26 January 2006
University of Hull announces next
chancellor - Baroness Bottomley
The Rt Hon Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone, whose active and
distinguished political career spanned 21 years, has been elected
as the next Chancellor of the University of Hull.
Baroness Bottomley will be installed formally as Chancellor at a
ceremony on 12th April 2006, following the retirement of the
current Chancellor, Lord Armstrong of Ilminster.
Professor David Drewry, Vice-Chancellor at the University of
Hull said: “We are honoured and delighted that Baroness Bottomley
will succeed Lord Armstrong as the next Chancellor of the
University. The experience gained in her eminent political career
coupled with her longstanding involvement in higher education, is
sure to benefit the University of Hull.”
“Baroness Bottomley’s career of distinction in the political
world and now in the corporate sphere will undoubtedly be an
inspiration to our students and we welcome her involvement and
active participation in the University.”
Baroness Bottomley said: “I was thrilled to be approached to
take the position of Chancellor at the University of Hull and look
forward to the official start to my duties. I admire the
University’s growing position in higher education, nationally and
internationally. It is an honour to take this role.”
“It’s an exciting time for the University of Hull given its
recent accolades, current developments and continuing innovations.
I hope that during my time at the University of Hull, its position
will be further elevated as a leading UK university.”
Born in Scotland, Baroness Bottomley spent 21 years in
Parliament, holding a number of ministerial appointments including
Cabinet positions as Secretary of State for Health and then
Baroness Bottomley will become Chancellor of the University of
Hull at one of the most exciting periods of its history, when its
commitment to providing students with a top quality education is
being recognised at a national level. 2005 was an outstanding year
for the University. It was shortlisted for the prestigious
‘University of the Year’ award by the Sunday Times. It was ranked
5th among full time institutions for the overall quality of the
student experience in the inaugural National Student Survey. Hull
was voted the UK’s friendliest university in a Friends Reunited
poll and the Hull York Medical School was placed 2nd in The
Guardian’s subject ratings.
In addition to these accolades, the University continues to
invest in the quality of its campus, student services and
facilities. Sir Digby Jones, Director General of the CBI, recently
opened the new £9 million Business School and Archbishop Emeritus
Desmond Tutu has agreed to become patron of the University’s newly
created Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and
In her role as Chancellor, Baroness Bottomley will preside over
Degree Congregations, chair meetings of the University Court,
officiate at major University events and represent the University
nationally and internationally.
Baroness Bottomley was elected as the next Chancellor at
yesterday’s annual meeting of the University Court. Her appointment
was recommended by the University Council to take over from Lord
Armstrong, who has served as Chancellor with considerable effect
for over a decade.
Lord Armstrong commented: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as
Chancellor and during the 11 years I have held the position, the
University has gained immense credibility and has seen significant
achievements in many areas. I wish the new Chancellor every success
and I hope the University of Hull continues to go from strength to
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Notes to Editors
The Rt Hon Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone -
During 21 years in Parliament Lady Bottomley held a number of
She served in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Health and
then for National Heritage.
She was appointed a Privy Councillor in 1992.
She has a longstanding involvement in higher education as a
Governor of the London School of Economics and London University of
the Arts until recently.
Virginia Bottomley was appointed Pro-Chancellor at University of
Surrey in 2005 and has been awarded an Honorary LLB Laws by the
University of Portsmouth.
She has a wide range of interests.
She is on the Council of the International Business Leader’s
Forum and is a member of the UK Advisory Council of the
International Chamber of Commerce.
She is a Ditchley Foundation council member and President of
Farnham Castle, Centre for International Briefing.
Virginia Bottomley is National President of the Abbeyfield
Society and a Lay Canon of Guildford Cathedral.
She is a Director of the executive search company Odgers Ray
& Berndtson, chairing the company’s Board and Not-For-Profit
She is a member of the Supervisory Board of Akzo Nobel NV.
Virginia Bottomley is a Trustee of the Economist Newspaper.
She was born in Scotland.