Baroness Amos: First-ever black woman appointed as master of University College at Oxford

Baroness Amos: First-ever black woman appointed as master of University College at Oxford

- Baroness Valerie Amos has been appointed the new master of University College at Oxford

- She makes history as both the first female master of University College, Oxford, and the first black head of any Oxford college

- Baroness Valerie Amos will step down as current director of University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and will begin her new role effective August 1, 2020

The director of University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Baroness Valerie Amos, has been appointed the new master of University College at Oxford.

With her appointment taking effect from August 1, 2020, Baroness Amos becomes the first-ever black college head to occupy that position since the university was established.

The Right Honourable Amos will begin her official duties as both the first female master of University College, Oxford, and the first black head of any Oxford college.

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Baroness Amos reportedly visited Ghana recently to launch a Transitional Education (TNE) Partnership with Mountcrest University College (MCU).

Until this new appointment, she has been serving as the director at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Her career has also included serving as international development secretary and as leader of the House of Lords from 2003-2007.

A champion of equality and humanitarianism throughout her career, the Baroness has been a labour life peer since 1997, and has played a key role in tackling workplace discrimination and enabling international emergency relief efforts.

She had served as both an executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission and an adviser to the Mandela government on leadership and change management issues.

Amos was also UK high commissioner to Australia before joining the UN in 2010, as undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator at the UN from 2010-2015.

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She was made a companion of honour in the Queen’s Birthday honours list for her services to the United Nations and emergency relief in conflict areas.

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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The disclosure was made by Harvard Kennedy School's director of media relations, James F Smith.

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