Notices

  • Thursday 23 April 2015
  • NO. 5093
  • VOL. 145

University Preachers

Trinity term 2015

Thursday, 23 April, 8am: Holy Communion (Latin), St Mary's

Sunday, 26 April, 11am: The Revd Dr Tess Kuin Lawton, Chaplain, Magdalen College School. St Mark’s Day Sermon, Magdalen

Sunday, 10 May, 10.30am: The Revd Canon Professor Jane Shaw, Dean for Religious Life and Professor of Religious Studies, Stanford. University Sermon, St Mary's

*Sunday, 24 May, 10am: The Revd Canon Professor Graham Ward, Regius Professor of Divinity. University Sermon (Whit Sunday), the Cathedral

*Sunday, 31 May, 6.15pm: The Rt Revd Dr John Inge, Bishop of Worcester. University Sermon (Trinity Sunday), Queen's

Sunday, 14 June, 10.30am: Sir Andrew Dilnot, Warden of Nuffield. University Sermon, St Mary's

Sunday, 21 June, 10am: The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church. St John Baptist's Day Sermon, Magdalen

* On this day Doctors will wear their robes

Consultative Notices

Review of the Oxford Learning Institute

Further feedback and comments invited

As announced in the Gazette of 26 February, a review is being undertaken over Trinity term 2015 of the Oxford Learning Institute (OLI). The panel is asked to review the work and organisation of the Learning Institute. For the panel's membership and terms of reference, please see the previous published notice (Gazette, 26 February 2015, p386).

Members of the University across all divisions and colleges, and especially those who have in the recent past used any of the services provided by the Learning Institute, are asked to provide feedback and comments to the Secretary of the Panel, Nina Tomlin (nina.tomlin@admin.ox.ac.uk) by 4 May, in advance of the panel's second meeting.

The review panel would welcome comments on the work of the Learning Institute and its contribution to the University’s education and research, and to the professional development of its staff. In addition, answers to the following more specific questions would also be welcomed:

(1) Which of OLI's services have you used in the past? What have been the main benefits?

(2) If you have never attended an OLI course or used another of its services, is there a particular reason for this?

(3) Are there any courses not currently provided that you think the OLI should offer or that it would be useful to have access to?

Humanities Divisional Board/Education Committee

Review of the Faculty of Classics

The Humanities Divisional Board and the Education Committee will jointly conduct a review of the Faculty of Classics as part of Council's programme of rolling reviews of faculties and departments. The review will take place on 1 and 2 June 2015.

The Review Committee's terms of reference are:

1 To review the quality of academic activities in the Faculty, by reference to:

  • international standards of excellence
  • action taken since the last review of the faculty
  • planning statements at faculty and divisional level, and in the context of the University's Mission Statement and Strategic Plan.

In particular:

(a) the quality of the research of the faculty, 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
  • relationships with colleges
  • quality assurance mechanisms;

(c) the organisation of the faculty, its management structures and the relationship between the faculty and the Humanities Division, including such matters as:

  • strategic planning (including relationship to the divisional five-year plan and the University's Strategic Plan)
  • academic and non-academic staffing 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 faculty, and between the faculty 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 faculty, and its financial strategy.

The Review Committee would welcome written comments on matters falling within its terms of reference. These should be sent to Dag Martinsen (email: dag.martinsen@humanities.ox.ac.uk).

Social Sciences Board/Education Committee

Review of the School of Geography and the Environment

The Social Sciences Board and the Education Committee will jointly conduct a review of the School of Geography and the Environment as part of Council's programme of rolling reviews of faculties and departments. This review will take place on 19 and 20 October 2015.

The review committee's terms of reference are:

1 To review the quality of academic activities in the school, by reference to:

  • international standards of excellence
  • action taken since the last review of the school
  • planning statements at school 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 school, 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 school, its management structures and the relationship between the school 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 school, and between the school 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 school, 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, Jane Gover (email: jane.gover@socsci.ox.ac.uk) by 1 September.

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

General Notices

Holding of outside appointments

All staff are reminded of the guidelines for holding outside appointments and the conduct of outside work, which were published in full in the Gazette of 15 January 2015 and are published on the Personnel Services website at www.admin.ox.ac.uk/personnel/staffinfo/academic/approvaltoholdoutsideappointments.

