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Historic appointment: Proud Prestonian Ranvir Singh appointed as Chancellor of UCLan

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A historic ceremony saw the nationally acclaimed journalist and former University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) student Ranvir Singh, appointed as the third Chancellor of the University of Central Lancashire.

At a special inauguration event held at Preston Guildhall on Friday 20th January, Ranvir was officially welcomed into the UCLan family in front of a 350 strong audience of staff, students and guests. The event also marked the inauguration of Professor Mike Thomas as the University’s fourth Vice-Chancellor.

Ranvir was brought up in Preston, completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism at UCLan in 2000.

She is now known to millions as a presenter on Good Morning Britain, ITV Evening News and News at Ten, and the Tonight programme.  

She also has her own primetime series for ITV, ‘Real Stories with Ranvir Singh’.

In 2013 she received a UCLan Honorary Fellowship for her contribution to broadcasting. In 2015 she was Asian Media Personality of the Year.

WARM WELCOME: Ranvir Singh joins the UCLan family with official inauguration ceremony. She is now the University’s third Chancellor, taking the helm from Sir Richard Evans who was inaugurated in 2001.

WARM WELCOME: Ranvir Singh joins the UCLan family with official inauguration ceremony. She is now the University’s third Chancellor, taking the helm from Sir Richard Evans who was inaugurated in 2001.

Speaking at the event, Ranvir commented: “I should have been in Washington today but I told them I had something better to do! Looking out here today and seeing some of my very dearest family and friends, former teachers and colleagues tells me I made the right decision.

“I am deeply honoured to be given the chance to lead the charge for a great place of learning, a place that hones passions, and propels young people out there to think big, and put those feelings and desires into action.”

David Taylor, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the University Board, said: “In Ranvir, we have found someone who is successful, someone who can engage with staff and students and someone who has the capacity to inspire.

“Ranvir is from Preston and a former student of ours; she has an affinity for the University and cares for our heritage and our future. I am thrilled and excited at the prospect of working with her.”

For Professor Mike Thomas, the inauguration marks the completion of his first year as UCLan’s Vice-Chancellor. He said: “I am proud to be the Vice-Chancellor of an ambitious University, proud of my colleagues who commit their professional lives to supporting our students and proud of our students who go on to do so much good for our community and society.   

“I am delighted to lead UCLan into the next stage of its development and I am determined to realise our potential as a civic university that delivers benefits to individuals, organisations and to society as a whole.”

UCLan Students’ Union President Sana Iqbal added: “Students today look to leaders in a position of power and authority for inspiration, and where better to look than Ranvir and Mike.  

“I know they are both committed to enabling UCLan to provide an excellent student experience that is open to all - irrespective of background.”

UCLan’s award-winning Chamber Choir gave a special performance at the event with a piece composed for the occasion by Mark Goggins, University Chamber Choir Director.  Named after the University’s motto ‘Ex Solo Ad Solem’, translated as ‘From the Earth to the Sun’, the composition will be used for all future graduation ceremonies, leaving a lasting musical legacy.  

Guests included Ranvir’s former colleagues, much loved former co-presenter Gordon Burns and current presenter Annabelle Tiffin.  The HM Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, High Sheriff of Lancashire, local mayors and council leaders were among the many dignitaries that attended the prestigious event.

As a truly global institution with an established campus in Cyprus, UCLan’s student body includes 120 nationalities and its partnership network extends to 125 countries. In 2015 the Centre for World University Rankings placed UCLan in the top 3.8 percent of all worldwide universities.

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Welcome Chancellor Ranvir: Preston ‘born and bred’ presenter named university’s chancellor

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PASSING ON THE TORCH: Ranvir Singh will replace Sir Richard Evans as Chancellor at the University of Central Lancashire

PASSING ON THE TORCH: Ranvir Singh will replace Sir Richard Evans as Chancellor at the University of Central Lancashire

After being named Chancellor at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), one of Preston’s most esteemed broadcasters gets to combine her position as news desk anchor with steering the ship of a local university.

Ranvir Singh was welcomed into her new position last week during the annual graduation ceremonies at Preston Guild Hall.

The 38-year-old will take up her new position officially in the autumn when current Chancellor, Sir Richard Evans, steps down after 15 years of dedicated and committed service.

Having previously received an Honorary Fellowship from the university back in 2013 for her contribution to broadcasting, Ranvir said her latest appointment was one which she couldn’t wait to start.

Commenting on the announcement Ranvir said: “I am immensely proud to accept the University’s offer of becoming its new Chancellor.

“I’m Preston born and bred, I studied for my postgraduate degree in journalism here and the experience helped to shape me and my career.

“I am honoured to be given this opportunity of helping inspire the next generation of talent coming through.

“I have seen the University’s exciting £200 million Campus Masterplan proposals and the future looks very bright. I can’t wait to be part of it.”

During her broadcasting career, Ranvir has co-presented Good Morning Britain, appeared across ITV’s daily news programmes, and most recently hosted her own show – ‘Real Stories with Ranvir Singh’.

In her new UCLan role, she will carry out a number of duties, including representing the University at special occasions, working to raise the University’s profile and advance its interests both nationally and internationally as well as conferring degrees and other academic awards at University ceremonies.

The announcement was made by Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the University Board David Taylor, who welcomed the former UCLan Broadcast Journalism student with open arms.

Speaking of the appointment, he added: “As well as welcoming Ranvir we would also like to pay tribute to Sir Richard Evans who has been a truly distinguished Chancellor since 2001.

“We are extremely grateful for all his hard work both at home and abroad where he has played a crucial role in the development of our international strategy and successful fundraising initiatives such as the Harris Bursary Fund.”  

Vice-Chancellor Professor Mike Thomas added: “We are delighted to welcome Ranvir as only the third Chancellor of the University of Central Lancashire.

“Having grown up in the City and studied here, Ranvir’s individual qualities and professional achievements make her an ideal fit for this unique ambassadorial role and to follow Sir Richard’s outstanding period as Chancellor.

“It’s a real coup for the University and I know she will be an excellent role model for our students.”

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Sugar tax, disability cuts and academies top the Chancellor’s budget

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EDUCATION: Mr Osborne confirmed plans that all schools in England will be made into academies by 2022

EDUCATION: Mr Osborne confirmed plans that all schools in England will be made into academies by 2022

Budget 2016 Announced

The highly anticipated budget for 2016 was announced this week with shake ups to all sectors receiving both praise and criticism from the nation’s residents.

Amongst the most controversial announcements is the £1.3bn a year disability cuts.

The government confirmed that up to 640,000 existing claimants are likely to be effected, cutting the spending on aids and appliances.

Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, slammed the decision which The Institute for Fiscal Studies says could lose an average claimant £3,500 a year.

“The announcement made by the chancellor is a reverse of the whole trend of the past three decades, to go back to saying disabled people can't lead independent lives, can't get the support they need.”

He added: “Any of us could become disabled at any time. We're just a car accident away from a major disability. We should think about that.”

However, despite calls to reverse the decision from members of their own party, the Conservative government have reinforced their commitment to such plans.

Meanwhile, the Chancellor George Osborne also announced a new sugar tax which will see a levy on soft drinks with more than 5g of sugar per 100ml and an even higher rate for those with more than 8g per 100ml.

The funding will be used to double the primary PE and sport premium (the additional money schools have to spend on PE and sports) to £320 million a year.

BUDGET TIME: Chancellor George Osborne speaks in parliament about his latest budget plans

BUDGET TIME: Chancellor George Osborne speaks in parliament about his latest budget plans

Another contentious announcement surrounded the Chancellor’s decision to make all schools into academies by 2022 despite opposition from teachers.

In a recent YouGov poll of 8,259 teachers and professors, nearly half - 48 per cent - thought academies made the standards worse, whilst just 17 per cent said they had a positive influence.

Mr Osborne, however, disagrees with the majority it seems.

He said: “It is simply unacceptable that Britain continues to sit too low down the global league tables for education. So I’m going to get on with finishing the job we started five years ago, to drive up standards and set schools free from the shackles of local bureaucracy.”

10 key points from the 2016 budget

  1. A surplus by 2019-20
  2. Double the dedicated funding for sport in primary schools, paid for by a levy on soft drinks
  3. A longer school day for 25% of secondary schools
  4. Every school will be an academy by 2022
  5. The Personal Allowance will increase to £11,500, and the higher rate threshold will rise to £45,000 in April 2017
  6. Lifetime ISA: a new £4,000 ISA that you can use to save for retirement or to buy your first home
  7. HS3 between Leeds and Manchester
  8. £80 million to give ‘Crossrail 2’ the go-ahead
  9. £100 million to help people move on from emergency hostels and refuges
  10. New tax allowances for money earned from the sharing economy

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British spies to develop offensive cyber capability

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DEFENSE STRATEGY: Chancellor George Osborne determined to see the development through

DEFENSE STRATEGY: Chancellor George Osborne determined to see the development through

British spies are developing an offensive cyber capability to fight Islamist militants, hackers, criminals and hostile powers who threaten British interests, finance minister George Osborne has said.

