• Thursday 20 February 2014
  • NO. 5051
  • VOL. 144

Consultative Notices

Request from Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawai'i Nei and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for the repatriation of human remains held in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

In accordance with the procedure for dealing with repatriation claims set out in the University's Policy on Human Remains Held by the University of Oxford's Museums, the Visitors of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History have considered a claim from the Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawai'i Nei and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for the repatriation of certain human remains held in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. The Visitors are recommending that Council agree to the repatriation of one human remain but not agree to the repatriation of another. (The Visitors have also recommended, at the request of Hui Malama,
that a third human remain be de-accessioned and disposed of: this recommendation will be considered under the terms of the University's Procedure Covering Disposal of Items from University Collections; see

The procedure (see webpage above or Supplement (2) to Gazette No 4787, 15 November 2006) requires that when the governing body of the relevant museum has submitted to Council a recommendation regarding the claim, notice of the recommendation and availability of the dossier of the case for consultation should be advertised in the Gazette, giving parties with an interest an opportunity to comment. Any comments received are to be considered by Council in reaching a final decision on the recommendation submitted by the governing body of the museum.

The recommendation of the Visitors of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History will be considered by Council in Trinity term.

The dossier may be consulted on application to Charles Shaw, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (email:; tel: (2)80563). Any submission regarding the Visitors' recommendation should be sent to Mr Shaw by 21 March 2014.

Humanities Divisional Board/Education Committee

Review of the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics

The Humanities Divisional Board and the Education Committee will jointly conduct a review of the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics, as part of Council's programme of rolling reviews of faculties and departments. The review will take place on 21 and 22 May 2014.

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 Richard Sykes (email: by 22 April 2014.

General Notices

Travel roadshow/Efficient cycling in Oxford

Travel roadshow

A team of experts will be at the Andrew Wiles Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, between 2.30pm and 4.30pm on 25 February, to offer advice on saving money and improving fitness while commuting. Discounts on cycling equipment and rail/bus tickets available. More information:

Efficient cycling in Oxford presentations

Jamie Clarke, experienced cyclist and one of the original minds behind Bikeability (, will give presentations on effective, safe and enjoyable cycling at noon on 7 March in the NDM Research Building, Old Road Campus, and noon on 21 March in the Andrew Wiles Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter. Suitable for both experienced cyclists and beginners and followed by the opportunity to sign up for practical sessions throughout March and April. Attendance free and booking not required.

Climate change roadshow

Do you have a climate-relevant idea? Come to Climate-KIC's lunch to find out how to apply for up to €95,000 of grant funding with coaching and a pan-European network of climate change innovators: noon on 7 March in the Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School. Free event open to postgraduates, postdocs and academic faculty members working in the field of climate change; please register at More information:



Change of title

Mapstone, S L, MA DPhil Oxf, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Fellow of St Hilda's; Professor of Older Scots Literature with effect from 1 January 2014.

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Headship of the Department of Engineering Science

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board has conferred the Headship of the Department of Engineering Science upon Lionel Tarassenko, MA DPhil Oxf, CEng, FIET, FMedSci, FREng, Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and fellow of St John's, for a period of 5 years from 1 September 2014.

Medical Sciences


Stephen Francis Goodwin, BSc PhD Glas, Tutor in Physiology, Magdalen, and Associate Professor of Biomedical Science (Neuroscience), has been reappointed until the retiring age with effect from 1 October 2014.

Social Sciences

Professorship of Economics

Beata Smarzynska Javorcik, BA Rochester, PhD Yale, Professor of International Economics, Department of Economics, and Fellow and Tutor in Economics, Christ Church, has been appointed to the Professorship of Economics in the Department of Economics with effect from 1 September 2014. Professor Javorcik will be a fellow of All Souls.

Visiting Professorships

Medical Sciences

George Eastman Visiting Professorship 2016–17                

Niles A Pierce, BSE Princeton, DPhil Oxf, Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Bioengineering, Division of Biology and Biological Engineering, Division of Engineering and Applied Science, California Institute of Technology, has been appointed to the George Eastman Visiting Professorship 2016–17 in the Medical Sciences Division for a fixed term of 12 months from 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017. Professor Pierce will be a Professorial Fellow of Balliol.

