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UWI Honours Oxford’s First Female Vice-Chancellor

For Release Upon Receipt - Friday, June 17, 2016

University of Oxford Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson (centre) was conferred with a Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree by The University of the West Indies (The UWI) on Friday, 10 June at The UWI Mona Campus. Also pictured left-right are Principal of the Mona Campus, Professor Archibald Mc Donald, Principal of the Open Campus, Dr Luz Longsworth, UWI Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, UWI Chancellor, Sir George Alleyne, Principal of the St Augustine Campus, Professor Clement Sankat and Deputy Principal of the Cave Hill Campus, Professor Clive Landis.

During her address at the special convocation, Professor Richardson said, “It is an extraordinary privilege and a great honour to be recognised in this way by such a wonderful institution with which my two previous institutions of Oxford and St Andrews have such close links…Whether it is a 68 year old university or an 800-900 year old university, whether we are male or female, black or white, young or old, rich or poor, we are united by a belief in the power of education to transform lives. We are united by a belief that universities are yes indeed the guardians of cultures, but we are more than that, we are the engines of our economies, we are the drivers of social mobility, we are the foundations of our democracy and we are the generators of new ideas”

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Video footage of the convocation is available at

About Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson

Professor Louise Richardson became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, located in the United Kingdom, on January 01, 2016. Prior to this appointment, she served as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews, Scotland for seven years. A native of Ireland, she studied history in Trinity College, Dublin before gaining her PhD at Harvard University where she spent twenty years on the faculty of the Harvard Government Department and latterly as Executive Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She served on Scotland’s Council of Economic Advisers and currently sits on the boards of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Booker Prize Foundation and numerous other charities.

A political scientist by training, Professor Richardson is widely recognised as one of the world’s foremost experts on terrorism and counter-terrorism. Her publications include Democracy and Counterterrorism: Lessons from the Past (2007), What Terrorists Want: Understanding the Enemy, Containing the Threat (2006), The Roots of Terrorism (2006), and When Allies Differ (1996). She has also written numerous articles on international terrorism, British foreign and defence policy, security institutions, and international relations, lectured to public, professional, media and education groups and served on the editorial boards of several journals and presses.

Her awards include the Sumner Prize for work towards the prevention of war and the establishment of universal peace, Harvard’s Centennial Medal, and honorary doctorates from MGIMO University, Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Aberdeen. In 2015 she became an honorary member of the Royal Irish Academy.In 2016 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and to the Academy of Social Sciences in the United Kingdom.


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