An official ceremony was held in the Wills Memorial Building to mark the special occasion, bringing together traditions which date back over 100 years with the modern aspects of life at a global top 50 university.
Sir Paul, a leading geneticist and cell biologist whose work on the control of cell division underpins current research into treatments for cancer and other serious diseases, started his term as Chancellor in January. He took over from The Right Honourable the Baroness Hale of Richmond, who had held the role since 2004.
As Chancellor of the University of Bristol, Sir Paul will be the ceremonial head of the institution and play an important ambassadorial role, nationally and internationally. He said: “It’s a huge honour to be appointed Chancellor of the University of Bristol, which is one of the world’s great universities. University had such a transformational role in my life and I know Bristol has the same impact on its excellent students. From the short time I’ve been Chancellor, I can see what an inspirational place it is – for its students, and also its staff who are carrying out fascinating research which is shaping our knowledge of the world.
‘Universities have a huge role to play in providing knowledge and thought leadership about how we live well in an ever-changing world. I see Bristol at the forefront of that challenge, and I look forward to working with them as their ambitious plans for the future take shape.’
In Sir Paul, we are fortunate to have a Chancellor who embodies perfectly the tenacity, rigour, curiosity and passion for knowledge that animate our plans for the University’s future
Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol, said: “In Sir Paul, we are fortunate to have a Chancellor who embodies perfectly the tenacity, rigour, curiosity and passion for knowledge that animate our plans for the University’s future.
“He has an unrivalled standing in the scientific community, in this country and across the world. I have no doubt he will be a great inspiration for our staff and students. I’m delighted to officially welcome him to the University as we embark on an exciting new chapter in our history.”
Previous Chancellors include Viscount Haldane, originator of the Haldane Principle, former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, Sir Jeremy Morse, who provided the inspiration for Inspector Morse, and Nobel Prize-winning scientist Professor Dorothy Hodgkin.