Actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Emma Watson are among 11 newly appointed visiting fellows at Lady Margaret Hall colledge in Oxford, The Guardian reports. The star -studded list also includes Pet Shop Boys singer Neil Tennant, musician Mark Simpson and former children’s laureate Malorie Blackman.

Emma WatsonEmma Watson has been appointed as a fellow by and Oxford college.

The new appointments were announced on Friday by former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger, who is now the college's principal. “They are people drawn from a variety of backgrounds, callings and professions and we want them to form a bridge between our own academic community and the worlds they inhabit and represent.” Rusbridger said.

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The new positions are strictly part-time and are intended to 'add to the cultural life of the college', Rusbridger added. “At a minimum we’d like them to drop in occasionally at college, eat with us and meet informally with a variety of the LMH community.”

“We’d like them to do one thing a bit more structured. It could be a conversation or debate, a performance, a lecture or seminar, a form of outreach – or something we haven’t thought of. We can imagine fascinating interactions or collaborations between them.”

The new appointments were taken from a list of possible visiting fellows drawn up by the college’s governing body which was then narrowed down by a committee. “Some of the names we announce today did not go to university. One left school at 16. We think we can learn much from them – and we hope they treasure their time with us,” Rusbridger added.

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Cumberbatch graduated from the University of Manchester with a BA in Drama and went on to study for an MA in Classical Acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Watson graduated from Brown University with a bachelor's degree in English literature in 2014.