The latest awards and honour from across the University.

Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors

During Trinity Term Sir Ka-shing Li was admitted as a fellow of the Chancellor’s Court in recognition of his support for the medical sciences at Oxford where his foundation has funded the Li Ka Shing Global Health Programme and most recently the establishment of the Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Information and Discovery. The Foundation has given an exceptional gift of £20 million for the centre which will bring together big data research in many fields of medicine and have a profound impact on human health and healthcare delivery worldwide.

Queen’s Birthday Honours

Seven senior members of the University were recognised in this year’s honours:

Andrew Dilnot, Warden of Nuffield College, was knighted for services to economics and economic policy.

Professor Hermione Lee, President of Wolfson College, was appointed DBE for services to literary scholarship.

Professor Terence Cave, Emeritus Research Fellow of St John’s College and Director of the Balzan Interdisciplinary Seminar Literature as an Object of Knowledge at the St John’s College Research Centre, was appointed CBE for services to literary scholarship Anthony Heath, Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Emeritus Fellow of Nuffield College, was appointed CBE for services to social science.

Professor Peter Dobson, Director of the Begbroke Science Park, Professor of Engineering Science and Senior Research Fellow of The Queen’s College, was appointed OBE for services to science and engineering.

Alison Noble, Technikos Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Director of the Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Fellow of St Hilda’s College, was appointed OBE for services to science and engineering.

Dr Lucy Carpenter, Emeritus Fellow of Nuffield College and former Reader in Statistical Epidemiology, was appointed MBE for services to public health in the UK and abroad.

In addition, Michael Moritz (Christ Church, 1973), businessman and philanthropist, who, with his wife Harriet Heyman, gave the University £75 million to establish the Moritz-Heyman Scholarship Fund, was knighted (KBE) for services to promoting British economic interests and philanthropic work.

Royal Society

Three Oxford researchers received significant prizes by the Royal Society in the UK national academy of science's annual set of awards for outstanding research and contributions to science.

Professor Sir Walter Bodmer of the Department of Oncology received a Royal Medal for his seminal contributions to population genetics, gene mapping and understanding of familial genetic disease.

Professor Douglas Higgs, head of the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, received the Buchanan Medal for his outstanding work on the regulation of the human alpha-globin gene cluster.

Professor Frank Close OBE, Professor of Theoretical Physics, received the Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture for his work in science communication.

In addition, six Oxford academics were elected new fellows:
Harry Anderson, Professor of Chemistry
Judith Armitage, Director of the Oxford Centre for Integrative Systems Biology and Professor of Biochemistry
Gideon Henderson, Head of the Department of Earth Sciences and Professor of Earth Sciences
Christopher Schofield, Professor of Chemistry and Head of Organic Chemistry
Andrew Wilkie, Nuffield Professor of Pathology
Professor Julia Yeomans, Professor of Physics

British Academy

Eight University professors were elected new fellows:
Mary Dalrymple, Professor of Syntax
John Gardner, Professor of Jurisprudence,
Vincent Gillespie, J R R Tolkien Professor of English
John Hawthorne, Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy
Julia Lee-Thorp, Professor of Archaeological Science
Colin Mayer, Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies
Professor Kevin O’Rourke, Chichele Professor of Economic History
Professor Jenny Ozga, Professor of the Sociology of Education

Honorary Degrees

Eight leading figures from the worlds of science, the arts, law and sport received honours at Encaenia, the University's annual honorary degree ceremony.

Doctor of Civil Law
The Honourable Andrew Li Kwok Nang, GBM, CBE, former Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal of Hong Kong
‘…a weighty, doughty and wise master of jurisprudence…’
Dame Anne Owers, DBE, Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission
‘…a humane, wise and compassionate lady…’

Doctor of Letters
Anthony Grafton, Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton University
‘…a scholar as exact as he is deep…’

Sir Tom Stoppard, OM, CBE, playwright
‘…a witty, engaging and penetrating author…’

Doctor of Science
Ingrid Daubechies, Professor of Mathematics at Duke University
‘…a lady of penetrating mind and humane spirit…’

Baroness (Tanni) Grey-Thompson, DBE, Paralympian
‘…Britain’s light and glory…’

Mr Colin Smith, CBE, Director of Engineering and Technology at Rolls-Royce,
‘…a good smith, a most skilled designer of engines…’

Doctor of Music
Mr Murray Perahia, KBE, pianist and conductor
‘…a refined, subtle and eloquent musician…’

Distinguished Friends of Oxford 2013

The Distinguished Friend of Oxford Award was established in 1998 as a means of recognising extraordinary volunteer service to the collegiate University. This dedicated service might take any number of forms: serving on committees, introducing Oxford to opinion leaders or prospective donors, representing Oxford to the wider world, or working on a significant project on behalf of the collegiate University, to name just a few. We are immensely grateful to this cadre of volunteers who have made significant contributions through their gifts of time, expertise, access to contacts and selfless dedication to preserving Oxford for future generations.

