The Right Honourable Baroness Valerie Amos has been appointed as the new Master of University College, Oxford University, and will take up the post from 1 August 2020 following Sir Ivor Crewe’s retirement after 12 years in the role. The Baroness will be both the first female Master of University College, Oxford, and the first black head of any Oxford college. Baroness Amos is currently the Director of University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. Her career has also included serving as international development secretary and as leader of the House of Lords from 2003 to 2007. Asked about the appointment, she said, "I look forward to taking up my role next year and joining a community which prides itself on providing an outstanding scholarly environment, excellent teaching and world-class research". Baroness Amos will step down from her current post at the University of London when she begins her Mastership position at University College.
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