Dame Fiona Caldicott

15th February 2021

It is with tremendous sadness that we must inform you that Dame Fiona Caldicott, our former Principal, passed away in the early hours of this morning.

Dame Fiona was a brilliant, dedicated, and empathetic leader of this college. She led us confidently into the future as a newly co-educational institution, and also served as Pro-Vice Chancellor.

Both during and after her time here, she worked tirelessly to regulate and reform the use of data in healthcare. One of the early figures to realise the importance of patient privacy in the new digital age, she became the UK’s first National Data Guardian in 2014. But, despite her increasingly busy post-Oxford life, she always had time for Somerville.

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We are so lucky to have known Dame Fiona. She will be greatly missed.

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