New senior appointments at Oxford University run the gamut from religion to administration to contemporary theatre.

New appointments

The following senior academic and administrative appointments have been made at the University.


Abrahamic Religions: Anna Abulafia, Director of Studies in History at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, was appointed Professor of the Study of the Abrahamic Religions and became a fellow of Lady Margaret Hall with effect from 1 April.

Contemporary Theatre: Simon Russell Beale, actor and music historian, has been appointed Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre 2014–15. The post is associated with St Catherine’s College. Mr Beale succeeded Stephen Fry in February 2015 and will speak at a public event and undertake student workshops in the art of the theatre.

Cardiovascular Medicine: Keith Channon, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Oxford University, Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at John Radcliffe Hospital, Director of NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, and Director of Research and Development at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, was appointed Field Marshal Earl Alexander Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and became a fellow of Exeter College with effect from 10 November 2014.

Commercial Law: Horst Eidenmüller, Professor of Private Law, German, European and International Commercial and Corporate Law, Director of the Munich Center for Dispute Resolution, and Director of the Institute of International Law at Munich University, was appointed Freshfields Professor of Commercial Law and a became a Fellow of St Hugh’s College from 1 January 2015.

Civil Law: Professor Ernst, Professor of Roman and Civil Law at Zurich University, has been appointed Regius Professor of Civil Law with effect from 1 October 2015. Her Majesty The Queen approved the appointment following the retirement of Professor Sirks. Professor Ernst will be a fellow of All Souls College.

Biostatistics in Genomics: Christopher Holmes, Professor of Statistics at Oxford and MRC Programme Leader in Statistical Genomics at MRC Mammalian Genetics Unit, was appointed Professor of Biostatistics in Genomics and became a fellow of St Anne’s College with effect from 1 September 2014.

German Medieval and Linguistic: Henrike Lähnemann, Chair of German Studies at Newcastle University, was appointed Professor of German Medieval and Linguistic Studies and became a fellow of St Edmund Hall with effect from 1 January 2015.

Interpretation of Holy Scripture: Hindy Najman, Professor of Religious Studies, Judaic Studies, Classics and Divinity at Yale University, has been appointed Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture with effect from 1 July 2015. Professor Najman will be a fellow of Oriel College.


Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum: Simon Hiscock, Professor of Botany and Director of the Botanic Garden at Bristol University, has been appointed Director of the Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum with effect from 6 July 2015.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor: Anne Trefethen, Chief Information Officer with IT Services at Oxford, was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Services And University Collections) with effect from 1 January 2015.  This is an appointment at 25 per cent of full time.

Photograph © Oxford University Images / Chris Andrews


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