Preston-raised Dawn Airey becomes Edge Hill University Chancellor

Posted on - 9th August, 2023 - 1:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Education, People, Preston News
Dawn Airey was brought up in Preston Pic: Edge Hill University

One of the UK’s top media executives has become the new Chancellor of Edge Hill University.

Preston-raised Dawn Airey has been the chief executive of Channel 4, Channel 5 and Getty Images over the years.

Dawn, who is currently chair of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, received the title and role at a graduation ceremony in mid-July.

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She received the role alongside nursing and midwifery graduates.

She said: “You’ve really earned your degrees,” she said during her inaugural speech. “Especially as you powered through under lockdown restrictions. That was unbelievably harsh but you persevered and you showed resilience.

“You know that if you put in the hours you will be successful. Character is important too. When I look at you I see character and I see boundless potential. You truly can do anything.

“Make your life add up to something that’s bigger than yourself. I’m truly optimistic that the world is going to be a better place because of you.

“As a world we need compassion, we need kindness and we need smarts. I hope Edge Hill has set you up for the success you want and the world needs.”

Dawn held senior roles at ITV, Sky and Yahoo! during her career and she is also a fellow and vice president of the Royal Television Society and a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

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Dawn Airey speaking at the ceremony to become chancellor Pic: Edge Hill University

She said becoming Chancellor of Edge Hill was ‘irresitable’.

Dawn said: “The fact that Edge Hill was the first non-denominational teacher training college for women was really important.

“To be building on the work of pioneers is an absolute privilege. There have been an extraordinary number of pioneers through these doors and, who knows, there may be some in this room. I hope so.

“I love the fact that the University continues to explore themes of social justice in its research and public engagement. And I love the fact that Edge Hill has a higher percentage of first family members coming to the University than the average.

“To help the University and, in turn, to help you – that’s what I’m committed to do.”

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