brainbankforautism.org.uk for information and to register as a donor.

Staged reading  

Ashmole Elias Ashmole versus the Widow by Joel Kaye, 6 Jun, 7.30pm, Friends' Meeting House, 43 St Giles'. Staged reading by professional actors. Elias Ashmole and Hester Tradescant, widow of the family who founded the Ashmolean collection, wrestle over rights to it, in a fight to the death. Tickets £6 (£5 concession) at the door or online: wegottickets.com, www.eliasashmoleversusthewidow.com.

Sixth form college

For Oxford's best sixth form college there is only one choice: St Clare's, Oxford. Situated on Banbury Rd, St Clare's pupils have gained the best academic results in Oxfordshire for the last 3 years. Pupils study the International Baccalaureate, the internationally recognised integrated education programme offering an unusual and creative mix of subjects, encouraging students to become self-sufficient. Generous scholarships and bursaries are also on offer. See: www.stclares.ac.uk.

IMB

Are you a good listener? Do you have some spare time?

We are seeking volunteers to join our small team of the Independent Monitoring Board of Campsfield House, Kidlington. Campsfield House is a closed Immigration Removal Centre accommodating male detainees waiting to be removed from the UK. The team monitors standards in the centre to ensure that proper levels of care and integrity are maintained. Members talk to detainees and staff. You need to be enthusiastic and open minded. The work is always interesting and can be challenging. For application information see www.justice.gov.uk/jobs/independent-monitoring-board or telephone 020 7035 2261 providing your name and address and we will post a pack to you. Completed applications should be emailed to IMBrecruitment@justice.gsi.gov.uk or posted to IMB Secretariat, 2nd Floor, Ashley House, 2 Monck Street, London, SW1P 2BQ by the closing date of 14 June. Please quote campaign reference Campsfield- 26-2013 on all correspondence and forms.

Research participants sought

Researchers at the University of Oxford seek healthy volunteers aged 45–70 for a study that examines brain mechanisms of non-motor learning. Volunteers will take part in a learning task that involves reading. Results will be compared with individuals with movement disorders. Held at the John Radcliffe Hospital; lasts approx 2 hours. Participants reimbursed for time and travel. For information: muriel.panouilleres@ndcn.ox.ac.uk; 01865 234765.

Child Language Study participants needed: we are seeking families willing to take part in research into children’s language problems, and the language problems in autism. The research involves 3 half-hour testing sessions with the children, and a phone interview with a parent. We are seeking 3 groups of children: children with an autism spectrum condition, children who have language problems, and children who have no developmental concerns. Please email: hannah.buxton@psy.ox.ac.uk.

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: www.newcomers.ox.ac.uk.

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: staff@mbesummertown.co.uk. Also at 94 London Rd, Oxford. Tel: 01865 741729. Fax: 01865 742431. Email: staff@mbeheadington.co.uk.

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: cliveroberts@talktalk.net. Tel: 01865 778608/07917 566077. Accounts welcome.

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: www.francescarroll.co.uk; www.facebook.com/francescarrollnutrition; https://twitter.com/FrancesCarroll_; www.francescarrollnutrition.wordpress.com.

Alexander Technique – research published in the British Medical Journal demonstrates the effectiveness of the Alexander Technique for chronic low-back pain. See www.bmj.com or www.stat.org.uk. Lessons available in central Oxford and Headington, and ongoing evening class on Monday evenings in central Oxford. You can come to just 1 session to see if AT will be of benefit. Student rates. Stephen Cooper 01865 765511, 07981 323654, scooper1@btconnect.com, www.alexandertechniqueoxford.co.uk.

Bell & Associates Patent Law. A full-service patent law firm with strong roots in Oxford, serving UK clients from our office in San Francisco, specializing in supporting academics in the life sciences, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, chemistry, drug development and delivery, nanotechnology, medical devices and electronics. Private, confidential, free consultations. If you believe that you have created IP beyond the scope of your University work, email us at info@bell-iplaw.com.

