Ranvir Singh sworn in as new UCLan chancellor

Posted on - 20th January, 2017 - 9:15pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Preston News, UCLan
Ranvir Singh addresses Preston Guild Hall

Ranvir Singh addresses Preston Guild Hall

A new chancellor has been sworn in for the University of Central Lancashire and it’s a very familiar face.


Prestonian broadcaster Ranvir Singh takes on the lead role at UCLan.

Her inauguration was alongside Professor Mike Thomas who becomes UCLan’s fourth vice-chancellor.

Ranvir, who graduated in 2000 with a postgraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism, said: “I should have been in Washington today but I told them I had something better to do! Looking out here today and seeing some of my very dearest family and friends, former teachers and colleagues tells me I made the right decision.

“I am deeply honoured to be given the chance to lead the charge for a great place of learning, a place that hones passions, and propels young people out there to think big, and put those feelings and desires into action.”

More than 350 people turned up to the Guild Hall to see the ceremony on Friday afternoon, including Ranvir’s former BBC North West Tonight presenting colleagues Gordon Burns and Annebelle Tiffin.

David Taylor, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the University Board, said: “In Ranvir we have found someone who is successful, someone who can engage with staff and students and someone who has the capacity to inspire. Ranvir is from Preston and a former student of ours; she has an affinity for the University and cares for our heritage and our future. I am thrilled and excited at the prospect of working with her.”

The ceremony included a performance by the university’s award-winning chamber choir.

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Professor Mike Thomas and presenter Ranvir Singh

Professor Mike Thomas and presenter Ranvir Singh

Professor Mike Thomas, who has been in post for a year, was also officially sworn in.

He said: “I am proud to be the Vice-Chancellor of an ambitious University, proud of my colleagues who commit their professional lives to supporting our students and proud of our students who go on to do so much good for our community and society. I am delighted to lead UCLan into the next stage of its development and I am determined to realise our potential as a civic university that delivers benefits to individuals, organisations and to society as a whole.”

President of UCLan Students’ Union Sana Iqbal said: “Students today look to leaders in a position of power and authority for inspiration, and where better to look than Ranvir and Mike. I know they are both committed to enabling UCLan to provide an excellent student experience that is open to all – irrespective of background.”

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