• Thursday 24 April 2014
  • NO. 5057
  • VOL. 144

University Preachers

Trinity term 2014

Thurs 24 Apr, 8am: The Revd Megan Daffern, Chaplain of Jesus. Holy Communion (Latin), St Mary's

Sun 27 Apr, 11am: The Revd Peter Anthony, Priest-in-Charge of the Parish of Kentish Town (London). St Mark's Day Sermon, Magdalen

Sun 11 May, 10.30am: Canon Mark Oakley, Canon Chancellor, St Paul's Cathedral. University Sermon, St Mary’s

Sun 25 May, 10.30am: Pastor Georg Amann, Pastor, German Protestant Ministry of West London. University Sermon, St Mary's

*Sun 8 Jun, 10am: The Revd Dr Cally Hammond, Dean and Director of Studies in Theology, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. University Sermon (Whit Sunday), Cathedral

*Sun 15 Jun, 6.15pm: Canon Professor Sarah Coakley, Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity, Cambridge. University Sermon (Trinity Sunday), Queen's

Sun 29 Jun, 10am: The Revd Robin Griffith-Jones, Master of the Temple Church, sometime Chaplain of Lincoln. St John Baptist's Day Sermon, Magdalen

*On these days Doctors will wear their robes

Consultative Notices

Consultation on possible revisions to Statute XII

On 27 February 2014 the Personnel Committee launched a consultation of individuals and bodies within the collegiate University on the desirability of possible revisions to Statute XII, which governs the employment of academic and academic-related staff. The consultation paper is available on the Statute XII consultation website at

A set of Questions and Answers, addressing the questions that have been asked most frequently in the course of the consultation so far, has now been added to this website.

The Personnel Committee welcomes responses from all members of the University until the close of the consultation period on 4 June 2014. Responses should be sent to and should state whether the respondent wishes to remain anonymous.

Committee on Statutes before the Privy Council

Jesus College: Revised Statutes

The Committee on Statutes before the Privy Council, acting under authority delegated to it by Council, is minded to give consent on behalf of the University to the revised statutes of Jesus College, approved by the Governing Body on 6 November 2013, in so far as such consent is required by section 7 (2) of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923. The consent of the committee to the amendments to the statutes will be effective eleven days after publication of this notice unless written notice of a resolution, signed by at least twenty members of Congregation and calling upon Council to withhold that consent, has been given to the Registrar by noon on Monday, 5 May.

The effect of the amendments is to enable the college to apply a total shareholder return approach to its investments.

Socially Responsible Investment Review Committee

Statement on the fossil fuel divestment campaign

The Socially Responsible Investment Review Committee (SRIRC) is responsible for considering representations concerning the Socially Responsible Investment Policy1 and proposals related to the implementation of the policy submitted to it from certain specified bodies within the University, and making recommendations to Council as appropriate2. The SRIRC is now making its first statement regarding representations made by Oxford University Student Union (OUSU) regarding the University's investments in fossil fuel-related companies.

The SRIRC received a first representation from OUSU at its meeting on 28 November 2013 requesting that consideration be given to financial transactions involving organisations in the fossil fuel industry. The SRIRC sought clarification from OUSU on the scope of its resolution and the definition and scope of what OUSU meant by 'the fossil fuel industry'. The SRIRC subsequently received a second OUSU representation clarifying its definition of 'fossil fuel companies' (as set out in the penultimate paragraph below) and asking the University to consider divestment from all fossil fuel investments held by Oxford University Endowment Management (OUem) on behalf of Oxford University. OUSU's resolution can be viewed below3.

The SRIRC welcomes this engagement. We acknowledge the significance and importance of the broad issue of climate change and are grateful to OUSU for formally raising this issue with the SRIRC.

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. It acknowledged that fossil fuel divestment is a broad issue involving many different University departments and activities, and that any engagement on this issue will need to consider a range of stakeholders across the whole of the University. These include a number of Council's committees, the divisional boards, colleges, benefactors, staff and students (past, present and future), among others. It is recognised that this is a complex and multifaceted issue which requires the collection of evidence and opinions, and time for reflection and informed debate.

