Director of Liberty appointed University Chancellor

Monday, 16 June 2008

Oxford Brookes appoints Shami Chakrabarti as its new Chancellor.

Oxford Brookes University has appointed Shami Chakrabarti, the UK’s foremost advocate for human rights and civil liberties, as its new Chancellor.

Shami Chakrabarti succeeds broadcaster Jon Snow, whose term of office has come to an end. As Chancellor, she will deliver an annual lecture, preside over graduation ceremonies and act as an ambassador for the University.

Shami Chakrabarti said: “Oxford Brookes is a university with a growing reputation for engagement with the most important issues of our time. I have been especially impressed with its deepening links with the third sector, with the award-winning MA in Emergency and Development Practice, and with Brookes’ students, who run an annual Human Rights Film Festival.

“Jon Snow will be an impossible act to follow, but I am delighted to have been asked to join Oxford Brookes, and to be a part of a place where ideas – and idealism – flourish.”

Professor Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor, said: “I am delighted that Shami Chakrabarti has accepted our invitation to become our next Chancellor. She exemplifies what we stand for as an institution and our ambitions. We are determined to build upon our reputation as a leading centre for liberal and progressive education with a strong ethical commitment.

“In the summer I can also welcome another woman to a prominent position at Brookes. Lina Mughal, our new Students’ Union president, will shortly follow Antoinette Kyuchukova in that role. She will join me and Joanna Simons, Chair-designate of Governors, and Chief Executive of Oxfordshire County Council, at Oxford Brookes. Together with Shami, I think we will make a formidable team!”

Lina Mughal, Students’ Union President-elect, warmly welcomed the appointment. She said: “Shami Chakrabarti is a strong and principled campaigner and I know students at Brookes will be able to take inspiration from the passion and tenacity she brings to everything she does.”

Jon Snow will officially relinquish the post of Chancellor to Shami Chakrabarti at a ceremony at Oxford Brookes on Friday 11 July 2008.