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Duchess of Cornwall becomes University of Aberdeen chancellor

By mwill  |  Posted: February 17, 2013

The Duchess of Cornwall (Photo: Marcus Williamson)

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The Duchess of Cornwall will be the next Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen.

Camilla, also known by her Scottish title of The Duchess of Rothesay, will succeed Lord Wilson of Tillyorn, who stepped down in December 2012 after 15 years in the role.

The Chancellor is elected by the University's graduate body, the General Council, and becomes its President. The chief aspects of the role - which may be held for life - are to be an ambassador for the University, and to undertake other ceremonial duties, including, on occasion, conferring degrees on graduands.

The Duchess was elected unopposed by General Council members. She has been a frequent visitor to the University of Aberdeen, most recently in spring 2012 when she visited the School of Education to meet teachers and students engaged in innovative learning programmes which have influenced teaching policy across Scotland. The Duchess also met music students and lecturers, including Professor Paul Mealor who composed the choral motet Ubi Caritas for the 2011 Royal Wedding.

Professor Sir Ian Diamond, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University, said: "I am delighted that HRH the Duchess of Rothesay will be our new Chancellor. Lord Wilson was a wonderful champion for the University both here in the UK and abroad, and we know that the Duchess will be a brilliant ambassador for the international centre of excellence in learning that we are proud to be.

"We have very much enjoyed the Duchess's visits to our campuses, and the huge enthusiasm and interest she has shown in meeting our students and staff and hearing about their work and achievements. I look forward to formally welcoming Her Royal Highness to the University team."

University Rector, Dr Maitland Mackie, said: "I look forward to working with our new Chancellor, and with Professor Torrance, in representing the interests of the Aberdeen family of students, staff and alumni."

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  • JeremyBadger  |  February 17 2013, 6:23PM

    Falmouth had more sense than to ask her!

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  • jimjams2011  |  February 17 2013, 5:55PM

    According to Prince Charles the status of the Duchy of Cornwall is a private estate. It has nothing to do with the territorial rights which were lost due to the ethnic cleansing of the cornish people or the culture which is recognised by the EU. MP's are also accusing the Prince of extreme tax avoidance through the Duchy of Cornwall, therefore we are meant to assume the Duchy is merely a company. In which case the Duchess is merely a director of afforementioned Company. Therefore, what has this specific news story got to do with the Cornish People? If the 'Duchess of Cornwall' was interested in Cornwall she would be a chancellor of Falmouth University, not a university in Scotland with our celtic brothers. Therefore you might as well start printing news stories about Cornwall, Ontario as they have as much relevance!!

  • jimjams2011  |  February 17 2013, 5:47PM

    What has this news story got to do with the people of cornwall? According to the prince the Duchy of Cornwall is a private company (that according to MP's is engaged in tax avoidance) therefore the 'duchess' is just a title afforded to one of its directors.

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