• Thursday 19 June 2014
  • NO. 5065
  • VOL. 144

Consultative Notices

Socially Responsible Investment Review Committee

Statement on the fossil fuel divestment campaign

The Socially Responsible Investment Review Committee (SRIRC) is considering a representation from Oxford University Student Union (OUSU) for divestment from all fossil fuel investments held by Oxford University Endowment Management (OUem) on behalf of Oxford University. For the text of the SRIRC’s full notice and OUSU’s resolution, see or Gazette No 5057, 24 April 2014.

The SRIRC is responsible for forming an opinion on the question of socially responsible investment that the divestment resolution raises and for advising Council accordingly. At its meeting on 6 March 2014, the SRIRC began detailed discussions on this subject and invites interested parties to submit evidence or views:

  • that might inform the committee's consideration of the question of possible divestment from companies 'that participate in exploration for and/or extraction of fossil fuel reserves'; and/or
  • on whether there are alternative ways in which the University should engage in the debate about climate change.

The SRIRC will review submissions at its next meeting on 2 July 2014, and will publish a summary of the views received on its website, ensuring that such views are given proper consideration in the eventual recommendation that is made to Council.

Interested parties should send their submissions to The deadline for submissions is 23 June. 

General Notices

Bodleian Libraries

Moves of Special Collections

The Bodleian Libraries are completing their renovation of the New Bodleian building, which will reopen to readers and researchers as the Weston Library – the new home for the Bodleian's special collections. The facility will open in phases from late September 2014.

When the reading rooms transfer, many collections will take longer to reach reading rooms than normal. Readers intending to visit the Bodleian to consult special collections should plan carefully to ensure relevant material is made available for their visit.

Lists of transferred and readily accessible collections will be published on the website as the moves progress. For further information please email, telephone 01865 277046 or see notice in Gazette No 5062, 5 June 2014, p525.



Dean Ireland’s Professorship of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture

Markus Bockmuehl, BA British Columbia, MA Oxf, MCS MDiv Regent College, Canada, PhD Camb, Professor of Biblical and Early Christian Studies and Fellow and Tutor, Keble, has been appointed to the Dean Ireland’s Professorship of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture in the Faculty of Theology and Religion with effect from 1 October 2014. Professor Bockmuehl will be a fellow of Keble.

Professorship for the Study of the Contemporary Arab World and Khalid bin Abdullah Al Saud Professorship-elect

Marilyn L Booth, BA Harvard, DPhil Oxf, Iraq Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, University of Edinburgh and Joint Director, Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World, Universities of Durham, Edinburgh and Manchester has been appointed to the Professorship for the Study of the Contemporary Arab World in the Faculty of Oriental Studies with effect from 1 September 2014 and full time from 1 June 2015.

On the retirement of Professor Clive Holes, Professor Booth will assume the Khalid bin Abdullah Al Saud Professorship for the Study of the Contemporary Arab World. Professor Booth will be a fellow of Magdalen.

Musical and other Events

Botanic Garden

Drop-in sessions

The following events are free with entrance to the Botanic Garden, and take place 1–4pm on Saturdays, unless otherwise noted. For more information see:

5 Jul: Alice Day Picnic Afternoon. Roots, flowers and fruits picnic afternoon: all activities will be root-associated, for this year's 'Underground' Alice Day. Bring a picnic.

26 Jul: Flower Power Picnic Afternoon. Music, crafts/growing activity and exploration to find our most beautiful blooms. Bring a picnic.

9 Aug: Fruits and Vegetables Picnic Afternoon. Music, crafts/growing activity and exploration to find our fruit and vegetables. Bring a picnic.

23 Sept, 10.30am–12.30pm: Super Sunflowers. See our sunflowers at their best, craft/growing activity, story time. Mini tour and more. For under 5s.

TORCHTORCH/Nuffield Department of Population Health

Public Health Film Festival

27–29 Jun: showcase of film screenings, talks, workshops and social events at the Phoenix Cinema and the Radcliffe Humanities Building. The festival includes a special family day for all ages. Tickets: £2–7. For further details see:


Bodleian Library

until 29 Jun: Reading the Word: the first complete English Bible. Free. A selection of manuscripts from the Wycliffite Bible.

until 2 Nov: The Great War: personal stories from Downing Street to the trenches. Free. Letters and diaries of politicians, soldiers and civilians, all in some way connected to Oxford, relating contemporary experiences of the Great War.