'Bolton Warsiversity' – Sayeeda joins the team and the University is no longer peerless

Posted on Wednesday 13th January 2016
Vice Chancellor Professor George E Holmes DL welcomes Baroness Warsi to the University

The University of Bolton is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Pro Vice Chancellor, The Right Hon Baroness Warsi PC, LLB, DSocSci.

A lawyer, a businesswoman, a campaigner and a Cabinet Minister, The Right Hon Baroness Warsi PC has had many roles, but she is best known for being the first woman Muslim Cabinet Minister.

Educated at the University of Leeds, Sayeeda Warsi gave up her job as a solicitor in 2004 to stand as a Parliamentary candidate in her home town of Dewsbury.

She served as a special adviser on community relations to Conservative leader Michael Howard and became a life peer in 2007 which then enabled her to enter the shadow cabinet. In 2010 she was appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron as Minister without Portfolio.

Since then she has served in a variety of positions including as Chairman of the Conservative Party, Minister of State for Faith and Communities and Senior Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

Last year Baroness Warsi was awarded a Doctorate of Social Sciences by the University of Bolton for her outstanding contribution to Politics.

’I’m delighted to join a fantastic team at the University of Bolton at an exciting time of unprecedented investment and growth,’ said Baroness Warsi.

‘The University of Bolton’s commitment to widening access to Higher Education is something that associates with my own experience of growing up in a strong working class house and progressing to serving as a Cabinet Minister.

‘Education is the opportunity that makes anything possible and I believe the University of Bolton is a key player in that.’

Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor George E Holmes DL said:

‘I am delighted that Lady Warsi is joining us at this crucial time in our history. She is an inspiration and role model for thousands of our students, past, present and future.

‘She is testimony to the power of education and the ability to seize opportunity.’