Oxford Brookes Chancellor recognised in New Year’s Honours list

Friday, 30 December 2016

Dame Katherine Grainger

Oxford Brookes Chancellor Dr Katherine Grainger has been made a Dame for services to rowing and charity in the New Year’s Honours list.

Katherine is one of Britain’s great sporting heroes – winning medals for rowing in five consecutive Olympics, including gold at London 2012 and most recently silver at Rio 2016.

Katherine’s recognition in the New Year’s Honours list is thoroughly deserved and is a fitting end to a fantastic year of achievement in 2016, after her superb performance at Rio

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor

At Rio she took the silver medal along with her partner Vickey Thornley in the final of the Women’s Double Scull and was just narrowly beaten by Poland.

That win saw her become one of the most decorated British female Olympians of all time.  

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, said: “Katherine’s recognition in the New Year’s Honours list is thoroughly deserved and is a fitting end to a fantastic year of achievement in 2016, after her superb performance at Rio.

“Her hard work, dedication and phenomenal achievements are a real inspiration to all of our students and staff at the University and we are proud to have her as our Chancellor.”

At the end of November last year Katherine was named Team GB’s Olympians’ Olympian at the 2016 Team GB Ball.

She was officially welcomed as the University’s new Chancellor in March 2015 and was joined by her predecessors Shami Chakrabarti CBE, Jon Snow and Baroness Helena Kennedy QC for a special celebration as part of the University’s 150th anniversary.

In 2014 she was awarded an honorary degree and has been a dedicated, and long-time supporter of the Oxford Brookes Social Entrepreneurship Awards, the award-winning programme that finds, funds and supports social entrepreneurs who are looking to initiate social change using a business model. 

Katherine completed her PhD – focusing on the implications of whole life prison sentences – at King’s College London in 2013.

On 5 April 2017, Katherine will giving her inaugural Chancellor’s lecture at Oxford Brookes University, entitled Is confidence born, bred or bluffed?