Speaker John Bercow named chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire
Friday 28 February 2014
The Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow has been named the new chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire.
The MP for Buckingham, who will succeed Baroness Ros Howells after five years, will take up his appointment at a graduation ceremony in June.
He will represent the university on special occasions, preside over meetings at the University Court and confer degrees at graduation ceremonies.
Speaking on his role, Mr. Bercow said: “I am hugely honoured to accept this role.
“The fundamental principles of social mobility, internationalism, intellectual curiosity and achievement are close to my heart. I hope that I am able to support, and represent, the university’s commitment and ambitions across these areas, and beyond.
“Having visited the university recently, I was impressed by the world-leading research that is taking place, the commitment to developing students as citizens, and the shared commitment to realise the potential of all students no matter their background.
“I am already looking forward to my formal installation, and playing my part in supporting the university’s work.”
The University’s Vice-Chancellor Bill Rammell added: “We are delighted that John Bercow has agreed to be our new Chancellor. John will be a tremendous ambassador for the university and our mission to transform lives and communities.
“I know that students, staff and others across the university community will share my delight in welcoming John Bercow as the newest member of that community.
“Baroness Howells will be a tough act to follow. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ros for her dedication, friendship and commitment to the university, our students and our mission. I’m delighted that she has agreed to continue to support the university as pro-chancellor.”
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