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Procession of the Chancellor Lord Patten of Barnes at Encaenia
Procession of the Chancellor Lord Patten of Barnes at Encaenia
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University Officers

The Rt Hon the Lord Patten of Barnes, CH

Professor Louise Richardson, AAAS, AcSS, FRSE, RIIA

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Development and External Affairs) - Dr Robert Easton

Dr Robert Easton took up the role of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Development and External Affairs) in October 2017. Before coming to Oxford he worked at The Carlyle Group, the global alternative asset management company, latterly as Global Partner and Managing Director. During his 17-year tenure, he performed numerous roles as an investment professional and served on portfolio company boards in many sectors. Previously, he held a number of positions in corporate development and investment banking. Throughout his business career Dr Easton maintained extensive outside interests including chairing the British Venture Capital Association and being an angel investor in numerous start-up and technology ventures. He is also a Trustee of the British Heart Foundation, among many other philanthropic activities.

As Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Development and External Affairs) he is responsible for public affairs, development and alumni relations, and international strategy.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) - Professor Martin Williams

Professor Martin Williams took up the role of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) on January 1 2018. Professor Williams received his BSc and PhD degrees from Bristol University and later worked as a structural design engineer. He moved to the University of Oxford in 1989, based in the Engineering Science Department and at New College, where he is the David Clarke Fellow in Engineering. He is a Fellow both of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers. He served on the Council of the University of Oxford for four years, and as Senior Proctor from 2009-2010. He has chaired the Committee for the Proctors Office since 2015.  He was previously Associate Head (Education) of the Division of Mathematical Physical and Life Sciences and was Deputy Head of the Department of Engineering Science. At New College he was Sub-Warden from 2007-8 and Senior Tutor from 1995-99.

As Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), Professor Williams is responsible for the University’s strategy and policies for teaching, learning, student support and admissions.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources) - Dr David Prout

Dr David Prout took up the post of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources) in September 2017. He has had a distinguished career in central and local government, most recently (2013-17) as Director General for the £50 billion High Speed 2 programme. Prior to that he was Director General for Local Government at the Department for Communities and Local Government, where he was responsible for all aspects of local government policy and funding, for the Fire Service, and for tackling extremism. He has also served as, among other roles, Executive Director for Housing, Planning and Regeneration at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (2007-2009); Director for Local Government Policy in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (2004-2007) and Private and Principal Private Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister (1999-2004).

As Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources), Dr Prout is responsible for institutional and strategic planning, and resource allocation.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) - Professor Ian Walmsley, FRS

Ian Walmsley is Hooke Professor of Experimental Physics and Professorial Fellow of St Hugh’s College. Prior to being appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) in February 2009, he was Head of Atomic and Laser Physics at Oxford, and served as Director of the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester in the US. Between 2011 and 2014 he was also responsible for Academic Services and University Collections. His research is in the areas of ultrafast optics and quantum optics. He is President of the Optical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society, the American Physical Society, and the UK Institute of Physics, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Oxford University Innovation and Director of the Networked Quantum Information Technologies (NQIT) Hub, part of the UK National Quantum Technology Programme.

As Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Professor Walmsley oversees the University’s research and innovation strategies and policies. He chairs the University’s Research and Innovation Committee and is responsible for coordinating the University's relationships with its major research funders and the engagement of research activity with wider audiences.


Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Resources and Information Systems) - Professor Anne Trefethen

Professor Anne Trefethen is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Resources & Information Systems) and a Fellow of St Cross College. As PVC (ARIS) she is responsible for overseeing the Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM), and IT Services, at a strategic level.

Professor Trefethen was appointed the University’s first Chief Information Officer in March 2012, prior to which she served as Director of the Oxford e-Research Centre. Before coming to Oxford in 2005, she was a Director of the UK e-Science Core Programme and prior to that worked at NAG (Numerical Algorithms Group) in both management and technical roles. She has spent ten years in the US at Thinking Machines Corp and at the Theory Centre, Cornell University, in leadership roles.

