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University of Gloucestershire to appoint new Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor

The University of Gloucestershire will be appointing a new Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor in the New Year, with Baroness Rennie Fritchie and Sir Henry Elwes stepping down after more than 10 years’ service in these roles.

The Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Reverend Rachel Treweek, however, will continue in her Pro-Chancellor role for the University, joining the new appointments, who it is hoped will be announced later this year.

The Chancellor is the honorary Head of the University and represents the University in a ceremonial and ambassadorial capacity – regionally, nationally and internationally. The Office of Pro-Chancellor is similar, as the holder of the post acts in the absence of the Chancellor and undertakes duties in their name.

Baroness Rennie Fritchie said: “It has been a privilege to serve this University for a decade and I am enormously proud to have been a part of this thriving community which has students as it’s clear focus and the centre of all it does. 

“I know it will continue to go from strength to strength and I‘m sure that the next Chancellor will contribute their own skills and talents in this very worthwhile role to continue to make a positive difference to all those who make up this educational enterprise.”

Stephen Marston, Vice-Chancellor, said: “Both Rennie and Sir Henry have decided that, after devoting their time and skills to the University for more than 10 years, it is now time to stand down and pass on the baton of Chancellorship to others.

“Baroness Fritchie has been unstinting in her wise advice and generous help, presiding at many University graduation ceremonies, creating the annual Chancellor’s Lecture series, speaking at award ceremonies, and in so many other ways giving us the benefit of her kindness, insights and networks.

“Sir Henry has championed the University over several decades, as Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire as well as Pro-Chancellor. We will miss them both very much.

“While we will miss the advice and friendship of Baroness Fritchie and Sir Henry, at least in their formal roles, we are delighted that Bishop Rachel has agreed to continue to serve as Pro-Chancellor. We remain enormously grateful for the time she gives us, and are proud that, through the Bishop serving in this capacity, we are able to show outwardly a strong, positive, and continuing relationship with the Diocese of Gloucester.”

As the Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor will be representative of the whole University community, students, staff and alumni have been asked to submit nominations, which will be considered by a Nominations Panel, which includes staff and student members. This panel will then make recommendations to University Council, who will make the final decision.