A memorable ceremony has marked the installation of the University of Bolton’s new Chancellor, the Earl of St Andrews.

Starting from the Octagon Theatre, the University processed through Le Mans Crescent and into the Town Hall Square before assembling in the Albert Halls.

At the ceremony, attended by staff, students, honorary doctors and distinguished guests, the Earl of St Andrews was presented as Chancellor of the University by the Chair of the Board of Governors, The Right Revd Nigel McCulloch KCVO.

The Earl of St Andrews takes over from Lord Justice Ryder KT to become the third Chancellor in the University’s history.

The Chancellor’s post is the highest office within a British university, and he will preside over degree congregation ceremonies, beginning in July.

In his first speech as Chancellor, the Earl of St Andrews said:

It is with great pleasure and a deep sense of responsibility that I take on this role in the hope that I can make some small contribution for the development and flourishing of this University.

‘Universities train students for fulfilling and challenging jobs but we also aim to educate them to be good citizens, aware of the broader social context and ethical implications of their work.

‘We are investing in the long term intellectual and creative capacity of our society. We need to prepare students to think creatively and analytically with imagination and empathy.

‘This place exists because of the students and we want them to have a rich and stimulating experience in a supportive and encouraging environment.’

He went on to thank all those who bestowed the Chancellorship upon him and paid tribute to the students, lecturers and staff of the University.

May I express my admiration for their leadership and their longstanding commitment to the good of the University.

‘I would also like to thank and acknowledge the outstanding University lecturers and staff for going beyond the call of duty in all they do for the University and their students.’

The Earl of St Andrews also received an Honorary Doctor of Laws for his contribution to public service from the University of Bolton as part of the installation ceremony.

Also receiving awards were 16 honorands and more than 50 graduands receiving First Class Honours degrees.

After the Oath of Office was taken honorary awards were conferred on the recipients who represent excellence in disciplines and professions from Aviation to Philosophy.

Councillor Linda Thomas gave a speech on behalf of the Honorary Doctorate recipients.

‘We are most privileged to receive these degrees from a University that plays such a big part in developing the unique potential and talent in our students, providing them the opportunity to achieve their goals and lead successful lives.

‘This University embraces everyone with a desire to learn and progress; regionally, nationally and internationally.

‘It’s a truly global but local institution producing tomorrow’s leaders in today’s world.

‘The presence of all the distinguished guests and dignitaries here today cements the future of this University and its standing as an academic leader.’

Following the ceremony, guests attended a drinks reception and meal where a new tradition was launched. The Students’ Union President elect, Raz Riaz, put a mortar board on the head of the bust of King Edward VII, the great grandfather of the Earl of St Andrews.

‘It’s a custom that can be covered by future presidents at degree ceremonies and future Chancellor installations,’ said Raz who will take up his position in July.

Recipients of honorary doctorates were:

Christopher Ball
Doctor of Education
Outstanding Services to Further Education

Mark Eager
Doctor of Arts
Outstanding Contribution to Music and Performance

Joseph William Foster
Doctor of the University
Outstanding Services to Economic Development

Michael Griffiths
Doctor of Education
Outstanding Services to Education

Professor Dame Caroline Humphrey DBE FBA
Doctor of Philosophy
Outstanding Contribution to the field of Anthropology

Richard Hurst
Doctor of the University
Outstanding Services to the Community

Ahmed Paul Keeler
Doctor of Laws
Outstanding Contribution to the understanding of the exchanges and the inter-connection between cultures and civilisations

Mustafa Mohammed
Doctor of Health Care
Outstanding Contribution to Dental Education

Claire Moreland DL
Doctor of Arts,
Outstanding Services to Arts

William Morris
Doctor of Laws
Outstanding Contribution to Foreign Policy, International Dialogue and Peace

Uday Nayak
Doctor of Science
Outstanding Contribution to Aviation

David Singleton
Doctor of Social Science
Outstanding Services to Young People and the Community

Frederick John Stuart
Doctor of Engineering
Outstanding Services to Engineering

Councillor Carole Swarbrick
Doctor of the University
Outstanding Services to the Community

Councillor Linda Thomas
Doctor of the University
Outstanding Services to the Community

Professor John Wallwork CBE
Doctor of Health Care
Outstanding Contribution to the field of Medicine

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