Benedict Cumberbatch, Emma Watson are now Oxford University's fellows
(2 years ago)
London, Feb. 6: Benedict Cumberbatch and Emma Watson have been appointed as the visiting fellows at Lady Margaret Hall by the Oxford University.
The 25-year-old actress and the 39-year-old actor, who are among 11 visiting fellows at Lady Margaret Hall, will have duties that are supposed to enrich the cultural life of the university, the Guardian reports.
In a statement, the college's principal Alan Rusbridger said that these people have been chosen from a variety of backgrounds, callings and professions, adding they want them to form a bridge between their own academic communities and the worlds they inhabit and represent.
Other appointees include the Pet Shop Boys singer Neil Tennant, the former children's laureate Malorie Blackman, the chief constable of Thames Valley police, Francis Habgood, director Beeban Kidron, musician Mark Simpson and high court judge Rabinder Singh.
Rusbridger further said that they would like the fellows to drop in occasionally at the college to eat and communicate with a variety of the LMH community, while opting for more structured things like a conversation or debate, a performance, a lecture or seminar, a form of outreach and fascinating interactions or collaborations.
Interestingly, Cumberbatch, who pursued a BA in drama at Manchester University, has done MA in classical acting, while Watson has got a degree from the Ivy League Brown University in the US.