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  • Thursday 12 March 2015
  • NO. 5090
  • VOL. 145

Disclaimer

Respondents to advertisements are asked to note the following, which is an extract from the Terms and Conditions of acceptance of advertisements:

The University of Oxford and Oxford University Press accept no responsibility for the content of any advertisement published in the Gazette. Readers should note that the inclusion of any advertisement in no way implies approval or recommendation of either the terms of any offer contained in it or of the advertiser by the University of Oxford or Oxford University Press.

Miscellaneous

Gazette publication arrangements

Advertisers are asked to note that the remaining Gazettes of Hilary term will be published on 19 and 26 March. Please note, however, that the 26 March issue will be limited to University business only, so will not contain classified advertisements. Publication for Trinity term will begin on 23 April. The usual deadline will continue to apply (see above).

Craft Courses

Ardington School of Crafts offers short courses with practising craftspeople in beautiful surroundings near Wantage. 200 courses between 1 and 3 days, from stained glass and silver jewellery to textiles and carving, all held in our well-equipped workshops. Unearth your hidden talents and discover why people keep coming back to Ardington School of Crafts. Gift vouchers available. See: www.ardingtonschoolofcrafts.com. Tel: 01235 833433.

Shezan Restaurant

Mughal Indian cuisine at Shezan: 1st floor, 135 High St, Oxford. From our kitchen to your table, we bring you fresh herbs, spices, roots, fragrances and the Mughal tradition of passion for good food. Serving as dining rooms since 1915. Open daily noon–3pm and 5.30–11pm. Tel: 01865 251600. Website: www.shezanoxford.co.uk.

Abbeyfield_snow Abbeyfield Oxford Society

Supported retirement living places now available at Brian Lewis House, St Clement’s (a lovely Victorian home). Residents enjoy: an independent lifestyle with no worries about cooking and cleaning; their own ensuite room, communal areas, conservatory and large garden; 24-hour alarm and staff on hand every day. All bills and food included in affordable rent (excl phone calls). For further information, see www.abbeyfieldoxford.org or tel 01865 790439. Registered charity.

BrainBank UK Brain Bank for Autism and Related Developmental Research, JR  

The developing brain is altered in autism but neuroscientists do not know how or why. Research is needed to understand the causes and biological basis of autism, to develop better interventions to improve the lives of those directly affected by it. Such critical research is hindered by the scarcity of donated human brain tissue. Control tissue, donated by people who do not have autism, is needed for comparison just as much as donations by people who do – and the NHS organ donor scheme does not include brain donation. We particularly want younger people to consider making a pledge to donate their brain after death (the further the brain is from its inception, the more difficult it is to understand the process of its development, so we do not take donations from people over 65 not directly affected by autism). See www.brainbankforautism.org.uk for information and to register as a donor.

Green Economics 10th Anniversary Conference

Green Economics Institute's Green Economics 10th Anniversary Conference and Celebration at Trinity, Oxford, 22–25 Mar 2015. Call for papers. The Green Economics Institute stands at the forefront of debate, developing and informing a green perspective on current events. Every year ideas exchanged at this conference have been key to the transformation of economic, social and environmental policy around the globe. The 10th Anniversary Green Economics Conference is an incubator for intellectual debate and innovative responses to critical global issues. Current events and urgent issues such as rebalancing the global economy for social, economic and environmental justice, fracking, renewables, women's empowerment, inequality, environmental and economic collapse, human rights, and cutting edge research on climate change and biodiversity loss. Registration, speakers and participants: www.greeneconomicsbookshop.com; www.greeneconomics.org.uk. Email: greeneconomicsinstitute@gmail.com.

Ruskin School of Art: short courses

The Ruskin School of Art is a dynamic department within the University, continuing a tradition of teaching art at Oxford that began with Ruskin in 1871. We also offer a selection of short courses. Structural Life Drawing for Beginners, Mon 23–Thurs 26 Mar: this is an intensive 4-day course with specialist tuition designed for those who wish to learn the fundamental principles of life drawing. Renowned artist and tutor Weimin He will guide students to explore the anatomical forms of the human body. Advanced Life Drawing Course, Mon 30 Mar–Thurs 2 Apr: this 4-day course for the experienced artist is led by Weimin He and includes 1 day of instruction in watercolour painting by Ruskin tutor Rebecca Hind. The course will combine intensive workshops, talks, one-to-one tuition and critiques. Course fees: standard adult: £360; alumni: £324 (10% discount). To book a place, please visit: www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk.

Oxford Book Fair

Annual PBFA Oxford Book Fair at Oxford Brookes, Headington Campus, Gypsy Lane. Sat 25 Apr (noon–6pm) and Sun 26 Apr (10am–4pm). Vast selection of antiquarian and collectable books, prints, maps and ephemera, with 100+ booksellers exhibiting. Admission £2, or free tickets available from www.oxfordbookfair.org. Tel: 07921 151496.

