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Academic year Oct 2011 - Sep 2012
Steven Balbus, Professeur des Universités, Classe Exceptionnelle; Member, Institut Universitaire de France; Department of Physics, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, was appointed Savilian Professor of Astronomy and became a fellow of New College with effect from 1 September.
Sociology and demography
Francesco Billari, Full Professor of Demography and Vice-Rector of Development, Bocconi University and Research Fellow, Innocenzo Gasparini Institute Of Economic Research, was appointed Professor of Sociology and Demography and became a Fellow of Nuffield College with effect from 1 August 2012.
Julia Bray, Professor of Medieval Arabic Literature, Département d’Études Arabes, UFR Langues, Littératures et Civilisations Étrangères–Langues Étrangères Appliquées, Université Paris 8 – Saint Denis, France, was appointed Laudian Professor of Arabic and became a fellow of St John’s College with effect from 1 September.
Georg Gottlob, FRS, Professor of Computing Science at Oxford and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Vienna University of Technology, Austria, was appointed Professor of Informatics and became a fellow of St John’s College with effect from 11 January.
Dominic Johnson, Reader in Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh and 2012–13 Senior Fellow, Centre of Theological Inquiry, Princeton University, USA, was appointed Alastair Buchan Professor of International Relations and became a fellow of St Antony’s College with effect from 1 September.
Michael Keane, ARC Laureate Professor at the University of New South Wales, Australia, was appointed Nuffield Professor of Economics and a fellow of Nuffield College with effect from 1 September.
Jong Kim, Samsung Fellow, Senior Vice President and Director, Frontier Research Lab, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, Samsung Electronics, South Korea was appointed Professor of Electrical Engineering and became a fellow of St Hugh’s College with effect from 5 March.
Colin Kleanthous, Professor of Biochemistry at the University of York, was appointed Iveagh Professor of Microbial Biochemistry and became a fellow of Linacre College with effect from 16 April.
Genomics and global health
Dominic Kwiatkowski, Professor of Tropical Paediatrics; Director, MRC Centre for Genomics & Global Health, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics; and Head of the Malaria Programme, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, appointed Professor of Genomics & Global Health and a fellow of St John’s College on 1 September.
Primary health care
Richard McManus, Senior Clinical Researcher in the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences; General Practitioner, Greenridge Surgery, Birmingham and Honorary Consultant In Primary Care, South Birmingham Primary Care Trust, was appointed Professor of Primary Health Care Sciences and a fellow of Green Templeton College with effect from 1 April.
Paul Newman, Reader in Engineering Science at Oxford, was appointed BP Professor of Information Engineering and became a fellow of Keble College with effect from 1 April.
Robert Stevens, Professor of Commercial Law, University College London, was appointed Herbert Smith Professor of English Private Law and became a fellow of Lady Margaret Hall with effect from 1 August.
Stefano Zacchetti, Lecturer in the Department of Asian and North African Studies, Ca’ Foscari University Of Venice, Italy, was appointed Numata Professor of Buddhist Studies and became a fellow of Balliol College with effect from 1 July.
Academic year Oct 2012 - Sep 2013
Tim Coulson, Professor of Population Biology at Imperial College London, was appointed Professor of Zoology and a fellow of Jesus College with effect from 1 January.
Sociology and social policy
Mary Daly, Professor of Sociology at Queen’s University Belfast, was appointed Professor of Sociology and Social Policy and became a fellow of Green Templeton College on 15 October.
Harry Daniels, Professor of Education at the University of Bath, was appointed Professor of Education and a fellow of Green Templeton College with effect from 1 February 15 October.
Matthew Freeman, Head of the Division of Cell Biology at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, was appointed Professor of Pathology and became a fellow of Lincoln College with effect From 1 January.
Barend ter Haar, Professor of Chinese History at Leiden University, the Netherlands, has been appointed Shaw Professor of Chinese and a fellow of University College with effect from 13 January.
Steve Strand, Associate Professor (Reader) In Quantitative Research Methods at the University of Warwick, was appointed Professor of Education and became a fellow of St Cross College with effect from 1 January.
