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Kenyan Kingori becomes first black woman to get Oxford University full professorship in 925-year history

A Kenyan woman, Patricia Kingori, has broken the glass ceiling and become one of the youngest women to be awarded a full professorship at Oxford University in its 925-year history

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A Kenyan woman, Patricia Kingori, has broken the glass ceiling and become one of the youngest women to be awarded a full professorship at Oxford University in its 925-year history.

Kingori is also the youngest black professor at Oxford or Cambridge universities in the United Kingdom.

Thankful of her promotion, the professor said: “To have my body of work recognised in this way is a great honour, and I am grateful many people who have inspired and supported me so far.”

Kingori is a British African sociologist based at Ethox Centre and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities in London, UK- a research centre that aims at improving ethical standards in healthcare practice and medical research.

Somerville’s Principal Baroness Jan Royall, who moved a vote of confidence in her favour, said, “Patricia has moved many mountains and shattered countless glass ceilings to secure this historic achievement. In the truest tradition of Somerville, she is a woman of firsts, a trailblazer. I have no doubt that where she leads, others will follow.”

The Senior Research Fellow has notable awards and achievements under her belt, more notably the award for historic distinction in recognition of the quality and global impact of her research on academia and beyond.

“She is currently the recipient of the prestigious Wellcome Senior Investigator award and leads an interdisciplinary team of researchers exploring global concerns around Fakes, Fabrications, and Falsehoods in global health,” Somerville highlighted.