The distinguished Preston-born national news broadcaster Ranvir Singh has been named as the new Chancellor of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
The announcement was made by Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the University Board David Taylor as graduating students received their awards in front of proud parents during a ceremony at Preston Guild Hall.
Ranvir, a former UCLan postgraduate journalism student and UCLan Honorary Fellow, was at the ceremony to offer her congratulations to this year’s graduating cohort. She will take up her new UCLan position officially in the autumn when current Chancellor Sir Richard Evans steps down after 15 years of dedicated and committed service.
I have seen the University’s exciting £200 million Campus Masterplan proposals and the future looks very bright. I can’t wait to be part of it
In her new role Ranvir will carry out a number of duties, including representing the University at special occasions, working to raise the University’s profile and advance its interests both nationally and internationally as well as conferring degrees and other academic awards at University ceremonies.
Ranvir graduated from the University with a postgraduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism in 2000 and received her UCLan Honorary Fellowship in 2013 for her contribution to broadcasting.
ABOVE: David Taylor, Ranvir Singh, Richard Evans and Mike Thomas
Commenting on the announcement Ranvir said: “I am immensely proud to accept the University’s offer of becoming its new Chancellor. I’m Preston born and bred, I studied for my postgraduate degree in journalism here and the experience helped to shape me and my career. I am honoured to be given this opportunity of helping inspire the next generation of talent coming through. I have seen the University’s exciting £200 million Campus Masterplan proposals and the future looks very bright. I can’t wait to be part of it.”
Vice-Chancellor Professor Mike Thomas added: “We are delighted to welcome Ranvir as only the third Chancellor of the University of Central Lancashire. Having grown up in the City and studied here, Ranvir’s individual qualities and professional achievements make her an ideal fit for this unique ambassadorial role and to follow Sir Richard’s outstanding period as Chancellor. It’s a real coup for the University and I know she will be an excellent role model for our students.”