Vice-Chancellor to become President of New York University in 2016

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Professor Andrew Hamilton, who has been Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford since 2009, is to be the next President of New York University. He will leave Oxford at the end of December and take up his new appointment in January 2016.

Professor Hamilton, who is Oxford’s second longest serving Vice-Chancellor of the modern era, said: ‘It is a huge privilege to serve this great university and will remain so for the rest of my time here.’

‘It is premature to talk of achievements and legacies – there is still much to be done on my watch – but I am delighted to have been part of a very exciting, dynamic and successful time in Oxford’s long and illustrious history.’

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The Vice-Chancellor and his wife will be hosting events for Oxford Alumni & Friends throughout North America in April.

Tuesday 14 April: Dallas, TX
Wednesday 15 April: Houston, TX
Friday 17 April: Ottawa, ON
Saturday 18 April: Toronto, ON
Sunday 19 April: Chicago, IL

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Double Victory for Oxford: 3 Years in a row


Congratulations to both our crews for a stunning DOUBLE VICTORY in the – THREE YEARS IN A ROW!

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Oxford vs. Cambridge Boat Race 2015: Riverside views and alumni group events

Watch sporting history and cheer on the men and women rowing for Oxford when they both compete in the same afternoon against Cambridge. Join fellow Oxford alumni to cheer on the Dark Blues from the riverside, or take part in one of 25 alumni group events taking place across the world.

oxford7.jpgFor the first time, the BNY Mellon Boat Race is joined on the Tideway by the Newton Women’s Boat Race on Saturday 11 April. Both races take place over the same four-and-a-quarter mile course from Putney to Mortlake. The women’s race starts at 4:50pm, and the men’s race starts at 5:50pm.

£10 tickets to the Riverside Terrace at Craven Cottage are available from Fulham Football Club (0843 208 1234, quote ‘Oxford’, Doors open at 4:15pm. You can also visit the Oxford Alumni Office stand on the Riverside Terrace during the afternoon to find out more about the exclusive benefits and offers available to alumni.

Many of our alumni groups are again hosting events to mark this year’s Boat Race. To find out what is happening where you are, please see below:

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Letter from Peter Tufano

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Last week was an exciting one for the School. I was at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos with colleagues to announce three important initiatives for the School.

The first was the launch of ‘The CEO Report’, the result of a global research project that we conducted in partnership with Heidrick & Struggles that focuses on 152 interviews carried out with CEOs of global companies.  The CEO Report was launched at a breakfast briefing on Wednesday 21 January by Professor Tim Morris, and sparked a lively debate among a panel of CEOs composed of Ilene Gordon, Chairman, President and CEO of Ingredion; Arne Sorenson, President and CEO, Marriott International; and Klaus Kleinfeld, Chairman and CEO, Alcoa, moderated by Matthew Bishop, Globalisation Editor of The Economist.

The report identifies six critical capabilities CEOs need for success in a changing and complex global environment such as the ability to harness doubt constructively, and to anticipate interactions between seemingly disconnected global trends and identify potential issues and opportunities – which the team call ‘ripple intelligence’. In addition to Tim Morris, the full research team included Andrew White, Michael Smets, Amanda Moss Cowan, Andromachi Athanasopoulou, and Ted Malloch.

Secondly, we announced a piece of research we have just started with EY that is looking at the link between organisational purpose and the potential positive impact on transformation, innovation and inclusive growth. Marc Ventresca introduced the EY research at a breakfast briefing on Thursday 22 January where Sir Richard Branson introduced a prestigious panel of CEOs whose companies have made purpose a core part of their operations – Arianna Huffington, President & Editor-in-Chief, Huffington Post Media; Antony Jenkins, Group CEO, Barclays; Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever; Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman & CEO, Mondelez International; and Mark Weinberger, Global Chairman and CEO, EY, with moderator Stephanie Ruhle, Bloomberg. The research team includes Oxford colleagues Andrew White and Matthew Grimes. This work will continue in collaboration with the newly-announced EY Beacon Institute for Purpose.

Third, I am delighted to announce a collaboration with the Global Shapers Community which will strengthen our shared vision to create new solutions to world-scale social, environmental, political and economic challenges. The 4,659 young people worldwide who have been designated Global Shapers by the WEF will be encouraged to apply for two new dedicated scholarships for our MBA programme. We look forward to Shapers from the 402 hubs around the globe applying to the school in the coming years.

In addition, WEF launched its ‘Shaping Davos’ sessions this year designed to include participants from around the world in forum conversations.  The inaugural Shaping Davos panel was chaired by Stephan Chambers (on Trust in Public Private Partnerships)  and enaged panellists from Accra, Kathmandu, Luxembourg, and Addis Ababa (

Our work should produce results, and this month more of our research is in the news. Our research with Heidrick & Struggles was profiled very positively in the Financial Times; Tim Jenkinson won one of the top honours for his research; and President Obama signed into law the American Savings Promotion Act, which turns one of my own streams of research into reality. We seek to turn ideas into action.

