New Honorary Fellows

New Honorary Fellows

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Professor Dinah Birch


Richard Bernays

The Governing Body is delighted to announce the election of two new Honorary Fellows of Trinity College, both of them distinguished in their respective fields.

The two new Honorary Fellows are Dinah Birch, former Fellow and Tutor in English and now Professor of English Literature and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact at the University of Liverpool, and Richard Bernays (1961), who has had a long career in financial services in the City and is a member of the college’s Investment and Remuneration committees. They join the college’s thirty-five other Honorary Fellows in representing a wide variety of achievements and experiences.


Dinah Birch CBE was an undergraduate and postgraduate at St Hugh’s College, before becoming a Junior Research Fellow at Merton.  She then taught at St Hugh’s and the Open University and, in 1990, came to Trinity, succeeding Dennis Burden as Fellow and Tutor in English.

After thirteen years at the college, she moved to the University of Liverpool to take up the post of Professor of English Literature and subsequently Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact. In this role, she has oversight of all aspects of the university’s plans and policies for research and impact.

Professor Birch’s own research has focussed on Victorian fiction and poetry and she has published widely in this field, and on the work of John Ruskin. She has also published new editions of the works of John Ruskin, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell and Anthony Trollope, and she is the general editor of the Oxford Companion to English Literature (7th edition).

She has broadcast regularly on Radio 4 and contributed to the Times Literary Supplement and the London Review of Books amongst others. In 2012, she was a member of the panel for the Man Booker Prize.  In 2014 she chaired the English sub-panel of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and was deputy chair of the main panel for Arts and Humanities. She has held visiting professorships at Leeds and Lancaster and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Lund.  In 2016 she was awarded the CBE for services to higher education, literary scholarship and cultural life.

During her time at Trinity, Professor Birch taught more than a hundred undergraduates and her involvement with the college has continued through her role as a trustee of the Richard Hillary Trust.


Richard Bernays came to Trinity to read PPE, matriculating in 1961 and completing his degree in 1964. After Oxford, he went into a career in financial services and he spent over twenty years at Mercury Asset Management, where he became vice-chairman.   He then held a series of senior positions including CEO of Hill Samuel Asset Management, Capel-Cure Sharp, and Old Mutual International Ltd.   He is currently a trustee of N M Rothschild Pension Scheme and chairman of Quantum Group.

Mr Bernays has been chairman of the Board of Henderson Global Trust, Hermes Pension Management, Throgmorton Trust plc, Gartmore Global Trust plc, Impax Environmental Markets plc, a director of Singer & Friedlander and WNS (Holdings), a member of the Advisory Board of Oriel Securities Ltd and chairman of the Audit Committee of Threadneedle Investments. He has also been an adviser to the Majid Al Futaim Group in Dubai. His voluntary interests include membership of the National Events Committee at Cancer Research UK, the Investment Committee at Save the Children Fund and the Investment Panel of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists.

He has been an active Old Member of the College.   He is also a long-standing member of the Investment Committee and was, and continues to be, one of the original members of the Remuneration Committee, on both of which his long experience and expertise are highly regarded and much appreciated.

Posted: 23 March 2017

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