JBBrasenose College is delighted to announce the election of Mr John Bowers QC as the next Principal. Mr Bowers will take up his new post on 1st October 2015, when Professor Alan Bowman retires at the end of the next academic year.

John Bowers QC is a leading human rights and employment lawyer with particular focus on matters of equal pay, discrimination, minimum wage and unfair dismissal. He sits as a Deputy High Court Judge. He is an approved counsel for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and has written numerous books on human rights and employment law, including standard texts on whistleblowing and industrial action.

Commenting on his election, John Bowers said, “It is a great honour to have been chosen by the College. I sincerely look forward to joining the team and helping Brasenose go from strength to strength. It will give me great pleasure to get to know the whole Brasenose community: Fellows, staff and, of course, the students, past and present.”

Professor Ron Daniel, Vice-Principal, commented, “Brasenose College is delighted that John has agreed to be our next Principal. He will bring a combination of clear analytical insight and personal warmth to Brasenose that will help us to sustain academic excellence within our strong and active College community.”

Representatives of students and staff from all parts of College were included in the recruitment process. Henry Zeffman, student representative and JCR President said, “There was a range of excellent candidates, but we particularly liked John Bowers’ commitment to widening access for the best students whatever their backgrounds. We think that John will be a personable and progressive Principal, who will continue to build the tradition of a strong relationship between the Principal and students.”