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(1) That the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, upon IVON ASQUITH be approved.
¶ Dr Ivon Asquith read History at Christ Church and graduated Ph.D. from University College, London. He joined Oxford University Press in 1977 as Commissioning Editor for History and initiated a revival in the Press's history publishing. In 1984 he became Editorial Director for the Humanities and Social Sciences, putting the Press's academic publishing on a sound commercial footing. In 1989 he became Managing Director of the Arts and Reference Division, and in 1997 Managing Director of the Academic Division, with additional responsibility for Journals, Science, Medicine, and Electronic publishing. His achievement has been to develop the Press's scholarly, student, and general publishing while ensuring that it is financially successful. As Managing Director he oversaw the rewriting of the Press's two great scholarly works: the Oxford English Dictionary and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. He made the Press a significant publisher of law and higher education textbooks. At a time when university presses face difficult conditions he leaves the Academic Division of OUP in robust health.
(2) That the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, upon PETER MOTHERSOLE be approved.
¶ Peter Mothersole joined Oxford University Press in 1977 after having read economics at the London School of Economics and having done graduate study at the University of Reading. Mr Mothersole was originally Managing Director of the UK Schools Division in OUP until in 1989 he joined the Press's English Language Teaching Division. Under his direction that division expanded very impressively to make OUP the largest publisher of British English teaching materials in the world. Mr Mothersole's ability to combine entrepreneurial spirit and business skill with a respect for scholarly values underlay that success.
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