Therefore, and in light of the growing global debate and given the University's broad research engagement on the subject, the SRIRC has decided to canvass the opinions of stakeholders.  We are therefore requesting evidence and opinions from relevant bodies in the collegiate University, and through the publication of this statement invite 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' as per the OUSU representation. We are also interested in evidence or views 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. 

1University Policy on Socially Responsible Investment

Approved by Council on 2 December 2013


The University of Oxford is committed to ensuring that it makes investment decisions responsibly and with integrity. The University's Policy is to ensure that its investment decisions (including those taken on its behalf) take into account social, environmental and political issues in order to maintain its ethical standards.

Council has established a Socially Responsible Investment Review Committee (SRIRC) to provide it with advice on this Policy and its delivery. The SRIRC reports directly into Council but also has a mandate to discuss its recommendations with those bodies that have a duty of oversight for the University's investments, in particular the Investment Committee, in so far as those recommendations concern the funds for which each body has responsibility.


The University will ensure that Procedures in support of this Policy fulfil the following aims:

(a) to review regularly this Policy, and practices relating to it, to ensure that social, environmental and political issues are adequately reflected;
(b) to provide a forum for considering representations to change this Policy and/or practices relating to it on ethical grounds;
(c) to engage in responsible stewardship with its investment managers and to provide a forum for the review and monitoring of investments in the context of this Policy;
(d) to engage directly and indirectly with managers (and where possible directly with investments) to make representations concerning social, environmental and political concerns as appropriate.

Delivery of these Procedures is the joint responsibility of the SRIRC (points (a) and (b) above) and those bodies with a duty of oversight for the University's investments, in particular, the Investment Committee (points (c) and (d) above).

2Council Regulations 15 of 2002, available at Representations concerning the Policy and Proposals related to the implementation of the Policy may be submitted to the committee by the following bodies: (1) Council, the Investment Committee or any other committee reporting directly to Council; (2) by 20 or more members of Congregation; and (3) by a majority resolution of the Council of the Oxford University Student Union.

3Environment and Ethics – Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign

OUSU council notes that:

1. In September 2013 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported that in order to stay below a one-third probability of a devastating global temperature rise of 2°C, cumulative carbon emissions cannot exceed a 'budget' of about 800 gigatons. Overshooting this by just 5% increases the chance of exceeding 2°C to 50%. Over 500 gigatons have already been emitted. [IPCC]
2. Current fossil fuel reserves amount to nearly four times the remaining carbon budget. Therefore between 60–80% of reserves must stay in the ground. []
3. Despite this, the top 200 coal, oil and gas companies spent almost $700bn in the last 12 months finding and developing even more reserves. []
4. On average, around 5% of University endowments are invested in fossil fuels – this equates to a 2k investment per student. Oxford hasn't released a detailed breakdown and has no specific policy on fossil fuel investment so it is likely to be around the UK average. []
5. There is a growing international campaign for fossil fuel divestment, which has spread to the UK, notably through the Fossil Free UK campaign. There are currently student-led divestment campaigns in 20 UK universities, including Cambridge where in November 2013 the student union passed a motion calling on the university to divest from fossil fuels.

OUSU council believes that:

1. The actions of companies that search for new fossil fuel reserves is unethical.
2. Investment made by the University into such companies is socially irresponsible.
3. Divestment is an effective means of protest against unethical corporate behaviour.
4. Actions taken by Oxford University can attract substantial national media coverage, as such a decision in favour of divestment would encourage other UK universities to divest.

