Notices

  • Thursday 6 February 2014
  • NO. 5049
  • VOL. 144

Consultative Notices

Social Sciences Board/Education Committee

Review of the School of Archaeology

The Social Sciences Board and the Education Committee will jointly conduct a review of the School of Archaeology, as part of Council’s programme of rolling reviews of faculties and departments. This review will take place on 12 and 13 May.

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 the joint secretary to the Review Committee, Rachel Meyrick (email: rachel.meyrick@socsci.ox.ac.uk) by 13 April.

General Notices

Clubs Committee

Annual Report 2012–13

The Clubs Committee is pleased to present its annual report for 2012–13 in accordance with section 4.6 of its terms of reference as set out in Council Regulations 2 of 2004. This report was considered by Council's General Purposes Committee in January 2014.

1 As usual, Clubs Committee was chaired by the Assessor (Dr Helen Leith Spencer followed by Dr Penny Probert Smith) with a membership of both staff and student representatives. It continued to provide a range of support for the University's official student clubs and societies (ie those registered with the Proctors).

2 Funding for the committee's activities was provided from two sources in the usual way: an allocation from PRAS (£9.38k), which represented a slight increase from the previous year, and a net share (£10.13k) of the proceeds of the per-capita levy paid by all colleges to support both sports and non-sports clubs at university level.

3 The committee continued to operate a Clubs Office (co-located within the Proctors' Office in the University Offices) staffed by a part-time Clubs Officer. We thank her for her quiet but very effective work. In addition to being available to provide secretarial services on request to student organisations, the Clubs Officer advised on and assisted with registration procedures (including checking financial information submitted). During the year, around 250 clubs and societies registered and re-registered with the Proctors (80 of these were  designated as Sports Clubs and dealt with their registration through the Sports Department, while the remaining non-sports clubs and publications dealt direct with the Clubs Office). A total of 19 new non-sports clubs were added to the register during the year.

4 The committee also continued its co-operation with the Sports Department over the Driver Assessment and Vehicle Hire Scheme (administered from the Sports Department but open to use by any club registered with the Proctors). This important scheme enables students to drive good-quality hired vehicles safely, insured by the University, when taking part in bona fide club activities such as travelling to sports fixtures or events outside Oxford. 691 total hires were made by clubs under the scheme, the great majority of these (567) being for sports purposes. During the year, driver assessments were carried out on 28 days (both new and refresher assessments). These were much the same as the previous year. The number of student drivers showed an increase of around 30% to 330 on the scheme's database. The number of reportable insurance incidents was lower than last year: 13 rather than 17, an encouraging trend.  However the overall cost was slightly higher owing to three large claims (all incurred while drivers were manoeuvring vehicles at low speed). Action to reduce such claims continues with the Assessment Consultant and directly with Clubs.  

5 Financial support was provided direct to clubs in the form of grants and interest-free loans. During the year the committee considered about 20 applications from non-sports clubs and publications. Of these, 13 applications were supported. Start-up awards (up to £200) reflected our global reach: the maximum grant was given to the Tea Appreciation Society, Society for Geology for Global Development and the Oxford Indian Classical Arts Society, as well as the Ballet Society and, a group undeterred by the laws of physics, the Quidditch Society. The Darts Club, which lapsed in 2007, was re-registered and also qualified for the start-up grant of £200. The support of music continued with a grant of £140 to the Oxford Philharmonia for rehearsal room hire, £769 towards the costs of hosting an Oxford/Cambridge performance of Verdi's Requiem, and a grant of £230 to the OU Brass Band, to support its participation in the 2013 national student championships. The committee appreciated the application of the OU Historical Re-enactment Society towards the provision of helmets, swords and a new axe and gave a grant of £300 (after inspection of a safety assessment!). The Chabad Society was given £500 for bookcases for Tajtelbaum Library in Chabad House.  Students continue to give generously of their time: the Exeter College Vacation Project (open to students from all colleges) was given £500 towards the costs of the student volunteers taking the children from deprived regions on holiday. Oxford Lawyers Without Borders received a loan of £200 towards the costs of staging a global conference. The reports back to the committee show that its funding, although often comparatively modest, makes a considerable difference to the viability of new clubs and to the success of the activities of those which have been in existence longer.  

6 Last year we reported that a Working Group on Club Constitutions had been set up. Its recommendations to the Rules Committee in Hilary 2013 were accepted. The significant ruling was that all clubs should work from the same basic constitution, although it was acknowledged that the large Sports Clubs would need particular additions. Early consultations with the large clubs were encouraging. Clubs were given until September 2014 to adopt the new constitution. Unfortunately progress on implementing these recommendations has been slower than hoped but it is expected  that most clubs will still be able to meet the September deadline.