George Eastman Visiting Professor
V Kofi Agawu, Professor of Music at Princeton University, and Adjunct Professor, University of Ghana, was appointed George Eastman Visiting Professor and became a fellow of Balliol College for the academic year 2012–13.
Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor
Sir Michael Boyd, theatre director and artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1996 until September 2012, has been appointed Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre with effect from January 2013. The post is based at St Catherine’s College.
John G Winant Visiting Professor
George C Edwards III, University Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University, has been appointed John G Winant Visiting Professors and a fellow of Balliol College for the academic year 2012–13. He is also holds the Jordan Chair in Presidential Studies and has served as the Olin Professor of American Government at Oxford.
Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Professor of American History
Gary Gerstle, James G Stahlman Professor of American History at Vanderbilt University, USA, was appointed to the Professorship and became a fellow of The Queen’s College for the academic year 2012–13.
Newton Abraham Visiting Professor
Dan Littman, Martin Kimmel Professor of Molecular Immunology at New York University Medical Center, was appointed Newton Abraham Visiting Professor in Medical, Biological and Chemical Sciences and became a fellow of Lincoln College for a period of 6 months from 1 October 2012 until 31 March 2013.
Newton Abraham Visiting Professor
Richard Schrock, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry (2005), Frederick G Keyes Professor of Chemistry at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was appointed Newton Abraham Visiting Professor in Medical, Biological and Chemical Sciences and became a fellow of Lincoln College for a period of 6 months from 1 April – 30 September 2013.
Slade Professor of Fine Art
Joseph Koerner, Victor S Thomas Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University, was appointed Slade Professor of Fine Art for the academic year 2012–13. The post is associated with All Souls College.
Heads of House
St Hugh’s College
Dame Elish Angiolini, DBE, QC, the former Lord Advocate of Scotland, was appointed Principal of St Hugh’s College with effect from September 2012.
Andrew Dilnot, Principal of St Hugh’s College, Pro-vice-Chancellor at Oxford, was elected Warden of Nuffield with effect from 31 August 2012.
The Revd Dr Simon Gaine, OP, Tutor in Systematic Theology at Blackfriars, was appointed Regent with effect from April 2012.
St Benet’s Hall
Werner Jeanrond, Professor of Divinity at the University of Glasgow, was elected Master with effect from1 September 2012. He is the first layman to be Master of the Hall.
Lord Macdonald of River Glaven, QC, one of the country’s top criminal lawyers and a former Director of Public Prosecutions, was elected Warden of Wadham Collge with effect from 1 September 2012.
St John’s College
Professor Margaret J Snowling, FBA, FMedSci, Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of York and Co-Director of the Centre for Reading and Language at York, was elected President of St John’s College with effect from 1 September 2012.
Professor Henry Woudhuysen, FBA, Dean of the Faculty of the Arts and Humanities at University College, London was elected Rector of Lincoln with effect from 1 September 2012.
Senior Administrative Posts
Julian Duxfield, UK and Ireland Human Resources Director at G4S, has been appointed Director of Human Resources, within the University Administration and Services, with effect from Hilary term 2013.
Paul Goffin, FRICS, Director of Estates at the University of Leicester, was appointed Director of the Estates with effect from 5 March 2012. Following the renaming of the Directorate as of 1 October, he is now Director of Estates Services.
Enterprise and the Environment
Professor Gordon Clark, FBA, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at Oxford, has been appointed Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment with effect from January 2013.
Chief Information Officer
Professor Anne Trefethen, Director of the Oxford e-Research Centre, was appointed to the new post of Chief Information Officer (CIO) with effect from 1 March 2012.
Dean, Blavatnik School of Government
Professor Ngaire Woods, Academic Director of Government at the Blavatnik School of Government and a fellow of University College, was appointed Dean of the School with effect from October 2011.
Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairman of the Burmese National League for Democracy and member of the Burmese parliament, received an honorary doctorate in civil law at Encaenia on Wednesday 20 June, during her first trip to Europe since 1988. Daw Suu, who spent much of the period from 1989 until 2010 in some form of detention as a result of her campaign to bring democracy to Burma, was awarded the honorary doctorate in civil law in April 1993, but until this year had been unable to receive it in person. She read PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) at St Hugh's College from 1964 to 1967.
Following her degree, and in a break with tradition, Daw Suu was invited to address the ceremony. In her speech she said: ‘the most important thing for me about Oxford was not what I learnt there in terms of set texts and set books we had to read, but in terms of a respect for the best in human civilisation.' She also made reference to the other distinguished figures receiving honours in her speech, noting in particular that 'when I was under house arrest I was ... helped by the books of John le Carré ... they were a journey into the wider world; not the wider world just of other countries, but of thoughts and ideas.'
Seven leading figures from the worlds of science, the arts, intelligence and business also received honorary degrees.
The following honorary degrees were conferred at Encaenia, the Rt Hon Lord Patten of Barnes presiding:
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
Doctors of Civil Law
‘Unbowed champion of liberty, who have given your people and the whole world an example of courage and endurance…’
Doctors of Civil Law
former Director General of the Security Service
‘…a tenacious guardian of the nation…’
Doctors of Letters
alias John le Carré, author
‘…a most skillful weaver of tales…’
Professor Drew Faust
Doctors of Letters
President of Harvard University and historian of the American Civil War and the American South
‘…a humane historian, a tireless guide of her university...’
Sir Howard Stringer
Doctors of Letters
Chairman of Sony Corporation
‘…a most skillful businessman, a true friend of this University…’
Professor Charles Taylor
Doctors of Letters
‘Pattern of wisdom and liberality, who have analysed the nature of human community with keen intellect…’
Dr Henry Barnett
Doctors of Science
‘Eminent master of the medical art, to whose work so many owe health and life itself…’
Professor William Phillips
Doctors of Science
‘Great master of little things, whose eye even the tiniest particles cannot escape, …’
Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors 2011/12
Eleven new members were admitted to the Court in recognition of their generosity to the collegiate University.
James P Davis
Chairman of the Kennedy Trust for Rheumatology Research, as the representative for Trust
Professor Raymond Dwek
FRS, Director of the Oxford Glycobiology Institute
Architect and a director of Eskmuir, as the representative for the Kirby Laing Foundation
Chairman and founder of Levine Capital Management
John McCall MacBain
Founder of Pamoja Capital SA and of the McCall MacBain Foundation
A partner and managing director of Goldman Sachs International
S Krishna Pathak
Founder of the ABM Group of Companies in the UAE
CBE, founder of the Dickson Group of Companies in Hong Kong
Founder and former CEO of Denbury Resources, Inc
His Excellency Sheikh Ghassan I Shaker
One of the most highly decorated personalities from the Arab world
Sir Mark Walport
FRS, FMedSci, Director and Chief Executive of The Wellcome Trust, as the representative for Trust
New Year Honours 2012
Four University members recognised:
Professor of the History of the Church, was knighted for services to scholarship.
Professor of Poetry, was knighted for services to literature.
Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Director of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, was made a CBE for services to engineering.
Professor Robert Walker
Professor of Social Policy and Intervention, was made an MBE for services to social policy research.
The Queen’s Birthday Honours
Two Oxford academics were been recognised:
FRS, Emeritus Professor of Fungal Genetics was made a CBE for her services to research and for her role as vice-president of the Royal Society.
Director for the Oxford Centre for Research into Parenting and Children, as well Professor in Social Work was awarded an MBE for her contribution to social science research.
Two Oxford academics were elected Fellows of the Royal Society:
Hooke Professor of Experimental Physics and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research, Academic Services and University Collections).
Dominic David Joyce
Professor of Mathematics.
Seven Oxford academics were recently elected fellows of the British Academy. These were:
Emeritus Professor of Experimental Psychology.
Drummond Professor of Political Economy.
Beit Lecturer in the History of the Commonwealth.
Professor of Economic History.
Lecturer in Ethnomusicology.
Professor of German Literature and Chair of the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages.
Professor of Criminal Justice.