OUSU council therefore resolves to:

1. Formally request that the University of Oxford, through its investment subsidiary Oxford University Endowment Management:
(a) ceases to directly invest in fossil fuel companies
(b) puts safeguards in place to ensure the University does not indirectly invest in fossil fuel companies through its 'pooled vehicles' or any other indirect investment channel.
2. (In response to a request from the University of Oxford) Offer the following definition for 'fossil fuel companies' as those companies that participate in exploration for and/or extraction of fossil fuel reserves.
3. Request that the University of Oxford releases a policy statement before the start of the new academic year setting out its view whether or not investment in fossil fuel companies can be considered 'socially responsible' as well as the stance that it takes with respect to the financial risks of investing in these companies.
4. Mandate the Vice-President (Charities and Community) to inform the Socially Responsible Investment Review Committee and other relevant staff members within the University of the resolutions of OUSU Council.

Proposed by: James Rainey (Balliol)
Seconded by: Daniel Turner (Balliol)

Permanent Private Halls Supervisory Committee

Review of Campion Hall

The Permanent Private Halls (PPH) Supervisory Committee, which is appointed by Education Committee, has regulatory, monitoring and reporting functions in relation to the Permanent Private Halls. Under the University's agreement with the halls each of them is to be reviewed in turn over a period of six years. During Trinity term this year, the committee will conduct a review of Campion Hall. The review will focus on issues coming within the PPH Supervisory Committee's terms of reference. These may be seen on the Education Committee's website at

The PPH Supervisory Committee would welcome for its review written comments on any matters falling within the terms of reference. Written comments should be sent to the Secretary to the Supervisory Committee, Dr Michael Redley, Education Policy Support, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (email:, by 16 May.

Proposals for Honorary Degrees to be conferred at the Encaenia in 2015, and for Degrees by Diploma

Members of Congregation are encouraged to suggest the names of people on whom such degrees might be conferred. Encaenia honorary degrees are conferred at the University's annual ceremonial event and degrees by diploma are conferred on heads of state and royalty. When considering possible honorands, the Honorary Degrees Committee will focus on individuals in the following categories:

1 those of high academic distinction in the fields of research and scholarship of specific interest to the University of Oxford
2 those distinguished in the visual, literary, musical and performing arts
3 those distinguished in business and industry
4 those who have played a distinguished role in public life, for example in contributing to progress and change in society
5 those who have made a significant contribution to the activities of the University of Oxford – such individuals would normally also fall into one of the categories above.

Within those categories, the Honorary Degrees Committee will aim to produce a balanced list, which takes account of the global dimension that characterises this University's activities. The Honorary Degrees Committee therefore encourages the nomination of individuals of conspicuous distinction with particular reference to diversity.

Honorary degrees will not be conferred on anyone who holds, or who has retired from, a resident teaching, research or administrative post within the University or in any college or other society, except in exceptional circumstances such as distinguished service outside the terms of his or her paid service.

Nominations should be sent on the approved application form, which is available from the Secretary to the Honorary Degrees Committee (tel: (2)80199, email: or can be downloaded by staff logging into the University of Oxford Single Sign-On system ( The completed form should be sent to the Secretary to the Honorary Degrees Committee, University Offices, Wellington Square, or by email to by 9 May, under 'Strictly Confidential' cover.

While informal soundings within the University will often be desirable, every effort should be made to ensure that publicity is not at any stage given to any specific proposal for the conferral of an honorary degree. All nominations will be considered in strict confidence by the Honorary Degrees Committee, which submits its report to Council at the beginning of Michaelmas term. After discussion, Council will report back to the Honorary Degrees Committee, which will arrive at a list of honorands to put to Congregation.

The names of people on whom degrees by diploma and honorary degrees have recently been conferred may be found in the University Calendar, 2013–14, pp535–9.

This year's honorands are:

Sir Harrison Birtwistle
Professor Wallace Broecker
The Most Revd Dr Katharine Jefferts Schori
Sir Anish Kapoor
Professor Jean-Marie Lehn
Mr Robert Silvers.

