University of Bolton: By Royal Appointment

Posted on Monday 11th July 2016
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The Board of Governors of the University of Bolton chaired by The Rt Rev Bishop Nigel McCulloch KCVO is delighted to announce the appointment of the Earl of St Andrews as its next Chancellor. The Board is particularly pleased that the Earl has accepted the role, given his strong commitment to inclusivity and to the mission of the University.

The Vice Chancellor Professor George Holmes DL said: ‘Bolton is a very special University, and the Earl will add a tremendous amount to our community both as a scholar himself, but moreover because of his passion for higher education.

‘The Earl's interest in cultural diversity and building bridges between civilisations is mirrored within the University and in particular represented by our Centre for Islamic Finance. The Centre's exceptional lecture series has in itself given testament to the sharing of ideas across cultures. The Earl has been associated with the University through the Centre for Islamic Finance for some time now, and his impact has been greatly valued.’

The Chancellorship is the highest office within a British university, and the Earl will commence his responsibilities in January 2017. An installation ceremony will take place early in the new year to celebrate this historic appointment. The current Chancellor of the University Sir Ernest Ryder, Lord Justice of Appeal and Senior President, who was appointed in January 2014 for a three year term will step down from his office as planned on 31 December 2016. The University has benefited greatly from Lord Justice Ryder's wisdom and dedication. A formal event to mark Lord Justice Ryder's term of office will be arranged in due course.

Lord Justice Ryder succeeded the University's first Chancellor The Baroness Morris of Bolton.

The current Chancellor of the University, Lord Justice Ryder QC PC DL said he was delighted with the news that The Earl has agreed to serve the University, and looks forward to an ongoing continuing relationship with both the Earl and the University.

The Chancellor, the Rt Hon Sir Ernest Ryder said: ‘The appointment of the Earl of St Andrews as Chancellor of the University is an event of great importance in our history and a matter of significant pride and personal pleasure to us.

‘As a Boltonian it has been my great privilege to serve the University at a time of momentous developments.  It is appropriate that a university with an important future and a vital profile in the North West of England will have such a strong ambassador.’

The Earl of St Andrews (George Philip Nicholas Windsor), eldest son of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Kent, was born in 1962. He was educated at Eton College (Kings Scholar) and Downing College, Cambridge University, where he read history.

After a period in HM Diplomatic Service during which he served in New York (at the UK Mission to the UN) and Budapest, he worked for a number of years in the antiquarian book business, including at Christies UK. Recently he has been chairman of an Internet-based world history project, the Golden Web (2006-2012).

He is patron, chairman or trustee of a number of organisations, including the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (trustee since 1996, chairman since 2005), SOS Children's Villages UK (trustee since 1999), the Association for International Cancer Research, now Worldwide Cancer Research (patron since 1995), the Princess Margarita of Romania Foundation (patron since 1997), the Welsh Sinfonia (patron since 2011), the Next Century Foundation (member, advisory board, since 2012), the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit, University of Cambridge (patron since 2012), and the Global eHealth Foundation (trustee since 2013).