New University of Leicester Chancellor installed

Posted by pt91 at Jan 25, 2013 01:05 PM |
At a graduation ceremony on Thursday 24 January, Lord Bruce Grocott was installed as the University’s sixth Chancellor.

Lord Grocott returns to the University nearly fifty years after graduating as a student here to take up the role of Chancellor, the first time that this has occurred in its history.

The Labour Peer 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.

During the 1980s he worked for Central Television in Birmingham as a presenter and later producer on current affairs programmes.

During a political career that has spanned over 40 years, Lord Grocott served in local politics and then nationally, firstly as the MP for Lichfield and Tamworth from 1974 -1979 and then for the Wrekin, later named Telford, from 1987 to 2001, when he was then raised to the peerage.

Lord Grocott has spared some of his time to give a brief interview and you can read it in full on the Press Office website.

In the UK university system, the office of Chancellor is held by a distinguished individual, from academia or public life, who is not usually resident and does not hold any other University office. The role is largely Ceremonial and sees the Chancellor presiding at major ceremonies – including the conferment of honorary degrees and degree ceremonies and serving as Chair of the annual meeting of the University’s Court.

The University’s previous Chancellors have been The Lord Adrian (1957–1971), Alan Lloyd Hodgkin (1971–1984), Sir George Porter (1984–1995), Sir Michael Atiyah (1995–2005) and Sir Peter Williams (2005–10).

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