Thursday 16 March 2023


6.30 – 8.30pm


Wellcome Trust Lecture Hall, The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG




In March 2023, Oxford alumni from across London welcomed Professor Tracey to the city. At her Admission Ceremony, Professor Tracey outlined four key areas which will be central to her tenure as Vice-Chancellor: Education and Teaching; Discovery and Translational Research; Local and Global Engagement; and People. The Vice-Chancellor discussed these themes in-depth, followed by an opportunity for alumni to ask questions before drinks and canapes.


I will be an advocate for Oxford like no other, because I know – in detail – what great things we offer and have yet to offer this city, this country and the world, whether that’s via knowledge generation, through discovery research, or knowledge transfer, through our world-class teaching. I will be relentless in championing what we do and making sure that the Oxford that I know, live, and breathe, is the one that people get to hear about.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Irene Tracey, January 2023

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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