General Notices

Guidance notes for the holding of outside appointments and the conduct of outside work

All staff are reminded of the guidance notes for the holding of outside appointments and the conduct of outside work, which were published in full in Gazette No 5064 on 16 January 2014, and are published on the Personnel Services website (


Appointment of additional Pro-Vice-Chancellors

Mr Vice-Chancellor has appointed the following as additional deputies with effect from Trinity term 2014:

Professor Dame Hermione Lee, MA MPhil Oxf, President of Wolfson

Dr Alice Prochaska, MA DPhil Oxf, Principal of Somerville

Professor Anne Trefethen, BSc Cov, PhD Cran, Fellow of St Cross

Professor Trefethen was admitted to office on 19 March; Professor Lee and Dr Prochaska were admitted to office on 23 April.


With the approval of the Humanities Board, the following appointments and reappointments have been made.


Associate Professor

Medieval and Modern Languages: Laura Rosemary Lonsdale, BA Oxf, PhD Birm. In Modern Spanish Peninsular Literature. From 1 April 2014 to retirement.


Classics: Benjamin John Cartlidge, BA Oxf, MA Cologne. In Ancient Greek and Latin. From 1 January 2014 to 30 September 2015.

Classics: Henry Lawlor Spelman, BA North Carolina, MSt Oxf. In Ancient Greek and Latin. From 1 January 2014 to 30 September 2015.

Oriental Studies: Fatemeh Shams-Esmaeili, BA Tehran, MA Aghakhan. In Persian. From 1 January 2014 to 31 July 2014.


Associate Professor

History: Sarah Mortimer, MSt DPhil Oxf. Student of Christ Church. In Early Modern History. From 1 October 2014 to retirement.

Music: Martyn Harry, MA Camb, MPhil PhD City Lond. Fellow of St Anne’s. In Music. From 1 January 2014 to retirement.

Senior Instructor

Medieval and Modern Languages: Javier Muñoz-Basols, BA Zaragoza, MA Philadelphia, PhD Barcelona. In Spanish. From 1 October 2014 to retirement.

Medical Sciences

Christopher Collett Butler, BA Cape Town, MD Wales, FRCGP, HonFFPH (Primary Health Care), MRCGP; Professorial Fellow, Trinity, and Associate Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences and Honorary NHS General Practitioner from 1 March 2014.

Social Sciences

Allen & Overy Professorship of Corporate Law

Luca Enriques, Law Bologna, MA LLM Harvard Law School, SJD Università Commerciale L Bocconi, Full Professor of Business Law, Department of Law, LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome, has been appointed to the Allen & Overy Professorship of Corporate Law in the Faculty of Law with effect from 1 October 2014. Professor Enriques will be a fellow of Jesus.


Professor Winnie Chi-Man Yip, BA California, PhD Massachusetts. Fellow of Green Templeton and University Lecturer in Global Health and Public Policy. From 11 November 2013 to 10 November 2018.

Visiting Professorships

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisional Board has reconferred the title of Visiting Professor in Physics upon Richard Walker, BA, MSc, PhD, Technical Director, Diamond Light Source Ltd, for a period of 3 years from 1 March 2014.

Medical Sciences

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor of Translational Neurosciences on M During, MD, DSc, FAAAS, FACP, FRACP, for a period of 3 years from 1 June 2014.

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor of Medicine on  S Goto, PhD, MD, for a period of 3 years from 9 April 2014.

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor of Cancer Medicine on R Kumar, PhD, for a period of 3 years from 18 March 2014.

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery on C Lavy, BSc, MB BS, MCh, MD, FCS, FRCS, FRCSEd, for a period of 5 years from 1 June 2014.  

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor of Medicinal Chemistry on B Potter, MA DPhil DSc Oxf, for a further period of 5 years from 1 March 2014.

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor of Stone Disease on W Robertson, BSc, PhD, DSc, for a period of 3 years from 19 March 2014.

Social Sciences

Rothermere American Institute

Professor Edward Carmines, BA Old Dominion, MA  William and Mary, PhD SUNY at Buffalo; John G Winant Visiting Professorship of American Government and Supernumerary Visiting Fellow of Balliol. From 1 April 2014 to 21 June 2014.

