New Vice-Chancellor meets alumni
Professor Louise Richardson, who became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford last month, met alumni and answered their questions at a popular event in London. She described her academic career, Oxford’s strengths, and emphasised the ambassadorial role of alumni during the reception at the Royal Institution. Professor Richardson also met and spoke to former students before her main address.
Baroness Gillian Shephard (St Hilda’s, 1958), chair of the University of Oxford’s Alumni Board, welcomed the new Vice-Chancellor at the occasion on 3 February, and praised her ‘glittering academic career’ in the areas of terrorism and international relations.
Professor Richardson, speaking without notes, spoke of her personal journey, including her upbringing and academic career, and voiced her wish to hear from alumni about their views. She began by describing her childhood in rural Ireland as one of seven children. Highlighting ‘the power of education’, Professor Richardson mentioned her convent school, her studies at Trinity College, Dublin, and her gratitude for benefitting from scholarships, which paid for her studies in the United States, where she gained an MA in Political Science from UCLA, and an MA and PhD in Government from Harvard.