New Examination Regulations website

The new Examination Regulations website was launched on 20 April with an updated look, structure and functionality. The new website retains the same homepage address as the previous version – www.admin.ox.ac.uk/examregs – but links to specific sets of regulations have changed. Feedback on the new site can be provided to examregs@admin.ox.ac.uk. At the same time, this year's print run of Examination Regulations will be substantially reduced, reflecting staff and student preference for web-accessible material, and responding to the demand to reduce the environmental impact of publication; the expectation is that the print edition will be discontinued in 2016.

Building Access Forum

A Building Access Forum will be held 12.15–1.45pm on 7 May at Estates Services. Staff members with a disability are invited to attend and give their opinions on disabled access within University buildings. There will be presentations and a Q&A with the architects of two upcoming building projects, as well as the chance to shape the Disability Philosophy document, which benchmarks good practice and is issued to all new projects. If you would like to attend, please email access.guide@admin.ox.ac.uk for confirmation and further details. Lunch will be provided.

Appointments

Humanities

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

Appointments

Departmental Lecturer

English Language and Literature: Natasha Simonova, MPhil Camb, MA PhD Edin. In English Literature (1660–1830). From 1 January 2015 to 22 April 2015.

Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics: Mary Baltazani, BA MA PhD UCLA. In Phonetics. From 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015.

Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics: Joanna Barbara Przedlacka, MA PhD Warsaw. In Phonetics. From 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015.

Theology and Religion: Philip James McCosker, MA Oxf, PhD Camb. In Modern Theology. From 2 February 2015 to 1 February 2018.

Lector

Classics: Robin Meyer, BA MPhil Oxf. In Latin and Ancient Greek. From 2 January 2015 to 30 September 2016.

Reappointments

Associate Professor

English: Kathryn Jean Murphy, MA Glas, MSt DPhil Oxf. Fellow of Oriel. In English Literature. From 1 October 2015 to retirement.

Medieval and Modern Languages: Maria del Pilar Blanco, BA William and Mary, MA PhD New York. Fellow of Trinity. In Spanish American Literature. From 1 October 2015 to retirement.

Medieval and Modern Languages: Oliver James Noble Wood, MSt DPhil Oxf. Fellow of Hertford. In Golden Age Spanish Literature. From 1 October 2015 to retirement.

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Headship of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division

Donal Donat Conor Bradley, BSc Lond, PhD Camb, Lee-Lucas Professor of Experimental Physics, Blackett Laboratory; Director, Centre for Plastic Electronics, and Vice-Provost (Research), Imperial, has been appointed to the Headship of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division with effect from 1 September 2015.

Tasso Leventis Professorship of Biodiversity

Eleanor Jane Milner-Gulland, BA Oxf, PhD Imp, Professor in Conservation Science, Department of Life Sciences, and Director, Grand Challenges in Ecosystems and the Environment, Imperial College London, has been appointed to the Tasso Leventis Professorship of Biodiversity in the Department of Zoology with effect from 1 October 2015. Professor Milner-Gulland will be a fellow of Merton.

Reappointments

Luis Fernando Alday, Nacional de La Plata, MS Instituto Balseiro, PhD Sissa. Fellow of Hertford College. In Mathematical Physics. From 30 September 2015 to retirement

Alex Rogers, BSc PhD Liv. Fellow of Somerville. In Conservation Biology, Department of Zoology. From 1 October 2015 to retirement

Conferments of title

Associate Professor

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisional Board has conferred the title of Associate Professor on the following:

Michael Barnes, Department of Physics

Samuel Cohen, Mathematical Institute

Julien Devriendt, Department of Physics

James McCullagh, Department of Chemistry

Craig Maclean, Department of Zoology

Gail Preston, Department of Plant Science

Claudio Sillero-Zubiri, Department of Zoology

Angela Taylor, Department of Physics

Caroline Terquem, Department of Physics

David Wallom, e-Research Centre

Reconferments of title

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisional Board has reconferred the title of Visiting Professor in Computational Systems Biology upon Jonathan Swinton, MA Camb, PhD Imp, Team Leader, Computational Biology, AstraZeneca, for a period of 3 years from 1 April 2015.