Research participants sought

Digital technologies in teaching: online survey. IT Services’ DIGE 2 project is investigating Oxford students' digital experience from both sides of the teaching–learning divide. Contributions welcomed from staff who teach undergraduates or postgraduates (taught Masters’ programmes). Complete our online survey: http://tinyurl.com/dige2staff, or arrange an interview via Dr Liz Masterman (project manager) (liz.masterman@it.ox.ac.uk). The research has been reviewed by, and received clearance through, the University of Oxford Central Ethics Committee.

Oxford University Newcomers' Club

The Oxford University Newcomers' Club at the University Club, 11 Mansfield Rd, OX1 3SZ, welcomes the wives, husbands or partners of visiting scholars, of graduate students and of newly appointed academic members of the University. We offer help, advice, information and the opportunity to meet others socially. Informal coffee mornings are held in the club every Wednesday 10.30–12 (excluding the Christmas vacation). Newcomers with children (0–4) meet every Fri in term 10.15–11.45. We have a large programme of events including tours of colleges, museums and other places of interest. Other term-time activities include a book group, informal conversation group, garden group, antiques group, opportunity to explore Oxfordshire and an opportunities in Oxford group. Visit our website: www.newcomers.ox.ac.uk.

Antiques bought and sold

Antiques bought and sold: we are always looking to purchase – and we also sell – 17th–early-20th-century furniture and objets d’art including silver, pictures, library furniture, fireplace-related items, garden stoneware and seating. Contact us at Greenway Antiques, 90 Corn Street, Witney, Oxon. Open Mon–Fri 9.30–5, Sat 10–5. Tel: 01993 705026. Mobile: 07831 585014. Email: jean_greenway@hotmail.com. Website: www.greenwayantiques.com.

Restoration and conservation of antique furniture

John Hulme undertakes all aspects of restoration. 30 years' experience. Collection and delivery. For free advice, telephone or write to the Workshop, 11A High St, Chipping Norton, Oxon, OX7 5AD. Tel: 01608 641692.

Sell your unwanted books

We buy academic and non-academic used books. If you are moving office or home, leaving the University or just need more space, we can help. We are most interested in arts, history and social sciences. Good prices paid for large or small collections and we collect from anywhere in the Oxford area. Please contact Ross on 07720 288774 or bd@beadledavies.co.uk.

Services offered

Big or small, we ship it all. Plus free pick-up anywhere in Oxford. Also 24-hour photocopying, private mailing addresses (24-hour access and mail forwarding worldwide), binding, fax bureau, colour photocopying, mailing services and much more. Contact or visit Mail Boxes Etc, 266 Banbury Rd, Oxford. Tel: 01865 514655. Fax: 01865 514656. Email: staff@mbesummertown.co.uk. Also at 94 London Rd, Oxford. Tel: 01865 741729. Fax: 01865 742431. Email: staff@mbeheadington.co.uk.

Car/taxi service. Professional, reliable service for business or pleasure. Superb brand new Seat Alhambra: luxury combined with versatility. Panoramic roof, leather seats, air conditioned, lots of luggage room. Also available: luxury Audi A8 limousine with beige leather seats and air suspension to waft you to your destination in comfort and style. Alhambra prices: Heathrow £75; Eurostar £95; Cambridge £125. For more prices or advice: cliveroberts@talktalk.net. Tel: 01865 778608/07917 566077. Accounts welcome.

Oxford's low-cost packing and shipping experts. Lowest price rates guaranteed for University students, staff and departments, plus free boxes and collection for all shipments. Whether clothing, books, computers, fragile laboratory equipment, musical instruments, rowing oars, valuable paintings or other household items, we specialise in custom packing, storage and worldwide delivery by road, sea and air. Pack & Send, 3 Botley Rd, Oxford, OX2 0AA. Tel: 01865 260610. Email: oxford@packsend.co.uk.

Carpenter/joiner. For bookcases, wardrobes, etc, made on site to your specifications. Portfolio available. Call Rob Guthrie on 01608 677423 (evening) or 07961 444957 (daytime). Email: rob.s.guthrie@gmail.com. Web: www.robguthrie.co.uk.

Situations vacant

Oxford graduate student wanted for a 15-hr/pw educational job (hours flexible) at £10 per hour. US study abroad programme needs someone to maintain contacts with US colleges (including some by telephone) plus some assistance with a research project. Please send CV to: hello@adambrown.org.

Houses to let

4-bedroom house off Iffley Rd near the University sports ground. Available from early Jul to the end of Aug 2015. Large kitchen and dining room, sitting room and study with eclectic books. Ideal for visiting academic family. Large sunny garden with fruit trees and lawn. Off-street parking. Convenient for city centre, local shops, river, local and London transport. £500 pw. Email: jim.hall@eci.ox.ac.uk.

