Notes from a Short Meeting…
Alexander Edwards brings you news of the man who will replace Sir Peter Ustinov as Chancellor of Durham University.
Best–selling author Bill Bryson was appointed Chancellor of Durham University today by Convocation, after a joint meeting of the University Council and Senate in the Senate Chamber of Old Shire Hall. Mr Bryson, who was awarded an honorary doctorate in Civil Law by Durham University in July 2004, replaces Sir Peter Ustinov, who died in March of last year.
Mr Bryson was chosen by a Joint Committee (which included members of the University Council, Senate, and Durham Student’s Union) from a list of 519 names, after an appeal to alumni, students and staff of the university, which led to 1839 responses. Vice-Chancellor & Warden Sir Kenneth Calman hinted that Mr Bryson’s installation ceremony will probably take place sometime during the Michealmas term of the next academic year, which will unfortunately mean that although Mr Bryson may attend some of the congregation ceremonies this summer, it will not be in an official capacity.
The US-born writer also serves as a commissioner for English Heritage. In 2004 he was awarded the Aventis Prize for Popular Science for his most recent work, A Short History of Nearly Everything, which also led to his nomination for an honorary degree from Durham University’s Department of Earth Sciences. He moved back to Britain in 2003, and currently lives in Norfolk.
watch this space for more information when d21 meets Mr Bryson tomorrow morning….
photo by barney