As well as partnering in research, we also forge links in person. The OBA New Year Dinner will take place on 7 February 2015 at the Institute of Directors.  Our speaker will be Orna NiChionna, the Chair of our Business Advisory Council.  Among her other many accomplishments, Orna chairs the Advisory Board of Eden McCallum, profiled recently in The Economist as being at the forefront of “on-demand workplaces.”


Peter Tufano

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What are the most important qualities for an entrepreneur to have?
Clarity of thought. The ability to communicate clearly. A great sense of mission. A massive willingness to persevere. A willingness to make painful decisions. Extraordinary energy. And a belief that he or she has embarked on their life’s work. Those are the hallmarks of the truly wonderful entrepreneurs behind the handful of fantastic companies.

There are lots of other virtues of entrepreneurs for companies that are nice companies, that everybody would be proud to be associated with, but that aren’t up in the stratosphere, where only a few companies orbit.

Economists such as Schumpeter argue that entrepreneurship is crucial not just for individuals and firms but for the broader economy as a whole—that it’s the engine of dynamism and innovation. Do you think that’s true?
Oh, clearly. And [its effect is] not just on the economy. It’s on the way people live, work, entertain themselves, travel. There isn’t an aspect of human life that technological entrepreneurialism doesn’t touch.


Much Ventured, Much Gained, A Conversation With Michael Moritz

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Season’s Greetings from Saïd Business School

With best wishes for a joyous and peaceful holiday and new year. From all at Saïd Business School.

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oxford44 Oxford’s current and emeritus academics named in the New Year honours.

Seven senior members of the University of Oxford were recognised in the New Year honours announced on 31 December.

Professor Jonathan Bate, CBE, FRA, Provost of Worcester College and Professor of Literature, was knighted for services to literary scholarship and higher education. Professor Bate is a biographer, critic, broadcaster, novelist and scholar of Shakespeare, Romanticism and Ecocriticism. He is a governor and board member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and vice-president (leading the Humanities) of the British Academy, and from 2007 to 2011 he sat on the Council of the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Professor Sir John Bell, FRS, Regius Professor of Medicine and Student (Fellow) of Christ Church, was appointed GBE for services to medicine, medical research and the UK life science industry. Sir John has pioneered the development of genomic and genetic research programmes across the UK. He was the Founder of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics and sits on a wide range of advisory panels for public- and private-sector bodies responsible for biomedical research in Canada, Sweden, Denmark, France, Singapore and the UK. He is a founding director of three biotechnology start-up companies, a board member of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration and UK Biobank, and chairman of the Oxford Health Alliance, a private public partnership that sponsors research and advocacy on chronic disease globally.

Professor Marina Warner, CBE, FBA, Fellow of All Souls College, was appointed DBE for services to higher education and literary scholarship. Dame Marina is a novelist, short story writer and historian known for her many non-fiction books relating to feminism and myth. She has written for publications including the London Review of Books, the New Statesman and Vogue. She holds a chair in English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck College and is chair of the judges of the Man Booker International Prize for 2015.

Professor Russell Foster, FRS, Professor of Circadian Neurosciences, Head of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology, Director of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute and Fellow of Brasenose College, was appointed CBE for services to science. Professor Foster’s research interests span both visual and circadian neurobiology with the main focus on the mechanisms whereby light regulates vertebrate circadian rhythms. For his discovery of non-rod, non-cone ocular photoreceptors he has been awarded the Honma prize (Japan), Cogan award (USA), and Zoological Society Scientific & Edride-Green Medals. Professor Foster recently talked to Oxford Today about how modern sleep habits are affecting our mental health.

Professor Tim Palmer, FRS, Professor of Climate Physics, Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Modelling and Predicting Climate, and Fellow of Jesus College, was appointed CBE for services to science. Professor Palmer has spent most of his career working on the dynamics and predictability of weather and climate, pioneering the development of probabilistic ensemble-based techniques for weather and climate prediction, which are now standard in operational weather and climate prediction around the world. He has been involved in all five assessment reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has coordinated two European Union climate projects, and in 2011-12 was president of the Royal Meteorological Society. He serves on a number of advisory committees, including the Met Office’s Scientific Advisory Committee.

Professor Cyrus Cooper, Professor of Epidemiology and Director of Research Strategy at the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, and Fellow of St Peter’s College, was appointed OBE for services to medical research. He is also Professor of Rheumatology and Director of the MRC Epidemiology Resource Centre at the University of Southampton, and leads a programme of research into the epidemiology of musculoskeletal disorders, most notably osteoporosis. He has previously served as chairman of the National Osteoporosis Society and is chair of the MRC Population Health Sciences Research Network.

Professor Hugh Williamson, FBA, Emeritus Regius Professor of Hebrew and Emeritus Student (Fellow) of Christ Church, was appointed OBE for services to scholarship and theology. His research interests include the Book of Isaiah and the history and literature of the Achaemeid Period. He serves as chairman of the British Academy’s Humanities Group and is chairman of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society.

In addition Dickson Poon, CBE, the Hong Kong-based philanthropist who gave £10million to establish the Dickson Poon China Centre at St Hugh’s College, was knighted for services to business and to charity, particularly higher education.


This article is an edited version of an original published at the Oxford University News and Events page, and is reproduced with kind permission.

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