Oxford Revises Process for Electing Poetry Professor

December 9, 2009

The University of Oxford has announced new procedures for electing its prized professorship in poetry, The Guardian reported. All 300,000 Oxford graduates are entitled to vote, but until now, they had to show up at a specified time and place to do so, limiting participation. Under the new rules, people will be able to vote in person or online -- and over a longer time period. The shift follows a particularly divisive vote, but observers are split on whether the new process will encourage more civility in the selection process.

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