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University of Warwick installs head of CBI as new Chancellor

Richard LambertThe University of Warwick will formally install CBI Director-General Richard Lambert as its new Chancellor, on the evening of Wednesday 10th December in the Theatre of Warwick Arts Centre.

Richard Lambert is Director General of the Confederation of British Industry – the CBI. He was educated at Fettes College and read modern history at Balliol College, Oxford. In 1966, he joined the Financial Times, where he edited the Lex column in the 1970s, becoming Financial Editor in 1979. After a spell in the USA, he returned to the UK in 1983 to become Deputy Editor and in 1991, Editor of the FT. During his ten years as Editor, the FT’s circulation almost doubled, and Richard launched the US version of the paper. Subsequently, he became a member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, a position which he held from 2003 to 2006.

December 2003 saw the publication of the Lambert Review of Business-University Collaboration. This review, undertaken at the request of the government, argued that increased collaboration between business and university research departments would bring significant economic benefits to the UK. Richard Lambert proposed concerted action by business, universities and government and recommended a greater role for Regional Development Agencies in facilitating knowledge transfer.

In 2006, Richard Lambert succeeded Sir Digby Jones as Chairman of the CBI. He has brought to this position a focus on climate change, financial services, education and skills, and science and technology.

Richard Lambert is the University of Warwick’s fifth Chancellor. He succeeds the current chancellor Sir Nicholas Scheele.

On the occasion of the Chancellor’s installation the University of Warwick will also present Chancellor’s medals to Former Coventry Teacher Juliet Amery, and the University’s former Deputy Registrar Jim Rushton. Details are available in separate press releases.

There will be a photo opportunity the Chancellor and the Chancellor’s medallists at 6.15pm on Wednesday 10th December 2008 in the National Grid Room at Warwick Arts Centre. Photographers should ask for Dr Roberta Warman.

For further information please contact:

Peter Dunn, Press and Media Relations Manager, Communications Office,
University House University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 8UW
024 76 523708 or 07767 655860


9th December 2008