Oxford University's new Vice-Chancellor welcomed to Campion Hall
17 May 2016
The old Irish greeting, Cead Mile Failte, “a hundred thousand welcomes” was clearly appropriate at Campion Hall on 13th May, when Oxford University’s recently appointed Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson FRSE formally graced the Hall at a Guest Night dinner.
Participants included some members of the Jesuit community and other guests who also hailed from her native Ireland, most notably His Eminence Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the Emeritus Archbishop of Westminster and an old friend of Campion Hall.
The Vice-Chancellor was also keen to chat with our postgraduate students about their work. She spoke with Dr Mantas Žurauskas from Lithuania, recently appointed Junior Research Fellow in Photonics; Travis La Couter from the United States, studying for the MSt in Theology; Ukrainian Pavlo Smytsnyuk, studying relationships between modern Eastern Orthodoxy and Hinduism; and Jesuits Alejandro Olaya, a Mexican working on migration studies in his homeland, and Sumeth Perera from Sri Lanka researching into the mechanisms of cancer cell biology.
Other guests on this enjoyable occasion included the Dean of Christ Church and his wife, Rev. Dr Emma Percy; Revd Professor Michael Mullaney, Professor of Canon Law at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth; Professor Roy Foster, Carroll Professor of Irish History at Hertford College; and Professor Seán McGrail, former Oxford Visiting Professor of Maritime Archaeology and one time sabbatarian at Campion Hall.
Louise Richardson became the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University on January 1st 2016, after previously serving as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews, Scotland. She has received a BA in History from Trinity College, Dublin, an MA in Political Science from UCLA, and an MA and PhD in Government from Harvard. Professor Richardson is a specialist in international security with an emphasis on terrorist movements, and her work has won numerous awards.
Original article by Jack Mahoney, Editor of Campion News