New Chancellor to be installed

Thursday 13 April 2006

The new Chancellor of the University of St Andrews will be officially installed next week.

Liberal Democrat leader, and North- East Fife MP, the Rt Hon Sir Menzies Campbell will be installed on Saturday 22 April 2006. Sir Menzies will replace Sir Kenneth Dover who retired from office on 1 January 2006 after 25 years in post.

The Chancellor is the titular head of the University of St Andrews. His duties include conferring degrees, promoting the University’s image throughout the world and furthering its interests, both within Scotland and beyond.

During the ceremony, Sir Menzies will also be conferred with an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. He will be joined by BBC Television newsreader Anna Ford, conservationist Dame Jennifer Jenkins and the Rt Hon Lord Brian Gill, who will also receive honorary doctorates.

Anna Ford, who will be made a Doctor of Letters, was independent television’s first female newsreader and has become one of the most popular and experienced presenters in British television.

Lord Gill, Scotland’s second-most senior judge, is to receive an honorary Doctorate of Laws. Appointed a judge in 1994, he was chairman of the Scottish Law Commission from 1996 until 2001. Lord Gill was appointed Lord Justice Clerk in November 2001.He is also chairman of the board of governors of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.Dame

Jennifer Jenkins, widow of former Home Secretary and SDP leader Lord Jenkins of Hillhead, is to be conferred with an honorary degree of Doctor of Science.A champion of consumer interests and a leading figure in conservation, her offices and appointments have been many and varied. She chaired the Consumers’ Association and the Historic Buildings Council for England and is an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Royal Institute of British Architects.

The installation ceremony, which will take place at 4pm in Younger Hall, North Street, St Andrews, will be preceded by a Service of Thanksgiving at 3.15pm in the Chapel of St Salvator’s College, North Street, St Andrews.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the ceremony. Tickets are available by emailing [email protected] providing details of the number of tickets required or by calling in to the Old Union Reception, North Street, St Andrews, from Monday 17 April.



Further details will be released next week. Reporters/photographers wishing to attend should contact the Press Office – 01334 462529 – IN ADVANCE of the event. Strictly embargoed laureation addresses will also be available next week.

Issued by Beattie Media – On behalf of the University of St Andrews For more information, please contact Claire Grainger, Press Officer – 01334 462530, 07730 415 015 or [email protected]; Ref: press releases/chancellor View the latest University news at

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