2-bedroom Victorian terrace house in city centre in quiet cul-de-sac. 2 double bedrooms, 2 receptions, fully fitted kitchen–diner, bathroom with both bath and shower. Small easy-care garden. Residents’ parking scheme. Unfurnished, but all rooms have built-in cupboards. Situated between Carfax and station. £1,250 pcm plus bills. Suit family or 2 sharers. Available Apr after refurbishment. Contact: julia.cresswell@ntlworld.com.

Summertown central: attractive Victorian semi-detached family house with many period features, situated in popular side road close to all amenities. 4/5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms (1 en suite), sitting room, family room and sunny kitchen/diner opening on to attractive enclosed rear garden. Permit parking. Available later in Mar for 2 months or longer term. Contact: cornwalk@btinternet.com.

Accommodation offered

Graduate Accommodation Office

The Graduate Accommodation Office provides affordable accommodation to full-time graduate students of the University. Please see www.admin.ox.ac.uk/graduateaccommodation.

Academic visitors, staff and part-time students may wish to register for Student Pad, a website where private landlords advertise for tenants associated with the University – www.oxfordstudentpad.co.uk.

Scott Fraser – market leaders for quality Oxfordshire property. Selling or letting, buying or renting, we are here to help. Visit www.scottfraser.co.uk for more information or call: Oxford sales: 01865 759500; Witney sales: 01993 705507; Headington lettings: 01865 761111; Summertown lettings: 01865 554577; East Oxford and student lettings: 01865 244666; Witney lettings 01993 777909.

Visiting academics welcomed for short or long stays in comfortable home of semi-retired academic couple, situated in quiet, exclusive, leafy central north Oxford within walking distance of main University buildings, town centre, parks, river, shops and restaurants. Rooms have colour TV, tea, coffee, kettle, refrigerator, microwave, free wireless broadband and central and independent heating. Very moderate terms. Linen, cleaning and breakfast included. Tel/fax: 01865 557879. Email: DVL23@me.com.

Affordable accommodation available. Academics, parent or students looking for a nice place to stay. Short- or long-term. B&B or self-catering rooms, which are all personally visited to offer quality accommodation in welcoming private homes in many Oxford locations. B&B from £28/night or £190/wk, all-inclusive. Long-term discount available. TV, free wireless internet, tea/coffee facilities, use of microwave. Linen and towels. For information, tel: 01865 435229, email: info@abodesuk.com or visit: www.abodesofoxford.com.

View the best Oxford property rentals now. Finders Keepers: www.finders.co.uk/search/oxford, or call 01865 200012.

Single rooms available in sought-after street in central north Oxford and within easy walking distance of the University, town centre, London buses and trains. Breakfast provided. N-s. Access to kitchen. Broadband. Suitable for academics and postgraduates. Minimum stay 3 days. Fair rental. Email: elphickjericho@gmail.com. Tel: 01865 516142.

Accommodation sought

University Accommodation Office

Landlords – do you have a spare room, flat or house to let? Oxford University Accommodation Office seeks all types of short- and long-term accommodation for students, academic visitors, postdocs and members of the University. Our Studentpad software allows landlords to quickly advertise properties online, amend details and upload photos. See: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/accommodation/landlord. For information: 01865 280811.

Occupy Oxford! Senior visiting professor would like to rent/sit your house or flat for May and Jun 2015 (flexible at both ends). If you are away during Trinity term, I would be your perfect tenant. References available. Please contact csanger@law.columbia.edu.

Self-catering apartments

OxfordShortlets offers a portfolio of high-quality, self-catering, short-let properties as an excellent alternative to hotel, guesthouse or bed and breakfast accommodation in Oxford and surrounding villages. Wide selection of quality homes available for short-stay lets from 1 week to several months. OxfordShortlets caters for professional individuals, groups or families visiting Oxford for holiday, business, academic and relocation purposes or for temporary accommodation between homes. Tel: 01865 311696. Fax: 01865 511010. Email: admin@oxfordshortlets.co.uk. Web: www.oxfordshortlets.co.uk.

Short Let SpaceVisiting Oxford? Studio, 1-, 2- and 3-bed properties conveniently located for various colleges and University departments. Available from 1 week to several months. Apartments are serviced, with linen provided and all bills included. Details, location maps and photos can be found on our website at www.shortletspace.co.uk. Contact us by email on stay@shortletspace.co.uk or call us on 01993 811711.

Sunny north Oxford studio apartment with parking available for short/medium-term lets, ideal for 1 person. Immaculate newly built with French doors opening onto south-facing garden. Wi-Fi/TV provided. Lounge/dining area, fully equipped kitchenette with fridge/freezer/hob/microwave. Separate access with own hallway including washer/drier, beautiful bathroom with shower. Fresh linen regularly, £60 per night, bills included, minimum 3 nights. £25 surcharge for second person. Email: enquiries@studioflatnorthoxford.com. Tel: 0044 (0)7764 574700.

