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Professor Judith Buchanan officially installed as Master

Last night, during a special choral Evensong, Professor Judith Buchanan was officially installed as the new Master of St Peter's College.

Professor Buchanan is the ninth person to head St Peter's and the college's tenth Master (the post was held by twice by Julian Thornton-Duesbery, first between 1940 and 1945 and then between 1955 and 1968). She is the first woman to occupy the Mastership since the college was founded in 1929.

A former Fulbright Scholar and Wilkinson Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford, Judith Buchanan has an academic background both in early modern literature and in the study of film, and is a leading authority on Shakespearean performance histories and on silent cinema. She works frequently with external partners across arts and heritage sectors nationally and internationally, and is a committed advocate for the value of work and conversations that move between academic and non-academic spheres.

She moved from Oxford to the University of York in 2000 where she has worked in various capacities since. She was appointed Professor of Film and Literature in the Department of English and Related Literature in 2011, Director of the Humanities Research Centre in 2012, and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities in 2017. As Dean, she manages and represents the eight departments and multiple interdisciplinary centres of the University’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities. She sits on various international boards in support of academic-based projects and is a Commissioner on the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission. 

The installation service was performed by the college Vice Master in the presence of the College Visitor, the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, bishop of Liverpool, and included music performed by St Peter’s College Choir under the direction of Professor Edward Higginbottom. It was followed by dinner in hall, during which Judith, along with other new members of St Peter's, were welcomed to college.

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Judith Buchanan Installation