7 As always the Clubs Committee benefited from the keen interest and lively contributions of its student members. The committee remains convinced that student clubs contribute hugely to the University's sporting, social, cultural and charitable activities and is pleased to be able to help to promote and support these.  

8 Finally we are very sorry to report the resignation of Brian Gasser as Clerk to the Proctors. Dr Gasser has been secretary to the Clubs Committee for many years. He has given generously of his time and expertise both to the committee and to individual clubs and we are very grateful to him for all his work.

Industrial action

A number of staff members may participate in a full day of industrial action organised by UNISON, Unite and UCU on 6 February. Those members of staff who participate are asked to complete a payroll deduction form and send it to the Payroll Office. The form gives authorisation for the deduction of one day's pay (calculated on the basis of 1/337 of annual salary). The form can be downloaded from the Finance Division's website at www.admin.ox.ac.uk/finance/processes/forms/payroll.

Appointments

Social Sciences

Change of title

On the recommendation of the Sa—ód Business School, Professor Alan Morrison's title has changed from Professor of Finance to Professor of Law and Finance with effect from 8 October 2013.

Visiting Professorships

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board has reconferred the title of Visiting Professor in Materials Science upon Professor Colin English, BSc Brist, DPhil Sus, currently Senior Fellow (Materials) at Nexia Solutions, a division of BNFL, for a period of 3 years from 1 February.

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Earth Sciences upon Stephen Peter Hesselbo, BSc Aberd, MA Oxf, PhD Brist, currently Professor of Geology at the University of Exeter, for a period of 3 years from 1 January.

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board has reconferred the title of Visiting Professor in Mathematics upon Professor J Bryce McLeod, BA DPhil Oxf, for a period of 3 years from 1 October 2013.

Medical Sciences

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor of Surgery on J M Sackier, MB ChB, FACS, FRCS, for a period of 3 years from 29 January.

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.

The Social Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor of Management Practice on Professor Robert Stefanowski, BS Fairfield, MBA Cornell, Wharton Fellow, Pennsylvania, for a period of 3 years from 1 December 2013.

Musical and other Events

MannPitt Rivers Museum

Nathaniel Mann, Sound and Music's Composer in Residence, will give his finale performance, 'Rough Music', joined by members of Dead Rat Orchestra, and featuring music written for and performed with custom-made tuned meat cleavers: 8pm, Sat, 29 Mar, at OVADA's warehouse space, 14a Osney Lane, Oxford. Bookings: www.ocmevents.org or 01865 305305.

St Hilda's

The following events will take place at 8pm in the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, unless otherwise noted. For more information or to buy tickets: www.st-hildas.ox.ac.uk/jdp or Oxford 305305.

JdP Piano Series Concerts

28 Feb: Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord (Couperin, D'anglebert, Kalabis, C P E Bach, W F Bach, J S Bach). Tickets: £25/£20 (£5 students).

JdP String Series Concerts

7pm, 12 Feb: Robin Michael and Daniel Tong (Moscheles, Brahms, Schumann). Tickets: £20/£15 (£5 students).

8 Mar: Fitzwilliam Quartet (Tchaikovsky, Delius, Shostakovich, Sibelius). Tickets: £25/£20 (£5 students).

M@SH Series Concerts

21 Feb: Loré Lixenberg, mezzo-soprano, Aeisha Orazbayeva, violin, and Martyn Harry, piano (Harry, Kurtag). Free admission.

4pm, 22 Feb: Michael Finnissy gives a talk on his work 'History of photography in sound'.

1.30pm, 23 Feb: Ian Pace (Finnissy). Tickets: £20/£15 (£5 students).

Lunchtime Recital Series

The following events take place at 1.15pm on Thursdays. Free admission.

6 Feb: Music for piano: Carson Becke (Haydn, Schumann, Takemitsu)

13 Feb: The Great British Viola: Emma Sheppard, viola, and Gavin Sutherland, piano (Clarke, Coates, Joyce, Sutherland, Vaughan Williams)

20 Feb: Dina Duisen, piano (Glière, Saint-Saëns, Prokofiev)

27 Feb: Kapsetakis Piano Duo (Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Piazzolla)

6 Mar: Opaque and depthless music – songs for voice and guitar: Lata Nobes (inspired by Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley and Joni Mitchell)

13 Mar: Music for jazz piano: James Sexton

Education and Community Programme

Moving Music Concert

For people with dementia and their carers. Tickets: £5 to include refreshments (carers free). Please reserve places in advance (jdp@st-hildas.ox.ac.uk or Oxford 286660) and pay on the door.

25 Apr, noon–1pm (refreshments from 11.30am) and 2–3pm (refreshments from 1.30pm)

Cushion Concerts

Rozzy and Mr Cello introduce instruments to children and their parents on Sundays: 10am and 11am for under 5s, noon for over 5s. Tickets: £5 (babies under 1 year free).

6 Apr: All Stars Jazz