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ERIC Number: ED539754
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 60
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Beyond Ceremony: On Being a Chancellor...
Universities UK
The oldest and most senior post in a university has come back into the limelight recently, as a string of well-known and distinguished figures have become Chancellors. Even those with the most glittering careers have been honoured to take on such a prestigious role. But, like many ancient offices, there is no job description beyond presiding at big occasions such as the conferment of degrees. Their medieval predecessors may have ruled the university with a rod of iron, but the influence wielded by modern Chancellors is more subtle. With responsibilities ranging from the ceremonial to the advisory and the ambassadorial, they can play a vital part in the smooth running and strategic development of their institution. The high profile of many Chancellors in their "day jobs" means that they can open doors for their institution, as well as draw on their own experience to offer advice on the increasingly complex business of running a university. Yet the material on this paper shows that, while all are prepared to work hard for their university, most do not take themselves too seriously. The self-deprecating tone of many Chancellors' tips belies the quality of their contribution. This paper serves as a starting point for any new Chancellor. It presents anecdotes and advice from UK university Chancellors.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Universities UK (England)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom