• Thursday 4 June 2015
  • NO. 5099
  • VOL. 145

Congregation: Contested Elections11 June

The following elections will be contested.


One member of Congregation elected by Congregation from members of the faculties in the divisions of Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences and of Medical Sciences

Current/Retiring Member To hold office until
Professor M S Williams, New College MT 2019

The following nominations have been received:

Matthew Freeman, MA Oxf, PhD Lond, Fellow of Lincoln, Faculty of Physiological Sciences

Nominated by:

Sir John Bell, Christ Church, Faculty of Clinical Medicine
A M Buchan, Corpus Christi, Faculty of Clinical Medicine
Dame Kay Davies, Hertford, Faculties of Physiological Sciences, and of Clinical Medicine
P W H Holland, Merton, Faculty of Zoology
C Kennard, Brasenose, Faculties of Psychological Studies, and of Clinical Medicine
J A Langdale, Queen's, Faculty of Plant Sciences
Sir Peter Ratcliffe, Magdalen, Faculty of Clinical Medicine
P A Robbins, Queen's, Faculty of Physiological Sciences
C V Robinson, Exeter, Faculty of Chemistry
M S P Sansom, Corpus Christi, Faculty of Biochemistry

Candidate statement:

I moved to Oxford in 2013 to become Head of the Dunn School of Pathology and a Fellow of Lincoln College, having spent the previous 20 years at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, where I became Head of Cell Biology. I study the mechanisms of communication between cells: how do they learn their fate?

It is a great privilege to join one of Europe's leading biomedical departments: our current strength and the Dunn School's renowned history make mine one of the most attractive jobs in UK science. There are also many challenges. Beyond learning the sometimes arcane ways of the University, my major goals are: to ensure that our preclinical teaching remains outstanding; to support the careers of our young scientists; and to recruit the very best academic researchers and teachers to Oxford.

These departmental goals underlie my interest in joining Council. I strongly believe that science is best done in interdisciplinary environments, so I am keen to see Oxford capitalise on its extraordinary strengths by encouraging greater interactions between disciplines, Departments and Divisions.

As a Head of Department, I am also very conscious of the difficult financial position that the University faces, and the consequent pressures this places on everyone. Sadly, this is unlikely to improve in the next few years, and I would like to help shape our response. My focus would be on protecting primary academic values: we must ensure that excellent scholarship and the best possible teaching are not compromised.

Michael Wooldridge, BSc CNAA, MA Oxf, PhD UMIST, Fellow of Hertford, Faculty of Computer Science

Nominated by:

Professor Sir Drummond Bone, Master of Balliol, Faculty of English Language and Literature
W N Hutton, Principal of Hertford
P S Grant, St Catherine's, Faculty of Materials
A N Halliday, Wadham, Faculty of Earth Sciences
S D Howison, Christ Church, Faculty of Mathematics
L Tarassenko, St John's, Faculty of Engineering Science

Candidate statement:

I am a Professor of Computer Science, and a Fellow of Hertford College. I joined Oxford in 2012, and took over as Head of Department of Computer Science in October 2014. I was heavily involved in the REF2014 preparations at Oxford, and I have served on MPLS Divisional Board since 2013. For Hertford, in addition to serving on Governing Body, I chair the college IT committee, and am a member of the college Dean of Degrees team. My research area is artificial intelligence, and my main research interests could be described as building computers that can collectively solve problems, in much the same way that human teams do. I joined Oxford with an ERC Advanced Grant that funds my research for five years; I currently manage a team of five postdocs.

Serving on Council is an enormous responsibility for an institution of Oxford's international standing, and a huge challenge given the size, diversity, and byzantine complexity of the collegiate university. If elected, I would aim to challenge thinking that does not respect or advance our core academic values. I would strive to maintain and support all that is good about our unique historical environment, while accepting that we work in the modern world, with pressures and challenges that previous generations could never have anticipated. Above all, I would aim to be open-minded and non-partisan, representing the best interests of the entire collegiate university.

Note: Full details of Council's remit, composition, functions and powers can be found at: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/statutes/783-121.shtml.

Elected members of Council will ordinarily be expected to serve on a small number of other committees (typically between one and three, usually including at least one of the main committees of Council ie PRAC, GPC, Education Committee, Personnel Committee, Research Committee).

For further information, please contact the Deputy University Secretary (emma.rampton@admin.ox.ac.uk).

Committees reporting to Council

Curators of the University Libraries

Two members of Congregation elected by Congregation

Current/Retiring Member To hold office until 
Dr K L Blackmon, Merton  MT 2019 
Dr H O'Donoghue, Linacre MT 2019 

The following nominations have been received:

Vincent Gillespie, MA DPhil Oxf, Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Faculty of English Language and Literature

Nominated by:

C M MacRobert, Lady Margaret Hall, Faculties of Medieval and Modern Languages and of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics
A P M Orchard, Pembroke, Faculty of English Language and Literature
S P Perry, Balliol, Faculty of English Language and Literature
G P Tapsell, Lady Margaret Hall, Faculty of History

Candidate statement:

