Nominations open for Oxford Brookes University's new Chancellor

Oxford Brookes is seeking nominations for the role of Chancellor of the University in succession to Dame Katherine Grainger PhD.

The closing date for nominations was Friday 11 September 2020.

What does a Chancellor do?

The Chancellor acts as the ceremonial figurehead of Oxford Brookes University. 

Additionally they have an important ambassadorial role and serve as an advocate of the University, working to raise Oxford Brookes' profile and advance its interests nationally and internationally.

Oxford Brookes is a highly successful and ambitious University on the cusp of launching its new strategy, which includes considerable development of our buildings and setting. 

Over the coming years other particularly important areas of interest for the University will be those of student engagement and employability, development and fundraising.

Further information on the University and its results and achievements can be found on the About Brookes webpages here.

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What are we looking for in a Chancellor?

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The new Chancellor will be a national figure, a leader within their chosen field with a demonstrable record of public achievement. Probably a university graduate, they will have a clear empathy for the character, values and mission of Oxford Brookes. They will be able to engage credibly with a wide range of stakeholders and be inspiring to our student body.

The new Chancellor should personally or through their work embody the University’s emphasis on diversity, and should be able to commit such time as is necessary to the duties and requirements of the role.

The role of Chancellor is ceremonial and therefore not remunerated. The term of office for the position is five years - the specific number of days spent working at the University as Chancellor will be confirmed following discussions with the individual who takes on the role. 

Interested applicants who are keen to know more about the role can arrange an informal conversation with Brendan Casey, Registrar and Chief Operating Officer, by emailing bcasey@brookes.ac.uk

Our former Chancellors

After five years in the role, Dame Katherine Grainger PhD formally concluded her role as Chancellor of Oxford Brookes in June 2020.

Katherine took on the role as Chancellor in 2015 and had been involved with the University for a longer period of time through support for the University’s pioneering social entrepreneur projects. 

As Britain’s most decorated female Olympian and Chair of UK Sport, Katherine was a huge source of support and expertise for the University’s students, staff and partners.

Prior to Katherine, former Chancellors have been Baroness Helena Kennedy, Jon Snow and Baroness Shami Chakrabarti.

Oxford Brookes is now seeking a similarly inspirational figure to take on the role.

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A word from our Vice-Chancellor

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“Oxford Brookes is proud to have had a number of prestigious figures as Chancellor. They have truly inspired our students, staff, graduates and partners through their skills and expertise. I would encourage you to make your nomination for our next Chancellor as we embark on the next important step in the University’s journey.”

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University

Make a nomination

The closing date for nominations was Friday 11 September 2020.

What if I am interested in the role myself?

Interested applicants who are keen to know more about the role can arrange an informal conversation with Brendan Casey, Registrar and Chief Operating Officer, by emailing bcasey@brookes.ac.uk