Visiting Professorships

Medical Sciences

Reconferments of Title

The Medical Sciences Board has reconferred the title of Visiting Professor of Tropical Medicine on Professor Piero Olliaro, MA Oxf, PhD MD Pavia, PhD Rome, habil J Fourier Grenoble, for a further period of 5 years from 1 June 2015.

Social Sciences

Conferments of Title

The Social Sciences Division has, on the recommendation of the Blavatnik School of Government, conferred the title of Visiting Professor on Professor Gwyn Bevan for 3 years from 1 March 2015.

The Social Sciences Division has, on the recommendation of the Blavatnik School of Government, conferred the title of Visiting Professor on Professor Christopher Hood for 3 years from 1 March 2015.

Recognition of Distinction

Recognition of Distinction exercise 2014

A report on the 2014 Recognition of Distinction exercise is now available on the Personnel Committee website at: https://www1.admin.ox.ac.uk/personnel/oxonly/agendas.

Recognition of Distinction exercise 2015

Divisional committee membership

Humanities

Professor S West (in the chair)

Professor E Boehmer

Professor A Caesar

Professor C Carey

Professor C Fabre

Professor M Finn

Professor S Foot

Professor R Gildea

Professor C Kelly

Professor A Lahiri

Professor C Minkowski

Professor M Shiach

Professor C Wickham

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Professor A Halliday (in the chair)

Professor M Akam

Professor H Anderson

Professor C Ballentine

Professor P Bruce

Professor L Dolan

Professor A Doucet

Professor D Edwards

Professor I Horrocks

Professor J Howard

Professor S Howison

Professor P Ireland

Professor R Kennicutt

Professor Dame Frances Kirwan

Professor I Shipsey

Professor T Softley

Professor L Tarassenko

Professor R Thomson

Professor M Wooldridge

Professor J Yeomans

Medical Sciences

Professor I Tracey (in the chair)

Professor J Armitage    

Professor A Buchan    

Professor C Butler    

Professor K Channon    

Professor R Cornall    

Professor P Harrison    

Professor Sir Alex Markham    

Professor J Mellor    

Professor Sir Peter Morris    

Professor J Raff    

Professor P Riley    

Professor E Robertson    

Professor K Vallis    

Professor A Wilkie    

Professor M Wood    

Social Sciences

Professor R Goodman (in the chair)

Professor A Amin

Professor M Banks

Professor F Billari

Professor M Browning

Professor W Carlin

Professor H Collins

Professor Sir Ian Diamond

Dr E Frazer

Professor Dame Hazel Genn

Dr N Gooptu

Professor P Kemp

Professor E Macaro

Professor H Margetts

Dr R Murphy

Professor M Seeleib-Kaiser

Professor P Tufano

Professor H Viles

Professor A Wilson

Electoral Boards

Composition of an Electoral Board

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

Waynflete Professorship of Metaphysical Philosophy

  Appointed by
Professor P Madden, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, in the chair Mr Vice-Chancellor1
Professor D Clary  ex officio
Professor S West  Head of Humanities Division
Professor T Williamson  Council 
Professor R Langton Council 
Professor K Fine Faculty of Philosophy 
Professor R Stalnaker Faculty of Philosophy 
Professor T W Child  Faculty of Philosophy 
Dr E Fricker Magdalen 
1Appointed by Mr Vice-Chancellor under the provisions of Statute IX, Sect 10 and 11.

Musical and other Events

Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum

10am–4pm, 16 May and 20 Jun: Botanical illustration. At the Botanic Garden. Tickets: £60. Booking: www.botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk/whatson

10am–4pm, 13 Jun: An introduction to bumblebees. At the Arboretum. Tickets: £60. Booking: www.harcourt-arboretum.ox.ac.uk/whats

10.30am–noon, 16 Jun: The curious world of carnivorous plants – or growing carnivores as house plants. At the Botanic Garden. Tickets: £30. Booking: www.botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk/whatson

9–10.30pm, 25 Jun and 8.30–10pm, 30 Jul: Guided bat walks. At the Arboretum. Tickets: £15. Booking: www.harcourt-arboretum.ox.ac.uk/whats

10.30am–3pm, 25 Jun: Creating naturalistic perennial plantings – the sustainable way. At the Botanic Garden. Tickets: £60. Booking: www.botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk/whatson

Harris Manchester

Lunchtime recital series

The following recitals will be given at 1.30pm on Thursdays in Harris Manchester Chapel. Free admission.

