Anne Lonsdale appointed Murray Edwards’ Acting President

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Murray Edwards College’s Senior Tutor, Dr Juliet Foster, announced to students earlier today that Anne Lonsdale, former President of Murray Edwards College, was yesterday appointed as Acting President of the College until Dame Barbara Stocking’s return.

In an email sent to students at the College, Dr Foster informed the student body of the decision made by the College’s Governing Body, which is “delighted to be welcoming her back.” The announcement came as part of a decision to provide a “promise of continued communication” to all students following controversy over the College’s handling of the Oxfam scandal.

Mrs Lonsdale is expected to cover the President’s responsibilities until Dame Stocking’s return to College, anticipated for the 17th of April. Dame Stocking is currently on unpaid leave to prepare for an upcoming enquiry into the allegations of sexual misconduct made against former members of staff at Oxfam.

Mrs Lonsdale, who studied Classics and later Chinese at the University of Oxford, became a university administrator before becoming chairman of the board of Camfed International, a charity which focuses on education for girls in Sub-Saharan Africa. She was later President of Murray Edwards College from 1996 to 2008, overseeing the College’s name change from New Hall, during which time she also served as Pro-Vice Chancellor for External Relations and a member of the University’s Council. In 2004 she was awarded a CBE for services to Higher Education and is currently an Emerita Fellow of the College.


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