Sell your books. We buy academic and non-academic used books. If you are moving office or home, leaving the University or just need more space, we may be able to help. We are most interested in arts, history and social science subjects. Good prices paid for large or small collections and we collect from anywhere in the Oxford area. Please contact Ross on 07720 288774 or bd@beadledavies.co.uk.

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 www.dpgardening.co.uk for more information.

Situations vacant

Applications are sought for the post of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Rwanda from senior academics with substantial administrative experience in an established university. The overarching aim of establishing the University of Rwanda is to transform the public higher education system, to improve the quality and efficiency of teaching, learning and research, and, in the process, to create a world-class university. The goals and objectives set out in the national plan are to increase access, promote equity, and ensure institutional diversity while promoting high-level research capacity. Quality higher education is essential to provide support for Rwanda’s economic transformation, and to attract and retain top-quality personnel. Further information can be obtained from the Ministry of Education (email: shaba@mineduc.gov.rw). Applications, including a covering letter and CV, should be submitted to the Chairperson of the Search Committee, Professor Sir David King (email: dk@camkas.co.uk). The closing date for applications is 17 June.

Full-time fixed-term Research Assistant for the African Cancer Registration Network, Oxford based. Education: PhD in epidemiology, biostatistics or equivalent. Essential: at least 3 years' experience in research into non-communicable disease epidemiology, with experience in an African environment; expertise in analysis/presentation of epidemiological data from disease registration (morbidity or mortality) systems; fluent in English with preferably a working knowledge of French and/or Portuguese. Apply asap. More info: http://afcrn.org/about-us/106-ra.

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: www.qbman.co.uk, call: 01865 764533, or email: info@qbman.co.uk.

Our fully furnished 4-bedroom home on St John St is available for rent from Jul 2013–May 2014. The rent is £4,750 pm (all utilities included). Please contact info@tcometals.com.

Delightful furnished detached 2-bedroom Cotswold stone cottage with living/dining room, wood-burning stove, modern kitchen and bathroom, small secluded garden and studio summerhouse in peaceful sought-after village of Wootton near Woodstock (7 miles north of Oxford). Suits single professional or visiting academic couple. N-s only. No pets. Car essential. Deposit and references required. Available now; £850 pcm plus utilities and council tax. Contact junko@tiscali.co.uk.

House to rent in Bourg-la-Reine (92340 – south-east of Paris – 10 mins RER to Denfert-Rochereau). Available from Jul 2013–Jul 2014; 180sqm. 3 floors: basement: large double living room, family room, kitchen, toilet. Floor 1: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms plus toilet. Floor 2: 1 bedroom, toilet. Big garden. Parking lot. Perfect for academic on sabbatical and family. Email: guillaume.piketty@sciences-po.fr.

North Oxford: 2 furnished recently built houses: 2-bedroom plus study available from Sept at £1,250 pcm; 3-bedroom plus study from Aug at £1,375 pcm plus council tax and utilities. Best suited to professionals, visiting academics. Excellent residential area of Summertown, amenities, with easy access to most University departments and have en suite, family bathroom, parking, garden. Contact: 01865 516144, a.fiorentino@ntlworld.com.

Gorgeous 3-bedroom townhouse in central Oxford for short rentals. 3 mins' walk from Magdalen College, easy walk to the rest of town. Great choice of cafes, restaurants and shops nearby. 3 mins' walk to the London coach service (Oxford Tube). Full of character, glass-roofed dining room, solid oak kitchen, marble bathroom with twin basins, cosy living room, 42" TV, fast internet, washer/drier, linen and weekly cleaning; £850 pw, £3,400 pcm. Jake: jakebrumby@gmail.com.

Family house to rent on Stanley Rd, OX4 1QZ, off Iffley Rd. 4 bedrooms, separate living and dining rooms, downstairs toilet, laundry room, garden to front and rear, off-street parking. Available unfurnished for short let; £1,375 pcm.  Contact: bursars.secretary@exeter.ox.ac.uk.

