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News ->Lord Paul to become University Chancellor

(6 March 2006)

Lord PaulIndian-born 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.

Lord 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.

“Universities 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.”

As 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.

“I 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.

Lord 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.


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