30 Apr: Katherine Jeffries-Harris, mezzo-soprano

7 May: Matthijs Duursma and Ian Gauk Gaukroger, piano

14 May: Eliza Millett, cello, and Sebastian Black, piano

21 May: Josef Laming, organ

28 May: Terence Crolley, organ

4 Jun: Thomas Mole, piano

11 Jun: Bihani Sarkar, Indian classical singing

18 Jun: Dana Mills, piano

Lincoln

Elman Poole concert

The medieval band Joglaresa, led by Belinda Sykes, will present Robbers, Rebels and Royals at 7.30pm on 5 May in the Oakeshott Room. Admission free but tickets required: bev.cousins@lincoln.ox.ac.uk.

Merton

Organ Concerts

A concert will be held 8–9.15pm on 25 April to mark the first anniversary of the dedication of the Dobson Organ. Martin Baker, Director of Music, Westminster Cathedral, will play Bach's Passacaglia in C minor (BWV 582); Handel's Concerto Op 4 No 2; Widor's Symphonie V; and his own improvisations.

Daniel Hyde will give an organ concert at 1.15pm on 30 April, playing the music of J S Bach.

New College

Organ Recitals

Music for summer will be played at 4pm on Sundays on the newly restored chapel organ. All welcome; free entry.

26 Apr: Alex Pott, Christ Church

3 May: Timothy Wakerell, Assistant Organist

10 May: Nicolas Haigh, organ scholar

17 May: Robert Quinney, Organist

Queen's

The following events will take place at Queen's and are free with a retiring collection, unless otherwise noted. For further details, see: www.queens.ox.ac.uk.

Lunchtime organ recital series

The following events will take place at 1.10pm on Wednesdays in the chapel.

29 Apr: Gerard Gillen, Pro-Cathedral, Dublin

13 May: Sarah Baldock, Cheltenham Ladies' College

20 May: Tim Wakerell, New College

27 May: Matthew Burgess, St Paul's Church, Clapham Old Town

3 Jun: Iestyn Evans, St James's, Spanish Place, London

10 Jun: David Gerrard, London

Eglesfield Music Society recital series

The following events will take place at 1.30pm on Saturdays in the Shulman Auditorium.

2 May: Osman Tack, piano recital

16 May: Fleur Smith and David Bednall, vocal recital

23 May: Caroline Halls and Mikey Pandya, vocal recital

30 May: Anny Chen and Dimitris Daskalakis, violin recital

6 Jun: Chris Lloyd, piano recital

13 Jun: Phoenix Duo – Amy Yuan and Lana Bode, violin/erhu recital

Concerts

The following events will take place in the chapel.

8pm, 6 Jun: Sansara Chamber Choir

7.30pm, 13 Jun: The finale of the Frobenius at 50 Organ Festival with Queen's College Choir. Tickets on sale via Tickets Oxford.

St John's

Kendrew Chamber Music concert

The Marian Consort will perform at 8.30pm on 20 May in the chapel. Free admission; tickets/programmes available from main Lodge one week before the performance.

Exhibitions

Balliol

Given to me by Mr Greene: an exhibition of the Cherry Record Collection of Josephine Reid's papers and books relating to Graham Greene, 11am–4pm, 25 and 26 Apr, Balliol College Historic Collections Centre, St Cross Church. Information: https://balliolarchivist.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/public-open-days-exhibition-in-april

Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum

May and Jun: Work by the Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum Florilegium Society in the Gallery at the Botanic Garden

Pitt Rivers Museum

until 7 Jun: Tall tales: making social networks. A case display of work by the Royal College of Art jewellery and metal MA students