Social Sciences


The Social Sciences Board has, on the recommendation of the Faculty of Law, conferred the title of Visiting Lecturer on Mr Richard Salter, QC, MA Oxf, for a period of 3 years from 1 October 2013.

Recognition of Distinction

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

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

Riccardo Bartolini, PhD Bologna, University Research Lecturer in the Department of Physics; Professor of Accelerator Physics with effect from 1 February 2014.

Graduate Awards and Prizes

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Electoral Boards

Composition of an Electoral Board

The composition of the electoral board to the post below, proceedings to fill which are currently in progress, is as follows:

Professorship of Biostatistics in Genomics

  Appointed by
Chair: Professor W James (Pro-Vice-Chancellor)  Mr Vice-Chancellor1
The Principal, St Anne's ex officio
Professor Dame Kay Davies Head of Medical Sciences Division
Professor S Tavaré (CRUK Cambridge) Medical Sciences Divisional Board 
Dr G Nicholls MPLS Divisional Board 
Professor A Etheridge  MPLS Divisional Board 
Professor G McVean Council 
Professor D Balding (UCL) Council 
Professor P Donnelly St Anne's  
1Appointed by Mr Vice-Chancellor under the provisions of Statute IX, Sect 10 and 11.

Musical and other Events


Sung Eucharist

The Very Revd Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans Cathedral, preaches at the Sung Eucharist at 11am on Sunday, 2 March, in Magdalen chapel. All welcome.


Eglesfield Musical Society Recitals

Change of time:
The vocal recital by to be given by Rose Rands on 1 March in the Auditorium, Queen's, has been changed from 1.30pm to 10.30am.

St Stephen's House

The following concerts will be held at 7.30pm, unless otherwise noted, at St John the Evangelist, 109A Iffley Road. Information:

4 Mar: SJE Arts International Piano Series: 'Changing the pedal: or whatever happened to minidisc'. Lecture/recital by pianist, composer, teacher and broadcaster David Owen Norris on the composition of piano music as determined by the mechanisms of the instruments available at the time. With demonstrations on a 1781 square piano and a John Broadwood & Sons grand of 1828. Tickets: £22/£15/£10 (£5 discount students/under 18s) from, or

Sat, 8 Mar: Commotio: Miškinis, Poulenc, Ešenvalds. Tickets: £12 (£6 concessions) from

Sat, 15 Mar: Adderbury Ensemble Cocktail Concert: Viv McLean (piano), Christopher Windass (violin), Katherine Sharman (cello): Haydn, Debussy, Brahms. Tickets: £15 (£5 students) from

6pm, Sun, 16 Mar: The Chamber Players: Transfigured Night – the Tour: Richard Strauss, Schoenberg, Brahms. Tickets: £12 (£5 students/under 18s) from or

18 Mar: SJE Arts International Piano Series: Mark Viner: Mozart, Brahms, Medtner, Alkan. Tickets: £18, £12, £8 (£5 discount students/under 18s) from, or

6.30pm, Sat, 22 Mar: Oxford Girls' Choir: Purcell: Fairy Queen

28 Mar: The Webb Sisters: When will you come home? Tickets: £15 in advance from or Truck Store, Cowley Rd, or £17 on the door


Pitt Rivers Museum

Admission free. Information:


until 30 Mar: Surviving Tsunami: Photographs in the Aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake

Special Events

11am–4pm, 22 Feb: What’s it like to work in a museum?

6.30–8pm, 6 Mar: Crafty networking

6–9pm, 20 Mar: After Hours: Resonant voices

6.30–10pm, 26 Mar: After Hours Cinema Club: The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Saturday Spotlights

2.30pm, 19 Apr: Nessmuk: learn how to build your own tiny canoe!

Still Sunday Mornings  

10–11.30am: every Sunday

Family Friendly Activities

Drop-in activities for children aged 5+. An adult must accompany children.

Activity backpacks, trails, craft activities

2–4pm: every Sunday

Pitt Stops

1–4pm, 1 Mar: Knights in Shining Armour

Under 5 events

10.30am–12.30pm, 2–4pm, 6 Mar: Singing around the world

St John’s

Medieval vestments

The college intends to open to the public its collection of medieval vestments 2–5pm on Saturday, 8 March. The collection is displayed in the Garden Quadrangle and entrance, free of charge, will be via the Main Lodge.