Oxford Brookes congratulates Chancellor Katherine Grainger on becoming a Dame

Tuesday, 07 March 2017

Dame Dr Katherine Grainger

Oxford Brookes’ Chancellor Katherine Grainger has been officially made a Dame Commander by Queen Elizabeth II in a special investiture ceremony today at Buckingham Palace.

As announced in the New Year’s Honours list, the award was made in recognition of Dame Katherine Grainger’s services to rowing and charity.

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor, commented: “Everyone at Oxford Brookes is so proud of our Chancellor and her latest accolade. Katherine is a real inspiration to our staff and students and it is entirely fitting for her to have received this significant honour. For the past two years, we have benefitted greatly from Katherine being our Chancellor and on behalf of Oxford Brookes I wish to personally congratulate her on this special day.”

Everyone at Oxford Brookes is so proud of our Chancellor and her latest accolade. Katherine is a real inspiration to our staff and students and it is entirely fitting for her to have received this significant honour.

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor

Katherine is Britain’s most decorated female Olympic athlete and the first British woman to win medals at five successive games.

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 be giving her inaugural Chancellor’s lecture at Oxford Brookes University, entitled Is confidence born, bred or bluffed? Find out more on the Events  website.