At its annual meeting held yesterday March 12, the University Court endorsed the recommendation that The Earl of Wessex be appointed as the fifth Chancellor of the University of Bath.

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

Prince Edward will take up the role from 1 August 2013 on the retirement of the current Chancellor, Lord Tugendhat.

The date and details of the activities to celebrate the installation of our new Chancellor will be announced in due course.