Thomas Bodley called libraries our 'singular treasure.' As a literary scholar and a medievalist, they are central to my working life. I have previously served as a Curator of the University Libraries from 2005 to 2011. I was a member of the Project Sponsor Group planning the Weston Library, now delivered and open. But new internal and external challenges (many of them financial), and changing demands on the collections from readers, mean that our libraries will need to remain nimble. There is no such thing as a 'steady-state' library: a new set of issues lurks round every corner of every bookstack. Open Access will have significant implications for libraries; electronic access continues to change the way the collection is stewarded and developed, not least in regard to Electronic Legal Deposit, which is in some ways more inflexible and restrictive for readers than physical Legal Deposit. The major challenge facing the libraries in the next five years will be the development of the Humanities building on the ROQ. The library provision on the site presents massive logistical and philosophical issues. As a former college Fellow Librarian, a former chair of a faculty library committee, and a former Curator, as well as a long-time user of special collections (almost old enough to qualify for my own shelfmark), I believe I have both the academic experience and the political understanding to be able to contribute to these new developments, and to make sure that older scholarly values get embedded into the ongoing remodelling.

N Purcell, MA Oxf, Fellow of Brasenose, Faculty of Classics, Sub-Faculty of Archaeology

Nominated by:

I W Archer, Keble, Faculty of History
P R Ghosh, St Anne's, Faculty of History
G O Hutchinson, Exeter, Faculty of Classics
G A Johnson, Christ Church, Faculty of History
T J Morgan, Oriel, Faculty of Classics
R C T Parker, New College, Faculty of Classics, Sub-Faculty of Archaeology
R B Rutherford, Christ Church, Faculty of Classics
C J Wickham, All Souls, Faculty of History

Candidate statement:

Membership of the new OU Museums Board (on behalf of the Humanities Division) has made me appreciate the advantages and possibilities of shared administration and planning across scattered university institutions and collections (though it has also given me a realistic feel for the challenges). Other work which I have done with the Division and my Faculty has left me in no doubt about how vital and challenging this moment is in the history of Oxford's library systems. Meanwhile, through my own daily research activity I continue to be an appreciative and enthusiastic inheritor of our extraordinary resources in this area, and also have daily experience of many of the current radical changes in how scholarly information is deployed for research and teaching. For other reasons too, this is a peculiarly significant moment in the history of the Bodleian and other central collections, with the completion of the Weston Library and the revived planning process for the ROQ Humanities Library; but also (and still more demandingly) in the extremely serious issue of the position of the continuing deployment, conservation, and enhancement of all the University's collected and constantly accumulating scholarly resources in its administrative and fiscal ecology. If elected as Curator, I should welcome the opportunity to contribute to discussion of all these matters.

H R Woudhuysen, MA DPhil Oxf, Rector of Lincoln, Faculty of English Language and Literature

Nominated by:

Sir Jonathan Phillips, Warden of Keble
P A Madden, Provost of Queen's
A M S Prochaska, Principal of Somerville, Faculty of History
S E Brigden, Lincoln, Faculty of History
C Y Ferdinand, Magdalen, Faculty of English Language and Literature
M J A Freeman, Lincoln, Faculty of Physiological Sciences
Sir Noel Malcolm, All Souls, Faculty of History
R N N Robertson, Queen's, Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages
H W Small, Pembroke, Faculty of English Language and Literature

Candidate statement:

I returned to Oxford in 2012 as Rector of Lincoln College after spending thirty years at University College, London. During the course of my academic career, I have worked mainly on English Literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, in particular on the transmission of texts and the material forms that they take. My interest in books and manuscripts has taken me to a wide range of libraries in the UK and the US and to spend a great deal of time using and working in the Bodleian and other University libraries.

From 2007 to 2012, I was an externally appointed Curator of the (then) Bodleian Libraries and would now like to serve on the Curators again as someone more closely involved in the life of the University and its colleges – I am currently Deputy Chair of the Conference of Colleges. One of my main concerns is to do what I can to make sure that the University Libraries' extraordinary range of activities are well funded and that they remain places where academics, students, and visitors can work efficiently and comfortably with the materials (digital as well as on paper) that they need. I am keen to ensure that the Libraries retain and develop their international standing as places of the best kinds of humanistic and scientific scholarship.

The Libraries face a period of financial difficulties and great opportunities, especially with the opening of the Weston Library; I would like to do all that I can to assist them.

For further information, please contact the Secretary (richard.ovenden@bodleian.ox.ac.uk).

Other Committees and University Bodies

Visitors of the Botanic Garden

One person elected by Congregation

Current/Retiring Member To hold office until 
Professor H C J Godfray, Jesus  MT 2018 

The following nominations have been received:

S A Killoran, BA Hull, MA Oxf, PGDip Leeds, Fellow of Harris Manchester

Nominated by:

A L Duffell, Harris Manchester
E C S Eve, Harris Manchester, Faculty of Theology
V J Lill, Harris Manchester
I C Ruiz Olaya, Harris Manchester, Faculty of Social Studies

Candidate statement:

I would very much like to be considered for this position. I have a great interest in gardens and gardening. I am a member of the RHS, the Abingdon Horticultural Society and every holiday involves visiting and admiring gardens of one sort or another. I have been involved for the past 2 years in growing plants for community beds in Abingdon with the emphasis to encourage planting for bees and butterflies. The Botanic Garden in Oxford is a very special space and place that everyone can enjoy at all times of the year, especially visitors to the city. I would be very interested in helping the staff of the Garden to fulfil their plans for the Garden and to work with the new Director of the Botanic Garden. There is a desire to increase visitor numbers, to share this very special part of Oxford, to expand the already very successful educational programmes and to exploit the history of the collection. As a librarian I hope my skills might prove to be of use to the committee. At the very least I hope my enthusiasm will be of service. I have served on the Governing Body of Harris Manchester College for 12 years and realise how important it is to contribute to meetings, to listen to others and to work as a member of a team.