Graduate Awards and Prizes

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Advisory Committee

Composition of an Advisory Committee

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

Regius Professorship of Civil Law           

  Appointed by
Professor S Mapstone Mr Vice-Chancellor1
The Warden of All Souls ex officio
Professor R Goodman Social Sciences Divisional Board
Professor T Endicott Faculty of Law 
Professor L Gullifer Faculty of Law 
Professor P Pichonnaz (Fribourg) Faculty of Law 
Professor D Ibbetson (Cambridge) Council 
Professor S Vogenauer Council 
Professor J Cartwright Council 
Professor A Burrows  All Souls

1Appointed by Mr Vice-Chancellor under the provisions of Statute IX, Sect 10 and 11.

Electoral Boards

Composition of Electoral Boards

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

Drue Heinz Professorship of American Literature

  Appointed by
The President of Corpus Christi Mr Vice-Chancellor1
The President of St John's ex officio
Professor S West Humanities Division 
Professor W Brown  English Faculty 
Professor L Marcus  English Faculty 
Dr S Perry  English Faculty 
Dr N Bowles (after consultation with the donor)  Council 
Professor V Smith  Council 
Dr P Hayes  St John's

Professorship of German Medieval and Linguistic Studies

  Appointed by
The Principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Chair) Mr Vice-Chancellor1
The Principal of St Edmund Hall ex officio
Professor S West Head of Humanities Division
Professor A Volfing Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages
Professor R Cooper Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages
Professor A Aurnhammer (Freiburg) Humanities Divisional Board
Professor U Störmer-Caysa (Johannes Gutenberg) Council
Professor R Robertson Council
Dr W Williams St Edmund Hall
Dr A Hoeschen (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages

Professorship of Musculoskeletal Sciences and Directorship of the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology

  Appointed by
Professor W James Mr Vice-Chancellor1
The Warden of Wadham ex officio
Professor Sir John Bell Medical Sciences Division
Professor M Freeman Medical Sciences Division
Professor A Carr Medical Sciences Division
Professor A Cook Medical Sciences Division
Dr T Berendt NHS Trust
Professor Sir Ravinder Maini Council
Professor I Tracey Council
Professor S Goss Wadham

1Appointed by Mr Vice-Chancellor under the provisions of Statute IX, Sect 10 and 11.

Musical and other Events


Musical Society Concerts

The following concerts take place every other Sunday at 8.30pm in Balliol hall. Free. All welcome. Information:

4 May: Robert Weatherburn, piano. Weatherburn, Bach and Chopin

18 May: Philip Higham, cello, and Alasdair Beatson, piano. Beethoven, Schumann, Faure and Janáček

1 Jun: Zemlinksy Quartet. Haydn, Dvořák and Mendelssohn


Samantha Shannon in conversation with Sam Thompson. 5.15pm on 30 April at Convocation House. Oxford Author Series: The Bone Season. Free but places limited; booking recommended.

Hidden Glory: Dorothy Hodgkin in her own words. 5pm on 7 May at Somerville. Filmed performance of a short one-woman play. Free but places limited; booking recommended.

Christ Church

Andrew Chamblin Memorial Concert

Terence Charlston, harpsichordist, will give the 8th annual Andrew Chamblin Memorial Concert at 8pm on 12 June in Christ Church Cathedral. Works by Bach, Byrd, Purcell, Blow, Forqueray and Handel. Admission free; all welcome. Enquiries:


Organ Festival 2014

A series of events will take place in Merton chapel to celebrate the installation of the new Dobson organ.

8pm, 26 Apr: Opening concert by John Scott; music by Scheidt, Sweelinck, Buxtehude, Wammes, Bach, Franck, Racine Fricker, Preston and Dupre. Tickets: £20 from

11am, 27 Apr: Sung Eucharist: Merton choir; including music by David Briggs.

