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Lord Paul to be chancellor of varsity

Lord Swraj Paul is to become the first chancellor at the University of Westminster in London.

india Updated: Mar 08, 2006 17:30 IST
UK Bureau
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Lord Swraj Paul is to become the first chancellor at the University of Westminster, London. The non-executive role will help him represent the university and promote its interests.

He already has strong links with the university, hosting the annual visit of Indian journalists to study on Chevening Scholarships at Westminster.

He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters in 1997.

Lord Paul said he was delighted to accept the invitation to work more closely with the university. "I am looking forward to developing this new role as chancellor at the University of Westminster. I am passionate about the benefits of education and the mission at Westminster, with its strong emphasis on international partnerships, fits perfectly with my vision.

He added, "Universities such as Westminster, with its commitment to diversity and multiculturalism, can be such a positive vehicle for change. I am very much looking forward to representing it, both in the UK and internationally."

As a post-1992 university, Westminster has no tradition of having a chancellor role but Vice-Chancellor Dr Geoffrey Copland is confident the move will bring great benefit. "The university is honoured that Lord Paul has agreed to be our first chancellor. He has been a strong supporter over the years and his commitment to diversity and to international education and partnerships is well known."

Dr Copland praised Lord Paul for displaying "a strong commitment to education as a vehicle for opportunities for personal and professional development, with an emphasis on widening participation and equality".

First Published: Mar 08, 2006 17:30 IST