C Sillero-Zubiri, BSc La Plata, DPhil Oxf, Faculty of Zoology

Nominated by:

F Lannon, Principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Faculty of History
P J Johnson, Faculty of Zoology
A Kacelnik, Pembroke, Faculty of Zoology
D W MacDonald, Lady Margaret Hall, Faculty of Zoology

Candidate statement:

The Botanic Garden, with its great history, buildings and wonderful displays seem to me a great asset to the University. I am a Conservation Biologist working in Africa, Asia and South America, and have a particular interest in Afroalpine, Andean and aridlands biodiversity. As a resident in East Oxford for over two decades, I have been a regular visitor to the Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum. Often accompanied by my family I enjoy the different seasons at the Garden and Arboretum, with a predilection for the alpine house and the various geographic beds. I am grateful for the privilege of using these historical places for enjoyment, learning and meditation. Furthermore, I am interested in the academic purpose of botanic collections and the value of these collections as a vehicle for teaching and artistic expression.

I wish to join the Visitors of the Botanic Garden Committee to share my experience as a conservation scientist and a regular visitor, and make positive contributions to their future use and enjoyment by all Oxford residents.

For further information, please contact the Secretary (stephen.harris@plants.ox.ac.uk).

Delegacy for Military Instruction

One person elected by Congregation

Current/Retiring Member To hold office until  
Dr C P MacKenzie, Green Templeton  MT 2019 

The following nominations have been received:

Chris Breward, MA MSc DPhil Oxf, Faculty of Mathematics

Nominated by:

S J Chapman, Mansfield, Faculty of Mathematics
S D Howison, Christ Church, Faculty of Mathematics
C P Please, Mansfield, Faculty of Mathematics
D J R Vella, Lincoln, Faculty of Mathematics

Candidate statement:

I have put myself forward to serve on the Delegacy for Military Instruction because I have a keen interest in Military and University affairs. I have been involved in the Air Cadet organisation as an Officer in the Training Branch of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve for the last 20 years and am currently overseeing six Air Training Corps Squadrons in South and West Oxfordshire. Within the University I am a tutor at Christ Church, a CDT Director and was the REF coordinator for Mathematical Sciences in the 2014 exercise. My experiences "both sides of the fence" have given me valuable insights which I think will be of benefit to the Delegacy and to the students involved in the Oxford University Officers Training Corps, the University Air Squadron, and the University Royal Naval Unit.

C P MacKenzie, MA Oxf, MEd Sydney, PhD ANU, Faculty of Law

Nominated by:

R A Cooper, Brasenose, Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages
P O Daley, Jesus, Faculty of Anthropology and Geography
N R Moore, Green Templeton, Faculty of Clinical Medicine
H A W Neil, Wolfson, Faculty of Clinical Medicine

[No candidate statement submitted.]


Nominations in writing for the elections on 11 June, by four members of Congregation other than the candidate, were received by the Elections Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, up to 4pm on 14 May.

Candidates were invited to include with their nomination forms a written statement of no more than 250 words setting out his or her reasons for standing and qualifications for the office being sought. These statements are now available online at www.admin.ox.ac.uk/elections and published in this issue of the Gazette. Please note that nominees' college affilations are only given where the nominee is a governing body fellow of their college.

Ballot papers have been sent out to members of Congregation. Completed ballot papers must be received by the Elections Office not later than 4pm on 11 June.

For further information, please contact the Elections Officer (shirley.mulvihill@admin.ox.ac.uk).

Convocation19 June

Election of the Professor of Poetry

Nominations for this election closed on 6 May.

An election by Convocation will be held in Trinity term 2015 in order to elect the Professor of Poetry, to hold office for four years from the first day of Michaelmas term 2015. A meeting of Convocation will be held on Friday, 19 June 2015, to announce the results.

Duties and stipend of the Professor

The duties of the professor are: normally to give one public lecture each term; to deliver an inaugural lecture; normally to offer one more event each term; to give the Creweian Oration at Encaenia every other year (a duty established by convention); each year, to be one of the judges for the Newdigate Prize, the Lord Alfred Douglas Prize and the Chancellor's English Essay Prize; every third year to help judge the prize for the English poem on a sacred subject; and generally to encourage the art of poetry in the University.

The professor receives a stipend of £12,000 per annum plus £40 for each Creweian Oration. The professor may hold the post in conjunction with another professorship or readership within the University. The post enjoys an association with All Souls College but there may be occasions when the postholder is offered an association by another college (eg if the postholder has a prior association with another college).

Further particulars of the professorship are available on the University website (www.ox.ac.uk/poetryprofessor2015). Informal enquiries about the post may be made to the Chair of the Faculty of English (seamus.perry@ell.ox.ac.uk).

Election procedures

Eligibility to vote in this election

All members of Convocation who wish to vote in this election must first register their intention to vote (see 'Voter registration' below).

