First black head of an Oxford college appointed

first_imgBaroness Valerie Amos is set to become the first black head of an Oxford college, following her appointment as Master of University College. The Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator at the United Nations from 2010-2015, she became a Companion of Honour in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2016 for her services to the UN. A Labour Life Peer since 1997, Baroness Amos served in theCabinet from 2003 to 2007 as Secretary of State for International Development andwas subsequently Leader of the House of Lords. Baroness Amos said: “I am honoured to have been appointed as Master ofUniversity College Oxford. I look forward to taking up my role next year andjoining a community which prides itself on providing an outstanding scholarlyenvironment, excellent teaching and world-class research.” “TheGoverning Body is excited that Baroness Amos agreed to accept our invitation totake on the role from next summer, and we very much look forward to welcomingher to the College and to working with her in the future.” “Univ hasbeen engaged in opening up access and opportunity through its OpportunityProgramme and I also look forward to making a contribution to that work.”center_img The Vice-Master of University College, Professor Peter Jezzard,said: “TheCollege was fortunate in attracting a number of outstanding applicants tobecome its next Master to follow Sir Ivor Crewe in his distinguished tenure inthe role.” Currently the Director of SOAS University of London, Baroness Amoswill take up the post on 1st August 2020 as the first woman Masterof the college. The former cabinet minister and diplomat is taking over fromSir Ivor Crewe, who is retiring after twelve years in the role. “She bringsa wealth and diversity of experience to the role, including a deep knowledge ofthe higher education sector, and will help us continue Univ’s outstandingreputation for excellence, access and innovation in Oxford.”last_img read more