The College is saddened to announce that our Senior Tutor of the last 14 years, Richard Partington, will be leaving the College this summer to join St John’s as their Senior Tutor. Although this is an exciting new challenge for Richard, he will be sorely missed by the entire Churchill community.
Richard has long been a passionate believer in facilitating social mobility through access to university, and has been equally committed to maintaining the highest academic standards; indeed he believes that these two objectives go hand-in-hand. He has been a regular commentator in the national debate on education, access and social mobility. Richard’s tenure as Senior Tutor has seen the College shine academically, moving up the league tables, while also creating a strong sense of community amongst the entire student body.
Speaking of Richard’s new appointment, Master of Churchill, Professor Dame Athene Donald said, “When I joined the College in 2014 I rapidly became aware of just how fortunate the College was in its Senior Tutor. Richard has steered the College’s education policy and student pastoral care with great sensitivity and awareness of the big picture, across the University and the country. I have always found him a wonderful colleague to discuss tricky issues with, not least during the current strangely disjointed academic year. His wise words and thoughtful approach to every problem have been a great support to me personally. We will miss him greatly, while wishing him all the best with the new challenge.”