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Oxford University's decision to appoint an academic from the University of Auckland to the key post of registrar is another sign of the changes taking place at the ancient institution.

Oxford University's decision to appoint an academic from the University of Auckland to the key post of registrar is another sign of the changes taking place at the ancient institution. Dr John Hood, Oxford's new vice-chancellor, came from Auckland, too, so his critics will see Dr Julie Maxton's appointment as proof that Hood means business in his drive to modernise Oxford. Dr Maxton is Oxford's first ever female registrar - head of the university's administration - and as such will be an important ally in Dr Hood's plan to make Oxford able to compete internationally. We wish her well. Will the dons do the same?

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