Convocation consists of all the former student members of the University who have been admitted to a degree (other than an honorary degree) of the University, and of any other persons who are members of Congregation or who have retired having been members of Congregation on the date of their retirement.

Membership of Convocation is conferred automatically to members of Congregation whose names have been entered in the Register of Congregation and to degree holders after having attended a formal degree ceremony (either in person or in absentia). Those wishing to verify their current status as members of Convocation are asked to contact their college secretary or departmental administrator.

The functions of Convocation are set out in the University Statutes (www.admin.ox.ac.uk/statutes/780-121.shtml).

Eligibility to stand for election

The single criterion for eligibility, in addition to not having held the Professorship on a previous occasion, is that candidates be of sufficient distinction to be able to fulfil the duties of the post.

Eligibility to nominate in this election

All members of Convocation were entitled to nominate a candidate in this election (see 'Nominations' below). Please note that members also wishing to vote must also register their intention to vote (see 'Voter registration' below).


Nominations by 50 members of Convocation other than the candidate were received by the Elections Office at the University Offices, Wellington Square, up to 4pm on Wednesday, 6 May. The list of all those nominated by the deadline was published in the Gazette of 14 May and is repeated below.

Candidate statements

Each candidate for election, or authorised representative, was permitted to submit for publication a written statement, of no more than 500 words, setting out the candidate's reasons for standing, including for publication one photograph of themselves and one URL to the candidate's own website if they so wished. These statements were received by the Elections Office at the University Offices, Wellington Square, by 4pm on Wednesday, 6 May. These statements were first published in the 14 May issue of the University Gazette and on the official University website, and are repeated below.

Congregation flysheets

Ten or more members of Congregation may arrange to have a flysheet circulated with the Gazette in regard to this election. The rules made by Council governing the circulation of flysheets are given in Appendix B of Congregation Regulations 2 of 2002 (www.admin.ox.ac.uk/statutes/regulations/529-122b.shtml#_Toc28141352).

Voting arrangements

As this election is contested, a ballot will be conducted by the Electoral Reform Services in accordance with the following procedures and the results announced at a meeting of Convocation on Friday, 19 June.

Voter registration

Members of Convocation must register their intention to vote. To register to vote, please go to the registration site www.votebyinternet.com/oxfordpoetry15. Once you have submitted your request to register and confirmed this via an emailed link to your email account, your details will be checked to ensure you are a member of Convocation. You will be notified by email if your request has been unsuccessful.

The registration period is now open and will close at noon on Monday, 8 June 2015 (BST). If you are unable to register online, or have any queries about the registration process, please send an email to Alex Lonie (alex.lonie@electoralreform.co.uk) or telephone +44 020 8365 8909.


Registered voters have the option of voting, either online or in person at the University Offices, from now until noon on Wednesday, 17 June (BST). Voters who have registered to vote online will be sent instructions on how to vote once their eligibility to vote has been verified. To allow time for verification of eligibility, members wishing to vote in person must register at least five working days before collecting their ballot paper from the University Offices at Wellington Square, Oxford, between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Members voting in person must bring some form of photo identification, such as a University card, Bodleian reader's card, new-style driving licence or passport.

Result of the contested election

The result of the contested 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.

Further Information

Informal enquiries about the post may be made to the Chair of the Faculty of English (seamus.perry@ell.ox.ac.uk).

Further information about election procedures may be found in Council Regulations 8 of 2002 (www.admin.ox.ac.uk/statutes/regulations/1089-120.shtml).

Those wishing to verify their current status as members of Convocation are asked to contact their college secretary or departmental administrator.

Media enquiries should be directed to the University of Oxford News and Information Office (email: news.office@admin.ox.ac.uk; tel: +44 (0)1865 (2)80528 or email: matt.pickles@admin.ox.ac.uk; 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: poetry.election@admin.ox.ac.uk; tel: +44 (0)1865 (2)80463).

Nominations received

The following nominations have been received:

Simon Armitage

Nominated by:

E F Angiolini, St Hugh's
W T Armbrust, St Antony's
H Asari, Trinity
F M Ashcroft, Trinity
J M Barnard, Wadham
S L Beal, Trinity
D L Birch, St Hugh's
N Bowles, Nuffield
S P Breen, Trinity
F S Broers, Trinity
P R Bullock, Wadham
J Carey, Merton
R J Carwardine, Corpus Christi
D H Cecil, Queen's
P E Chaisty, St Antony's
J M Dodsworth, Wadham
D W Dwan, Hertford
S Evangelista, Trinity
T W Faithfull, Keble
C J Y Fletcher, Exeter
R F Foster, Hertford
K Ghosh, Trinity
M R Gifford, Trinity
A S Harris, Christ Church
W N Hutton, Hertford
H M Jones III, St Antony's
J J Keeling, Trinity
Y F Khong, Nuffield
K J S Knott, Trinity
H Konagaya, Trinity
R H Lonsdale, Balliol
S N MacFarlane, St Anne's
M O MacMillan, St Antony's
L K Marcus, New College
R McCabe, Merton
M N Mendelssohn, Mansfield
A Menon, University College
L J N Mignon, St Antony's
K A Nicolaïdis, St Antony's
M Nishi, Trinity
G C Olcott, Trinity
R Ovenden, Bodleian Libraries
R S Parker, Trinity
J H Pellew, St Hilda's
E M Percy, Trinity
T J Power, St Antony's
A M S Prochaska, Somerville
O J Ready, Wolfson, Worcester
I A Roberts, Trinity
T K Roynon, Wolfson
D Sanchez-Ancochea, St Antony's
M Sekine, Trinity
A Shlaim, St Antony's
A M F Skilbeck, Somerville
E J Smith, Hertford
C A Stovell, Trinity
D M Thomas, Keble
V J Worth, Trinity

