Sunday, July 12, 2020

BBC presenter named as new Chancellor of York St John University

BBC presenter Reeta Chakrabarti is to become York St John University’s Chancellor in March next year on the retirement of Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York.

From the age of 10, Reeta wanted to become a journalist and has gone on to become one of the country’s most trusted broadcasters. Born in London, the first daughter of an Indian Bengali family, she spent part of her youth in India. Back in the UK, she went on to read English and French at Exeter College, Oxford, where she made forays into student journalism. By 1997 she was in front of the camera as the BBC’s community affairs correspondent, later serving as a correspondent for education and then politics, covering three General Elections.

In 2018 she was made an Honorary Graduate of York St John, receiving a Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) for her inspirational work. During her time as a broadcaster she has taken every opportunity to cover issues that matter to her, including the Stephen Lawrence inquest and subsequent public enquiry. Abroad, she has reported on the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean and human trafficking in Albania. Reeta takes her responsibility to give something back very seriously and she has been involved with several charities. She is a patron of London-based arts company Pan Intercultural Arts, which explores cultural diversity and social change.

Reeta said: “I’m delighted to be taking up the post of Chancellor at York St John. This is a University that represents everything good about education – equality of opportunity and high aspirations for all. I’m honoured to be following in the footsteps of the inspirational Dr John Sentamu and will do my very best to represent the University as well as he has.”

The Chancellor is the ceremonial head of the University: acting as chief ambassador, presiding over ceremonial functions and conferring degrees at our graduation ceremonies. Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, was installed as the first Chancellor in March 2007, a few months after York St John achieved university status.

Professor Karen Stanton, Vice Chancellor of York St John University, added: “It was always our aspiration that our new Chancellor would be someone whose life and work resonates with the values of our University and who can inspire our next generation of students. Throughout Reeta’s life and career, she has shone a light on the stories and issues that shape and change people’s lives. She has championed opportunities for those who are marginalised in our society and been an advocate for the Arts and Humanities which provide such valuable academic tools for our students to understand and interpret the world in which we live.”

Dr John Sentamu will end his term as York St John University Chancellor in March 2020 after which Reeta will be inaugurated as Chancellor.

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our news site - please take a moment to read this important message:

As you know, our aim is to bring you, the reader, an editorially led news site and magazine but journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them.

With the Covid-19 lockdown having a major impact on our industry as a whole, the advertising revenues we normally receive, which helps us cover the cost of our journalists and this website, have been drastically affected.

As such we need your help. If you can support our news sites/magazines with either a small donation of even £1, or a subscription to our magazine, which costs just £31.50 per year, (inc p&P and mailed direct to your door) your generosity will help us weather the storm and continue in our quest to deliver quality journalism.

As a subscriber, you will have unlimited access to our web site and magazine. You'll also be offered VIP invitations to our events, preferential rates to all our awards and get access to exclusive newsletters and content.

Just click here to subscribe and in the meantime may I wish you the very best.




Latest news

Regeneration proposals to be developed for Goole

East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Cabinet has confirmed support for developing a Town Deal for Goole. Councillors have agreed to press ahead with preparation of...

University Centre completes in Grantham

Work to create a University Centre to deliver higher education and skills training in Grantham is now complete. Degrees, high-level apprenticeships, diplomas and short courses...

IPF ‘very encouraged’ by firm’s improving performance

International Personal Finance (IPF), a Leeds-based consumer credit firm, has reported an uptick in collections in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Collections reached 88%...

Sheffield’s Heart of the City II moves forward

Sheffield’s ongoing Heart of the City II scheme is moving forward as the city council pledges “exemplary ethical and sustainability standards” whilst also opening...

350 jobs on the line at Arup

Arup, which has offices in Leeds, Sheffield and York, is set to cut 350 jobs. The engineering and design consultancy's redundancies come as a result...

Leeds RICS office to close

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is closing its Leeds office according to reports in Property Week. Other offices set to shut are in...

Related news

Regeneration proposals to be developed for Goole

East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Cabinet has confirmed support for developing a Town Deal for Goole. Councillors have agreed to press ahead with preparation of...

University Centre completes in Grantham

Work to create a University Centre to deliver higher education and skills training in Grantham is now complete. Degrees, high-level apprenticeships, diplomas and short courses...

IPF ‘very encouraged’ by firm’s improving performance

International Personal Finance (IPF), a Leeds-based consumer credit firm, has reported an uptick in collections in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Collections reached 88%...

Sheffield’s Heart of the City II moves forward

Sheffield’s ongoing Heart of the City II scheme is moving forward as the city council pledges “exemplary ethical and sustainability standards” whilst also opening...

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close