York welcomes new Chancellor

Professor Sir Malcolm Grant takes over from Greg Dyke as sixth in the role

The University of York welcomes its sixth Chancellor, who was inaugurated last week (27th October).

Professor Sir Malcolm Grant officially became Chancellor in a day of ceremony that showcased the University’s research, teaching and the student experience.

To mark the occasion Sir Malcolm conferred honorary degrees on three people who “demonstrate the University’s commitment to excellence” – Robert Chote, Chair of the Office of Budgetary Responsibility; Hermann Hauser, technologist and entrepreneur; and Sharon White, newly appointed Director of Ofcom.

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The day of celebration began with the University’s newly-appointed Research Champions setting out their vision for our new research themes of health and wellbeing; environmental sustainability and resilience; culture and communication; technologies for the future; risk, evidence and decision-making; creativity and justice and equality.

During the day, the University’s many clubs and societies demonstrated their activities at the National Science Learning Centre.

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Professor Koen Lamberts, the University’s Vice Chancellor, said: “On behalf of the University and wider community I’m delighted to formally welcome Sir Malcolm to York.

“Sir Malcolm is recognised globally as a world-leader in education and he has been particularly impressed by our desire to ensure our research and teaching has global reach and impact.

“I look forward to working with him in the coming years. His inauguration promises to be a very special event.”

Sir Malcolm is the current chair of NHS England and formerly chaired the Russell Group. In a distinguished career in higher education he has served as President and Provost of UCL and spent 12 years at Cambridge as Professor and Head of Department of Land Economy.

He was appointed Pro-Vice Chancellor of Cambridge in 2001 and was knighted in 2013 for services to higher education.

Sir Malcolm said: “I am truly humbled to have been invited to take on the Chancellorship of York. I have spent enough of my lifetime in higher education to have become a big admirer of York, its students, staff, alumni and leaders.

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“I look forward to serving them in every way possible, hoping that some of my experience as an academic and a University Vice-Chancellor might prove valuable.

“I’m also delighted that my various inauguration events will include conferring honorary degrees on some outstanding individuals, and I should like to thank publicly the University for this honour and all those who are contributing to the success of the day.”

During the ceremony the Department of Music performed a range of choral, orchestral and operatic pieces of music by Mozart, Monteverdi, Eric Whiteacre and Handel.

The day concluded with a choreographed fireworks display sponsored by Evans Property Group.

Image credits: Ian Martindale.