Congratulations to Sir Thomas Allen who was this week appointed to the position of Chancellor
Sir Thomas takes over from author Bill Bryson in the role of Chancellor and follows a line of celebrated artists and performers who have held the position, including Dame Margot Fonteyn and Sir Peter Ustinov.
The Chancellor is the ceremonial head of the University and the range of duties performed includes the awarding of degrees at graduation and acting as an ambassador in promoting the University both at home and abroad.
Sir Thomas said: “As a County Durham boy I am extremely proud and honoured to be appointed as Chancellor of Durham University. No matter where my life and career have taken me, Durham has always held a special place in my heart so it is a particular privilege for me to accept this prestigious role. I am thrilled to be ‘coming home’ and I greatly look forward to meeting the students, staff and alumni at Durham and representing this magnificent University across the world.”
Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Chris Higgins, said, “He perfectly illustrates that with talent, drive and ambition you can achieve your goals and I am sure he will prove an inspiration to all Durham students and a marvellous ambassador for the University.”
Sir Thomas is currently directing a The Barber of Seville for Scottish Opera. His official appointment as Chancellor will commence in January 2012, which will coincide with the 40th anniversary of his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Please click here to view a video clip regarding the announcement.