Jericho: delightful 4-bedroom canal-side house, with mature garden, for rent 6 Jul–15 Aug (approx 6 weeks). 5 mins from Port Meadow, the river, Phoenix cinema and restaurants. Easy access to city. Rent £500 pw, including use of Ford Focus estate and bicycles. Off-road parking. Careful, considerate, n-s tenants sought. Please contact by email: clarebassett@aol.com or tel: +44 (0) 1865 558589. References and deposit please.

House swaps

Swap your min 2-bed Oxford property for 6 months (Jun–Dec) in writer's lovely home in rural Portugal (Lisbon 2 hrs/Seville 4 hrs). Main house: 2 double beds, bath/shower room, big kitchen, sitting, dining rooms. Guest apartment: sitting room (sofa bed), kitchen/diner, double bed and shower room. Studio incl shower, double futon sofa bed, dining roof terrace. Swimming pool 5x8m. Contact robandjanewilson@gmail.com.

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 www.admin.ox.ac.uk/accommodation.

North and central north Oxford furnished apartments. Central north: split-level studios available from Aug or Oct at £775 pcm; 1-bedroom apartment from Sept or Oct at £875 pcm; 2-bedroom apartment from Aug or Oct from £995 pcm. North: 1-bedroom apartment from Aug or Sept at £775 pcm; 2-bedroom apartment from Aug or Sept. Contact: 01865 516144 or a.fiorentino@ntlworld.com.

Central Oxford: large studio flat to let. Available 18 Jun. Ideal for single person. City-centre location: Gloucester Green, second floor, with quiet aspect and balcony. Double bed, open plan to sitting and dining area. Kitchen and separate bathroom. Furnished; £750 pcm (exclusive). One-month deposit. Contact 07714 275159 or email kathyhegarty@hotmail.co.uk.

Summertown flat with garage. Furnished flat on second (top) floor of purpose-built block in Osberton Rd. Washer-drier, fridge-freezer, gch, shower, garage and garden use. Living room and 2 double bedrooms. Available 1 Jul to non-smokers. Rent: £1,010 pcm for a 1-year lease (with renewals possible). Council tax band D; EPC rating C. Contact binney@thphys.ox.ac.uk or 01865 760398.

1-bedroom apartment ideally located in central north Oxford in quiet location off the Banbury Rd. Light, spacious open-plan living area with kitchen. Double bedroom and separate bathroom. Furnished to a very high standard, balcony overlooking lovely gardens. Parking. Would suit single professional. Available Aug; £995pcm including 2 hours’ cleaning twice a month. Please contact Sammie at Penny & Sinclair: 01865 318018 or sammie@pennyandsinclair.co.uk.

Basement studio apartment, entirely self-contained with independent access. Ideal location in central Summertown, near cafes, shops, sports centre, frequent bus services. Suit single professional, postdoc or graduate. Free WiFi and all bills (except council tax), £675 pcm. Phone 01865 516446.

Accommodation offered

View the best Oxford property rentals now, www.finders.co.uk/search/oxford, Finders Keepers, or call 01865 200012.

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: DVL23@talktalk.net.

Scott Fraser – market leaders for quality Oxfordshire property. Selling or letting, buying or renting, we are here to help. Visit www.scottfraser.co.uk 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.

Affordable accommodation available. Academics, parent or students looking for a nice place to stay. Short- or long-term. B&B or self-catering rooms, which are all personally visited to offer quality accommodation in welcoming private homes in many Oxford locations. B&B from £28/night or £190/wk, all-inclusive. Long-term discount available. TV, free wireless internet, tea/coffee facilities, use of microwave. Linen and towels. For information, tel: 01865 435229, email: info@abodesuk.com or visit: www.abodesofoxford.com.

