Wednesday 19 July 2023




Carole Nash Hall, The Stoller Hall, Hunts Bank, Manchester, M3 1DA



In July 2023, Oxford alumni from across the North West welcomed Professor Tracey to Manchester. In her Admission Ceremony in January 2023 Professor Tracey outlined four key areas which will be central to her tenure as Vice-Chancellor: Education and TeachingDiscovery and Translational ResearchLocal and Global Engagement; and People. The Vice-Chancellor discussed how these themes will affect not only Oxford but its reach in the North West, nationally and globally.


I am deeply committed to growing Oxford's impact through supporting its ground-breaking discovery research, its excellence in teaching and its drive to create a global innovation powerhouse..

Vice-Chancellor Professor Irene Tracey

A renowned neuroscientist, Professor Tracey led Merton College as Warden from 2019 up until her appointment as Vice-Chancellor. She was Professor of Anaesthetic Neuroscience in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, a department she led for several years whilst holding a Statutory Chair. She is also President of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS). Professor Tracey’s research on the neuroscience of pain has contributed to a better understanding of pain perception and the representation of pain in the brain. In 2022, she was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to Medical Research by the late Queen Elizabeth II in 2022.

The Vice-Chancellor is Oxford University’s senior officer, responsible for the strategic direction and leadership of the world’s top-ranked university. Professor Tracey is the second woman to hold the post of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, after her immediate predecessor Professor Dame Louise Richardson.

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