Muse atop the Clarendon Building
Muse on top of the Clarendon Building
Credit: OUImages/Whitaker Studio


Academic year October 2015–September 2016

Diwakar Acharya

Eastern religions and ethics

Diwakar Acharya, Associate Professor, Kyoto University, Japan, was appointed Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics and a fellow of All Souls College. 

Jacobus Boomsma

Newton Abraham Visiting Professorship

Jacobus (Koos) Boomsma, Professor in the Department of Biology and Director, Centre for Social Evolution, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, was appointed Newton Abraham Visiting Professor in the Medical, Biological and Chemical Sciences and a fellow of Lincoln College.

Pedro Carvalho

Cell Biology

Pedro Carvalho, Group Leader, Center for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona, Spain, was appointed EP Abraham Professorship of Cell Biology and a fellow of Lincoln College.  

Rory Collins

Population health

Rory Collins, Head, Nuffield Department of Population Health; Principal Investigator/Chief Executive, UK Biobank; Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology; Co-Director, MRC Unit; Honorary Consultant, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, John Radcliffe Hospital; Co-Director, Clinical Trial Service and Epidemiological Studies Units; and Joint Director, Cancer Research UK Epidemiological Studies Unit, was appointed Nuffield Professor of Population Health and a fellow of St John’s College.

Birke Häcker

Comparative law

Birke Häcker, Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance,  Lecturer in Law, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany, and a fellow of All Souls College, was appointed Linklaters Professor of Comparative Law and a fellow of Brasenose College.

Philip Howard

Internet studies

Philip Howard, Professor in the Department of Communication, University of Washington, USA; Egyetemi Docens Professor, School of Public Policy, and Director, Center for Media, Data and Society, Central European University, Hungary; and Research Fellow, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, School of Journalism, New York, USA, was appointed Professor of Internet Studies and a fellow of Balliol College.

Lloyd Pratt

American literature

Lloyd Pratt, Associate Professor of English and University Lecturer in American Literature, was appointed Drue Heinz Professor of American Literature and a fellow of St John’s College.

Jonathan Wolff

Public policy

Jonathan Wolff, Professor of Philosophy, UCL, was appointed Blavatnik Professor of Public Policy and a fellow of Wolfson College.

Christopher Woodruff

Development economics

Christopher Woodruff, Professor in the Department of Economics, University of Warwick, was appointed Professor of Development Economics and a fellow of Wolfson College.

Academic year October 2016–September 2017

Wale Adebanwi

Race relations

Adewale Adebanwi, Associate Professor, Program in African American and African Studies, University of California at Davis, USA, was appointed Rhodes Professor in Race Relations and a fellow of St Antony’s College.

Jane Barlow

Evidence-based intervention and policy evaluation

Jane Barlow, Professor of Public Health, University of Warwick, was appointed Professor in Evidence-Based Intervention and Policy Evaluation and a fellow of St Hilda’s College.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Computer science

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), joined the Department of Computer Science as a Professorial Research Fellow and became a student of Christ Church. 

Bernhard Ebbinghaus

Social policy

Bernhard Ebbinghaus, Professor of Sociology, University of Mannheim, Germany, has been appointed Professor in Social Policy and a fellow of Green Templeton College.

Ehud Hrushovski

Mathematical logic

Ehud Hrushovski, Professor of Mathematics, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, was appointed Professor of Mathematical Logic and a fellow of Merton College. 

Ofra Magidor

Metaphysical philosophy

Ofra Magidor, Associate Professor of Philosophy and fellow of Balliol College, was appointed Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy and a fellow of Magdalen College.

Ian McBride

Irish history

Ian McBride, Professor of Irish and British History, KCL, was appointed Foster Professor of Irish History and a fellow of Hertford College.

Niles Pierce

George Eastman visiting professorship

Niles Pierce, Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Bioengineering, Caltech, USA, was appointed George Eastman Visiting Professor 2016–17 and a fellow of Balliol College.

Claude-Michel Schönberg

Contemporary theatre

Claude-Michel Schönberg, musical theatre composer, songwriter, record producer, actor and singer, was appointed the next Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre. The post is based at St Catherine’s College.

Julia Smith

Medieval history

Julia Smith, Edwards Professor of Medieval History, University of Glasgow, was appointed Chichele Professor of Medieval History and a fellow of All Souls College.

Mihaela van der Schaar

Quantitative finance

Mihaela van der Schaar, Chancellor’s Professor of Electrical Engineering, UCLA, and Founder and Director, UCLA Center for Engineering Economics, Learning and Networks, USA, was appointed Man Professor of Quantitative Finance and a student of Christ Church.

Hugh Watkins


Hugh Watkins, Head, Radcliffe Department of Medicine, and Honorary Consultant in Cardiology and General Medicine, John Radcliffe Hospital, was appointed Radcliffe Professor of Medicine and a fellow of Merton College.

Senior Administrative Posts

Sarah Whatmore

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Sarah Whatmore, Professor of Environment and Public Policy and a fellow of Keble College, was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education). 

Karen O’Brien

Head of Humanities

Karen O’Brien, Vice-Principal (Education) and Professor of English Literature, KCL, was appointed Head of the Humanities Division.

Emma Potts

Academic Registrar

Emma Potts, Director of Student Administration and Services, was appointed Academic Registrar and will continue as a fellow of Kellogg College.

Achim Steiner

Oxford Martin School

Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme, was appointed Director of the Oxford Martin School.

Ceri Thomas

Public Affairs and Communications

Ceri Thomas, Editor of the BBC’s Panorama programme, was appointed Director of Public Affairs and Communications.

Laura Van Broekhoven

Pitt Rivers Museum

Laura Van Broekhoven, Head, Curatorial Department, and Curator of Middle and South America, National Museum of World Cultures (encompassing the Tropenmuseum, Museum Volkenkunde and Afrika Museum), and Assistant Professor of Archaeology, Leiden University, the Netherlands, was appointed Director of the Pitt Rivers Museum and a fellow of Linacre College.

Heads of House

Hilary Boulding

Trinity College

Hilary Boulding, Principal, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, has been appointed President with effect from August 2017. 

Professor Steven Cowley

Corpus Christi College

Professor Steven Cowley, FRS, Chief Executive, UK Atomic Energy Authority, leader of its laboratory at Culham, Oxfordshire, and Professor of Physics, Imperial College London, was appointed Warden with effect from October 2016. 

Helen King

St Anne’s College

Helen King, Assistant Commissioner for Professionalism, Metropolitan Police Service, has been appointed Principal with effect from April 2017.

Carole Souter

St Cross College

Carole Souter, CBE, Chief Executive, National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund, has been appointed Master with effect from September 2016.