Jane Shaw

Jane Shaw is Principal of Harris Manchester College, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, and Professor of the History of Religion at the University of Oxford. Before returning to Oxford in 2018, she was Dean for Religious Life and Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University. She is the author of several books on the history of religion. Harris Manchester College is the only college in the University of Oxford dedicated to mature students (both undergraduate and graduate) and Professor Shaw has a particular interest in the place of higher education across the whole of our lives, especially as we live longer, and as part of a strategy for healthy and active ageing. Her interest in how we approach and plan for later life was inspired by her childhood, growing up in a community (founded in 1249) of 150 people over the age of 65, in Norwich, England.