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  • Thursday 6 June 2013
  • NO. 5028
  • VOL. 143

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Miscellaneous

BrainBankUK 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.

Restore Restore Café and Shop – now open on Saturdays

Local mental health charity Restore in Manzil Way, off  Cowley Rd, is now opening its Garden Café on Sat 10am–4pm (in addition to Mon–Fri 10am–3pm), serving delicious food and drinks made on the premises. Enjoy the summer weather in the peaceful garden or treat yourself to one of the many handmade gifts on sale. More details at www.restore.org.uk.

Research participants sought

Teenage Social Cognition Study participants needed: we are looking for teenagers to take part in research into the understanding of social information and why some people are more worried about social situations than others. The research involves 1 hour maximum, in which the participant will be playing computerised games and completing a questionnaire. We are seeking teenagers aged 11–17 who have no developmental concerns. Participants will be reimbursed with an Amazon voucher. Please email: sophie.raeder@bnc.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.

Bell & Associates Patent Law. A full-service patent law firm with strong roots in Oxford, serving UK clients from our office in San Francisco, specialising 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.

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 Jun.

Family-owned wine and cheese farm near Florence, Italy, seeks au pair for summer months. One-year-old baby, light housekeeping, share apartment with another helper. Room, board, small stipend. Fattoria Corzano e Paterno. Contact: susagelpke@hotmail.com.

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.

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.

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.

East Oxford house to let, Charles St, 2 double bedrooms plus loft room and garden. Kitchen/dining room, sitting room and bathroom. Suit academic/professional couple for long let. Part-furnished. Available early Jun. Owner's former home. Delightful Victorian bow-fronted house in terrace. Most modern conveniences. No agent, £1,350 pm, negotiable, exclusive of bills. Contact s.hewitt66@hotmail.com.

Semi-detached stone cottage in attractive centre of Charlbury, 5 mins' walk from station (fastest train to Oxford 16 mins), and close to shops. 2 bedrooms, wood-burning stove, small private garden with sunny aspect, outhouse; and separate study negotiable. Would suit single professional or couple, unsuitable for children. Available Jul onwards, furnished or unfurnished, £900 pcm. No pets or smokers, references sought. Contact Gillian at gillyglass@hotmail.com.

3-bedroom house to let in Grandpont (Kineton Rd). Fully furnished with garden, quiet location close to shops, short walk from city centre, river, schools, libraries, swimming, sports and bus stops. Ideal for family, but no smokers. Available from 1 Aug; £1,200 pcm. Email: architectcjl@yahoo.com.

House swaps

Offered: Algarve Olhao – non-touristy fishing town: most pleasant apartment with roof terrace; 10 mins' walk from sea front, excellent seafood restaurants, etc. Apartment modernised and comfortable, with log burner in drawing room, but building retains 1930s' art deco character. Desired: any 1-bed (or larger) flat/house within ring road. Whole of Michaelmas term preferred (negotiable). Email: rhys1@hotmail.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 at £875 pcm plus utilities and council tax. Contact: 01865 516144 or a.fiorentino@ntlworld.com.

1½ bedroom available for 2013–14 academic year. Sunny fully furnished flat in east Oxford available Sept 2013–Septr 2014. Top-floor flat of a 2-flat building, consisting of 1 large bedroom, a smaller room usable as either a second bedroom or a living room, a full bathroom, and a large, bright kitchen dining area with a work desk. It comes with a dedicated parking space, and shares secure bike shed and patio area with the ground-floor flat; perfect for an academic visitor. It lies on a small quiet street 5 mins’ walk to shops and restaurants, and a short distance to the University. £850 pcm. Email: aptbrookox@gmail.com.

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.

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.

Wanted: 3-bedroom flat or family home in or near Oxford from mid-Jan to mid-Mar 2014 for family of 3 from the United States. Please email Catherine at cvtall@gmail.com.

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.

Sunny north Oxford studio apartment with parking available for short/medium term lets, ideal for 1 person. Immaculate newly built with French doors opening onto south-facing garden, WiFi/TV provided. Lounge/dining area, fully equipped kitchenette with fridge/freezer/hob/microwave. Separate access with own hallway including washer/drier, beautiful bathroom with shower. Fresh linen regularly, £50 per night, bills included, minimum 3 nights; £15 surcharge for second person. Email: studioflatnorthoxford@gmail.com. Tel: 0044 (0)7764 574700.

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.

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.

South of France. Charming, soigné apartment in newly restored village house in picturesque Junas (between Nimes and Montpellier) for short lets all through the year. Two en-suite double bedrooms, secluded courtyard with small pool. Ideal writer's retreat. Beautiful walks surrounding countryside and nearby seaside. Email: santiago.munoz@orange.fr or see www.holiday-rentals.co.uk/p690606a.

Dorset: lovely house to let, surrounded by trees and fields, close to woodland walks and fossil-filled Jurassic coast! 2 double bedrooms, bathroom, loo, large sitting room plus sofa-bed, kitchen/dining room, huge garden, WiFi, parking. 5 mins Charmouth, Lyme Regis, River Cottage HQ and canteen; 20 mins West Bay, Bridport (indie cinema, arts centre, cafés, quirky Sat market); £650 pw Jul, £700 Aug. Contact: 01297 34541, bm@barbaramackay.co.uk for photos.