Ian Gregson

Nominated by:

N D Abrams, Corpus Christi
P E Apsion, Magdalen
L C Arthur, Lady Margaret Hall
E C Barry, Queen's
C C Baughan, St Catherine's
M B Bigold, St Anne's
L J Blake, Wadham
S J Broadbent, Keble
K A Butler, Personnel Services
D R Carey, Hertford
P J Cawley, Keble
A M Claydon, Jesus
M D Condon, St Catherine's
L M Cottrell, Hertford
E M Craig, Hertford
T Culwick, St Edmund Hall
I Curr, Keble
N A Drury, Jesus
C Elliott, Somerville
H D C Felton, Pembroke
S E Fernando, St Anne's
J V Flood, Keble
U J Gillen, Exeter
W J Gregory, Hertford
A Grounds, Wadham
A N J Hamburger, Wadham
Y-H He, Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics
C A Henderson, Hertford
C A Hitt, Hertford
V J Lill, Harris Manchester
D Loh, New College
O Madgwick, St Edmund Hall
N J A Melhuish, New College
K J Mellor, New College
R Michael, St Edmund Hall
M E Mulholland, St Catherine's
L Nakhla, Christ Church
M I Pearson, St Edmund Hall
A Pennock-Purvis, Oriel
J C Pennock-Purvis, Hertford
C L Phelpstead, Wolfson
C A Plasa, Mansfield
S Pourghadiri, Wadham
A Rigby, Lady Margaret Hall
P J Rudden, Hertford
V Rumbold, Lady Margaret Hall
L J Smith, Harris Manchester
J L Southern, Brasenose
J Spurr, St Edmund Hall
P N Stoneley, Hertford
C B Sullivan, Hertford
W J Swadling, Brasenose
A R Thomson, New College
M D Titterington, Somerville
R C Tomlinson, New College
E Wyllie, Pembroke

Seán Haldane

Nominated by:

P C Adams, Department of Pharmacology
R A Andrews, St John's
L B S Batchelor, Somerville
S L Bevan, University College
T J Bevan, University College
M G Broers, Lady Margaret Hall
M E Buckley, University College
R I P Bulkeley, Exeter
J Burley, Green Templeton
L F Cockburn, University College
N B S Cockburn, University College
P F Cockburn, University College
S J Cockburn, University College
I M Crewe, University College
D S Filkin, University College
L Graves, St Anne's
B Harrison, Christ Church
D H A Harrison, University College
N G Irving, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences
E Kendall, Somerville
W S Kynoch, Worcester
S M A Lloyd-Bostock, Lady Margaret Hall
D B C Logan, University College
A F T Lurcock, University College
A J Macdonald, University College
R E McHenry, University College
R W McTurk, University College
M H Miller, University College
D M D Mills, University College
R I Moore, Merton
P J Moyle, Nuffield
S A Moyle, Worcester
D Norman, New College
R M Norton, University College
L S Oldfield, Brasenose
J R Pattison, University College
R M Perkins, Christ Church
D R W Potter, University College
D M Purkiss, Keble
O P Ramsbotham, University College
T R P Salmon, University College
H M Sansbury, New College
T E Saxl, Merton
R A Schlich, St John's
S W Schlich, New College
P E Slinn, University College
M R M Sorrell, University College
T P Stern, University College
M S Stone, University College
B Van Oort, University College
W H C Waterfield, University College
B W Watkin, Christ Church
P C G Wheeler, Christ Church
J A Williamson, St Catherine's
M H York, University College

Wole Soyinka

Nominated by:

