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Anish Kapoor at Encaenia
Anish Kapoor at Encaenia
Credit: John Cairns

Honours and Awards

Encaenia

Five leading figures from the worlds of science, the arts and religion received honours at Encaenia, the University’s annual honorary degree ceremony.

Katharine Jefferts Schori

The Most Reverend Dr Katharine Jefferts Schori

Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States, was made an honorary Doctor of Divinity.
‘…a shepherd of the shepherds, servant of the servants of God…’

Anish Kapoor

Sir Anish Kapoor, CBE

The artist and sculptor was made an honorary Doctor of Letters
‘…a brilliant shape-maker, whose works delight and impress…’

Robert Silvers

Robert Silvers

Editor and co-founder of the New York Review of Books was made an honorary Doctor of Letters
‘…a prince of editors, an indefatigable champion of letters…’

Jean-Marie Lehn

Professor Jean-Marie Lehn

The chemist was made an honorary Doctor of Science.
‘…a keen-eyed investigator of small things…’

Harrison Birtwistle

Sir Harrison Birtwistle, CH, RAM, (Hon FRAM)

The composer was made an honorary Doctor of Music.
‘…an Orpheus of our time…’

New Year Honours

The following members of the University were recognised:

Martin West

Martin West, FBA

Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, was appointed to the Order of Merit. Regarded as one of the world's leading classical philologists, Professor West was Senior Research Fellow at All Souls from 1991 to 2004.

Frances Kirwan

Frances Kirwan, FRS

Professor of Mathematics and Fellow of Balliol College, was appointed DBE for services to mathematics.

Paul Collier

Paul Collier, CBE

Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies and Fellow of St Antony's College, was knighted for services to promoting research and policy change in Africa.

Noel Malcolm

Dr Noel Malcolm, FBA

Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, was knighted for services to scholarship, journalism and European history.

Peter Ratcliffe

Peter Ratcliffe, FRS

Nuffield Professor of Clinical Medicine, Head of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine and Fellow of Magdalen College, was knighted for services to clinical medicine.

Marian Dawkins

Marian Dawkins

Emeritus Professor of Animal Behaviour and Emeritus Fellow of Somerville College, was appointed CBE for services to animal welfare.

John Kay

Professor John Kay, FBA, FRSE

Supernumerary Fellow and Investment Officer of St John's College, was appointed CBE for services to economics.

Ceridwen Roberts

Ceridwen Roberts

Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention and member of Oxford Centre for Family Law and Policy, was appointed OBE for services to social science.

Karen Hewitt

Karen Hewitt

Tutor in the Department for Continuing Education, was appointed MBE for services to building academic and cultural understanding between the UK and Russia.

Marios Papadopolous

Dr Marios Papadopolous

Founder and music director of Oxford Philomusica, was made an MBE for services to music in Oxford. In 2002 Oxford Philomusica was appointed the University's first Orchestra in Residence.

Queen’s Birthday Honours

A number of University members were recognised:

Colin Blakemore

Colin Blakemore, FRS, FMedSci

Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience and Emeritus Fellow of Magdalen College, was knighted for services to scientific research, policy and outreach.

Martin Biddle

Professor Martin Biddle, OBE, FBA, FSA

Emeritus Fellow of Hertford College, was made a CBE for services to archaeology.

John Simpson

John Simpson

Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) at Oxford University Press and Emeritus Fellow of Kellogg College, was appointed OBE for services to literature.

John Pethica

John Pethica, FRS

Chief Scientific Adviser at the National Physical Laboratory, Vice-President of the Royal Society and Visiting Professor and former Professor of Materials Science (1996–2001) at Oxford, was knighted for services to science.

Richard Sorabji

Richard Sorabji, CBE, FBA

Honorary Fellow of Wolfson College and former British Academy Research Professor at Oxford (1996–99), was knighted for services to philosophical scholarship.

Damian Jenkins

Dr Damian Jenkins

Lecturer in medicine and biomedical sciences at St Hugh’s College, was appointed MBE for his service as Major in the Royal Army Medical Corps.

Royal Society Fellows

Six academics were elected fellows:

Dorothy Bishop

Dorothy Bishop

Professor of Developmental Neuropsychology, Wellcome Principal Research Fellow at the Department of Experimental Psychology and Fellow of St John’s College.

Marian Dawkins

Marian Dawkins

Professor of Animal Behaviour and Emeritus Fellow of Somerville College.

Liam Dolan

Liam Dolan

Sherardian Professor of Botany and Head of the Department of Plant Sciences. He is also Co-Director of the Plants for the 21st Century Institute at the Oxford Martin School and Fellow of Magdalen College.

