Five leading figures from the worlds of science, the arts and religion received honours at Encaenia, the University’s annual honorary degree ceremony.
New Year Honours
The following members of the University were recognised:
Queen’s Birthday Honours
A number of University members were recognised:
Royal Society Fellows
Six academics were elected fellows:
British Academy Fellows
Nine of the 42 new fellows are from Oxford – more than any other university. The newly elected fellows are:
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.
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.
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.