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New Chancellor to be named next week

18 Jun 2015

The ballot to elect the next Chancellor of The University of Manchester closes at noon today (18 June)

Chancellor election

The name of the new Chancellor of The University of Manchester will be revealed next week, following a ballot of staff, registered alumni and members of the General Assembly.

Award-winning writer and broadcaster Lemn Sissay MBE, former Cabinet minister the Rt Hon Lord [Peter] Mandelson and Hallé Music Director Sir Mark Elder CBE were nominated and faced a vote that concludes at noon today (Thursday, 18 June).

The election of a new Chancellor comes following the end of the seven-year tenure of the current Chancellor, Tom Bloxham MBE, the founder of Manchester-based property development company Urban Splash.

University President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, said: “The Chancellor of the University, while a ceremonial office, brings with it significant ambassadorial responsibilities in helping to promote the University’s achievements regionally, nationally and internationally.

“The Chancellor presides over meetings of the University’s General Assembly and undertakes other ceremonial duties on behalf of the University, something Tom has done with great enthusiasm in his time as Chancellor.”