Oxford university appoints first woman vice-chancellor

Professor Louise Richardson becomes the first female vice-chancellor of Oxford University in its 800 years of history

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Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Professor Louise Richardson, a mother-of-three, will at the start of next year become the first female vice-chancellor of Oxford University.

She will be Oxford's first female holder of the post since its first leader was appointed in 1230.

Professor Louise Richardson was born in Ireland. She is currently the head of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and will start her new job at Oxford University in 2016.

“I look forward to the day when a woman being appointed isn’t in itself news,” Richardson said at an interview.

Richardson added “Unfortunately, academia, like most professions, is pyramid-shaped, the higher up you go, the fewer women there are.”

Richardson has a BA in History from Trinity College, Dublin and MA in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as well as an MA and PhD in Government from Harvard University.

She is an internationally renowned scholar of terrorism and security studies.