Queen's to honour first woman vice-chancellor of University of Oxford
The first woman to be appointed as vice-chancellor of the University of Oxford will be honoured by Queen's University today.
Professor Louise Richardson, a renowned scholar on terrorism, will be recognised for her exceptional services to education. She currently leads St Andrews University as its principal and vice-chancellor and will take up the new position at the University of Oxford next year.
Professor Richardson, who is from Co Waterford, studied at Trinity College Dublin, where she received a Rotary Scholarship to study in the US, and completed a PhD at Harvard University, where she taught for many years and held a succession of high-profile positions.
Commenting on her honorary degree, Professor Richardson said: "I am both delighted and honoured to receive this award from Queen's University, a university which has played such a pivotal role in the history of these islands, and which has educated so many leading figures in public life, the arts, academia and sport."
Meanwhile, another female history-maker will also be honoured today.
Leading businesswoman Rona Fairhead, is the first woman to chair the BBC Trust - the body in charge of overseeing the corporation. She will be awarded for services to business and commerce.
She was born in Cumbria and attended St Catharine's College, Cambridge, where she was president of the University's Law Society and graduated with a double first in Law. She later obtained a master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.
Her corporate career has included consulting for many well-known businesses including Bombardier, the Financial Times Group and Morgan Stanley.
The qualified pilot was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 for services to UK industry. She was also appointed as one of the Prime Minister's business ambassadors in 2014.
Speaking ahead of the graduation ceremony, Ms Fairhead said: "I'm delighted to be graduating with a DSc Econ from Queen's University - it's a very exciting day. I would encourage all of my fellow graduates to live their lives to the full and grab every opportunity to make a positive difference to their world."