Notices

  • Thursday 24 January 2013
  • NO. 5012
  • VOL. 143

Consultative notices

Academic Services and University Collections

Review of the Botanic Garden

As part of the standard pattern of departmental reviews, the Academic Services and University Collections (ASUC) will be holding a review of the Botanic Garden on 18 and 19 April. The terms of reference of the review are:

  • to review the governance, management, finances and staffing of the Botanic Garden in the context of:
    • its strategic plan
    • its relationship with other bodies (including those in the academic divisions and in ASUC, and Magdalen College)
    • its roles in conservation, teaching and research and
    • its obligations to its local, national and international public, including outreach, and the balance between these functions
  • and to make recommendations, bearing in mind where there are financial implications the level of resources likely to be available within the University and possible alternative ways of raising funds to implement them.

The review committee will be chaired by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research, Academic Services and University Collections), Professor Ian Walmsley, and will comprise in addition Professor Judith Armitage, Department of Biochemistry; Professor Stephen Blackmore, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh; Professor Peter Gregory, University of Reading and East Malling Research; Professor Nicholas Harberd, Department of Plant Sciences; and Professor Paul Smith, Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Comments to the review committee are welcome, whether from organisational units or from individual members of the collegiate University. These should be sent to Charles Shaw (charles.shaw@admin.ox.ac.uk) at the University Offices by 15 March.

Humanities Divisional Board/Education Committee

Review of the Faculty of Oriental Studies

The Humanities Divisional Board and the Education Committee will jointly conduct a review of the Faculty of Oriental Studies as part of Council's programme of rolling reviews of faculties and departments. The review will take place on 28 and 29 May.

The Review Committee's terms of reference are:

1 To review the quality of academic activities in the faculty, by reference to:

  • international standards of excellence
  • action taken since the last review of the faculty
  • planning statements at faculty and divisional level, and in the context of the University's Mission Statement and Strategic Plan.

In particular:

(a) the quality of the research of the faculty, 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 faculty, its management structures, and the relationship between the faculty and the Humanities Division, including such matters as:

  • strategic planning (including relationship to the divisional five-year plan and the University's Strategic Plan)
  • academic and non-academic staffing and recruitment
  • student number planning
  • terms of appointment for academic staff, including career development and equal opportunities issues
  • accommodation and future space needs
  • fundraising;

(d) the relationship (structural and operational) between units within the faculty, and between the faculty 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 faculty, and its financial strategy.

The Review Committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference. These should be sent to Karen Brill (email: karen.brill@humanities.ox.ac.uk) by 26 April.

Social Sciences Board/Education Committee

Review of the Department of Economics

The Social Sciences Board and the Education Committee will jointly conduct a review of the Department of Economics as part of Council’s programme of rolling reviews of faculties and departments. This review will take place on 13 and 14 May.

The review committee’s terms of reference 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 level, and in the context of the University's mission statement and 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 (including research degrees and research training and provision for part-time study)
  • relationships with colleges
  • quality assurance mechanisms;

(c) the organisation of the department, its management structures and the relationship between the department and the division, including such matters as:

  • strategic planning (including relationship to the divisional five-year plans and the University's Corporate Plan)
  • academic and non-academic staff planning and recruitment
  • student number planning
  • terms of appointment for academic staff, including career development and equal opportunities issues
  • accommodation and future space needs
  • 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.

The Review Committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference, given above. These should be sent to the joint secretary to the Review Committee, Dr Stephen Conway (email: stephen.conway@socsci.ox.ac.uk) by 12 April.

Recognition of Distinction

The following titles have been conferred on behalf of the Recognition of Distinction Committee:

Medical Sciences

Boultwood, J, BSc PhD Wales, MA Oxf, Director of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, Molecular Haematology Unit, Nuffield Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Professor of Molecular Haematology with immediate effect.

Social Sciences

Fu, X, BSc Huazhong, MSc Hunan, MSc PhD Lanc, University Lecturer in International Development and Fellow of Green Templeton, Professor of Technology and International Development with effect from 16 December 2012.

Corrigendum:

Platteau, J P, BA MA PhD Namur, Professor of Development Economics in the Department of International Development with effect from 1 October 2012.

Musical Events

St Anne's

Music recital series

The following events will take place at 6pm in the Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre. Open to all, admission free. Please see www.st-annes.ox.ac.uk/about/events.html for programme details.

25 Jan: Ylka Istrefi, piano

8 Feb: Madalina Rusu, piano

8 Mar: Daniel Swain, piano, and Laura Virtanen, violin

St Hilda's

The following events will take place in the Jacqueline Du Pré Music Building. For more information or tickets: www.st-hildas.ox.ac.uk/jdp or tel Oxford 305305.

JdP Piano Series Concerts

25 Jan, 8pm: Joanna MacGregor: Beethoven Piano Sonatas.

JdP String Series Concerts

16 Feb, 8pm: Steven Isserlis and Connie Shih: Hahn, Fauré, Adès, Saint-Saëns, Franck

21 Feb, 7pm: Krysia Osostowicz and Daniel Tong: Beethoven

M@SH Series Concerts

26 Jan, 7pm: M@SH Marathon. Free admission

22 Feb, 8pm: Alistair Anderson, concertina and Northumbrian pipes

Lunchtime Recital Series

The following events take place at 1.15pm on Thursdays. Free admission.

24 Jan: Sarah Johnson, Jack Chown and Toby Huelin, horn, marimba and piano: Franz Strauss, Huelin

31 Jan: Joe Norris and Will Green, clarinet and piano: Bax, Wilmann, Messager

7 Feb: Marcus Farnsworth and James Cheung, baritone and piano: Schumann

14 Feb: Ellen Timothy, soprano

21 Feb: Krysia Osostowicz and Daniel Tong, violin and piano: Beethoven

28 Feb: Anna Kaznowska, Charlotte Parr and Guy Newbury, strings : Schumann, Debussy

7 Mar: Beth Allen, Henry Chandler, Naomi Watson, James Keasley and George Cooke, clarinet quintet: Brahms

Education and Community Programme

Moving Music Concert

For people with dementia and their carers. Tickets: £5 to include refreshments (carers free). Reserve in advance (jdp@st-hildas.ox.ac.uk or Oxford 286660) and pay on the door.

26 Feb: 12 pm–1 pm (refreshments from 11.30am) and 2–3 pm (refreshments from 1.30pm)

Cushion Concerts

Rozzy and Mr Cello introduce instruments to children and their parents on Sundays: 9.30am and 10.30am for under 5s, 11.30am for over 5s.

17 Feb: The saxophone

10 Mar: The French horn

Exhibitions

Pitt Rivers Museum

'After Hours' events

The Pitt Rivers Museum will remain open until 8pm once a month, especially for those seeking a child-free encounter with the collections. At each After Hours event you can take advantage of a free, themed programme (such as talks, music or screenings) or simply enjoy the Museum at your own pace. After 4.30, entry and exit via the museum's South Door on Robinson Close, off South Parks Road. 

4.30–8pm, 30 Jan: After Hours: Central and South America

First After Hours event: explore the Museum's ground floor and sample film, music, a quiz and gallery talk. Run in collaboration with the Friends of Pitt Rivers, the museum's supporters' organisation. To learn more about the Friends: www.prm.ox.ac.uk/friends.html.