Dame Katherine Grainger to be university’s next chancellor

Ms Grainger will be the University of Glasgow's first woman chancellor and is the sole nominee for the post.

Decorated Olympian Dame Katherine Grainger will be the next chancellor of Glasgow University.

The former rower will succeed Sir Kenenth Calman, who has held the post since 2006, in June.

Dame Katherine will be the university’s first woman chancellor and is the sole nominee for the post, meaning there is no need for an election.

She is currently chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, a post she will no longer fulfil when she takes up her new position.

Dame Katherine said: “I feel a wonderful mixture of excitement, joy, anticipation and enthusiasm at the prospect of becoming chancellor of Glasgow University.

“More than those feelings, however, I feel immensely honoured and privileged to have been given the opportunity to fill such a role.

“Glasgow is where I was born and went to school. It will always hold a very special place in my heart. The years I spent at the university gaining a Master of Philosophy were happy and rewarding years.”

The chancellor is the titular head of the university and is elected to the post by the General Council – formed of graduates and established academic staff.

They confer degrees upon those presented to them by the Senate but appoint a vice-chancellor to do this in their absence.

Dame Katherine won a gold and four silver medals for rowing at five successive Olympic Games.

In her rowing career, she also won eight medals at the World Championships, including six golds.

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