Public spending on cyber security would be almost doubled to a total of 1.9 billion pounds over the period to 2020, despite the forthcoming announcment of fresh overall spending cuts.

Osborne, said Friday's attacks in Paris, which killed at least 129 people and were claimed by Islamic State (ISIL), underscored the need to improve Britain's protections against electronic attack.

"ISIL are already using the Internet for hideous propaganda purposes; for radicalisation, for operational planning too," he said in excerpts of a speech he was due to give at Britain's GCHQ eavesdropping agency.

"It is right that we choose to invest in our cyber defences even at a time when we must cut other budgets," he said. "The internet represents a critical axis of potential vulnerability."

The new national cyber security plan drawn up by the government would feature a dedicated force to ensure faster and more effective responses to major online attacks. The force would be based at GCHQ in Cheltenham, southwest England.

Other elements of the plan included possible cooperation between Internet service providers, with help from the government, to fend off malware attacks and block bad addresses used against British Internet users, as well as a new institute to train coders.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister David Cameron has said that the size of Britain's intelligence agency staff would be increased by 15 percent.

British broadband provider TalkTalk suffered a cyber attack in October which affected 157,000 customers. This month, Britain and U.S. authorities carried out a drill with leading banks to test their response to a cyber incident in the financial sector.

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From Bollywood to Scotland

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HONOUR: Bollywood superstar, Shah Rukh Khan, received an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh's Chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal (pic credit: Douglas Robertson)

HONOUR: Bollywood superstar, Shah Rukh Khan, received an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh's Chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal (pic credit: Douglas Robertson)

Shah Rukh Khan receives honorary degree

One of the world’s most popular actors - Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, has received an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh as he swapped his acting gear for a robe and graduation cap.

The 49-year-old world-renowned personality received his Degree of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University Chancellor HRH The Princess Royal in Edinburgh last week.

EDUCATION: Khan was honoured with his degree in recognition of his humanitarianism work

EDUCATION: Khan was honoured with his degree in recognition of his humanitarianism work

Khan, who has appeared in more than 80 films, was presented with the degree in recognition of his outstanding record of philanthropy, altruism and humanitarianism and his global reach as an actor.

His charitable work has included bringing solar power to rural villages in India, creating a children’s ward at a Mumbai hospital and supporting relief funds to assist areas devastated by tsunamis.

After receiving his honorary degree, the film-star gave a public lecture, which was attended by many of the University’s 400 South Asian students, along with South Asian community groups.

The University has been linked with India for nearly 250 years wih Professor William Robertson, Edinburgh's Principal from 1762 to 1793 and a noted Enlightenment thinker, writing one of the earliest European texts to focus on India.

The university’s first Indian student graduated in 1876 and by the 1920s its Indian student population was greater than that of any other UK University.

Receiving his honorary degree, Khan, said: “It is a pleasure to be honoured by the University of Edinburgh and tread in the footsteps of so many of the world’s illustrious thinkers, leaders and personalities.  

“To have the opportunity to address one of the most esteemed educational institutions in the world is a special moment.

“I look forward to the University continuing on its path as a great civic university, demonstrated by its partnership with India, addressing health, academic and research excellence and social justice.  

“I hope that many more of India and South Asia’s brightest minds get a chance to learn, think and grow at Edinburgh.”

Professor Charlie Jeffery, University of Edinburgh Senior Vice-Principal, said it was a ‘privilege’ to present the award on behalf of the university.

“The University of Edinburgh has very strong ties with India and I am delighted that we are able to recognise the philanthropic work and career of one of the most outstanding stars of world cinema.  

“It is a great privilege to present Shah Rukh Khan with one of our highest honours, a doctorate of the University.

“As India’s population and economy grow, so too does the demand for world-class education. Our aim at Edinburgh is to build partnerships and strengthen awareness that will reinforce our position as the partner of choice for the Indian knowledge economy.”

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