New Book Shares Academic’s Experience at University of Oxford

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Graham Richards offers suggestions for how the university stays on top in new memoir

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According to the University of Oxford’s webpage, the institution dates back centuries with evidence of teaching dating back to 1096. Widely known as the oldest university in the English speaking world, it has remained one of the top and most respected institutions in the world. Detailing his experience at the university from his beginnings as a student to his rise as the head of the Department of Chemistry, Graham Richards delivers his new memoir, 50 Years at Oxford (published by AuthorHouse).

Readers are given a firsthand account of how Oxford has changed over the last 50 years and how the university has maintained its extremely high level of quality over that time and the centuries of its existence.

“A great university needs to adapt with the times,” says Richards. He was witness to and a contributing influence to Oxford’s recent ability to adapt. But Richards doesn’t stop there. He also stresses the need for the university to continue to adapt, and some of his proposals for how it should go about these changes are somewhat controversial.

“Most controversial is the suggestion that Oxford should go private and become more like Harvard and Stanford,” says Richards about his book. He realizes that, among many of the concerns for adapting over the coming years, Oxford will have to face the issue of funding, and Richards does not fail to offer his ideas on how he would suggest tackling the problem.

50 Years at Oxford is Richards’ brief and provocative personal story, but it also incorporates his relationships with the industry as well as academia.

About the Author
Graham Richards spent 50 years at Oxford University, starting as an undergraduate in 1958 and retiring as Head of the Chemistry Department in 2008. He is the author of over 360 scientific articles and 17 books, with translations into five languages.

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