Mr John W Adams
Mr Timothy W Faithfull
Mr Alan Green
Mrs Krzysia Gossage
Ms Judith B Hibbert
Mr André Hoffmann
Mr Robert W A Kay
Mr Julian Ogilvie Thompson
Professor Tim O’Riordan OBE, DL, FBA
Mr Ian T Senior
Mr David G Vaisey CBE, FSA
Mrs Linda Wachner
Mr Andrew J Whitehouse

New Appointments

Rhodes House

Charles Conn, Senior Advisor to the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, was appointed Warden of Rhodes House with effect from June 2013.



Christopher Ballentine, Professor of Isotope Geochemistry, Director of Research in the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, and Head of the Isotope Research Group at the University of Manchester was appointed Professor of Geochemistry and became a fellow of St Hugh’s College.

English law

Hugh Collins, Professor of English Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science was appointed Vinerian Professor of English Law and became a fellow of All Souls College.

Public health

Sir Rory Collins, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology; Co-director, Clinical Trial Service Unit and Epidemiological Studies Unit; Co-director, MRC Directly Supported Team; Joint Director, Cancer Research UK Epidemiological Studies Unit; Honorary Consultant, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine; and Principal Investigator/Chief Executive, UK Biobank was appointed Professor of Public Health and became a fellow of St Cross College.


Daniel Dorling, Professor of Human Geography at the University of Sheffield, Visiting Professor at the University of Bristol and Adjunct Professor at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, was appointed Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography and became a fellow of St Peter’s College.

Abrahamic religions

Carlos Fraenkel, Associate Professor at MGill University, was appointed Professor of the Study of the Abrahamic Religions and became a fellow of Lady Margaret Hall.


Ben Green, Herchel Smith Professor of Pure Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, was appointed Waynflete Professor of Pure Mathematics and became a fellow of Magdalen College.

Forest Science

John MacKay, Professor of Forest Sciences at Université Laval, Québec, Canada was appointed Wood Professor of Forest Science and became a fellow of Linacre College.


Andrew Orchard, Professor of English and Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, Provost and Vice-Chancellor, Trinity College and Senior Fellow, Massey College, University of Toronto, was appointed Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon and became a fellow of Pembroke College.


Richard Parkinson, Assistant Keeper (curator) in the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan at the British Museum was appointed Professor of Egyptology and became a fellow of The Queen’s College.

Clinical neurology

Peter Rothwell, Professor of Clinical Neurology at the John Radcliffe Hospital; Director of the Stroke Prevention Research Unit at Oxford; Lead, Stroke and Dementia Research at the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre; Honorary Consultant Neurologist, Oxford University Hospitals Trust and Senior Research Fellow, Green Templeton College was appointed Action Research Professor of Clinical Neurology. Professor Rothwell is a fellow of St Edmund Hall.

Portuguese Studies

Phillip Rothwell, Professor of Portuguese at the State University of New Jersey, was appointed King John II Professor of Portuguese Studies and became a fellow of St Peter’s College.

Mechanical engineering

Ronald Roy, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Boston University, was appointed Professor of Mechanical Engineering and became a fellow of Harris Manchester College.

Social policy

Martin Seeleib-Kaiser, Professor of Comparative Social Policy and Politics, Head of the Department of Social Policy and Intervention and Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford has been appointed Barnett Professor of Social Policy. Professor Seeleib-Kaiser is a fellow of St Cross College.


Ian Shipsey, Julian Schwinger Distinguished Professor of Physics, Purdue University, USA, was appointed Professors of Experimental Physics and became a fellow of St Catherine’s College.

Heads of house


Dame Lynne Brindley, DBE, FRSA, Chief Executive Officer and a board member of the British Library, was elected Master of Pembroke College.

Wycliffe Hall

Revd Dr Michael Lloyd, Chaplain of The Queen's College, Oxford, was appointed Principal of Wycliffe Hall.


Moira Wallace, OBE, Permanent Secretary to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, was elected as the Provost of Oriel College, becoming Oriel’s first female Provost.