S Achinstein, St Edmund Hall
B J A'Hearn, Pembroke
A S Al-Shahi, St Antony's
S Anand, St Catherine's
M E Ballard, Trinity
F Ballim, St Antony's
D M P Barnes, St Edmund Hall
R A Bartlett, St Antony's
W J Beinart, St Antony's
N J Bird, Brasenose
S R Blamey, St Edmund Hall
E Boehmer, Wolfson
E B Bowers, Lady Margaret Hall
H Bowers, St Peter's
J S Bowers, Lincoln
M Bragg, Wadham
C Broome Saunders, Wolfson
C Bugan, Balliol
S J Burnton, St Edmund Hall
P R Bush, St John's
R A L Bush, Wadham
S Byrne, Exeter
A S Caria, St Antony's
S Chew, Lady Margaret Hall
S Chigudu, St Anne's
A Christofidou, Worcester
T Clucas, St Edmund Hall
D J Cockburn, St Catherine's
N P S Cole, Pembroke
C R Conn, Balliol
J B M Considine, St Edmund Hall
N P M Considine, St Edmund Hall
D J Constantine, Queen's
H F Constantine, Lady Margaret Hall
J M Cowan, St Edmund Hall
J Cox, St Edmund Hall
K J W Crossley-Holland, St Edmund Hall
A C Cunningham, St Antony's
J S Daniel, St Edmund Hall
N S Davidson, St Edmund Hall
J Deutsch, St Cross
C J Driver, Trinity
A J Dugdale, Queen's
S A Eltis, Brasenose
D P Eltringham, St Edmund Hall
L L Epp, Balliol
S A Estell, St Edmund Hall
J Feldman, St Hilda's
A C Franklin, Balliol
J G Franks, St Edmund Hall
S H Franks, Lady Margaret Hall
J Gaiger, Ruskin School of Art
P C Gardner, Jesus
C R Gayford, Balliol
L A Goldberg, Department of Computer Science
R P Goodson, St Edmund Hall
J C B Gosling, St Edmund Hall
R L Gray, Wadham
A M Gregory, Pembroke
C Grist Taylor, Corpus Christi
T A Grossman, St Edmund Hall
K Gull, St Edmund Hall
N A Halmi, University College
J Harle, Keble
S G Hawkins, St Anne's
P R Hayes, St John's
A K Heffernan, St Antony's
J A Hiddleston, Exeter
D B Hildyard, St Edmund Hall
C P Holmes, University College
J Hulse, St Edmund Hall
J N Jacobs, Christ Church
A S Jahun, St Edmund Hall
H Johansen-Berg, Department of Clinical Neurosciences
T G P Jones, St Edmund Hall
V M Jones, Lady Margaret Hall
W B Jones, Balliol
G D Josipovici, St Edmund Hall
A S S Kahn, St Edmund Hall
M J A Keith, Merton
M J Kettle, Balliol
T Khaitan, Wadham
P J King, Pembroke
C D H Klaces, St Edmund Hall
J B Knight, St Edmund Hall
V A Kolve, Jesus, St Edmund Hall
H M Laehnemann, Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages
G J Lally, St Edmund Hall
F M Larkin, St Edmund Hall
S G Lee, St Edmund Hall
J K Lewis, St Edmund Hall
D Lindley, Pembroke
A L Lloyd, St Edmund Hall
A J McConnell, Wadham
D Macculloch, St Cross
K D J Macdonald, Wadham
R G Macfarlane, Magdalen
T W MacFaul, St Edmund Hall
S Manoeli, St Antony's
P D McDonald, St Hugh's
A J Mcneillie, Magdalen
A Mukherjee, Wadham
S Mukherjee, Keble
K Nabulsi, Balliol
H Neveu-Kringelbach, St Anne's
J D Newlyn, Lady Margaret Hall
L A Newlyn, St Edmund Hall
D G E Norbrook, Merton
J A Nuttall, St Edmund Hall
J D O'Connor, Blackfriars Hall, St Edmund Hall
O Oliver, St Cross
P M Oppenheimer, Christ Church
D G Phillips, St Edmund Hall
I R Pindar, Lady Margaret Hall
J E Potter, Wolfson
P G Powell, St Edmund Hall
L Pratt, Linacre
D R Priestland, St Edmund Hall
C Quintana Domeque, Department of Economics
N W O Royle, Exeter
C Saunders, St Anne's
J G Saunders, Worcester
U P Saunders, St Edmund Hall
M N Schmidt, Wadham
A G Shipton, St Edmund Hall
M D E Slater, Wadham
P H Slater, University College
M M Speed, St Antony's
M O Spilberg, St Edmund Hall
K L Stierstorfer, Keble
N Sud, Wolfson
M Talib, Faculty of Anthropology and Geography
H M Taylor, Worcester
A R F X Teal, Pembroke
D A Thorley, Merton
A Tricoli, Balliol
N Z Trott, Balliol
S G N Tuck, Pembroke
K E Tunstall, Worcester
M J Tweddle, Wadham
A C Ugwu, Keble
N N T Walker, St Edmund Hall
C S Wates, Brasenose
C W C Williams, St Edmund Hall
R D Williams, Christ Church
A R Wood, St Edmund Hall
L Yueh, St Edmund Hall

A E Stallings

Nominated by:

H H Aird, Christ Church
R Allinson, Magdalen
C Aridjis, Magdalen
M Bawtree, Worcester
A Benaissa, Lady Margaret Hall
E Camatsos, St Cross
A Burnett, St John's
A M Cameron, Somerville
B D Dignas, Somerville
G M Dowling, Christ Church
J S C Eidinow, St Benet's Hall
J R Elsner, Corpus Christi
A L Foreman, Lady Margaret Hall
R S M Fowler, Exeter
T M Gioia, Trinity
A S Goodspeed, St Catherine's
C M Guthenke, Corpus Christi
C J E Harlow, Worcester
S J Harrison, Corpus Christi
E A Hilbert, St Catherine's
T Hodos, Keble
R H A Jenkyns, Lady Margaret Hall
G Kantor, St John's
J M Kavenna, Linacre
P J M Keegan, Merton
E L Keeley, Wadham
F Lannon, Lady Margaret Hall
G Lewis, Balliol
C J S Lock, Keble
P A Mackridge, St Cross
C M MacRobert, Lady Margaret Hall
J D Maltby, Corpus Christi
B W Martin, Hertford
S H F Martin, University College
E L McAlpine, Keble
D P McDonald, Christ Church
P R A McGuinness, St Anne's
A G McKinty, Lady Margaret Hall
R E S Mills, Worcester
D A Mitchell, St Catherine's
D J J Morgan, St Catherine's
J H W Morwood, Wadham
H F G Mount, Magdalen
J J J Murphy, St Catherine's
D Obbink, Christ Church
C B R Pelling, Christ Church
C J A Phillips, St Catherine's
J Phillips, Keble
C P M Reynolds, Worcester
C B Ricks, Balliol
C L Ricks, Balliol
D B Ricks, Christ Church
R B Rutherford, Christ Church
J Sexton, Corpus Christi
Y A Shamma, Linacre
N G Shrimpton, Balliol
B W Silverman, University College
L C O Singer, Lady Margaret Hall
S H Smith, St Edmund Hall
G O Sourgen, Balliol
S R Stem, University College
P M Stothard, Trinity
M E Swann, Corpus Christi
K V Thomas, All Souls
N S Thompson, St Anne's
W M Tsutsui, Corpus Christi
K R Van Dyck, St Antony's
J Weston, Worcester
K J Winn, Christ Church
T J A Wolff, Hertford
D J Womersley, St Catherine's
K E Woodhouse-Beyer, Trinity


