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Appointment of Aston University Chancellor

28 April 2004

Appointment of Aston University Chancellor

SIR MICHAEL BETT, CBE, has been appointed Chancellor of Aston University in Birmingham with effect from 1 September 2004. He will succeed Sir Adrian Cadbury who will step down on 31 August 2004 after 25 years as Chancellor of the University.

Sir Michael, who was Aston University's Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Council - the University's Governing Body - from 1993 to 2003, graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge University, and held senior positions at GEC, the BBC and, latterly, BT for 15 years where he was Deputy Chairman from 1991 to 1994.

He has chaired or been a member of numerous public review bodies, including the Nurses Pay Review Body, the Armed Forces Independent Review on Manpower and the Independent Review of Pay and Conditions of Service in Higher Education. He was First Civil Service Commissioner from 1995 to 2000.

In addition to his business interests, Sir Michael is involved in a wide range of charitable organisations.

Sir Michael commented: "First, I pay tribute to Sir Adrian Cadbury who has served Aston University with great distinction as Chancellor for a quarter of a century; he has set the highest standards which I hope to maintain.

"For my part I am looking forward immensely to meeting the challenges which will face Aston in particular - and universities in general - during the next few years of significant change in Higher Education," he added.

Sir Michael will be installed formally as Chancellor at a ceremony to be held in October 2004 at the University.

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