Heythrop College appoints new principal

Heythrop's new principal: Prof Claire Ozanne
Heythrop's new principal: Prof Claire Ozanne

The Governing Body of Heythrop College has appointed Professor Claire Ozanne as the new principal of the College. She will join on a two-year part-time secondment and will take overall responsibility for the management of the College and delivery of its mission.

Prof Ozanne is currently deputy provost at the University of Roehampton. Her responsibilities will include overseeing Heythrop College’s orderly closure, due to take place at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year, while exploring any opportunities for staff at the college.Over the next two years, she will maintain Heythrop’s commitment to research and teaching excellence and provision of a first class experience for its students.

“I am delighted to join such a respected institution with its rich history," Prof Ozanne said. “For over 400 years, Heythrop has been one of Britain’s leading international centres of excellence for Philosophy and Theology, producing outstanding research which benefits the community and educating students who have global impact. This will continue with the same commitment and drive for the next two years.”

The best possible learning experience

The Chair of Governors, Tamsin Eastwood, welcomed Prof Ozanne’s appointment: “We are all looking forward to working with her as we all continuHeythrop College: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uke to focus on providing our students with the best possible learning experience and to protect the faith, culture and values of the College,” she said.

Ms Eastwood also thanked Fr Michael Holman SJ, who announced he was stepping down as the Principal of Heythrop College last July, for his “outstanding service” to the College. “He has worked tirelessly on behalf of students and staff and is held in the highest esteem at the College and by the wider community.”

The final cohorts of undergraduate and postgraduate students are expected to complete their studies in the summer of 2018 and Heythrop College will close as soon as its responsibilities have been discharged.