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New Registrar appointed
27 Jul 10
Professor Ewan McKendrick, currently Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education, Academic Services and University Collections), Herbert Smith Professor of English Private Law, and Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, has been appointed Registrar of the University of Oxford.
He will take up the post on 1 January 2011. Professor McKendrick succeeds Dr Julie Maxton, who has been appointed Executive Director of the Royal Society.
Professor Andrew Hamilton, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, said: ‘We are delighted that Professor McKendrick has accepted the role of Registrar. He brings with him a wealth of experience in academia, the law, and university administration, experience which will be vital in ensuring that the University of Oxford remains a world-leading academic institution.’
Professor McKendrick said: ‘I am looking forward to taking over the role of Registrar during this challenging time for higher education in the United Kingdom, to building on the work of Dr Julie Maxton, and to playing my part in continuing to ensure that Oxford remains at the forefront of delivering excellence in teaching and research.'
Professor Ewan McKendrick
I am looking forward to taking over the role of Registrar during this challenging time for higher education in the United Kingdom
Professor McKendrick holds law degrees from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Oxford. He has been Lecturer in Law at Lancashire Polytechnic (now the University of Central Lancashire), the University of Essex, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the University of Oxford. He was Professor of English Law at University College London from 1995 to 2000, when he returned to Oxford to take up the Herbert Smith Chair of English Private Law. He served as Chair of the Board of the Law Faculty from 2004 to 2006 and was Oxford’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) from 2006 to 2008.
Professor McKendrick was called to the Bar in 1998. He is a barrister at 3 Verulam Buildings and a Master of the Bench at Gray's Inn. His teaching and research interests are in commercial law, contract law and tort law.
The appointment of Professor McKendrick was approved by the University's Council on the recommendation of a selection committee which was advised by search consultants and included senior Oxford academics, an external member of Council, and a Russell Group Vice-Chancellor.