2.30pm, 27 Apr: Concert of Baroque Organ Music by Benjamin Nicholas, Peter Shepherd, Anna Steppler and Charles Warren; including music by Bach, Buxtehude, Couperin and Sweelinck. Tickets: £10 on the door.

5.45pm, 27 Apr: Choral Evensong and dedication of the Dobson organ by the Bishop of Oxford; Merton choir.

4pm, 24 May: James O'Donnell; music by Bach, Vierne, Durufle, Wammes and Pott. Tickets: £12 from

4pm, 7 Jun: Benjamin Nicholas; music by Bach, Franck, Sweelinck, Elgar, Jackson and Vierne. Tickets: £12 from

Faculty of Music

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Concert

Members of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra will perform Mozart's Gran Partita serenade for 13 wind instruments, K 361, at 1pm on 16 May in the Holywell Music Room. Tickets: £14/£10 from 01865 305305 or


Organ Recitals

The following recitals will be performed at 1.10pm on Wednesdays in Queen's chapel. Free with a retiring collection.

30 Apr: Benedict Lewis-Smith, St George’s School, Windsor

7 May: Nicholas Freestone

14 May: David Bednall, Bristol

21 May: Timothy Hone, Salisbury Cathedral

28 May: Simon Lawford

4 Jun: Harry Meehan  

11 Jun: David Leigh, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

18 Jun: Charles Maxtone-Smith, Winchester College

Eglesfield Musical Society

Recitals will be held at 1.30pm in the Shulman Auditorium, except where noted. Admission free with retiring collection. See:

26 Apr: Piano recital: Jeremy Cheng

8pm, 8 May: Upper Voices concert

10 May: Piano recital: Michael Pandya

8pm, 21–24 May, Nun's Garden: EMS Musical: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

24 May: Vocal recital: Fleur Smith

31 May: Violin and piano recital: Duo Stellae

7 Jun: Vocal recital: Sarah Mansfield

14 Jun: Vocal recital: Daisy Gibbs

Music for a Summer's Evening

The choir of Queen's will perform at 7.30pm on Saturday, 14 June, in the chapel and college gardens. Directed by Jeremy Summerly, Royal Academy Consort. A celebration of female composers including Elizabeth Coxhead, Eleanor Daley, Clare Maclean, Rhian Samuel and Judith Weir. Tickets from Tickets Oxford:  01865 305305,

St Hilda's

Cushion Concerts

Rozzy and Mr Cello introduce instruments to children and their parents on Sundays at the Jacqueline Du Pré Music Building: 10am and 11am for under 5s; noon for over 5s. Tickets: £5 (babies under 1 year free). For more information or to buy tickets, see or telephone Oxford 305305.

27 Apr: Cello Cushion Concert

18 May: Accordian Cushion Concert

15 Jun: Family Prom Cushion Concert

13 Jul: Viola Cushion Concert

St John's

Kendrew Chamber Music concerts

Jonathan Biss, piano, will give a Kendrew Chamber Music Concert at 8.30pm on 12 May in St John's Auditorium, featuring works by Beethoven, Janáček and Chopin. Free admission; tickets/programmes available from main lodge one week in advance.

St Stephen's House

SJE Arts

The following events will take place at St John the Evangelist, 109A Iffley Road. Programme and ticket information:

7.30pm, 2 May: Katherine Cooper, Jacqueline Johnson and East Oxford Community Choir and Orchestra. Elgar

5.30pm, 3 May: Lecture: Professor Cyrus Cooper, 'Prevention and treatment of osteoporosis throughout the lifecourse'

8pm, 3 May: Alfred Brendel, Rainer Hersch and Oxford May Music All-star Orchestra, 'Sublime to ridiculous'

7.30pm, 6 May: Stephen Hough, piano. Wagner, Brahms, Hough and Schumann

8pm, 9 May: Sam Lee and Friends

9.30am, 10 May: Oxford Bach Choir's workshop: 'Come and sing Verdi's Requiem' under direction of Adrian Partington

