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Oxford to have first female Vice Chancellor in 800 years

Students and staff at Oxford University have hailed the nomination of its first female Vice-Chancellor as a momentous event in Oxford's history.

Professor Louise Richardson will become the first woman to hold the university's most senior office since records began 800 years ago.

The 56-year-old is currently the principal and vice-chancellor of St Andrews University in Scotland. Professor Richardson says she hopes her nomination would inspire current and potential female undergraduates.

Professor Richardson said of her nomination: ‘Oxford is one of the world’s great universities. I feel enormously privileged to be given the opportunity to lead this remarkable institution during an exciting time for higher education.

I am very much looking forward to working with talented, experienced, and dedicated colleagues to advance Oxford’s pre-eminent global position in research, scholarship, and teaching.’

Subject to the approval of Congregation, the University’s parliament, Professor Richardson will succeed the current Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Hamilton, at the beginning of next year.

Louise Richardson is married with three children.


Reading Bridge to re-open on Monday

Reading Bridge has been closed to traffic for almost two weeks Credit: ITV Meridian

Reading Bridge is due to re-open in time for Monday's rush hour.

The roadworks are scheduled to finish over the weekend but there are some concerns that heavy rain might hamper their progress.

Reading Borough Council say they anticipate being able to lift the corden by midnight on Sunday - in time for the first school run after half term.

Low emission engines for buses in Southampton

Passengers in Southampton will soon be travelling on scores of new buses fitted with the latest low-emission engines.

First Bus, part of transport company FirstGroup, is investing £77.7 million in 385 new buses, of which 90% will be fitted with ultra-clean Euro 6 engines. The Wrightbus company, based in Ballymena in Northern Ireland, is manufacturing 248 of the buses while ADL, based in Falkirk in Scotland, has secured an order for 117 buses.

All the new buses will be delivered during the current financial year. All will have free wi-fi and leather seats.

"This is great news for First Bus customers across the UK. In five years we've invested around #385 million in new vehicles. I'm delighted the overwhelming majority of our new vehicles will be fitted with Euro 6 engines. The advances in engineering are remarkable and our investment represents one of the most environmentally friendly bus orders ever placed."

– First Bus managing director Giles Fearnley


Dorchester murder victim identified

Elliott Handley was found dead on Tuesday

A man who was found dead at The Compass garage in Dorchester has been formally identified as Elliot Handley. Three men were arrested on suspicion of murder when the body of the 46 year old from Eastleigh was found at The Grove on Tuesday. One man has been bailed to a secure hospital and two others have been bailed until June.

Code of conduct for buskers in Oxford

Harmless entertainment, or a scourge on our streets? That's the question being asked across the Thames Valley tonight, as busking in town centres comes under scrutiny.

Yes, because as more buskers take to the streets, often asking for money from the public, one council in Oxford says enough is enough. They've decided to enforce a code of conduct, meaning that buskers could be fined up to a thousand pounds if they cause a noise nuisance.

The controversy will be debated at a council meeting next month. Cary Johnston takes up the story.

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