Notices

  • Thursday 19 March 2015
  • NO. 5091
  • VOL. 145

Consultative Notices

Proposals for Honorary Degrees to be conferred at the Encaenia in 2016, 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 has adopted a target that half of the final list of names proposed to Congregation for the conferment of honorary degrees be women and/or minorities. Members of Congregation are therefore encouraged to nominate 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. In these circumstances, a proposal for an honorary MA may be put forward. Further information is available from the Secretary to the Honorary Degrees Committee (contact details are given below).

Nominations for honorary degrees at the Encaenia in 2016 and for degrees by diploma should be submitted on the approved application form. The form can be downloaded  from www1.admin.ox.ac.uk/councilsec/governance/committees/hondegs (single sign-on required). Alternatively, copies may be obtained from the Secretary to the Honorary Degrees Committee (tel: (2)80199, email: felicity.burchett@admin.ox.ac.uk). The completed form should be sent to the Secretary to the Honorary Degrees Committee, University Offices, Wellington Square, or by email to felicity.burchett@admin.ox.ac.uk by 8 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 2014–15 University Calendar, pp539–543.

This year's honorands are:

Professor Wallace Broecker
Professor Dame Ann Dowling
Professor Sir Richard Evans
Dame Hilary Mantel
Jessye Norman
Professor Ruth Simmons
Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub

Permanent Private Hall Supervisory Committee

Review of Blackfriars Hall

The Permanent Private Hall (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. On 15 May, the committee will conduct a review of Blackfriars Hall. The review will focus on issues coming within the PPH Supervisory Committee's terms of reference. These may be found at www.admin.ox.ac.uk/statutes/regulations/520-122ll.shtml.

The PPH Supervisory Committee would welcome written comments on any matters falling within the terms of reference. Written comments should be sent to the Secretary to the PPH Supervisory Committee, Catherine Whalley, Education Policy Support, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (email: catherine.whalley@admin.ox.ac.uk), by 1 May.

Statute XII consultation

The consultation (see www.ox.ac.uk/staff/consultations/statute-xii) closes at 5pm on 27 March. All staff are very welcome to send their views on the issues raised in the consultation to ruth.kinahan@admin.ox.ac.uk by the deadline.

General Notices

Gazette publication arrangements

This is the final full Gazette of Hilary term. A further issue will be published on 26 March, but this will be limited to Council and Congregation business and changes to Examination Regulations. Publication for Trinity term will begin on 23 April and the normal deadlines will apply.

MSc in Neuroscience

Approval Deadlines

Essay topics must be approved by the appropriate Module Organiser before the deadlines given below:

Module A3: Neuroscience and Clinical Mental Health: 24 June 2015
Module A4: Cognitive Developmental Neuroscience: 3 June 2015
Module B3: Sensory Systems: 19 June 2015
Module C2: Molecular Neuroscience: 22 June 2015
Module C3: Genes, Circuits and Behaviour: 8 June 2015

Submission deadlines

Essays must be submitted online via WebLearn by noon (UK time) on the deadlines given below:

Module A3: Neuroscience and Clinical Mental Health: 15 July 2015
Module A4: Cognitive Developmental Neuroscience: 17 June 2015
Module B3: Sensory Systems: 10 July 2015
Module C2: Molecular Neuroscience: 13 July 2015
Module C3: Genes, Circuits and Behaviour: 24 June 2015

Appointments

Medical Sciences

Professorship of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery

Matthew Lee Costa, MB BChir PhD East Ang, MA Camb, Professor of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Warwick Clinical Trials Unit, Division of Health Science, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, and Honorary Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, has been appointed to the Professorship of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery in the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Science with effect from 11 May 2015. Professor Costa will be a fellow of Wolfson.

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 Michael F Thorpe, BSc Manc, DPhil DSc Oxf, Foundation Professor of Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry at Arizona State University, for a further 3 years from 1 May 2015.

Medical Sciences

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor of Drug Discovery on T Bartfai, PhD, for a further period of 5 years from 1 March 2014.

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor of Knowledge Management on J A Muir Gray, MB ChB MD Glas, for a further period from 1 January 2015 until 20 June 2019.

Social Sciences

Sanjaya Lall Visiting Professorship of Business and Development

Professor Abhijit V Banerjee, MA Jawaharlal, PhD Harvard, Fellow of Green Templeton. Sanjaya Lall Visiting Professorship of Business and Development, Department of Economics. From 18 May to 26 June 2015.

Graduate Awards and Prizes

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Musical and other Events

Botanic Garden

10.30am–noon, 26 Mar: A beginner's guide to orchids – or growing orchids as house plants. Cost: £30. Booking: www.botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk/whatson.

St Stephen's House

SJE Arts

The following events will be held at 7.30pm at St John the Evangelist church, 109A Iffley Road, unless otherwise noted. Ticket and other information: www.sje-oxford.org/events.html.

7 Apr: Jazz Sebastian Bach – Gwilym Simcock Jazz Quartet. Bach's Harpsichord concerto in D minor; Oboe concerto in F minor; Air from 3rd Suite; Chorales with saxophone obbligato; Concerto for 3 Harpsichords; and jazz improvisations on Bach themes

8 Apr: A Tale of Two Countries – Landesjugendblasorchester Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony Wind Band) conducted by Matthias Höfert. Philip Sparke, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Elgar, Handel, Strauss and Wagner

9 Apr: National Youth Guitar Ensemble directed by Gerald Garcia. Chamber music and large ensemble works for the guitar: Leo Brouwer (Cuba), Gary Ryan (UK), Shingo Fujii (Japan) and Celso Machado (Brazil). Chamber music conductors: Liz Larner and Matthew Robinson

15 Apr: Adderbury Ensemble, directed by David Le Page. Mendelssohn String Quartet and Borodin String Quartet

17 Apr: The Fureys and Davey Arthur. Irish folk

6pm, 18 Apr: Telling Stories. An evening of storytelling for young people (ages 6–15). Entry free

25 Apr: J S Bach: Mass in B minor. Julie Cooper, soprano, Dan Collins, alto, Nicholas Madden, tenor, Chris Foster, bass. Choros and Corona Baroque Ensemble (leader Miranda Walton), conductor Janet Lincé

29 Apr: I'm With Her Tour – Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan. Folk and roots music

Exhibitions

Bodleian Libraries

Weston Library

21–22 Mar: Opening Weekend. Public opening of the Bodleian's new Weston Library: new exhibition spaces, shop and cafe, free talks.

21 Mar–20 Sept, Weston Library exhibition galleries: Marks of Genius: Masterpieces from the Bodleian Libraries collections. From Shakespeare's First Folio to the Kennicott Bible, this exhibition considers how common attitudes towards genius are manifested in the physical form of a number of remarkable books, maps and manuscripts held in the Libraries' collections. Admission free; see www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/whatson/whats-on/upcoming-events/2015/mar/masterpieces for more information.

21 Mar–17 May, Blackwell Hall, Weston Library: Building a Library. Display of first-hand accounts revealing the history of the Weston Library building. Admission free; see www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/whatson/whats-on/upcoming-events/2015/mar/building-a-library for more information.