7.30pm, 13 May: Adderbury Ensemble Cocktail Concert

7.30pm, 17 May: Corona Strings, 'Serenity'. Dvořák, Vaughan Williams, Elgar and Tchaikovsky

12–6pm, 17–19 May and 22–26 May: Seven artists celebrate Oxford Artweeks at St John the Evangelist church and St Stephen's House. Free

7.30pm, 20 May: Sholto Kynoch, piano. J S Bach, Stenhammar and Schubert

University Church of St Mary the Virgin

Choral Concert

The choir of the University Church, directed by Gulliver Rawlston, will perform John Sheppard’s Media Vita and The Western Wynde Mass on Sunday, 11 May, in the Chancel of the University Church. Tickets: £12/£6 from Tickets Oxford or on the door.



until 18 May: Sir William Osler and the Bodleian

18 Jun–2 Nov: The Great War: personal stories from Downing Street to the trenches

Pitt Rivers Museum

Admission to the following exhibitions and events is free, unless otherwise noted. Access via the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Open: Tue–Sun and bank holiday Mon: 10am–4.30pm; Mon: noon–4.30pm. See:


until 26 May: Royalty and religion: photographs of late-nineteenth-century Thailand. Display highlighting a fascinating collection of albumen prints showing royal and religious buildings in Bangkok

until 26 May: That's entertainment. An exhibition by emerging furniture design students from the Rycotewood Furniture Centre, City of Oxford College


26–27 Apr: Folk Weekend. Instrument-making workshops, storytelling and family craft activities, morris dance performances, workshops on the lawn and live concerts. Pop-up tent in Gloucester Green 10am–5pm: traditional games (such as mancala and hopscotch) and crafts. See:

27–30 May: Build your own Nessmuk Canoe. 4-day introductory workshop to stitch and tape canoe building techniques, with tuition from expert carpenter Simon Clements. Build a buoyant and water-worthy canoe to take home. Price: £100 (includes all tuition and materials); limited to 8 places. Participants must be aged 18+. For more information and to book a place, see

Saturday Spotlights

General interest gallery talks at 2.30pm. Free events are suitable for adults and older children.

17 May: The Silent Museum? Working with sound and music in the Pitt Rivers Museum

Family-Friendly Activities

Drop-in activities for children aged 5+ (children must be accompanied by an adult).

Every Sun, 2–4pm: Activity backpacks, sorting boxes, trails, colouring sheets and craft activities

10.30am–12.30pm and 2–4pm, 8 May: Marvellous masks. Make a mask and go on an around-the-world mask spotting adventure

1–4pm, 27 and 28 May: Half-term activities: micro and mega. Tiny dolls and enormous dinosaurs; investigate, sketch and create

10.30am–12.30pm and 2–4pm, 5 Jun: Under and over. Make a woven creation

23 Jul–1 Sep: Carnival Summer Trail. Colourful, noisy parade through the museums

Summer Holiday Activities

2–4pm on Tuesdays 29 Jul–2 Sep: Bags of fun. Borrow a backpack full of activities and become a family of museum explorers

2–4pm, 4 Aug, 18 Aug and 1 Sep: Afternoon explorer: touch real museum objects and make something fun to take home

10.30am–12.30pm and 2–4pm, 11 Sep: Row, row, row your boat. Explore boats in the museum and make one of your own

Pitt Stops

First Saturday of the month, 1–4pm.

3 May: Ancient Egypt adventurer. Explore objects from Egyptian tombs, meet a mummy and make a mask

7 Jun: Crocodile crowns. Create elaborate animal headwear inspired by our West African collections

5 Jul: Underground explorers. Step into our underground wonderland: burrowing animals, fossils and ancient remains from beneath the earth

2 Aug: Dreamtime. Discover Australian Aboriginal dreamtime tales and beautiful dot art, then create your own masterpiece

6 Sep: Light my lamp. Make your own lantern and discover some unusual ones from around the world