Launch of the Vice-Chancellor’s Education Awards
New for 2020, these awards celebrate high-quality education across the collegiate University, recognising innovative approaches to teaching, and the steps being taken to further Oxford’s exceptional educational experience.
Entries are open to teams involved in teaching and supporting education at Oxford, including all those who teach, as well as professional services and support staff, graduate students, and early career academics.
The deadline for entries is 2pm on 18 March. The winners will be announced at the Vice-Chancellor’s Education Awards on 10 June at Pembroke hosted by the PVC Education, with the Vice- Chancellor in attendance.
Oxford Literary Festival 20% off for staff
The FT Weekend’s Literary Festival is taking place in Oxford between 27 March and 5 April. Dozens of events, talks and discussions will be taking place throughout the city with leading academics, well-known authors, politicians and commentators. Staff and members of the University can take advantage of a 20 per cent discount off all festival talks.
Update on Parks College
The new graduate college, Parks College, currently has two main focuses: delivering the building project on time and budget, and preparing for opening its first admissions round in September.
The planning application for the refurbishment of the Radcliffe Science Library will be submitted in March, with the building contractors due to take over the site in mid-April 2020. The early works to undertake essential waterproofing of the basement begin in the spring, with the main works scheduled to start in the summer and be complete by autumn 2021. The neighbouring museums will remain open as usual but temporary diversions may be in place for cyclists and pedestrians at various times during the construction works.
The college is currently undergoing a recruitment process for up to 22 fellows to join its community over the coming year. In February, the college celebrated its first successful grant application for joint work by college fellows. This is for a pilot study to develop a new smartphone app to help clinicians diagnose pneumonia among children in Africa. The college is also teaming up with the Museum of Natural History to hold an information and activity stall at the Iris Festival of the Future (26 March 2020), as one of its first public engagement events.
For more information about this project, please visit: www.ox.ac.uk/ parkscollege