The University of Chester is set to receive a new Chancellor in the form of past MP Gyles Brandreth, on March 17th 2017.
Mr Brandreth was chosen to fill the largely ceremonial role due to his history of support and admiration for the university, being one of the campaigners for the University to gain university status during the 1990’s.
The new Chancellor was a Junior Minister in John Major’s Conservative government, running from 1995 to 1997.
Mr Brandreth spoke of his admiration of the university, stating” I am hugely honoured by this appointment and looking forward to serving a university whose heritage I admire, whose growth and achievement have been extraordinary and whose future is so exciting.”, when it was announced he would be succeeding the Late Duke of Westminster, who had signalled his intention of stepping down at the end of the academic year.
Mr Brandreth will represent the University at formal occasions and graduations but will also advise the university and its management on issues for the best outcome of the students and society at large.
As a former Member of Parliament, Mr Brandreth has a wealth of experience in public life.