University Chancellor steps down after eight years


The University of Bradford today announced that its Chancellor, Imran Khan, will step down from his role, with effect from 30 November 2014, after eight years of service.

Imran Khan was installed as the University’s fifth Chancellor in December 2005 succeeding Baroness Betty Lockwood.

One of Imran’s first duties was to lay a foundation stone for the University’s new Institute of Cancer Therapeutics (ICT). Since then, close links between ICT and Imran’s Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Pakistan have remained. The partnership has also seen a research student from the hospital in Pakistan completing her PhD in cancer research at Bradford.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford, Professor Brian Cantor, said: “Imran has played a critical and important role for us as Chancellor of the University over an extended period of time. He has been a truly outstanding ambassador for the University and a wonderful role model for our students.

“He has awarded degrees to many students here at Bradford, and has also set up one of the fastest growing colleges in Pakistan, Namal College, where students also receive University of Bradford degrees.

“From discussions I have had with Imran, I know he is proud to have served as our Chancellor for the past eight years and is thankful of the support and advice we have given him in setting up Namal College. He looks forward to continuing to work in partnership with the University.

“We are extremely grateful for the support that Imran has given the University over the past eight years. I am confident that his support and our strong relationship will continue into the future.”

Imran Khan said, “It has been my honour to serve as Chancellor of the University of Bradford. This has been a rewarding and informative experience and one that I will cherish.”

A Chancellor acts as a figurehead for the University’s activities and also appeals to, and provides a role model for, the various constituencies the University serves. These include its students and its local, national and international stakeholders. The University will now begin its search for a new Chancellor as it looks ahead to its 50th anniversary in 2016.

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