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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) - Professor Nick Rawlins

Nick Rawlins is Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience at the University of Oxford and was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Development and External Affairs in October 2010. Professor Rawlins completed both his BA and DPhil at Oxford. His research spans areas including the neural basis of memory, brain degeneration, pain and anxiety, and has published widely in these fields. He was elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2006 and Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 2010. Professor Rawlins was Associate Head of Oxford’s Medical Sciences Division from 2008 until taking up his present post. He was a Junior Research Fellow at University College and then a Senior Research Fellow there before taking up a tutorial Fellowship which he held for more than 20 years, as University Lecturer and Sir Jules Thorne Tutorial Fellow. He moved to Wolfson College as the Watts Professor of Psychology and a Professorial Fellow in 2007. He stood down from the Watts Chair on accepting the appointment as Pro-Vice-Chancellor but he remains at Wolfson College.


Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) - Professor Sarah Whatmore, FBA

Sarah Whatmore is Professor of Environment and Public Policy and a Professorial Fellow of Keble College. She read Geography as an undergraduate and completed her masters and doctoral studies at University College London. She holds a higher doctorate from the University of Bristol, awarded for published research. She is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Academy of Social Sciences and the Royal Geographical Society, and is an appointed member of the Science Advisory Council to the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and Chair of its Social Science Expert Group. Her research is broadly concerned with cultures of nature and the relationship between different forms of environmental knowledge and attachment, with a particular interest in the role of evidence and expertise in environmental governance today.

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

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources) - Professor William James

William James is Professor of Virology, a Fellow of Brasenose College, and a Fellow of the Oxford Martin School. His research group at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology uses stem cell technology to investigate the molecular biology of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1), particularly its interaction with macrophages. His team also contributes to international collaborations in the study of neurodegenerative and inflammatory diseases by running the James Martin Stem Cell Facility, a leading centre for the reprogramming and genetic manipulation of induced pluripotent stem cells. Professor James is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He was Associate Head of the Division of Medical Sciences, responsible for finance, physical capital, information and communication technology, from 2008 – 2011, has served as Head of the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology (2007 – 2008), Monsanto Senior Research Fellow of Exeter College (1989 – 1994), and Medical Tutor at both Brasenose and Magdalen Colleges (2001 – 2011, and 1997 – 2001, respectively).

As Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources), Professor James 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 a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Optical Society of America, the American Physical Society, and the UK Institute of Physics, as well as a Science Delegate for Oxford University Press, 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 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 the University’s Chief Information Officer and a Fellow of St Cross College. She was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Gardens, Libraries and Museums) in January 2015, and is responsible for overseeing the University’s libraries, museums and collections.

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, before this 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 will provide vision and strategic leadership for the University in preparation for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. He will develop a Brexit strategy which allows the University to continue as a world leader through the excellence of its research and teaching. Specifically, Professor Buchan will act as University ambassador, developing new international partnerships and networks and identifying new opportunities arising from Brexit. He will also 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
Professor Sir Drummond Bone, FRSA, FRSE, Master of Balliol College
Professor Paul Madden, FRS, FRSE, Provost of The Queen's College
Dr Alice Prochaska, FRHistS, Principal of Somerville College
Professor Sir Rick Trainor, FRHistS, Rector of Exeter College
Revd Dr Ralph Waller, 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 Christopher Kennard, FMedSci, FRCP
Social Sciences: Professor Roger Goodman, FAcSS

Director of the Department for Continuing Education: Professor Jonathan Michie

Dr Ed Bispham
Professor Dan Hicks

Professor Stefan Enchelmaier

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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