Education: A Question of Continuity

As dean of Christ Church, and therefore of an Oxford College and a cathedral both, the Very Reverend John Lowe has been at Oxford for nine years, but few Oxonians would claim to know him well. He is a spare and stooped theologian, unfailingly polite to everyone—and just as unfailingly aloof. He gives no tutorials, has made few academic changes, seldom even invites anyone in to tea. But last week all Oxford was talking about John Lowe. He had just been made vice chancellor, the nearest thing Oxford has to a president (the chancellorship, at present held by Lord Halifax, is...

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