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Old Boy Becomes Chancellor of Bolton University

Monday, 07 July 2014

The University of Bolton has welcomed Sir Ernest Ryder as its second Chancellor.

Sir Ernest is an Old Boy of Bolton School. He went on to study politics, economics and law at Cambridge University, followed by a legal career as a barrister. He was appointed judge of the High Court of Justice (Family Division) in 2004, has been the Presiding Judge Northern Circuit since 2009, and is the senior Judge in England tasked with the modernisation of family justice. Last year, he was elevated to the Court of Appeal and became a member of Her Majesty’s Privy Council.

As Chancellor of the University of Bolton, for the next three years he will act as the principal figurehead of the university.

Sir Ernest said, “I am very proud to be associated with an institution which has such strong roots in the town and region where I was born and educated.”

Sir Ernest officially took up his position at the University of Bolton in the same week that two members of the Bolton School Alumni community were awarded Honorary Doctorates from the university.

The current Vice-Chancellor of the university is Professor George Holmes, who is a Governor of Bolton School.

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Justice Ryder following the ceremony which installed him as Chancellor

Justice Ryder following the ceremony which installed him as Chancellor