Author: S.Manikandaprabhu Posted On : 06th February 2016
Lady Margaret Hall, one of the constituent colleges of theUniversity of Oxford in England announces the list of visiting fellows to thecollege recently.
The lists include a Pet Shop Boy singer Neil Tennant.Benedict Cumberbatch, Emma Watson among the 11 visiting fellows at LadyMargaret Hall, Oxford.
The college’s principal, Alan Rusbridger, formereditor-in-chief of the Guardian, announced the appointments on Friday.
He said that they are people drawn from a variety ofbackgrounds, callings and professions and we want them to form a bridge betweenour own academic community and the worlds they inhabit and represent.
Other appointees include the former children’s laureateMalorie Blackman, the chief constable of Thames Valley police, Francis Habgood,director Beeban Kidron, musician Mark Simpson and high court judge RabinderSingh.
A list of possible visiting fellows was drawn up by thecollege’s governing body, and then narrowed down by a committee. Ultimatelyonly one person approached by the college turned it down.
“Some of the names we announce today did not go touniversity. One left school at 16. We think we can learn much from them – andwe hope they treasure their time with us,” Rusbridger said.
Cumberbatch studied for a BA in drama at ManchesterUniversity and has an MA in classical acting, while Watson has a degree fromthe Ivy League Brown University in the US.
Visiting fellowships are more commonly given to scholars andacademics, although there are positions such as the Cameron Mackintosh visitingprofessorship at St Catherine’s, Oxford, that have been filled by luminariessuch as the actors Stephen Fry, Diana Rigg and Patrick Stewart.
Only one of the 11 new visiting fellows is an academic:Jennifer Rohn, a cell biologist at University College London who is also anovelist; neurosurgeon Henry Marsh is another of the news fellows.
In a blogpost, Rusbridger said the idea came from his ownexperience as a visiting fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford.
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