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Updated: October 5, 2009 08:47 IST

Prof Hamilton to take charge as Oxford’s 271st vice-chancellor

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Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh(left) and the University of Oxford's Chancellor Lord Patten of Barnes (right) during a special honorary degree presentation ceremony after Chancellor confered him the degree of Doctor of Civil Law (DCL) at the 15th century Divinity School at Oxford University, Oxford on Friday . The Prime Minister, who studied for a D.Phil at Nuffield College, Oxford, is being honoured both for his role as statesman and as a leading economist. A file photo: PTI
Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh(left) and the University of Oxford's Chancellor Lord Patten of Barnes (right) during a special honorary degree presentation ceremony after Chancellor confered him the degree of Doctor of Civil Law (DCL) at the 15th century Divinity School at Oxford University, Oxford on Friday . The Prime Minister, who studied for a D.Phil at Nuffield College, Oxford, is being honoured both for his role as statesman and as a leading economist. A file photo: PTI

Professor Andrew Hamilton, an expert in biochemistry and biophysics who served as Provost at Yale, will formally take charge as the 271st vice-chancellor of the University of Oxford on Monday.

Professor Hamilton began his new responsibilities on October 1 but will be formally admitted to the office at a ceremony in the Sheldonian Theatre on Monday.

The ceremony witnesses the change of Vice-Chancellors and takes place at a meeting of Congregation (the University’s ’parliament of dons’).

The occasion will begin with an Oration by the outgoing Vice-Chancellor John Hood, followed by the admission of Professor Hamilton as the new Vice-Chancellor and his inaugural address.

“Oxford is one of the world’s greatest universities and the opportunity to serve as its Vice-Chancellor is both inspiring and energising. I will strive to repay the trust that has been placed in me and to ensure that a great University has an even better future,” Prof Hamilton said.

The Chancellor of Oxford University, Lord Patten of Barnes said: “Andrew Hamilton’s remarkable combination of proven academic leadership and outstanding scholarly achievement will stand him in excellent stead to help guide Oxford into the second decade of the twenty-first century.”

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