His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex

As Chancellor, His Royal Highness can make a major contribution to the life of the University. He will be an excellent advocate for us both nationally and internationally.

— Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, Vice-Chancellor


The Chancellor

His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex


The Prince Edward took up the role on 1 August 2013, following the retirement of the previous Chancellor, Lord Tugendhat, who gave 14 years of outstanding service to the University.

He was officially installed as the University’s fifth Chancellor at a formal ceremony in Bath Abbey on Thursday, 7 November, 2013.

The Chancellor, who is by Royal Charter the Chief Officer of the University, presides over meetings of the Court, confers degrees at graduation and otherwise represents the University.

The Chancellor:

  • is the ceremonial head of the University and one of its most prominent ambassadors. The Chancellor plays a key role in the business of the institution but does not become involved in executive management;
  • maintains a constructive working relationship with the Vice-Chancellor in line with the checks and balances imposed by the different roles each has within the constitution;
  • presides and confers degrees at Award Ceremonies of the University and is chair of Court and Convocation;
  • is involved in the appointment of a Vice-Chancellor, attends other formal and informal meetings (at the University and elsewhere) and performs a consultative and advisory role on major policy and strategic matters.

As well as carrying out duties in support of The Queen both in the UK and abroad, His Royal Highness plays a very active role in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, the programme for young people created by his father which now operates in 140 countries around the world.

The Earl of Wessex is also involved with a number of charities and organisations, particularly those connected with the performing arts, sport and young people.

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