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Angiolini to become Oxford principal

20 February 2012

Former Lord Advocate Dame Elish Angiolini QC is to be the next Principal of St Hugh's College, Oxford, the college announced today.

St Hugh's College was founded to give an excellent education to women who were otherwise excluded from Oxford. It now admits women and men from all backgrounds.

Dame Elish is also currently a visiting professor at Strathclyde University, an honorary professor at Aberdeen University and holds honorary degrees from the universities of Glasgow Caledonian, Strathclyde and Aberdeen. She will take up her new post in September 2012.

Dr John Iles, the college’s senior fellow who chaired the election process, said: "Amongst a very strong field of candidates, Elish Angiolini stood out for her combination of leadership qualities and passion for the academic vision of the college. We believe that she is just the person further to develop St Hugh’s as Principal after the exceptionally successful tenure of Andrew Dilnot."

Dame Elish commented: "St Hugh’s College has an inspiring history and an exciting future. I am eagerly anticipating joining the college and aim both to support and celebrate its important work."

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