• Thursday 18 June 2015
  • NO. 5101
  • VOL. 145

Convocation19 June

Election of the Professor of Poetry

The voting period for this election closed on 17 June.

The result of the election will be announced by the Proctors in a meeting of Convocation at 4pm on Friday, 19 June, in Convocation House. Members of Convocation wishing to attend the meeting are asked to note that the wearing of gowns is optional. The result will subsequently be reported on the University's website and published in the Gazette of 25 June.

Full details of the nominations can be found on the University website at

Further Information

Informal enquiries about the post may be made to the Chair of the Faculty of English (

Further information about election procedures may be found in Council Regulations 8 of 2002 (

Media enquiries should be directed to the University of Oxford News and Information Office (email:; tel: +44 (0)1865 (2)80528 or email:; tel: +44 (0)1865 280532).

All other queries should be addressed to the Elections Officer, Ms S L S Mulvihill, Council Secretariat, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD (email:; tel: +44 (0)1865 (2)80463).

Congregation24 June

Encaenia: Honorary Degrees

Doctor of Letters

Professor Sir Richard Evans, historian, Regius Professor of History emeritus and President of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, Provost of Gresham College in the City of London, Fellow of the British Academy, Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford

Dame Hilary Mantel, author, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, two-time winner of the Booker Prize, recipient of the Bodley Medal

Professor Ruth Simmons, former President and Professor of Comparative Literature and Africana Sciences of Brown University, former President of Smith College, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, winner of the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour

Doctor of Science

Professor Wallace Broecker, PhD, Newberry Professor of Geology, Columbia University, Crafoord Prizewinner, Balzan Prizewinner, Member of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, Foreign Member of the Royal Society

Professor Dame Ann Dowling, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Cambridge, President and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Royal Society, Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering and of the French Academy of Sciences

Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub, OM, Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, Founder and Director of Research at the Harefield Heart Science Centre, Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and of the Royal Society

Doctor of Music

Jessye Norman, soprano, concert and opera singer, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, winner of the Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement, member of the French Legion of Honour

Congregation30 June


¶ Members of Congregation are reminded that any two members may, not later than noon on Monday, 22 June, give notice in writing to the Registrar that they intend to oppose the proposal below (see the note on the conduct of business in Congregation below).

Approval of the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor

The proposal that Louise Richardson, BA Dub, MA UCLA, MA PhD Harvard, currently Principal and Vice-Chancellor and Professor of International Relations, University of St Andrews, be appointed Vice-Chancellor from 1 January 2016 for the remainder of the 2015/16 academic year and for a further seven years, duly made by Council on the recommendation of the Nominating Committee for the Vice-Chancellorship under the provisions of regulation 6 of Council Regulations 21 of 2002, will be submitted for approval.

¶ Under the regulation cited, Council's proposal for the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor shall be deemed approved unless it is rejected with at least 125 members of Congregation voting in favour of rejection.

Further information on Professor Richardson can be found at

Note on procedures in Congregation

¶ Business in Congregation is conducted in accordance with Congregation Regulations 2 of 2002 ( A printout of these regulations, or of any statute or other regulations, is available from the Council Secretariat on request. A member of Congregation seeking advice on questions relating to its procedures, other than elections, should contact Mrs F Burchett at the University Offices, Wellington Square (telephone: (2)80199; email:; questions relating to elections should be directed to the Elections Officer, Ms S L S Mulvihill (telephone: (2)80463; email: