London: Ending its decades long male dominance for the post of vice-chancellor, the oldest university in the English speaking world, , Oxford University has got its first ever female head.
Professor Louise Richardson, currently the principal and vice-chancellor of the University of St Andrews, has been nominated as the next VC of the University of Oxford. The first women’s colleges were founded in the 19th century and women became full members of the University in 1920.
Five all-male colleges – Brasenose, Jesus College, Wadham, Hertford and St Catherine’s – first admitted women in 1974. St Hilda’s College which was originally for women only was the last of Oxford’s single sex colleges. All colleges have admitted both men and women since 2008.
Oxford currently has 11 female heads of house – the Rector of Exeter; the Principals of Lady Margaret Hall, Mansfield, St Hilda’s, St Hugh’s, and Somerville; the Provost of Oriel; the Master of Pembroke; the Warden of St Antony’s and the Presidents of St John’s and Wolfso