Alice Oswald announced as Oxford Professor of Poetry

Congratulations to Alice Oswald, who has been elected as the next Oxford Professor of Poetry. She will be the first female poet to take up the prestigious post. 

Alice Oswald was elected by members of Convocation, which is a group that includes graduates of Oxford as well as the University’s members of staff. 

Three candidates were nominated. Oswald received 1,046 votes, followed by Andrew McMillan with 210 and Todd Swift with 58.

Voting was open to members of Convocation, a group that includes Oxford graduates who have had their degree formally conferred, and members of staff who make up the University’s ‘parliament’, known as Congregation.

A new Oxford Professor of Poetry is elected every four years, and responsibilities include giving a public lecture each term. 

Alice Oswald  will take up her post on 1 October 2019.  She succeeds Simon Armitage, who completed his term as Oxford Professor of Poetry in May 2019.