Google Answers Logo
View Question
Q: A Master of an Oxbridge College ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: A Master of an Oxbridge College
Category: Reference, Education and News > Education
Asked by: dtnl42-ga
List Price: $40.00
Posted: 28 Apr 2005 22:27 PDT
Expires: 28 May 2005 22:27 PDT
Question ID: 515681
What is the best, sure-fire way of being elected as a Master of an
Oxford or Cambridge College, perhaps in terms of the track records of
those already elected as such

Request for Question Clarification by answerfinder-ga on 29 Apr 2005 01:37 PDT
Dear dtnl42-ga,
Just to make sure I'm going in the right direction. As well as Master,
some of the Heads of House of Oxford Colleges can also be titled
Provost, Dean or Warden. Do you wish me to included these?
Subject: Re: A Master of an Oxbridge College
Answered By: answerfinder-ga on 29 Apr 2005 08:56 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Dear dtnl42-ga,
This has proved to be a demanding task as I had to review each college
to enable me to give you a complete answer. In both Oxford and
Cambridge the Head of a College can be given the following title:
Master/Mistress, President, Provost, Rector, Principal, Dean and

During my research I found one college, Trinity College, whose rules
specified that the appointment must be made by the Monarch on advice
of the Prime Minister and they must hold a degree from Cambridge. Of
course there may be others but I did not find them.

"The Mastership of Trinity is a Crown Appointment, made by the Monarch
on the advice of the Prime Minister. The Master must hold a degree
from Cambridge, and has in the past usually been a member of Trinity

Apart from the above, I found no evidence of any restriction or
requirement that they have attended the college earlier in their
academic career. Indeed, I found examples of Cambridge graduates being
appointed at Oxford, although it must be said that there were fewer
examples in the reverse. There are, however, some Masters are serving
at the college where they obtained their first degrees.

The main attributes for all the Masters I noted were:
United Kingdom born;
Either a distinguished academic background, some had been abroad at
other universities or academic institutions, others have been
Government advisors or sitting on various committees or organisations
appointed by the Government; or, a long-serving Civil Servant ? a
number were diplomats who had been with the Foreign and Commonwealth
Office for over 25 years. Slightly suprising, another civil servant
was Sir Richard Dearlove, who was former head of MI6.

There were, however, a smattering of lawyers, two Oxford Masters with
strong media backgrounds in the BBC and Channel 4, and a couple of
engineers.  No musicians, sports persons, or Google Researchers, so
stay clear of that.

Gender is not an issue.

Also helpful is to have a Knighthood, or some other award such as OBE,
CBE; Honorary Degrees are always useful; or to have previously held
positions in other Universities such as Chancellor or Vice-Chancellor.

Finally, I?m sure it may be a case of not what you know, but who you know.

Some have held the position for over 13 years and it is difficult to
ascertain their biographies at the time of their appointment. Below is
a list of the Masters and a link to their biographies. To cut down on
the length of the list I have not included their qualifications ?
apologies to all concerned.

I hope this answers your question. If it does not, or the answer is
unclear, then please ask for clarification of this research before
rating the answer. I shall respond to the clarification request as
soon as I receive it.
Thank you


List colleges taken from here.

Christ's College Master Malcolm Bowie]

Churchill College Master Sir John Boyd

Clare College Master Professor Anthony J  Badger

Clare Hall President Professor Ekhard Salje

Corpus Christi College Master Professor Haroon Ahmed

Darwin College Master William A. Brown

Downing College Master Professor Barry Everitt

Emmanuel College Master Lord Wilson of Dinton

Fitzwilliam College Master Professor Brian F.G. Johnson

Girton College Mistress Professor Marilyn Strathern

Gonville and Caius College (Master Elect 2006) Sir Christopher Hum

Homerton College Principal Dr Kate Pretty

Hughes Hall President Professor Peter Richards

Jesus College Master Professor Robert Mair

King's College Provost Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas

Lucy Cavendish President Dame Veronica Sutherland

Magdalene College Master Duncan Robinson

New Hall President Anne M Lonsdale

Newnham College Principal Dr Onora O'Neill  The Baroness O'Neill of
Bengarve (1992)

Pembroke College Master Sir Richard Dearlove

Peterhouse Master David Clive Wilson  (The Rt. Hon. Lord Wilson of Tillyorn)

Queens' College President Dr John L Eatwell

Robinson College Warden Professor Anthony David Yates

St Catharine's College Master Professor David S Ingram

St Edmund's College Master Professor Paul Luzio

St John's College Master Professor Richard Perham

Selwyn College Master  Professor Richard Bowring

Sidney Sussex College Master Professor Sandra Dawson

Trinity College Master Professor Sir Martin Rees

Trinity Hall Master Professor Martin Daunton

Wolfson College Gordon Johnson President


The below list is adapted from ?List of Heads of House Table
reproduced from Oxford University Calendar, 2003-2004?

University  Master  Lord Butler of Brockwell

Balliol Master 	Andrew Winston Mawdsley Graham

Merton 	Warden 	Professor Dame Jessica Rawson

Exeter 	Rector 	Professor M. S. Butler

Oriel 	Provost Sir Derek James Morris

The Queen's Provost Sir Alan Budd,,10530-470667,00.html

New College Warden Professor Alan Ryan

Lincoln Rector 	Professor P. Langford

All Souls  Warden J. H. R. Davis

Magdalen President Anthony. D. Smith

Brasenose Principal Professor R.J. Cashmore

Christ Church 	Dean 	The Very Revd C. A. Lewis

Trinity President The Hon. M. J. Beloff

St John's President Sir Michael Scholar

Jesus 	Principal Sir Peter North

Wadham 	Warden 	Sir Neil Chalmers

Pembroke Master Giles Henderson

Worcester Provost Richard G. Smethurst

Hertford Principal Sir Walter Bodmer

Keble Warden Professor Averil Cameron

St Edmund Hall 	Principal Professor Michael Mingos

Lady Margaret Hall Principal Dr Frances Lannon

Somerville Principal Dame Fiona Caldicott

St Hugh's Principal Andrew Dilnot

St Hilda's Principal Lady English (formerly Judith Milne

St Anne's Principal Tim Gardam

St Peter's Master Professor Bernard Silverman

St Catherine's 	Master 	Professor R. W Ainsworth Engineer

Nuffield Warden Sir Tony Atkinson

St Antony's Warden Sir Marrack Goulding

Linacre Principal Professor Paul A. Slack

St Cross Master Professor A. S. Goudie

Wolfson	President Sir Gareth Roberts

Green College Warden Sir John Hanson

Kellogg President Geoffrey. P. Thomas

Mansfield Principal Diana. M. Walford

Templeton President Sir David Rowland

Harris Manchester Principal The Revd Dr Ralph Waller
dtnl42-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars

There are no comments at this time.

Important Disclaimer: Answers and comments provided on Google Answers are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Google does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. Please read carefully the Google Answers Terms of Service.

If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by emailing us at with the question ID listed above. Thank you.
Search Google Answers for
Google Answers  

Google Home - Answers FAQ - Terms of Service - Privacy Policy