Introductory letter

The University of Oxford has achieved significant success under the leadership of Professor Louise Richardson, advancing knowledge and creating tangible societal impact, including the institution’s significant contributions to the development of a vaccine for the Covid-19 virus. These are challenging times globally, and the University has been central to creating solutions to a great number of pressing issues. Our academics, professional staff and students all contribute to our position as one of the world’s foremost pre-eminent universities, and we celebrate the strengths and diversity of the University community. 

In such a vibrant place, the Vice-Chancellor plays a key role in shaping and motivating the breadth of the university community to ensure that Oxford not only remains a top global institution but that we continue to push at the boundaries of innovation and knowledge to inspire and impact generations to come. Working with the academic divisions, Congregation, and our unique collegiate structure, the next Vice-Chancellor will build upon an outstanding legacy, continuing to take the University of Oxford from strength to strength and support its contributions to our society and world.

The Rt Hon the Lord Patten of Barnes
Chancellor, University of Oxford