Notices

  • Thursday 24 July 2014
  • NO. 5069
  • VOL. 144

Consultative Notices

Consolidation of Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages Trust Funds

On 30 June, the General Purposes Committee (GPC) on behalf of Council approved the consolidation of various existing trust funds into other trust funds by the passing of a resolution for the purposes of section 268 of the Charities Act 2011 ("the Act"). The approval of Council (GPC) and the resolution passed for the purposes of the Act shall be effective 15 days after the date of publication of this notice unless written notice of a resolution, signed by at least 20 members of Congregation and calling upon Council (GPC) to withhold such approval and such resolution, has been given to the Registrar by noon on 8 August. The full text of the resolution is set out below (see also 'Council and Main Committees' section above, pp613–15).

GPC, on behalf of Council, agreed to:

(i) note that the gross income of each of the following funds ("the Funds") in its last financial year did not exceed £10,000, that the Funds do not hold any designated land and are not companies or other bodies corporate, that the Funds hold permanent endowment, and that therefore the Funds comply with the requirements of the Charities Act 2011:

(a) Musgrave Fund
(b) Paget Toynbee Prize Fund
(c) Gerard Davis Prize Fund
(d) Kolkhorst Bequest
(e) Drake Fund for Italian Studies
(f) Marjorie Countess of Warwick Travelling Bursary Fund
(g) Levens Travel Bursary Fund
(h) Arteaga Prize Fund
(i) Fred Hodcroft Prize Fund
(j) Cyril Jones Memorial Prize Fund
(k) Colin Prize Fund
(l) Massart Prize Fund in French Literature
(m) Ramon Silva Memorial Prize Fund in Spoken Spanish
(n) Beddington Prizes (Modern Languages) Fund;

(ii) resolve for the purposes of sections 267–274 of the Charities Act 2011 that all the property of the above-mentioned Funds should be transferred to the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages Prize and Scholarship Fund, GPC being satisfied that:

(a) it is expedient in the interests of furthering the purposes of each of the Funds for its property to be transferred as set out above; and

(b) the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages Prize and Scholarship Fund has purposes that are substantially similar to all of the purposes of each of the Funds;

(iii) note that the gross income of each of the following funds ("the Funds") in its last financial year did not exceed £10,000, that the Funds do not hold any designated land and are not companies or other bodies corporate, that the Funds hold permanent endowment, and that therefore the Funds comply with the requirements of the Charities Act 2011:

(a) Mendel Friedman Yiddish Conference Fund
(b) Fiedler Memorial Fund
(c) Malcolm Memorial Fund
(d) Gerrans Fund
(e) Gerrans Memorial Fund
(f) Taylorian Special Reserve Fund (MML)
(g) McLintock Fund
(h) Harold Lister Sunderland Fund (MML)
(i) Taylorian Special Lectures Fund;

(iv) resolve for the purposes of sections 267–274 of the Charities Act 2011 that all the property of the Mendel Friedman Yiddish Conference Fund, Fiedler Memorial Fund, Malcolm Memorial Fund, Gerrans Fund, Gerrans Memorial Fund, McLintock Fund, and the Taylorian Special Lectures Fund should be transferred to the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages General Purposes Fund, GPC being satisfied that:

(a) it is expedient in the interests of furthering the purposes of each of the Funds for its property to be transferred as set out above; and

(b) the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages General Purposes Fund has purposes that are substantially similar to all of the purposes of each of the Funds;

(v) resolve for the purposes of the Charities Act 2011 that half of the property of Harold Lister Sunderland Fund should be transferred to the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages General Purposes Fund, and half to the Craven Fund for the promotion of classical learning and taste, GPC being satisfied that:

(a) it is expedient in the interests of furthering the purposes of the Harold Lister Sunderland Fund for its property to be transferred as set out above; and

(b) the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages General Purposes Fund and the Craven Fund, taken together, have purposes that are substantially similar to all of the purposes of the Harold Lister Sunderland Fund; and

(c) that each of the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages General Purposes Fund and the Craven Fund has purposes that are substantially similar to one or more of the purposes of the Harold Lister Sunderland Fund;

(vi) resolve for the purposes of the Charities Act 2011 that one-fifth of the property of Taylorian Special Reserve Fund should be transferred to the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages General Purposes Fund, and four-fifths to the Bodleian Fund of Oxford University Development Trust to be held on trust for the benefit of the Taylor Institution Library, GPC being satisfied that:

