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Paula Laycock (formerly Halson) came to the College in 1988 to take up the position of secretary to the College's third Master, Sir Hermann Bondi. She then held the position of Registrar from 1991 to 2014.
In 2001 she graduated from the Open University with an Honours Degree in French and English. The same year she became the first member of staff to be awarded a Churchill Fellowship by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. She spent eight weeks in Australia visiting universities and also carried out personal research on the French navigator Lapérouse. She was appointed a Staff By-Fellow in 2006 and in 2008 was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts.
In 2014 she took early-retirement from the full-time role of Registrar and now works part-time in the Archives Centre as College Records Officer where she is also co-ordinating the College’s oral history project.
Paula’s memoir of Sir Hermann Bondi, 'Flying Roast Ducks', was published by the College in 2012. She is now collaborating with John Moore, Head of Grounds & Gardens, on a book about the creation of the College’s grounds and gardens.