PAUL TO BECOME UNIVERSITY CHANCELLOR
(6 March 2006)
industrialist Lord Paul is to become the first Chancellor at the
University of Westminster, London. The non-executive role will see
him represent the university and promote its interests. Raised to
the peerage as Baron Paul of Marylebone in 1996, he already has
strong links with the university, hosting the annual visit of Indian
journalists to study on Chevening Scholarships at Westminster. He
was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters in 1997.
Paul said he was delighted to accept the invitation to work more
closely with the university. I am looking forward to developing
this new role as Chancellor at the University of Westminster. I
am passionate about the benefits of education and the mission at
Westminster, with its strong emphasis on international partnerships,
fits perfectly with my vision.
such as Westminster, with its commitment to diversity and multiculturalism,
can be such a positive vehicle for change. I am very much looking
forward to representing it, both in the UK and internationally.
a post-1992 university, Westminster has no tradition of having a
chancellor role but Vice-Chancellor Dr Geoffrey Copland is confident
the move will bring great benefit. The university is honoured
that Lord Paul has agreed to be our first Chancellor. He has been
a strong supporter over the years and his commitment to diversity
and to international education and partnerships is well known.
believe that we could not find a better advocate of our mission
and look forward to working closely with him to promote not just
the university but all that we stand for, said Dr Copland.
Paul, 75, is chairman of Caparo Group, a global steel, engineering
and property development business, and has made large donations
to many organisations, including £1m to save London Zoo. He
has worked to develop strong Indo-British relations and has represented
British industry as its official ambassador.