Today we welcome 11 new visiting fellows to Lady Margaret Hall. They are people drawn from a variety of backgrounds, callings and professions and we want them to form a bridge between our own academic community and the worlds they inhabit and represent.
The idea of having non-academic visiting fellows at an Oxford College is not entirely new. Lord Nuffield, in founding his own college, wanted people drawn from government, politics, civil service and other institutions to play a role in the life of Nuffield College.
We canvassed names from our own governing body, of people of distinction whom we admired and whom we felt could add to the intellectual and cultural life of LMH. A small sub-committee then whittled down the names to arrive at the list we are announcing today – which spans science, medicine, the performing arts, literature, feminism, politics, law and policing.
Visiting Fellows are appointed for three years. We hope they will occasionally come and eat at college as well as debate, perform, challenge and otherwise engage with the fellows, tutors, support staff and students. One or two have already come up with other ideas for how they might use their relationship with LMH to develop other projects and thinking.
Only one of the 11 visiting fellows is an academic: we have a significant number of distinguished scholars who are honorary and emeritus fellows. Some of the names we announce today did not go to university, one left school at 16. We think we can learn much from them – and we hope they treasure their time with us.
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