I was surprised at the claims that "students are unhappy with Cameron Mackintosh's pounds 1.5m drama professorship" ("No ovations for Oxford's luvvies", 2 February). All the more so since the article coincides with the end of Lord Richard Attenborough's tenure. He put more into the professorship than any student or benefactor could have hoped for. His year overlapped with the making of In Love and War and he gave 20 students the chance to become involved in the film, with location visits, lectures and workshops. Lord Attenborough is a truly great teacher. Both he and Cameron Mackintosh deserve great thanks.