In the issues of the Gazette published on 14, 21 and 28 May 2015, the following individuals were erroneously omitted from the list of those who nominated Simon Armitage: H M Jones III, St Antony's, and O J Ready, Wolfson and Worcester. The lists above have now been corrected.

Candidates' statements

armitageSimon Armitage

I fell under poetry's spell when I was fifteen and have remained under its influence ever since. At first I only wanted to read poetry, then eventually and inevitably wanted to try my hand at the stuff. Now, after so many years in the field, I feel I have plenty to say on the subject and a desire to talk and write about it. It's for that reason and at this time that I have put myself forward for the position of Professor of Poetry.

I believe the post has been well served by active poets. By poet-professors whose critical responses were shaped through both reading and writing, and who experienced the exasperations and ecstasies of putting poems together as well as the pleasures and pains of taking them apart. I would maintain the tradition of giving one formal lecture per term, the emphasis being on close reading of past and contemporary work, right up to the present day (and with accompanying texts, courtesy of my assistant PowerPoint!). The watchword will be craft. I'd also use the platform to discuss the situation of poetry and poets in the twenty-first century, to address the obstacles and opportunities brought about by changes in education, changes in reading habits, the internet, poetry's decreasing 'market share', poetry's relationship with the civilian world and the (alleged) long, lingering death of the book. Following the example of the current post-holder, who knows, I might even break into song. Practicalities permitting, I'd also organise seminars or workshops for students who have ambitions of their own as poets, and encourage established poets to visit Oxford to read and talk about their work, so we might learn by example.  

Most poets are critics at some level, and at some stage find themselves employed as teachers of poetry. Since 2011 I have been Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield, and before that held lectureships and professorships at the Universities of Manchester Metropolitan, Leeds, Falmouth and the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop, plus further teaching positions in this country and the United States. In March of this year at the invitation of Trinity College I gave the Hillary Lecture at Oxford. But rather than my teaching CV,  I offer as credentials my passion for poetry, my reputation as a communicator and an advocate for my chosen art form, my track record as a published poet, and my work as a poet for theatre, radio, television and as a translator of Middle English verse. I don't have a manifesto, except to say that if there is a more suitable applicant then please vote for that person, but if Oxford saw fit to appoint a self-schooled poet who views poetry from a hill above a Yorkshire village, then I would be greatly excited and deeply honoured to take on the challenge. A former Oxford Professor of Poetry, Robert Graves, once described poetry as a continual, lifelong apprenticeship, and to that end it would be an adventure and an education. Website: www.simonarmitage.com.

gregsonIan Gregson

I want to stand for the Professorship of Poetry to address the major issue facing contemporary poetry, which is, nonetheless, the one most shunned in the poetry world: how poetry has suffered, in recent decades, a catastrophic loss of cultural prestige and popularity.

Poetry isn't dead, or even dying, but it is being relegated to the status of a geeky, minority pursuit. The decline is not mostly the fault of poets. It has been driven by astonishing changes in the culture, especially over the past thirty years. This is a turning point: five hundred years, in which poetry and indeed the poet played a central role in the culture, are at an end. You could, now, be as talented but self-destructive as Dylan Thomas, or you could fight a corrosive but symptomatic gender battle like Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, but go unnoticed.

Poetic difficulty is regarded with suspicion in the twenty-first century in a way that it wasn't in the 1920s, when a large readership tackled The Waste Land. Eliot's poem acquired enormous currency and influenced everyone with intellectual interests. Its rebarbative content and form were regarded with respect and fascination.

But such features are now distrusted in poetry, following a radical shift in sensibility. The initiating factor was the rise of popular culture to a position of dominance in the 1960s. Television in particular shaped a crucial shift in which the visual took the upper hand over the verbal, and thus, the literary.

The most damaging changes for poetry, however, came in the 1980s, when television was joined by the new media. It is not the content of the internet that's the problem but its form. No matter how many poems are mounted on the web, the sensibility it creates is indifferent to poetry. This is a medium which ranks words below images, and delivers those images at great speed. It is the opposite of poetry, which, in this context, is made to seem ponderously slow, atavistically verbal, and snobbishly inaccessible.