(a) it is expedient in the interests of furthering the purposes of the Taylorian Special Reserve Fund for its property to be transferred as set out above; and

(b) the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages General Purposes Fund and the Bodleian Fund of Oxford University Development Trust, taken together, have purposes that are substantially similar to all of the purposes of the Taylorian Special Reserve Fund; and

(c) that each of the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages General Purposes Fund and the Bodleian Fund of Oxford University Development Trust has purposes that are substantially similar to one or more of the purposes of the Taylorian Special Reserve Fund;

(vii) resolve that the resolutions at (ii), (iv), (v) and (vi) above be notified to the University Gazette and, provided that no notice of a resolution calling upon Council to annul or amend the proposals is received by the Registrar by noon on the eleventh day after the day on which the proposals are published, resolve that copies be sent to the Charity Commission together with a statement of the University's reasons for passing them. If the Charity Commission requires further steps to be taken the Trusts Administrator is authorised to take such steps as are necessary. Once the above resolutions take effect the Trusts Administrator is authorised to take such steps as are necessary to transfer the property of the Funds in accordance with the above resolutions and any guidance given by the Commission for the purposes of the Charities Act 2011.

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division/Education Committee

Review of the Department of Physics

The Board of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division and the Education Committee will jointly conduct a review of the Department of Physics, as part of Council's programme of rolling reviews of faculties and departments. This review will take place on 10, 11 and 12 November 2014.

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 department 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 Jared Hutchings (email: jared.hutchings@mpls.ox.ac.uk) by 17 October 2014.

Consultation on possible revisions to Statute XII

The feedback received in the consultation over possible changes to Statute XII is being discussed by the Personnel Committee and Council. It can be read on the consultation website: www.ox.ac.uk/staff/statute_xii.html.

General Notices

Gazette publication arrangements

This is the final Gazette of Trinity term.

The first Gazette of Michaelmas term will be published on 25 September, but will be limited to Council and Congregation business and changes to Examination Regulations. The first full Gazette of next term will be published on 2 October.

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 www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/weston-moves as the moves progress. For further information please email access.sc@bodleian.ox.ac.uk, telephone 01865 277046 or see notice in Gazette No 5062, 5 June 2014, p525.

Oxford Open Doors

13/14 September: Oxford Open Doors, now in its seventh year, is run by Oxford Preservation Trust in partnership with the University of Oxford. This free weekend provides an annual opportunity for local people to enjoy and discover more about their city. This year our special theme celebrates the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare and begins to commemorate World War I in the city. Once again we will be exploring new architecture including much belonging to the collegiate University.   

Brochures will be available from the beginning of August.  Volunteer stewards are still required; to volunteer, please get in touch at volunteers@oxfordpreservation.org.uk or see www.oxfordpreservation.org.uk.

Professorial Distinction Awards

Between March and October 2013 a gathered field exercise was conducted to consider new or enhanced professorial distinction awards for statutory professors and readers. This was the first such exercise since the scheme was suspended in 2007.

Awards were made solely on the grounds of the perceived merit of the applications. More awards were made in the 2013 exercise than in 2007, which was largely the result of a higher success rate. The success rate was indistinguishable between women and men, and the average award given to women was higher by a small margin.

A report, which includes background information on professorial distinction awards and a gender equality analysis of the exercise, can be read on the Personnel Committee website at https://www1.admin.ox.ac.uk/personnel/oxonly/agendas.

Admissions interview 2014Oxford Learning Institute

Training for Admissions Interviewing

The Oxford Learning Institute will offer the following training opportunities to those responsible for leading or assisting with undergraduate admissions interviewing in 2014:

  • a tutored online course for those who expect to take a leading role in admissions interviewing will be available from 4 August to 5 December (with new enrolments being taken until 28 November);
  • a non-tutored online course, for those assisting with admissions (eg graduate student 'helpers' or note-takers) and experienced tutors who need an update, will be available from 4 August to 19 December;
  • an admissions interviewing practice sessions, for new interviewers who have completed the tutored online course, will take place on two half days (30 September and 21 November).

The collegiate University expects all those involved in interviewing candidates for admission to receive appropriate briefings on the process. The compulsory element of these briefings for new staff takes the form of an online course which takes about six hours to complete. New appointees may complete this online course before arriving in Oxford, if they wish to do so. The aim of the course is to show interviewers good practice in order to help them both to make better selections and to avoid claims of unfair treatment from disappointed candidates.

Practice interviews are also offered as an optional extra learning opportunity. To qualify to take part in practice interviews, participants must complete the online course by a deadline three weeks beforehand.

