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Lord Patten of Barnes announces his retirement as Chancellor of the University of Oxford

February 9, 2024

Christopher Patten, Lord Patten of Barnes, has announced that he will retire as Chancellor of the University of Oxford at the end of the 2023-24 academic year. He has been Chancellor since March 2003.

Lord Patten said: ‘This year, I will have my 80th birthday in May. I hope that there will be many more birthdays to come. But I am unlikely to have another 21 years in the job as Chancellor of the University.

‘I think it is in my own interest and that of the University for me to step down at the end of this academic year, giving the University the opportunity to plan a sensible succession which matches the demands of the 2020s. I say this with a heavy heart, trusting that I will still be able to work for Oxford University (which I love) from time to time.

‘The University of Oxford has been a hugely important part of my life. I think it is true to say that Oxford as a whole made me, not just because of the three happy years I spent there as a student, but because of what Oxford has continued to mean to me over the years right up to the present day.’

Professor Irene Tracey, Vice-Chancellor of the University, said: ‘Over the past 21 years, Lord Patten has been an extraordinarily active and committed Chancellor, engaging in as many as 60 international events per year on the University’s behalf, tirelessly championing Oxford at home and abroad. While his incomparable dedication will be sorely missed by the University, it is entirely understandable that he should want to take a step back at this time, as he approaches his 80th birthday.

‘I am personally grateful for his wise and steadfast support to me as I navigated the transition to becoming VC.

‘On behalf of thousands of alumni, students and staff and the many people whose lives have been changed by the University’s work, I thank Chris, and also his wife Lavender, for their service and wish them well in a richly deserved retirement.’

The University expects to be able to share further information about the next steps soon, as well as to provide opportunities for comments and questions.

About the role of Chancellor

The Chancellor is the titular head of the University and presides over several key ceremonies. The Chancellor chairs the Committee to Elect the Vice-Chancellor. In addition to these formal duties, the Chancellor undertakes advocacy, advisory and fundraising work, acting as an ambassador for the University at a range of national and international events.

The election of the Chancellor

The process and timetable for the election of the Chancellor by members of the University’s Convocation will be announced in due course.

Dinner with Professor Michael Bronstein in Zurich and Geneva

February 9, 2024

Two wonderful evenings with Swiss Friends of Oxford last month in Zurich and Geneva, with our speaker, Professor Michael Bronstein and special guest Sir Rick Trainor.

on 30.01.2024 in Zurich

on 31.01.2024 in Geneva

Save the date

February 9, 2024

SFOU dinner with
Professor Mette Morsing
Geneva, 10th April 2024, 19:00
Zurich, 11th April 2024, 19:00

To:       Members and Friends of SFOU

Professor Mette Morsing, new Director of the Smith School for Enterprise and the Environment, will be coming to Switzerland in April and has agreed to speak at a dinner for SFOU members and friends on the evening of Wednesday, 10th April 2024, in Geneva and on Thursday, 11th April 2024 in Zurich.

Please note the date in your diary and hopefully you can join us. An official invitation will follow shortly.

Looking forward to seeing you at the dinner.

Howard Rosen. President

Save the date

January 11, 2024

SFOU dinner with
Professor Michael Bronstein
Zurich, 30th January 2024, 19:00
Geneva, 31st January 2024, 19:30

To:       Members and Friends of SFOU

Professor Michael Bronstein, DeepMind Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Oxford, will be coming to Switzerland beginning of next year and has agreed to speak at a dinner for SFOU members and friends on the evening of Tuesday, 30th January 2024, at the Baur au Lac Club in Zurich and on Wednesday, 31st January 2024 at the residence of the British Ambassador, His Excellency Simon Manley, in Geneva.

Please note the date in your diary and hopefully you can join us. An official invitation will follow shortly.

Looking forward to seeing you at the dinner.

Howard Rosen. President

Save the date

September 28, 2023

SFOU dinner with Soumitra Dutta, Dean of Saïd Business School Zurich, 29th November 2023

To:       Members and Friends of SFOU

Professor Soumitra Dutta, Peter Moores Dean and Professor of Management at the Saïd Business School and Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, will be coming to Zurich later this year and has agreed to speak at a dinner for SFOU members and friends on the evening of Thursday, 29th November 2023 at 19:00. The event will take place at the Zunfthaus zur Zimmerleuten in Zurich.

Please note the date in your diary and hopefully you can join us. An official invitation will follow.

Looking forward to seeing you at the dinner.

Howard Rosen, President

Save the date

September 15, 2023

SFOU dinner with John Bowers KC
Principal, Brasenose College, Oxford
Zurich, 12th September 2023

To:       Members and Friends of SFOU,

John Bowers KC, distinguished jurist and principal of Brasenose College, Oxford, will be coming to Switzerland at the end of the summer and he has agreed to speak at a private dinner for SFOU members in Zurich, on the evening of Tuesday, 12th September 2023 at 19:00, at the Baur au Lac Club and will talk on the subject of “Free Speech on Campus”.

Please note the date in your diary and hopefully you can join us. An official invitation will follow.

In the meantime, I wish you a wonderful summer season.

Howard Rosen, President

Meeting Minds Oxford

September 15, 2023

The Meeting Minds weekend 22-24 September in Oxford is coming closer. A good opportunity to reconnect with fellow alumni. There’s still time to book. Find out more about the event plus discover new alumni offers, news from Oxford and some inspiring alumni stories.

https://alumni.ox.ac.uk/

Reading with Prof Henrike Laehnemann

August 7, 2023

Reading from the book “Unerhörte Frauen” at the Jesuitenbibliothek in Zurich
Zurich, 22nd August 2023, 19:00

About the event:
https://www.jesuitenbibliothek.ch/veranstaltungen-news.html#veranstaltungen

About Henrike Lähnemann:
http://Henrike Lähnemann | Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages (ox.ac.uk)

About the ranking of the book:
https://oe1.orf.at/artikel/704305/Sachbuecher-im-August

Dinner with Professor Dr Ian Shipsey in Zurich and Geneva

March 30, 2023

In March 2023 we had two very interesting dinner events with our remarkable guest of honour Professor Dr Ian Shipsey, who gave a talk on “From Quarks to the Cosmos”. He gave us the opportunity to listen to one of the world’s leading experts explain the progress being made in understanding the nature of matter, energy, space and time and the universe as a whole.

on 14th March 2023 in Zurich

Reception in Basel with Professor Kathy Willis, Principal of Teddy Hall

March 1, 2023

Professor Kathy Willis, Principal of Teddy Hall, was hosting a small drinks reception for the Teddy Hall Swiss alumni in January 2023. It was a very delightful evening.

on 30th January 2023 in Basel