• Thursday 26 February 2015
  • NO. 5088
  • VOL. 145

Consultative Notices

Review of Oxford Learning Institute

Feedback and comments invited

A review is being undertaken over Hilary and Trinity terms 2015 of the Oxford Learning Institute (OLI). The terms of reference for the panel are as follows:

The panel is asked to review the work and organisation of the Learning Institute with particular reference to:

1 its work contributing to the professional and personal development of academic and administrative staff, and its support for priorities set by Personnel Committee and Education Committee, and the academic divisions;

2 its delivery of support for educational development, taking into account priorities set by Education Committee and the academic divisions, and in particular the effectiveness of its support for academic and research staff in the enhancement of delivery of teaching and research across Oxford;

3 the standing and recognition of its research, and relevance to University objectives;

4 its ability to contribute to policy development in the areas of learning, teaching and assessment at the University.

In support of this, the panel is asked to:

5 take into account the recommendations of previous reviews of the OLI;

6 review the substantial development of the work of the OLI which has taken place under the present director;

7 consider whether the current structure and organisation of the OLI is fit for purpose;

8 complete the review by the end of the present academic year.

The panel's final report will be submitted to the Registrar, who has ultimate responsibility for the Oxford Learning Institute and its budget. The panel will be chaired by Dame Lynne Brindley (Master of Pembroke). Full membership is still to be confirmed, and will include representation from each division.

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 ( Comments received by 9 March, in advance of the panel’s first meeting, would be particularly welcome. However, comments received by the first week of Trinity term, 27 April, will also be taken into account by the review.

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?


Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences


With the approval of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board, the following appointments have been made.

Associate Professor

François Caron, PhD Lille, habil Bordeaux. Fellow of Keble. In the Department of Statistics. From 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2020.


With the approval of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board, the following reappointments have been made.

Associate Professor

Ramin Golestanian, BSc Sharif, MSc PhD Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences Iran, MA Oxf. Fellow of St Cross. In Theoretical and Condensed Matter Physics. From 1 July 2015 to retirement.

Kobi Kremnizer, BA MSc PhD Tel Aviv. Fellow of Oriel. In Pure Mathematics. From 1 August 2014 to retirement.

Jan Obloj, MSc PhD Warsaw, PhD Paris VI. Fellow of St John's. In Mathematical Finance. From 1 September 2015 to retirement.

Brian Smith, BA Gustavus Adolphus College, PhD Oregon. Fellow of Keble. In Experimental Quantum Physics. From 18 April 2015 to retirement.

Social Sciences

Change of title

The University's Senior Appointments Panel has approved a change to the professorial title of Professor Hugh Whittaker, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, from Professor of the Economy of Japan to Professor of the Economy and Business of Japan.

Visiting Professorships

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Physics upon Swapan Chattopadhyay, BSc St Xavier’s College Calcutta, MS PhD Berkeley, MSc Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. Currently Director of Accelerator Research at Fermilab, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Illinois. For a period of 3 years from 13 February 2015.

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:

Chichele Professorship of the History of War

  Appointed by
Professor S Mapstone Mr Vice-Chancellor1
The Warden of All Souls  ex officio
Professor S West  Humanities Division 
Professor J Humphries  History Faculty 
Professor R Overy  History Faculty 
Professor D Johnson  Social Sciences Division  
Dr A Gregory  Council 
Professor P Summerfield  Council 
Dr N Rodger All Souls 
1Appointed by Mr Vice-Chancellor under the provisions of Statute IX, Sect 10 and 11.

Musical and other Events

St Stephen's House

The following events will take place at 7.30pm, unless otherwise noted, at SJE Arts, St John the Evangelist church, 109A Iffley Road. For further information and tickets, please see (unless otherwise noted).

3 Mar: Jan Schmolck, violin, plays Mozart and Haydn; Hannah Nye, soprano, sings Quilter; conductor: John Lubbock. Tickets: £30/£25/£15 from 020 7222 1061 or

7 Mar: Victor Sangiorgio, piano, plays Beethoven's Appassionata, Cimarosa sonatas and pieces by Liszt, Cage and Gershwin. Tickets: £15/£10 (£10/£5 students and under 18s).

10–12 Mar: Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe. Theatre performance with orchestra by the Oxford University Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Tickets: £10 (£8 students) plus booking fee from

14 Mar: Cloudburst – elemental music from around the world. Works by acclaimed composers from England, America and New Zealand. Choros: Justin Rhodes, percussion; Jeremy Fisher, piano; conductor: Janet Lincé. Tickets: £12 (£9 concessions/£5 students and under 18s) from or 01865 244806.

18 Mar: Adderbury Ensemble with Viv McLean, piano. Mozart's Piano Quartet in E flat and Schubert's Trout Quintet. Tickets: £15 (£5 students and under 16s) from or 01865 305305.

20 Mar: Tribute to Duke Ellington – the Buck Clayton Legacy Band led by BBC Jazz Record Requests host Alyn Shipton, directed by German saxophonist Matthias Seuffert and featuring pianist Martin Litton. Tickets: £15/£10 (£10/£5 students and under 18s.

6pm and 8.15pm, 21 Mar: Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. Semi-staged opera with period instruments performed by Oxford Youth Choirs; director Richard Vendome. Tickets: £9 (£7 concessions/£3 students/under 11s free) plus booking fee from

26 Mar: David Le Page, violin, with strings, harpsichord and percussion, performs his album As the Crow Flies and Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Tickets: £15 (£12 concessions/£5 students and under 18s).

8pm, 27 Mar: An Evening of Contemporary Composition. A septet of musicians performing with electronics and objects. Compositions by Sarah Hughes, Joseph Clayton Mills and Adam Sonderberg. Tickets: £6 from or on the door.

28 Mar: Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra from California (conductor: Maxim Eshkenazy) plays Bizet's Carmen Suite No 1, Copland's Shaker Melody and Gershwin's Lullaby. Donations in aid of Music for Autism, UK.