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Professor Louise Richardson nominated as next Vice-Chancellor

Professor Louise Richardson, currently the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews, has been nominated as the next Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford.

Professor Richardson has led St Andrews for more than six years, combining strong institutional advancement with a distinguished academic career in the study of terrorism and security issues. Prior to joining St Andrews in 2009, Professor Richardson lived and worked in the United States where she was Executive Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Professor Richardson said of her nomination: 'Oxford is one of the world's great universities. I feel enormously privileged to be given the opportunity to lead this remarkable institution during an exciting time for higher education. I am very much looking forward to working with talented, experienced and dedicated colleagues to advance Oxford's pre-eminent global position in research, scholarship and teaching.'

The Nominating Committee was chaired by the Chancellor of Oxford University, Lord Patten of Barnes, who said: 'The panel was deeply impressed by Professor Richardson's strong commitment to the education and scholarly values which Oxford holds dear. Her distinguished record both as an educational leader and as an outstanding scholar provides an excellent basis for her to lead Oxford in the coming years.'

Subject to the approval of Congregation, the University's parliament, Professor Richardson will succeed the current Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Hamilton, on 1 January 2016.