Founding Chancellor appointed

August 2016

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

Writtle University College proudly announced the appointment of Anne Jenkin The Baroness of Kennington as founding Chancellor from 1st September.

The appointment is made at a historic time for the institution as it changed its name and updated its corporate branding to Writtle University College, having been granted Taught Degree Awarding Powers and University College status.

Elevated to the Peerage as Baroness Jenkin of Kennington in 2011 for her charity work and her efforts to increase the number of women in Parliament, Anne is a member of a longstanding Essex farming family, who still lives in the family home in Hatfield Peverel near the city of Chelmsford.

Together with Prime Minister Theresa May, Baroness Jenkin co-founded the campaign group Women2Win and is an active Trustee of international agency UNICEF UK, The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), Cool Earth and Feeding Britain and an officer of the All-Party Parliamentary Agroecology Group.

Commenting on the appointment, Julia Smith, Chair of the Board of Governors at Writtle University College, said: “Today marks another key milestone in our strategic vision for Writtle and we are delighted that Baroness Jenkin is joining us at this momentous time for our much respected institution. Her knowledge, experience and passion for sustainability and education not only make her the right match for Writtle but these will be great assets in helping us achieve our ambitious purpose of transforming lives and the environment through inspiring education.”

Anne Jenkin The Baroness of Kennington said: “My roots lie deep down in the Essex soil and Writtle’s excellent reputation is something I was brought up with. It is an immense honour to have been invited to be the University College founding Chancellor and I am looking forward to supporting Writtle’s aspirations, to make the most of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in this new chapter as a leading specialist University College.”

Dr Stephen Waite, Vice-Chancellor of Writtle University College, added: “I am extremely pleased and proud that Baroness Jenkin has accepted our offer to become Chancellor and I am sure colleagues and students would join me in welcoming her to Writtle. There are exciting times ahead as we continue to deliver academic excellence for our students to move onto careers that make a positive impact across the world.

“Baroness Jenkin is a very well-respected and well-connected individual who brings a wealth of experience. I am looking forward to working closely with her during a landmark period in Writtle’s long and proud history.

“I would also take this opportunity to thank our leaving Patron Alan Titchmarsh for the great work he has done supporting Writtle over the last 15 years, playing a key role in helping us achieve our aspirations.”