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Merton College, Oxford

The Wardenship

The current Warden of Merton College, Sir Martin Taylor FRS, who took up the Wardenship in 2010, has announced his intention to retire in September 2018. The College is therefore looking to elect a new Warden as Head of the College, with effect from October 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Merton College, which was founded in 1264 with the aim of promoting teaching and independent scholarship, is one of the most academically distinguished educational institutions in Britain. It possesses exceptional facilities for learning and research and is home to a thriving international student body and fellowship. It admits roughly equal numbers of undergraduate and graduate students and has established a variety of Research Fellowships to promote the careers of young scholars. It also hosts a number of Senior Research Fellows of the highest academic distinction, and has set up three very active interdisciplinary research centres. Every effort has been made to widen academic access to the College in recent years, through the appointment of a professional Schools Liaison & Access Officer, ongoing communication with a diverse range of schools, and the development of graduate scholarship schemes.

The College is seeking a Warden of high intellectual calibre who will share and promote the academic values of the foundation, foster good relations between students, fellows, staff and alumni, contribute to its future strategic and financial planning, and represent its interests in the collegiate university and the wider academic community worldwide. The College is an equal opportunities employer.

The College welcomes both direct applications and nominations of potential candidates.

The deadline for receipt of applications and nominations is 5:00pm on Friday 24 February 2017.

Potential candidates wishing to discuss the post informally in the first instance are invited to contact the Sub-Warden, Professor Judith Armitage, FRS.