University names Speaker John Bercow MP as its new ChancellorFeb 28, 2014
Baroness Howells completes her five-year term this spring. Mr Bercow will formally take up the appointment in June.
As Chancellor, he will represent the university on special occasions, confer degrees at graduation ceremonies and preside over meetings of the University Court.
Mr Bercow, pictured delivering a public lecture at the university last year, said: “I am hugely honoured to accept this role.
“The fundamental principles of social mobility, internationalism, intellectual curiosity and achievement are close to my heart. I hope that I am able to support and represent the university’s commitment and ambitions across these areas and beyond.
“Having visited the university recently, I was impressed by the world-leading research that is taking place, the commitment to developing students as citizens, and the shared commitment to realise the potential of all students no matter their background.
“I am already looking forward to my formal installation, and playing my part in supporting the university’s work.”
University of Bedfordshire Vice Chancellor Bill Rammell praised the work of Baroness Howells in her time as Chancellor.
“She will be a tough act to follow,” he added. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ros for her dedication, friendship and commitment to the University, our students and our mission.
“John will be a tremendous ambassador for the university and our mission to transform lives and communities. I know that students, staff and others across the university community will share my delight in welcoming John Bercow as the newest member of that community.
Baroness Howells is to remain at the University of Bedfordshire as Pro-Chancellor.