I would use the high profile of the Oxford Professorship of Poetry to draw attention to the marginal status of contemporary poetry. In suggesting how poetry can be brought back into the centre of the culture, I will draw on my experience as an established poet and novelist, and as a cultural critic. I have two substantial collections of poetry with Salt (and a third forthcoming with Parthian). For these, I was shortlisted for the Forward prize, received a Gregory award, and was the Guardian's poet of the week in 2014. My two novels are with Cinnamon Press, and I have published six monographs on contemporary writing.  My poems, reviews, and commentary have appeared in the LA Times, the THES, the TLS, and Guardian, as well as in poetry world publications like the North, Poetry Review, and Poetry Wales. Samples of my work can be seen on my website: www.iangregson.co.uk.

haldaneSeán Haldane

When I was nominated for Professor of Poetry in 2010 and came third out of eleven, there was some debate about whether the post required an Oxford insider or an outsider. I claim to be both, in that I lived the Oxford experience as an undergraduate and got a First in English, but I have never been an academic. I resolved early never to make a living from poetry or by teaching it, and that any earnings from my poems would go towards publishing poetry by others. The main published books of my own poems are: Skindiving (Ladysmith Press, 1972), Desire in Belfast (Blackstaff Press, 1992), Lines from the Stone Age and Always Two – Collected Poems 1966–2009 (Greenwich Exchange, 2000 and 2009). The Memory Tree – Poems 20092015 will be published this year.

I have worked as a small press publisher, part-time farmer, writer, and clinical psychologist/neuropsychologist in various health services – including the NHS, where I established Memory Clinics in East London – and as an expert witness in civil and criminal court cases. I still have a part-time practice in London in neuropsychology supervision and psychotherapy. From 1968 to 1972 I was co-publisher at The Ladysmith Press, in Québec, which published over 20 books by young poets. In 2013 I founded Rún Press, Ireland, which publishes 'Pocket Poems', small hardbacks of the Complete Poems of poets whose work has previously not been fully collected. Its first books (2014) are the Poems of Valentin Iremonger and The Poems of Martin Seymour-Smith.

Across the decades I have published books on practical psychology, 'student guides' on Donne and Hardy, collections of poems, editions of poets (Trumbull Stickney, Kenneth Leslie), essays on poets and poetry in various periodicals (mainly the Scottish-American poetry magazine, Dark Horse, and The Reader), and two books on the nature of poetry – What Poetry Is (1970) and Time / No Time – the Paradox of Poetry and Physics (2014).  I now also write novels. The Devil's Making – A Victorian Detective Mystery won the Canadian Best Crime Novel award 2014 and is being published in a new US edition by Macmillan in 2015.

When I was at Oxford the Professor of Poetry was Robert Graves. His lectures were provocative. I remember undergraduates saying 'He can't mean it!'  But he kept an open door when at St John's, and I and many others felt free to visit him. In private he was as frank as in his lectures.  As Professor of Poetry I would establish just such an open presence.

I would lecture on such things as: What Poetry Is and Is Not; Poetry, Brain and Body; Paradox in Poetry and Physics; Poetry in Different Englishes; Poetry and Music. The poetry I know best is in English, but I am also at home with French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Gaelic (Irish and Scottish). If elected I shall finally be breaking my resolution not to teach poetry, but shall square that by channelling part of the stipend into publishing it. See www.seanhaldane.com.

soyinkaWole Soyinka

No statement submitted.







stallingsA E Stallings

I studied Classics at the University of Georgia, in Athens, Georgia, and later at Oxford. This was how I trained to be a poet, as many of my favourite poets had studied Classics. Many of my early poems were informed by Greek mythology, but my relationship to Greece has deepened and changed since I moved in 1999 to Athens, Greece, where I am a writer, wife of a journalist, and mother of two bilingual children.

I admire free verse and prose poems, but I write what I love, received forms, in rhyme and meter. When asked whether form somehow limits the poet, I reply that form is freeing, it is about giving up control to something outside the self (call it the subconscious, call it the Muse). Rhyme schemes. It is not ornament, but a method of composition, a kind of echolocation. Form frees you from what you want to say. While I write mostly short lyrics, my translation of didactic and narrative poems (Lucretius, Kornaros, Hesiod), has taught me something about the building of long poems. And I agree with Kenneth Rexroth that translation saves us from our contemporaries.

It is not only the making of poems that interests me, but memorizing and speaking them. Being active in the spoken-word scene in the States in the 1990s confirmed to me that audiences enjoy listening to rhyme and rhythm as much as I enjoy working in them. Performance also taught me about revision, to cut anything that goes slack in utterance. Learning poetry by heart is, as the phrase suggests, an embodiment.  Poetry lives for as long as it flies living through the mouths of men (and women).
If elected, I would speak on a variety of topics, including the problems and possibilities of translation, poets in other languages (such as modern Greek), the Classical tradition, the gears and springs of technique, the resonance between poems, and on new poets and poets fallen out of fashion. I love teaching and mentoring, and have extensive experience with leading workshops (I have co-taught with Mark Strand), craft lectures, and close reading.  When in Oxford, I would keep an open door, and generally make myself available for discussion and debate, and for those who would like advice on their poetry writing, to offer it. It would be an honour to profess poetry. For more information, please see: www.aestallings.wix.com/aestallings.