We advise all teaching staff in colleges who have not been involved in interviewing, or have not previously taken this course, to ask senior colleagues whether they will be expected to interview this year and should therefore enrol. Departmental teaching staff may also wish to seek advice from line managers or mentors on whether they are likely to be invited to become involved in admissions this year. Many who do not have a formal college association are nonetheless frequently invited to take part in college admissions processes because of their specific disciplinary expertise.

To book onto any of the above courses please go to the Learning Institute website at www.learning.ox.ac.uk/admissions and follow the links to the course you want. This page provides further information but if more is required, please telephone Kathryn Black on (2)86825.

Appointments

Humanities

Professorship of Hebrew and Regius Professorship-Elect

Professor Jan Joosten, lic Dr theol Brussels, ThM Princeton Theological Seminary, PhD Hebrew, habil Strasbourg; Professor of Old Testament Exegesis, Faculty of Protestant Theology, University of Strasbourg, has been appointed to the Professorship of Hebrew in the Department of Oriental Studies with effect from 1 September 2014. 

Her Majesty the Queen has approved the appointment of Professor Joosten to the Regius Professorship of Hebrew on 1 October 2014 following the retirement of Professor Williamson. Professor Joosten will be a Student of Christ Church.

White's Professorship of Moral Philosophy

Jefferson Allen McMahan, BA South, Tennessee, MA Oxf, PhD Camb, Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University, has been appointed to the White's Professorship of Moral Philosophy in the Faculty of Philosophy with effect from 1 October 2014. Professor McMahan will be a fellow of Corpus Christi.

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Appointments

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board has conferred the Headship of the Sub-department of Atomic and Laser Physics upon Dieter Jaksch, PhD Innsbruck, Professor of Physics and Fellow of Keble, for a period of 5 years from 1 September 2014.

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board has conferred the Headship of the Sub-department of Condensed Matter Physics upon Paolo Radaelli, Laurea Milan, MA Oxf, PhD Illinois IT, Dr Lee’s Professor of Experimental Philosophy and Fellow of Wadham, for a further period of 3 years from 1 October 2014.

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board has conferred the Headship of the Sub-department of Particle Physics upon Ian Shipsey, BSc Lond, PhD Edin, Professor of Experimental Physics and Fellow of St Catherine's, for a period of 5 years from 1 August 2014.

Medical Sciences

Professorship of Musculoskeletal Sciences

Fiona M Powrie, BSc Bath, DPhil Oxf, Sidney Truelove Professor of Gastroenterology and Fellow of Green Templeton, has been appointed to the Professorship of Musculoskeletal Sciences in the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences with effect from 1 October 2014. Professor Powrie has also been appointed as Director of the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology with effect from the same date. Professor Powrie will be a fellow of Wadham.

Professorship of Translational Cognitive Neuroscience

Anna Christina (Kia) De Ozorio Nobre, BA Massachusetts, MA Oxf, MS MPhil PhD Yale, Titular Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Experimental Psychology; Director, Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity, Department of Psychiatry, Warneford Hospital; and Fellow of New College, has been appointed to the Professorship of Translational Cognitive Neuroscience in the Departments of Psychiatry and Experimental Psychology with effect from 1 July 2014. Professor Nobre will be a fellow of St Catherine's.

Social Sciences

Professor Guido Ascari, Pavia, MSc PhD Warw. Fellow of Somerville. Associate Professor of Economics, Department of Economics. From 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2019.

Professor Victoria Elliott, BA MPhil Camb, MSc DPhil Oxf, PGCE Leeds. Fellow of St Hilda’s. Associate Professor of English and Literacy Education, Department of Education. From 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2019.

Professor John Gledhill, BA Dub, PhD Georgetown. Fellow of St Cross. Associate Professor in Global Governance, Department of International Development. From 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2019.

Professor Ezequiel González Ocantos, BA MPhil Camb, MA PhD Notre Dame. Fellow of Nuffield. Associate Professor of the Comparative Study of Qualitative Political Institutions, Department of Politics and International Relations. From 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2019.

Professor Beth Greenhough, BSc R'dg, MSc Brist, PhD Open, Fellow of Keble. Associate Professor of Human Geography, School of Geography and the Environment. From 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2019.

Professor Andrew Higgins, BA Melbourne, BCL MPhil DPhil Oxf. Fellow of Mansfield. Associate Professor of Civil Procedure, Faculty of Law. From 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2019.

