University of Oxford Registrar

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University of Oxford Registrar

University of Oxford Registrar

The Registrar of the University of Oxford is one of the senior officials of the university. According to its statutes, the Registrar acts as the “head of the central administrative services”, with responsibility for “the management and professional development of their staff and for the development of other administrative support”.He or she is also the “principal adviser on strategic policy” to the university’s Vice-Chancellor and Council, its main decision-making body.

The university regards the role as having a 550-year history, as there are references in the records to officials carrying out the duties of a registrar in the 15th century, though the list of Registrars published by the university in the 19th century begins with John London, who died in 1508. As the administrative requirements of the university have increased, so have the number of staff employed in the university administration under the Registrar. The university decided to give the role increased importance after this was recommended by a commission in 1922.

As of 2015, there are 16 administrative sections for the university, and the heads of 12 of these report to the Registrar. About 4,000 of the university’s staff of approximately 8,000 are under the Registrar’s control. The current Registrar, Ewan McKendrick, took up his duties on 1 January 2011; he is also Professor of English Private Law and was previously one of the university’s Pro-Vice-Chancellors. His predecessor, Julie Maxton, was the first woman to hold the position; she was previously Dean of the Law School at the University of Auckland.