The Lord Stafford will be following in the footsteps of former Stoke South MP Lord Ashley of Stoke and Trades Unionist Lord Morris of Handsworth when he is inaugurated as part of the University’s degree ceremonies in July.
Lord Stafford, who runs the family estate at Swynnerton, Staffordshire and is the brainchild behind the influential Lord Stafford Awards which looked to bridge the gap between the work of the region’s universities and the needs of businesses in the Midlands, said he was ‘honoured, surprised and delighted’ to be accepting the position.
He added: ‘I see myself in the role supporting the University, the Vice-Chancellor and the Board of Governors as an ambassador to the outside world, linking the University with businesses and international partners in the best way possible.
‘It’s vital that students have access to higher education so that they can go on and enhance their careers because an educated workforce is essential, not only for ourselves, but for the country so we can compete internationally.’
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Gunn, said: ‘Lord Stafford has already proved himself to be a great ambassador for the county through his previous role as High Sheriff of Staffordshire. I am delighted that he has agreed to represent Staffordshire University at the highest level, as its Chancellor, an appointment confirmed by the University’s Board of Governors. From my personal experience of him, I know that Lord Stafford is a great supporter of the University and takes a lively interest in what we do.
‘He is very well known for his work to promote innovation and to get Universities and businesses to collaborate. We hope to benefit from Lord Stafford’s many influential networks.”