Professor David Humphreys, BSc Glam, MPhil PhD Camb. Fellow of Green Templeton. Associate Professor in Evidence-based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation, Department of Social Policy and Intervention. From 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2019.

Professor Melinda Mills, BA MA Alberta, PhD Groningen. Fellow of Nuffield. Nuffield Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology. From 1 June 2014.

Professor Ines Moreno de Barreda, BSc Complutense de Madrid, MRes PhD LSE. Fellow of St Peter’s. Associate Professor in Economics, Department of Economics. From 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2019.

Dr Andrea Ruggeri, BA Genoa, MA PhD Essex. Fellow of Brasenose. Associate Professor of Quantitative Methods in International Relations, Department of Politics and International Relations. From 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2019.

Professor Sandy Steel, BA PhD Dipl Camb. Fellow of Wadham. Titular Associate Professor in Law, Faculty of Law. From 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2016.

Visiting Professorships

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board has reconferred the title of Visiting Professor in Engineering Science upon Professor Robert D Adams, BSc DSc Lond, PhD Camb, for a further period of 3 years from 1 July 2014.

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board has reconferred the title of Visiting Professor in Physics upon Professor John Charles Miller, BSc East Ang, MSc DPhil Oxf, for a further period from 1 February 2014 until 31 August 2018.

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board has reconferred the title of Visiting Professor in Mechanical Engineering upon David Rugg, BSc Birm, PhD Sheff, for a period of 3 years from 1 July 2014.

Graduate Awards and Prizes

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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:

Tasso Leventis Professorship of Biodiversity

  Appointed by
Professor N Rawlins Mr Vice-Chancellor1
Professor T Guilford The Warden of Merton
Professor A Halliday ex officio
Professor T Coulson Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisional Board
Professor C Godfray Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisional Board
Professor L Vet Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisional Board
Professor A McLean Council
Dr M Rands Council
Professor P Holland Merton

Professorship of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery

  Appointed by
Professor W James Mr Vice-Chancellor1
Professor C Redfield The President of Wolfson
Professor I Tracey Head of Medical Sciences Division
Professor A Carr Medical Sciences Divisional Board
Professor S Lamb Medical Sciences Divisional Board
Professor C Moran Medical Sciences Divisional Board
Professor F Hamdy Council
Professor A Rangan Council
Dr J Westbrook Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
Professor A Neil Wolfson
1Appointed by Mr Vice-Chancellor under the provisions of Statute IX, Sect 10 and 11.

Exhibitions

Museum of Natural History

Admission free; open daily 10am—5pm. For more information, see: www.oum.ox.ac.uk.

until 22 Sep: Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Pitt Rivers Museum

Admission, exhibitions and events free. Access via the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Open: Tue–Sun: 10am–4.30pm, Mon: noon–4.30pm. See: www.prm.ox.ac.uk.

Exhibitions

Star House Pole: early images of the Haida Totem Pole in the Pitt Rivers Museum

until 28 Sep: a selection of historic images relating to the Haida totem pole now in the Pitt Rivers Museum's collections, plus several original documents concerning its 1901 acquisition and installation 

Special Events

First World War tours

3.15pm every Weds until Armistice Day 2014: free 20-minute tour to consider how this conflict affected people around the world before, during and after 1914–18. Discover the stories behind fascinating and poignant objects from currency to engraved artillery shell cases; from musical instruments to armour.

Crafty Networking

8–9.30pm, 4 Sep: Barnaby Carder, aka 'Barn the Spoon', carves functional spoons of all kinds from fresh wood using axes and knives. He will talk on his craft and his transition from apprentice to journeyman to seasoned East End shop owner. Cash bar and entry via the South Door, Robinson Close.

Saturday Spotlights

General interest gallery talks at 2.30pm

20 Sep: Wesley Jacobs, sculptor and director, The Bullpen foundry: 'Iron here and there

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

Pitt Stops

First Saturday of the month, 1–4pm

2 Aug: Dreamtime: Australian Aboriginal dreamtime tales and beautiful dot art

6 Sep: Light my lamp: make a lantern and discover some unusual ones from around the world

Under 5 events

Drop-in activities for children aged under 5: Thurs, 10.30am–12.30pm and 2–4pm

11 Sep: Row, row, row your boat!: explore the museum's boats and make one

Summer Holiday Activities

Drop-in activities on alternate Mondays, 2–4pm: touch real museum objects and make something fun to take home

4 Aug: Shoes

18 Aug: Shields

1 Sep: Masks