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Professor Alison Woollard

Professor Alison Woollard, Department of Biochemistry and Fellow of Hertford College, has been appointed as the University of Oxford’s next Academic Champion for Public Engagement with Research.

Professor Woollard will provide academic leadership for the implementation of the University’s Public Engagement with Research strategic plan that was approved by the University’s Research Committee in May 2016. The vision is to embed high-quality and innovative public engagement as an integral part of research culture and practice at Oxford, enhancing our position as a world-leading research institution.

On her appointment, Professor Alison Woollard said: “It is a fantastic time to become Academic Champion. The University is clearly committed to raising the profile of Public Engagement with Research through its Strategic Plan and there could not be a more important time for this”.

Professor Chris Kennard, Head of Division said: “I’m delighted that Alison has been appointed as the University’s Academic Champion for Public Engagement and I look forward to working with her to continue to develop the fantastic ways in which MSD researchers already engage the public with their research.”

Professor Woollard will work alongside Professor Ian Walmsley, who as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation is responsible for public engagement, and with a network of academic ambassadors from across the University.