Self-contained unit of double en suite bedroom, sitting/dining room and kitchenette (hob, small cooker, fridge) in striking modern house on rural western outskirts of Oxford. Television, internet, heating, electricity, bed linen and towels, shared use of washing machine all included. Bus service to Oxford centre. Non-smokers only. Single occupancy £220 pw, £680 pm, maximum 3 months, corresponding double occupancy £260, £780. Phone 01865 721644 or email richard.gilliane@btinternet.com.

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: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/accommodation/landlord. For information: 01865 280811.

House wanted to rent – new bursar seeking preferably unfurnished house preferably north Oxford, or villages around Eynsham, from Jun/Jul. Very responsible family: 2 teenage children and well-behaved dogs. If you can help, please contact vicki.stott@st-hughs.ox.ac.uk.

Wanted: 2–3-bedroom flat or family home for 2013–14 academic year in Jericho area or north Oxford. Oxford academic and his daughter seek accommodation Aug 2013–Jul 2014, but can be flexible with dates if necessary. Within easy proximity to local high schools. Email: paul.betts@sant.ox.ac.uk.

Couple seeking furnished house to rent within easy commuting distance of central Oxford. Wife is a matriculating MPhil student at Oxford, husband is a published fiction writer working from home. We have no children or pets, are non-smokers, and can provide excellent references from previous landlords and also complete financial proofs. We would welcome a longer lease, but will be glad to lease for a single year. Contact: dmueenuddin@gmail.com.

Wanted: small flat for yearly rental wanted by elderly postgrad doctoral student for 1 person and his calm golden retriever dog, beginning Oct 2013. Car parking and easy access to common ground preferred. Please contact bill@billdinning.com.

Kidlington – holiday accommodation sought. Would prefer north Kidlington but not essential. Required for 1 month from Jul to Aug. Young British family visiting from Tanzania. Please contact alexandra.greathead@ashmus.ox.ac.uk.

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: admin@oxfordshortlets.co.uk. Web: www.oxfordshortlets.co.uk.

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: www.weeklyhome.com. Email: info@weeklyhome.com 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 www.wakehamfarm.com or email haroldcarter@mac.com.

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: gabriel.amherst@btconnect.com. See: www.cornwallcornwall.com.

North Yorkshire Coast. Comfortable Georgian house available for holiday lets in Robin Hood's Bay. Large garden, sea views, central heating and private parking. Sleeps 9+ but special rates for couples and small parties. Ground floor: fully equipped kitchen, dining room, large, comfortable sitting room. First floor: 3 bedrooms (1 en suite), family bathroom, further sitting room. Second floor: 2 further bedrooms and bathroom. Contact Val Everton: 07592 590727 or email val.everton@yahoo.co.uk.

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 www.gitevezelay.co.uk. Contact: jessica0407@talktalk.net or 07980 305775.

Noon Large, open-plan house to rent in SW France with huge pool, tennis court and spectacular views. Near Lagrasse. Sleeps max 12 people. Set in 22 acres of private grounds, with ponds and river access. Great for children as so much to explore. Near to Mediterranean beaches and Pyrenees. Visit www.the4vents.com or call 07973 891284.

Property for sale

House for sale in sought-after village just 5 miles north of Oxford. The village of Yarnton has a local primary school (Ofsted rating 'good'); park; GP surgery; pharmacy; convenience store and farm shop. An extended and improved 3/4 bedroom semi-detached house in Merton Way. Too many features to list here, for sale £289,995, with Thomas Merrifield Kidlington. Possible investment property for rental at approx £1,400 pcm. Please see link: www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-35977147.html.

Umbria. Between Assisi and Gubbio on edge of quiet village, overlooking the Appenines. Modern house consisting of ground floor: large sitting room with wood burner, kitchen/diner, 3 double bedrooms, bathroom and shower room. Garden of ½ acre, mainly orchard. Lower ground floor: large space 160sqm with kitchen and shower room suitable as an art studio or workshop etc, £220,000. For details and photos please email csellams@hotmail.com.