St Hugh’s new Dame

Top Scottish law officer Dame Elish Angiolini has been elected the new Principal of St Hugh’s College.

Dame Elish, who served as Scotland’s Lord Advocate from 2006 to 2011, will replace incumbent Andrew Dilnot CBE in September.

Last year she was made a Dame in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List “for services to the administration of justice in Scotland”.

Dame Elish comes from a working class background in Glasgow, and had her and pioneered a victim liason scheme subsequently extended throughout Scotland.

Expressing her delight at her election, she said: “Founded to give an excellent education to women who were otherwise excluded from Oxford, and now providing a focus for learning and scholarship for women and men from all backgrounds, St Hugh’s College has an inspiring history and an exciting future. I am eagerly anticipating joining the College and aim both to support and celebrate its important work.”

Andrew Dilnot, added: “I am delighted that the College has elected such an outstanding figure as Dame Elish as its next principal. Her pioneering achievements will be an inspiration to people both within and outside the College, and I very much look forward to welcoming her to Oxford.”