Dame Frances Lannon DBE


MA DPhil Oxf, FRHistS




Honorary Fellow, Former Principal Lady Margaret Hall; Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Oxford University

Frances Lannon took up her appointment as Principal of Lady Margaret Hall on 1 October 2002 and stepped down on 30 September 2015. Before that she had been Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at LMH since 1977, and was Vice-Principal from 1992 to 1997. She is, from 2013, a member of the University Council and several committees of Council. She was born and brought up in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and attended a direct grant school in the state sector.

As Principal of LMH, Dr Lannon led the college through a period of both consolidation and significant development. LMH has changed physically, with new buildings and facilities. Academic provision has been enhanced. Financial support for students has increased. LMH is committed to providing the best collegiate education in the world.

‘LMH is proud to be an Oxford college for the 21st century.’

Frances Lannon was made a Dame of the British Empire in the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to Higher Education.

Research interests:

Dr Lannon's research interests lie in the history of 19th and 20th century Spain. She has published on the relationship of religion and politics in modern Spain in the period before, during, and after the Spanish Civil War. She has also published on the history of women and gender in 20th century Spain and is currently concentrating on this area.

Oxford University roles:

2011 -
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (without portfolio – standing in for the Vice-Chancellor chairing Electoral Boards and in ceremonial duties)
Chair, Conference of Colleges
Vice-Chair, Conference of Colleges
Member of University Council and several committees of Council