Patrik Rorsman

Patrik Rorsman

Professor of Diabetic Medicine at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism and Fellow of Harris Manchester College.

Rajesh Thakker

Rajesh Thakker

May Professor of Medicine at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism and a consultant physician. He is also Professorial Fellow at Somerville College and Senior Fellow at Harris Manchester College.

Anthony Watts

Anthony Watts

Professor of Marine Geology and Geophysics and Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College.

British Academy Fellows

Nine of the 42 new fellows are from Oxford – more than any other university. The newly elected fellows are:

Francesco Billari

Francesco Billari

Professor of Sociology and Demography and Fellow of Nuffield College.

Susanne Bobzien

Susanne Bobzien

Professor of Philosophy and Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College.

Georgina Born

Georgina Born

Professor of Music and Anthropology and Fellow of Mansfield College.

Dr Susan Brigden

Dr Susan Brigden

Reader in History and Langford Fellow and Tutor in History at Lincoln College.

Gavin Flood

Gavin Flood

Professor of Hindu Studies and Comparative Religion and Academic Director, Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.

Henrietta Harrison

Henrietta Harrison

Professor of Modern Chinese Studies and Fellow of St Cross College.

Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith

Professor of History and Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College.

Cecilia Trifogli

Cecilia Trifogli

Professor of Medieval Philosophy and Fellow of All Souls College.

Sarah Whatmore

Sarah Whatmore

Professor of Environment and Public Policy and Fellow of Keble College.

Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors

In Michaelmas term 2013, the following new members were admitted to the Court in recognition of their generosity to the collegiate University and Americans for Oxford, Inc.

Ebadollah Bahari

Dr Ebadollah Bahari

Senior Consultant to the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation.

Alex Beard

Alex Beard

Director, GlencoreXstrata plc.

Dr Hon Dak Chung

Dr Hon Dak Chung

Chairman of the Maxdo Group and Chung Hon Dak Foundation.

Dr Jeremy Farrar, OBE,

Dr Jeremy Farrar, OBE

Director, Wellcome Trust, as the trust's representative.

Chris Hale

Chris Hale

Partner, Travers Smith LLP, as the firm's representative.

Maevadi Navapan

Maevadi Navapan

Chairman of Panasonic Thailand.

Robert Rankin

Robert Rankin

Co-Head of Corporate Banking and Securities and Head of Corporate Finance, Deutsche Bank, as the bank's representative.

Lisbet Rausing

Dr Lisbet Rausing

Co-founder of the grant-making trust Arcadia.

Julian Robertson

Julian Robertson, KNZM

Investor and philanthropist.

Timothy Sanderson

Timothy Sanderson

Founder and CIO of Sanderson Asset Management.

Lord Sassoon

Lord Sassoon, Kt

Jardine Matheson Director and former Treasury Minister, as the Jardine Foundation's representative.

HRH Raja Nazrin Shah

HRH Sultan Dr Nazrin Shah

Sultan of Perak, Malaysia.

Sir Howard Stringer

Sir Howard Stringer

Former Chairman of the Board of Sony.

Joan Winant

Joan Winant

President of the Eppley Foundation for Research, Inc.

Nemir Kirdar

Nemir Kirdar

Founder, Executive Chairman and CEO of Investcorp, as Investcorp’s representative. Mr Kirdar was also recognised as a new Fellow of the Court.

Sheldon Medal

In April 2014, the Chancellor, Lord Patten of Barnes, presented the Sheldon Medal to Mrs Mica Ertegun in recognition of the Ertegun Scholarship Programme. In 2012, a major new graduate scholarship programme at Oxford was made possible by Mica Ertegun's gift, the most generous benefaction for Humanities students in the University’s 900-year history. The University has established the Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities; currently fully funding 21 graduate scholars, it will eventually be endowed to support at least 35 scholarships in perpetuity.

Mica Ertegun and Chris PattenMica Ertegun accepting the Sheldon Medal from The Chancellor, Lord Patten

The Sheldon Medal is named after one of Oxford’s early benefactors, Gilbert Sheldon, whose benefaction supported the construction of the Sheldonian Theatre. The medal is reserved for a member of the Chancellor's Court of Benefactors whose contributions have made a significant strategic difference to the life and work of the University and the colleges. Mrs Ertegun is the seventh recipient of the medal, which has previously been awarded to the late Lord Wolfson, Chairman of the Wolfson Foundation; Mr Wafic Rida Saïd; the late Dr James Martin; Sir Michael Moritz and Ms Harriet Heyman; Lord and Lady Sainsbury of Preston Candover; and Mr Leonard Blavatnik.