Shortlet studios for singles or couples needing clean, quiet self-catering accommodation for weeks or months. Handy for High St (town, colleges), Cowley Rd (shops, restaurants), University sportsground (gym, pool), Oxford Brookes campuses, buses (London, airports, trains, Science Park). Modern, self-contained, fully furnished including cooking and laundry facilities, Wi-Fi broadband, TV/DVD/CD, central heating, cleaning and fresh linen weekly. Off-road parking for cars and bikes. Taxes and all bills included. Enquiries: stay@oxfordbythemonth.com.

Holiday lets

Midhurst. Romantic, primitive, 2-bedroom gamekeeper's cottage up a muddy farm track in national park at the foot of the South Downs. Open fire, polished floor, simple kitchen; dishwasher, washing machine; broadband, no TV, large study. On own 190-acre organic farm – woods, valleys, river, bluebells, deer. Available weekends; discounts for junior academics. Pictures at www.wakehamfarm.com or email haroldcarter@mac.com.

Cornwall, cottage and restored chapel in quiet hamlet on South-west Coastal Footpath within 100m of the sea and minutes from Caerhays and Heligan. Each property sleeps 6. Comfortably furnished, c/h, wood burner and broadband. Ideal for reading, writing, painting, walking, bathing, bird watching. Beautiful beach perfect for bucket and spade family holidays. Short winter breaks available from £200. Tel: 01865 558503 or 07917 864113. Email: gabriel.amherst@btconnect.com. See: www.cornwallcornwall.com.

With over 13,000 holiday lets in Tuscany, HomeAway offers a wide range of accommodation options. From stylish apartments to traditional farmhouses, whether with private pools or expansive gardens, HomeAway has thousands of diverse self-catering rentals to choose from; and with villas situated everywhere from central Florence to Siena you won’t be limited by location. With poolside villas priced from just £250 pw, choose your home today by browsing www.homeaway.co.uk/Italy/Tuscany/r308.htm.

In the middle of open fields high up in the Coed y Brenin forest near Dolgellau, southern Snowdonia, restored and extended former forester's cottage. Many walks from the door, superb mountain biking with trails suitable for the inexperienced (bike rentals available nearby), diverse birdlife, beaches 25 minutes. Warm, comfortable, well equipped, light, secluded and extremely quiet. Wood-burning stove. Wi-Fi. Sleeps 6–8. More details at www.myew.co.uk or from 01865 339967.

France: Charente/Dordogne border. Fully restored, early-19th-century luxurious house on top of hill in Villebois-Lavalette. 5 bedrooms (4 with modernised en-suite bathrooms); 2 bedrooms are interconnected and could be family suite. We do limit the number of guests to 8 (including children). Heated swimming pool 5m x 10m. Available early-Jun to mid-Oct, £1,500 pw. Website: www.villeboisien.com (contact email address: hughdowsett@yahoo.com or through website).

Chartres, France. Wine- and food-tasting holiday weekends in Jun and Sept held in a spectacular 11th-century chapel. Tutored wine tastings on Loire Valley wine. Authentic French cuisine prepared with local ingredients and using regional heritage recipes. Courses are limited to 10 participants and conducted in English. Accommodation, wine, meals included. Exclusive 10% discount to Oxford University members. Visit www.tasteunlocked.com for more details and mention the Gazette when booking.

Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk. On central green near harbour. Georgian cottage, 3 bedrooms, sleeps 5–6. Washer, fridge, cooker, toaster, TV, heating. Parking outside. Small gardens. Ring 01223 356384.

Home for rent in Provence, near the Verdon Gorges and Lake Sainte-Croix. Available between Jun–Sept, minimum 5 days. In middle of village, character 18th-century house totally refurbished, 3 floors, outdoor terrasse; large double living room with kitchen; 4 bedrooms, can accommodate 2 couples and 4 children. Very quiet area, perfect for cycling, hiking, swimming. Possible to take French classes by certified French teacher! For photographs, more details, email: cg.exox@yahoo.fr.

Property for sale

Vejer de la Frontera, Cadiz, Spain. Charming fully furnished 3-bedroom traditional old patio house with large terrace with views over Africa. In historic hill-top town, close to miles of unspoilt Costa de la Luz beaches. Well maintained and fully equipped. Includes separate self-contained guest annexe. Within easy reach of Seville and Jerez. €175,000. For information and photographs see https://vejercostadelaluzhousesale.blogspot.com. Tel: 01865 429388; email phillip.dove@ntlworld.com or Spanish agent: www.tucasaenvejer.com.