Head of Brexit Strategy and Pro-Vice-Chancellor - Professor Alastair Buchan, FMedSci, FRCP, FRCP (Edin), FRCPC

Professor Alastair Buchan took up the role of Head of Brexit Strategy and Pro-Vice-Chancellor in January 2017. He provides strategic leadership for the University in preparation for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. He is developing a Brexit strategy which will allow the University to continue as a world leader through the excellence of its research and teaching. Professor Buchan acts as the University's ambassador, developing new international partnerships and networks and identifying new opportunities arising from Brexit. He also works to ensure the University’s voice is heard and understood in the Brexit process, allowing Oxford to continue to welcome the world’s most talented academic staff and students and to collaborate with international partners on globally significant research projects.

Professor Alastair Buchan was previously Dean of Medicine and Head of Oxford University’s Medical Sciences Division, a post he held from 2008. Under his leadership, Oxford has been recognised as the world’s best university for medical and health teaching and research for six years running in the Times Higher Education world rankings. He is a neurologist and a world leader in the development of new strategies for the prevention and treatment of strokes.

Advocate for Equality and Diversity and Pro-Vice-Chancellor - Dr Rebecca Surender

Dr Rebecca Surender is Head of Department for Social Policy and Intervention and a Fellow of Green Templeton College. Her research is primarily in the area of health policy and social policy in developing countries, and she was a founding member and director of Oxford University’s Centre for the Analysis of South African Social Policy (CASASP), the first UK academic centre to undertake research exclusively on South African social policy. She has held a number of senior administrative positions within her department, college and the University and, in 2013-14, was the University's Junior Proctor.

As Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Advocate for Equality and Diversity, Dr Surender is responsible for providing direction and coordination to the various equality and diversity initiatives taking place throughout the University.



Pro-Vice-Chancellors without portfolio:
Professor Roger Ainsworth, FRAeS, Master of St Catherine's College
Rt Hon Dame Elish Angiolini, DBE, QC, FRSE, Principal of St Hugh's College
Professor Paul Madden, FRS, FRSE, Provost of The Queen's College
Professor Sir Rick Trainor, KBE, FRHistS, Rector of Exeter College
Revd Dr Ralph Waller, KBE, Principal of Harris Manchester College

Registrar - Professor Ewan McKendrick, QC (Hon)

Ewan McKendrick is Professor of English Private Law and a Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall. He holds law degrees from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Oxford, and 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. He served as Chair of the Board of the Law Faculty at Oxford from 2004 to 2006 and was Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) from 2006 to 2008 and then Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education, Academic Services and University Collections) until 2010. He took up the appointment of Registrar in January 2011, succeeding Dr Julie Maxton. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel Honoris Causa in 2015.

As Registrar, Professor McKendrick acts as the head of University Administration and Services (UAS), with responsibility for the management and professional development of UAS staff and for the development of other administrative support. He is also the principal adviser on strategic policy to the Vice-Chancellor and Council.

Heads of Academic Divisions:
Humanities: Professor Karen O'Brien
Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences: Professor Donal Bradley, CBE, FRS
Medical Sciences: Professor Gavin Screaton, FMedSci, FRCP
Social Sciences: Professor Sarah Whatmore, FBA 

Director of the Department for Continuing Education: Professor Jonathan Michie

Dr Mark Edwards
Professor Cécile Fabre

Dr William Allan

Bodley's Librarian:
Richard Ovenden, FRSA, FSA

Director of the Ashmolean Museum:
Dr Alexander Sturgis

Director of the Museum of the History of Science:
Dr Silke Ackermann

Director of the Pitt Rivers Museum:
Dr Laura Van Broekhoven

Director of the University Museum of Natural History:
Professor Paul Smith

Chief Executive of Oxford University Press:
Nigel Portwood

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