Actor and author Paterson Joseph installed as Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University

Paterson Joseph
Paterson Joseph is the new Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University

Paterson Joseph has been officially installed as Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University in a ceremony which took place earlier today.

The actor and author has worked extensively on screen, television and in the theatre, and last year published his debut novel, The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho, to critical acclaim. 

Paterson was presented with the Chancellor’s medal of office in front of a packed audience in the Sir Kenneth Weare Hall. 

The new Chancellor said of his role: “My main aim as Chancellor will be to highlight the inclusivity and openness of Oxford Brookes University; I hope to encourage anyone from whatever background with the desire to come and study here to think of Oxford Brookes as an ideal place to discover and realise their full potential.”

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University said: “Paterson’s passion for education as a force for good, and his desire to make a positive difference in society, mean that his values and ethos align closely with those of Oxford Brookes. His successful career and determination to succeed in a highly competitive industry, regardless of social background and advantages, make him a powerful advocate, instilling the same ethos in all students, irrespective of background.”

Born and raised in London, Paterson trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). He recently wrapped on Boat Story, a six part mini series for the BBC, and will next appear in the musical feature film, Wonka, alongside Timothée Chalemet. 

Paterson's previous on screen credits include: Anansi Boys, That Dirty Black Bag, Vigil, The Mosquito Coast, Inside No.9, The End Of The F***ing World, Noughts And Crosses, Avenue 5, Grantchester, Peep Show, Green Wing, In The Name Of The Father, Aeon Flux, and The Beach. Paterson's theatre credits include A Christmas Carol (Old Vic), Troilus and Cressida, The Last Days of Don Juan, King Lear (RSC); Elmina’s Kitchen, St Joan, Emperor Jones and The Royal Hunt of the Sun (National Theatre).

Paterson’s debut novel, The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho, based on the true story of the 18th-century writer and composer who became the first known person of African descent to vote in a British parliamentary election, has been shortlisted for this year’s Jhalak Prize, which celebrates books by British/British resident BAME writers. The winner is due to be announced at an event later today Thursday (25 May). 

Previous Chancellors of Oxford Brookes University are Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Jon Snow, Baroness Shami Chakrabarti CBE, PC, and Dame Katherine Grainger DBE.