The pair are to be two out of 11 visiting fellows at Oxford’s Lady Margaret Hall.
LMH’s Principal, Alan Rusbridger, set up the new Oxford roles to include a select group of professionals leading in their respective fields of science, medicine, the performing arts, literature, feminism, politics, law and policing.
In Rusbridger’s words: “They are people drawn from a variety of backgrounds, callings and professions and we want them to form a bridge between our own academic community and the worlds they inhabit and represent.”
“We hope they will occasionally come and eat at college as well as debate, perform, challenge and otherwise engage with the fellows, tutors, alumni, students and support staff.”
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For the next three years Emma and Benedict will join 8 other newly appointed visiting fellows including:
Pet Shop Boy composer, singer and writer Neil Tennant, film director Beeban Kidron, artist Cornelia Parker, former Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman, Chief Constable of the Thames Valley Police Francis Habgood, High Court judge Sir Rabinder Singh, scientist and novelist Jennifer Rohn, composer and clarinetist Mark Simpson and neurosurgeon and author Dr Henry Marsh.
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