University of Leicester elects former student as new Chancellor
A former student of the University of Leicester who has devoted his life to public service is to return as Chancellor- the first time that this has occurred in the history of the University.
The Rt. Hon Lord (Bruce) Grocott, who is also an Honorary Graduate of the University, will be installed as Chancellor at a Degree Ceremony in January 2013.
Lord Grocott has had a political career that has spanned over 40 years in both local and national politics. He has had a distinguished parliamentary career which has included being Parliamentary Private Secretary to Tony Blair (as Leader of the Labour Party 1994-2001 and as Prime Minister 1997-2001).
Lord Grocott studied Politics at the University of Leicester and went on to take a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate of Education) at Leicester in the early Sixties. It was while studying at Leicester that he met his wife, Sally, who had come to Leicester to study Sociology.
He is the sixth Chancellor of the University of Leicester, succeeding Sir Peter Williams who stepped down in 2010 after five years of sterling service.