24th Jan 2017
We were honoured to host a historic ceremony for nationally acclaimed broadcaster Ranvir Singh who was inaugurated as the new Chancellor of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) at a special ceremony at Preston Guild Hall on 20th January 2017.
In the ceremony, which took place in The Grand Hall, Ranvir became the University’s third Chancellor and Professor Mike Thomas the University’s fourth Vice-Chancellor.
Ranvir was brought up in Preston, completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism at UCLan in 2000. She is now known to millions a presenter on Good Morning Britain, ITV Evening News and News at Ten, and the Tonight programme. She also has her own primetime series for ITV, Real Stories with Ranvir Singh. In 2013 she received a UCLan Honorary Fellowship for her contribution to broadcasting. In 2015 she was Asian Media Personality of the Year.
For Professor Mike Thomas the ceremony symbolised the completion of his first year as UCLan’s Vice-Chancellor. It was a year in which he oversaw the University’s move into the top 3.7% of all worldwide universities and further established Central Lancashire’s position as an anchor institution within the local community, helping support the development of Preston as a whole – what a great start to 2017 for our City!