The University of Leicester has announced that former Universities and Science Minister David Willetts, who is an honorary graduate of the University and delivered the inaugural Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture, is to be installed as the new Chancellor of the University.
“We welcome the appointment of Lord Willetts as the University’s new Chancellor. His knowledge of the sector and policy landscape is of vital importance,” said Dr Bridget Towle, Chair of the University Council.
“He is incredibly positive about the role that universities can play in our modern society and is a strong advocate for the sector. He also brings his strong political experience to the role. “Lord Willetts has a deep interest in the science, research and innovation sector which will prove to be invaluable and he has a particular interest in the space industry and Leicester’s role in it. As Chancellor he will be an ambassador and advocate for Leicester’s world-class strengths in this and other areas.”
He is incredibly positive about the role that universities can play in our modern society and is a strong advocate for the sector
Speaking of his appointment as Chancellor, Lord Willetts said: “I am delighted and honoured to become the Chancellor of the University of Leicester. I remember my first visit years ago when I met the great Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys and was briefed on genetic fingerprinting. Since then I have visited a range of disciplines from the history of art to Leicester’s path-breaking work on space technologies. Throughout I have been impressed by the friendly atmosphere of the University and the purposeful approach of academic staff and students. I look forward to a close association with this marvellous University for years to come.”