Installation of new Chancellor
11 July 2012
The new Chancellor of Glyndŵr University has been formally installed in the role.
Sir Jon Shortridge, one of the leading architects of Welsh devolution, today took the Chancellor’s oath at a ceremony held in the university’s Catrin Finch Centre.
Having held a number of the most senior positions in the civil service in Wales, Sir Jon is regarded as one of the key architects of devolution.
In his speech following the swearing of the oath, he spoke of the university’s work creating opportunities for young people from all backgrounds, its success in working alongside the community of Wrexham and its ambition for the future.
He said: “Glyndŵr is not just outward-looking and ambitious, it is also in my judgement the most entrepreneurial in its approach of all the universities in Wales.”
Sir Jon pointed to examples such as the university’s work on the European Extra Large Telescope programme, its acquisition of Glyndŵr University London and its strong record of graduate employment.
He said: “I said ‘Yes’ (to becoming Chancellor) because I have long regarded Glyndŵr University as one of the very best institutions in Wales, so the opportunity to be associated with it – to help to give it a better and more secure future – was too big and important an opportunity to miss.”
At the same ceremony, long service awards were presented to a number of the university’s staff – including the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Scott.
Prof Scott received an award in recognition of 10 years’ service, having joined the institution, then known as NEWI, as Principal in 2001.
Leading the team that created Glyndŵr University, he became Vice-Chancellor on the granting of full university status in 2008.
He said: “I have enjoyed the challenge up to this point and continue to enjoy the challenge of developing a new university in line with the aspirations and strategies of the Welsh Government.
“This university was created in the context of devolution, to promote industrial development and social justice, and I am looking forward to the years to come and the future successes of the university.”